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‘Manchester By The Sea’ Inspired Couple To Kill Son, Prosecutor Says

NORWICH, N.Y. (AP) — A prosecutor says a New York couple decided to kill their adoptive son and cover up the crime with a house fire after watching the movie “Manchester by the Sea.”

WBNG-TV reports Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said during a bail hearing for Ernest and Heather Franklin last week that 16-year-old Jeffrey Franklin was killed within two hours of the couple watching the Oscar-winning film on Feb. 28. McBride said an examination showed the teen died before the fire.

ernest and heather franklin Manchester By The Sea Inspired Couple To Kill Son, Prosecutor Says

Ernest and Heather Franklin are accused of killing their adopted son (Image credit: GoFundMe)

The Franklins are charged with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with physical evidence.

Heather Franklin’s attorney told the court that she’s “innocent until proven guilty.”

“Manchester by the Sea” tells the story of a man who accidentally sets a fire that kills his children. He wasn’t prosecuted.
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Information from: WBNG-TV, http://www.wbng.com

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