American serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was executed in Missouri on Wednesday. He was found guilty of murdering a man outside of a synagogue in St. Louis and bombing a synagogue in Tennessee in 1977. He was also convicted of seven other acts of murder over the course of four years. He attempted to assassinate several figures including civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. He was a past member of such groups as the Ku Klux Klan and the National Socialist White People's Party.