Sunday, March 21, 2021

Review: Nick Bryant: The Franklin Scandal, A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse and Betrayal (2009)

 Nick Bryant's The Franklin Scandal is, among other things, an investigative tour de force. Bryant tracked down and interviewed many of the victims. He crossed referenced his interviews along with many previous ones in order to determine the witnesses' veracity. He also provides 100 pages of documentary evidence, including rare primary sources, in the book's appendix. He painstaking concern with detail is necessary given the massive cover-up of the crimes he documents. 


The Franklin Scandal is named after Omaha, Nebraska's Franklin Community Federal Credit Union. It was managed by Lawrence (Larry) King (no relation to the cable news guy). Franklin Community was closed by the feds in November 1988 as part of the savings and loan debacle. King would go to prison for looting over $40 million from its depositors and creditors. King was a prominent member of the Republican Party and sang the National Anthem at its 1984 convention. From his Georgetown townhouse, he lavishly entertained Republican big shots. 

Franklin was also a front for a national pedophile ring. As the Nebraska state legislature dug into Franklin's sordid operations, the witnesses multiplied. The state hired private investigator Gary Caradori to ferret out the facts and get the witnesses on record. Caradori tracked down King's photographer. As with Jeffrey Epstein, King's perversions augmented his career as blackmailer of the rich and powerful. 

As Bryant documents, it is clear that Caradori had acquired either photographs or video of the crimes. Before Caradori could deliver the evidence his Piper Saratoga broke apart and fell out of the sky. Both Caradori and his son were killed. Both the FAA and the NTSB showed a complete lack of curiosity on why the aircraft just broke up during flight. His briefcase was not recovered from the wreckage.

The next step of the cover-up involved the FBI coercing victims to recant the video taped testimony they had given to Caradori. In typical FBI fashion, they attempted to frame Caradori as a shake-down artist seeking to cash in on the scandal. However, they had not reckoned with Alisha Owen. She refused to recant her statement. Bryant devotes much space on how the FBI, Nebraska State Police and the Omaha Police Department pressured her. By the way, the Omaha chief of police was one of her rapists. 

The state charged Owen with perjury. Her younger brother Aaron was picked up for joyriding. He had the book thrown at him. Then, he was found hanging in his cell. His death was determined a suicide. Of course, it was. Bryant further documents how Owen's first attorney committed a host of offenses that including colluding with the FBI and breaking privilege. None of this mattered, the kangaroo court found her guilty. Bryant meticulously reviews the court transcripts illustrating this obscene miscarriage of justice. 

The state of Nebraska was desperate to substantiate the narrative that it was all just a "carefully crafted hoax." Too many influential people and institutions were involved. For example, Boys Town located just outside Omaha. Bryant tracked down several alumni of Boys Town. They stated that it was used as a hunting ground by the pedo gang. They would recruit boys from Boys Town and then pimp them out for sex parties held for well-heeled garbage. In 1990, few believed such charges brought against a venerable institution. Today, the accusation that the Catholic Church was/is covering up a pedophile ring at Boys Town is not so far-fetched.  

It was the FBI that took point on covering up their political masters' mess. Because, this scandal reached directly into the White House. Remember Larry King's Georgetown townhouse? His pedo ring operated in Washington D.C. He was linked to Craig Spence. Craig Spence ran his own pedo/blackmail ring in D.C. He was conveniently found suicided on 10 November 1989. According to the NY Times, so we know it's true, "Mr. Spence arranged at least four midnight tours of the White House, including one on June 29, 1988, on which he took with him a 15-year-old boy whom he falsely identified as his son." 

We are to believe that a single security guard allowed Spence into the White House for a small bribe. The White House has at least three controlled entry points before anyone can actually enter the building. Every one of those doors/gates are on camera, which are monitored 24/7. The grounds are patrolled by guards who have automatic weapons and attack dogs. The Secret Service has its patrols inside. Cameras are everywhere. But, this Spence character and his sex slave just wandered around the White House in the middle of the night without anyone noticing. Well, that's their story and they're still sticking to it. The Bush administration was ruthless and desperate to cover this up. You do the math. 

In 1993, British television produced a documentary that was scheduled for airing on the Discovery Channel. It was killed and never aired. Here is the "rough draft" without final editing.

Needless to say, the Franklin Scandal is not an isolated incident. Far from it. Clearly, the Craig Spence and Larry King pedo/blackmail rings were just early precursors to the much more notorious Epstein ring. Note how since Epstein's death, the authorities have shown no interest in pursuing the case. Ghislaine Maxwell will cut a deal and keep her mouth shut, just like Larry King. Rest assured that there will be no other indictments resulting from this latest elite pedo crime spree. 

Nick Bryant states that he was investigating the bizarre Finders Cult, which led him to Franklin. The Finders was a murky cult that was involved in child trafficking in the 1980s. Only recently has the FBI deigned to release information on it. The US Customs Service was involved because of its expertise in human trafficking at the time. Its full report is available here in PDF. The conclusion makes for interesting reading. This is an official US Customs Service report:

"The individual further advised me of circumstances which
indicated that the investigation into the activity of the FINDER
had become a CIA internal matter. The MPD report has been.
classified secret and as not available for review. I was advised that the FBI had withdrawn from the investigation several weeks prior and that the FBI Foreign Counter Intelligence Division had directed MPD not to advise the FBI Washington Field Office of anything that had transpired.        
No further information will be available. No further action will be taken.
No action to be taken on the basis of this report."

This is a deep rabbit hole. Apparently, the Customs Service stumbled upon the CIA's Operation Midnight Climax (seriously) which was/is part of MK Ultra. The CIA operated brothels in the USA for blackmail purposes and to further research into mind control. The CIA stated during the Church Committee that they're not doing that anymore. So, there's nothing to worry about. From Wikipedia

"The project that started in 1954 consisted of a web of CIA-run safehouses in San Francisco, Marin County, California and New York City. It was established in order to study the effects of LSD on unconsenting individuals. Prostitutes on the CIA payroll were instructed to lure clients back to the safehouses, where they were surreptitiously plied with a wide range of substances, including LSD, and monitored behind one-way glass."

As with the above mentioned cases, it should go without saying that the legal "system" will take no official notice of Hunter Biden's antics. These are the same people who claim that Pizzagate is nothing but a conspiracy theory. Pay no attention to the Podesta brothers sick "art" and extensive use of pedophile argot. 

The examples are almost endless: from the Clintons' Haitian connections; to Hollywood's long standing agenda to normalize child porn from Pretty Baby (1978) to Cuties. There's the anti-Trump Lincoln Project revelations. There's Mark Foley, Dennis Hastert, Jimmy Savile, Anthony Weiner, Rotherham, Penn State. 

There's the truly horrifying case of the Circle S Ranch. From 1953 to 1978 the states of California and Arizona turned over "troubled boys" to the perverts and sadists Leo and Ella Stein. When a boy who ran away was found dead in the desert, nothing happened. Saying this case has been Memory Holed is an understatement. Little about it can be found on the internet. In 1980, NBC aired a documentary on the Circle S Ranch. Part of it has been uploaded onto You Tube. And, that's about it. 


When anyone says that the Franklin Scandal is just a "conspiracy theory," remind them that there are a lot of dots to connect. The West's ruling elite seem to have little problem with pedophilia or human trafficking. More evidence can be found on the American southern border.

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