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The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  424 ratings  ·  42 reviews
The shut-down of Omaha, Nebraska's Franklin Community Federal Credit Union, raided by federal agencies in November 1988, sent shock waves all the way to Washington, D.C. $40 million was missing. The credit union's manager: Republican Party activist Lawrence E. "Larry" King, Jr., behind whose rise to fame and riches stood powerful figures in Nebraska politics and business, ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by A W T, Incorporated (first published March 1992)
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Here's my editorial on this book. No review. :-)

Well of course this book is shocking, disturbing and appalling. I'm upset, illogically furious, helplessly traumatized.

Daintily embedded in our postmodern clout, the reader can derive anything from it and it will be okay. Although the facts can scream to heaven and back, the outcome for the reader can be very different, depending on the personal background and ideas.

It just makes one think about the little people on the ground, the FBI agents, po
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
just read the fucker!
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! It's horrific in what it describes but I wish every American would read it. There are lots of myths and conspiracy theories on the internet regarding the Franklin Cover-up but this book gives you the evidence. When I first started reading (on the internet) about this (via the Johnny Gosch case) I couldn't believe it. I thought it must be made up it's so horrible. But after reading this book, I'm convinced these events and the cover up actually happened.

This book i
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
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Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exposes The Moral Squalor That Is Operating At The Highest Level Of Our Society.

I discovered this book while researching the recent Wikileaks "pizzagate ping pong" scandal.The Franklin cover up was the biggest paedophile scandal in the history of the world.The American media is obsessed with Catholic child abuse scandals but this was a dark & deviant scandal that was conveniently ignored & suppressed due to it's connection with elite politicians and business leaders. Children were being
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alienating friends and loved ones in 2017, starting strong with the conspiracy that scares me most.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely more report than anything else, written by someone with personal stake in the events it details. I read it after hearing about it on a two-part episode of Last Podcast on the Left. Throughout the book, I vacillated between horror at the corruption in our system and complete disbelief. Several elements of it seem to support the "Satanic Panic" hysteria of the 80s that led to harmful witch hunts and false accusations, and that gives me pause. There's also a lot of faith placed i ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The scariest book I've ever read. Everyone should read this book despite it's heavy content. It's compelling and heartbreaking but if you live in the US, there are things in this book that you owe it to yourself to learn.
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
If even a third of these allegations are true, the ramifications are mind-boggling.
Ruth Keeling
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wish everyone would read this book
Ursula Ackah
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you want to understand what is happening now in Britain regarding the elite paedophile scandal and cover-up, read this book. And the story doesn't end well.

The writer is a lawyer and the style is factual and direct. Every chapter deals with a different aspect of a sprawling web of criminal activity, of which child abuse forms only one small part.

Don't be put off by the word 'satanism' in the title. It isn't a big part of the story. Rather it seems that criminals used satanism as a tool to a
Michelle Stalker
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was by far one of the most interesting things I never knew. Nebraska is my home state and I just wish there was a way to get this information public. I want it to resurface. EVERYONE should read this book. It provides enough evidence against those guilty of child abuse, satanism, and murder. The man that wrote this could not have fabricated his story, nor could a young boy and a young girl that testified against their tormentors . How were children supposed to come up with a story so m ...more
Ben Sutton
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What Can You Say...

The book is gripping, however, be prepared to become even more disillusioned with the so called process, system, establishment, etc. Another cautionary tale of when truth speaks too closely to power, power reacts with overwhelming, well, power. Kudos to De Camp for having the courage to continue to investigate horrific instances of abuse, corruption, and deviancy. Hopefully his actions constitute a frayed thread that will help to eventually unravel the whole truth.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
An eye-opener for those unfamiliar with child abuse and pedophilia within the corridors of power. Difficult to read at times - a difficult subject - but one none of us should turn our eyes away from and ignore.
Michael Bethany
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Every parent should read this book and keep your children close. Maybe the children should read it too.
teresa santos
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Eye-opener!
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 1990s
Margitte Feb. 6, 2018 did a great job in her review so all I will say is, It was one of the saddest books I think I have read. To be abused in such horrible ways, then told you are a liar and thrown into prison!
This was in the 80s, just imagine how bad it is today. It is in the open these days, the Hollywood elite showing the satanic symbols and signs all over the internet. No wonder the politicians will not close the border, thousands of kids are being brought here to disappear into who knows w
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Fascinating book, depending how true it is. If mostly true, how sad and demoralizing.
Adele Leigh
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Franklin Cover-Up is a tragic true story about children who were sex-trafficked and abused. The events in this book are a terrible reminder that those in power can get away with it, while the world’s most vulnerable people, the children, are not even believed.
J.V. Seem
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A while ago, I listened to a podcast about the Franklin case, of which I'd never heard before. It was a very well-produced podcast, and by the end, I was not only absolutely convinced that every word was true, but also absolutely terrified.

Now, my autistic brain may or may not have had something to do with this, but in my defense, it was a really well-made podcast that actually turned out to have left out some of the more unlikely parts of the case, and that made it all the more convincing.

Anita Dalton
There were elements of the book that are… off putting. Not the least that DeCamp was willing to defame Hunter S. Thompson as the worst sort of scum based on the eyewitness testimony of a very fragile witness. But there were other problems, too. I can’t go into every single one I have because this is a dense book, but I’ll touch on the highlights of just how DeCamp was not my cup of tea. In the minds of true believers, I can’t debunk a conspiracy anyway. All I can do is discuss some of the WTF mo ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction-gral
The story is disturbingly interesting but the book needed a better writer. A lot of the facts felt dry and the personal connection of DeCamp to the case came across as too defensive, and almost whiny, for the bigger purpose of the book. That being said, the background is horrifying and if this actually happened/keeps happening it's something we should learn more about. (Updated book that sets this case against others around the country?)
David Shetler
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read this as the scandal involved a credit union and took place when I first started with the NCUA many years ago. I was torn by the obsessive conspiracy theories on the part of the author versus a lot of detail that he provides to back up his assertions. Since it is only his point of view I remain skeptical of much of his claims. While no doubt a lot of bad things happened the book read very much like a self congratulatory slap on the back for Mr DeCamp.
Mar 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
The read was good, but . . .
I can't tell you if there is any truth in this book or not. I know that things like this go on but the names of some were astonishing. If true, someone should be going to jail and maintained in the prison population. I can't look at a politician without wondering. Read the book and judge for yourself. The author seemed to be of sound background and character.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I almost wish I'd never read this book...

Disgusting, heartbreaking, infuriating. I kept thinking these things couldn't possibly be true. How could anyone be capable of such acts? The most eye-opening book about the atrocities going on in our communities and how and by whom they are hidden. It was difficult to finish this book, but I'm glad I did.
Hector Chavez
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you think that it can't happen this book may just open your eyes to the criminal activity of the materially successful, and the hypocrisy that permeates our society that helps cover up, protect, and even promote wrong-doing in some cases.
Melanie Moxon
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This book made me cry at times. Didn't finish the whole thing as it really upset me! Be warned very very graphic true stories of child abuse! So sad & sadistic!
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
IF you can make it through this entire book, props to you. Its so depressing and heartwrenching, but opens your eyes to the honest world around us.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Disturbing. I'm from Omaha. I remember when the financial scandal broke in the mid-80's.
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Disturbing look at Nebraska politics, financial matters and the lengths people will go to maintain their status. Doesn't paint Bob Kerrey in a very good light.
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“From late 1988, when the Franklin case first broke into public view, until mid-1991, at least 15 people associated with the case as investigators, alleged perpetrators, or potential witnesses, died sudden deaths, many of them violent.” 0 likes
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