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The Franklin child prostitution ring allegations began in June 1988 in Omaha, Nebraska and attracted significant public and political interest until late 1990, when separate state and federal grand juries concluded that the allegations were unfounded and the ring was a "carefully crafted hoax."[1][2]

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Abuse Allegations Probed at Boys Town

Dec 23, 2002

A Lurid, Mysterious Scandal Begins Taking Shape in Omaha

By William Robbins, Special To the New York Times

  • Dec. 18, 1988

Boys Town Has an Embarrassment of Riches

By Douglas E. Kneeland; Special to The New York Times

Abuse Allegations Probed At Boys Town
DECEMBER 23, 2002 / 9:16 AM / AP

A former priest at Boys Town, the fabled home for wayward youths, on Monday denied accusations that he sexually abused boys.

Former Boys Town pupil James Duffy alleged in a lawsuit last month that the Rev. James Kelly and a counselor, the late Michael Wolf, repeatedly molested him in the late 1970s.

The suit named neither Kelly nor Wolf as defendants, instead naming Boys Town and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha.

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On Sunday, the Omaha World-Herald reported that four other men have made sex abuse allegations against Kelly and Wolf. None has sued.

Addressing the lawsuit and the other allegations, Kelly said: "I definitely deny it."

"The stuff that is coming out now, they are coming out of the woodwork," Kelly said in a telephone interview from his home in Carson City, Nev.

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He said he's considering a defamation of character lawsuit: "Somebody said I should be proactive, and I'm thinking about it."

James Martin Davis, the attorney hired by Boys Town to lead an investigation into Duffy's allegations, said the home will probe the new allegations as well.

"I'm concerned with the validity of all these allegations," he said.

One of the men who lodged the new complaints, 35-year-old Wayne Garsky of Oakland, Calif., told The Associated Press on Monday night that he was at Boys Town in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

"I was 12 years old, dude, and I was put in a place I thought was safe and it wasn't safe," Garsky said.

Kelly was accused of sexual misconduct in 1983 and 1984 in New York, but two investigations by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany found the allegations not credible.

Both Wolf and Kelly left Boys Town in 1983. The school's name was changed to Girls and Boys Town in 2000.

The home was made famous by the Oscar-winning 1938 Spencer Tracy movie "Boys Town."

First published on December 23, 2002 / 9:16 AM

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A Lurid, Mysterious Scandal Begins Taking Shape in Omaha
By William Robbins, Special To the New York Times
Dec. 18, 1988

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For several weeks a Federal investigation has riveted attention here on a failed local credit union formed to help the poor, on $38 million that it is missing and on its manager, a nationally active Republican politician whom the Government accuses of embezzling at least some of the funds.

Now the inquiry, joined by state investigations, is widening and has begun to take on the stark trappings of lurid melodrama.

The collapse of the credit union and the Government's lawsuit alleging embezzlement were the extent of the case, at least on the public record, until last Monday. Then rumors that had been circulating in Omaha for much of the last month made their way into remarks presented to the Executive Board of the State Legislature in Lincoln. The speaker was State Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha, who said he had received numerous reports, to which he clearly gave credence, that instances of child sexual and physical abuse were linked to the scandal.

Mr. Chambers did not describe the nature of that linkage and has consistently declined to identify the sources of the reports, going only so far as to tell The Omaha World-Herald that they were people ''I consider credible.'' But participants in a closed meeting that followed the Executive Board's public session say he told of boys and girls, some of them from foster homes, who had been transported around the country by airplane to provide sexual favors, for which they were rewarded. Three Related Inquiries


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The Executive Board, which acts for the full Legislature in periods of adjournment, had been called into session to organize a committee that would investigate only the credit union's collapse. But by the end of the day Monday, the committee, with Mr. Chambers as vice chairman, had been given a mandate to look into the broader case as well.

Then the Omaha office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation acknowledged that it had independently received reports of sexual abuse and that they were a subject of its own criminal inquiry into the credit union affair. And the office of the Nebraska Attorney General said it had directed the state police also to investigate the reports.

