'Manchester by the Sea' inspired duo to kill son

  • 'Manchester by the Sea' inspired duo to kill son

'Manchester by the Sea' inspired duo to kill son

The couple made a decision to kill their disabled adoptive son and cover up the crime with a house fire after watching the Oscar-winning movie "Manchester by the Sea", according to the NY prosecutor handling the case.

It was all part of a plan the couple hatched in the hours after watching the film Manchester by the Sea with Jeffrey on February 28, according to Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride. They have been accused of setting fire to their Guilford, NY, house in attempt to hide their crime.

"In that movie, Judge, the main character in that movie, kills his children by an accidental fire and is told in the movie that you can't be prosecuted for accidentally killing your children, and within two hours of that movie playing to this defendant and her husband, Jeffrey's deceased", McBride said, according to transcripts obtained by WBNG.

Mid-way through the grim meditation on grief that is Oscar victor Manchester by the Sea, an accidental fire rages through a New England home, killing three young children.

Addressing Ernest Franklin's alleged role in the scheme, McBride said that "the defendant, with all due respect, was not injured in any way trying to save the alleged - the victim in this particular case".

The Franklins were charged with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with evidence after their son Jeffrey was found dead inside their home, which had burned down on March 1.

Casey Affleck, victor of Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea, holds his Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on February 26, 2017.

Ernest Franklin II is being held on $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.

When police arrived on the scene, Ernest Franklin reportedly pointed to the room where his dead son was lying. “Because of the damage to the body by the fire, the pathologist is not able to determine the cause of death.”.

Michael Trosset, Heather Franklin's attorney, told the court that she's "innocent until proven guilty". Heather Franklin claimed to have been driving around from 11:30 p.m. until about 2:30 a.m., according to the report.

Heather Franklin's lawyer asked for reasonable bond because she is pregnant, the station reports.

Ernest Franklin's bail was set at $250,000 and his wife's at $125,000.

Mrs Franklin - who is now pregnant - told investigators that she visited two shops looking for a specific medication that night. (Chenango County Sheriff's Department/WBNG News via AP) This undated photo provided by the Chenango County Sherriffs Office shows Ernest Franklin.

If convicted, both of the Franklins face up to 25 years to life in prison.