Journal of a Murder – Michael Francke – Jan. 14-15, 1989

Posted: January 14, 2010 in Francke Case
Francke shoots his shotgun from the back porch of his rural Scotts Mills home. After his death, about 60 empty shells were found on the porch; a milk crate full of live shells were just inside the porch door; the shotgun was on his bed; and a .45 caliber handgun was under his pillow.

So was Francke just letting off steam over his wife Bingta leaving him a few days earlier or was he fearful of an attack on his life and engaging in target practice to familiarize himself with weapons at his disposal? Coincidence that Bingta left him just days before he was murdered? Bingta got nearly $1,000,000 in life insurance. Hmmm…

  1. shylox3 says:

    Maybe a slight combination of both. I can see where blowing off steam may feel good, but no I don’t think that was what he was doing. He was a professional, ( a real professional, not the scum that Oregon called professionals then and now ). I’m sure it is on this site, but don’t remember off hand. How long were they married, and was there talk of marriage problems? If Michael Franke spoke and said that he had uncovered something big and that heads are gonna roll, I think it’s safe to say that he knew there was a huge possibility of danger and retaliation. Not only was he about to expose some money hungry worthless top officials with fancy titles, but he was also taking the "get out of jail free" card away from so many killers, drug dealers, users, thieves, child molesters and on and on. I could be wrong, but I would think that the departments Head of Corrections would have a lot of experience with firearms. I would have thought that they all had to take and pass firearms classes regularly. Bingta got nearly 1 million in life insurance. Anyone who watches true crime shows will know that people do the murder for hire for a lot less. In a lot of cases, it’s for 10 thousand dollars or less. I’m in no way saying that is the case. I am just pointing out that for a drug addict, you could toss them $500. I would guess that Bingta was scared. Whether it be for Michael, both of them or for herself. I guess at least she didn’t marry Dale Penn a couple of months later.

  2. Ex-Salem says:

    Naturally the first place to look is the estranged wife, especially if she profited from the death. But maybe that is what the "mastermind" behind all of this thought, I am sure word got around of the break-up. What better way to throw a wrench into the investigation, than to give it another possible motive.p.s. Good comment; "at least she didn’t marry Dale Penn a couple of months later." ROTFLMAO!!!!!

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