Why Did Franklin Floyd From Netflix's Girl In The Picture Murder His Stepson?
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Unsolved Mysteries reports that when Floyd was released from jail, he asked for Michael to be returned to his custody. As he was not the biological father and was facing possible prison time for assault and battery charges, he was denied this request (via The Oklahoman). On September 12, 1994, Floyd walked into Michael’s elementary school and threatened the principal at gunpoint. He then proceeded to kidnap the then 6-year-old Michael. At the time of the abduction, Michael had been living with his foster parents Ernest and Merle Bean for four years. In other words, Floyd was now a complete stranger to him.

Unsolved Mysteries explains that Floyd demanded that the principal use his pickup truck to drive him and Michael to a rural area. The principal obliged and when they got to their destination, Floyd handcuffed him to a tree and abandoned him. Shortly after, the authorities were able to locate the unharmed principal. As for Floyd, the FBI states that he was tracked down in Kentucky two months later. Michael, however, was not with him and Floyd refused to talk.

As the authorities searched for the missing boy, they were able to charge Floyd with the 1989 murder of Cheryl Commesso (via the FBI). Per The Oklahoman, photos of a beaten Commesso were found hidden inside the stolen pickup truck that was owned by the principal. Her remains were discovered in 1995 and Floyd was convicted and sentenced to death for her murder in 2002.

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