Offender: William Mark LaFranchi

DOB: 12/16/1960

Offense: Rape/Attempted Capital Murder

Date of Offense: February 27, 1985

Location of Offense: Austin, Texas

Previous Offender.

Status:

LaFranchi was sentenced to 50 years for attempted capital murder

and aggravated sexual assault out of Travis County. The offenses took place

on  Feb. 27, 1985, and he was sentenced on April 5, 1985. He was received by

TDCJ on April 12, 1985, and was released under mandatory release on March

14, 2002.

 

Magazine Sales Company:

Summit Publishers Service Co.,

Houston, Texas.

Founder: Peter Wiegandt: Status:  (murdered or committed suicide)

Owner: Robert L. Pennington: Status: (deceased)

Manager: Kevin Mooney: Status:  (unknown)

See slaves to the sale by Nancy Stancill for more info on Pennington and Summit Publishers: http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/slaves to the sale.html

 

Click here to display mug shot of William Mark LaFranchi:

http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/images/william mark lafranchi.jpg

 

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Austin Police Department:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/police

Police Sgt. Rick Coy

Caria Garcia:  Assistant District Attorney

Texas Department of Criminal Justice:

http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us

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Possible Criminal Records:
       Texas Court:
              Name: WILLIAM MARK LAFRANCHI
              Aliases: MARK LA-FRANCHIWILLIAM LA-FRANCHIWILLIAM M LA-FRANCHIWILLIAM MARK LA-FRANCHIMARK LAFRANCHIWILLIAM LAFRANCHI
              State of Origin: Texas
              DOB: 12/16/1960
              Race: White
              Sex: Male
              Eyes: Blue
              Height: 6' 00"
              Weight: 248

              Offenses:
                     Offense #1
                     Case Type: Statewide Court
                     Component: *001
                     Arrest Date: 11/15/1983
                     Arrest Statute: DWI-MISD
                     Court Offense: DWI
                     Court Plea: Unknown or Unreported
                     Court Disposition: CONVICTED
                     Court Disposition Date: 03/27/1984
                     Sentence Date:
                     Sentence
                            Jail: 20 Days
                            Probation:
                            Suspended Time:

              Court Activity:
                     Date: 03/14/2002
                     Activity: MANDATORY RELEASE AUS-STATE PAROLE BOARD 00395616

                     Date: 04/12/1985
                     Activity: RECEIVED IN TDCJ

       Texas Court:
              Name: WILLIAM MARK LAFRANCHI
              Aliases: MARK LA-FRANCHIWILLIAM LA-FRANCHIWILLIAM M LA-FRANCHIWILLIAM MARK LA-FRANCHIMARK LAFRANCHIWILLIAM LAFRANCHI
              State of Origin: Texas
              DOB: 12/16/1960
              Race: White
              Sex: Male
              Eyes: Blue
              Height: 6' 00"
              Weight: 248

              Offenses:
                     Offense #1
                     Case Type: Statewide Court
                     Component: A001
                     Arrest Date: 03/19/1984
                     Arrest Statute: THEFT CLASS B
                     Court Offense: THEFT CLASS B
                     Court Plea: Unreported or Unknown
                     Court Disposition: CONVICTED
                     Court Disposition Date: 03/27/1984
                     Sentence Date: 03/27/1984
                     Sentence
                            Jail: 30 Days
                            Probation:
                            Suspended Time:

              Court Activity:
                     Date: 03/14/2002
                     Activity: MANDATORY RELEASE AUS-STATE PAROLE BOARD 00395616

                     Date: 04/12/1985
                     Activity: RECEIVED IN TDCJ

       Texas Court:
              Name: WILLIAM MARK LAFRANCHI
              Aliases: MARK LA-FRANCHIWILLIAM LA-FRANCHIWILLIAM M LA-FRANCHIWILLIAM MARK LA-FRANCHIMARK LAFRANCHIWILLIAM LAFRANCHI
              State of Origin: Texas
              DOB: 12/16/1960
              Race: White
              Sex: Male
              Eyes: Blue
              Height: 6' 00"
              Weight: 248

              Offenses:
                     Offense #1
                     Case Type: Statewide Court
                     Component: *001
                     Arrest Date: 02/28/1985
                     Arrest Statute: AGG SEXUAL ASSLT
                     Court Offense: AGG SEXUAL ASSAULT
                     Court Plea: Unknown or Unreported
                     Court Disposition: CONVICTED
                     Sentence Date:
                     Sentence
                            Jail: 50 Years
                            Probation:
                            Suspended Time:

                     Offense #2
                     Case Type: Statewide Court
                     Component: *002
                     Arrest Date: 02/28/1985
                     Arrest Statute: BURGLARY
                     Arrest Type: Attempt to Commit
                     Court Offense: CAPITAL MURDER
                     Court Plea: Unknown or Unreported
                     Court Disposition: CONVICTED
                     Sentence Date:
                     Sentence
                            Jail: 50 Years
                            Probation:
                            Suspended Time:

              Court Activity:
                     Date: 03/14/2002
                     Activity: MANDATORY RELEASE AUS-STATE PAROLE BOARD 00395616

                     Date: 04/12/1985
                     Activity: RECEIVED IN TDCJ

       Texas Department of Corrections:
              Name: WILLIAM MARK LAFRANCHI
              Address: 5668 GROUSE RD, GILMER TX 75645-7282
              State of Origin: Texas
              DOC Number: 00395616
              DOB: 12/16/1960
              Race: White
              Sex: Male
              Eyes: BLUE
              Height: 6' 00"
              Weight: 210

