Nation: Racist Rifleman

Is the drifter a killer?

As a boy in Mobile, Ala., he was frequently beaten with a stick by his mother. At 17, he dropped out of school and began getting into frequent scrapes with the police. He was arrested for assault, carrying concealed we and disorderly conduct. 'He became an Evangelical Christian, then a Nazi finally, a Ku Klux Klansman. At one point he told friends that he was going to join Ian Smith's Rhodesian army. Instead Joseph Paul Franklin, now 30, continued to drift from state to state, driven by twin passions:...

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