WWire | WHAT WERE WE THINKING? WW Editor Mark Zusman Answers Your Questions

Posted: November 28, 2008 in Francke Case


WW Web Editor’s Note: This week marks the debut of WWeek’s new Wednesday feature, "What Were We Thinking?"

Got a question about how Willamette Week covered something, or didn’t cover it? Let us know in the comments section below. WW Editor Mark Zusman will respond to as many reader questions as he can, right here. So hit the comments section now!

So I did! Twice actually! My comment still hasn’t appeared, although Zusman commented on another question just this morning. Go figure. Here’s what I wrote…

Last year the WW published a story concerning an Oregon inmate named Greg Kellcy who claimed he was the wheelman in the Francke murder and that his late associate Tim Natividad, rather than Gable, did the killing. He also claimed to have witnessed Hoyt Cupp and another gentleman from corrections pay Natividad $20,000 a couple of days later.

A couple of months ago, Nigel Jaquiss wrote a follow-up article claiming he had found nothing to prove or disprove Kellcy’s statement.

Why did the WW publish an article pertaining to a statement given by an inmate whose credibility is questionable, yet ignores a statement given by Meg Hanson, a "credible" former Dome Building employee on the day of the Francke murder who claims the man who came to fix the broken copy machine was the "Man in the Pinstriped Suit…not Dennis Plante who testified he was the copy machine repairman?

Besides the MIPS whose whereabouts and identity are unknown, all the characters Ms. Hanson refers to in her statement are alive and can be sought for comment. Most reside in a 50 mile radius of PDX.

Seems to me a story of this magnitude would be much more worthy of publication than a statement given by an inmate who requested an out of state transfer due to his snitch status.

If Meg Hanson says the copy machine repairman was the MIPS, and not Dennis Plante, than something’s amiss.

Please take a few minutes and review Ms. Hanson’s statement on my website at the following link…


I hope you find it as interesting as I have the past three years. BTW, I have informed Nigel of all this over a year ago. Nigel appeared to be interested enough to contact Ms. Hanson, although that’s as far as it got.

What gives?

–end of comment

Do you think I’m surprised my comment wasn’t posted or failed to garner a reply even by email? Think again. Well, we’ll just let the search engines pick up my comment from this post.

WWire | WHAT WERE WE THINKING? WW Editor Mark Zusman Answers Your Questions


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