White supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin

A death penalty opponent picks up a battery-powered candle outside St. Francis Xavier Church during a vigil in protest of the scheduled execution of death row inmate Joseph Paul Franklin, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in St. Louis. A federal judge granted a stay of execution to Franklin on Tuesday, just hours before his scheduled death, citing concerns over a new execution method. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri, the state's first execution in nearly three years.

Franklin, 63, was executed at the state prison in Bonne Terre for killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper shooting at a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977. Franklin was convicted of seven other murders across the country and claimed responsibility for up to 20 overall, but the Missouri case was the only one that brought a death sentence. (AP)

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