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Lest We Forget: A Story Of Child Abuse, Satanism & Injustice

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Important Note: Everything presented here is derived from the book “The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism and Murder in Nebraska” by John DeCamp, and from the Discovery Channel’s documentary, which never aired, “Conspiracy of Silence.” Although it’s a long article, much more information can be found in the book. I decided against directly quoting the victim-witnesses on their detailed experience with sexual abuse and satanism due to its extreme graphic content. (* indicates a false name)

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“This case (Franklin) is so much bigger than you think. It goes to the very highest levels.” – William Colby, former Director of the CIA, who was found dead in a lake near his cottage.

The events surrounding the fall of the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union marked one of the darkest periods in the history of the State of Nebraska. What began as a financial scandal – approximately $40 million was missing from the credit union – turned into something much worse when its manager Larry King, along with other prominent citizens, were alleged to be involved in pedophilia, child pornography, child prostitution, drug trafficking, and satanism. Due to the lack of interest shown by law enforcement, these serious allegations would never have been investigated if not for the Nebraska State Legislature and their investigative committee – headed by Senator Loran Schmidt – which hired Gary Caradori as their lead investigator. King, who was the centrepiece of the investigation, was a rising star in the Republican Party. An officer of the National Black Republican Council, King sang the national anthem at both the 1984 and 1988 GOP national conventions. At the 1984 convention, he threw an extravagant party attended by all the republicans. Maureen Reagan, daughter of President Ronald Reagan, was seen on King’s arm the whole night.

Webb’s House Of Horror

The road to discovery into Nebraska’s underworld began when reports first emerged of child abuse at Jarrett and Barbara Webb’s foster home. Jarrett was a board member of the Franklin Credit Union and Barbara was Larry King’s cousin. Being foster parents, the Webb’s had a number of children under their roof, including kids they adopted, and a number of them often tried to escape due to the physical and sexual abuse by Jarrett and Barbara. One of those kids was Nelly Patterson* Webb, an adopted daughter, who fled to her grandmother’s house in November ’85. Eventually, social workers removed Nelly from the Webb’s home and transferred her to another foster family. Two months later, State Patrol Investigator Jane Tooley interviewed Nelly at the Washington County Sheriff’s office. In Tooley’s report, Nelly describes the physical and sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Jarrett Webb, beginning around the age of 9 or 10.

Youth Care Worker Julie Walters also interviewed Nelly, and her sister Kimberley Patterson* Webb, in March ’86 after they talked about kids being abused at Boys Town, an orphanage where Larry King was a contributor and Walters was employed. In Walters’ 50-page report, the Webb’s pricey lifestyle is described. Although Jarrett Webb admitted to making only $32,000 a year, the house they owned was lavishly furnished. Mrs. Webb owned a four carat diamond ring, a full-length fur coat, custom-made dresses and expensive accessories. When they hosted a party, it included caterers and limousines. Larry King is mentioned when Nelly tells Walters how her and the other kids were “forced” to go with him to “meetings/parties at the Omaha Girls’ Club.” King also threw parties at his home where Nelly witnessed pedophilia, homosexuality, group sex and drug usage. At one of these parties, Joey Patterson* Webb, Nelly’s brother, told her about the money he made “working for Larry King.”

Nelly also told Walters she traveled to various cities with Larry King, including New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C. She claimed to have met George Bush Sr., Vice President at the time, and saw him attend one of King’s parties. At this party, there was enhanced security, with each guest required to swipe a card to verify their identity. After talking with the Webb sisters, Walters asked people from Boys Town what they knew about Larry King. “On the outside, he has all the appearance of an upstanding citizen, but underneath he is very dirty,” said one unidentified person. Another person Walters asked said, “Omaha has a very large underworld and he’s a very powerful man nationally. Maybe he doesn’t have all the connections personally, but he knows the people who do.”

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Loretta Smith

The next person to come forward was Loretta Smith.* At the time, she was a patient at Richard Young Hospital where she told a therapist about incidents of child pornography and devil worshipping. In June ’88, Officer Irl Carmean of the Omaha Police Department was brought in to interview Loretta. According to Carmean’s report, Loretta explained to him how she became involved in pornography at the age of 9 years old. She was invited to a party by some older friends of hers where she met a male adult who convinced her to go back to his house to pose for some pictures. She then talked about visiting the Omaha Girls Club (OGC) with friends Nelly and Kimberly Webb, who also did some “modeling,” and that they would go on “field trips” to professional studios where they would pose nude. She stated that leaders of the OGC, both male and female, were there and they would make threats against her and her family if she refused to participate. Loretta then talked to Carmean about devil worshiping in which she began participating, with both minors and adults, at the age of 10 or 11, and told him drugs and nude photography was involved as well. She brought up the name of Larry King as being a participant and supporter of these activities and said he hosted drug and sex parties at his home. Officer Carmean then assured Loretta he would be back and instructed her to recall as much information as she could before then; however, he would not return.

