In January of 1989 the director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was brutally stabbed to death outside his office in Salem. The murder was quickly ruled a “car burglary gone wrong” and pinned on a low-level drug dealer named Frank Gable, a man who Francke's own brother, Kevin, along with storied Oregon reporter Phil Stanford, believe has been wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 30 years. They contend Francke had uncovered a trail of corruption in the prison system— one that led to the top of Oregon’s political establishment. Murder In Oregon follows the two men on a decades-long journey, bordering on obsession, into Oregon’s drug and crime-infested underworld to answer one question: Who really killed Michael Francke?
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Overall, I enjoyed the podcast and the story, and it’s definitely worth a listen. The story is horrifying and you come to the realization that this could be Anywhere USA. But there was too much repeating of the same sound bites. I think there may have been 15 minutes of original content in episode 11. That’s just one example. They didn’t need 12 episodes to tell the story.
Brilliant. Scary. Sad.
I was in high school in Salem when this all happened. I know the streets and buildings and recognize names. The love, passion and devotion the Franke brothers had to find the truth of what happened to their brother is evident. The objective point of view is something that I appreciated and something you don’t see in the news anymore. Highly recommend.
I loved Lauren and personally felt this was a well researched story. She was able to get so many players to speak live. The exposure of the corruption with the state government was so bad but not as bad as the prison system. This goes to show how bad Oregon is and has not improved with their liberal government. They need to stop and get their crap together.
Thanks to the Francke family and the others including the victims of Tim.