KOIN posts special report on Francke killing
KOIN 6 News has posted in an-depth, interactive, multi-media special report on the unanswered questions surrounding the 30-year-old murder of Oregon Department of Corrections Director Michael Francke on its website.
The report is titled, "Broken Dome: 30 Years Chasing Justice in Oregon," a reference to the department headquarters called the Dome Building in Salem where Francke's body was found on Jan. 18, 1989. He died of a stab wound to the heart.
Petty Salem criminal Frank Gable was convicted of the murder on June 27, 1991, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. But early this year, Oregon U.S. District Magistrate Judge John Acosta ruled that Gable is probably innocent and did not receive a fair trial. Gable was released on June 28 while the Oregon Department of Justice is appealing the ruling.
The report includes links to archival KOIN 6 News news stories of the murder investigation, arrest and trial, including an interview where Gable maintains his innocence. It also contains links to separate webpages exploring the questions that have long lingered about the case against Gable, including three podcasts and information on numerous people associated with the case.
"In the three decades since, many questions have been raised as loved ones continue to search for answers. Did an investigation into criminal corruption within the state prison system lead to murder? Why did another person confess, and why wasn't that confession introduced during the trial? Why was Michael Francke killed? Was the case pinned on Frank Gable?" the TV station writes on its website.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.
You can find KOIN's report at: koin.com/broken-dome
The Portland Tribune has also reported extensive on the case and contributed to the report. You can find a collection of previous stories at: Pamplinmedia.com/FranckeMurder
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