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Execution tonight for man who murdered 2 in Johnstown

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

A confessed serial killer who committed a double-murder in the Johnstown area more than three decades ago is scheduled to die just after midnight tonight in Missouri.

No one knows how many atrocities Joseph Paul Franklin committed as he crossed the country more than 30 years ago, fueled by hatred of blacks and Jews.

Along the way he bombed a synagogue, robbed banks, and killed, by his own account, nearly two dozen people. He killed and maimed victims while shooting from a vacant building, a grassy field and a highway overpass.

Franklin will be put to death for a 1977 murder outside of a synagogue. But, 15 years ago, Franklin confessed to murdering a black man and his white teenage girlfriend on the Washington Street Bridge in Johnstown.

He is also known as the man who shot Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt.

Franklins attorney says he is a paranoid schizophrenic who was abused as a child. She's asked federal and state courts and Gov. Jay Nixon to halt the execution. All have declined.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times