THE FRANKLIN COVER-UP – Child Abuse, Satanism & Murder in Nebraska



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The Franklin Cover-up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska:

John DeCamp discusses his book The Franklin Cover-up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska.

The shut-down of Omaha, Nebraska’s Franklin Community Federal Credit Union, raided by federal agencies in November 1988, sent shock waves all the way to Washington, D.C. $40 million was missing. The credit union’s manager: Republican Party activist Lawrence E. “Larry” King, Jr., behind whose rise to fame and riches stood powerful figures in Nebraska politics and business, and in the nation’s capital.

In the face of opposition from local and state law enforcement, from the FBI, and from the powerful Omaha World-Herald newspaper, a special Franklin committee of the Nebraska Legislature launched its own probe. What looked like a financial swindle, soon exploded into a hideous tale of drugs, Iran-Contra money-laundering, a nationwide child abuse ring, and ritual murder.

Nineteen months later, the legislative committee’s chief investigator died – suddenly, and violently, like more than a dozen other people linked to the Franklin case.

Author John DeCamp knows the Franklin scandal from the inside. In 1990, his “DeCamp memo” first publicly named the alleged high-ranking abusers. Today, he is attorney for two of the abuse victims.

Using documentation never before made public, DeCamp lays bare not only the crimes, but the cover-up – a textbook case of how dangerous the corruption of institutions of government, and the press, can be. In its sweep and in what it portends for the nation, the Franklin cover-up followed the ugly precedent of the Warren Commission.

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5 Years After Dr. George Tiller’s Murder, A Doctor Braves Threats to Continue Abortions in Wichita



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– As Oklahoma enacts a law that could close all but one abortion clinic in the state — and Louisiana is poised to follow suit — we look at the legacy of Dr. George Tiller, who was assassinated five years ago this past weekend. Tiller was one of a handful of doctors providing abortions in the third trimester of pregnancy. He braved constant threats, a firebombing at his clinic and an assassination attempt that left him with gunshot wounds to both arms. On May 31, 2009, anti-choice extremist, Scott Roeder, entered Tiller’s church in Wichita, Kansas, and shot him dead. We remember Tiller by speaking with Dr. Cheryl Chastine, who travels from Chicago to Wichita each week to provide abortions at Tiller’s former clinic, which reopened last year. Chastine discusses the obstacles to abortion access in Kansas and responds to the threats and harassment she and her colleagues face. “I get up in the morning and there are patients that need me,” Chastine says. “If I allow myself to be deterred from doing this work, then I am allowing a victory for terrorism.”

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Four Years After Murder of Dr. George Tiller, His Wichita Abortion Clinic Reopens Despite Threats



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– Today marks the fourth anniversary of the murder of Dr. George Tiller, a 67-year-old abortion provider who was shot point blank in the forehead as he attended church services in Wichita, Kansas. Tiller’s clinic was one of a handful in the nation that performed abortions after the 24th week of pregnancy. He faced constant threats and incidents of violence and vandalism in the decades leading up to his death. The man who assassinated him, anti-choice extremist Scott Roeder, is serving a life sentence and was recently reprimanded in prison for making intimidating remarks against other abortion providers. The four years since Tiller was murdered have seen a wave of new abortion restrictions. Eight states now ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Meanwhile, clinics across the country have been threatened by laws aimed at shutting them down. After working with Tiller for eight years, our guest Julie Burkhart joins us from South Wind Women’s Center, the newly reopened abortion clinic where Tiller worked. She is director and founder of the Trust Women Foundation. “We have had approximately 200 patient visits in just the two short months that we’ve been open. We are just so happy to be back in this community,” Burkhart says. On threats made against the clinic and her life she says, “These threats are definitely to be taken seriously and they are chilling. However, women still need abortion care. … I don’t think that the rights of women in this part of the country should be curtailed just because we have extremists.”

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Aurora theater shooting: Survivors testify at James Holmes’ murder trial – TomoNews



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Witnesses are testifying this week in the long-awaited murder trial of Colorado theater shooter 27-year-old James Holmes. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people during the 2012 midnight premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in Aurora, Colorado.

