Franklin Scandal: The Original Pizzagate

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      Currently, our government has a massive problem. The public no longer has faith in them, in fact, it has plummeted to all-time lows. According to Pew Research, only 20% of the American public believe the government does what is right always or most of the time. 68% believe they only do what is right some of the time and 11% say never. The public seems somewhat desensitized to the “typical” political scandals such as money-laundering or infidelity. Yet, there is one type of scandal continuously overlooked in the institutions of government. Satanic child abuse is not only currently entrenched in our government, but has been systematically covered up for decades. With the Pizzagate Scandal breaking a couple years ago, many of those researching and learning the crimes of our government for the first time have had their realities shattered. 

The Wikileaks emails opened up an entire new world into how today’s political elite use code language such as “pizza” and “hot dogs” to mask their criminal activities. However, this type of scandal is not an isolated incident by any means. The Franklin Coverup which occurred from the late 1980’s to the 1990’s was the original 'Pizzagate' of modern-day history.

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In 1994, the documentary Conspiracy of Silence was reportedly canceled just prior to its scheduled debut on the Discovery Channel. The documentary recorded the journey of many Nebraska state officials, including decorated war veteran and former State Senator John DeCamp, and their uncovering of an alleged elite pedophile ring operating largely out of Omaha, Nebraska. The producers were especially interested in covering the story upon reading DeCamp’s book The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska. The book explicitly details the beginnings of the case, who was involved and how it connects to ritualistic abuse. 

The story begins with Lawrence “Larry” King who had become “the fastest rising black star in the entire Republican Party." Decamps declares,

“He was also one of the most evil individuals in this country in terms of being a dealer of children, in terms of being a thief, $40 million that they documented he stole; and in terms of using and compromising and corrupting one after another politicians.”

The majority of Larry King’s wealth derived from the Franklin Credit Union in Omaha, Nebraska. He was hired on as a General Manager to help “salvage” the failing company. 

In the early 1980’s King developed close commercial ties to bank leaders, charities, industries and the national renown orphanage Boys Town. King often donated to the orphanage and was allowed to recruit their youth to work for his companies. DeCamp considers King to be the main perpetrator in corrupting Boys Town.

According to the documentary, an overwhelming amount of child abuse allegations stemming from Boys Town piqued the interest of Nebraska’s Foster Care Review Board. Foster Care Director Carol Stitt said,

“Larry King’s name was consistently present as someone that the youth were making allegations against.”

Stitt explained how she handed over all evidence against King’s alleged drug and child prostitution ring. The documentation was described to be “over a foot high,” yet no serious action was taken by authorities.

Top level law enforcement officials accused many of the young victims of lying. Two girls in particular, Nelly and Kimberly Webb, gave accounts of being forced to go to Larry King’s sex parties and being abused by his friends. They swiftly passed lie detector tests several times, yet were still labeled as liars. They described how King would make the Boys Town boys do yard work for him, and if they refused, they were beaten as punishment. Part of Nelly Webb’s testimony included allegations of child prostitution and pornography on a national scale. When she was 15, she frequently traveled the country with Mr. and Mrs. King as a babysitter for their son, Prince. She would supervise Prince as the Kings would host parties for high-level officials such as George H. W. Bush, who was Vice President at the time. At some of the parties, she claims to have witnessed the “sodomy of younger men and older men.” 

Another survivor came forward by the name of Loretta Smith. At the age of 9, Smith described to police officials that she was, along with her childhood friends, lured away from the Girls’ Club in Omaha. Employees at the Girl’s Club would often lead them off property and escort them on outings. Over the course of several weeks, they were slowly introduced to narcotics and alcohol. Eventually, Loretta states, they found themselves in the midst of sex parties with older men. In her testimony, the girls “got all wasted” and they did not have a choice with whom they slept. In the same network of people, she was introduced to the practice of devil worshipping.

Loretta describes in gruesome detail the activities of the cult, including witnessing the homicides of several young children.

According to The Franklin Scandal, Foster Care Director Stitt also believed this account to be “highly credible.” Loretta explains how the cult consistently “tested” her. In one incident, she witnessed the killing and disfigurement of an infant girl’s body. Another time she described a ceremony in which a small boy was sacrificed, afterward, she claims the ritual included cannibalism. The information Loretta disclosed to the Omaha police and hospital staff corroborated evidence authorities already compiled from separate cases. One Omaha police officer expressed great interest in Loretta’s story. Career Officer Carmean also believed Loretta to be credible and demanded further investigation in his testimony to the Legislative Franklin Committee. Less than 2 weeks after his testimony, Police Chief Waldman attempted to Officer Carmean declared mentally insane. The attempt was a failure, however, Carmean was then transferred immediately out of the department. 

Alisha Owen, Paul Bonacci, Danny King and Troy Boner all became key witnesses in the case against Larry King and his criminal empire. Alisha Owen recounts being only 15 when she found herself involved in one of King’s sex parties. The party included 20 minors and 6 adult men, one of them was identified by Owen as Police Chief Robert Wadman. During the party, she states Wadman forced her to perform sexual acts on him. He went on to sexually abuse her for weeks following the initial account. Owen became deeply ensnared in King’s operation, as many of her Boys Town friends were involved. She recalls being afraid to leave because, as with all of the other victims, she was threatened and beaten by Larry King or one of his henchman. Before long, Owen found herself being a drug courier for King. Her and her friends, such as Troy Boner, were flown to several different cities for drug deals. They were also used in prostitution and pornography for numerous affluential people including businessmen and even judges. 

