After spending two years in the US Army, Franklin attended graduate school at Tulane and the Free University of Berlin. In 1980 he opened a gold and silver brokerage, and began publishing The Moneychanger newsletter (www.the-moneychanger.com). In 1990 Franklin and 15 others were indicted in federal court for conspiracy to delay & defeat the IRS and willful failure to file income tax returns because he had opened a gold and silver bank and had not filed income tax returns since 1975. On July 9, 1991 a jury found him and all other defendants not guilty on all charges. On a related state charge fomented by the IRS he lost but his incarceration completely failed to rehabilitate him. In 2012 - 2013 he published volumes one and two of "At Home in Dogwood Mudhole," recounting his family’s move from city to farm life. See www.dogwoodmudhole.com. Franklin is an ordained presbyter in the Reformed Episcopal Church and pastors Christ Our Hope Church in Westpoint, TN and author of several books.