Bullshit on your bullshit.
A former Klansman and neo-Nazi, Franklin is the embodiment of absolute bigotry. He believed that interracial marriages where a sin against God and took it upon himself to punish the guilty. He enjoyed sniper attacks on interracial couples and killed for sport. Once, he killed two black men and a white woman who were jogging together.
He is suspected of having shot and crippled Larry Flynt -- publisher of Husler magazine and pillar of First Amendment rights -- because he regularly featured pictorials of blacks and whites getting it on. The archetypical headline-grabbing killer, Joe also confessed to shooting civil rights leader (and now confidant of President Clinton), Vernon Jordan.
Born James Clayton Vaughn, Franklin legally changed his name to honor Benjamin Franklin and Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. His first known attack was the bombing of Beth Shalom Synagogue in Chattanooga, Tenn., in July 1977. From then until September 1980, he is suspected of killing at least 17 people -- three interracial couples, seven black men and boys, three female hitchhikers and a Jewish man
. During his spree, Franklin survived by robbing banks and selling his blood. He was arrested in October 1980 at a blood bank in Lakeland, Fla. As well as the murders, investigators believe Franklin is responsible for five other shootings, 16 bank robberies and two bombings, in a crime spree spanning 11 states.
On November, 1996, Joseph gave a detailed confession of the June 25,1980, deaths of two women who were shot at close range with a high-powered rifle while hitchhiking to a West Virginia peace retreat. After charges were filed and dropped several times, Florida resident Jacob Beard was convicted of first-degree murder in 1993.
State Police Supt. Col. Thom Kirk said: "He could have zero credibility, or he could have one hundred percent credibility... We're checking out the details he's giving us and tracking them as far as we can. Then we'll hand it to the prosecutor." Franklin first confessed to killing Nancy Santomero, 19, and Vicki Durian, 26, in 1984 . Prosecutors said that a map Franklin drew of the murder scene back then was too general and lacked distinct landmarks and did not corroborate his confession. The initial confession was also "too brief. He got to a certain point and he just stopped talking. Now, he's giving us a lot more details and specifics."
Santomero and Durian were shot while en route to a weeklong encampment of the counterculture Rainbow Family in a national forest in eastern West Virginia. Santomero was shot three times in the head; Durian twice in the chest. No weapon was recovered in the killings, dubbed the "Rainbow Murders." At least seven men have been indicted and in January, 1993, Beard was convicted after several witnesses placed him and his red pickup truck at the scene the day of the shooting.
In February, a Missouri jury sentenced the lethal racist to die for the 1977 shooting of Gerald Gordon, 42, outside a synagogue. Franklin, not one for understatements, told police he wanted to kill as many Jews and blacks as possible. A courteous killer, he thanked the jury for a "fair trial" and added, if he was not executed, he would certainly kill again.
On April 15, 1997, Franklin was charged by a grand jury in Cincinnati with the June 1980 murders of two black teen-agers. The two teens Dante Brown, 13, and Darrell Lane, were shot from a railroad trestle while walking to a convinience store. Franklin implicated himself in the shootings during a conversation on April 13 with an assistant prosecutor. Authorities had long considered Franklin a suspect in the slayings but said they did not have enough evidence to act until he agreed to talk to an assistant Hamilton County prosecutor and implicated himself in the shootings. He also confessed to killing an interracial couple in June 1980 in Johnstown, Ohio.
In February, 1997, a Missouri jury sentenced the lethal racist to die for the 1977 shooting of Gerald Gordon, 42, outside a Clayton, Montana, synagogue. Franklin had told police he wanted to kill as many Jews a possible. He also said he despised blacks, and had a special hatred for interracial couples. He has recieved life sentences in Utah and Wisconsin for four murders, an interracial couple in Madison, Wisconsin, and two black men in Salt Lake City who were jogging with two white women.
In what's becoming a semi-annual event, on January, 1998, Joe admitted to killing an interracial couple as they walked down a street in 1980.
A compulsive confessor, Franklin convinced investigators that he is the one who shot Arthur Smothers, 22, and Kathleen Mikula, 16. In a purely random killing, Joe snipped at the youngster as they were crossing a bridge in Johnston, about 60 miles east of Pittsburg. "He gave us information that could only be supplied by the perpetrator that was never in the paper that corroborated the physical evidence," District Attorney David Tulowitzki said. "He's not remorseful," Johnstown police Chief Robert Huntley said. "You could actually see him get excited when he described the murders. ... He gets louder and he gets a little fidgety in the chair."
On March 4, 1998, Franklin pleaded guilty to the 1978 murder of a black man in Chattanooga. He admitted to shooting William Tatum outside a Chattanooga restaurant because Tatum was with a white woman. According to Assistant District Attorney General Joseph Rehyansky, Franklin -- who he calls a "homicidal moron" -- has undergone "some sort of bizarre religious conversion." A believer in numerology, he demanded the court hearing be on the fourht, because the day -- the 63rd of the year -- corresponded with his favorite number -- 3.
