In 1988, an investigation into the failure of Nebraska’s Franklin Bank & Trust uncovered a child sex ring serving U.S. politicians at the highest levels. Franklin’s general manager, Lawrence “Larry” King, was a rising star in the Republican party, but was convicted of embezzling 38 million dollars. In addition to the embezzling, however, King was also accused of forcing children from a nearby orphanage called Boys Town into prostitution. The children claimed that they were forced to take part in wild sex and drug parties hosted by King at his homes in Nebraska and Washington DC, and that the client list reached to the very top of the Republican party at the time. In fact, a Washington Times article, by Paul M. Rodriguez and George Archibald, alleged that the clients included “key officials of the Reagan and Bush administrations, military officers, and congressional aides”, among others.
As usual, when the foundations of power are threatened, they fight back. Witnesses are slandered and threatened, and small airplanes containing lead investigators drop from the sky. Before too long, a couple of lambs are sacrificed to deflect attention from the men behind the curtain, and the whole sordid affair takes up residence in the ever-expanding house of “crazy” conspiracy theory.
There’s a lot more to learn about the Franklin cover-up.
John DeCamp’s The Franklin Cover-up is a good place to start.
The recently released Franklin Scandal, A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse and Betrayal, by Nick Bryant is excellent.
For now, though, please watch Conspiracy of Silence. This documentary was produced by Britain’s Yorkshire TV, and was scheduled to air on the Discover Channel in 1994. Unfortunately, it never aired due to political pressure, and all of the finished copies were destroyed. Below is a preliminary cut, and although it’s not complete, it is still very informative.
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