Beautiful Children

After a long sabbatical, due to some personal reasons and life changes, I have returned and I have a complex case for you all to enjoy. Here is the twisted case of Franklin Delano Floyd and Suzanne Sevakis.


Franklin Delano Floyd as a youth

Franklin Delano Floyd was born June 17, 1943 in Barnesville, GA. He was the youngest of five children to Thomas and Della Floyd. Thomas would die in 1944 from kidney and liver failure at 32 years old. He had been an alcoholic. His mother was a 29 year old widow with five kids and she found herself living back with her parents in a small apartment. Sadly after two years she was asked to move out and the children were given over to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home in Hapeville, FL.

Franklin was a victim of bullying in the children’s home due to being too “feminine”. He was sodomized at 6 years old with a broom stick by the other kids. There were also harsh punishments handed down by the staff as well. As a teen he was caught masturbating and had his hands dipped into boiling water. Franklin would also be disciplined for fighting and stealing.

In 1957, Franklin was approximately 14 years old, his youngest sister closest to him in age left the children’s home. Two years later, he ran away and was later arrested for breaking into a house to steal food. His sister, Dorothy, who was married with children of her own in South Carolina took custody of him to prevent charges being filed. Not long after Dorothy kicked her brother out.

Franklin began to track down his mother, and eventually found her in the Indianapolis area working as a prostitute. Della helped forge documents saying that Franklin was older than his 16 years, allowing him to go to California and join the Army. He was discharged 6 months later for being underage and having false papers. Franklin was unable to locate his mother again, and he became a drifter.

Della died on July 2, 1968, and is buried in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

Franklin’s life did not become normal. In 1960 he broke into a SEARS store and stole a gun. When police responded he was shot in the stomach which required surgery and he eventually recovered. If he hadn’t we wouldn’t be discussing his life at this time. After his recovery he was sent to a youth institution and in 1961 violated his parole by going to Canada for a fishing trip with a friend.

In May of 1962, Franklin was back in Georgia working at the Atlanta airport. He was 18 years old and a month into his new job he abducted a 4 year old girl from a local bowling alley. He took her to the woods where he sexually assaulted her. Franklin was arrested and sentenced to 10-20 years. I would like to say that he learned his lesson by serving his time, but in 1963 he escaped. While being transferred for a medical errand, Franklin escaped his guards and fled to Macon. There he stole $6000 and was again arrested. He was then sent to serve time in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Franklin Delano Floyd

Franklin’s time in prison was not ideal. He was still an effeminate man and was continually raped by inmates. A second escape attempt took him to Pennsylvania and after a suicide threat, he was transferred to Marion, Illinois. Eventually in 1968 he was back in Georgia and had finally made a friend named, David Dial.

November of 1972, 10 years after his initial sentencing, Franklin was released to a halfway house. Less than 2 months later, January of 1973 he approached a woman and forced her into a car where he attempted to sexually assault her. She was able to escape and Franklin was arrested again. Calling on his friend David Dial, he asked him to post his bond, and then Franklin fled. He was now a fugitive.

Sandra Brandenburg

Cliff Sevakis

Sandra Brandenburg was a single mother of four young children. Her oldest daughter, Suzanne was born in 1969 from the marriage of her first husband Cliff. They separated after he went to Vietnam and he never was around much after that. Sandra also had three other children from her marriage to Dennis Brandenburg, one that had ended most likely in divorce. Their three children included Allison born in 1971, Amy born in 1972 and Philip born in 1974.

In 1974, Sandra was in jeopardy of losing her children due to some bad checks that she had written. But after meeting 31 year old, Brandon Cleo Williams in 1974, at a North Carolina truck stop, the two married after a month when he promised he would help her raise her children.

In 1975, Sandra was jailed for 30 days, and she was leaving her children in the care of her husband, Brandon. When she got out after 30 days, her home was vacated, her husband was gone, and her children were missing. Of her four children, she would only ever find Alison and Amy who were in the care of a local church social services group.

