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Michael Francke Murder Mystery Solved (Part Three)John Atkins for Salem-News.com
Crooks like secrecy. It is how they get away with their crimes for so long.
(SALEM) - In the last installment, we made the outlandish claim that Governor Neil Goldschmidt was at the helm of the Conspiracy against Frank Gable and Michael Francke. We even stated that we had Neil G.'s confession. Very well, here it is.
In a memo dated August 22, 1989, Governor Goldschmidt's legal advisor, Ms. Cory Streissinger, reveals the plot to coverup the link between Mike's murder and prison corruption. In the memo, amongst other things, is the declaration that the Governor should lie to the public, the investigators should NOT turn over any evidence that would show that corruption, and they needed to keep the feds out of the investigation by any means necessary.
The Cory Memo is published here for your perusal. You can read it for yourselves. Indeed, you will want to read it for yourself because of the incredible statements we are advancing. I know that as I, too, was incredulous that such a damning piece of evidence actually existed. This memo is from actual court records. Note how some of the lines were blacked out so we would not know, and the jury would not know, what was said.
The first thing that I noticed about the memo was the lack of empathy for either the murder victim or the victim's family. In fact, they considered the victim's family to be a threat to their criminal enterprise. This lack of compassion is a trait inherent in sociopaths and cold-hearted criminals. No remorse for Mike's death.
One of Neil's men had been murdered in the line of duty. Neil should have been outraged and should have wanted the killer(s) found. That is what he should be concerned with. However, Neil is doing just the opposite. Neil wants to keep federal investigators out and he wants to hide evidence that would expose the link between Mike's murder and the thefts going on at the State Prisons.
The following is taken from my book, Broken Dreams. It adequately explains the significance of the Cory Memo.
Do you remember your thoughts regarding the Cory memo? Did it seem like a harmless document that had little, if anything, to offer in the way of proving either the crimes of the elite or of Frank Gable’s innocence? If you’re not sure, go back and read it again. And again.
If somebody had told me that this memo existed, without showing it to me, I would have seriously doubted them. Even so, as I read it I was highly incredulous that such a scheme was so openly presented where a dubious public could read it.
This document is so damning on so many levels that it would take an entire library just to do them justice. Nonetheless, please allow me to address some key components. Take, for instance, the very last sentence. I’m willing to wager that this seemingly harmless passage went by you without a second glance.
“Given Dale Penn’s expedited grand jury schedule…”
First, it shows that the author has had intimate conversations with District Attorney Dale Penn. How else could she have known about his “expedited” Grand Jury schedule?
Second, why would that information even matter to the Governor? Third, and this is as damning a confession as any I’ve seen, “all of this should take place fairly soon if you intend to proceed.”
The question you should be asking yourself is why should any investigation be rushed on account of an expedited Grand Jury schedule? The answer, the only answer, is because these scheming felons needed a fall guy---fast!
One thing you have to ask yourself is, what would happen if Dale Penn came up for reelection and lost? It wasn’t any expedited schedule; it was that they would need an expedited schedule in order to make sure that Penn spearheaded any attempt at an indictment before he left office (in the event he was ousted)!
In the very first paragraph of the memo, we read where Ms. Streissinger reveals the purpose of the memo. She says that it is a followup and summary of conversations (with whom?) the Governor has had regarding the Francke murder investigation, the possible link to wrong-doing at the State prison, and what further actions should be done about it.
That was clue number one as to the precise purpose of the memo. It is vague, at best. So let us go to the section of the memo numbered “4” and read the last sentence. Cory writes, “I believe it is crucial not to turn this into a federal/fbi investigation if you want any assurance that it will stay within the bounds you have set.”
To adequately appreciate the importance of this memo, you should understand how procedures operate within the judicial system. Typically, when the District Attorney and State investigators have reached a deadend (as these people stated they had), the fbi is contacted and their assistance is requested. Sometimes, especially when a government employee is murdered, the fbi will come in of their own accord. In this case, however, the Governor was adamant that the feds stay out if it. Why?
So, when Ms. Streissinger talks about bounds, she is referring to the fact that the Governor does not want the feds involved. The reason is simple enough. Goldschmidt knows that Francke was murdered because Francke had discovered the multi-million dollar theft ring in both the prisons and the State Hospital. There were millions of dollars at stake. If you were stealing large quantities of money, would you want the feds involved? Of course not.
Cory verifies this in section numbered “9” when she writes, “You will obviously want to avoid any implication that the allegations about the Corrections Department” (wrongdoing) “are correct, but you also don’t want to sound like you are prejudging the outcome of the investigation.” It was imperative that he lie to the public.
If the feds did come, then the feds would have discovered that, not only did Neil Goldschmidt sanction the "hit," Neil G. was active in the coverup. In other words, the Governor knew that the cops knew who the real killer(s) were and Neil definitely did not want the feds discovering that activity.
Given the rapacious nature of all of those involved, it is more than obvious that the whole purpose of this memo was to keep the feds out and to hide any connection between wrongdoing in the Department of Corrections and Mike’s murder. In fact, Ms. Streissinger makes that perfectly clear in section “1” when she states, “You also suggested that the investigative team be directed to turn over to the appropriate authorities any information not related to a possible link.”
