Manchester by the sea murder | Duo Staged Adopted Son’s Murder To Mimic ‘Manchester By The Sea’
Upstate New York couple inspired by ‘Manchester by the Sea’ to kill special needs son, prosecutor says
An upstate New York couple was inspired to kill their adoptive special needs son after watching the Oscar-winning film “Manchester by the Sea,” the prosecutor leading the case said.
Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said at a bail hearing last week that Ernest Franklin, 35, and Heather Franklin, 33, were driven to kill 16-year-old Jeffrey Franklin two hours after watching the film.
The pair, who lived about 55 miles southeast of Syracuse, were arrested and charged with killing the teen and setting their home (home of idioms) ablaze on Feb. 28.
They were booked the following day on charges of second-degree murder, arson and tampering with physical evidence.