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The Sinister Story Behind This Popular Utah Park Will Give You Chills

Utah is a very safe place to live. In 2015, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, Utah had the fifth lowest murder rate in the country. With just 1.8 homicides per 100,000 people, it’s reasonable to say that the residents of the Beehive State don’t usually spend much time worrying about being murdered. Still, people do kill each other occasionally here, and in 1980, a man from another state visited Salt Lake City just long enough to shoot and kill two young men in one of Utah’s most beautiful, popular parks.

Franklin isn’t the first criminal we’ve written about. Ted Bundy also spent time in Utah, and killed several Utah women. Read more about his Utah crimes here. These 10 people left dark stains on Utah’s history. Read about all of them here.

Catherine Armstrong
Catherine is a lifelong resident of Utah. She's a writer, researcher and observer of the human condition.