Franklin Bradshaw murder

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Franklin Bradshaw murder, one of the most celebrated or infamous murders in American jurisprudence, wherein heiress Frances Berenice Schreuder in 1978 incited her son Marc Schreuder to murder her father, oil and auto parts millionaire Franklin Schreuder. The case inspired wide coverage in the form of news reports, articles, and books telling of the prosecution's allegations that Frances Schreuder did not want to be cut out of her father's will and wished to continue funding her lavish Manhattan lifestyle.


Frances Schreuder

Frances Berenice Schreuder was born April 6, 1938, in Salt Lake City, and died on March 30, 2004, of chronic lung disease.


In Salt Lake City, on July 23, 1978, Marc Schreuder shot his grandfather in the back of the head. Once Marc Schreuder's link to the crime was discovered, it was alleged that Frances Schreuder manipulated her son in a pathological manner through an unhealthy and abusive form of triangulation, using her son to target and murder her father.

One of the wrinkles of the case was that Frances Schreuder's mother Berenice Schreuder continued to support her daughter throughout the case and bequeathed to Frances a share of her estate.


Marc Schreuder was convicted of second-degree murder in 1982 and spent 12 years in the Utah State Prison.

Frances Schreuder was convicted in 1983 and spent 13 years in prison.

Popular culture


The case has inspired at least two nonfiction books, At Mother's Request: A True Story of Money, Murder and Betrayal by Jonathan Coleman and Nutcracker: Money, Madness, Murder: A Family Album by Shana Alexander.

Film and television

Alexander's book was made into a 1987 TV miniseries starring Lee Remick as Frances Schreuder and Tate Donovan as Marc Schreuder.

Coleman's book was made into a 1987 TV movie starring Stefanie Powers as Frances Schreuder and Doug McKeon as Marc Schreuder.

On February 25, 2004, the case was discussed by Dominick Dunne in the episode "Family Secrets" (Season 3, Episode 11) of his true-crime show Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice.