February 21, 1996 |
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.
December 29, 1989 |
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.
November 6, 1990 |
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.
July 4, 1996 |
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.
January 30, 1991 |
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 |
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.