"I don't think he was afraid to die because he had accepted the Lord," Sheffield said. "He was sorry for everything he'd done."
She said her brother had a tendency to "exaggerate" and she does not believe he committed all the crimes he claimed.
"I just want you to relate a message to [Missouri] Gov. [Jay] Nixon," Sheffield, her voice choked with emotion. "Who does he think he is? God has control over life. I don't believe in the death penalty, but he should not have done that after my brother stayed in prison 33 years. The son of a b, that Nixon is. ... he knew better."
Gresham, 34, received a call after the execution from her father's attorneys.
The daughter of Frankin's second wife and a resident of Alabama, she said she was "really mad about how they went about [the execution]." She was sleeping when she got a call Wednesday about 6:30 a.m. telling her he had been executed.
"I did get to say goodbye to him," she said. "I told him I loved him and he told me he loved me. I'm sorry for the families of the victims if they didn't get a chance to do that to their loved ones. I send them my condolences. I'm sorry my dad did all of this. I apologize for my dad and I'm sorry he caused so much hurt and pain in their families. He caused a lot in mine, too."
Franklin was briefly maried twice. Gresham, his only child, was born during the middle years of his killing spree.