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If sensation has begun to characterize the case, so has mystery. The various investigators, their efforts barely begun, decline to speak of them in detail. Mr. Chambers himself says he wants to disclose just enough to encourage those with information on the affair to give testimony before the legislative committee.

As a result, there are these large gaps in public knowledge about the case, among others:

* If child prostitution was involved, how vast was it?

* If foster homes were involved, which ones?

* Nick O'Hara, special agent in charge of the F.B.I.'s Omaha office, says his investigation centers also on money-laundering, but he will not elaborate.

* State Senator Loran Schmit, chairman of the legislative committee, says ''a responsible law-enforcement person'' has told him ''that drugs were involved,'' but the Senator declines to say in what way.


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* In the Executive Board's public session Monday, Mr. Chambers said the activities of Lawrence E. King Jr., the credit union's manager for the last 18 years and the central figure in its collapse, were ''just the tip of an iceberg, and he's not in it by himself.'' But Mr. Chambers added nothing that would shed light on his cryptic assertion. The Defendant's Denial

None of the investigators have declared that Mr. King personally recruited or abused young people, although the inquiries are clearly aimed in part at determining whether children were transported or paid with any of the money that the Government's suit accuses him of diverting from the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union.

The suit was brought last month in Federal District Court here, where Mr. King has filed a motion denying all the allegations of embezzlement.

Mr. King's lawyer, William Morrow, has declined to make him available for press interviews. But Mr. Morrow said his client contended that personal payments and contributions of more than $4 million that Mr. King made this year and last, all of them itemized by the Government in documents that it filed with its suit, had come from his own accounts at the credit union. Records to support that contention are not available, Mr. Morrow said, because all the credit union's papers have been seized by Federal agents.

As for the inquiries into sexual abuse, Mr. Morrow noted a World-Herald article Tuesday in which Mr. O'Hara, the F.B.I. agent, was quoted as saying, ''We are looking for credible witnesses.''

''I think,'' said Mr. Morrow, ''that he is saying the F.B.I. has no credible evidence.'' A Flamboyant Figure

Mr. King is a 44-year-old Omaha resident who wholly or partly owns several small businesses here and lives with his wife and school-age son in a large house in one of the city's better neighborhoods. He is a tall, expansive figure well known for his costly style of dressing, lavish celebrations and extensive travel, sometimes in chartered jets and often with an entourage of young men.


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In 1972 he headed a national political organization, Black Democrats for George McGovern. But he gained greater prominence after he had switched parties a while later, serving for a time as vice chairman of the National Black Republican Council, an official affiliate of the Republican Party, and becoming a familiar figure on the Republican social scene.

Mr. King has maintained a $5,000-a-month residence off Embassy Row in Washington and has also entertained generously at Republican National Conventions. At the 1984 gathering, in Dallas, where he sang the national anthem on the convention floor, he rented the ranch where the television series ''Dallas'' is filmed and organized a party there for black Republicans. And at this year's convention, in New Orleans, an organization he heads, the Council on Minority Americans, held another spectacular celebration, this one in a building where stored paraphernalia of the Mardi Gras provided a dramatic backdrop. Dismay in Omaha

Mr. King's trouble with the authorities came to the surface early last month when officials of the Government's National Credit Union Administration, acting on information from the F.B.I. and the Internal Revenue Service, arrived at the offices of the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union and shut it down. Then, on Nov. 14, the agency, which oversees the nation's federally chartered credit unions and insures their deposits, filed the Government suit against Mr. King, whose salary as Franklin Community's manager had been less than $17,000 a year.

The development spread shock among the city's business and political leaders. Some of them, including Mayor Walt Calinger, had been devoted supporters of the credit union, in the belief that by helping to attract deposits there they were providing a source of funds for the poor north Omaha area that Franklin Community had been created to serve.

The suit said Government investigators had been able to find Franklin Community assets totaling only $2.5 million. It put the amount of missing money at $34 million, a figure that the National Credit Union Administration has since revised upward, to about $38 million. Most of the missing funds, the suit said, are reflected in Franklin Community records showing that at least $35 million in certificates of deposit sold by the credit union are outstanding as liabilities, including more than $33 million recorded in ''a second and secret set of books.''

