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Painting by Frank Frazetta

Painting by Frank Frazetta

Crime | A Pennsylvania newspaper delves into the family feud over the fortune of legendary artist Frank Frazetta that led to the arrest last week of son Alfonso (Frank Jr.) in the theft of $20 million worth of paintings from his father’s museum in East Stroudsburg. Frank Jr.’s wife Lori claims he was only trying to protect the paintings from his brother and two sisters, whom she accused of attempting to take their father’s fortune: “My husband, all he ever wanted to do was to take care of his family.”

Frank Jr. was jailed under $500,000 bail on charges of burglary, criminal trespassing and theft. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.

The family dispute apparently began after the death in July of Frank Sr.’s wife Ellie, who had long run the business. The 81-year-old Frazetta, who suffers from dementia, lives in Florida with his daughters. [Pocono Record, Pocono Record]

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Frazetta’s son charged in attempt to steal $20M worth of father’s paintings [Updated]

Alfonso Frank Frazetta

Alfonso Frank Frazetta

Pennsylvania police have arrested a son of renowned artist Frank Frazetta after they say he used a backhoe Wednesday afternoon to break into his father’s museum in an attempt to steal $20 million worth of paintings.

Alfonso Frank Frazetta, 52, was charged with theft, burglary and trespass after he allegedly was caught loading the artwork into his trailer and SUV. Police responded to a burglar alarm at the East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, museum, where Frazetta reportedly told the trooper he had been instructed by his father “to enter the museum by any means necessary to move all the paintings to a storage facility.”

Frazetta is in the Monroe County jail on $500,000 bail. Charges are pending against a second man.

The elder Frazetta, 81, was in Florida at the time of the incident.

Update (6 a.m. PST Friday): The Allentown Morning Call has more details, including the name of the other suspect.

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