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The Franklin Scandal: More Relevant Today Than Ever

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Omaha, NB – The term conspiracy theory first materialized and was used to describe anyone who did not believe the official narrative of a lone assassin killing President John Kennedy. Now, more than 65 years after the assassination, a Gallop poll finds that 65% of Americans doubt the government’s explanation of events that led to the death of one of America’s most beloved leaders.

For anyone who considers conspiracies, Nick Bryant’s 2009 The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse, & Betrayal will give you plenty of reasons to believe this plot and leave you with righteous anger about how the government and state and federal law enforcement covered up a pedophile ring and satanic ritual abuse in the heartland of America. 

Before you shoot down Bryant as just a crazy conspiracy theorist, he does have the credentials to back up his research. According to “About The Author – Nick Bryant’s writing has recurrently focused on the plight of disadvantaged children in the United States, and he’s been published in numerous national journals, including the Journal of Professional Ethics, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Social Distress and Homelessness, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and Journal of School Health. He is the co-author of America’s Children: Triumph of Tragedy, [which] addresses the medical and developmental problems of lower socioeconomic children in America. He has also contributed a chapter on child trafficking to Global Perspectives on Dissociative Disorders: Individual and Societal Oppression…”

Bryant’s 648-page book that is the Franklin Scandal, published in 2009, goes into a great deal about the alleged pedophile ring that surrounded the downfall of the Franklin Federal Credit Union in Omaha, Nebraska. Bryant goes into great detail about the allegations, the victims, the perpetrators, and the investigation by state and national law enforcement into the allegation or, should I say, cover-up.
The book details witness intimidation, harassment, death threats to investigators, slander of government officials overseeing the investigation, and that’s just by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Nebraska State Highway Patrol investigators. Yet, that is just the start of how deep the rabbit hole goes, according to Bryant. Judges, elected officials, US Congressmen, US Senators, and prosecutors all had their part in the abuse of children, if not sexually then legally and mentally. 

The victims, which included girls and boys, reached into the famous Boys Town Orphanage, Bryant claims, laying out allegation after allegation about the sexual, mental, and physical abuse of these defenseless children for years. The state and FBI investigators were especially hard on Alisha Owen, a sexual assault victim who got four years for perjury. Why? She was the only one not to recant her story, even after extreme pressure and imprisonment. Owen and other victims were video-interviewed by independent investigator Gary Caradori, a former Nebraska State Highway Patrol investigator who was picked by a committee of the Nebraska State Legislature to look into the allegations.

Caradori and his son were killed in July 1990 in a small plane crash, and according to the official report, his plane broke up in mid-air and was blamed on a thunderstorm.

Some believed the pedophile ring alleged in the Franklin Federal Credit Union scandal, where over $39 million went missing and Bryant postulates some of the money went to fund the child prostitution ring, is just part of the Satanic Panic that emerged in the 1980s in the United States. 

Satanic Panic spread globally by the late 1990s and continues to echo today, built upon more than 12,000 cases of alleged Satanic ritual abuse (SRA). These cases are often labeled as ritualistic abuse, organized abuse, or sadistic ritual abuse. But given revelations like Jeffery Epstein and his sex temple on his island, who had what appeared to be a blackmail scheme of high-level officials having sexual relations with minors, and Whitney Webb’s two-book disclosure, “One Nation Under Blackmail,” the once farfetched idea that pedophiles at the highest levels of government are running lose and that certain individuals in law enforcement are covering it up is not so unbelievable.

When you mix it with Bryant’s outstanding research into the Franklin allegations, it won’t take a conspiracy theorist to see Bryant’s book as more than plausible. But don’t take my word for it; read it as it is worth the long, complicated examination into this subject.