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Michael Francke Murder Mystery Solved (Part Two)John Atkins for Salem-News.com
When Mike first discovered the thefts of millions of dollars, he went to the Oregon State Police and to his boss, Governor Goldschmidt. He was dead the minute he first opened his mouth.
(SALEM) - In the last installment, we explained how easy it was for Frank Gable's own attorneys, and the trial Judge, to convict Frank Gable of murder. Obviously, defense attorney Robert Abel fully never intended to let Frank testify at all. Right from the beginning, Abel was adamant that Frank not testify. Abel knew that he was hanging his client. That is why he was appointed to represent him in the first place. He was famous for it.
Later, Abel would attempt to weasel out of culpability by denying any wrongdoing. It is what all criminals do when they are caught with their pants down. In this case, his actions speak louder than his words. Abel knows, from years of trial experience, that his client will be found guilty if the client does not testify. Even if, as he feebly tries to say, Frank was a bad witness, Abel had an obligation to attempt to remedy that situation. An expert was hired with the expressed intent to turn Frank into a better witness. But Abel never lets the expert see Frank. That, too, proves that Abel intended to convict his own client. Abel hired the expert for show only.
The defense investigators were frequently at odds with Abel. Robert Abel was doing his best to create confusion and to hinder the investigation as much as possible. When any investigator started to get too close to the truth, Abel fired them. Later, one of the investigators would be assassinated by a police officer.
Actions speak louder than words. You know who Abel had the Investigators follow? They were ordered to follow Mike's brother, Kevin Francke, twenty-four hours a day. There was no legitimate reason for that. Kevin had nothing to do with the murder. However, just as the government refused to let Frank Gable testify at his own trial, they wanted to make sure that nobody found out the truth. And the truth was that Mike was murdered because Mike found out that millions of dollars were being stolen from the Department of Corrections every few months.
At one point, State Police Officer Loren Glover even pulled over Kevin Francke and threatened to kill Kevin if Kevin did not stop trying to find out who killed his brother and why. This is the same cop who drove Corrections Auditor, David Caulley out to Mike's house at 4:00 a.m. on January 18, 1989 (under orders from crime boss, Governor Neil Goldschmidt) to put Mike's handgun under Mike's pillow so as to make it look like Mike slept with his gun under his pillow. Criminals are not the brightest people. You see, nobody, except in a "B" movie, would ever/could ever sleep with a hard, lumpy gun under their soft pillow.
Aside from the fact that nobody could sleep with a gun under their pillow, there are other ways that we know that the gun was planted there. The most obvious was Mike's fears about being assassinated because he had discovered organized crime within the prison system. Mike applied for, and obtained, a permit to carry a concealed weapon. He would place the gun in his glove compartment whenever at work because guns were not allowed inside the building. Yet, these thugs want you to believe that he left it at home on the most dangerous day of his life.
Mike's brothers had always maintained that Mike had told them that he was fearful for his life because of what he knew about prison officials being involved in that corruption. Mike had even revealed to them that he had been issued, and had received training for, a riot gun (small shotgun). Mike was acutely aware that they would murder him and even said as much when he told his staff that "if they want to get you, they can." Those were some of his last words the day he was murdered.
Another way that we know Mike had his pistol in his glove box was because the police screwed up and told one of the witnesses to say so. Moreover, that state cop told the witness that Frank Gable had been a snitch (paid informant) for the Keizer (Oregon) police department. Since Frank had not snitched on anybody, thereby having to testify at their trial, the only way the witness could have known about Frank being a snitch was when the state police told him that.
By the way, the Oregon State Police went around and told virtually all of Frank's associates that Frank Gable had been a snitch for the Keizer police Department. The Keizer police had made the deal with Frank and got him out of jail. They also paid his rent for one month. They wanted to be able to say that they had hired him as a snitch but never really used him as such. So, at the time they got him out June 30, 1989, they already knew that they were going to set Frank up for murder.
Nonetheless, the prosecution wanted us to believe that Frank Gable was able to get into Mike's car because Mike had left the car unlocked and failed to turn on his car alarm. No way would a man, especially a man fearful for his life, ever neglect to lock his car the day before he was to testify against corrupt prison officials.
When Mike first discovered the thefts of millions of dollars, he went to the Oregon State Police and to his boss, Governor Goldschmidt. Unbeknownst to Mike, these were the very people who were running the whole corrupt show. He was dead the minute he first opened his mouth.
In the next installment, we are going to prove, once and for all, that Governor Neil Goldschmidt was instrumental in the Conspiracy to murder Mike, was in charge of the coverup and subsequent Conspiracy to convict Frank Gable, and was party to the thefts of millions of dollars from the prison system. We even have his confession. You'll not want to miss that!
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