On April 2, 1998, Franklin -- apparently drunk on confession juice -- admitted to the 1979 slayings of Mercedes Lynn Masters, 15, and restaurant manager Harold McIver, 27. DeKalb County District Attorney J. Tom Morgan called Franklin "the most evil individual I have ever come across," and said the killings were motivated by racial hatred. In the jailhouse confession, Franklin said he had a sexual relationship with Mercedes, who was white, and killed her after she told him she had sex with blacks. He said he gunned down McIver -- who was black -- because he worked with young, white girls at a Taco Bell, and thought he would hit on them.
Morgan told WSB-TV in Atlanta that his office was told about 10 days ago that Franklin might be willing to talk, demanding "at attractive white female investigator." He wished for a Jodie Foster type to interview him like in the film "The Silence of the Lambs."
Jury says ex-Marines who raped, murdered interracial couple should get death penalty (Video)
Riverside : CA : USA | Jun 21, 2013 at 7:57 PM PDT
Couple brutaly murdered by former Marines
24 year old Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his wife, 26 year old Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, were brutally murdered in their south Calif. home by four former fellow marines (photo courtesy The New York Daily News)
The Death Penalty : A Real Execution
Three former Marines who once promised to serve, protect and fight honorably for their country are now facing the death penalty after being convicted of horrific crimes. During the penalty phase of their trial, which began Monday, a jury ruled that two deserve the death penalty, while a third should get life imprisonment without parole.
According to a New York Daily News report, two separate Riverside, Calif., juries found 25-year-old Kevin Cox, 25-year-old Tyrone Miller and 23-year-old Emrys John guilty of first-degree murder for killing fellow Marine Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his wife, 26-year-old Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, more than four years ago.
The death penalty was recommended for John, who was the shooter and Miller, while life without the possibility of parole was recommended for Cox. It's puzzling why the juries came back with split verdicts for sentencing when they were all found guilty of first degree murder. A fourth man charged with the murders, 21-year-old Kesaun Sykes, will stand trial in August.
The Pietrzaks were a newly married interracial couple who had tied the knot only three months before their brutal murder at their home in Riverside on Oct. 5, 2008. Around 1 a.m., the four men reportedly stormed the couple’s residence with robbery in mind but then proceeded to rape the wife Quiana and torture her husband Jan for two hours, before shooting them both execution style in the head.
One of the killers, Tyrone Miller told investigtors that he also wanted to have a talk with the victim about a perceived slight. He thought that Pietrzak, who had been a helicopter mechanic, was getting in the way of his promotion.
The prosecution told the court the murders were especially heinous and apologized to the jury for showing them the disturbing photos.
Police reportedly found the huband’s lifeless, bloodied and badly beaten body hog-tied on a couch, and his wife naked, with her hands tied behind her back and her bloodied head wrapped in tape, lying on top of him. She had been brutally raped with a pink vibrator and husband Jan was forced to watch.
Racist slurs were scrawled on the walls of the couple’s five-bedroom home and jewelry, bank cards and even orange juice from the refrigerator were stolen. In an effort to hide the crime and maybe offset investigators, the home was set on fire.
The senseless savagery ended two promising young lives, for Quiana was studying to become a doctor, while Jan served his country in the Marines. To add to the cold-bloodedness of the killings, three of the murderers, Cox, Miller and John, had worked together as fellow Marines with victim Pietrzak at Camp Pendleton.
Formal sentences for the three murderers will be handed down by a judge in August.
VeronicaS is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
Interracial couple’s home spray-painted with racist death threats
A Pennsylvania couple’s home was vandalized with words and symbols of hate. On Feb. 21, Marlene Williams and Jason Powell found the words, “Die N***er” and “1.87,” along with swastikas spray-painted in black on their garage door.
From New Pittsburgh Courier:
The code 187 usually refers to murder. Williams, who is Black, and Powell, who is White, are an interracial couple and have lived in Brookline for three years. She said nothing like this has ever happened before. Williams, who lives in the home with Powell and their 5-year-old daughter, said she does not feel safe and that the Pittsburgh Police are not doing anything about it.
“I did call the mayor this morning,” Williams said to the New Pittsburgh Courier on Feb. 24. “And told him that as a citizen of the City of Pittsburgh, I’ve lived here all my life, he’s (Powell) from Alabama, I feel like I’ve been let down as a citizen. I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel my child is safe walking to and from school, and it’s not okay. I feel they’ve been unreliable and the police have not done their job.”
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Williams believes that a couple from her child’s school defaced the property. She says they’ve had an ongoing feud since January however, there are no witnesses.
Williams says the beef started over a cell phone that her boyfriend and daughter found and turned on. She says the couple has harassed her, assaulted her boyfriend and threatened her family.
The Zone 6 police station did not give a response on the incident.
Is it surprising that this incident has not been filed nor treated as