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Saturday, November 19, 1994
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7'". . : 1 A8 THE COURIER-JOURNAL FROM PAGE ONE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19. 1994 From 3 Man traveled trail of lies Continued from Page One cause he thought his daughter might try to contact him there, Hager said. Warren Marshall showed up alone Sept. 30 at the St. Vincent de Paul men's homeless shelter, where he stayed two nights, said Steve Williams, director of programs. ' Hager's next contact with Marshall was when he appeared at a Service at Walnut Street Baptist, she said. "He seemed very nicely dressed, very polite," she said. Church members were stunned a few weeks later by his arrest and by the alleged crime. - "I think we're shocked," Hager said. "There's a little boy missing, and that's upsetting." "He said, 7 want you to get Michael,'" Davis said. As the two walked to Michael's first-grade classroom, "He said, Tve got to have a chance with my son.' " Outside, the man ordered Davis into the principal's pickup truck, put Michael in the middle and ordered Davis to drive until they reached a wooded area. He told Davis to get out and directed him to a site Davis luter learned was just across the road from where Michael had lived for 4'h years with his foster family. "I think he was stalking him," said Davis, who was left handcuffed to a tree and later rescued after a neighbor heard his calls for help. "I think he had found out where Michael lived." Mis behavior seemed odd Tenants at the old Victorian house where Floyd lived in Louisville said they tried to help him because he had only a few clothes that appeared to have come from thrift stores. But they were struck by his odd behavior. . Terry Evans, who lived in the apartment below Floyd, said Floyd never mentioned a son but talked constantly about the daughter he said was a prostitute and showed her photographs. And it appeared that Floyd who initially found work by day as a painter seldom slept, Evans said. "I used to hear him at 3, 4, 5, 6 o'clock, walking all night long," Evans said. "He acted like he didn't go to sleep." Evans said he befriended Floyd, but the two had a falling-out when Floyd demanded to stay at Evans' apartment alone to watch a movie and Evans refused because he had to leave for work. "He wanted to watch 'The Fugitive' on TV," Evans said. "It turns but he was a fugitive." Evans said tenants wondered when Floyd borrowed money and a telephone to order a driver's license from Florida insisting he didn't THE LIFE OF FRANKLIN FLOYD June 17, 1943: Bom in Barnesville, Ga.; placed in Baptist orphanage about a year later in Hapeville, Ga. 1957-58: Runs away from orphanage at age 14 or 15; drifts from city to city; joins Army but is discharged for being underage. June 21, 1960-August 1961: Serves 14 months in a Preston, Calif., juvenile center for burglary; released on parole at 18. May 1962: Convicted of child molesting after allegedly abducting a 4-year-old girl. Sentenced to 10 to 20 years. March 14, 1963: Escapes while placed as prisoner at a state mental hospital. Robs a bank of $6,810 the next day. Pleads guilty and is sentenced to 15 years in prison. Jan. 19, 1973: Released from federal prison. Feb. 2, 1973: Charged with assault by Atlanta police for allegedly attempting to force a woman into his car. February-June 1973: Spends four months in state mental hospital, is released on bond and flees the area, violating state bond and federal parole conditions. Spends next 17 years as a fugitive. Georgia dismisses assault charge in 1985 when Floyd can't be found. 1973-74: Authorities think he abducts a young girl, whom he passes off as his daughter and later marries. She's killed by a hit-and-run driver in April 1990. June 1990: Arrested in Georgia as federal fugitive and federal parole revoked; ordered to serve remaining five years of his sentence; also begins unsuccessful court battle to get custody of Michael Anthony Hughes, the son of his late wife. 1993: Has sentence reduced and is released from prison. July 4, 1994: Charged with burglary and assault after allegedly breaking into the apartment of an Oklahoma City woman; released on bond. Sept. 12, 1994: Allegedly abducts Michael Anthony Hughes at gunpoint from his Choctaw, Okla., elementary school. Nov. 10, 1994: Arrested in Louisville. want a Kentucky license. The FBI has declined to say how Floyd was located in Louisville, but soon after he ordered the driver's license under the name Warren Marshall, Floyd was arrested at J.B. Byrider Sales, a Preston Highway used-car lot where he had just found a job as a salesman. Floyd is now in custody in Louisville, awaiting transfer to Oklahoma. t Tears fill the eyes of Michael's first-grade teacher, Dana Haueter, at the mention of Michael's name. "He was the kind of kid you fell in love with the first day," she said. "And I really did. He was easy to love." Two months later, she and others at the school still suffer over Michael's disappearance, she said. "I know everybody all the teachers are praying for him," Haueter said. "We think about him all the time. Every day." Floyd's Georgia roots The Atlanta