Hung Up on Race

Suspect in the Jordan ambush

A drifter and former member of the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party, he was known for his strong aversion to interracial couples. He was sentenced to life in prison for the August 1980 murders of two black joggers in Salt Lake City. Police also considered him the prime suspect in another shooting that year. Last week Joseph Paul Franklin, 32, was formally charged with the May 1980 ambush of Civil Rights Leader Vernon Jordan in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Jordan, then president of the National Urban League, was severely wounded by rifle fire outside the Marriott Inn...

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