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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.




20/20 did a story last night on the Happy Face Killer. Funny how the media gave Phil Stanford credit for freeing two wrongfully convicted people and helping to solve the Happy Face Killer murders. They were wrongfully convicted cuz one wrongfully confessed to set up her old man and Jessperson confessed cuz he wanted attention and didn’t like someone else getting attention for what he did. Still trying to wrap my head around what Phil actually did other than simply write about the case.

Daughter of a Serial Killer Tells All: ‘The Happy Face Killer’ – ABC News


Neighbors lose patience with vacant SE Salem house | | Statesman Journal

Neighbors on a quiet, tree-lined street in southeast Salem say they’ve had enough of a two-story house on their block that has sat vacant for years.

"It’s very, very frustrating to have to live with that eyesore," said John Bickers, who lives across the street from the derelict house. "We’ve had incredible patience, but we don’t see anything being done about it. I want to see it gone."

The city has for months been considering whether to demolish the dilapidated house at 521 18th St. SE, taking the matter before the city council numerous times.

The residential structure was built in 1915 and has had various owners.

City documents show that Kevin Franke purchased the dwelling in August 2000.

Five years later, a fire at the house caused extensive structural damage, prompting the city to declare it a "dangerous" building.

"The owner of the home washed his hands of the house," said Brady Rogers, the city’s compliance services administrator. "He assumed it was in foreclosure."

The house has sat abandoned since then, mired in a battle between Franke and his insurance company and the mortgage lender, which decided to foreclose.

After sending out notices to the homeowner and neighbors about the plan to demolish the home, city officials took the matter before the council in April as part of a public hearing.

Franke attended the meeting and told the council that he had recently learned he was still the home’s owner. He said he was in negotiations to sell the property.

The couple buying the home, Keith and Sally Springstead, told the council they planned to remodel and live in the home, and they asked for an additional 90 days to begin rehabilitating the house.


I’m surprised to hear Kevin is still waging a battle with the insurance company five years later and that he didn’t even know he was still the owner. Strange, I’d know if I owned a piece of property. Funny, but this whole scenario reminds me of the A-Shed fire. LOL! Maybe Kevin has his reasons for not pursuing his claim more viligantly. Hmmm. Sometimes best to leave well enough alone, ya know? Anyway, par for the course with Kevin…he’s not too good at finishing things he starts.


The latest in their series. Get involved. Voice your opinion.

Getting Refamiliarized with the Murder of Michael Francke – Salem-News.Com

From Mr. King’s article…

"Without expanding too much, I will just say that Coleman’s case holds the keys to exposing the real killer of Michael Francke. Days of justice are ahead. "

I certainly hope so.

Local Media Downplayed Former Prison Guard’s Struggle Against Racism – Salem-News.Com


Man Given 4th Death Sentence In 1987 Slayings – Portland News Story – KPTV Portland

A jury in the central Oregon city of Bend decided on Thursday that Randy Lee Guzek should be put on death row for the 1987 murders of Rod and Lois Houser.

The 41-year-old Guzek was 18 at the time of the murders. He was convicted the following year and given the death penalty.

The conviction stood for more than 20 years, but the Oregon Supreme Court overturned the death sentence three times on procedural grounds.

Jurors during the fourth sentencing trial were asked to send Guzek to death row or give him life in prison with the possibility of parole when he is 78.

LOL! Very nearly the same situation Frank is in as Frank is trying to get his life without parole sentence overturned. While Guzek has had his sentence overturned three times, Frank has been waiting five years for a ruling to get his sentence overturned just once and have a new jury decide on life with parole or the death penalty. I mean WTF?

What is Kevin Francke doing to live up to his promise to Frank to do whatever he can to help him? What is Frank’s sister doing? What are the lawyers doing besides fucking up his case by failing to file appeals on time? Who’s watching over these lawyers? Obviously nobody is doing jack shit other than fucking his case up.

Oh well, maybe Frank will get that new jury soon and they’ll give him the death penalty this time.


Blanchet almost lets big lead vanish in fourth quarter | | Statesman Journal

PENDLETON — In a contest between two of the highest-scoring teams in the OSAA Class 2A basketball state tournament, second-ranked Blanchet came out on top Thursday. The Cavaliers held on for the victory as junior forward Grayson Francke (10 points) and junior guard Nick Johnson (5 points) each hit two free throws after the Knights fouled intentionally to stop the clock.

"It sure felt really great to sink two huge free throws late in the game to help us pull out a big win," said Francke, whose free throws gave Blanchet a 57-53 lead with 30.4 seconds left.

"We were struggling throughout the fourth quarter, and it was a pretty noisy crowd here. I knew that I just had to relax and knock those down. It feels pretty special to do that in an incredible atmosphere here in Pendleton."

Grayson Michael Francke (Kevin Francke and Liz Godlove’s son) has become quite the athlete excelling in both football and basketball. Kind of weird when you think about it, but had Michael Francke never been murdered, Grayson would never have been born. Probably the only positive to come out of the Francke murder.