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Sunday 18 February 2018

White supremacist serial killer executed in Missouri

Joseph Paul Franklin
Joseph Paul Franklin

Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was executed this morning in Missouri after two last minute requests for a stay.

The US Supreme Court rejected both requests to postpone the execution.

Mr Franklin was administered a lethal injection this morning and was declared dead after 10 minutes.

His last appeal for a stay related to the use of Missouri state's lethal injection drug pentobarbital, which he maintained would violate his Constitutional right against 'cruel and unusual punishment'.

He was sentenced to death for the 1977 murder of Gerald Gordon and is believed to be responsible for at least 22 deaths from 1977 to 1980.

Franklin refused his final meal.

Franklin was convicted for murdering Mr Gordon outside a synagogue in St Louis, Missouri, with the intention of starting a race war.

He also attempted to assassinate Hustler publisher Larry Flynt in 1978, an injury which paralysed him.

Two districut judges agreed with his requests for a stay, which was later denied by the U.S. Supreme Court, who were drafted in by his legal team to step in and halt the execution.


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