Journal reported this week that on Sept. 21, Floyd checked himself into the psychiatric ward of Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta under the name Warren Marshall and left Sept. 29, the day before he arrived in Louisville. But it's not clear where Floyd was between Sept. 12, the day of Michael's abduction, and Sept. 21. Davis' pickup, stolen during the kidnapping, was found abandoned in Dallas near the airport, the FBI said. The FBI is concentrating its search for Michael in Atlanta, because Floyd apparently was alone when he left the city and because of Floyd's ties to the state. Floyd was born near Macon, Ga., and was placed in a Baptist children's home in Hapeville, Ga., when he was about 1 year old, along with his four older brothers and sisters, according to records in a federal brief Floyd filed in 1991 seeking to have a sentence reduced. Floyd ran away from the home outside Atlanta at age 14 or 15 and eventually entered the Army, but was discharged for being underage, the court records said. He then drifted through various cities, winding up in California, where he was convicted of burglary at 17 and placed in a state juvenile center. He was released on parole at 18. Less than a year later, Floyd was convicted in Georgia of child molesting after he allegedly abducted a 4-year-old girl from a bowling alley and assaulted her. While serving a 10- to 20-year sentence, he was placed at a state mental hospital and escaped by stealing a car. The next day he robbed a bank, and in 1963 he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Released in January 1973, Floyd was charged one month later with assault after he allegedly stopped a woman on the street to ask directions, then attempted to force her into his car. After that, Floyd fled the state and lived the next 17 years as a fugitive. Authorities discovered Floyd was a fugitive after the death of Michael's mother, and he was arrested in 1990. Michael was placed in foster care at age 2; an Oklahoma court has determined Floyd is not Palestinian clash deadly Continued from Page One Some prayed; others wept. "They're acting like the Jews," an old man screamed about the police as he watched a bleeding youngster carried from an ambulance to the emergency room, so overtaxed that some victims were treated on the bloodstained floor. There were nearly clashes at the hospital. As one wounded police officer was brought into the hospital, staff workers had to push back a surging crowd ready to grab him from a stretcher. Across the street from the hospital, a mosque broadcast the names of the dead, who were given the title "martyr" a moniker previously reserved for Palestinians who died fighting Israelis. In another part of the city, grim-faced, bearded men gathered at the homes of families who had lost loved ones in clashes with police. Hasty burials, lit only by the light of the full moon, were under way by 7 p.m. : "We didn't expect this to happen between Palestinians," said a man, who would not be named. He was hovering anxiously over the bed of his nephew, 13-year-old Mahmoud Sakr Biltaggi, at Shifa Hospital last night. Biltaggi was shot in the abdomen during the clash that erupted at Gaza City's Palestine Mosque. Biltaggi's father, the uncle said, is an activist with Islamic Jihad who was arrested a week ago by the Palestinian police after a suicide bomber who belonged to Islamic Jihad blew himself up at the same Israeli checkpoint that was overrun yesterday. In the earlier attack, the bomber killed three Israeli soldiers. Israel responded to the suicide attack by pressuring Arafat to crack down on Islamic Jihad and Hamas, which have carried out a string of bloody attacks on Israelis. , Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and other Israeli officials repeatedly have warned Arafat that he either must face down Islamic militants or risk the collapse of the peace process. Since July, Arafat has ordered the arrest of dozens of Islamic activists. But those arrested usually were released quickly. Some Palestinians saw Israel's hand in yesterday's clashes, insisting Mediterranean . Sea TEL AVIV JtHUoALtm GAZA I r STRIP VP GAZA CITY; LLUfflfUIV f s rwj SYRIA WEST I : : ml ntum t un in toe JORDAN ASSOCIATED PRESS Palestinian police fired yesterday on a crowd of Muslims outside Palestine Mosque In Gaza City. At least nine people were killed and 120 wounded In clashes that lasted into the night. Advisers warned him that any use of force against Hamas in Gaza, where the organization is a strong political and social force, would alienate a majority of residents. But Hamas' increasingly bold challenges to his authority appear to have pushed Arafat into yesterday's confrontation. After Islamic Jihad and Hamas militants staged a massive rally Nov. 11 in the heart of Gaza City, chanting slogans against Arafat and Israel, Justice Minister Freih Abu Medein warned that they had "crossed a red line." The most recent clash started after noon prayers at the Palestine Mosque, where some 6,000 worshipers had gathered to observe the Muslim Sabbath. Militants said worshipers were incited by the presence of about 200 armed police. But a police spokesman said the officers went to