Connie Franklin, better known as the â€œArkansas Ghostâ€ may be one of the only men in history who was called as a witness at his own murder trial. In March of 1929 the Arkansas farmhand disappeared, and despite a local investigation there was no body, motive or evidence beyond a blood stained hat that some claimed was his. Months later Connieâ€™s girlfriend came forward with a sordid and terrible tale of rape, torture and murder, naming four local men as having assaulted her and killed her man as they set out to elope one night. A pit of ashes and charred bones suddenly turned up, and the four men found themselves facing charges of murder.
The case took a twist when people started reporting seeing Connie Franklin after he was supposed to have been tortured and then turned into southern barbeque. Since dead men donâ€™t often go around asking for work, police took a good look around and found the supposedly dead man working as a farm hand not too far from the site of his murder. 8 months after his murder, Connie Franklin was taken into custody by police. Witnesses for the defense swore he was Connie Franklin, while others, including Connieâ€™s sixteen year old sweetheart, swore he wasnâ€™t. The identity crisis grew again when it was determined Connie was actually Marion Franklin Rogers, a married man with 4 kids who had escaped from a state hospital for â€œNervous Disorders.â€Â Without fingerprints, photographs or a CSI crew to wrap up the saga in 55 minutes, the whole circus wound up in court. After a deadlocked jury and $8000 of the taxpayerâ€™s money spent, the final verdict came down, â€œNot Guiltyâ€ for the men charged with the murder of the man who had not one life, but two.