Documents filed with the suit itemize large payments that the Government says Mr. King made with money from Franklin Community accounts. Among them were more than $1 million to American Express for credit card charges; $148,000 to limousine services in Omaha, New Orleans and the New York City area; $120,000 for car leases; nearly $60,000 to jewelry stores; $55,000 in rent for his Washington home; $45,000 to a charter-plane service, and various sums in donations to charitable and political organizations, including $25,000 to Citizens for America, a group of conservative lobbyists, and $18,000 to the Human Rights Campaign Fund, a political action committee for homosexuals that focuses chiefly on AIDS-related issues.

In all, the listed payments, for periods of the last two years that totaled 13 months, amounted to $4.6 million. Where did the rest of the missing $38 million go? ''It's been a massive operation reconstructing the whole thing,'' said J. Leonard Stiles, regional director of the credit union agency, ''and a lot of things still remain a mystery to us.''

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Boys Town Has an Embarrassment of Riches
By Douglas E. Kneeland; Special to The New York Times
April 16, 1974

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BOYS TOWN, Neb.,—Somehow, 36 years ago, when Spencer Tracy and Mickey, Rooney were running the place, it did not seem likely that the biggest problem at Boys Town would ever be an embarrassment of riches.

They sort of scuffed along from hand to mouth in those days and what they scraped together they seemed to find no end of useful ways to spend.

Over the years since, Boys Town, a nonsectarian home for homeless, neglected and underprivileged boys aged 10 to 18, has developed the art of raising money to a fine point. Its current net worth is more than $226‐million, most of which is in a rapidly growing endowment fund that was a virtual secret until two years ago.

Somewhere along the line, the institution lost the knack of generating worthy causes as fast as it did wealth. But, faced with mounting questions about what it was doing with all that money and a sharp drop in contributions, Boys Town, which now has a new director, is moving quickly to spend a substantial part of its accumulated millions.


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New Commitments

Within the last year or so, it has committed itself to the establishment of an Institute for the Study and Treatment of Hearing and Speech Disorders in Children and three branches of a Center for the Study of Youth Development. Now, it is planning to set up a network of halfway houses in cities across the country for Boys Town graduates who have no homes to return to as they try to make the transition back to the outside world.

The professional staff is being expanded rapidly, deteriorating buildings are being remodeled and regulations and programs at the institution are being altered drastically to provide a more homelike atmosphere for the boys.

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For most Americans old enough to have seen MetroGoldwyn ‐ Mayer's movie “Boys Town,” or its sequel, and perhaps for many who may have caught them on television, the City of Little Men has always been frozen in time.

Back in 1938, Father Flanagan (that was Spencer Tracy) swallowed his Irish pride hard and begged and borrowed a lot and did a fair amount of praying just to get by.

Maybe that's not exactly how it was, but in memory that's how it's always seemed.

For Boys Town, that was just fine.


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30 Million Letters

Every Christmas, millions of letters with the Boys Town postmark were dispatched to people on mailing lists across the country. Bearing idealized pictures of a snowy campus and a smiling youngster carrying a sleeping smaller boy on his back (“He aint heavy ...”) the letters usually began with something like, “There will be no joyous Christmas season this year for many homeless and forgotten boys to look forward to with eager anticipation as the more fortunate boys do.”

At Easter another set of mailings would go out, part of the more than 30 million solicitation letters prepared each year by scores of women working, for the Boys Town fund‐raising apparatus in an old five‐story building in downtown Omaha.

The letters ask recipients to send “$1, $2, $5, or any amount you care to give.”

And the contributions kept rolling in, totaling more than $18‐million in 1971. In that year, Boys Town's total income, including return on investments, was about $25‐million, some four times its annual expenses.

Then, at the end of March, 1972, the Sun Newspapers of Omaha, a weekly group, published an eight‐page section entitled, “Boys Town, America's Wealthiest City?” The articles, which were awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for special local reporting, asserted that Boys Town had developed a “money machine” that by that time had produced a net worth of more than $209‐million.

Well‐To‐Do Community

Working from figures in a 1970 report filed by Boys Town with the Internal Revenue Service, the Sun Newspapers concluded that based on census figures of that year of 993 people at Boys Town, which is also an incorporated village, the community had a net worth of more than $190,000 per person.

