WMR can exclusively report that it was the Federal Bureau
of Investigation that placed a bomb on the private airplane that killed
state of Nebraska chief investigator Gary Caradori and his 6-year old
son "AJ" on July 11, 1990. Caradori had been hired by the Nebraska unicameral
legislature to investigate allegations that a number of Nebraska youth
had been sexually abused and transported over state lines in a scandal
centered around the Franklin Credit Union, headed by rising GOP African-American
star Lawrence King.
A very knowledgeable source involved with what became known as the "Franklin
Scandal" told WMR that Caradori flew to Chicago ostensibly to attend the
All Star game on July 10 at Wrigley Field. In reality, the trip to the
game was a cover for Caradori to meet with a source who handed him photographs
that proved that Nebraskan children, some from the famed Boy's Town orphanage,
were being used for the sexual gratification of important political leaders
in Washington, including Vice President and President George H W Bush.
Caradori phoned his wife and another investigator shortly before the All-Star
game and told them the same thing: "I got what I came after. I got 'em
by the balls. I've got pictures. I will take them to the game and bring
them back to Nebraska."
When Caradori began to follow the money behind the Franklin scandal, he
discovered two things: the Franklin Credit Union was being used by the
White House and CIA to launder money for the Iran-contra affair and King
and his associates were given a free ride to sexually traffic in and molest
children, including many procured from Boy's Town.
One of those implicated in the Franklin scandal was Housing and Urban
Development Secretary Sam Pierce. At the 1984 Republican National Convention
in Dallas, King held a $1 million reception for Pierce. However, King's
salary at the time was $14,000 a year and the actual cost of the reception
was $300,000. The difference, $700,000, went into a slush fund that was
laundered by the Franklin Credit Union for various "activities" sponsored
by the CIA and White House.
On July 11, Caradori took off in his private plane from Chicago en route
to Nebraska. Witnesses on the ground said they saw a flash in the sky
followed by an explosion. Initial news reports stated that Caradori's
aircraft exploded in flight and then crashed. However, subsequent news
reports were altered and claimed the aircraft exploded upon impact with
the ground. Caradori and his son were killed in the crash. The local Sheriff's
office reported that scattered in the wreckage were child pornographic
photographs. The FBI arrived and began systematically removing the photographs,
debris, and Caradori's briefcase. Meanwhile, FBI agents in Lincoln, Nebraska
entered Caradori's office and seized his files. Another FBI agent showed
up at the office of a Nebraska state official investigating the Franklin
case and demanded he turn over his files. The state official told the
FBI agent to "get the hell out."
The Bush White House immediately began covering up the Franklin scandal
and put pressure on the remaining Nebraska state investigators. The FBI
used the Kansas City mob to intimidate high-level witnesses and investigators
of the Franklin scandal. One of the lead investigators also told WMR,
"the FBI killed Caradori . . . they put the bomb on his airplane."
An attempt to hire former CIA director William Colby to lead a state of
Nebraska investigation of the Franklin scandal failed in a legislative
committee 4 to 3 vote. Instead, the committee appointed attorney Kirk
Naylor as its chief investigator. A major figure involved in investigating
Franklin told WMR that Naylor was the most incompetent person the committee
could have found to lead the investigation. Colby was a Vietnam War colleague
of Nebraska state Senator John De Camp, one of major investigators of
the Franklin scandal. Colby reportedly was ready to expose the CIA's own
involvement in the use of child prostitutes for the purposes of political
and diplomatic blackmail. Colby died in a suspicious canoeing accident
on the Chesapeake Bay on April 27, 1996.
Monsignor Robert Hupp, the Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of Omaha,
a former Navy chaplain, and, in 1976, the first-ever clergy member of
the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, had reported in the early 1970s
to his bishop that there was sexual abuse at Boy's Town that even involved
a priest murdering a boy. Hupp was later named the head of Boy's Town,
ostensibly to keep him quiet. Hupp was in charge of Boy's Town until the
late 1980s, when the Franklin scandal first hit the front pages. Eventually,
even after stepping down as the head of the orphanage, Hupp was forced
to leave Boy's Town altogether. WMR has learned that in 2003 a longtime
supporter of Boy's Town allowed Hupp to move into his cabin in Mausten,
Wisconsin after being forced to leave the facilities at Boy's Town. A
reporter for the Omaha World-Herald, a newspaper owned by Nebraska billionaire
Warren Buffett and which always had a skeptical view of the Franklin scandal,
volunteered to drive Hupp to Wisconsin. Upon arriving at the cabin, the
reporter prepared dinner for Hupp. The retired monsignor who broke the
Catholic Church's silence on its role in the Franklin scandal, died in
his sleep that same night.
The iconic Washington Times front page that capped off the Franklin scandal's
sporadic and spotty news coverage.
Anyone who believes the Franklin Scandal and Cover-up is over and done
with would be dead wrong. On January 20, 2012, Carol Stitt, the 29-year
director of the Nebraska Foster Care Review Board, an individual who aggressively
protected foster care children in Nebraska from sexual perverts and other
undesirable foster parents, was dismissed by her own board of directors.
The 11-member board had been stacked by loyalists of Republican Governor
Dave Heineman whose goal it was to oust Stitt. As with the constant intimidation
of witnesses involved in Franklin, Stitt also found herself investigated
by the federal government's Office of Special Counsel for allegedly violating
the Hatch Act by attending a 2006 political campaign rally for Republican
and football coach legend Tom Osborne. Although Stitt, a state employee,
would not normally be subject to the rarely-enforced Hatch Act that bans
political activity by federal employees, Stitt's Foster Care Review Board
received funds from the federal Department of Health and Human Services
The HHS's initial complaint against Stitt, which arose from her attendance
at the 2006 Osborne rally, began when current GOP U.S. Senate candidate
Ben Sasse was serving as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation
at HHS. From 1996 to 1998, Sasse was one of four tutors/proctors for the
U.S. House of Representatives page program. During this time frame, a
number of House pages complained of sexual harassment from GOP House members.
Representatives Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) and Mark Foley (R-FL) were later named
as principal harassers of underage male pages. WMR has also learned from
a member of the Sasse family that physical and psychological abuse have
been rampant in the Sasse family. Senate candidate Sasse, who helped the
John Ashcroft Justice Department draw up torture policy along with the
CIA, is a home-schooler whose religious beliefs are based on neo-Calvinist
fundamentalist Christian Dominionism.
Sasse faces two opponents after coming from the political wilderness to
defeat better known and financed GOP candidates in the primary. David
Domina, a trial lawyer, is Sasse's lackluster Democratic opponent, while
Dan Buhrdorf is mounting a spirited independent challenge under the Tax
Wall Street Party banner.
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