According to defense attorneys, James Holmes stepped out of the movie theater nine minutes before the shooting and tried to call the University of Colorado switchboard. Witnesses remember Holmes re-entering the theater through an emergency exit wearing a gas mask and body armor. He then threw two tear gas canisters into the audience of 421 people.

Holmes then shot at the audience using three guns: an AR-15 assault rifle, a handgun and a shotgun. One witness remembers him ‘slowly making his way up the stairs’ firing ‘randomly’ at people. Another survivor of the shooting said that he saw Holmes searching the rows and pointing his gun in a circular motion.
Twelve people died and 70 others were injured.

Holmes was arrested shortly afterwards next to his car parked outside the theater. Inside his car, authorities found all three weapons used during shooting. Another handgun was recovered inside the theater.

The trial, which began on Monday, is expected to last four to five months. According to The Wall Street Journal, Holmes’ public defenders are not contesting that he is responsible for the shooting. Instead, they will plead not guilty by reason of insanity, saying that Holmes was in the ‘throes of a schizophrenic episode’ when he opened fire.

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Victoria Martens | The Birthday Girl Murder



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Victoria Martens was a 10-year-old girl from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was no different than most young girls her age – she loved gymnastics, church, the movie Frozen and the colour purple. Former peers and classmates of Victoria’s say that she would always welcome in anyone who needed a friend. The little girl’s gymnastics coach remembers her as happy, friendly and outgoing – always eager to lend a helping hand to her teammates. To Victoria’s grandparents, she was the love of their life.

An excited Victoria was looking so forward to her 10th birthday party. Tragically, one day before her party was set to take place, the little girl’s life was stolen. She would never get the chance to celebrate her 10th birthday, and will never have another birthday at all.

Law Enforcement found the dismembered body of Victoria Martens in the bathtub of her mother’s apartment – wrapped in a blanket, and still on fire. The child had been drugged with methamphetamine, raped, strangled and stabbed.

Victoria’s mother, 35-year-old Michelle Martens, had been soliciting men online and at work to sexually abuse and rape her daughter. One of these men – who would be the last – was her boyfriend, 31-year-old Fabian Gonzales. Following the murder, Michelle told police that she allowed her daughter to be raped because she enjoyed watching. Also involved in Victoria’s savage slaying was Gonzales’ cousin, Jessica Kelley. All three have been charged with the horrific crime.

After the news broke of Victoria’s death, thousands of people got together to attend an enormous birthday bash for the girl whose life was cut short. Prayer vigils were held all over the country.

Rest in Peace, birthday girl. ♥

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Aurora theater shooting: Survivors testify at James Holmes’ murder trial



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Witnesses are testifying this week in the long-awaited murder trial of Colorado theater shooter 27-year-old James Holmes. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people during the 2012 midnight premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in Aurora, Colorado.

According to defense attorneys, James Holmes stepped out of the movie theater nine minutes before the shooting and tried to call the University of Colorado switchboard. Witnesses remember Holmes re-entering the theater through an emergency exit wearing a gas mask and body armor. He then threw two tear gas canisters into the audience of 421 people.

Holmes then shot at the audience using three guns: an AR-15 assault rifle, a handgun and a shotgun. One witness remembers him ‘slowly making his way up the stairs’ firing ‘randomly’ at people. Another survivor of the shooting said that he saw Holmes searching the rows and pointing his gun in a circular motion.
Twelve people died and 70 others were injured.

Holmes was arrested shortly afterwards next to his car parked outside the theater. Inside his car, authorities found all three weapons used during shooting. Another handgun was recovered inside the theater.

The trial, which began on Monday, is expected to last four to five months. According to The Wall Street Journal, Holmes’ public defenders are not contesting that he is responsible for the shooting. Instead, they will plead not guilty by reason of insanity, saying that Holmes was in the ‘throes of a schizophrenic episode’ when he opened fire.

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