Archive for August, 2009

True crime story enthusiasts who happen upon this website may find this book an interesting read, as well as regular visitors.
 
 
On the morning of August 29th 1974, an employee of Columbia Bookkeeping Service in Portland Oregon arrived at work and made a gruesome discovery: Her boss, Jim Turel, dead in a pool of drying blood. The list of possible suspects included employees, a shady client, the deceased estranged second wife or, possibly, one of his four children. His son, Stan Turel, decided to write this book about his 14- year ordeal seeking justice for his father and then wrangling with the litigious killer who murdered his dad.
 
ANN RULE’s website says "RECOMMENDED READ."
 
Part of this story ended up on a special CBS 60 minutes segment in 1984. This true crime story, Plague of Justice, written by the murder victim’s son, includes money, murder, arson, romance and security fraud. The seven month investigation including the efforts of the murder victims son leads to the arrest and conviction of 3 individuals. The son was supposed to depend on his fathers CPA to run his dad’s successful accounting practice, if his crippled father ever died. There were numerous suspects at the beginning. The greed and manipulation of others, by the diagnosed psycho mastermind eventually lead to the contract killing of the victim.
 
The 60 Minutes segment which aired in 1984 is offered on YouTube and runs 16 minutes in length. It pertains to the frivilous lawsuit filed against the murder victim’s son for $5 million by the convicted murderer Rodrick R. Addicks, as well as a number of other frivilous lawsuits filed by other Oregon inmates. These lawsuits force district attorneys, detectives, and other government officials to defend themselves, all at taxpayer’s expense.
 
Site visitors will be amused to see none other than former Asst. Attorney General Scott McAlister interviewed extensively in the video, as well as a short interview from former Multnomah County DA Harl Haas.
 
 
 
 
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A couple of days ago I composed a small obituary with plans to have it published in the Oregonian. The obit ran just under 200 words, and imagine my surprise when I learned the cost to have it published for ONE day was $400. One week would cost $1,700.
 
James Gilbert Taylor
February 5, 1936 – August 24, 2009
 
In loving memory of James G. Taylor, who passed away from medical complications arising from a single car accident on July 21, 2009. Mr. Taylor was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and was a decorated Korean War veteran and POW who served five years in the US Marine Corps. He was also a decorated Police Officer whose law enforcement career began with the Marion County Sheriff’s office after a brief stint as an Oregon State Prison guard. From there he held positions as Chief of Police in Mill City, Mt. Angel, and Madras Oregon, eventually settling in Portland as an investigator for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission where he retired. Not finding retirement suitable, Mr. Taylor became the Director of Police  Operations for the OHSU hospital and was employed as a Concierge at the Fountain Plaza at the time of his passing. He also worked with the Portland Police in their Community Police Services Division. Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife Sherry, sons Rob, Doug, Steve and Mick, and daughter Tammy, as well as numerous grand-children and great-grand-children. Funeral services will be announced at a later date as Mr. Taylor chose to donate his body to science.

Email From A Site Visitor

Posted: August 28, 2009 in Emails
I’m going to jump ahead a bit here and share an email I received from a site visitor after sharing some of Frank’s more recent letters. Letters I have not posted yet, but am building up to. These recent letters from Frank talk about his feeling that my website is negative in nature, and that that feeeling is shared by his legal team and others. Might the "others" be those who Frank complains he can’t get to help him with various tasks, but are always willing to tell him what they think he wants to hear? Is it possible the others might not even exist? I’ve never heard from any of them, nor Frank’s lawyers on such matters. Why so silent? As long as they don’t attack me publicly with false allegations like Francine or others did, I’m perfectly willing to discuss their concerns privately. Seems to me it’s perfectly obvious where the negativity is originating from, so maybe these people need to direct their concerns to the proper place, including Frank.
 
 
Rob,
 
First, I think your website is factual, if the facts fall on the negative that is what they are. When you insert opinion, you still rely on the facts and are open for anyone to comment or even prove you wrong if they could.
 
