Location Chillicothe Correctional Institution
Offenses Assault, Murder
Sentence Min/Max 15 YEARS/LIFE
Date Admitted 05/18/2006
Next Eligibility Hearing Date 02/27/2021
Gordon Franklin beat his 13-year old daughter to death with a golf club as she lay sleeping at about 7 a.m. in the morning in her third-floor bedroom at the family home. While she lay sleeping, he went to the basement level of the house and chose a golf club - a putter. He walked up to the third level and struck his daughter in the head three times. Franklin calmly went downstairs afterwards , changed his clothes, ate a brownie and smoked a cigarette while he conversed with his wife, telling her that Danielle and her brother had gone to school as usual earlier in the morning. Franklin then left the home as if he was going to work.

Danielle's mother, Kathleen , was in the house until she was picked up for work at approximately 11:30 a.m. At about 12:30 p.m., she received a call from the middle school reporting that Danielle, a very good student and school cheerleader, had not shown up for school that day. Kathleen went straight to the school and verified that her daughter was not there. She spoke with some of her daughter's friends who told her they had not seen Danielle that day. She went to her husband's place of employment and found the doors locked and no one present. At that time, Kathleen, accompanied by a good friend, went home and straight to her daughter's bedroom. There, they found Danielle's bloody and lifeless body in her bed. It was about 1 p.m.

Franklin admitted to police that he had bludgeoned his daughter to death. He gave no reason except that he was in a rage at the time he began beating her. The Hamilton County Coroner stated that Danielle was asleep when the beating began and that she did not wake up.

The first blow to her head killed her, although Franklin struck her head two more times. The impression of the putter was visible on her skull.

The trial court that accepted Franklin's no contest plea to the charge of Murder stated in its sentencing entry that it "recommends that due to the defendant's severe mental and unexplained motive that the defendant not be paroled." The parole hearing was scheduled because Franklin will have served the minimum 15 years of his sentence in 2021. Because of the cruel and heartless crime of violence committed by this defendant against his own daughter, this office strongly opposes any type of early release. The prosecutor's office joins with the judge's recommendation that he serve his entire sentence and that he should be incarcerated until the end of his life.

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