Private Investigator and retired state patrolman, Gary Caradori, was hired by the newly formed Legislative Franklin Committee to further investigate the allegations; since law enforcement failed to do so. Caradori recorded 30 hours of testimony from Alisha Owen and others regarding the case. Troy Boner told Caradori that it was his duty to recruit children from Boys Town for Larry King. Troy and Danny King were forced to perform sexual acts on other children, witnessed the sale of minors and were themselves sexually assaulted by older men.

Paul Bonacci testified to perhaps some of the most horrific stories yet. He was forced to go on 200-300 trips for King, starting at the age of 8. In one account, Bonacci and another boy named Nicholas were flown to Sacramento and taken to a remote location. When they entered the room they discovered a young boy locked inside of a cage not wearing any clothes. Forced at gun point, Nicholas and Paul had to physically assault the child for approximately 30 minutes. The boy was also reportedly sexually assaulted repeatedly and then murdered. The body was dumped in the woods where the “men with hoods” would take care it. The “men with hoods” were described as a satanic group which planned to use the corpse in a ceremony. Paul Bonacci explained, the entire event was filmed by a man they later picked up in Las Vegas who called himself “Hunter Thompson.”

The location Bonnaci described was found by DeCamp to have closely resembled the Bohemian Grove.

After the testimonies were gathered, Cardori worked tirelessly on the case despite the increasing safety risks. Caradori and Senator Loran Schmit (leading the committee) were both receiving phone calls warning them to “stand down.” Schmit was told this "reaches the highest level of government" and to "be a good Republican" by ceasing all action. 

In 1990, as the investigation was in progress, Caradori and his son were killed in a plane crash. At the time of his death, he was known to be pursuing 2 tracks: The Washington D.C. connection and satanism. His family believed the FBI, who was staunchly against the investigation, had everything to do with the plane crash that was said to have “exploded mid-air.” 

Simultaneously, Paul Rodriguez of The Washington Times reported “Homosexual Prostitution Inquiry Ensnares VIPs with Reagan, Bush.” According to the article, the clients of the Call Boy Prostitution Ring included high-level elites in government, military, bankers, and businessmen. It explains in more detail,

“The investigation is said to be focused on illegal interstate prostitution, abduction and use of minors for sexual perversion.”  

This coincides with Bonacci’s story of King providing young boys to powerful officials. According to the documentary, he claims there was a special name for boys provided under the age of 10 known as “The Golden Boys.” Craig Spence was thought to be business partners with Larry King who were operating the prostitution ring. Soon following the release of the story, Spence turned up dead in an alleged suicide. It was the latest in a series of deaths of those linked to the Iran-contra scandal.  

On June 21, 1991, Alisha Owen was pronounced guilty by a local grand jury. She was charged with 8 counts of perjury for refusing to recant her story and sentenced up to 25 years in prison. Paul Bonacci also refused to recant his story and was charged with 3 counts of perjury. According to the key witnesses, the FBI was able to get Troy Boner and Danny King to testify against Owen and Bonacci by threatening them. Troy was resilient until the death of Investigator Caradori and his own brother, then he finally submitted to their pressure. They accused Alisha Owen of lying and concocting the entire story. Larry King received a meek sentence of up to 10 years jail time for fraud in relation to the Franklin Credit Union. He was never subpoenaed for the sexual allegation case.

John DeCamp continued fighting throughout the years to investigate this scandal further and fight for Alisha. DeCamp eventually connected it to the “Monarch Project.” In his findings, especially with Paul Bonacci, the ring leaders would torture the children so horrifically that their minds would “shatter” until multiple personalities were created. They would usually begin by getting them addicted to narcotics and, in the end, personalities could be programmed as desired to be spies, drug mules, prostitutes or assassins. Much of the problem appeared to have grown out of the Iran Contra scandal.

In the U.S. House and Senate Joint Hearings in 1987, it was revealed Vice President George H. W. Bush played a central role in the massive influx of narcotics pouring across the borders. Bush was responsible for the anti-drug effort, yet at the same time tons of narcotics were supplied to gangs by CIA affiliated networks. 

DeCamp found that Larry King played a major role in drug-peddling in the country which is partially why he remained fairly untouchable. He was reportedly backed by key players including Omaha multibillionaire Warren Buffett, Alan Baer, Harold Andersen of World Herald, Mutual of Omaha and several others. Once allegations broke, it is said that King attempted to meet with George H.W. Bush for assistance but was immediately institutionalized for a temporary period of time.  

CONCLUSION: 

    Larry King passed away on July 22, 2009. In late 2003, Troy Boner walked into a New Mexico hospital shouting “they’re after me, they’re after me because of this book.” He was referencing The Franklin Cover-Up. The next morning he was found deceased with a mouth full of blood. Former FBI L.A. Bureau Chief Ted Gunderson attempted to receive his autopsy results but was denied any access. John DeCamp passed away July 2017 at the state Veterans Home in Norfolk; there are no updated records on Paul Bonacci.

It is assumed that Alisha Owen was released in the early 2000’s yet, there are also no records to prove that. None of the numerous people said to have been involved in the ring were charged.

As Senator Loran Schmit tearfully concludes: 

“I was disappointed how the FBI and law enforcement treated the victims...It has shaken my faith in the institutions of government.”

Written by: Yvonne Parkinson

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