Lucille Frank’s Final Resting Place No Longer a Secret

Lucille “Lucy” Selig Frank with her husband, Leo.

August 17, 1915 was a tragic day in American history. On that infamous day, Leo Max Frank, whose sentence for killing 13-year-old Mary Phagan two years prior was commuted by outgoing Georgia Governor John “Jack” Marshall Slaton to life in prison, was lynched in Marietta, Georgia. No one was ever arrested or convicted for Frank’s kidnapping from the Georgia State Prison Farm in Milledgeville and the lynching. Further, it is widely believed that Frank did not, in fact, commit the crime. Frank’s body was shipped to New York for burial. Lucille “Lucy” Selig Frank remained in Atlanta, dying on April 23, 1957 of heart disease at the age of 69. For decades, her final resting place remained a mystery; however, we now know that she is interred at Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery.

Lucille remained faithful to Leo throughout her life; she never stopped mourning Leo’s murder. After Leo’s murder, Lucille, age 27, carved out a life as a widow in Atlanta. She never remarried, working as a salesclerk at various retail businesses. Lucille would sign her name as “Mrs. Leo Frank” and never shied from her tragic legacy. When she died, her remains were cremated, generating speculation and scrutiny. and held at Patterson’s Funeral Home in Atlanta. Her internist Dr. James Kauffman said, “Leo might have been killed, but she served a life sentence.”

During a time of anti-Semitic unrest in Atlanta, the funeral home contacted Lucille’s family to hand over her remains. Alan Marcus, her nephew, took possession and drove around for roughly 6 months with the remains in the trunk of his red Corvair Monza. In 1964, Alan and his brother, Harold, took the urn to Oakland Cemetery, where they dug a hole between the graves of Emil and Josephine Cohen Selig, Lucille’s parents. For 40 years, Alan kept his secret.

In 2004, Alan disclosed where Lucille was buried to author Steve Oney, whose seminal book And the Dead Shall Rise, the Murder of Mary Phagan and Lynching of Leo Frank (2003) remains the best and comprehensive look at the infamous event.

Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta is one of the best examples of a rural garden cemetery (https://thehauntedlibrarian.com/2013/09/16/historic-oakland-cemetery/). It seems fitting that Lucille shall spend eternity tucked between her parents. Although her grave is technically unmarked, it is not without adornment. A small plaque of an angel with an inscription sits nestled between her parents’ tombstones. In death, may she find peace.

Alex Matsuo, Singing & Spooky Stuff

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Alex Matsuo joins Lesia this Thursday night.

Show Description:

Podcasts and YouTube videos are incredibly popular, especially paranormal themed ones. Due to COVID, a lot of ghost investigations have been sidelined. Alex makes several suggestions on how to cope during the quarantine. In addition, author of 4 books on the paranormal, Alex proffers insight into paranormal investigations and other topics, shares some of her stories, and talks about joining Tik Tok and the Ripple Effect challenge on The Haunted Librarian Show.

Bio:

Alex is a paranormal researcher, singer, and author. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study and runs the blog and YouTube channel, Singing & Spooky Stuff. She was recently seen on Travel Channel’s Most Terrifying Places in America, as well as Truth or Legends in Your Hometown. In addition, she is the host of the podcast, Informal Paranormal. Alex has written several books about the paranormal including, The Brave Mortal’s Guide to Ghost Hunting, The Haunting of the Tenth Avenue Theatre, More than Ghosts: A Guide to Working Residential Cases in the Paranormal Field, and The Haunted Actor. She holds an MA in theatre from San Diego State University and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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YouTube.com https://www.youtube.com/user/athespiangirl

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Household Gadgets for Paranormal Investigating: Electroscope

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You don’t need to purchase expensive gadgets to investigate. There are plenty of household items at your disposal that may generate better results. I learned of a few watching the Facebook Live Ghost Education 101 session with Philip Wyatt, as host, and Heather Leigh Landon, who presented “Non-Technical Paranormal Investigation Tools” last Tuesday. Here is a link to the presentation: https://www.facebook.com/101483755012255/videos/974627249720267. All of the panels are archived and accessible online. While I own quite a bit of the items mentioned, I did not own an electroscope; therefore, I made one!

From the YouTube creators Science Buddies, https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=wso0FqcnG7g&fbclid=IwAR3gm8kgYKUA0L3jsN4rGCE_TZXsgs5TLqtJIMGvgY3WU10bzoDc8oBqoRU&app=desktop, I learned how to create an electroscope from items I already owned. It was rather easy to make and more fun to experiment with.