Sandra Brandenburg

Sandra would never know what happened to Suzanne or Philip. Sandra died in 2019, and after her death a man came forward believing he was Philip Brandenburg. DNA testing proved he was and it was learned that he had been privately adopted in North Carolina shortly after he was born.


Suzanne about 2-3 years old

It should be no surprise that Brandon Cleo Williams was an alias of Franklin Floyd. Suzanne Sevakis was alive and currently living with him, and being raised as his daughter. In 1975 Suzanne Davis and her father, Trenton Davis were in Oklahoma City, and she was registered to attend school there. Franklin and Suzanne would live by numerous aliases.

Not much is known about the next 10 years of Suzanne’s life with Franklin. They moved often and changed names frequently. In 1986, Sharon Marshall and her father, Warren Marshall were living in Forest Park, Georgia, and she graduated from high school. Sharon’s dream was to work for NASA and she had qualified for a full scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology to study Aerospace Engineering.

Unfortunately her “father”, wasn’t going to allow her to leave him to go to school and live her life away from him. Sharon learned she was pregnant, and it is unknown who the father of the child was, but it is believed that her own “father” was the father. Because of this pregnancy her scholarship was rescinded and she was not able to attend the school and pursue her dreams.

After discovering her pregnancy, Sharon and Warren moved to Tampa, FL, and she gave birth, the child was put up for adoption. While in Tampa, with her “father’s” approval, Sharon began working as a stripper, and would soon have a private relationship with Gregory Hines who is believed to father her second child, Michael Anthony, who was born in 1988.

Megan Dufrense

To give Michael a sense of family and have a father figure, Sharon and Warren moved to New Orleans, LA, and became husband and wife. Now known as Clarence and Tonya Tadlock Hughes. A third child would be born by Tonya (Suzanne) in 1989, again believed to be fathered by Clarence (Franklin Delano Floyd). This child, a girl, was also put up for adoption, her name is Megan Dufrense.


Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony was the only child that Suzanne was able to keep and raise. He was born in 1988, and his father is believed to be Gregory Hines, even though he was raised by his mother and Franklin Delano Floyd as their son. He was the pride and joy of his mother, but was rather stunted in his development. At two years old he was not verbal, had limited muscle control, and the mental equivalency of a 9 month old.

At two years old his mother unexpectedly died while walking home from getting some groceries. She was hit by a car and was found on the side of the highway by three people. She had severe bruising and a large hematoma. Michael was placed into foster care in the state of Oklahoma as Franklin wasn’t able to care for him. Six months later Franklin was arrested for a parole violation.

Suzanne Sevakis

Prior to her accident, she and Franklin had been arguing. Suzanne had planned to leave with her son and run away with her boyfriend, Kevin Brown. They had been having a secret affair but Franklin had learned about it. During the time of the accident, Franklin claimed he had been asleep at the Motel 6 that they were staying at. It is suspected, but not proven that Franklin had hit her with the car and then left her to die. Suzanne would die of her injuries in April of 1990. She was only 20 years old.


Cheryl Commesso

While working at the strip club in Tampa, Suzanne known as Tonya met a girl, Cheryl Commesso. Cheryl had a similar background and could see that Tonya was not in a healthy relationship. She would often encourage her to leave with her son and get away from Clarence. In 1989 there was an altercation between Cheryl and Clarence as he believed that she had reported Tonya for misreporting her income and as a result they lost their government benefits. Clarence did not work, but cared for Michael. At this altercation Cheryl had been hit in the face. Shortly afterwards she disappeared.

Because of her disappearance, Tonya and Clarence were persons of interest in her disappearance but they had left town before any further investigation.

The End

In 1995, skeletal remains were found by a landscaper in Florida. The remains were examined by an archeologist who stated that the remains had been from a woman who was beaten and had 2 gunshots to the head.

