Ernest and Heather Franklin are charged with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with physical evidence. 

A US couple are accused of murdering their adopted disabled son and razing the house to cover up the crime after watching Manchester by the Sea.

Ernest and Heather Franklin

Jeffrey Franklin, 16, was murdered by his parents on 28 February in upstate New York, right after his mother saw the film, a court heard.


The Oscar-winning Casey Affleck picture is about a man who accidentally kills his children in a house fire.  Heather and Ernest Franklin each face charges of murder and arson.

“Within two hours of that movie playing to this defendant,” said Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride, “Jeffrey’s deceased.”

Ernest and Heather Franklin