Joseph Paul Franklin (born April 13, 1950) is an American serial killer. He has been convicted of several murders, and given six life sentences, as well as a death sentence. He confessed to the attempted shootings of two prominent men: the magazine publisher Larry Flynt in 1978 and Vernon Jordan, Jr., the civil rights activist, in 1980. Franklin has not been convicted in either of those cases. Because Franklin has repeatedly changed his accounts of some cases, officials cannot determine the full extent of his crimes. His claims of racial motivation have been offset by a defense expert witness who testified in 1997 that Franklin was a paranoid schizophrenic who was not fit to stand trial. He was born James Clayton Vaughn in Mobile, Alabama, to a poor family. He suffered severe physical abuse as a child.
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