I am always suspect when someone tells me what someone else allegedly said. So at this point you do not know what Frank’s lawyers said/think until and unless you hear from them. If I do not hear from the source myself or see a document or whatever is put forth for me to believe, I just cannot trust it. Even if his lawyers said something it may be misconstrued, misquoted, out of context, misunderstood.
 
In all my years I have come to believe hardly anyone is quoted correctly. That is why giving a statement to the police without witness/lawyer or recorded is dangerous business. And I am not even talking about cops who want to shade the evidence, jigsaw puzzle it (make the evidence fit the picture they want) or lie. Cops are humans.
 
Also, after all these years I believe that a lot of people are not lying but that they truly believe their perceptions. A liar is actually pretty easy to trip up or turn, but the person who geniuninely believes what they think they saw/heard etc…. that is actually the truth to them. One then has to go to proving the impossibility of it and not look like they are calling them a liar.
 
People ask me "what about the truth?" and I say "Whose truths?"
 
Then there is the lie to make one look better that I believe all humans have the tendency toward. And there is a good reason for this – honest people get punished more severely!
 
Sometimes the truth is hard to believe and the lie is more believable.
 
Also, people want the world to line up neat and logical and in reality does it really? Folks don’t want to have to explain coincidences and sometimes the dark side or unexcusable. People want nice neat labels and able to put matters in out-boxes and have an understanding of something where there may be none.
 
So! With my psychological ramble,(I do have a degree BTW) you really don’t know what his lawyers said, and with lawyers if they have something to say and have strong opinions they tend to make them known loud and clear. Don’t you think his lawyers would have just contacted you directly?
 
Next, I think for what I know of Frank (which I confess is from reading about him) credibility was always an issue surrounding him. No offense to Frank, but you don’t think prison made that better? Your environment (unless you’re incredibly strong and even then) will shape you.
 
The analogy I give people is if you take a gold medalist sprinter and place both their feet in mud, they will not be the fastest runner. They are still the same person with the same skills, talents and gifts but their environment will obstruct them ever being able to utilize their fullest potential.
 
So you take someone who hasn’t the trait of truthfulness and put him in with other cons… again, my understanding of Frank is that he ran the streets of Salem being unlawful in his activities up to a lot of stuff and the pulse of the community did not believe he committed the murder but we’re willing for him to get that sentence to punish him for all he really did do and was not punished for. (That’s the scuttle butt I heard at the time).

Sharing Emails

Posted: August 27, 2009 in Emails
For those interested in "what really happened."
 
Something someone told me at the time of the murder and they were pretty perceptive, plus grew up in Salem and knew a lot of ins and outs, plus knew a lot of people and even dabbled in politics… they said they were haunted by the picture of Neil G at Mike’s funeral, they described it as showing the pain of a lover…so no, not to imply they were lovers but that there was something more behind it…well, like if you brought the person to your state for slaughter???? Just an interesting side comment.
 
To my analysis, I start from the recruit of Mike. OK someone allegedly wanted to get to the bottom of the corruption. So who motivated that move? How was Mike chosen? He comes in. There’s talk that things are really messed up but that doesn’t really indicate how bad and how deep. The corrupt poeple might think they were clever enough at first to keep things hidden but at some point there had to be a tipping point. What did Mike find and when to make things into a need to kill him? Then was it the decision of one or a star chamber? (Many, is my speculation). So then who gets the job of setting it up?
 
What are the options – go professional (less risk) – MIPS ??? Or go to the tweakers because you think you own them and no one will believe them if they talk. Well, the problems with that is if you get enough of them – can you risk people not listening to them? And they would be talking – some for the glory and some for dope and some because they know real facts. Also, a tweaker is more likely to actually farm this out and perhaps that person does too. Happens all the time. So who do they approach who will get it done? and its a big risk that a tweaker will be successful. So if its Tim what makes him tip from doper to potential murderer? And the $20.000 ? Would they really pay that much when a lot less would entice a doper. If it was paid – where did it go?
 
