The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal

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A chilling exposé of corporate corruption and government cover-ups, this account of a nationwide child-trafficking and pedophilia ring in the United States tells a sordid tale of corruption in high places. The scandal originally surfaced during an investigation into Omaha, Nebraska's failed Franklin Federal Credit Union and took the author beyond the Midwest and ultimately to Washington, DC. Implicating businessmen, senators, major media corporations, the CIA, and even the ...

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Overview

A chilling exposé of corporate corruption and government cover-ups, this account of a nationwide child-trafficking and pedophilia ring in the United States tells a sordid tale of corruption in high places. The scandal originally surfaced during an investigation into Omaha, Nebraska's failed Franklin Federal Credit Union and took the author beyond the Midwest and ultimately to Washington, DC. Implicating businessmen, senators, major media corporations, the CIA, and even the venerable Boys Town organization, this extensively researched report includes firsthand interviews with key witnesses and explores a controversy that has received scant media attention.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781936296071
  • Publisher: Trine Day
  • Publication date: 1/22/2012
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 689,459
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Nick Bryant is a journalist whose work largely focuses on the plight of disadvantaged children in the United States. His mainstream and investigative journalism has been featured in Gear, Playboy, The Reader, and on Salon.com. He is the coauthor of America's Children: Triumph of Tragedy. He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

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    EXCELLENT

    I give this author the highest accolades possible for writing the book that will probably turn out to be the BOOK OF THE CENTURY. Many people have tried their hand at dissecting the crimes and the ensuing cover-up which has come to be known as "Franklin," but the story never truly came out of the sound-bite shadows until now. The documentation and corroboration of the massive information in this book is phenomenal. The quality and accuracy of Bryant's work is nothing short of amazing.

    As a resident of Omaha Nebraska, I knew, like at least 80 percent of the citizenry here, that the grand juries and others that tried to put this story to rest were unjust. As time went on, we gradually came to learn that we lived in the epicenter of a huge criminal network that did the unspeakable-- preyed on children. To this day, this crime network produces ripple effects across the entire nation, and even the world. It hasn't stopped.

    It's a terrible story, and not for the faint of heart, but it's a very inspiring and uplifting story as well, because the victims who speak out risk everything to try and prevent the same thing from happening to others. It's about human courage, and righteousness that shines through unimaginable terror.

    It's written in the first person, and you go with the author into places you would probably never go, and see with his eyes, and hear with his ears. You vicariously experience his interviews as victims open their hearts to him.

    No one ever thought this book could be written. It's way past a good read, this is one of the most important books you'll ever read.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

    Power and its hold on Omaha Nebraska

    BBC reporter & author. Author of The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality, Mr. Bryant currently covers South Asia for the BBC. He holds a M.A. from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from Oxford University. Mr. Bryant is based in New Delhi, India, and Sydney, Australia.
    A chilling expose of corporate corruption and government cover-ups, this account of a nationwide child-trafficking and pedophilia ring in the United States tells a sordid tale of corruption in high places. The scandal originally surfaced during an investigation into Omaha, Nebraska's failed Franklin Federal Credit Union and took the author beyond the Midwest and ultimately to Washington, DC. Implicating businessmen, senators, major media corporations, the CIA, and even the venerable Boys Town organization, this extensively researched report includes firsthand interviews with key witnesses and explores a controversy that has received scant media attention.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Definite Must Read

    Nick Bryant's The Franklin Scandal is different than the others on the same topic. His investigative side of the story brings much to the alleged history of the scandal. He is honest when he wasnt able to verify an allegation but did not cover up the facts of the case.
    This scandal is about the actual trafficking of children for the sole purpose of money, power and the alleged use of these children by high profile citizens. Despite some of the reviews, this is about trafficking and abuse and NOT about satanic cult activity as a whole.

    Something to consider, if Franklin Scandal was only a hoax why did the CIA get involved in the investigation? They have no jurisdiction on American soil. In my thoughts and with the actual information and documents that have been provided there is no doubt that this did happen.

    I highly recommend "The Franklin Scandal" by Nick Bryant

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2009

    Excellent Read

    Nick Bryant did an excellent job with his research and fact checking. You will not be disappointed. It is a story that grabs you from the beginning til the end. Thank you Nick Bryant.......

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    If you only read one book this year, this is the one to read - THE FRANKLIN SCANDAL by Nick Bryant

    The Franklin Scandal by Nick Bryant is a book that is based on in depth investigative research with well documented evidence, which provides facts about multiple crimes against children. What started out as an investigation by the Nebraska Legislature into crimes related to the failure of the Franklin Credit Union in Omaha, NE., led to an active nation-wide child trafficking pedophile ring. It is not just individuals that kidnap children for their own pleasure. This is also being done for profit by large groups in cities and countries worldwide. These crimes have been and continue to be covered up by the media, law enforcement, politicians, the court (justice?) system and high level government officials.