As Loretta became more comfortable with the hospital personnel, she revealed more about her past to them. In a report given to the legislative committee, Loretta explained to the staff how a child could become mixed up in cult activity. She told them it was a gradual process that started when she met a guy at the OGC named Ray who would take her and several other girls out to an abandoned building to smoke a joint. After weeks of getting high with Ray, he then invited the girls to a party. At this party, there were men in their mid-thirties who would sit and talk with the young girls about their problems. Eventually, after they drank enough alcohol to become intoxicated, the men and girls would sleep with each other. The parties went on for six months before the men took the girls to what they called “power meetings,” where they were told they needed to “kill something they loved to gain power.” At these meetings, candles were lit, unusual markings were drawn on the walls, clothes with upside down crosses were worn, and the leader would always wear a black cape. What proceeded over the months and years were, in effect, satanic rituals where Loretta witnessed human sacrifices, cannibalism and the mutilation of animals.

No One Will Investigate

Immediately after Carmean’s interview with Loretta, his supervisor Sgt. Ken Bovasso spoke with Loretta’s psychiatrist Dr. Kay Shilling. According to Bovasso’s write up, Shilling told him Loretta only gave Carmean general information, but she was comfortable enough that she would be willing to talk with him again. Bovasso ensured Shilling that Carmean would conduct another interview soon, but Carmean never did. As Loretta began to reveal more details to the hospital personnel, they started contacting the OPD, urgently calling for someone to come and speak to Loretta, but, to their bewilderment, no one came. Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) Director Carol Stitt testified before the legislative committee, “Loretta’s psychiatrist contacted the police in Omaha and asked them to come. Loretta’s personal care worker, Ken Stoner, contacted the police. Richard Young employee Kirstin Hallberg contacted the police, as well as Adrienne Hart, who is Kirstin’s supervisor. All those people had made contact and nothing was being done.” According to FCRB official Dennis Carlson, Carmean told him previously that they were conducting a “super-sensitive” investigation into Larry King because they believed it was possible the OPD had been compromised. Carmean told Carlson that Police Chief Robert Wadman had come to their Robbery and Sex Unit directly asking them if they were investigating Larry King. Eventually, the FCRB learned that Carmean was transferred to the Research and Planning department, and as far as they knew, the investigation into Larry King had ended.

Left holding the bag, Carol Stitt went to Attorney General Robert Spire, after receiving the go-ahead from Governor Kay Orr. Spire ensured Stitt that they would do everything in their power to help and he assigned the case to his assistant Bill Howland. But as the months passed with little progress, Stitt and Carlson paid Howland a visit where it became obvious that Howland wasn’t investigating. Stitt described this meeting to the legislative committee, “It became clear to me that if Mr. Howland had ever read the materials . . . it was a long time ago. He didn’t know major players’ names in the case . . . Dennis did some rather tough questioning and it became clear to both of us that nothing had occurred.” FCRB official Burrell Williams described their frustration, “I think we became really baffled and puzzled on what was going on when you get all this information in front of you and nothing had, or is being done about it.” With the hope of an investigation fading and frustration boiling over, little did Carol Stitt and the rest of the FCRB know that Larry King would soon be taken away in handcuffs.

Legislative Committee Investigates

November 4, 1988 was when the FBI, IRS and NCUA (National Credit Union Administration) raided the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union and closed its doors for good. Close to $40 million was missing from a credit union that had only $2.6 million in assets; the liabilities were shown on a secret set of books. Upon hearing the news, Senator Loran Schmidt introduced a resolution into the Nebraska State Legislature for an investigative committee to find out what happened with the money. Soon after, Senator Schmidt received an anonymous phone call in his office, “I was advised not to pursue the investigation because it would lead, I was told, to the highest levels of the Republican Party.” Undeterred, Schmidt became the chairman of the committee once the resolution passed. During the first meeting held by the committee, Senator Ernie Chambers – who represented the district where Franklin was founded and heard the rumors of Larry King – told the committee the investigation would not only dig into financial misconduct, but would also investigate allegations regarding sexual and physical abuse of children by people connected with Franklin. On December 19, the FCRB submitted their files pertaining to the Webb foster home and Loretta Smith and testified before the committee. After three hours of testimony, the senators spoke to the press about what they heard. “The information brought tears to my eyes,” Senator Schmidt said, “I do not cry easily and I was not the only person that was moved.” Senator Chambers was irate about the lack of investigation, “With this type of information, it is inexcusable that action had not been taken of an investigative nature. People were not contacted that should have been. Leads were not followed up that should have been followed up. My feeling is that the whole thing is being sat upon and nothing was done.”

After the committee’s first investigator had produced very little with his investigation, the committee hired their second investigator, Gary Caradori, in August ’89. By following various leads, Caradori was able to locate four more victim-witnesses claiming to have been abused by Larry King and others. They were Alisha Owen, Troy Boner, Danny King, and Paul Bonacci. On video recordings, each of them gave a sworn statement about what they experienced or witnessed, which included sex parties, pedophilia activity, child prostitution, child pornography, drug usage and trafficking, and interstate transporting of children. Specifically, Alisha said she started at the age of 14 when boys from Boys Town took her to a party. She claimed Robert Wadman, the Police Chief, was the father of her child and that he was a satanist. Troy Boner was lured in when a friend told him how he could make a lot of money and drove him to Alan Baer’s house where he would engage in sexual activity with Baer for money. Troy would admit to performing this act of “recruiting” on his friends, at the behest of Baer, which included Danny King. Danny King had a hard time remembering his past, and it became clear to Caradori this was because of his heavy drug use at a young age. In fact, Danny had failed to tell Caradori what month followed December. Paul Bonacci suffered from multiple personality disorder, a condition where a new personality is created within the mind through a self-defense mechanism of disassociating during a very traumatic experience. This literally splits the mind and creates a new person within it. Paul was first abused at the age of 6 years old, and witnessed many horrific acts of satanism; Paul claimed that Larry King and Alan Baer were members of a satanic cult. The most popular names of the perpetrators given by the victim-witnesses were as follows: Larry King, Harold Andersen, Alan Baer, Robert Wadman, Peter Citron, P.J Morgan, Eugene Mahoney, Theodore Carlson, Tom McKinney, and Ron Gilbert.