Was Jan 17th the D-day – had to be done by or just the day it happened? If it was Tim, then someone gave him info as to date, time when Mike would be leaving work and where his car would be. Tim picks a knife because he’s comfortable with that – but he has guns too. A knife is a real up close and personal weapon but it also has a built in silencer.
 
I think he confronts Mike at his car – Mike never gets in and killer doesn’t want to get in before or after event and leave evidence. The car door is left open – tweaker isn’t thinking – and he marches Mike back to building because he wants to return to his office to not do it in the open, make it look a certain way and also to make sure he gets the documents he is supposed to get. So Mike from being confronted at car has car keys and briefcase in hand. He realizes his chances get worse if he is not in the open (or so it would be logical to presume) – he’s at the door puts the keys on the drain pipe to free hand – does he head butt or try to hit killer with brief case? A struggle. and he gets stabbed, Killer grabs briefcase and runs. Mike goes up stairs slowly (first signs of blood, right?) and then falls to knee at door due to blood loss and props himself up to break window and collapses.
 
Now has anyone ever answered why when someone finds car door open and no answers to pages – why a perimeter check is not made. Did anyone call his home? Who was the guy who found the door open? Who did page him? Doesn’t make sense unless someone got to him. Where is he now? (like in Erin Brochavitch (sp) – the case bust open because of previous employee who didn’t have anything to lose).
 
So if Tim did it…was he killed to shut him up and gain access to his stuff? But would committing two murders not open up the risks? Was Liz more involved? I own a .44 but it is not a usual gun for a woman to use and use effectively. Gun of conveneience? Didn’t Tim have lots of guns to choose from if it was his? And who was it?
 
But if Liz was a part of this – why let her case go beyond the Grand Jury? Why not just rule it self defense at that point? And who was her defense attorneys at trial???
 
And why not blame it on Tim – it would be convenient because he is dead – why did they need to frame Frank? Wasn’t that a huge risk? So many people involved to pull it off. Granted they did have Goldy by the balls all right… but could they guarentee that to be enough?
 
So was the corruption really that big – for murder (I know it can take a lot less to order up a kill) but when one goes from crook to killer again there’s a tipping point. And who ordered the kill and who were the minions? Who was the Big Fish?
Yesterday I posted my first installment of mail correspondence between Frank and I. These installments will continue for as long as I see fit.
 
Over the past five years I have devoted a considerable amount of time in creating a website, message forum and blog with regard to the wrongful conviction of Frank Gable. I did such to inform others of this travesty of justice, and to obtain answers for myself. If those answers assisted Frank Gable in his case, then all the better. So I began to seek out witnesses, much the same way Kevin Francke did when he moved to Oregon.
 
As if all that didn’t consume a large majority of my free time, as well as expose potential hazards to me and my family, I established a friendship with Frank as well, and spent an additional considerable amount of time writing letters to Frank.
 
After five years there are hundreds exchanged between the two of us.
 
Many who are interested in Frank’s case are aware of the many peculiarities I’ve encountered and opined. Those opinions are supported further within the many pages of letters shared between Frank and I. Some of what you will read I’ve taken the time to rewrite at various times in my blog in defense of false accusations and attacks leveled against me by Frank’s own sister, Kevin Francke and others.
 
But there is much more contained within those pages. Most notably, Frank’s responses.
 
It is my belief that it is quite difficult for the average person who hasn’t devoted the amount of time I have, or accomplished what I have, to fully understand why I take these attacks and false allegations so personal, or fully understand the implications of the many peculiarities I’ve encountered.
 
Hopefully, sharing my personal correspondence with Frank will make it easier for you to put yourself in my shoes. I can guarantee these letters will afford you an additional, interesting perspective. One which may even surprise you.
 
Although I’ve been shocked at some of the situations I’ve encountered, I’m not surprised. Alas, these situations probably best describe why there have not been any new developments in Frank’s case until I came along…why Frank’s state appeal has been allowed to linger for the past four years over a worthless resentencing argument, and why he will most likely be an old man if he ever sees freedom.
 
