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State Rep. Bobby Franklin Found Dead

Foul play is not suspected, although the cause of death at his Northeast Cobb house remains a mystery.

Updated July 26 at 7 p.m.

Georgia state Rep. Bobby Franklin, who courted controversy with legislation that would criminalize miscarriages and with comments criticizing tornado victims, was found dead in his Northeast Cobb home just before noon Tuesday.

Jenny Hodges, a close friend who considered Franklin to be like a brother, said in an email to Northeast Cobb Patch that another friend went to check on the legislator Tuesday morning and called police to break in.

The Cobb County Emergency Communications Center dispatched officers to Franklin’s house in the 4500 block of Cedar Knoll Drive for the welfare check, Cobb County police spokesman Officer Michael Bowman said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

“Upon arrival the officers had to force entry into the residence, where they found a deceased male," Bowman said in the statement. 

The dead man has been identified as Franklin, 56, a Cobb County Republican known for an extreme brand of conservatism.

No foul play is suspected in the death, Bowman said. The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office has the body.

Hodges speculated that Franklin suffered a massive heart attack.

"He was having extreme chest pains," she said.

Franklin helped design the current Georgia flag. He also introduced legislation such as H.B. 1: "Prenatal Murder," which would make it a crime for the female human body to end a pregnancy if an investigation team could not determine a cause for the pregnancy's termination. The bill stalled in the General Assembly.

Franklin sparked more anger in May when he said victims of this spring’s tornados to sustain them.

"He was probably one of the most misunderstood Georgia politicians. His hate mail came from all over the country," Hodges said. "But for the few of us who loved and understood him, he was really wonderful and a man of integrity."

Visit Northeast Cobb Patch for updates in the case.

Susan Zookeeper April 11, 2012 at 06:44 PM
As a human being? You mean like the human beings he wanted to designate as "accusers" after they're raped? You mean the human beings he wanted to put in prison if they had a miscarriage? You cannot separate his "human being" from his abusive behavior toward women. And yes, it was abusive. It isn't better to try to send someone to prison for having a miscarriage than it is to beat them. Both are wrong behaviors. One lasts a LOT longer and hurts a LOT more people than the other. He was an evil man, and he's dead, and women are safer for it.
Susan Zookeeper April 11, 2012 at 06:55 PM
This page needs a "like" button for posts...
Ron McClellan April 11, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Susan . . .ironically, you appear to be spewing some of that hatred you claim to hate. Amazing.
Just a Thought June 09, 2012 at 06:05 PM
If Ms. Hodges was such a close, personal friend, why wouldn't she take him to the hospital if she knew he was having "extreme chest pains?" That seems a little suspect... Can't say I'm too sad to see him, go, though... that bill outlawing miscarriages was the most disgusting case of ignorant chauvenism I've ever heard of. And criticizing tornado victims? What an arrogant, unfeeling bastard. He honestly sounds like he had some kind of psychotic mental disorder.
Cecilia Elbmik June 05, 2014 at 12:15 PM
This man deserved death I really hope it was slow! If he was successful I would have had life in prison or would have been put to death when I lost my son! I have two other babies that need me! I still cry over the loss of my of my baby. When my baby died it hurt so bad I probably would have welcomed this. It hurt so bad I wanted it all to just be over. I still miss him and I would give anything to have him back! But now I see I have to take care of my other two kids. What would happen to them if I was put to death because their little brother died! Who would take care of my babies? I am not ashamed to say I hate this man and I truly hope he is burning!!

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