Shortly after the disclosures, Msgr. Nicholas H. Wegner, who on the death of Msgr. Edward T. Flanagan in 1948 succeeded the man who founded the institution in 1917, offered a frank explanation:

“In the 24 years I have been the director, I've tried in every possible way to increase the amount of money Boys Town receives, with the help of the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York.”

Monsignor Wegner, who had watched Father Flanagan's financial struggles over the years and who had in herited some of the debt from a $10‐million building program undertaken not long before the founder's death, also remarked, “We're a social agency, but social welfire has to be run as a business”


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But an aroused public kept asking why Boys Town, which had done little building in years and had a dwindling population as trends in the care of, homeless or problem children shifted from institutionalization to placement in foster homes, felt the need for continued fund‐raising when it could live off its investments and other income.

So fund appeals were abruptly dropped in the latter pirt of 1972. That year contributions fell off to about $3.6 ‐ million from about ‐ $18.3 ‐ million the year before.

A company of outside experts was also hired in 1972 to determine how Boys Town could improve its operations here and to suggest other ways in which it might, contribute to troubled young stets.

Three Study Centers

During that year, the institution announced plans to put up $30‐million Int the Boys Town Institute for the Study and Treatment of Hearing and Speech Disorders in Children, to be estab lished at nearby Creighton University, and $40‐million for three branches of a Boys Town Center for the Study of Youth Development.

The Youth study centers, which will conduct research on such problems as rejection of parents, drug addiction, antisocial behavior and inability to learn, will be on the 1,700‐acre campus here, at Catholic University in Washington and at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

Last October, Archbishop Sheehan named the Rev. Robert P. Hupp, a popular 58‐year‐old Omaha parish priest, to replace the ailing 75‐year‐old Monsignor Wegner, who retired.

Since then things have hardly been the same for the 640 boys and 730 staff members on the sprawling campus, which has more than 50 buildings, including a modern high school, elementary school, vocational school, a fieldhouse that would do justice to most colleges, a 2,600‐seat music hall and a 900‐acre farm.


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Indeed, change has been so swift that a lot of the old hands have been in almost open rebellion, but Father Hupp, smiling benignly, insists that “one by one, they're coming around.”

Leaning back in his chair and discussing the changes that are taking place, he added:

“We've got enough money to do things and we're going to do them because they're so long overdue. I don't see any point in delaying just for the sake of delay. Besides, it's a lot harder to hit a moving target.”


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Number Alleging Abuse at Boys Town Rises to 4 As Accusations Against two Former Staff Members Grow
A Fifth Man also Says he Fended Off a Sexual Advance in the 1980s

By Stephen Buttry
Omaha World Herald [Nebraska]
February 23, 2003

The number of former Boys Town residents who say they were sexually abused, or fended off sexual advances, in the 1970s and'80s by two staff members of the famed Omaha refuge for children is now at five.

One of the men, Lance Rivers of Phoenix, provided The World-Herald with extensive hospital records that show Boys Town investigated sexual abuse allegations against counselor Michael Wolf, who died in Indiana in 1990.
Rivers, now 35, claims that Wolf initially asked to watch him masturbate, then fondled him and performed oral sex on him, paying him off with baseball cards for nearly nightly abuse in the early 1980s.

Another Arizona man, James Duffy, sued Jan. 30, alleging that Wolf and the Rev. James Kelly sexually abused him while he was at Boys Town in the 1970s. Duffy has declined an interview request through his attorney, William Walker of Tucson.

Wayne Garsky, now living in Oakland, Calif., screamed "Yes!" when told recently that someone else had accused Kelly of sexual abuse. "I'm 35 years old, and I've been waiting for this for so long." Garsky said Kelly fondled his crotch through his clothes during confession.

A fourth man, who lived in Wolf's house at Boys Town and spoke only on condition that his name not be used, said Wolf and Kelly abused him in the 1980s.

Rivers' older brother, John Rivers, now of Neapolis, Ohio, says Wolf made sexual advances but did not abuse him.