Today I’m posting a series of links to letters written by both Frank and I. These letters were exchanged around the same time as the letter I posted yesterday, and during the time Frank was sharing info with me about Greg Johnson/Kellcy coming forward. One of these letters reflect one of the many times Frank has asked me to do various things for him that’s he’s been unable to get anyone else to do, including his own sister, and he makes comments regarding his frustrations with some of these people. A portion of Frank’s character I have never found appealing, although never allowed that to sway my opinion that he is a wrongfully convicted man and deserves to be free regardless of character flaws. Nor should anyone else.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Frank writes to say he doesn’t trust or believe Ron Spier
 
 
Frank talks about problems with his sister Francine
 
 

Letter From Frank Gable-3-25-07

Posted: August 24, 2009 in Francke Case
Needed to amuse myself this morning, so I began reviewing some of the numerous letters I’ve received from Frank over the years.
 
The letter I’m offering today was written to me by Frank on 3-25-07, after he had recently arrived at the Nevada State Prison and was awaiting transfer to their maximum security facility in Ely, NV. In this letter Frank decides to share with me some recent info he’s learned…someone had come forward with new information. That "someone" would later prove to be Greg Johnson/Kellcy.
 
This letter is a great example of how particular events are used to "pump Frank up." You know, get him excited and make him think this is the big break in the case he’s waited so long for. Oh, Frank got excited alright.
 
Of course, I already knew about this info thanks to Ron Spier months earlier, who claimed to learn about it from Kevin Francke. According to Spier, Kevin had alleged he obtained the info from Frank’s ex-wife Karen Steele. I later learned from Kellcy himself that he used an inmate by the name of Patrick DeShaw to forward the info to Karen Steele.
 
What anyone else should find as amusing as I did is how Frank desires to keep this info under wraps and let his legal team handle things. Frank specifically mentions learning Phil Stanford and Kevin Francke are aware of this new development due to being informed of such by one of his investigators, (Lisa) that Stanford had contacted her making inquiries. Frank goes on to say he is concerned they will mess things up and states, "got to keep this credible and Kevin is far to controversial anymore."
 
Of course, I did as Frank requested. I never mentioned a word of it on the website until after the story was published in the Willamette Week. Not even after I was contacted a month later by Greg’s brother Tim Kellcy claiming he wasn’t sure who to trust. I simply replied, "don’t you trust the people you’ve already shared the info with?"
 
Obviously, Frank’s concerns regarding Kevin were valid as I was already aware of this new info from Spier who claimed to get it from Kevin. Who knows who else Kevin had shared the info with…but Spier? Go figure!
 
And naturally you have to wonder why the Willamette Week published this story if Frank was desiring to keep this info under wraps and let his legal team handle it.
 
Oh BTW, also amusing how Frank says this Greg Kellcy story fits in with all that "Longoria and Esther Kahut info and the meeting Phil was supposed to have with that lawyer Laurie Bender in Portland.
 
 
My child arrived just the other day;
Came to the world in the usual way
But there were bad guys to catch and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
He was talkin’ ‘fore I knew it.
And as he grew he said,
"I’m gonna be like you, Dad.
You know I’m gonna be like you."

Chorus :
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
"When you comin’ home ?"
"Son, I don’t know when.
We’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then."

Well, my son turned ten just the other day.
He said , "Thanks for the ball, Dad. Come on, let’s play.
Could you teach me to throw ?" I said, "Not today.
I got a lot to do." He said, "That’s okay."
And he walked away and he smiled and he said,
"You know,
I’m gonna be like him, yeah.
You know I’m gonna be like him."

Chorus

Well, he came from the Corps just the other day,
So much like a man I just had to say,
"I’m proud of you. Could you sit for a while ?"
He shook his head and he said with a smile,
"What I’d really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please ?"

Chorus :
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
"When you comin home, Son ?"
"I don’t know when.
We’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then."

I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
"I’d like to see you, if you dont mind."
He said, "I’d love to, Dad, if I could find the time.
You see my new job’s a hassle and the kids have the flu,
But it’s sure nice talkin’ to you, Dad.
It’s been sure nice talkin’ to you."

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me,
He’d grown up just like me.
My boy was just like me.