The electroscope works on the static electricity theory whereby everyone produces static electricity. Although there is much discussion on whether a person who dies maintains her energy, the concept presumes that a ghost has energy and gives off that energy that can be measured with different paranormal tools. The electroscope measures these electrically charged ions that are not visible to the naked eye. The electroscope that I made measures the static electricity when the teardrop-shaped aluminum foil resist and pull apart.

Make your own with the following items:

  1. Metal uncoated hanger;
  2. Pliers;
  3. Straw;
  4. Pencil;
  5. Piece of cardboard;
  6. Scissors;
  7. Hot glue gun;
  8. Piece of aluminum foil;
  9. Glass jar;
  10. Tape.

Watch the short video from the link and create your own electroscope.

In order to test the theory, you will need a piece of Styrofoam and piece of wool. You will also need the remaining hanger from above. Rub the Styrofoam over the wool to create static electricity. Then bring the Styrofoam close to the curved metal without touching it. Notice how the aluminum foil pulls apart. It will be slight. Next, rub the Styrofoam over the piece of wool. Again, bring the Styrofoam close to the curved metal. The aluminum foil teardrops will close back together. Finally, rub the Styrofoam over the wool. This time touch the Styrofoam to the curved metal. The aluminum foil will noticeably pull apart. This is how static electricity works.

Of course, my homemade electroscope decided to work differently. The foil might be too thin. The teardrops move together. I had to take them out and flatten them more in order for them to hang together touching. Once I did that, bingo—it started to work! The flaps separate quickly. I didn’t even need the wool (I reside in Atlanta and don’t own any wool clothing). All I did was rub the Styrofoam on my cotton shorts.

In ghost hunting, the electroscope measures when a ghost passes by as the aluminum foil will separate and pull apart, showing that static electricity is near or touching the curved metal. The key is for no one to be walking or resting near the electroscope. This invalidates the experiment.

Once I begin investigating again, I will bring my homemade electroscope along to test out. I will keep you posted on any developments!

#SaveHalloween: Halloween Craft Kits Available

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Halloween is more than candy. It’s decorating your space and celebrating our inner creative persona. If you’re looking for affordable and unique Halloween decorations that are easy to assemble, head over to the Crafty Scrapper Website, https://www.thecraftyscrapper.com/. This year, they have assembled an eclectic mix of creepy vignettes that will make our COVID-19 restricted favorite holiday a success.

Click here to see the Halloween selections: https://www.thecraftyscrapper.com/iishop?form_version=2&showSearchResults=1&search_keyword=halloween+kits&image=Search.

If Christmas is more your thing, visit: https://www.thecraftyscrapper.com/iishop?form_version=2&showSearchResults=1&search_keyword=christmas+kits&image=Search.

The kits range from paper projects to small sculptures. The bell jar vignette titled “Help We Are Trapped” (created by Melody Winston) has two children trapped inside an upside-down glass jar. Definitely a Zoom session conversation starter. The bug-eyed “Spooky Crow” by Carolyn Ross returns as a customer favorite. And who doesn’t need a tin containing spooky spells? We’ve been social distancing and refraining from contact for over 6 months. It’s time to break open the glitter and glue sticks to create Halloween fun.

Ghost Education 101: A Paranormal Forum Live Streaming on FB

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With COVID suspending real time paranormal investigations, turn to a new online paranormal forum that live streams panel discussions. Barely one month old, Ghost Ed brings experts in the field onto panel discussions ranging from how to complete an investigation from start to finish to drilling down on popular topics like poltergeists. The monthly streams are on Tuesday evenings at 9 PM EST. Viewers are encouraged to participate and to ask questions. This is the perfect opportunity to strengthen your paranormal wheelhouse in order to put this new information to use once we can begin to safely conduct investigations post-COVID. The next live stream discussion titled “Non-Technical Paranormal Investigation Tools” is Tuesday, September 8th at 9 PM EST.

For more information, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GhostEducation101/?ref=page_internal.

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Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft For Sale…Again

In 2018, Maplecroft, the Queen Anne Victorian House purchased by Lizzie and her sister, Emma, shortly after her acquittal of murdering her father and stepmother sold for $600,000 to the owners of the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum, where the alleged murders occurred. Donald Woods and Lee-Ann Wilber purchased the second home intending to open another bed and breakfast. Two years later, Maplecroft is again for sale. This time it is offered fully furnished for $890,000. Suzanne St. John, the realtor representing the property, will appear on Spooky Southcoast this Saturday to discuss the home and an incredible opportunity to own a piece of Lizzie Borden history.

For more information about Maplecroft, please read my 2018 blog.