In Kansas, a mechanic had won a truck at an auction. After taking the truck home and looking it over, he had found a large envelope stuffed between the gas tank and truck bed. The envelope was filled with pictures that the mechanic gave to the police.

These photos showed a woman, bound and severely beaten. The injuries in the pictures matched those of the remains found in Florida. The woman in the picture was Cheryl Commesso.

The truck that had the photos hidden inside was traced back to Oklahoma where it had been stolen in September of 1994 and abandoned in Texas a month later. The person who had stolen this vehicle was Franklin Delano Floyd.

The truck held more photos than just Cheryl. There were dozens of photographs of a young girl. Signs of sexual abuse were evident and sexually explicit poses at various ages were captured. The girl was unknown.

In 1994, Franklin Delano Floyd petitioned the court to gain custody of Michael. But due to his criminal record and the DNA proof that he was not his biological father, his request was denied.

Ernest and Merle Bean

6 months later, Michael Anthony Hughes was still in the foster care system and had been cared for by Ernest and Merle Bean. They were and are well known in the foster system for caring for as many children as possible. They truly loved all the children they took in even if it was for a few days. Michael was no exception. As they had cared for Michael so long they started the process to adopt him into their family. In their care he progressed greatly and was able to attend school when he was old enough.

Michael was six years old and in the first grade at Indian Meridian Elementary School. Franklin arrived at Michael’s school and armed with a gun demanded that the principal, James Davis, take him to Michael’s classroom. And he did it.

Both the principal and Michael were ushered into a truck and driven out to the country. James Davis was handcuffed to a tree and left behind. Michael was in the truck with Franklin and never seen again.

In 2001 Franklin was tried and convicted for the murder of Cheryl Commesso. He was sentenced to death.

However the question remained, where was Michael?

In 2014, Franklin was being questioned by the FBI and finally came clean about Michael and the unknown girl in the pictures. He stated that Michael had been murdered the same day he had been kidnapped. The boy had been crying and Franklin shot him twice in the back of the head and buried him near the last exit before the Oklahoma/Texas border. The area was searched but no body or remains have ever been found. It is suspected that wild hogs may have found and eaten the remains. Even though there wasn’t a body to mourn over, Ernest and Merle were able to get closure on the little boy they loved and were planning to adopt.

The girl in the pictures that was previously unknown, was Suzanne Sevakis. Franklin admitted to kidnapping her in 1975, and how he had kept her with him until her death. He did not confess to any involvement in her death. But at least her mother was able to get closure on what happened to her oldest child.

Megan Dufresne was unable to have a relationship with her mother or brother, but has been able to build a relationship with her grandfather Cliff. Her grandmother Sandra was not open to building a relationship.

Last Meals Part 5

I have some interesting last meal requests this week. I’m still fascinated by this topic and it seems like many of you are as well. I hope this week is entertaining.

(This post and series is not intended to cause controversy regarding capital punishment, and is only intended to discuss the final meals of those who have been judged in a court of law and sentenced to the death penalty.)

  • Who: Dobie Gillis Williams
  • Age: 38
  • Where: Louisiana State Penitentiary
  • How: Lethal Injection
  • When: January 8, 1999
  • His Crime: Controversial murder of Sonja Knippers in 1984.
  • Last Meal: Ice cream and 12 chocolate bars.
  • Who: Bruno Richard Hauptmann
  • Age: 36
  • Where: Trenton State Prison
  • How: Electric Chair
  • When: April 3, 1936
  • His crime: Kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr.
  • Last meal: Celery, olives, salmon salad, corn fritters, sliced cheese, a fruit salad, and slice of cake, with coffee and milk.
  • Who: Peter J. Miniel
  • Age: 42
  • Where: Texas State Prison, Huntsville
  • How: Lethal Injection
  • When: October 6, 2004
  • His crime: Murder by stabbing 39 times of an acquaintance, Paul Manier in 1986.
  • Last Meal: 20 beef tacos; 20 beef enchiladas; 2 double cheeseburgers; a jalapeño pizza; fried chicken; spaghetti; fruit cake; half of a chocolate cake and half of a vanilla cake; cookies-n-cream and caramel pecan fudge ice cream; 2 Cokes; 2 Pepsis; 2 root beers; and 2 glasses of orange juice.