Friends In High Places

The prominence of the perpetrators involved was the main reason why the case received so much attention. Larry King, manager of the credit union since 1970, was a rising star in the Republican Party. Harold Andersen was the former editor and current publisher of the Omaha World-Herald. He was also the chairman, president, or board member of many foundations, committees, and companies; most notably, he was on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank from 1973-1979 and was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Alan Baer was a well-known, wealthy businessman and philanthropist, and was a financier for the Ak-Sar-Ben organization. Peter Citron was a media personality and columnist for the Omaha World-Herald. P.J Morgan, Robert Wadman, and Eugene Mahoney were, respectively, Mayor, Police Chief, and Game and Parks Commissioner for the city of Omaha. Mahoney was considered “the most powerful politician in Nebraska” but worked behind the scenes in making or breaking political careers. Theodore Carlson was a judge; Tom McKinney was a lawyer. Ron Gilbert, mentioned only by Troy Boner when he discussed a trip to California, was a Hollywood producer.

In the beginning of the committee’s investigation, Senator Schmidt warned his fellow senators the investigation could be bigger than Larry King, “No one person could have masterminded this without the compliance and the acquiescence and cooperation of a number of people, some of whom had to be in official positions . . . I do not want anyone to say I want to be on this committee, then all of the sudden say, wait a minute, I don’t want to walk through that minefield with you because that is what it will very likely prove to be.” Senator Chambers added, “What Larry King is doing is the tip of an iceberg and he’s not in it by himself. One thing I told the Attorney General . . . is that I don’t want Larry King to commit suicide and I don’t want any accidents that will take him out. What he’s doing he has not done by himself and couldn’t do by himself.”

Harold Andersen was one of Larry King’s biggest supporters. He was the chairman of the advisory board to the Franklin Credit Union, and he co-chaired its fundraising drive – money which was used for an addition to the credit union that included a bedroom. Also, Andersen’s Omaha World-Herald frequently ran stories that built up King’s character and portrayed him as a model citizen. Robert Wadman, the Police Chief of Omaha, swore under oath that he barely knew Larry King. But according to King, and later confirmed by Wadman, the police chief granted him an extraordinary favour when he returned a briefcase to him that was seized by police in a drug raid. Wadman would brush this off and insist that it was nothing special. When questioned about the fact that he could call up the police chief and get a piece of evidence released, King replied, “I felt that I could call anyone in this city.”

Before the scandal broke, in a September 7, 1988 interview with Omaha Weekly Metropolitan, King said this about his friends, “They were the key to my success. I had really great, great people who were counselors and teachers, who were over some of the major companies in the city . . . so I have to say the Omaha Power Structure has some of the best people to work with.” Caradori was able to get a better picture of Larry King’s friends when he talked to Sheila McGuire, former manager of the French Cafe, who moved to California. The French Cafe was a night spot partly owned by Larry King and was named by victim-witnesses as a place where pedophilia activity occurred. Over the phone, she told Caradori she would host parties upstairs in her apartment for Larry King and his friends. As written in Caradori’s transcript, Sheila said, “If Larry King investors wanted drugs, booze, children or hookers we’d get them . . . King took good care of the local and out of town high rollers. If you had money to invest at Franklin, King would cater to your most deranged perversion. And, let me tell you another thing, the boys in the boardrooms around Omaha are shitting in their brogans. If this case gets cracked open, the list of involved will read like a who’s who. King and his crew ruined a lot of children’s lives.” A businessman is successful by being prudent and smart with his money. If one was planning on depositing hundreds of thousands of dollars into a credit union, more often than not, they would do their homework and run a background check on those involved. It wouldn’t take long for someone to hear the same warning signs Julie Walters heard when she asked around about Larry King, but the Franklin Credit Union was financially supported by many of Omaha’s corporate leaders and businesses.

