White man admits to 1980 shooting of Vernon Jordan – convicted killer Joseph Paul Franklin admits to killing the civil-rights leader 14 years after having been acquitted of the crime by an all-white jury

White man admits to 1980 shooting of Vernon Jordan – convicted killer Joseph Paul Franklin admits to killing the civil-rights leader 14 years after having been acquitted of the crime by an all-white jury – Brief Article

In 1982 an all-White jury acquitted Joseph Paul Franklin of shooting and seriously wounding civil rights leader Vernon E. Jordan Jr. Now Franklin, already serving six life sentences for murder, says the jury was wrong.

Franklin recently admitted to being the sniper that gunned down Jordan in 1980 in Fort Wayne, IN, leaving a gaping wound in his back that one surgeon said he could put his fist in.

“I was on a holy war against evil doers,” he told the Indianapolis Star. “Evildoers were interracial couples, Blacks and Jews. I was the executioner, the judge and the jury.”

Authorities say that between July 29, 1977, and Aug. 20, 1980, Franklin roamed the Midwest, South and West, gunning down as many as 20 people.

Franklin, a former White supremacist, revealed to the newspaper the accounts that led up to Jordan’s shooting.

He said he ended up in Indiana looking for “race mixers” after a failed attempt in Chicago to assassinate the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

The decision to target Jordan came after Franklin learned that the president of the National Urban League was in town delivering a speech.

When he discovered where Jordan was staying, Franklin parked his car on the side of a nearby highway and raised the hood to look as if he was having car trouble. Then he hid in the grass with his powerful hunting rifle.

When a car pulled up to Jordan’s hotel room and a Black man emerged from the passenger’s side, Franklin fired his shot, wounding Jordan.

Because the constitution of the United States bars double jeopardy, cannot be retried for the crime.

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