On this date in Georgia history, Leo Frank became a victim of a lynch mob in Marietta. Frank had been convicted of murdering a 15-year-old girl in 1913. His case was always in question and evidence pointed to another person, but several witnesses gave conflicting testimonies during the ctrial, leading to his conviction. Frank was sentenced to death, but Governor John Slaton commuted his sentence to life in prison. It was lawyer Tom Watson who told Georgians to “take justice into their own hands.” Frank was kidnapped from the state prison and lynched. No one was ever charged with his death. All of this occurred on August 17, 1915 and some 70 years later in 1986, the state of Georgia pardoned Leo Frank.