              Offenses:
              Parole/Probations:
                     Start Date: 03/14/2002      
                     Status: PAROLE: NORMAL REPORTING       County: UPSHUR

              Prison Inmate Records:
                     [None Found]

Sexual Offenses:
              Name: WILLIAM MARK LAFRANCHI
              AKAS: MARK LAFRANCHIWILLIAM LAFRANCHIWILLIAM M LAFRANCHI
              Address: 5668 GROUSE RD, GILMER TX 75645-7282
              Date Last Seen: 12/05/2007
              Sex: MALE
              DOB: 12/16/1960
              Hair Color: BROWN
              Eye Color: BLUE
              Height: 6'00''
              Weight: 248 lbs
              Race: WHITE
              Offender ID: 03201513
              Offense: AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT
              State of Origin: Texas
              Conviction Date: 04/05/1985
              Victim's Age: 22
              Victim's Sex: Female
              TX DEPT CORRECTION: 03/14/2002
              GILMER SO UPSHUR CO: 11/27/2006
              ENDING REGISTRATION DATE:

 

Austin American-Stateman 03/02/1985

A/01/05

Morning Edition

Reproduced from the collections of the Austin History Center:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/library/ahc

And the Austin Public Library:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/library

 

Peddler accused of rape, knifing in North Austin

By Patrice Gravine

American-Stateman Staff

 

A traveling magazine salesman was charged Friday with attempted capital murder and aggravated sexual assault in an attack on a 20-year-old Austin resident who police said escaped death “by a hair.”

 

Police Sgt. Rick Coy said William Mark LaFranchi, 24, a magazine firm salesman with no known address, was charged with rape and attempted murder.

 

Municipal Judge Cleve Moten set bail at $100,000 on each charge.

 

The woman told police she admitted a magazine salesman to her North Austin apartment about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

 

“He was really, truly selling magazines at first.” The woman’s husband said Friday. “She refused to buy any. He walked to the door. When he shook her hand, that’s when he grabbed her.”

 

The man threatened to harm her baby, raped her, and tried to suffocate her before slitting her throat with a butcher knife, Coy said.”

 

“He sexually assaulted her, then took her to another room where he choked her and placed a pillow over her face until she was unconscious,” Coy said. “Then he went and got a butcher knife and began slicing her throat with the knife. She was left on the bed unconscious, with her throat cut. The doctor who examined her said he missed her carotid artery by a hair.

 

The woman regained consciousness after about 30 minutes and called her husband at work.

 

“She had this rag over her throat,” her husband said. “When she took the rag away, there was this big old chunk missing.” He called police and an ambulance.

 

THE WOMAN was admitted to ST. David’s Community Hospital and was discharged Thursday. She has about 200 stitches in her throat, her husband said.

 

Their child was not harmed.

 

Coy said he began searching the woman’s neighborhood for clues. I went out all day yesterday, from apartment to apartment, looking for magazine salesman,” he said Friday.

“I found one – he wasn’t the suspect – but he told me that a salesman had been there the day before and who he was.”

 

Then, about 7:30 p.m. Thursday LaFranchi was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary after a man called police about a prowler, Coy said.

 

Coy said LaFranchi matched the description the woman gave police of the rapist. She later identified him.

 

LAFRANCHI HAS no known permanent address and has traveled throughout the country for an unknown time selling magazines, Coy said. A criminal history was not complete, he said.

 

The latest address LaFranchi gave police was for a San Marcos motel, Coy said.

 

Coy said LaFranchi told him he had been inside several other woman’s apartments Wednesday trying to sell magazines before he knocked on the victim’s door. “I’m hoping they will see this or read this and contact us,” Coy said.

 

The woman’s husband, who said he was surprised his wife let a stranger into the apartment, advised people to be cautious.

 

“I want these people out there to be extra careful about who they talk to and who they let in,” he said. “He just talked his way in.”

 

 

 

Austin American-Stateman 04/06/1985 

B/03/01

Morning Edition

Reproduced from the collections of the Austin History Center:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/library/ahc

And the Austin Public Library:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/library

 

2 sentences given in rape on north side

By Jim Phillips

American-Stateman Staff

 

A door-to-door magazine salesman who raped and cut the throat of a prospective customer pleaded guilty Friday to charges of attempted capital murder and sexual assault

 

in exchange for two 50-year prison terms. William Mark LaFranchi, 20, will be allowed to serve the two 50-year sentences concurrently.

 

His 20-year-old victim and her husband and mother attended the brief session with state District Judge Mace Thurman.

 

The victim was raped Feb. 27 after LaFranchi went to her North Austin apartment to sell magazines.

 

After failing to sell subscriptions, LaFranchi started to leave, then grabbed the woman, police said. He threatened to harm her baby, then raped her and tried to suffocate her with a pillow.

 

In the confusion LaFranchi said he decided to get a butcher knife from the kitchen of the victim when she did not stop breathing, said Caria Garcia, assistant district attorney.

 

He cut her throat and left her on the bed. She regained consciousness about 30 minutes later and called her husband. About 200 stitches were required to close the wound, her husband said.

 

LaFranchi was arrested the next day after a resident reported a prowler at his home.

 

The last address LaFranchi gave police was a motel in San Marcos. He has traveled throughout the country selling magazines.