Joseph Paul Franklin (pictured
above) was born James Clayton Vaughn in Mobile, Alabama in 1950. Both
parents were mentally and physically abusive. His sisters claim, he became
obsessed with Nazism while in high school.
He did a stint in the Alabama
National Guard before joining white supremacist groups in Georgia and Washington,
D.C. In 1976, he legally changed his name to “Joseph Paul Franklin.”
He chose “Joseph” in honor of the Nazi Paul Joseph Goebbels
and “Franklin” for Ben Franklin.
Franklin started off firebombing
synagogues and spraying mace at inter-racial couples, he soon graduated to murder.
He murdered people (African-Americans and Jews) at random. His
victims were murdered as they loaded groceries into their cars, while they were
jogging or leaving synagogues.
Franklin was an assassin who
never stopped moving; he traveled up and down the East Coast. He supported
himself by robbing banks. From 1977 to 1980, Franklin targeted mixed race
couples; he referred to them as “MRC’s.”
He committed over 20 murders
in twelve states. He would do surveillance of high schools, malls, and
college campus’s, if he saw an African-American male socializing with
a white female, he would follow the male, ambush him and kill him. He
would later celebrate by entertaining prostitutes.
On one occasion, Franklin
almost hit a black man in a crosswalk, the man glared at him, Franklin grabbed
his gun, ready to kill him in broad daylight in front of witnesses; he was detained
by a female passenger.
Franklin shot and paralyzed
publisher Larry Flynt because “Hustler” magazine dedicated an issue
to inter-racial sex. Franklin also shot and wounded black attorney Vernon
Jordan (Bill Clinton confidant) and former president of the “Urban League”
because Jordan was jogging with a Caucasian woman.
Franklin was arrested in 1980;
he gave detailed confessions of his crimes. He has been tried in several states.
In Missouri in 1997, he was sentenced to death; Franklin considers himself
a serial assassin, not a serial killer, motivated by political conviction.
Up until recently, he was the only known serial killer to cite racism as a motive.
His favorite statement: “I was commanded by God to start a race