Archive for February, 2009

The following editorial was published by the Statesman Journal newspaper prior to Frank’s trial. The appropriate title still rings true today, nearly 20 years later.
 
 
We Just Want The Answers
 
The Marion County District Attorney’s office long and heartily has been protesting the media attention devoted to the Michael Francke case, and in particular the attention devoted by this newspaper.
 
Francke, Oregon’s top prison official at the time of his murder in January 1989, was charged with keeping the state’s worst criminals behind bars. When he was found stabbed to death outside of his Salem office, questions about how he died and the motives for his murder were raised throughout the state. Those questions have continued, in part because of the District Attorney’s heartfelt, consistantly explained reluctance to talk about the case, citing legal ethical considerations, and in part because efforts by law enforcement officials to provide answers have been questionable at best.
 
When it was disclosed that the same law enforcement officials who accomplished almost nothing during the 1986 investigation into charges of wrongdoing within the Department of Corrections were the same people assigned to investigate the Francke murder, public skepticism turned into cynicism. Small wonder that so much attention has been paid to the case–in and out of the media.
 
The attitude of the law enforcement agencies charged with investigating the case and with the Deputy District Attorneys charged with prosecuting it has become increasingly strained. These are people who are not used to public scrutiny.
 
These are people used to setting their own agenda, establishing their own priorities, making their own calls. When questioned, they apparently are not quite sure how to respond.
 
In fact, their attitude has been one of, "hey, trust us. We’re the good guys here–everything’s under control. Just don’t get in our way."
 
Sadly, these same people have refused to recognize that they have been their own worst enemies. They have allowed conflicts of interest to infiltrate their investigations; they have denigrated anything that did not fit their official scenario; they have launched side investigations and audits only when the outrage grew so loud that they no longer could keep out the noise from behind their closed doors.
 
No wonder the questions have continued.
 
All Oregonians should be concerned about one of the very things that the prosecutors have told prospective jurors for this case: They won’t be answering all of the questions raised–about any possible connection to corruption and mismanagement in the Department of Corrections; about a variety of potential suspects and potential witnesses; about a variety of contradictions by some witnesses.
 
When the District Attorney’s staff and State Police have said, "We’ll argue these things in court, not in the newspaper, " they know full well they will do no such thing.
 
The trial is only about whether Frank E. Gable did or did not kill Michael Francke; the prosecutors won’t even have to prove motive. But if the District Attorney’s office isn’t going to answer, or even pursue, those issues, who will? Surely not state police officials, whose integrity has been questioned from the first day. And surely not the Department of Corrections, which never has been able to police its own.
 
The questions may never be answered unless all of us insist that they are; after all, you can’t find something if you don’t look.
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Recently received a copy of former Statesman Journal reporter Steven Jackson’s "Journal of a Murder." Also "Witnesses Against Frank E. Gable," and a very good "Timeline of a Murder" which details the events of January 17, 1989 beginning at 5:30pm. The article includes some good diagrams that I’ve included in this post, as well as pics of Dick Peterson and Janyne Gable that I didn’t have.
 
Jackson’s work on this case is arguably the best ever written. I have begun the long task of transcribing these articles to web pages for the FREEFRANKGABLE website. Would be nice if I could get all of Jackson’s work on this case and anything else the SJ published in digital format. I’m looking into that.
 
 
 
Excellent homemade video by a YouTuber.
 
LOL! Nothing like this Columbo video to sum up my feelings of late.
 
"You know, sir, it’s a funny thing. All my life I kept running into smart people. I don’t mean smart like you or the rest of the people in this house. You know what I mean. In school, there were a lot of smarter kids. And when I first joined the force, they had some very clever people there. And I could tell right away that it wouldn’t be easy to make detective as long as they were around. But I figured, if I worked harder than they did, put in more time, read the books, kept my eyes open, maybe I could make it happen. And I did. And I really love my work, sir."
 
 

1977 Portland Wrestling w/ Lonnie Mayne

Posted: February 21, 2009 in Videos
Frequent visitors to my site are well aware of the correspondence which transpired between myself and Billy Jack Haynes a little more than a year ago. Since that time I’ve had a fair amount of site hits and emails from fans of wrestling sites. One such email came recently from someone who claims to have some sort of radio show. Says he has an itch to contact Billy to invite him on the show, and talk to him about getting some bookings at fan fests and things. The guy had stumbled upon the email correspondence I posted from a link posted at a wrestling website.
 
So if you’re reading this Billy you might wanna check your email address you used when talking to me.
 
Anyway, all this attention of late from the wrestling community has caused me to reflect back to my early teen years when I used to huddle close to the old Motorola TV on Saturday nights with my Grandpa to watch Portland Wrestling, live from the Portland Sports Arena with Frank Bonnema. My Grandpa sure did love Portland wrestling. He died in 1973, and I’ve always wondered what he would’ve thought of wrestling had he watched it evolve into what it did when Vince McMahon came on the scene.
 
My favorites back in those days were Lonnie Mayne, Tough Tony Borne, and Dutch Savage. At least those are the names I remember most. I also remember people telling me I resembled Tony Borne’s son Matt, who was close to my age. Don’t think I ever saw a pic of him to decide for myself.
 
This morning I decided to do a Google search on Lonnie Mayne, and I came across the following YouTube video. Moondog is talkin a lot of smack about how he’s gonna break Playboy Buddy Rose’s arm in an upcoming match. Well, he doesn’t break his arm in this match but Buddy is counted out rather quickly. Gee, what happened Buddy?