Kelly told The World-Herald that he did not sexually abuse boys.

Kelly and Wolf left Boys Town in 1983, a year before Archbishop Daniel Sheehan appointed the Rev. Val Peter to succeed Monsignor Robert Hupp as executive director at Boys Town. Peter assisted Hupp for a year before Hupp retired in 1985. The organization changed its name to Girls and Boys Town in 2000.

Peter declined to be interviewed for this story.

James Martin Davis, an Omaha attorney hired by Boys Town this month to handle allegations of sexual abuse, said if any boys "suffered at the hands of renegade employees," Peter will make "a real effort to make these kids whole again."

Peter and Davis have vowed to protect the legacy of the home's beloved founder, Father Edward Flanagan, whether that means fighting false allegations or atoning for the actions of abusive former staff members.

In announcing an investigation of the lawsuit's allegations, Davis said Kelly and Wolf would have abused other youths if Duffy's allegations were true. He said Friday that investigators have found no evidence of sexual abuse in Boys Town files or in interviews with former residents, including about 10 who lived with Wolf.

Hospital records show that Lance Rivers told Peter in 1991 that Wolf had abused him eight years earlier. Boys Town discounts the abuse claim because Rivers has a long history of mental illness.

"I couldn't help it that I was mentally ill," Rivers said in an interview at his Phoenix apartment. The memory of Wolf's abuse, he said, "drove me insane."

Determining the truth can be difficult in any sexual abuse case, especially one that happened many years ago. Few molesters commit their crimes with witnesses around. Experts in child care and sexual abuse say the very circumstances that bring troubled youths to a place such as Boys Town can make them more vulnerable to abuse and can provide grounds to question their credibility.

"Every one of them was a problem," Hupp said last week.

Davis said he will ask Kelly and any accusers to take a polygraph test.

Many former residents say Boys Town provided the structure and guidance they needed to live happy, productive lives. Former residents, including some who knew Kelly and Wolf, have said in recent interviews that no one molested them and that they doubt others were abused.

Jim Dornacker of Omaha remembers Kelly coming for dinner to the Boys Town house where he lived. "He was very professional," Dornacker said. "When he prayed with you, he'd touch the back of your head. ... It was almost like God was sitting on your shoulder, saying, 'Hey, I'm here.'"

Garsky remembers Kelly differently: "He was a freak in confession. ... He would touch you and he would feel you." Garsky said he did not report the abuse because he did not think anyone would believe him. "This was a man of God."

The former resident who asked that his name not be used said Kelly abused him during confession. But the man did not provide details.

Rivers said Kelly did not abuse him but did ask him once in confession to pull down his pants. Rivers said he left and never went to confession with Kelly again.

"Every bit of that's absolutely false," Kelly said Friday from Carson City, Nev., where he was a prison chaplain until Feb. 3, when Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, N.Y., suspended him from the ministry. Kelly was ordained in the Albany Diocese and served as a priest there before and after working at Boys Town.

Davis said his investigation has not turned up any allegations about Kelly beyond those raised by Duffy in his lawsuit.

"If Father Kelly is guilty of doing any of these things, particularly in confession, Father Peter would want to hang him by his Roman collar," Davis said. "That is not only a violation of his holy orders, but it's a desecration of the sacrament of confession."

Lance Rivers was a runaway and a victim of physical abuse before coming to Boys Town in December 1979 from Toledo, Ohio, at the age of 12.

He was an avid baseball player and fan. Every two weeks, he would take his $ 11 paycheck for chores at the high school office and spend it all on baseball cards.

In early 1981, Rivers said, he moved into the Boys Town home at 116 Maher Circle where Wolf lived with several boys.

After Boys Town converted in the 1970s from dormitories to family homes, most boys lived with married couples. Wolf was the last single person who lived with boys in the new role of "family teacher."

Wolf taught for at least four years at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Omaha. The Rev. William L'Heureux, pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes, said church directories show that Wolf taught at the school from 1970 to 1974.

Boys Town records show that boys and supervisors gave Wolf high marks on his evaluations.

