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Where is Franklin Floyd now and is he still alive after Girl In the Picture?

July 11, 2022

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Following in the footsteps of Making A Murderer, Night Stalker and Tiger King, Girl In The Picture has quickly become the latest must-have true-crime documentary to land on Netflix.

The documentary tells the story of Suzanne Sevakis and details her experiences with Franklin Delano Floyd, who kidnapped her in 1975 – and later married her – before dying in an alleged hit-and-run at the age of 20 in 1990.

As a key character in Girl In The Picture, Franklin Floyd gets a lot of attention from viewers, but what happened to him after the events of the documentary – is he still alive in 2022?


Girl in the photo | Official trailer | netflix

BridTV10479Girl in the picture | Official trailer | Netflix

What is Girl In The Picture about?

Airing on Netflix on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, Girl In The Picture tells the story of Suzanne Sevakis and details the crimes of Franklin Delano Floyd.

In 1974 Franklin married a woman named Sandi Chipman. Sandi had four children, all of whom he kidnapped a year later.

Floyd freed all but one of the children, keeping the fourth, Suzanne. He renamed her Sharon Marshall to raise her as his own daughter, according to Oxygen.

Years later, in April 1990, and now as Tonya Hughes after marrying Franklin – who also went by an alias, Clarence Marcus Hughes – Suzanne and her then-boyfriend fled to Alabama to escaping Floyd after becoming pregnant, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

But Floyd was able to track her down, with Suzanne’s boyfriend finding a note from her saying she had been taken by her father.

That same month, while staying at an Oklahoma motel with Floyd, Suzanne was found unconscious by the side of the road following a suspected hit-and-run, dying in hospital five days later.

Girl in the photoDownloaded from the official press site | netflix

What happened to Franklin Floyd after Suzanne died?

After Suzanne Sevakis’ death in 1990, Franklin Floyd attempted to obtain custody of her son, Michael Hughes, but the request was denied because a DNA test proved that Franklin and Michael were not biologically related.

After Michael had been in foster care for several years, Franklin kidnapped the boy from his Oklahoma elementary school in September 1994. That was the last anyone saw of Michael Hughes, with Franklin Floyd admitting to the FBI in 2015 that he had killed the six-year-old. boy.

According to Special Agent Scott Lobb, who spoke in an FBI article, Floyd was pushed “overboard” by Michael behaving like a “typical six-year-old.”

“Floyd felt the pressure and he just ran out of patience,” Lobb said. “He turned around and looked at me and said, ‘I shot him [Michael] twice to the back of the head to make it really fast.

Girl in the photo Michael HughesDownload from official press site | netflix

Per Newsweek, Floyd told the FBI that Michael’s remains were buried near the last freeway exit out of Oklahoma but, despite an extensive search, his body was never found.

Franklin Floyd was arrested two months after the abduction and while detectives investigated the case they found evidence linking Floyd to another case, the disappearance of Cheryl Ann Commesso, who had been missing since 1989.

During the search of Floyd’s truck, police found photos of a woman who had been ‘tied up and beaten’, according to the RadioTimes, who was later identified as Cheryl Commesso after her remains were found by a landscaper from Florida in 1995.

Cheryl Commesso was a colleague of Suzanne Sevakis, and following her disappearance, Suzanne and Franklin were named as persons of interest after a colleague reported seeing Franklin punch Cheryl during one of several arguments.

Girl in the Picture, detective examining photographsDownloaded from the official press site | netflix

Is Franklin Floyd still alive?

Yes, Franklin Floyd is still alive and is currently 79 years old as of July 2022.

Floyd was tried for the murder of Cheryl Commesso in 2002 and, after being found guilty, was sentenced to death in November of that year.

Since then, Franklin Floyd has been held at Union Correctional Institution in Florida, formerly known as Florida State Prison.

Nearly 20 years after being sentenced to death, Floyd remains on death row and no execution date has been set.

Girl in the photo Franklin Delano FloydDownloaded from the official press site | netflix

Girl In The Picture is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on July 6, 2022.

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