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The Girl in the Picture on Netflix: Where is Franklin Floyd?  Answers to all your questions

netflix more world class product true crime documentaries. The Girl in the Picture, a feature-length documentary focusing on the life and untimely death of Suzanne Sevakis, is the latest.

Directed by Skye Borgman, who also worked on an episode of Netflix’s Unsolved MysteriesThe Girl in the Picture is a riveting but grueling look into the life of a young girl kidnapped by now-convicted killer Franklin Delano Floyd.

Where is Franklin Delano Floyd now?

Franklin Delano Floyd is still alive. He is 79 years old and is being held at Union Correctional Institution. In 2002, he was convicted of the kidnapping of Michael Hughes and the murder of Cheryl Commesso and sentenced to death. He is currently on death row and has not set an execution date.

What happened to Suzanne Sevakis’ siblings?

As mentioned in the documentary, Franklin Delano Floyd took Sevakis, his two sisters and his brother, after his mother, Sandra Brandenburg, was jailed for writing an NSF check. In the end, Floyd only ended up taking Suzanne, changing her name to Sharon Marshall and later Tonya Hughes. Suzanne’s two sisters, Allison and Amy, were dropped off at an orphanage and eventually found by mother Sandra Brandenburg.

Suzanne’s brother, Phillip Brandenburg, was not dropped off at the orphanage with his sisters. Eventually he was found through a DNA test in 2019. Phillip, believing he was the missing child, submitted a test and turned out to be Suzanne Brandenburg’s brother. He had been privately adopted in North Carolina.

Who is Michael Hughes’ father?

If you’ve watched The Girl in the Picture, you’ll know that Suzanne Brandenburg, then known as Tonya Hughes, had a young son, Michael Hughes, when she was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

The documentary explains that, via DNA testing, it was proven that Franklin Delano Floyd was not Michael’s father, despite his own claims. But who was Michael’s father? Legal documents suggest that Suzanne Brandenburg became pregnant with Michael Hughes following an affair with a man named Gregory Higgs. Higgs testified that Floyd told him he was the father in a phone call.

However, since the whereabouts of Michael Hughes are unknown, this is impossible to prove. Franklin Delano Floyd was convicted of loving Hughes and later confessed to his murder, but no body was found. Consequently, it is not possible at this stage to prove paternity.

Who killed Suzanne Sevakis?

No one was ever convicted of the hit-and-run attack that ultimately killed Suzanne Sevakis, then known as Tonya Hughes. Franklin Delano Floyd was considered the prime suspect. Despite Floyd being found guilty of the murder of Cheryl Commesso, there was not enough evidence to charge Floyd with hit and run. Floyd confessed to shooting Michael Hughes twice in the head, but never confessed to murdering Suzanne Sevakis.


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