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Professor Arrested In Slaying Of Dismembered Teen-ager

August 31, 1987

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ A professor has been arrested in the slaying of a teen-ager who apparently was dismembered with a chainsaw, and police said today that a large collection of homosexual pornography was found in the man’s home.

Parts that may belong to the body were found in two counties last week.

Max Bernard Franc, 57, was held without bail at the West Hollywood sheriff’s substation today for investigation of murder in the death of the youth, who has yet to be identified.

Franc, a who teaches political science at California State University, Fresno, and maintains a house there and an apartment in West Hollywood, was arrested at midnight Saturday.

Los Angeles County deputies searched his West Hollywood apartment Saturday after getting his name from a rental firm where a bloodstained chainsaw was returned.

There, they ″found abundant evidence that someone had been murdered at the apartment,″ Deputy Fidel Gonzales said. He refused to elaborate.

Sheriff’s investigators who searched the Fresno home Sunday found ″one of the largest collections of homosexual pornography ever discovered, as well as construction under way indicating the suspect was building a soundproof room within his living room,″ Gonzalez said.

The Fresno Bee quoted Franc as saying he used the chainsaw to cut up a dead dog for burial.

Authorities in Los Angeles and Madera counties were trying to determine if body parts found Tuesday near Fresno and others found Thursday near the Golden State Freeway in Valencia belong to the same victim.

A Madera County rancher found the head and torso of a teen-ager along a rural highway Tuesday. The victim was in his middle or late teens, about 5- foot-7, 160 pounds, with muscular build.

According to a Madera County coroner autopsy report, the youth had a gunshot wound in the back of the head and had been dead about two days.

On Thursday, authorities found human body parts wrapped in a sheet near Interstate 5 in Valencia.

″Both the torso in Fresno and body parts in Valencia were mutilated with the same type of instrument, like a chainsaw,″ said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Andrews. ″The way the remains were hacked, it appears to be the work of the same person.″

Franc, a bachelor who joined the Fresno faculty in 1969 and taught mostly public administration courses, was on a sabbatical leave, said Professor Philip Beach, chairman of the political science department.

Franc, a Wisconsin native, attended the University of Wisconsin and earned his doctorate from New York University, according to university records.

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