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Judge: killer to die in Missouri a monster

CINCINNATI (AP) — A white supremacist serial killer scheduled for execution in Missouri still haunts the dreams of an Ohio judge who helped connect him to the 1980 shooting deaths of two teenage cousins in Cincinnati.

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FILE - In this June 2, 1981, file photo, Joseph Paul Franklin is shown following his conviction on two counts of first degree murder in Salt Lake City. Franklin has been convicted of five murders, but authorities suspect he's responsible for many more during a cross-country murder spree more than three decades ago, but it was the killing of a man outside a St. Louis-area synagogue in 1977 that landed Franklin on Missouri's death row. He's scheduled to die Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, the first execution in nearly three years in Missouri. (AP Photo/File)

Hamilton County Municipal Judge Melissa Powers was an assistant county prosecutor when her then-boss asked her to help get Joseph Paul Franklin to confess to shooting 14-year-old Darrell Lane and 13-year-old Dante Evans Brown.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1irvqII ) reports Powers appealed to Franklin's ego in a letter followed by phone calls and a Missouri death row interview. The man Powers calls a monster confessed and was sentenced to two life terms in Ohio in 1998.

He is scheduled to die Wednesday in Missouri for a 1977 slaying that was one of 20 killings he committed, targeting blacks.

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