Invisible Children

Adam Franklin

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Adam Douglas Franklin, age 7, was abused and murdered by his stepfather, Alan Suliber. Adam’s mother, Elizabeth “Katie” Franklin, knew about the abuse. Adam was homeschooled.

Franklin and Adam moved to Wyoming in March 1991 and Franklin soon began dating Suliber. In July 1991, Suliber slapped Adam, who fell against the washing machine. Franklin reported the incident to authorities who investigated. Franklin and Suliber married in October 1991; several people noticed various injuries to Adam during their marriage. At some point Adam was withdrawn from school to be homeschooled.

In February 1992, Franklin took Suliber and Adam to a boy scout meeting while she went to work the night shift. The next morning, she found Adam unresponsive in his bed. He was declared dead and investigators determined he had been beaten to death. Suliber was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Date: February 14, 1992
Rock Springs, Wyoming


Documents: Date:
Casper Star-Tribune 03-29-1992
Suliber guilty of killing stepson 08-22-1992
Suliber v. State 12-30-1993
Remembering Local Lives Lost to Domestic Violence 10-30-2015