THE FRANKLIN COVER-UP -- CHILD ABUSE, SATANISM, AND MURDER IN NEBRASKA
Larry King's party-giving at the Republican national conventions was the stuff of tabloid headlines, as this write-up in the Weekly World News of July 25, 1989 showed. The picture shows King with Maureen Reagan at his 1984 convention party at Southfork Ranch, near Dallas.
House on California Avenue, off "Embassy Row" in Washington, D.C., rented by Larry King for $5,000 a month. King's parties here were attended by officials of the Reagan-Bush Administration and members of Congress from both parties, according to witnesses.
The front page of the Washington Times, June 29, 1989.
Homosexual prostitution inquiry ensnares VIPs with Reagan, Bush
In a July 5, 1989 follow-up story, the Washington Times highlighted the connections of Craig Spence, central figure in the Washington "call boy" scandal. According to Washington insiders, Spence ran a prostitution business with Larry King. Spence was found dead in a Boston hotel room in 1989.
A 1982 press conference by David Thorstadt of the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), whose slogan is "Sex before 8, or it's too late." Paul Bonacci testified to being transported and abused by NAMBLA.
John Gosch, Sr. with a poster of his missing son. In 1983, at the age of 12, Johnny Gosch was kidnapped while on his newspaper route in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1990 and 1991, Paul Bonacci provided dramatic new information on the Gosch case.
Jill Cutshall, 9 years old, was kidnapped from her home in Norfolk, Nebraska in 1987. She was never seen again. Investigator Roy Stephens helped trace David Phelps, who was convicted of abducting her for sexual abuse. In 1991, Stephens investigated and confirmed leads provided by Paul Bonacci on other major kidnapping and abuse cases.
The Italian weekly Avvenimenti, circulation 300,000, printed an explosive expose of the Franklin scandal. The authors were Italian investigative journalists, who visited Nebraska in May 1991.
The Rev. James Bevel, close associate of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leads a picket line during 1991, against the cover-up of child abuse in Omaha.
An entrance to the Nebraska State Capitol. Over the door is inscribed: "The salvation of the state is watchfulness in the citizen."