Rivers gives this account of the abuse he alleges by Wolf:

One night a few months after Rivers moved in, Wolf was making a routine bed check and caught Rivers masturbating. The next day Wolf asked Rivers, "What could I do to get you to do that for me?"

Rivers said he would need some "dirty magazines" and wanted to be allowed to smoke cigarettes. Wolf, expressing concern that Rivers spent all his money on baseball cards, also offered to buy him cards. Their deal was that Wolf would buy a box each of Topps, Fleer and Donruss cards every two weeks.

"I was scared, nervous, but I saw an opportunity," Rivers recalled. "I never had nothing in my life. And here was this guy asking me to do something I thought was fun, and he'd give me baseball cards."

For their first encounter, Wolf drove Rivers in a Boys Town car to a convenience store and bought four pornographic magazines. Then Wolf drove to Walnut Grove Park at 150th and Q Streets, where Rivers masturbated while Wolf watched.

The next time, Wolf told Rivers to come to the dining room at night. "He would already have the magazines down there. He would shut the drapes and close the door and lock it."

At Wolf's instruction, Rivers took off his clothes and paraded around the room, even climbing on the table and prancing about. "I blocked it out," Rivers said. "I didn't think about the consequences at the time. All I thought about was the cards."

In the dining room, Wolf started touching Rivers. In later episodes, Wolf performed oral sex on him, a progression that resulted in doubling the card payment. "Only one time did he want me to touch him," Rivers said. The boy didn't want to, and Wolf didn't ask again.

Rivers says the abuse continued every night some weeks, even on vacations Wolf took with the boys.

The youth who asked that his name not be used said Wolf sexually abused him on a vacation to Colorado Springs.

Rivers said his payoffs from Wolf filled a trunk with cards. A letter to his mother boasts that he displayed 840 cards on his bulletin board. He said Wolf took him to card shows and bought him expensive cards of Johnny Bench, Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron.

John Rivers remembers that his brother "had a baseball collection that was the envy of the whole state of Nebraska."

A 1983 fire that filled the house with smoke on a Sunday morning led to Wolf's departure. Lance Rivers and the youth who alleged abuse by Kelly and Wolf said no one called the fire department and Wolf, his assistant, Bob Marceau, and the boys put out the fire.

Everyone else in the village was at church, and the fire escaped notice initially. The former residents said Wolf told the boys not to tell anyone and directed Marceau and the boys in cleaning up the smoke damage. Marceau would not comment for this story.

Davis, the Girls and Boys Town attorney, confirmed that Wolf resigned after Boys Town officials learned about the fire two months later. Boys Town records show that he said he started the fire in his bathtub, burning "girlie magazines" confiscated from the boys.

John Rivers, Lance's older brother, moved to Boys Town after the fire. Wolf invited him into his apartment, John said. "You could smell the smoke damage in his bedroom really strong." John also saw "a huge pile of pornography at least knee high."

He said Wolf "asked me to masturbate for him."

John, 18 at the time, declined. "On another occasion, he had offered to take me to a brothel in Council Bluffs. He wanted to watch me have sex with one of the hookers there." The youth also declined that offer, he said.

After word of the fire leaked out, Wolf told Lance Rivers that he was going to be fired and asked Rivers to move with him to Lafayette, Ind. Rivers said he wanted to go home and live with his father. Wolf drove Lance and John to the bus station and bought them tickets home.

An obituary in the Lafayette Journal and Courier said Wolf worked for six years as a counselor at the United Methodist Children's Home in Lebanon, Ind., and died of a heart attack in Indianapolis Aug. 19, 1990.

Gary Davis, director of the Indiana home, said no one there has complained of abuse by Wolf.

Living with his father didn't work out for Lance Rivers. When he asked to return to Boys Town in 1984, he said, he was quizzed by Lou Palma, who supervised Wolf.

"Lance, did you have sexual relations with Mike Wolf?" Palma asked.

"I said 'no' because I had to come back to Boys Town," Rivers said. "It would have ruined everything for me."

Palma, now living in Las Vegas, declined to be interviewed for this story.

