Man who shot Larry Flynt in Ga. executed

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 8:43 AM
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BONNE TERRE, Mo. — Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980 that included the Georgia shooting of publisher Larry Flynt, was put to death this morning in Missouri.

Franklin, 63, was executed at the state prison in Bonne Terre for killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper shooting at a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.

Franklin was convicted of seven other murders and claimed responsibility for up to 20, but the Missouri case was the only one that brought a death sentence.

Franklin admitted to shooting Hustler magazine publisher Flynt in suburban Atlanta’s Gwinnett County in 1978, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Flynt, whose lawyer was also wounded, was leaving the Gwinnett County courthouse in Lawrenceville during an obscenity hearing, when he was shot.

Franklin admitted the shooting years later and police found evidence that he had stayed in a local motel.

Franklin, a paranoid schizophrenic, was in his mid-20s when he began drifting across the country. Several of his victims were interracial couples. In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday, Franklin insisted he no longer hates blacks or Jews. While he was held at St. Louis County Jail, he said he interacted with blacks at the jail, “and I saw they were people just like us.”

He has made similar statements to other media but has denied repeated interview requests from The Associated Press. Franklin’s attorney Jennifer Herndon said his reasoning exemplified his mental illness: He told her the digits of the AP’s St. Louis office phone number added up to what he called an “unlucky number,” so he refused to call it.

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David Parker
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David Parker 11/20/13 - 09:47 am
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Always need some vacancy in

Always need some vacancy in the prisons. Too bad we nursed him for so long before killing him. Steals the fire from the idea of execution to let them live out the better part of their lives before flippin the switch.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/20/13 - 10:31 am
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Too long to wait for justice

Yep...we take too long ...

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/20/13 - 10:43 am
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Justice took over 40 years

for over 7 proven and 20 admitted murders why?

Doesn't this just embolden others knowing they can delay justice 80% to 90% of a normal life.

grouse
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grouse 11/20/13 - 10:53 am
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"a paranoid schizophrenic" In
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"a paranoid schizophrenic" In other words, we put sick people to death...

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/20/13 - 11:36 am
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It takes so long because

the anti-death penalty lawyers file appeal after appeal after appeal and often wait until the last moment to file. They will consider this 36-year delay a "victory". Then in their ensuing cases they will whine that the death penalty is unconstitutional because it takes too long to implement which is cruel and unusual -- like killing your parents and then asking for mercy because you are an orphan.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/20/13 - 12:03 pm
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I've long contended there

I've long contended there should be fast track system for death penalty appeals if the case is clear cut.

Have one hearing before a panel of judges to determine if fast track qualifies, and if it does, run them through all appeals as quickly as possible, then execute them.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/20/13 - 12:31 pm
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This is the
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only area ( that I'm aware of ) in which I agree with the Muslims. Sentence them, then carry out the sentence. Appeal later. Everyone knows that all animals on death row are innocent.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/20/13 - 03:08 pm
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Well I'm glad he found a

Well I'm glad he found a conscience he was wrong being such a bigot. He's not too crazy now to know why he is being executed for his crimes.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 11/20/13 - 03:20 pm
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I wonder what the

I wonder what the anti-scuzzextermination crowd think they gained by delaying this for so long?

What was accomplished?

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