The Knights Of Ak-Sar-Ben

The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben is a civic and philanthropic organization founded in 1985 and based out of Omaha, Nebraska. It is the central committee of the corporate elite of Omaha, and its members are corporate leaders from a diverse range of industries. Spell Nebraska backwards and you get Ak-Sar-Ben. Every year Ak-Sar-Ben members celebrate the crowning of the “King of Ak-Sar-Ben,” usually an older corporate executive. In 1991, the King of Ak-Sar-Ben was accused-perpetrator Eugene Mahoney. At these and other social events, they imitate pagan ceremonies, and sometimes the men dress in woman’s clothing or like “Egyptian Goddesses.” Throughout its years of operation, the Franklin Credit Union received millions of dollars in the form of deposits and contributions from corporations whose executives were members of Ak-Sar-Ben. Bill Fitzgerald, Knight of Ak-Sar-Ben and president of Commercial Federal Savings and Loans, was mentioned by Larry King in his September 7th interview as a good friend who often gave him advice. Insurance giant Mutual of Omaha placed funds in the credit union, and Thomas Skutt, its chief executive, co-chaired the $1.3 million fundraising drive for Franklin, along with Harold Andersen. The credit union had two boards, the small one included Larry King, Jarrett Webb and others, while its advisory board, chaired by Harold Andersen, included executives from corporations with Ak-Sar-Ben members. Furthermore, the Credit Union could not have functioned for one day without the compliance of Nebraska’s largest bank, FirsTier. Every dollar that went into Franklin went into its account at FirsTier, including the missing $40 million. With only $2.6 million in assets on the official books, FirsTier had to have known about the irregularities going on with the amount of withdrawals. During the heyday of Franklin, the board of FirsTier Bank included Alan Baer.

The Heat Is On

After the victim-witnesses gave their sworn statements, the committee turned over their Caradori tapes to law enforcement. Suddenly, word got out to the public of what was on the tapes and the names brought up by the victim-witnesses. The case turned into a media frenzy as articles in the Omaha World-Herald started attacking and discrediting the victim-witnesses in a way that prevented anyone else from coming forward. The committee was blamed for leaking the contents of the tapes and was accused of acting irresponsibly throughout the investigation. Taking the most heat was Investigator Caradori, but it wasn’t his credibility that was under threat, it was his life. In January ’90, he wrote to the Nebraska Secretary of State Alan Beerman, “We – my employees and myself – have been followed and questionable situations have arisen during this investigation. Threatening situations have resulted numerous times. Why? Am I too close to something they do not want to become public?” During his investigation, someone broke into Caradori’s home, his vehicles were tampered with, and his phone had been tapped.

In early July ’90, Caradori called Senator Schmidt to tell him about a new piece of evidence he came across. “We’ve got them!” he said. There’s no way they can get out of it now.” Unfortunately, this new piece of evidence would never see the light of day, as Caradori and his son A.J died in a plane crash when Caradori was flying his personal plane back home from the MLB all-star game. Official word was that the plane exploded on impact, but a farmer in Lee County, Illinois reported seeing a flash of light, hearing an explosion, and then seeing the plane dive to the ground; the wreckage scattered over three-quarters of a mile. Senator Schmidt would later tell the Lincoln Journal that Caradori had been trying to obtain some compromising pictures of the accused perpetrators. Also, leads into satanic cultism and Washington, D.C were on his radar.

The Infamous Grand Jury

On July 23, 1990, 12 days after Caradori’s death, the Douglas County Grand Jury issued its report on its findings of the Franklin case. Its decision as shown in the Omaha World-Herald headline banner: “Grand Jury Says Abuse Stories Were a ‘Carefully Crafted Hoax.’ ” In the 42-page report, it said, “We find no credible evidence that any child sexual abuse, interstate transportation of minors, drug trafficking, or participation in a pornography ring by King or other Franklin officials or employees.” It acknowledged that Larry King had embezzled funds for personal use, but deferred to federal authorities to handle the matter. The grand jury elected to indict Alan Baer on the petty charge of pandering – he would pay a small fine – but found no connection with King or Franklin. Peter Citron appeared before the grand jury and was found to have sex with male minors, but this was related to another case where he was indicted and convicted; the grand jury found no connection with King or Franklin. Then, in a most surprising turn of events, the grand jury indicted Alisha Owen and Paul Bonacci on perjury charges. The reason for this decision was the recantation by Troy Boner and Danny King of their original stories. The grand jury said it recommended to the Washington County Attorney’s office to charge Jarrett Webb with third-degree sexual assault of a minor, but they did not believe Nelly Patterson Webb on allegations of organized child abuse or prostitution. They acknowledged that Loretta Smith suffered greatly, but stated that “the perpetrators of such abuse may never be known.” In its report, the grand jury attacked the people who sided with the victim-witnesses and supported the investigation, including the senators, social workers, journalists, and members of the Concerned Parents group. In unorthodox fashion, the grand jury elected to clear the names of Judge Theodore Carlson, Harold Andersen, Eugene Mahoney, P.J Morgan, and Thomas McKinney, absolving them of any wrong-doing. With regards to Police Chief Wadman, it said, “We now look upon Owen as the perpetrator and Wadman as the victim.” Indicative of its motive, the grand jury admitted to spending most of its time and effort refuting the videotaped testimony, and concluded, “There is no doubt after reviewing all relevant evidence, that the story of sexual abuse, drugs, prostitution and judicial bribery presented in the legislative videotapes is a carefully crafted hoax, scripted by a person or persons with considerable knowledge of the people and institutions of Omaha, including personal relationships and shortcomings.” It accused Caradori, now deceased, as the main perpetrator behind the hoax.