the mosque only after learning that Hamas and Islamic Jihad planned a demonstration and started shooting after the militants threw rocks at them. flDead ) ( tea STAFF MAP BY STEVE DURBIN that Rabin had phoned Arafat and ordered him to carry out a massacre. "This was all done on the orders of Rabin and Clinton," a young Gazan said, referring to the American president, as he watched a doctor tend to a relative who had been shot. Until yesterday, Arafat avoided using force against the militants. V Mystery shrouds life and death of boy's mother SfAF-F PHOTO BY MICHAEL HAYMAN Franklin Delano Floyd, 51, who was arrested in Louisville Nov. 10 by the FBI, has denied kidnapping Michael Anthony Hughes, 6. the boy's biological father and ruled he has no claim to him. This summer, Floyd was charged with breaking into the home of an Oklahoma City woman and threatening her with a knife. He was free on bond on that charge when he allegedly abducted Michael. Bond was initially set at $100,000, then reduced to $30,000, said Choctaw, Okla., police Chief John Whet-sel. Whetsel, whose department first responded to the kidnapping report, said he was appalled that a court would permit someone with Floyd's record to be released on bond, t That Floyd was free on Sept. 12 angers Davis, Michael's principal. "Something's wrong," Davis said. "Look at all the misery he's put people through. Look at what he's done to the people in this school." Floyd's arrest "was not good news," Davis said, because people still don't know what has happened to Michael. "What might he be going through?" By DEBORAH YETTER Staff Writer OKLAHOMA CITY - Her name at the time of her death came off a tombstone in Alabama, and authorities fear that the true identity of the mother of a kidnap victim from Oklahoma may never be known. Tonya Dawn Hughes, as she was last known, was found lying unconscious along a busy Oklahoma City highway after midnight on April 25, 1990. She apparently had been struck by a car while walking back to her motel. She never regained consciousness and died five days later. No one was ever charged in "The girl never had an enemy. She had a heart that was bigger than Oklahoma." Nightclub owner J.R. Buck, describing former employee Tonya Dawn Hughes REWARD OFFERED The FBI has announced a $5,000 reward for the safe return of 6-year-old Michael Anthony Hughes. Anyone with information should call the FBI in Louisville at (502) 583-3941. her death. And now, as FBI agents continue their search for her son, Michael Anthony Hughes abducted at gunpoint Sept. 12 they also are searching for the identity of Tonya Hughes. They fear that Franklin Delano Floyd, 51, the ' man charged with kidnapping Michael, also may have abducted the boy's mother as a young girl and moved around the country with her under various aliases until her death in 1990 at about age 20. Floyd was questioned in connection with her death but was never charged, said Oklahoma City police Lt. David Duke. Floyd told police he was asleep in the motel room at the time of the accident, Duke said. FBI agents in Oklahoma have obtained a photograph they say depicts Floyd about 20 years ago with the woman at age 4 or 5. They think he may have abducted her after his release from prison in 1973. The photograph was taken in Oklahoma City, the FBI said, with Floyd using the name Trenton Davis and the girl, Suzanne Davis. After that, records show, they lived in Georgia, Kentucky, Arizona, Florida and other states, with Floyd enrolling the girl in school as his daughter, the FBI said. The two married in 1989 ;in New Orleans under assumed names one year after Michael was born then moved to Tulsa, Okla., where Tonya Hughes worked as-a nightclub stripper before she was killed. Employees at Passions Club are still grieving about her death, club owner J.R. Buck said in an interview. -i "Right away, she climbed into our hearts," Buck said. "Everybody loved her." But employees also grew worried because Tonya told them she wanted to leave Floyd for a boyfriend she met at the club, but was afraid of what he might do And she was secretive about her background, telling them virtually nothing about her past except that all her relatives were dead, Buck said. After hfcr death, Flofli planned to have the body cremat- ed in Oklahoma City, but a funeral was held in Tulsa when Buck said he would pay for it so her friends from the club could attend. She is buried in Tulsa. Afterward, trying to locate someone who might be related, Buck said he found in her employment application that her maiden name was Tonya Dawn Tadlock. He called the couple he thought were her parents in southern Alabama and discovered, their child by that name had died some 20 years earlier. Buck said he reported this to police, who discovered that Floyd, then using the name Clarence Hughes, was a federal fugitive sought for a parole violation in Georgia. Buck said he and Tonya's friends at the club remain haunted by her death and the mystery of who she really was. "The girl never had an enemy," he said. "She had a heart that was bigger than Oklahoma." Information for this story also was gathered by The New York Times. 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