Television Station Gains Exclusive Schreuder Interview
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Frances Schreuder, the Manhattan socialite sentenced to life in prison for the 1978 murder of her millionaire father, blames her conviction on a conspiracy by friends and relatives.
Mrs. Schreuder, 47, made her comments Saturday in an interview at Utah State Prison with KUED-TV. The interview was to be broadcast tonight, said station spokeswoman Susan Koles.
A jury in 1983 found Mrs. Schreuder guilty of first-degree murder for aiding and abetting the slaying of auto parts magnate Franklin Bradshaw, 76. He was found shot to death in his downtown warehouse on July 23, 1978.
Her son, Marc Francis Schreuder, earlier was convicted of second-degree murder for gunning down his grandfather. Prosecutors contended Mrs. Schreuder compelled her son, then 17, to kill Bradshaw to prevent her from being disinherited.
Mrs. Schreuder, who had refused to speak to reporters, told the television station that her son acted on entirely on his own when he shot Bradshaw. She contended family members and friends mounted a conspiracy to have her arrested and convicted in the murder, Koles said.
Two books on the case - ″At Mother’s Request″ by Jonathan Coleman and ″Nutcracker″ by Shana Alexander - were published this year.
Koles said Mrs. Schreuder’s attorney, Ronald Yengich, decided to permit the interview partly in response to publicity generated by the books.
In return, KUED agreed to show the unedited tape in its entirety and to keep the interview a secret until now, Koles said.
″With the commitment to research an investigation of the central issues of the case, we are confident that KUED’s interview will be probing and far from compliant,″ Koles quoted Ken Verdoia, one of the reporters, as saying.
The Utah Supreme Court is considering Mrs. Schreuder’s appeal of her conviction. In a hearing on June 11, Yengich asked the justices to overturn the conviction and order a new trial, or order a new trial on a charge of second-degree murder.
Yengich focused his arguments on the admissibility of psychiatric testimony with Marc Schreuder. He said that testimony painted the young man as a ″martinet, a puppet of his mother.″
The attorney said Schreuder’s statements in the psychiatric sessions were inadmissable hearsay and ″character assassination.″
Marc Schreuder is serving a sentence of 5 years to life, also at Utah State Prison.