Larry Flynt weighs in on Missouri killer set for execution

Larry Flynt weighs in on Missouri killer set for execution

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Paris, FRANCE: Larry Flynt, the US pornography magnate arrives, 01 November 2004 at the Hustler Club in Paris to celebrate his 62 nd birthday with a party in his strip club. AFP PHOTO STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 7:46 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin is getting support from an unlikely source: Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who was paralyzed by a bullet apparently fired by Franklin 35 years ago.

Franklin is set for execution Nov. 20 in Missouri for a 1977 murder. But he's claimed responsibility for killing more than 20 people. He admitted shooting Flynt in 1978 but was never charged.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a court motion Saturday on Flynt's behalf, arguing that Missouri's execution process is too secretive and demanding more information be made public.

Flynt recently wrote a column in the Hollywood Reporter, saying execution was vengeance, not justice.

Franklin has been convicted in five murders. He was given the death penalty for killing Gerald Gordon outside a St. Louis-area synagogue in 1977.

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