The grand jury’s report was met with disgust. Head of Concerned Parents Trish Lanphier said, “This is a sick grand jury. Turning the victim into the perpetrator. This is so classic.” Viewer phone-in poll by Omaha television station KETV channel 7 showed a 10-1 viewer dissatisfaction of the grand jury’s report, with over 3000 responses. Not surprisingly though, the World-Herald declared the grand jury’s report a success with editorials in its July 29 and Aug 2 papers reading, “Grand Jury Did Its Job; Insults are Intolerable” and “Schmidt Panel Can’t Duck Responsibility In Hoax,” respectively. But there were a number of important explanations the grand jury failed to give regarding its report: (1) Why they decided to indict the two witnesses who stood by their testimony and not the two witnesses who said they were lying; (2) How Paul Bonacci could be part of Caradori’s hoax when he first reported being abused by Harold Andersen, Larry King, and Alan Baer to the OPD in 1986, two years before the start of the Franklin investigation; (3) How one of the perpetrators (Larry Jr.) could be a “fictitious character,” as they put it, when he was named by at least 4 different witnesses, over the period of 3 years; (4) Why the grand jury spent most of their time discrediting the testimonies instead of investigating Caradori’s many leads, totalling 291 potential witnesses.

The grand jury’s prosecutor in charge, retired Judge Samuel Van Pelt, was described in the March 12, 1990 Lincoln Journal as a “hired gun for the state” by 43 neighbours of Arthur Kirk (Nebraska farmer and political activist who was killed by State Patrol SWAT team). Van Pelt, the judge presiding over the Kirk case, found the SWAT team acted in self-defense. On cue, with its March 17, 1990 edition, the World-Herald came to Van Pelt’s defense in an editorial titled, “Van Pelt’s Report on Kirk Followed the Evidence.” Three people who testified before the Douglas County Grand Jury charged that Van Pelt intimidated them and tried forcing them to change their story. Paul Bonacci said to the legislative committee, “They kept telling me that if I stuck to my story they were going to make me be in trouble for it.” Alisha Owen found testifying before the grand jury extremely difficult, saying “It was the hardest three days of my life almost.” This was coming from someone who experienced sexual abuse, had been in a mental hospital and attempted suicide. Her lawyer added, “It was always go around the circle and it was accusatory more than trying to get the facts out and let the chips fall where they may.” A Jane Doe witness testified before the committee, “Basically he was using me as, like a dummy witness because he had figured out that I didn’t have or know about any of the information the grand jury was dealing with. So it seemed to me like he was going to use me to discredit Alisha.” Senator Schmidt added his experience with the grand jury, “Most of the questions that were asked of me . . .  had little or nothing to do with the scope of the investigation.”

The FBI Plays Dirty

In the beginning, after the child abuse stories first surfaced and it appeared Police Chief Wadman could not be trusted, Senator Schmidt went to see Nick O’Hara, the regional head of the FBI. O’Hara made it clear that Robert Wadman was a very close friend. “You f— with Bob Wadman, you f— with the FBI,” was how he put it. Sheriff Dick Roth later told Schmidt, “Nick O’Hara of the FBI and Robert Wadman are closer than nineteen is to twenty.” In an article from the May 12, 1990 edition of the Omaha World-Herald, it was said the FBI investigation into Franklin went as far back as 1987, but, according to testimony given to the committee, the FBI was only concerned with the financial issues related to Larry King and weren’t investigating the child abuse allegations. In Caradori’s notes from March 14, 1990 he speaks with a man from the accounting firm auditing Franklin on behalf of the government, “A large amount of pornographic material was taken out of the credit union, including videos and photographs depicting sexual acts. I was told that if Friedrichs* or any of the other people working for the CPA firm that was contracted by the government would say anything, that they would automatically lose their jobs.”

Alisha Owen, as well as her parents, testified before the committee that the FBI had given her former lawyer, Pam Vuchetich, a proposal that if Alisha recanted her story they would be able to get her out of prison (bad check conviction) and wouldn’t charge her with perjury. The FBI instructed her to say Gary Caradori had set the whole thing up and provided her with scripts of what to say. Also in her testimony, she recalled an incident where Vuchetich arranged a phone conversation between Alisha and Troy after telling Alisha that Troy had recanted his story, and it seemed to her like they were trying to set her up. “So I asked him, why are you doing this? And he – and he said, Alisha I’m scared, I don’t know what to do, tell me what to do. And then he asked me, quote, unquote, do you think we’re going to get any money?” After the phone call, Alisha found out both Vuchetich and Troy were at the FBI’s office during the phone call.

On the day of Gary Caradori’s death, Troy Boner made a phone call to Sandie Caradori, Gary’s wife, giving his condolences, and telling her “they” made him take back his story. Sandie implored Troy to tell the truth, to which he agreed. The next day, the FBI went to Gary’s investigation firm with a subpoena for all his records. Sandie asked the agents if Troy tried speaking with them. After pleading for an answer, the agents finally confirmed to her that Troy had spoken with them, but said, “We can’t waste our time with him. He has lost all credibility.” Before his death, Gary Caradori commented to the Franklin committee about his frustration with law enforcement, specifically the FBI; he indicated to them his belief that the FBI was sabotaging his investigation. Every lead and piece of evidence that Caradori discovered had to be submitted to law enforcement and the FBI. Karen Ormiston, Caradori’s assistant, added, “There must be some kind of provision which allows the State of Nebraska to retain its information so that there is not a probable cover-up when this stuff is turned over to the federal level. It is my sincere hope that the federal agencies cannot just walk all over the state agencies, especially since we have given them everything we have yet we have been allowed to see nothing they have. This in itself has not only prolonged the investigation, but it has also been a major factor in that the FBI does seem to get to our leads since they do have a lot of manpower. I do feel that the leads turned over to the FBI have effectively been stonewalled as it pertains to this investigation.”

