'Manchester by the Sea' inspired duo to kill son

13 April, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • This image released by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios shows Casey Affleck in a scene from

McBride said that Heather Franklin, who is pregnant, inexplicably left the family home and drove around until a fire intentionally set by her husband engulfed Jeffrey's body.

Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said during a bail hearing for Ernest and Heather Franklin last week that Jeffrey Franklin, 16, was killed within two hours of the couple watching the film on February 28, two days after the movie won Academy Awards for best actor and best original screenplay.

According to the Chenango County Sheriff's Office, the Mount Upton fire department and others from the area responded to the fire March 1. The parents were later charged with his murder (as well as arson and evidence tampering), and in a court transcript, Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride suggests the Casey Affleck film influenced the parents' actions.

An investigation after the fire revealed that Jeffrey, a special needs child who was deaf, did not have smoke or soot in his mouth, trachea or bronchi - which would have been present if he had died as a result of the fire, according to court records.

Ernest Franklin II, 35, and Heather Franklin, 33, allegedly set their NY home on fire to cover up the death of 16-year-old Jeffrey Franklin in March. Due to the severity of Jeffery Franklin's burns, the coroner was unable to determine his actual cause of death.

On Feb. 28, the home of Heather and Ernest Franklin burned down and their adopted son, 16-year-old Jeffrey, was found dead.

McBride said Heather Franklin reported that she watched "Manchester by the Sea", a movie in which the main character kills his children by accidental fire and is told in the film that he can not be prosecuted for accidentally killing his children.

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Ernest Franklin II is being held on $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.

Heather Franklin left the house southeast of Syracuse that evening and drove around Chenango and DE counties and did not return until her home was engulfed in flames, the prosecutors said. Jeffrey had "bowel issues" and "urine control issues", and Heather reportedly complained on Facebook about the hardships of raising him.

Mrs Franklin's lawyer told the court she was innocent until proven guilty.

Mr McBride said police found the husband to be "very calm, cool, collected" as they arrived at the home.

Heather Franklin is now in a high-risk pregnancy, her lawyer claimed at the hearing, asking that she be released. Two hours later, Jeffrey Franklin was dead.

"[Ernest Franklin] claims that a fire was started at his house accidentally when his wife happened to be shopping and he happened to leave the dogs out". "There's only one inference from the circumstantial evidence: that that child was deceased prior to the fire, then the defendant caused that child's death".

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