Swanky Franks

Quick meals are a requirement when you have kids who are in activities, sometimes running kids to three different places at the same time. This recipe is one of the easiest recipes I have, and it’s super easy to customize it to your tastes.

  • Ingredients
    • Hot dogs or any sausage you like
    • Mashed potatoes, real or instant
    • Cheese, any variety, sliced or shredded
  • Directions
    • Cut hot dogs in half lengthwise but do not cut all the way through. Place on a baking sheet.
    • Mashed potatoes can be prepared to taste either real or instant or leftovers. You do not want them ice cold so heat them slightly. Add them to the top of the hot dog until the length is covered by 1/2 – 1 inch of potatoes.
    • Grab your cheese and place on top of the potatoes. Do not be afraid to add as much as you like. If you do not want cheese leave it off.
    • Bake in a 350° oven for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are heated, hot dog is hot and cheese is bubbly.
    • Serve warm with your favorite sauces.

Happy Eating!


Wednesday’s are for Wisconsin on this page, and today I wanted to talk about Rosemary. She lived in Wisconsin from 1949 until her death in 2005 at the age of 86. Almost everyone knows about her parents and siblings, but little is known of her. Who is Rosemary? She’s the eldest daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy.

Rose Marie usually referred to as Rosemary or Rosie, was the eldest daughter and third child of Joseph Sr and Rose Kennedy. She was born in 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

When her mother was in labor with her, the doctor was delayed and Rose was told to keep her legs closed until he arrived, the baby was in the birth canal for two hours and it is believed deprived of oxygen during part of this time.

During her early years Rosemary’s parents felt she wasn’t developing as she should as she was still trying to sit up, crawl, and walk at two years old. She was then labeled as intellectually disabled.

Rosemary was sent to boarding schools specializing in intellectually disabled children, she had specialists, private tutors and she would still struggle with learning to read and write.

Her elder brother, John, escorted her to a tea dance and helped give the impression that she wasn’t different at all.

Rosemary travelled with her family to the coronation of Pope Pius XII. And was presented as a debutante to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 1938.

In 1940, after returning from England, Rosemary became irritable and difficult. She would often fly into rages and become violent. Joe Sr attempted to distance her from the rest of the family so she wouldn’t impede their political careers.

Eventually she was sent to a convent school in Washington DC and the nuns reported that she would sneak out regularly. They feared she had sexual partners and would contract a sexually transmitted disease or become pregnant. This type of behavior would shame and embarrass the family and Joe Sr found a solution to help solve the problem.

In 1941, 23-year-old Rosemary Kennedy had a new psychosurgery performed called a frontal lobotomy.

The doctors who performed this mildly sedated her and made small incisions into the front of her brain. As they stated no more than an inch each. Brain tissue was cut and as they cut they would ask Rosemary to recite prayers, songs, or count backwards. When she became incoherent they stopped. Joe Sr never told his wife that this procedure was performed until after.

As a result of the lobotomy Rosemary regressed to that of a two year old. The procedure was not successful.

In 1949 Joe Sr learned of St Coletta’s in Jefferson Wisconsin. It was an institution that cared for people with disabilities. Joe had a cottage built for Rosemary near the Alverno House which was designed for those who needed lifelong care.

Rosemary was cared for by two nuns, a student and a woman who worked with her three days a week in ceramics. Eventually Rosemary relearned to walk, she had a dog that kept her company. She would not speak clearly again and her one hand was palsied.

For 20 years her siblings did not know her whereabouts and her father never visited her again. Her mother visited her after the death of Joe Sr in 1969.

