Father of 17-Year-Old Ebony Franklin, Charged in Her Murder

On Friday, November 25, 2010 , Ebony Franklin was dropped off at the apartment complex where her father resides. She went to the Congress Heights section of Washington , DC to see her dad so the two of them could exchange Christmas presents. It was the last time she was seen alive. Efforts by family and friends to reach her that weekend proved futile. On Monday, November 29, 2010 , the body of the 17-year old Ebony was found in a trash can in the same neighborhood where she was last seen. Residents in the area were stunned by the brutality of her death; Ebony had been stabbed fifteen times. Police believed that the crime was not a random act but a crime of passion. According to criminal profilers, crimes of passion are usually committed by someone known to the victim and not a random act of violence.

On Sunday, May 22, 2011 nearly six months to the date of her disappearance Ebony’s biological father, 45-year old Robert McIntyre was arrested and charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death of his daughter. Authorities say that her father’s semen was found inside Ebony’s body. When questioned about how his semen found its way inside his daughter’s body, McIntyre first told police that Ebony wanted to get pregnant and she injected his semen inside herself using a turkey baster. He later recanted that statement and admitted that he had sexual relations with his daughter before stabbing her and leaving her to die in the trash can. Some speculate that Ebony threatened to report the rape and he killed her to silence her.

McIntyre’s criminal record dates back to 1983 and include numerous misdemeanor and felony charges including assault with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery and drug charges. His last conviction was in 2005 when he was convicted of threatening to cause bodily harm. He was sentenced and served two and a half years in prison for that conviction.

In March, 2011 McIntyre accused District of Columbia police of harassing him. Police did not take his allegations seriously. At the same time McIntrye made the following statement to the media “The way my baby was found in the trash, it’s unacceptable,” What I want to know as her father, what really took place with my child?” Considering the charges filed against McIntyre today, that statement paints a picture of a very dangerous, evil, calculating and heartless man.

McIntyre was arraigned in DC Superior Court on Monday, May 23, 2011 . When learning of the details of the manner of her death, two female family members burst into tears, and ran from the court room screaming.