Joseph Paul Franklin's racist murders shattered Salt Lake's innocence, investigators say

Judge issues stay just 7 hours before scheduled execution

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  • Ralph Echols Scottsdale, AZ
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:10 a.m.

    The Utah trials were the only ones in which Franklin was convicted without a confession. In his other cases, there simply wasn't enough evidence to convict him without a confession. Ultimately, he did confess to all his crimes, including the killing in Missouri which put him into that state's execution chamber.
    After he was convicted in his first trial in Utah, he was sent to the United States Penitentiary in Marion. On his third day there he was attacked by a group of black inmates, stabbed multiple and almost killed. After that he served every single day of his time in isolation, "the hole." Thats the only way he survived all those years - had he been in "population,"
    his time would have been up a long time ago.
    SLPD Detectives Don Bell, Ronald Millard, John Johnson and others put in a long hours and hard work to
    crack that case. They all deserve thanks and credit for their work.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    Stott rationalizing why Franklin didn't get the death penalty in Utah. Again.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Chihiuahua, 00
    Nov. 20, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    I don't believe the Government owns life and death no matter what terrible things this man did.

  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Nov. 20, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    "He has been given six life sentences, including two in Utah for the deaths of Martin and Fields."

    The system is so stupid. This man who admitted to killing 22 people should have been sent back to his maker immediately. I don't care if he "changed" in prison. Let God decide what to do with him. I can't stand how people advocate against the death penalty. The death penalty should be executed swiftly instead of wasting money, resources, and time on these types.

    Nov. 19, 2013 7:03 p.m.

    Why in the world is this man still alive and being supported by taxpayers? Something is broken.

  • Bobwhitejonz Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    I would have hoped for a long and miserable life followed by a slow and painful death from some lingering disease. Lethal injection is the coward’s way out; a quick and painless end to a life that brought so much sorrow and grief. There will be justice in the end and he will reap his reward.

  • NT SomewhereIn, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    After all that and he only received a single death sentence? The 2 cold-blooded murders in Utah should have brought him the death penalty - in my not-so-legal opinion.