Thanks, I did sort of notice that after seeing their disparaging comments about Jeff and then browsing through other mentions they make about RI. While their information does seem good on this particular post, I'll be more judicious about them in the future.
On another note regarding Franklin evidence, I've been looking into
another curious character from the saga: Michael Casey. Casey is the unsavory fellow who tried to get close to Alisha Owen while she was in a mental hospital, passed himself off as a journalist investigating Franklin, and attempted to lure Gary Caradori into a movie deal about Franklin. The grand jury would later pin the Franklin "hoax" on Casey. Of course, this is ludicrous, but the question I had is whether Casey was just a weird footnote or an intelligence operative purposefully working to discredit Franklin. There's much in his background suggesting the latter, the majority of which I came across thanks to the archives of late parapolitical researcher Mae Brussell
- In 1974, he worked for Boys Town (later identified in Franklin as a hotbed of pedophilia and mind control) as the "director of special projects". By Casey's account, his past experience included working in prisons and mental hospitals, both known to be centers of MKUltra experimentation. After only 6 months, he was forced to resign from Boys Town, with two different stories being given: either his job was completed, or he had stolen the confidential case histories of 31 boys to sell to a Hollywood producer. Mae Brussell wonders if he was actually trying to get psychological information on these boys for use by the intelligence community.
- The next year, he led Los Angeles Times reporters on a fruitless search for Patty Hearst, after passing himself off as a journalist with underground connections. Hearst was a mind control victim at the hands of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), and the SLA leader Donald DeFreeze himself was likely subjected to behavior experimentation while in prison at the hands of Phoenix Program operative Colston Westbrook. Casey got the reporters to fund a trip to Southeast Asia, and rather than finding Patty Hearst, he somehow came back with the "green book" of Leo Cherne, President Ford's intelligence oversight director. This book contained the details of numerous sensitive intelligence briefings, and was lost in Europe, so it's not exactly clear how Casey ended up with it. Casey tried to bargain for it before it ultimately got back to Cherne. At the same time, it was revealed that Casey worked for the International Rescue Committee, a CIA front.
- About a decade later, Casey was in Omaha when the Franklin scandal broke. He tried to befriend victim Alisha Owen at St. Joseph's mental hospital, possibly faking a mental illness to enter. She didn't reveal much about Franklin to him, but she did stay at his friend's house following her discharge and, even more weirdly, helped him sell cocaine. This is in the late 1980s, around the same period that CIA assets were importing it into Los Angeles.
- Casey made a name for himself in 1989 by co-writing a Franklin article for Village Voice. Gary Caradori came across Casey, who promised to give him a videotape of Larry King having sex with a child (never delivered) and an audiotape of an interview with a Boys Town student (which he did). For several nights, Casey wasted Caradori's time, mirroring what he did to reporters on the Patty Hearst case a decade earlier. Then Casey brought a Hollywood producer up to Omaha -- he was evidently well-connected enough to do so -- and tried to get Caradori to agree to a movie deal about Franklin, after which Caradori angrily cut off all contact with Casey.
- The FBI informed Owen that if she recanted, they would go after Caradori and Casey for fabricating the Franklin allegations. Later, after Caradori was killed, the Franklin grand jury denounced the allegations as a "hoax" and laid much of the blame on Casey. Yet the grand jury never called Casey himself to testify; inexplicably, Casey was able to escape the FBI's manhunt.
- An incriminating letter supposedly from Casey, dated March 15, 1990, is surreptitiously slipped into the jury exhibits in Owen's perjury trial as part of a collection of items seized from her jail cell on March 8, 1990.
Casey was just one of the characters involved in Franklin who bounced between Omaha and Los Angeles. The victims' own testimonies have them bringing drugs from LA into Omaha for Larry King and Alan Baer, and Baer's uncle E. John Brandeis also owned a ranch outside LA (right next to where the Manson Family lived).