Archive for September, 2010

Microsoft’s Windows Live Spaces has partnered with to host all existing and newly created blogs. The migration of my Live Spaces blog to WordPress has been completed and I must say the result is outstanding. Only drawback is it seems I’ve lost my entire Windows Live Space by migrating the blog. Well worth it though as the new wordpress blog is impressive with all the features it includes, and recently I’ve been unhappy with Live Spaces as they eliminated their site statistic feature. Site statistics on the wordpress blog are quite impressive. Not sure yet, but I think blog visitors will be able to comment without setting up an account which is an improvement over Live Spaces which required an MSN or hotmail account in order to post a comment.


Patrick and Kris Keerins, two individuals who may have played a role in the Francke murder, have been arrested in Salem, OR. for dealing heroin. Hmmm…I wonder if I wrote them if they would write back. I wonder if they’d write back to Shorty. Only one way to find out, right?

       Kris Keerins               Patrick Keerins

Suspects accused of selling heroin | | Statesman Journal

Recap on the Keerins family…

Feb. 7, 1989 – Kris Sean Keerins, 26, is not a suspect, police say, but may have witnessed the killing while out on another pass Jan. 17. Keerins was serving a sentence for burglary, forgery, theft and drug offenses.

He is the brother of Michael Keerins, who in September 1989 will become a prosecution witness in the Gable trial.

Kris Keerins is seen with Buck Burgess at a Salem restaurant.

Feb. 8, 1989 – Burgess, who has convictions for burglary, drug trafficking and involuntary manslaughter, is questioned by state police about the Francke case.

According to a police report, Burgess’ truck was seen on state hospital grounds where a knife was found.

A lie-detector test, which is not admissible in court because of the questionable reliability of such tests, indicates that Burgess was not involved in killing Francke.

However, he tells police that he thinks that the Keerins brothers were capable of having someone killed. But he says he has no first-hand knowledge to support his suspicions.

Feb. 14, 1989 – John Crouse tells his parole officer that he was near the Dome Building when Francke was killed. The parole officer tells the Salem Police Department that Crouse observed Francke being killed by five

Hispanic men.

Penn says investigators are getting closer to identifying someone. He declines to say what has changed in the investigation.

Feb. 15, 1989 – State police interview Crouse. He alternately says that he saw several Hispanic men kill Francke; he lied about the Hispanic men to get himself off the hook; he believes that someone from New Mexico

ordered the killing; and that he didn’t kill Francke.

Feb. 16, 1989 – Crouse takes a lie-detector test that indicates that he did not kill Francke, according to the

examiner, although the results of the test later become a point of contention between the state police and FBI.

Crouse soon stops reporting to his parole officer and a nationwide warrant is put out for his arrest. According to the warrant, he is wanted as a possible suspect in the Francke murder.

Feb. 20, 1989 – Police capture Kris Keerins. Penn emphasizes that the escaper is not a suspect, simply a potential witness.

Feb. 22 – A police interview with Kris Keerins adds no new information about the case, Penn says.

Early March 1989 – Gable approaches Mike Keerins and asks him what his brother Kris had been telling the police about the night of Jan. 17, according to Mike Keerins in an interview he gives the Statesman Journal in

February 1990.

May 5, 1989 – Crouse tells fellow penitentiary inmate Leonard Ortega that he killed Francke and that Burgess and Kris Keerins were present.

Aug. 13, 1989 – Michael Keerins writes to Frances Jones, who moved to Idaho to be near him. He writes:

■ "Why do you want to know about Michael Francke? Curiosity killed the cat, you know."

■ "Before you get told, you will have to swear it’s forever cause you can never leave me knowing,”


Aug. 20, 1989 – Frances Jones tells police detectives that she lied in February 1989 when she told them that Mike and Kris Keerins were at her house at 7 p.m. on the night Francke was killed. She says they didn’t arrive

at her house until 8:30p.m.

Aug. 24, 1989 – Michael Keerins telephones Frances Jones from the Idaho prison and asks her to place a three-way call to his mother.

Jones reportedly heard Keerins say, "He deserved what he got from them because he found out things that were going on inside and who was involved in it."

Sept. 1, 1989 – Frances Jones tells police that she believes that Kris and Michael Keerins were involved in Francke’s murder. She contends that Mike Keerins told her that Francke deserved what he got because he

found out that the Keerins’ brothers were sources of drug trafficking.

Sept. 19, 1989 – Oregon State Police interview Mike Keerins at the Idaho penitentiary. Keerins says that Gable told him while in the Marion County jail that he had killed Francke.

Keerins says that Gable told him, “I was getting ready to get into his car. A guy came from around the building.

The guy ran back toward the building to call the cops. I chased him. The guy grabbed at me…I had to stick him.”

Sept. 21 – Frances Jones, the girlfriend who followed Michael Keerins to Idaho, tells the Statesman Journal that she overheard Gable talking about Francke’s murder when she listened to his June 1989 telephone conversation.

But she still contends that she is suspicious about the involvement of Michael and Kris Keerins.

Sept. 26, 1989 – District Attorney Penn, Oregon Corrections Director Pearce and the director of the Idaho Corrections Department enter an agreement to transfer Michael Keerins to Oregon in exchange for Keerins testifying about Gable’s involvement in the Francke killing.

Oct. 10, 1989 – An Oregon State Penitentiary corrections officer is told by Pat and Kris Keerins that their brother, Michael, is lying about his knowledge of the Francke murder.

Oct. 15, 1989 – Mike Keerins writes to his brothers Pat, Kris and Kim in the penitentiary. He tells them that Gable "ratted" on more than 30 people while working for the Keizer police, and Gable told him that he had killed


"Now the rat knows what it’s like to be ratted on," Mike Keerins wrote.

Feb. 25, 1990 – Michael Keerins tells the Statesman Journal that Gable told him that he killed Francke during a car burglary but didn’t say if anyone else was involved.

Keerins said Gable was an enforcer — someone who collects on drug debts — for a major drug dealer while at the farm annex in 1985.

Natividad could not have stabbed Francke, said Keerins, who described Natividad as his drug-dealing partner. He said that Natividad was at a party at Buck Burgess’ house at the time of the murder.

After the story was published, Pat Keerins called the Statesman Journal and said his brother, Michael, told him that he was lying about Gable and was just trying to collect a reward.



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