    This book is not about an alleged satanic pedophile cult and an attempt to resurrect and rehabilitate the Satanic Panic. As stated before, it is about the crime of child (human) sex trafficking, and how a child-abuse network can stay hidden for years. The adults that were child victims in this Omaha, NE. sex-ring that Mr. Bryant interviewed provide names and places of the high level pedophiles involved. All information has been well documented in order for the truth to be told in this book.

    I became intrigued by the conspiracy reality pertaining to the Johnny Gosch kidnapping and how it is connected to the Franklin Credit Union criminal activity. This is definitely one arm of The Octupus. Within The Franklin Scandal, there is enough evidence to suggest that the public has been misled dozens of times. It is time for these cases to be resolved and the high level pedophiles to be served Justice. Remember. follow the money. I would definitely recommend this book to be read by anyone who cares about the welfare of children and the country. Once you start reading it, it is hard to put down.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    Finally the Truth

    Nick Bryant has used the benefit of documents to validate the Franklin Scandal that has spanned nearly 40 years.

    I have read just about everything published that is Franklin related and Nick's book finishes legions ahead of other published works.

    Mr. Bryant, quite obviously; ate, drank and slept Franklin to put out this epic book. I am very impressed with the manner in which Nick presents the evidence while at the same time explaining how he corroborated it. Nick steers away from conjuncture and here say to lend validity to what he has written.

    The crimes committed by these people against scores of children have gone unpunished for too long. Nick has presented "truth" and I sincerely hope that people read and take notice of the tragedy presented among the pages of "The Franklin Scandal". The people of our nation should be outraged that this type of cover-up has taken place.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    A stunning finale to four years of research and investiation!

    As one "who was there," I am so very pleased with and proud of Nick's book. He told it like it was and did a fantastic job of parallel invetigation. My husband, Gary Caradori, (the Franklin investigator) would be proud of this truthful, factual account.
    It goes without saying, Nick gave it his all. This is NOT an easy book to read, but it must be read by all. Hang on to your seats....and go for it. What he documents, is true!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Great book

    Couldn't put this down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Hands down, the most important book I've read in years.

    After reading the first chapter or two, you can tell how dedicated the author (Nick Bryant) was to getting the facts. He is completely candid about who he thinks was being disingenuous during interviews, along with his own opinions on various matters. However, that's not the reason this is such a great book.

    This is an extremely thorough account of events that span decades, and to my knowledge, this is the first and only effort to do such a thing. John DeCamp's original book was the first real account that wasn't fed through the mainstream media filter. This one is even more detailed, and I would even say more critical than DeCamp's.

    As other reviewers have said, if you only read one book this year, make sure it's this one.

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

    Conspiracy Theory in Sheep's Clothing

    This book is about an alleged satanic pedophile cult, run by the social, political and financial elite of North America, which supposedly maintains control over policy-makers through blackmailing them about their participation in sadistic kiddie porn and snuff films - despite the author's claims that it is not a conspiracy theory book.

    This theory, referred to as The Pedocracy by its adherents, has a lot of credibility problems not least of them being its adherents themselves which include people like David Icke - who claims that the British Royal family are really alien lizard-people - and prominent American far-right Militia/Patriot fanatics.

    The specific chapter of this theory which Nick Bryant is attempting to rehabilitate in this book, has its own share of credibility problems. Some principle proponents and alleged witnesses of the Franklin chapter are convicted sex offenders, such as child molestor Paul Bonacci and pornographer Rusty Nelson. Some previous investigators of the Franklin chapter, such as Ted Gunderson, have destroyed their own credibility with paranoid tales of CIA/Alien/Satanist plots to shut them up via assassination. More discrediting baggage includes blatantly false allegations that Hunter Thompson made kiddie snuff films and that reporter Jeff Gannon was really missing child Johnny Gosch.

    Nick Bryant attempts to sanitize the Franklin chapter of the Pedocracy theory. He portrays himself as a rational skeptic seduced by "the evidence" into a believer. To support this idea, he brings up and dismisses some of the more obviously false allegations associated with the case. He also openly states that he caught some of his sources lying to him, but he nonetheless accepts the portions of their statements which support his main thesis. He states that he "never caught" other of his sources "in a lie", yet he apparently accepts at face value their tales of having been involved in a child sacrificing satanic pedophile ring.

    The bulk of the book consists of interviews Bryant conducted with alleged Franklin victims, and some documents from the time of the Franklin Grand Juries. Most of these interviews and documents, however, are nothing more than detailed assertions. Bryant apparently believes that, if one person's unverifiable assertions support another person's unverifiable assertions, all those assertions become proven facts. No wonder he isn't a police officer.

    Ultimately, this book appears to be an attempt to resurrect and rehabilitate the Satanic Panic which brought us the Martinsville, Sask debacle. Bryant begins the book by stating that he came upon the Franklin case as a result of his search for satanic cults in America, and ends the book by uncritically reciting allegations of ongiong satanic ritual abuse from the highly biased Centre for the Treatment of Dissassociative Disorders. Bryant portrays himself as a skeptic, but unwittingly reveals himself to be a True Believer in very sordid conspiracy theories.

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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