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Suspect in 1979 Oklahoma sniper attack faces execution

by Nolan Clay Modified: November 17, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: November 17, 2013

/articleid/3905612/1/pictures/2269743">Photo - Shooting victims Jesse Eugene Taylor and Marion Vera Bresette are shown in this photo collected as evidence by police. <strong></strong>
Shooting victims Jesse Eugene Taylor and Marion Vera Bresette are shown in this photo collected as evidence by police.

The sniper shot Marion Bresette once as she ran to help, the records show. Both died there in the parking lot.

Several witnesses told police they thought the loud pops of the sniper's rifle were a car backfiring, according to police reports.

One witness, grocery store worker Charles Hopkins, said he heard the male victim say, “Oh, my God,” after being shot the first time.

Hopkins told police he saw the woman run around the car screaming. He said she dropped immediately when she was shot and did not move.

Richard Bresette, now 44, said, “We … was yelling at my mom, ‘Get down! Get down! Get down!' Even though we was little kids, we knew what was going on.”

He said they did not see their mother get shot because Taylor's blood had splashed across the car window.

His sister, Candy Moreno, said she could tell their mother was dead when they got out of the car. She said she bent down and kissed her mother.

Moreno, 46, of Oklahoma City, said she doesn't believe Franklin should be executed.

“I don't think it is right for anybody to take anybody's life,” she said. “Honestly, I don't, unless it's like you're fighting for your life, then you have to do what you've got to do. … I don't like to even kill flies.”

She said getting locked up for life is worse than being executed.

The tragedy tore up the lives of all three children, who went to live with their dad.

“He messed our lives up, me and my brothers,” Moreno said of the sniper.

“I was really an athletic person and stuff like that,” she said. “Our mom, she always made sure we did good in school, dressed right … but after that happened, I just turned into a drug addict, at 12 years old.”

“Not full-fledged, but anytime I could get things, I would,” she said.

She also said, for a time, she hated white people, even though she herself is white

Richard Bresette said he doesn't like being around people because of what happened.

“I ended up hanging myself in the front yard of my aunt's house. They said I was dead but they brought me back,” he said. “I think it was like a year or two afterward. I was still a little kid. … I didn't have my mom no more and I really loved my mom.”

He said he had regular nightmares until he was 21 about getting shot himself.

He said his father tricked him when he was still a boy into believing Franklin already had been executed. “He just wanted me to forget about it,” Richard Bresette said.

He said he was mad when he learned a few years ago from a television show that Franklin is still alive.

The youngest of the three, Doug Bresette, died in 1995. He was found with a bag over his head from sniffing glue or Freon, his sister and brother recalled.

Doug Bresette was 8 at the time of the shooting, records show.


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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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