No Happy Ending Here

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” – Benjamin Franklin 

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly – as is so often the case when threatening those who hide in the shadows – justice was not served in the Franklin case. The only perpetrator to serve any jail time because of the Franklin investigation was Larry King, and that was for embezzlement of funds. After serving 10 years, Larry King is now a free man. Alisha Owen served 4 1/2 years for perjury before being paroled by the Nebraska Parole Board by a vote of 5-0. The charges of perjury against Paul Bonacci were dropped. Troy Boner wrote and signed an affidavit explaining how the FBI threatened him to recant his original testimony, and how he believed the death of his brother was a message sent to him, but he too would face a fate similar to others connected to Franklin, and be found dead in a hospital, bleeding from the mouth.

The victim-witnesses testified to taking trips with Larry King to Washington, D.C for sexual purposes. Paul Bonacci told Caradori in his videotape testimony that he went on two trips to Washington with King, where he had sex with older men who he felt were part of the Republican Party because King was trying hard to “get in with the higher ups.” Why were local law enforcement, the judicial system, and the FBI acting as major obstacles to the investigation? Why did the Discovery Channel decide, last minute, to pull the plug on airing its documentary about the Franklin case when they had already financed it? Many people involved in the case suspected that Franklin was just a small piece of a bigger picture. If the case had been properly investigated by the authorities, and more pieces allowed to be discovered, who knows just how ugly the picture would prove to be.

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Is There Collusion Between Facebook & DC Think Tanks in Censoring Alternative Media Voices?

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  • The Facts:

    Neocon Jamie Fly has taken partial credit for the purge of alternative media sites on Facebook and Twitter. They still claim the reason for this is their spreading of fake news from Russia and China. They allege that more deletions are coming.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we still believe this Russian interference narrative from the mainstream? Is this not just a modern book burning? By not questioning mainstream narratives, is our voluntary unconsciousness creating an undesirable world?

After the recent social media purge of independent media voices, Jamie Fly, an employee of a leading Washington DC think tank has allegedly taken credit for being involved in the colluded efforts by Facebook and Twitter, stating this was necessary in order to fight against ‘fake news’ from Russia and China.

To be clear, I, a Canadian operating an independent media outlet (Collective Evolution) am friends with some of the admins of these pages who were deleted this October. The people running and owning these pages are American and have absolutely no ties to Russia and China nor get their narratives from Russia or China.

Yet, this is still the narrative being put forth, and it clearly has no backing.

“Russia, China, and other foreign states take advantage of our open political system,” Jamie Fly said.

Jamie Fly is no quiet voices when it comes to non-peaceful tactics. He has advocated for military assault on Iran, a regime change war on Syria, and hiking military spending to unprecedented levels. He is the what many people would consider is a pure neoconservative.

Fly began showing up in the news as an expert on social media and ‘Russian disinformation’ speaking on the narrative that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election in the US. Which there is still has no credible evidence to support.

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“They can invent stories that get repeated and spread through different sites. So we are just starting to push back. Just this last week Facebook began starting to take down sites. So this is just the beginning.” Fly continued.

According to Jeb Sprague, a visiting faculty member in sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara, recalls various claims Jamie Fly made to him with regards to Facebook and Twitter censorship.  According to Sprague, Fly also stated that he was working with the Atlantic Council in the campaign to purge alternative media from social media platforms like Facebook.

If you recall, we wrote an entire piece on the Atlantic Council who has been working with Facebook to determine who to delete. The Atlantic Council has ties to many prominent deep state figures and is funded by them as well.

The Takeaway

Again here we’re seeing more pieces to the puzzle show up in this effort against independent media voices. Note, this is not about silencing hateful voices or extreme voices, it’s simply anyone who dissents from the mainstream narrative. This is The United States creating George Orwell’s 1984, and it’s those who don’t question mainstream narratives who are unknowingly supporting these actions.

What does our unconsciousness and unwillingness to ask questions about mainstream narratives truly causing?

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Tulsi Gabbard Files Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton Over Defamatory Statements

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  • The Facts:

    Tulsi Gabbard, a United States Congresswoman, Army National Guard Major, and 2020 presidential candidate, filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Rodham Clinton for her defamatory remarks.

  • Reflect On:

    Is the political system broken? Can we keep voting and using the same system hoping for change? Does politics, and voting, take power out of our own hands and put it in the hands of a small group of people?

There are a few Great quotes that instantly come to mind everytime the thought of politics enters my head, one of them comes from Edward Bernays, “the father of public relations” from his book, Propaganda, 1928. If you’ve read some of my articles you have probably come across it before,

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.

To me, this is what modern day politics, for the most part, represents. It’s a game where, whoever is elected, or rather selected as some would argue, seems to insult and expose their competition in as many ways as possible, while simultaneously making moves and making statements that accumulate more loyal followers, and voters. It is the complete opposite of doing what our leaders should be doing, working together while at the same time being completely transparent. Furthermore, the upper echelon of the political game only seems to feature powerful people, with close ties and connections to people above them who have accumulated even more wealth and power. Many presidents over the years only seem to follow the will of their masters, who are comprised of the corporate and financial elite.