At that time her siblings learned about her failed lobotomy, but claimed her absence was due to mental retardation.

Rosemary died from natural causes in 2005 with her remaining siblings, Jean, Eunice, Pat, and Ted by her side. She is buried near her parents at Holyrood Cemetery in Brookline, MA.

Last Meal Monday Part 4

Today is Monday, I feel like I have neglected you all for a couple days, but there is a reason. I am going through a divorce and I have had to do some major work at my house that has been consuming my time for several days. I vow to do better. So here is this weeks final meals of the condemned.

(This post and series is not intended to cause controversy regarding capital punishment, and is only intended to discuss the final meals of those who have been judged in a court of law and sentenced to the death penalty.)

  • Who: David Wayne Stoker
  • Age: 38
  • Where: Texas State Prison
  • How: Lethal Injection
  • When: June 16, 1997
  • His Crime: Murder of 1 man in 1986.
  • Last Meal: Two cheeseburgers, French fries, and ice cream.
  • Who: William Prince Davis
  • Age: 42
  • Where: Texas State Prison
  • How: Lethal Injection
  • When: September 14, 1999
  • His Crime: Robbing an ice cream store and murdered the manager.
  • Last Meal: 2 Bags of BBQ flavored potato chips, 6 cans of Coca Cola, 4 fried chicken legs, 4 biscuits, baked beans, and grated cheese.
  • Who: Timothy McVeigh
  • Age: 33
  • Where: Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute Indiana
  • How: Lethal Injection
  • When: June 11, 2001
  • His Crime: 1995 Domestic Terrorist responsible for the Oklahoma City Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building. Killing 168 people.
  • Last Meal: 2 pints of mint and chocolate chip ice cream.

Erik and Lyle

What would it take for a person to pull the trigger on a 12 gauge shotgun while it is aimed at their father? What about their mother? How about both? It’s impossible to say why a person would do that, let alone two sons in the same family.

Jose Menendez was originally from Cuba but moved to the United States in 1960. Mary Louise ‘Kitty’ Andersen was from Illinois and married Jose in 1963. They would eventually move to New York and welcome their son Joseph Lyle in 1968. In 1970 Erik Galen was born and Kitty was no longer teaching but raising their two children. Jose, as a corporate executive relocated his family to Beverly Hills in 1986.

The idyllic family existence was shattered on August 20, 1989. Lyle and Erik had been out to a movie and the annual Taste of LA Festival, and upon their return home they discovered the bodies of Jose and Kitty, shot to death.

Lyle called police yelling that “Someone killed my parents!”

When police arrived, Lyle and Erik were not suspected and they were never tested to see if they had handled or fired a gun recently. Jose had been shot once in the back of the head from where he had slept on the sofa. Kitty who was next to him rose from the first gunshots and was shot in the leg. She fell from this and was shot several more times in the arm, chest, and face. This left her unrecognizable.

In the months after the deaths of their parents, the Menendez brothers spent lavishly, but not according to other relatives. They did go on vacations, purchased a new home each and even bought other property and luxury items. The police suspected this spree was connected to the murder of their parents.

In March 1990 the brothers were arrested days apart for the murder of their parents. The pre trial proceedings took over two years and their brothers were tried separately and both ended in a hung jury.

The second trial, they were tried together. The brothers claimed that they had murdered their parents because they feared for their lives. They had lived with emotional, physical, and sexual abuse by their father their whole lives. Their mother enabled their father and was drug addicted, an alcoholic, and mentally unstable.

The sexual abuse had started again and weeks before the murder their father had threatened to kill them if they didn’t keep it a secret. In his first trial Erik had been accused of being homosexual and that the alleged sexual abuse was in fact consensual. While in Lyle’s trial the prosecution stated that “Men could not be raped because they lack the necessary equipment to be raped.”

The two brothers learned their parents had rifles hidden in their bedroom, and fearing for their lives they purchased two shotguns. On that day in August, a final confrontation would occur.