Think about that a minute. If they turn over any evidence that would link Mike’s death to prison corruption then their whole illegal operation would be in jeopardy. Subsequently, any evidence that links corruption should get suppressed before any prosecuting authorities can get it. And that was crucial. You see, if they gave such information to the D.A. in writing, then the D.A. would have to give it to any person who might be arrested and that information might get the suspect (in this case, Frank Gable) off the hook.
Really sharp lawyers cover their butts by handing over detrimental evidence after they do one of two things. One, they find a way to present other evidence that would downplay the negative evidence’s importance. The other, they make a whole lot of useless commentary that is designed to make people think that such and such is trivial.
In addition, any such information would (legally) have to be acted upon. Heaven forbid that they get rid of the corruption. Numerous investigations, including the 1984 and 1986 investigations, were conducted even before Francke was hired. In those investigations, as well as several others, it was discovered that there existed corruption in prison finances. Neil G. knew all about it and wanted it to continue. So it was critical that no evidence rear its head. They needed a fall guy and fast!
Keeping in mind that Goldschmidt is the boss of the State Police and of the State Prisons, let’s look at what occurred shortly after this memo. August 22nd exactly correlates with the time that State Police decided to frame Frank Gable. On August 7, 1989, thanks to an alleged “tip” from someone who saw a composite of a man whom police were told had been seen hanging around the Dome Building the day Mike was murdered, they (re)contact Frank (ER-25). They telephoned him and a meeting was setup. When Frank failed to show for that meeting, another was scheduled for September 13.
In the eyes of the police, if you fail to show up for an interview, they consider that an admission of guilt. Makes no difference that you had a valid excuse. You’re guilty (same mentality as jurors have when you do not testify in your own behalf).
I cannot stress how many times I have stated that I do not believe in coincidences. Sure, coincidences do seem to occur from time to time. However, I exhaust every avenue before even beginning to accept them. And that is what compelled me to examine this item a little closer.
As I read Yraguen’s decision, I compared it to the Cory memo, as every good investigator should. Remember, the memo was written on or about August 22, 1989. Cory references conversations that the Governor has had (though, later in the memo she relates that he/they had talked with Dale Penn, the State Police (Officer Loren Glover, amongst others), Stan (Long), Ted (Kulongoski), Tom Imeson, Fred Pearce, Emil Brandaw, Dave Frohnmayer, and others). Obviously, those conversations had taken place in July/August, and prior to August 22nd. And that exactly meshes with the alleged “tip” that implicated Frank Gable as the unidentified man seen in and around the Dome building on the night Michael Francke was murdered. This is page ER-25 at the very bottom.
Cory reveals the near-panicked frame of mind that both herself and the Governor are in. Obviously, the Governor had been in contact with the State police as Cory references that they are at a deadend. Equally obvious is the fact that all of that changes after the Governor had his conversations with the State police.
Under pressure to find someone to arrest, the police go back through their files. They need a likely candidate. They see one in Frank Gable. He is a lowlife who seems to be hated by everyone. He is a known drug user, wife beater, and drug dealer. In the eyes of the police, Frank Edward Gable is a total piece of crap who does not deserve to be alive; let alone walking the streets.
Between the conversations with Governor Goldschmidt and the fact that Frank missed the scheduled meeting, the police were certain that they wanted Frank to “go down” for the murder of James Michael Francke. And everything they did was to that end. The fact that he was innocent made no damned difference at all.
At the top of page two of the memo, we read, very clearly, the concern and motivation behind Governor Goldschmidt’s and Cory’s plans. I repeat, it is very clear and precise. “The Francke family’s activities and the presence of Phil Stanford ensure that the issue will continue to receive attention by the press and public until some decisive step is taken to resolve it.”
What? Cory is concerned only about the suspicions of the Francke family, the public, and especially Phil Stanford? At the time, Phil was a Newspaper reporter for the Portland Oregonian newspaper and Phil frequently wrote about how the government was covering up the corruption at the prisons and especially the link to Mike’s murder. This clearly shows that they were not after Mike's killers. But then, why should they? They already knew who they were!
Cory addresses this by continuing with: “Even identification of a potential murderer at this point is unlikely to stop the public’s questions about possible links to wrongdoing at Corrections. We are starting to hear charges of “cover-up” and this may very likely be the response to any indictment.”
Second paragraph of page two of her memo, last sentence, Cory writes, “An investigation initiated by the legislature would obviously be less desirable than one we might set up.” This particular sentence leaves absolutely no doubt that Cory was in on the scheme up to her eyeballs.
Crooks like secrecy. It is how they get away with their crimes for so long. Having somebody outside the circle of hoodlums would take things out of their hands and their cozy little operation might get shut down.
So you see, the Cory memo is not the ho-hum piece of paper that you thought it was. It is the key to this whole damned puzzle.
My references to page ER-25 or whatever, are in reference to Judge Yraguen's 2001 decision on one of Frank's numerous Appeals. Yraguen is such a hypocritical Judge that he has a hard time distinguishing his own lies from the truth. And, yes, we will be exposing this thug, too. Until then:
In our next installment we will prove, once and for all, that Frank Gable did not murder Michael Francke. You won't want to miss that one!
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