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Missouri executes serial killer Franklin

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BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - White supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin has been put to death in Missouri. It was the state's first execution in nearly three years.

The 63-year-old Franklin targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980. He was executed Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre for killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper shooting outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.

Franklin was convicted of eight murders, including one in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was finally arrested in Kentucky, escaped, and was captured for a good in Florida.

He also admitted to shooting and wounding Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Franklin's fate was sealed early Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal appeals court decision overturning stays granted Tuesday.

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