The Menendez brothers fired their shotguns at their parents killing them both. Was it justified? Would they have been better off contacting police about the abuse instead? We will never know.

At the second trial the judge did not allow much defense testimony on the abuse allegations and never instructed the jury that they could vote on manslaughter charges instead of murder charges. The jury felt that the brothers killed their parents not out of fear, but out of greed for the inheritance that was almost $15 million.

As a result Lyle and Erik Menendez were convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They were both sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The brothers are now housed in the same prison after 22 years of being in different institutions. They are in the Richard J Donovan Correctional Institution in San Diego CA.

Be strong, make good choices, be safe

Last Meals – Part 3

It’s Monday again! And that means we get Last Meal Monday! So tuck in your napkin, pull up a chair and dig in to these last meals by some of the most notorious criminals.

(This post and series is not intended to cause controversy regarding capital punishment, and is only intended to discuss the final meals of those who have been judged in a court of law and sentenced to the death penalty.)

  • Who: John Wayne Gacy
  • Age: 52
  • Where: Stateville Correctional Center, Crest Hill, IL
  • How: Lethal Injection
  • When: May 10, 1994
  • His Crime: Murder and Rape of at least 33 young men and teenage boys in the 1970’s.
  • Last Meal: Dozen deep fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries.
  • Who: Ted Bundy
  • Age: 42
  • Where: Florida State Prison
  • How: Electric Chair
  • When: January 24, 1989
  • His Crime: Kidnapping, Rape, Murder of at least 30 young women, it’s believed to be more.
  • Last Meal: He declined a last meal so he was given the standard last meal option: Medium-rare steak, eggs over easy, hash browns, toast, milk, coffee, juice, butter and jelly. He did not eat it.
  • Who: Aileen Wuornos
  • Age: 46
  • Where: Florida State Prison
  • How: Lethal Injection
  • When: October 9, 2002
  • Her Crime: Murder of 7 men.
  • Last Meal: A cup of black coffee.


Or lack there of. I type this while eating Mexican food. I love food. I am not exercising. Therefore I’m gaining weight, and not meeting any of my goals. An then when I gain weight, I get depressed and what do I do? I eat. It’s a horrible cycle and I wish I had the strength to break it.

Each day I wake up and plan to eat healthy and then by time I get to work, all of my good intentions have floated out the window. And I seem to find more and more excuses to not go to the gym and I am mad at myself for that. Life happens but as my therapist will tell me, I have to make time for me and focus on keeping boundaries and a balance in my life.

So far I am losing. I need to find a way to break the cycle and start becoming more healthy. I may consider some extreme measures if I can’t get myself on the right path.

Please send encouraging thoughts to me and any tips that you have found that will break the cycle.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

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Over Night Oats

Recently I discovered the delight of having Over Night Oats. And it’s opened up a new avenue of options for me. Over Night Oats are a great way to eat healthy but take it on the go with you. The base recipe is customizable and so is what you put into the oats. Here is currently my base recipe and my favorite option to make. Enjoy!

  • Over Night Oats:
    • Ingredients:
      • 1/2 Cup of Steel Cut Oats
      • 3/4 Cup of Milk (any milk you prefer)
      • 1 Tsp Chia Seeds (Optional)
      • 1 Banana sliced
      • 1-2 Tbsp Peanut butter, I use creamy but any variety that you like
      • Jar or container with a tight lid
  • Directions:
    • The night before, you will add the oats, chia seeds, milk and the toppings you like, for me I use banana and peanut butter, into the jar/container.
    • Layer the ingredients as you like, and pour the milk in last.
    • Seal the jar and put into the refrigerator overnight.
    • In the morning, when ready to eat, you simply mix the contents with your spoon and enjoy.
  • Alternatives: The only limitation is on your preferences
    • Strawberry and Banana
    • Blueberry
    • Chocolate
    • Apple Cinnamon
    • Mixed Berry
    • Maple

Happy Eating!