Larry Flynt is speaking out against the execution of serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin. The 63-year-old man was charged in the deaths of nine people. Franklin also confessed to firing the bullet that left Flynt paralyzed from the waist down.
Despite the devastating injury, Flynt does not want to see the convicted killer dead. On Saturday, a motion was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union to prevent Franklin’s execution. The motion was filed on Flynt’s behalf.
The creator of Hustler magazine said it is “totally absurd that a government that forbids killing is allowed to use that same crime as punishment.” He also said it is “difficult to trust that the state is acting on our behalf in an ethical manner.”
A majority of Joseph Paul Franklin’s crimes were fueled by hate. As a teen, he became a member of several white supremacist organizations including the American Nazi Party, the Ku Klux Klan, and the National States Rights Party.
Although he confessed to killing more than 20 people, he was only convicted in nine murders. Most of his victims were interracial couples, as he sought to “cleanse the world.”
In addition to the murders, Franklin confessed to numerous synagogue bombings and bank robberies. He also confessed to and was indicted in the 1978 shooting of Larry Flynt.
As reported by Murderpedia, the serial killer was charged with murders in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin. He is currently serving time on Missouri’s death row for killing Gerald Gordon while he stood outside a synagogue.
Prosecutors said the murders were “the closest thing to killing for sport” they had ever seen.
Franklin’ execution is scheduled for November 20. KMOV News reports that Flynt has become increasingly vocal in his protest of the planned execution.
In addition to speaking out against the death penalty, Larry Flynt is a strong advocate of free speech.