Another great quote that comes to mind I like to use often,

Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great staffs, both of the old parties have ganged aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them in martialling [sic] to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. – Theodore Roosevelt (source)

This ‘invisible’ government has been referred to by many over the years. In the modern day, some called it “the deep state” and believe it’s made up of mainstream media, and many other corporations and institutions that greatly influence US elections, foreign policy as well as the decisions that are supposedly made by the president of the United States. This is why we see people connected to great power always take the presidency. It’s no secret that politics is full of corruption, not to mention entrapment, blackmail, pedophilia (as exposed more within the mainstream with regards to the Jeffrey Epstein case), and much more.

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But every now and then, a pure soul seems to emerge garnering the attention of many. And when they do, ‘the establishment’ completely ignores them, belittles them, and falsely accuses them in an attempt to shift the perception of the character in question within the minds of the masses. It’s as if, from the very beginning, they have no chance to win because it’s so unfair, and so much is pitted against them.

This is exactly why veteran and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is experiencing this type of thing. Gabbard first caught my attention when she introduced the  Stop Arming Terrorists Act (H.R.608) which would have stopped, or attempted to stop the U.S. government from using taxpayer dollars to directly or indirectly support groups who are allied with and supporting terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda in their war to overthrow the Syrian government. The legislation is based on congressional action during the Iran-Contra affair to stop the CIA’s illegal arming of rebels in Nicaragua. It is endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America, the U.S. Peace Council, and Veterans For Peace.

She has long been creating awareness on issues of how this ‘establishment works.’ Here’s one of her latest re-tweets.

She spoke and speaks a lot of truth, she is a supporter of people like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, and an advocate for peace and has the desire to end corrupt wars, and much more. Clearly, she’s a big threat to the establishment that seems to control and has controlled the presidency for a long time.


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This is why her persona has been ‘bashed’ by establishment owned mainstream media, and the powerful Hillary Clinton, who has labelled Gabbard as a Russian asset, among many other things, which in Turn is why Gabbard has filed a lawsuit against Clinton for defamation of character.

They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far. And that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she’s also a Russian asset. Yeah, she’s a Russian asset (Tulsi), I mean, totally. – Clinton (source)

According to he NY Post:

She filed her $50 million defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton to hold the former secretary of state “accountable” for her alleged smears.

Tulsi’s website states:

Washington, DC – Tulsi Gabbard, a United States Congresswoman, Army National Guard Major, and 2020 presidential candidate, today filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Rodham Clinton. Gabbard, a U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, asserts in her complaint that Clinton deliberately and maliciously made false statements in an attempt to derail Rep. Gabbard’s campaign, by alleging that Gabbard is a “Russian asset.” The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by Brian Dunne and Dan Terzian, Rep. Gabbard’s legal counsel and partners at Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP.

Clinton was the 2016 Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States, United States Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, a United States Senator for the State of New York from 2001 to 2009, and the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. On October 17, 2019, she publicly stated in an interview that “somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary … [is a] favorite of the Russians… Yeah, she’s a Russian asset.” The press extensively republished and disseminated these statements, which were interpreted widely as Clinton asserting that Gabbard is a Russian asset.

The complaint seeks compensatory damages and an injunction prohibiting the further publication of Clinton’s defamatory statements.

The case is Tulsi Gabbard and Tulsi Now, Inc. v. Hillary Rodham ClintonA copy of the full complaint is available here.

The Takeaway

I often wonder why humanity keeps playing with a system that’s completely corrupt and broken. Our ‘leaders’ don’t seem to have humanity and planet Earth in mind when it comes to making their decisions. Today, the system is a representation of greed, fear, ego, profit, and much more, but one thing is for sure, it’s far from serving the people and other beings that reside on our planet. We need leaders that truly care about our environment, the people, preservation, life, and abundance for all. What we really need is a complete collapse of the current system we are playing with, and to implement something far greater that is more in line with the current level of human consciousness, and something that is more representative of our collective human potential. And most of all, we need to stop pointing fingers and blaming political figures for our problem because at the end of the day, on the deepest of levels, we are simply allowing it to happen. Politics doesn’t help as it makes us feel the power to change things is out of our hands, in in ‘theirs.’

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete – Buckminister Fuller (L. Steven Sieden, A Fuller View – Buckminster Fuller´s Vision of Hope and Abundance for all“, p. 358), Divine Arts Media (2011)

One thing seems to be quite clear, people are tired of politics and it is no longer serving humanity. It’s useless and pointless, and is counterintuitive. It’s no longer serving the collective, and it’s quite questionable whether it ever has.

 

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Snakes In Suits: Are Psychopaths Running The World?

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  • The Facts:

    By comparing traits of psychopaths, as determined by experts, to those of people in corporate or political positions of power, we can see a clear link.

  • Reflect On:

    Psychopaths feel no remorse, guilt or empathy for their actions. When we look at the many inhumane acts that are currently taking place on our planet, it begs the following question with judgement aside: Are psychopaths running our world?

Editors Note: We felt this was important to discuss, not from a place of judgement and fear but one of observation so we can ask important questions as to whether or not we want to keep supporting the world we are co-creating at this time.

