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 At some point Adam was withdrawn from school to be homeschooled.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
Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming
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