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October 12, 1991 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge has scheduled Dec. 6 as the execution date for Theodore Frank, who tortured and murdered 2 1/2-year-old Amy Sue Seitz of Camarillo 13 years ago. Judge John J. Ryan issued the death warrant Friday morning, decreeing that Frank should die in the gas chamber at San Quentin state prison. "We got the execution date set, and what that means in a nutshell is that he's a step closer to the execution," said Assistant Dist. Atty. Colleen (Toy) White.
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September 7, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Theodore Frank, one of Ventura County's most notorious killers whose case contributed to a campaign for tougher child-molestation laws and the ouster of a state high court justice, has died of natural causes on California's death row. Frank, 66, died Wednesday night of an apparent heart attack in his cell at San Quentin State Prison.
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November 2, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Supreme Court, ruling in one of the most notorious capital cases in state history, on Thursday upheld the death sentence of Theodore Francis Frank for the torture-murder of a 2-year-old Ventura County girl in 1978. A previous death sentence for Frank had been overturned by the high court in 1985 in a controversial decision that was cited in the successful campaign to defeat Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird in the election of November, 1986.
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April 1, 1993 | ROBYN LOWENTHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a different world, Patti Linebaugh would probably be attending her first grandchild's high school graduation this spring. But on March 14, 1978, 2 1/2-year-old Amy Sue Seitz was kidnaped from her baby sitter's yard in Camarillo. Two days later the toddler's raped and tortured body was found in Topanga Canyon.
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March 17, 1987
Your article (Feb. 12) about Theodore Frank, the convicted child-killer, sent me into such a furious tizzy that I've been flying around like a madwoman ever since. I've followed the progress of Frank's incarceration since this felon's 1978 arrest. I never knew exactly what this sadist did to his young victim, but your recent article explicitly spelled out Frank's actions. It didn't help my sanity to know that Frank's ultimate fate still hangs in legal litigation for another five years.
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February 12, 1987
Theodore Frank, who wrote in his prison diaries that he derived pleasure from torturing children, was given a death sentence for the second time for the kidnap-murder of a 2-year-old Ventura County girl. "Mr. Frank does have a mental illness," Orange County Superior Court Judge John J. Ryan said, but Frank "had the capacity to appreciate what he was doing."
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November 27, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Theodore Frank has won a 45-day federal court stay of his death sentence for the 1978 torture-murder of a 2 1/2-year-old Camarillo girl, opening up his last chance for appeal, Ventura County prosecutors announced. U.S. District Court Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler granted Frank's request for a stay of execution on Nov. 18, effectively postponing his Dec. 6 execution until late January.
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October 13, 1989
Orange County filed suit against Ventura County on Thursday to recover $168,911 in costs owed for the 1979-80 trial of Theodore Frank, who was convicted of torturing and murdering 2-year-old Amy Sue Seitz. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, seeks reimbursement for attorney's fees, Frank's in-custody costs, marshal's services and other expenses stemming from the transfer of Frank's case from Ventura County. It was moved to Orange County because of extensive pretrial publicity.
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October 11, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK
The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday gave its attorneys the go-ahead to sue Ventura County for $169,000 in expenses, which they say are owed from the trial of convicted child killer Theodore Frank. Frank was convicted in late 1979 for the abduction, rape and torture slaying of 2-year-old Amy Sue Seitz. The child was abducted from her aunt's house in Camarillo in Ventura County. Frank's case was moved to Orange County because of extensive pretrial publicity.
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October 12, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Orange County Superior Court judge has set Dec. 6 as the execution date for Theodore Frank, who tortured and murdered 2 1/2-year-old Amy Sue Seitz of Camarillo 13 years ago. Judge John J. Ryan issued the death warrant Friday morning, decreeing that Frank should be put to death in the gas chamber at San Quentin state prison for Amy Sue's murder. "We got the execution date set, and what that means in a nutshell is that he's a step closer to the execution," said Ventura County Assistant Dist.
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March 5, 1992 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Child killer Theodore Frank has won a 45-day stay of his death sentence for the 1978 torture-killing of a 2-year-old Camarillo girl, prosecutors said Wednesday. Frank was scheduled to be executed in the gas chamber Friday, though a postponement was expected, said state Deputy Atty. Gen. Jeff Koch, who is prosecuting the case. U.S. District Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler granted Frank's request for a stay of execution to allow him to find a lawyer to handle his federal appeal.
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November 27, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Theodore Frank has won a 45-day federal court stay of his death sentence for the 1978 torture-murder of a 2 1/2-year-old Camarillo girl, opening up his last chance for appeal, Ventura County prosecutors announced. U.S. District Court Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler granted Frank's request for a stay of execution on Nov. 18, effectively postponing his Dec. 6 execution until late January.
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November 27, 1991 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Child killer Theodore Frank has won a 45-day federal court stay of his death sentence for the 1978 torture-murder of a 2 1/2-year-old Camarillo girl, opening up his last chance for appeals, prosecutors announced Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler granted Frank's request for a stay of execution on Nov. 18, effectively postponing his Dec. 6 execution until late January.
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November 27, 1991 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge postponed the scheduled execution of child killer Theodore Frank for 45 days to allow him time to hire an attorney to represent him in a new round of appeals. In an order issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler granted Frank's request to delay his execution, which had been scheduled Dec. 6, Deputy Atty. Gen. Jeffrey J. Koch said.
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October 12, 1991 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge has scheduled Dec. 6 as the execution date for Theodore Frank, who tortured and murdered 2 1/2-year-old Amy Sue Seitz of Camarillo 13 years ago. Judge John J. Ryan issued the death warrant Friday morning, decreeing that Frank should die in the gas chamber at San Quentin state prison. "We got the execution date set, and what that means in a nutshell is that he's a step closer to the execution," said Assistant Dist. Atty. Colleen (Toy) White.
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October 12, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Orange County Superior Court judge has set Dec. 6 as the execution date for Theodore Frank, who tortured and murdered 2 1/2-year-old Amy Sue Seitz of Camarillo 13 years ago. Judge John J. Ryan issued the death warrant Friday morning, decreeing that Frank should be put to death in the gas chamber at San Quentin state prison for Amy Sue's murder. "We got the execution date set, and what that means in a nutshell is that he's a step closer to the execution," said Ventura County Assistant Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1992 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Child killer Theodore Frank has won a 45-day stay of his death sentence for the 1978 torture-killing of a 2-year-old Camarillo girl, prosecutors said Wednesday. Frank was scheduled to be executed in the gas chamber Friday, though a postponement was expected, said state Deputy Atty. Gen. Jeff Koch, who is prosecuting the case. U.S. District Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler granted Frank's request for a stay of execution to allow him to find a lawyer to handle his federal appeal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1991 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge has set Dec. 6 as the execution date for Theodore Frank, who tortured and murdered 2 1/2-year-old Amy Sue Seitz of Camarillo 13 years ago. Judge John J. Ryan issued the death warrant Friday morning in Santa Ana, decreeing that Frank should be put to death in the gas chamber at San Quentin state prison for Amy Sue's murder. "We got the execution date set, and what that means in a nutshell is that he's a step closer to the execution," said Assistant Dist.
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June 11, 1991 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U. S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal for Theodore Frank, who was sentenced to death for the 1978 kidnaping, rape, torture and murder of a 2 1/2-year-old Camarillo girl. By rejecting Frank's appeal, the nation's highest court upheld a November decision by the California Supreme Court, which ruled unanimously that Frank should be executed for torturing and murdering Amy Sue Seitz, whose mutilated body was found in Topanga Canyon. Monday's rejection by the U. S.
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