Joseph Paul Franklin

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Joseph Paul Franklin
Background information
Birth nameJames Clayton Vaughn, Jr.
Also known asJames Clayton Vaughn
The Racist Killer
Born(1950-04-13)April 13, 1950
Mobile, Alabama
DiedNovember 20, 2013(2013-11-20) (aged 63)
Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri
PenaltyExecution by lethal injection
Killings
Number of victims7–22
Span of killingsAugust 7, 1977–August 20, 1980
CountryUnited States
State(s)Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Utah
MotiveRacism, white supremacy
Date apprehendedOctober 28, 1980

Joseph Paul Franklin (April 13, 1950 – November 20, 2013) was an American serial killer. He tried to kill Larry Flynt, a magazine publisher, in 1978 and Vernon Jordan, Jr., the civil rights activist, in 1980. He has been given six life sentences. He lived at Potosi Correctional Center on death row. On November 20, 2013 he was executed at 8:30am with Propofol, a lethal drug, for killing a Jewish man outside a synagogue.[1]

He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Franklin said that he thought he deserved to die for his crimes.[2] Larry Flynt wrote in an essay published in the Hollywood Reporter, “I do not want to see him die.”[3] Franklin was executed on November 20, 2013 by lethal injection.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Kyung Lah; CNN (18 November 2013). "Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin prepares to die". CNN. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  2. "Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin talks with FOX 2 before execution". FOX2now.com. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  3. ABC News. "Larry Flynt Does Not Want His Shooter Executed". ABC News. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  4. Lateef Mungin; CNN (20 November 2013). "Serial killer Joseph Franklin executed after hours of delay". CNN. Retrieved 20 May 2016.