The Suzanne Sevakis case puzzled investigators for nearly 30 years. But now that the young woman's actual identity has been uncovered, people are starting to turn their attention towards her Suzanne Marie Sevakis' children.
In the Netflix true crime hit Girl in the Picture, which premiered last July (2022), we are introduced to a young woman named Sharon Marshall (Sevakis) and the story of how her step-father, Franklin Floyd, kidnapped her and turned her life upside down.
Floyd took Sevakis while her mother, Sandi Chipman, served 30 days in prison for writing a bad check. Heartbreakingly, the mother was never able to reunite with her toddler, and Floyd raised the young woman—whom he named Sharon Marshall (as well as changing his name to Warren Marshall)—as his own. He sexually abused her, forced her into exotic dancing, denied her an education, changed her name and even married her.
But true heartbreak came in 1990 when the then 20-year-old died in a hit-and-run accident that many suspect Floyd had been part of. Sadly, she left behind three children.
What happened to Suzanne Marie Sevakis' children?
Suzanne Marie Sevakis had three children, but in the documentary, we only learn about two: Michael and Megan. The third child's identity and whereabouts are not known. Viewers were initially left wondering, where is Michael Hughes now? And sadly, the young boy met a grim fate like his mother.
When Sevakis' son was placed in foster care after her death, Franklin Floyd horrifyingly tracked him down and kidnapped him in 1994, storming Indian Meridian Elementary School in Choctaw, Oklahoma, and holding Michael's principal at gunpoint.
After the young boy was taken from his foster parents, Merle and Ernest Bean (who appear in the documentary), Floyd was arrested for the crime. At the time, he claimed that Michael was still alive, though remains were nowhere to be found. Those familiar with the story eventually learn the heartbreaking truth: Floyd confessed to the little boy's murder. "I shot him twice in the back of the head to make it real quick," he revealed to FBI agents.
Then there's Megan Dufrense, Suzanne Sevakis' daughter. The young woman, who is now in her 30s, was born in New Orleans in 1989. Floyd gave himself and Suzanne aliases, Clarence and Tonya Hughes, when he wanted to marry her—meaning these were the names Megan was born to.
It is a possibility that Megan is the biological child of Floyd, but her parentage (on her father's side) has never been confirmed. In fact, after the tragedy her mother went through, she was put up for adoption, and was adopted by her parents Mary and Dean Joseph Dufresne.
The documentary reveals that Megan was unaware of her mother's incredibly sad past until recently.
Things seemed normal for Dufrense, until she went digging for clues about her birth mother and discovered through a true crime book—A Beautiful Child by Matt Birkbeck, a journalist interviewed in the documentary—that her mother had been a victim of a serial killer.
"The more I learned, the angrier and sadder I got about everything," Dufrense said in the Netflix docu-series.
Over time though, she was able to connect and form a relationship with her biological grandfather, Cliff, though her biological grandmother wasn't willing and open for a relationship.
"I can’t talk to Suzanne but I can talk to Megan and that will...that will do," Sevakis' father, Cliff, says in the film.
Girl in the Picture is currently streaming on Netflix, and a "Girl in the Picture" podcast delves even deeper into the life of Suzanne Marie Sevakis, and the bizarre and horrifying twists and turns of the story.
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