The Frank's cook statement

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Minola McKnight

STATE OF GEORGIA, County of Fulton

Personally appeared before me, a notary public. In and for the above state and county. Minola McKnight who lives in the rear of 354 Pulliam Sreet, Atlanta Georgia, who being duly sworn deposes and says:

Saturday morning, April 26, 1912 Mr. Frank left home about 8:00 o'clock, and Albert, my husband was there too. Albert got there, I guess,  about a quarter after 1:00 and was there when Mr. Frank come for dinner, which was about half past one, but Mr. Frank did not eat any dinner and he left in about ten minutes after he got there.

Mr Frank come back to the house about 7:00 that night, and Albert was there when he got there. Albert had gone home that evening but he come back , but I don't know what time he got there. But he got home some time before Mr Frank did, and Mr Frank eat supper about 7 o'clock, and when I left about 8 o'clock I left Mr Frank there.

Sunday morning I got there about 8 o'clock and there was an automobile standing in front of the house, but I didn't pay any attention to it. But I saw a man get a bucket of water and pour into it. Miss Lucille (Mr Franks wife) was downstairs, and Mr and Mrs Selig were upstairs. Albert was there Sunday morning but I don't remember what time he got there. When I called them down to breakfast at half past eight I found Mr Frank was gone. Mr and Mrs Selig ate breakfast and Mrs Lucille didn't eat until Mr Frank come back, and they ate breakfast together. I didn't hear them say anything at the breakfast table, but after dinner I understood them to say that a girl and Mr Frank were caught at the office Saturday.

I don't know who said it, but Miss Lucille and Mr. and Mrs. Selig and Mr. Frank were standing there talking after dinner. I didn't know the girl until Monday evening. I understand them to say it was a Jew girl, and I asked Miss Lucille, and she said it was a gentile.

On Tuesday Mr Frank says to me "It looks mighty bad Mineola, I might have to go to jail about this girl, and I don't know anything about it."

I heard Mrs Rauzin, Mrs Frank's sister,  tell Miss Lucille it was mighty bad and Miss Lucille said, Yes, it is, I am going to get after her about it". I don't know what they were talking about.


Sunday, Miss Lucille said to Mrs Selig that Mr Frank didn't sleep so good Saturday night. She said he was so drunk and wouldn't let her sleep with him, and she slept on the floor, on the rug , by the bed, because he was drinking. Miss Lucille said Sunday that Mr. Frank told her Saturday night he was in trouble. That he didn't know the reason why he would murder, and he told his wife to get his pistol, and let him kill himself. I heard Miss Lucille say that to Mrs Selig. It got away with Mrs Selig mighty bad, she didn't know what to think.

 I haven't heard Miss Lucille say whether she believed it or not. I don't know why Mrs Frank didn't come to see her husband, but it was a pretty good while before she comes to see him, maybe two weeks. She would tell me, " Wasn't it mighty bad that he got locked up" and she said "Minoela, i don't know what I am going to do."

Leo Frank's wife


When I left home to go to the solicitor general's office, they told me to mind what I said. They paid me $ 3,50 a week, but last week she paid me $ 4.00, and one week she paid me $ 6.50. But at the time of this murder I was getting $ 3.50 a week and the week after the murder I don't know how much they paid me. The next week $4.00 and the next week $4.00. One week Mrs Selig gave me $ 5.00, but it was not for my work, and they didn't tell me what it was for. They said 'Here is $5 Minola', but of course I understood what they meant, but they didn't tell me anything at the time. I understood it was a tip for me to keep quiet. They would tell me to mind how I talked and Miss Lucille would give me a hat."

QUESTION:  Was that the reason you didn't tell the solicitor general yesterday all about this, that Miss Lucille and the others had told you not to say anything about what happened out there?"

"Yes Sir"

QUESTION:  "And that is the reason why you would have rather been locked up last night than tell this?"

"Yes Sir"

QUESTION: Has Mr Pickett, or Mr Cravens, or Mr Campbell or myself [Detective Starnes evidently], influenced you in any way, or threatened you in any way to make this statement?"

"No Sir"

QUESTION:  You make it of your own free will and accord, in their presence and the presence of Mr Gordon, your attorney?"

"Yes Sir"

(Signed) "Minola McKnight"

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this third day of Jeue, 1913.

(Signed )   G.C. Febuary