Girl In The Picture – Netflix just released its newest true crime documentary, Girl in the Picture, which details the disturbing crimes of Franklin Delano Floyd, a man who has been linked to murder and kidnapping. The story is so complicated (thanks to several different aliases and lots of weird twists and turns) that it has taken three decades to unravel it.
The documentary looks at evidence collected against Floyd with input from investigative journalists and authorities who worked on the case. And the doc itself is inspired by the book, A Beautiful Child: A True Story of Hope, Horror, and an Enduring Human Spirit, which was written by an investigative journalist who did a deep-dive into Floyd’s history, and specifically the mystery surrounding the death and mysterious identity of a woman named Sharon Marshall. More on that in a sec.
There’s a lot to unpack in this twisted story, which premiered on July 6, and it’s understandable to have a lot of questions about what actually took place and where Floyd is now. Here’s what you need to know:
Who is Franklin Floyd?
Franklin Delano Floyd is a 79-year-old man who is currently on death row for several crimes. He was originally from Georgia and had several siblings.
“The children were raised in an orphanage in Hapeville when the father died and the mother ran off,” the Tampa Bay Times reported.
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What crimes did he commit?
Short answer: a lot. Floyd’s crimes included abduction, molestation, robbery, and assault, per Newsweek.
“Without a doubt, Franklin Floyd is one of the most evil people I’ve ever met in my life,” Oklahoma prosecutor Lisa Hammond said during a trial, the Tampa Bay Times reported in 1997.
Floyd was arrested at age 19 after kidnapping a 4-year-old from a bowling alley, according to the newspaper, and was then arrested for robbing a bank. He served 10 years in prison and then disappeared when he was let out on parole.
Currently, Floyd is in jail for the 1989 murder of Cheryl Ann Commesso, a mother of three from Florida, along with the kidnapping of 6-year-old Michael Anthony Hughes (whose body has never been found).
He was sentenced for various crimes in 2002 and jailed in 2003. And that’s not all…Things got even weirder.
Who is Sharon Marshall?
In 1975, Floyd married a woman named Sandi Chipman using a fake alias and stole her four children from her while she was briefly jailed, the documentary explains. Floyd released three of the children but kept the fourth, whose name was Suzanne, raising her as his own daughter.