Hospital records show Boys Town did investigate sexual abuse allegations against Wolf. Records from Rivers' 1991 hospitalization at the St. Joseph Center for Mental Health say that Mark Graham, who worked with Rivers following graduation in Boys Town's continuing care program, told a St. Joseph social worker that an "investigation of sexual abuse allegation by Lance was done with the male staff involved." The records identify Wolf as the alleged abuser.

Graham, now living in Colorado, confirmed the investigation but did not recall details. Davis, the attorney, said his investigators have seen no evidence of the investigation in Boys Town files.

Until 1991, Rivers says, he told no one other than his brother John about being abused by Wolf. The secret, Lance said, "was destroying me inside." He said he would spend holidays alone in a park, smoking marijuana, listening to music and crying. He had lost his job and was distraught and destitute.

In 1991, Rivers told his former family teachers about the abuse, then met with Peter and Palma at Boys Town April 24, 1991. Rivers said he told them his story. "The first thing that came out of Val Peter's mouth was 'prove it.'"

Rivers says he asked Peter for a loan. St. Joseph records say Rivers "attempted to blackmail Father Peter for $ 10,000 cash."

Rivers ran from the meeting but continued repeating his allegation to other staff members in the days that followed. Hospital records show and Rivers admits that at one point he threatened to kill Peter. "It was a blind threat. I was never going to carry it out."

He says he stormed into church one Sunday when Peter was preaching. "I was sweating and angry and I just looked at him. I wanted to stop the whole church thing right there. ... Something snapped inside me that said, 'Wait a minute, Lance.'"

Instead, he took Communion from Peter. "He put his hand on my right shoulder and he said, 'God be with you.'"

Finally, Rivers decided to kill himself. On May 17, 1991, he drove his girlfriend's Trans Am around Boys Town. When he turned onto West Dodge Road and saw Father Flanagan's church, he said, "Father Flanagan, I'm coming to see you."

Police reports show that Rivers drove east down the westbound lanes, causing a five-car crash. No one was seriously injured.

Rivers spent more than a month at St. Joseph, committed by the Douglas County Board of Mental Health on a petition from Boys Town. Over the next 11 years, he was hospitalized nine times, according to records he gave The World-Herald. The records describe him as paranoid, delusional and abusing drugs.

Records show Rivers was diagnosed as bipolar, with post-traumatic stress disorder from being abused. In at least 13 instances, the records cited sexual abuse.

Rivers says he has been off illegal drugs since July 15. He takes two prescription drugs to control the chemical imbalance that causes bipolar disorder. He is hoping to attend vocational school in Phoenix to learn about heating and air-conditioning. "I'm trying to straighten my life out."

He admitted his mental illness, discussing it in great detail and providing 116 pages of records. "Just because I was mentally ill doesn't mean I'm not a victim," Rivers said. "I'm not a psychopath. I was abused."

He remains especially bitter toward Peter. "He pulled a Pontius Pilate on me. He washed his hands of the situation."



