DEAD MEN DON’T TALK: Did The FBI Kill Franklin Scandal Investigator Gary Caradori? (Flashback)

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  • “…The well-known, respected, and level-headed columnist Meg Greenfield, hardly a woman given to wild conspiracy theorizing, writing back during the BCCI scandal and musing upon it and all the other scandals that had preceded it, complained that she felt like she was watching a badly written opera, where the characters always recur, over and over again, appearing in disguise. In short, she was giving voice to that suspicion many Americans were sharing: that the endless procession of corruption and scandals – Watergate, BCCI, Nugan Hand, the Franklin Scandal, Iran-Contra – all of them, were deeply related and somehow connected”


By Joseph P. Farrell

I have no set plan for this month, nor any desire to turn it into “JFK assassination month,” because for one thing, other news will inevitably impinge, and other stories will of necessity have to be commented upon. But it would be foolish to ignore the ongoing implications of the assassination of President Kennedy, the “government by gunshot, scandal, and false flag op” I wrote about yesterday, and the endless succession of scandals that have come since. The well-known, respected, and level-headed columnist Meg Greenfield, hardly a woman given to wild conspiracy theorizing, writing back during the BCCI scandal and musing upon it and all the other scandals that had preceded it, complained that she felt like she was watching a badly written opera, where the characters always recur, over and over again, appearing in disguise. In short, she was giving voice to that suspicion many Americans were sharing: that the endless procession of corruption and scandals – Watergate, BCCI, Nugan Hand, the Franklin Scandal, Iran-Contra – all of them, were deeply related and somehow connected.

So, you might ask, who the heck is Gary Caradori, and where does he fit in? We’ll get to that. But first, the murder itself.

On July 9, 1990, Gary Caradori had flown with his 8-year old son, Andrew James, or A.J., from Lincoln, Nebraska to Chicago, Illinois to attend that years’ All-Star baseball game. Sources connected to an on-going investigation that Caradori was conducting for the State of Nebraska, however, suggest that Caradori’s trip may also have been a cover to obtain crucial information he had developed for his investigation while in Chicago: highly incriminating picture. On the evening of July 10, 1990, Caradori and his son attended the baseball game, which lasted until approximately midnight of that evening. After the game, they took off in a Caradori’s single engine Piper Saratoga airplane from Chicago’s Midway airport, at almost 2 AM the following morning, July 11, for the flight back to their home in Nebraska.

Approximately one hour later, near the cornfield of farmer  Harold Cameron, Caradori’s plane crashed, with the debris stretching over a mile. The plane had come apart in the air. Two years later, the National Transportation Safety Board admitted that the wings of Caradori’s plane had been snapped off due to stress. Cameron himself stated that he had heard the sound of an airplane over his farm, and then an explosion, and had driven around his property looking for the crash.  For the moment, the mechanism of the aircraft’s disintegration is unimportant, except for the point that whatever it was, the wings had snapped off (perhaps accounting for the explosion sound Cameron heard). Caradori and his little boy were both killed, and of course, when their effects were returned to his widow, Caradori’s briefcase was not among them, the very briefcase that contained the latest developments of his investigation. To add to the probability of deliberate murder, Caradori had, the night before his and his son’s murder, called his boss, Nebraska State Senator Loran Schmit, to inform him that they now had the subjects of their investigation “by the short hairs.”

So who was Caradori, and who and what was he investigating that would have called for the murder of him and his innocent son, a “murder by disintegration of aircraft?”

Gary Caradori had a distinguished career in law enforcement and investigation, and was hired by the Nebraska state Franklin Committee, chaired by state senator Loran Schmit, to investigate the allegations of a child sex-slavery and drug running ring being run by then prominent Omaha black financier, Larry King, who was at the time facing charges for embezzling $40,000,000 from his own Franlin Federal Credit Union in North Omaha. But during the scandal, allegations emerged of a child sex and drug ring being run in conjunction with the embezzlement. But that wasn’t all. The sex-ring itself was at least nationwide, and stretched all the way from the Los Angeles metropolitan area in California, to Washington, D.C., and even included allegations that the highest echelons of the Reagan-Bush, and then the subsequent Bush administrations were implicated. The modus operandi was clear: prominent politicians with a taste for pedophilia, drugs, and other activities were being blackmailed. There were even allegations that this ring, with some of the “recruited” adolescents from Nebraska, was given private late night “tours” of the White House, taken into areas of the executive mansion that were normally off limits to the public.

Researcher Nick Bryant, who along with Nebraska attorney John DeCamp( who represents some of the victims), speculates that the Franklin scandal may represent an ongoing permanent structure of the shadow or deep state, and that its “methods” constitute not only a normal means of operation for that entity, but part of a much wider and possibly even global network, and that this may account for the almost total non-responsiveness of government. There were even suggestions that some of Franklin’s embezzled money ended up as a cash  source for the Iran-Contra operation(See Nick Bryant, The Franklin Scandal, A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse, and Betrayal, pp. 491-493. For the recounting of Caradori’s murder, see pp. 185-188).

There is of course, nothing directly connecting the Franklin scandal and all its allegations of child-sex-slavery rings to the Kennedy assassination three decades earlier, except for the general pattern of corruption, and a tapestry of “threatened interests” that ran through the various corridors of power around the nation, and that literally ran through the corridors of the White House late at night.

Nothing direct whatsoever.

Except, of course, for the fact that the man who began to occupy the executive branch of government in 1981, and then the White House in 1989, could not initially recall where he was on November 22, 1963… and that whole “Operation Zapata” thing … “Zapata Oil?” a ship named Barbara?…huh?

….what Cubans? Bay of what?

Nah….!  ….Nothing to see here. Move along.

… See you on the flip side… The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers ...

(For more on the Franklin Scandal, see Nick Bryant, The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse, and Betrayal, and John DeCamp, The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska. 

See also the recent blogs by Catherine Austin Fitts, here:

The Franklin Scandal

It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp


FBI Killed Franklin Scandal Investigator And His Son – By Wayne Madsen
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 (HHS).

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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