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Joseph Paul Franklin
Joseph Paul Franklin

March 13, 1950
Died November 20, 2013 (aged 53)
Cause of death Lethal injection
Years active 1998–2013

Joseph Paul Franklin (March 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]