By Patricia Springer
On March 26 1999, in Saginaw, Texas, 6-year-old Opal Jennings used to be fiddling with different youngsters in her grandmother's facet backyard while a black vehicle drove up. a guy received out and snatched Opal, whisking her away in his automobile. all of it occurred in a flash, prior to her horrified grandparents may well react. neighborhood legislation enforcement and the FBI equipped a huge seek in the course of the Dallas-Fort worthy quarter, whereas Opal's picture used to be generally circulated in newspapers and on tv. A probation officer famous that on March 27 - sooner or later after Opal's kidnapping - normally slovenly intercourse criminal Richard Lee "Ricky" Franks, 30, had minimize his lengthy hair and was once clean-shaven and well dressed. Why had he all at once wiped clean up his act? Franks, who'd been convicted of molesting his brother's 8-year-old daughter, admitted to sexually abusing one other younger female family member. He confessed to having had Opal in his automobile, yet claimed he'd in basic terms been giving her a experience and enable her pass unhurt. His first trial resulted in a hung jury, yet in the end, in September 2000, a moment jury could make sure Franks' guilt within the disappearance of Opal Jennings. but it wouldn't be till December 2003 that facts of her destiny will be stumbled on.
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And Never See Her Again (Pinnacle True Crime) by Patricia Springer