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December 25, 1995 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the annals of criminal law, there has never been anything quite like the case of the People vs. George Thomas Franklin Sr. Franklin, a craggy-faced middle-aged man, was living near Sacramento in 1989 when his grown daughter, Eileen Franklin-Lipsker of Canoga Park, came forward and told an incredible tale. As a child 20 years earlier, she said, she witnessed her father rape her childhood friend, 8-year-old Susan Nason, then smash the little girl's skull with a rock.
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July 1, 1997 | From Associated Press
George Franklin, whose murder conviction based on his daughter's repressed-memory testimony was overturned, filed a damage suit Monday accusing his daughter and prosecutors of conspiring to violate his rights. In Franklin's first public appearance since his release from prison a year ago, his lawyers reported that he had passed a lie detector test in which he denied murdering his daughter's 8-year-old playmate.
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July 3, 1996 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six years after his daughter's recovered memory helped convict George Franklin Sr. of murdering her childhood friend, San Mateo County prosecutors announced Tuesday that Franklin will be set free today because they do not have enough evidence to retry him for the 1969 murder. San Mateo County Dist. Atty. Jim Fox told reporters that his decision not to retry Franklin after an appellate court judge threw out his 1990 conviction last year was "very difficult."
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July 4, 1996 | Associated Press
George Franklin was freed Wednesday, six years after he was imprisoned on the testimony of his daughter, who said she suddenly remembered seeing him kill a childhood friend but whose credibility was later undermined. Franklin, 57, beamed as he was ordered released during a brief hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court after prosecutors asked that charges against him in the 1969 murder be dismissed.
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February 21, 1996 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A woman whose "repressed memory" of her father killing a child persuaded a jury to convict him of murder has told authorities that she also has memories of him murdering two other people, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Authorities could find no evidence to support her other claims, said Dennis Riordan, an attorney for George Thomas Franklin Sr.
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December 29, 1989 | SUZETTE PARMLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Eileen Franklin-Lipsker witnessed the murder of her best friend, she wondered why no one, including police investigators, thought to question her because she was only 8 years old. Now, at 29, she will finally testify, and what she will say, she promises, is that the man she saw commit the crime was her own father. Franklin-Lipsker, who came forward with her accusation for the first time last month, is the key witness against George Thomas Franklin Sr., 50, a former San Mateo firefighter.
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November 6, 1990 | From Associated Press
Eileen Franklin-Lipsker, who has accused her father of molesting and killing her playmate 21 years ago, testified Monday that she watched in terror as he smashed the little girl's skull with a rock. "Her hands flew up to her head. . . . The next thing I heard was two blows. It sounded terrible," testified Franklin-Lipsker, whose best friend, Susan Nason, was slain Sept. 22, 1969. George Franklin Sr.
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July 4, 1996 | Associated Press
George Franklin was freed Wednesday, six years after he was imprisoned on the testimony of his daughter, who said she suddenly remembered seeing him kill a childhood friend but whose credibility was later undermined. Franklin, 57, beamed as he was ordered released during a brief hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court after prosecutors asked that charges against him in the 1969 murder be dismissed.
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January 30, 1991 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A father of five was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for murdering a girl in 1969 in a crime that went unpunished until his daughter came forth with long-repressed memories of witnessing the childhood horror. Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Smith called George T. Franklin a "depraved and wicked man," and imposed the maximum possible sentence for the murder of 8-year-old Susan Nason--life in prison with the possibility of parole.
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April 6, 1993 | From Associated Press
A state appeals court Monday upheld the murder conviction of a man whose daughter said she suddenly remembered the 20-year-old killing of her playmate while looking at her own child. Despite finding a violation of George T. Franklin Sr.'s right against self-incrimination, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that he was given a fair trial in 1990 for the 1969 fatal beating of Susan Nason, 8, of San Mateo. Franklin, now 53, was sentenced to life in prison.
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February 21, 1996 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A woman whose "repressed memory" of her father killing a child persuaded a jury to convict him of murder has told authorities that she also has memories of him murdering two other people, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Authorities could find no evidence to support her other claims, said Dennis Riordan, an attorney for George Thomas Franklin Sr.
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January 19, 1996 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case that is likely to be a test of repressed memory testimony, San Mateo County prosecutors announced Thursday that they will retry George Franklin in the 1969 murder of his daughter's childhood friend. Franklin, a onetime firefighter, was convicted in 1990 based largely on testimony by his daughter, Eileen Franklin-Lipsker, who says that after she became an adult, she recalled witnessing her father crush the skull of her childhood playmate, 8-year-old Susan Nason.
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December 25, 1995 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the annals of criminal law, there has never been anything quite like the case of the People vs. George Thomas Franklin Sr. Franklin, a craggy-faced middle-aged man, was living near Sacramento in 1989 when his grown daughter, Eileen Franklin-Lipsker of Canoga Park, came forward and told an incredible tale. As a child 20 years earlier, she said, she witnessed her father rape her childhood friend, 8-year-old Susan Nason, then smash the little girl's skull with a rock.
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November 21, 1995 | From Associated Press
A San Mateo man whose murder conviction was overturned after it was based on his daughter's 20-year-old repressed memory is entitled to a new trial, a federal appeals court agreed Monday. George T. Franklin's conviction had been overturned by a federal judge, and on Monday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling, citing flawed evidence. The case had gained national notoriety and been the subject of a TV movie.
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April 6, 1993 | From Associated Press
A state appeals court Monday upheld the murder conviction of a man whose daughter said she suddenly remembered the 20-year-old killing of her playmate while looking at her own child. Despite finding a violation of George T. Franklin Sr.'s right against self-incrimination, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that he was given a fair trial in 1990 for the 1969 fatal beating of Susan Nason, 8, of San Mateo. Franklin, now 53, was sentenced to life in prison.
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January 30, 1991 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A father of five was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for murdering a girl in 1969 in a crime that went unpunished until his daughter came forth with long-repressed memories of witnessing the childhood horror. Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Smith called George T. Franklin a "depraved and wicked man," and imposed the maximum possible sentence for the murder of 8-year-old Susan Nason--life in prison with the possibility of parole.
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November 21, 1995 | From Associated Press
A San Mateo man whose murder conviction was overturned after it was based on his daughter's 20-year-old repressed memory is entitled to a new trial, a federal appeals court agreed Monday. George T. Franklin's conviction had been overturned by a federal judge, and on Monday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling, citing flawed evidence. The case had gained national notoriety and been the subject of a TV movie.
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November 6, 1990 | From Associated Press
Eileen Franklin-Lipsker, who has accused her father of molesting and killing her playmate 21 years ago, testified Monday that she watched in terror as he smashed the little girl's skull with a rock. "Her hands flew up to her head. . . . The next thing I heard was two blows. It sounded terrible," testified Franklin-Lipsker, whose best friend, Susan Nason, was slain Sept. 22, 1969. George Franklin Sr.
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