Often when we think of the word psychopath, we think of deranged serial killers that are hopefully locked up in prison for life. While there are many psychopaths who kill for reasons that are unfathomable to most of us and who are indeed in prison, there is an even greater number roaming free in our society and often using their condition to their advantage in any way possible. In fact, it is very likely that you know some–they might even be your colleagues.

Most of us do not know or work with any serial killers, at least not that we are aware of. So, what exactly is a psychopath and how can we define them? The dictionary definition is as follows:

“A person suffering from a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior.”

As you can probably tell, a lot more than just serial killers will fit into this broad definition. In fact, according to Canadian psychologist Dr. Robert Hare, a world-renowned expert on psychopathy, an estimated 1% of the Earth’s population is psychopathic and around 25% of the population of male inmates at federal correctional facilities are psychopathic.

Psychopathic Traits

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It is important to note that, in contrast with the popular image of the ‘deranged psycho,’ psychopaths tend to be very well composed, take good care of their appearance and are very charming (think of Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho). Because of this you may have a difficult time spotting them out, as they are masters of deception and are able to fake a lot of the qualities that define regular people. Some other psychopathic traits, according to Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist, are as follows:

  • Glib and superficial charm
  • Grandiose estimation of self
  • Need for stimulation
  • Manipulative and cunning
  • Complete lack of remorse or guilt
  • Pathological lying
  • Have a parasitic lifestyle, often latching onto and taking from others
  • Have a history of early behavioral problems
  • Overly impulsive
  • Are very irresponsible
  • Unable to accept responsibility for actions
  • Unable to commit to long-term relationships
  • History of juvenile delinquency
  • Display criminal versatility
  • Experienced a “revocation of conditional release”
  • Lacks realistic long term goals
  • History of promiscuous sexual behavior
  • Have poor behavioral controls
  • Are callous and lack empathy
  • Have a “shallow affect” (psychopaths show a lack of emotion when an emotional reaction is appropriate.)

You can actually rate yourself to find out if you are psychopath. On each criterion, the subject is ranked on a 3-point scale: (0 = item does not apply, 1 = item applies somewhat, 2 = item definitely applies). The scores are summed to create a rank of zero to 40. Anyone who scores 30 and above is most likely a psychopath. Hare has used this test and checklist to detect which inmates are psychopaths.

Snakes In Suits

What many of us may not realize is that psychopaths actually thrive in the corporate world. Hare has actually co-authored a book with Dr. Paul Babiak on this topic entitled, Snakes In Suits: Understanding and Surviving the Psychopaths in Your Office. Psychopaths manipulate others to accrue power, sometimes pitting them against each other in an attempt to divide and conquer. They are often attracted to bigger, dynamic corporations with very little structure or supervision. They generally don’t work well in teams because they don’t like to share information or skills and it brings them joy to watch others fail. They are addicted to power, status and money. Sound familiar?

The corporate world is set up to favor psychopathic traits such as fearlessness, dominant behavior and immunity to stress. Because of this, psychopaths often find themselves in these types of positions, and then have an easier time climbing the corporate ladder and obtaining positions of great power. This is where they can do real damage to society as we see it today.

Are Psychopaths Running The World?

Not only as corporate heads do psychopaths find success in our modern-day society, but also within our governments and political system — often as front-line politicians. This may come as a shock to you, but when you really look at some of the atrocities that are taking place on our planet, and if you’ve ever wondered how things that are so inhumane could actually be happening, well, therein lies part of your answer.

When you consider the war, genocide, senseless murder of civilians, treatment of the indigenous cultures of the world, chemicals in our food, air and water supply, acts of “terrorism”, war crimes and so many other unjust and cruel actions which are often instigated by our political leaders, it becomes easy to see how psychopaths actually fit the requirements for these types of roles quite well. As mentioned before they are masters of deception, pathological liars and often quite charming.

Many soldiers go to war and because they are conditioned to believe that they are fighting an enemy in the name of peace. They do as they are told and commit these heinous acts against other human beings. The reason why so many soldiers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder is because it is not within human nature to murder other humans, and especially innocent civilians.

We already know how many politicians are crooked, but perhaps its time to start looking at them with the psychopath checklist in mind so that we can be better equipped to protect not only ourselves but our society from their malicious acts.

But Can’t We Help Them?

It is natural for anyone who is involved in spiritual work to have compassion for these individuals and feel compelled to help them overcome their psychopathic behavior. However, most research has pointed towards the understanding that psychopaths are born, not made and therefore cannot be cured. This is one of the main differences that separates sociopaths from psychopaths. Another is that sociopaths have a conscience, albeit a weak one, and will often justify something they know to be wrong. By contrast, psychopaths will believe that their actions are justified and feel no remorse for any harm done. Sociopaths are made, and have a higher likelihood of overcoming their current condition. However, many of those with sociopathic behavior will find themselves in similar corporate positions.

Hare’s research discovered that by attempting to heal or help a psychopath, you might actually be strengthening their cunning abilities, as they will find a way to manipulate you into believing that they are remorseful and understand how their actions were wrong.

Editors Note: As we begin to ask difficult but necessary questions about people in positions of power, including world leaders, that we agree to put there and support, we turn readers towards the CE Protocol in exploring the purpose of this more deeply, and what to do about it. Click here to check out the protocol.

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