March 28, 1996 |
George Franklin's daughter, the key witness in a repressed-memory murder case against her father, will testify at his retrial despite defense claims to the contrary, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Lawyers for Franklin said Tuesday they had learned that Eileen Franklin-Lipsker did not want to take the stand in the retrial, scheduled for Sept. 16 in San Mateo County Superior Court.
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.
January 19, 1996 |
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.
December 25, 1995 |
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.
November 21, 1995 |
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 |
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.