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George Bush: CIA Sex Slave Master
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         Franklin Case Witnesses Implicate FBI and U.S.
              Elites in Child-Torture and Murder
                    (By Anton Chaitkin)
Paul Bonacci has suffered almost unimaginable mental and physical
tortures since early childhood. He has continued to give
evidence, demonstrating the involvement of armed forces and
intelligence community personnel -- and political leaders
including former President George Bush -- in criminal acts of a
truly terrifying character.
[In 1988] Federal authorities closed the Franklin Community
Credit Union in Omaha for investigation. A Nebraska Senate
investigating committee found that over 100 children could
testify to an internationally operating child abuse crime ring,
related to Republican Party activist Larry King [CfD -- Not the
guy on CNN], Franklin's chief executive. The FBI, Nebraska
officials, and news media attacked the legislative committee and
its witnesses in an atmosphere of rising violence and
intimidation. In the course of this terror, the committee's chief
investigator, Gary Caradori, was killed when his airplane
unexplainably disintegrated. [Troy Bonner, one of the witnesses
in this case, suffered the loss of his brother who] was found
shot to death at Offut Air Force Base. Alisha Owen, [another
victim and complainant, suffered the loss of her brother who] was
found hanged in jail.
Lincoln [Nebraska] attorney and former state senator John DeCamp
has filed suit in the United States court in Nebraska, on behalf
of Paul Bonacci, the courageous survivor of nearly two decades of
torture. The suit asks damages from
*** the Catholic archdiocese of Omaha, relating inclusively to
    sex abuse at the Boys Town orphanage;
*** Lawrence King, Peter Citron, Alan Baer, Harold Anderson, and
    Robert Wadman for sex crimes, slavery, beatings, and
*** Omaha police officers for harassment in an attempt to prevent
    Bonacci from testifying;
*** and the Douglas County Grand Jury, its foreman Michael
    Flanagan, and its special prosecutor Samuel Van Pelt.
Since the 1992 publication of [John] DeCamp's book, *The Franklin
Cover-Up*, Paul Bonacci has filed new affidavits and has given
extensive interviews [which point to further shocking details of
the alleged cover-up.]
The tight little circle of Nebraska corporate and financial
interests intertwined with the Franklin Credit Union defines the
first level of national power that is threatened with exposure in
the case.
A clique of freemasons -- the chief executives of Union Pacific
Railroad, Con Agra, Peter Kiewit and Sons, Mutual of Omaha and
the Omaha *World Herald* -- served as Franklin's Advisory Board
and conduited funds from their own firms and from the Boys Town
orphanage into Franklin's accounts.
In an Oct. 28, 1993 affidavit, Paul Bonacci states: "The real
activity I and Alisha [Owen] and on occasion Troy Bonner... were
engaged in was functioning as drug couriers and recruiters [of
children] for Alan Baer and Larry King... [They] were... buying
and selling large quantities of cocaine into the mid-west and
using us as 'mules' (drug couriers) to obtain the goods from the
various airports and get the drugs delivered back to Omaha. Other
prominent and wealthy Omaha citizens were also involved in this."
"...The sex activities we did and were paid so well for were just
tools to blackmail or compromise or pay off some judge or
businessman or policeman or politicians generally... here in
Omaha or at Larry King's place in Washington or other places we
Now-imprisoned Franklin Credit Union manager Larry King became
infamous as the host of child-sex parties held in the seats of
power, such as at Republican national conventions. The DeCamp
book placed King in the middle of "a national and international
organized crime syndicate, engaged in pedophilia, pornography,
satanism, drugs, and money-laundering." The use of these crimes
to "blackmail or compromise or pay off" powerful men leads to
extremely serious questions of national security.
The Franklin Credit Union is widely suspected of being among the
savings institutions used for money-laundering by the CIA and
others for Iran-Contra adventures. This precisely defines where
Omaha's Larry King showed up in Washington, D.C. -- in the
bizarre homosexual wing of the Republican Party, which managed
financing and public relations for the Iran-Contra guns for drugs
trading games.
Paul Bonacci has described in detail being dragged to Washington
for use as a sex toy for Larry King's clients. Bonacci told
investigators he was in one of the private White House tours for
young male prostitutes conducted by lobbyist Craig Spence, a
close political associate of Larry King in the cloak and dagger
Contras enterprise. Spence turned up dead in a Boston hotel room
in 1989, soon after his and King's "compromising" business was
exposed in a *Washington Times* June 29, 1989 story, headlined:
"Homosexual Prostitution Inquiry Ensnares VIPs with Reagan,
>From very early childhood, Paul Bonacci was subjected to tortures
as profound as any the Nazis inflicted on their captives. This is
not merely a comparison; rather it is an actual continuation, as
we shall see. From sexual degradation, from witnessing and forced
participation in Satanic cult murders, Bonacci suffered the
cracking of his mind into what is called "multiple personality
disorder" (MPD).
Psychiatrists who have treated a growing number of MPD cases,
victims of Satanic ritual abuse, report an alarming pattern of
findings in many of their child patients. There is a *structure*
to the personalities, conforming to what is evidently a
deliberate breaking and reshaping of the mind. This phenomenon
was identified to Paul Bonacci by his tormentors, and to other
victims and witnesses, as the "Monarch" project.
The use of mind altering drugs, sensory deprivation, and other
brainwashing techniques on U.S. citizens as subjects was the
admitted practice of the CIA, certain military arms and private
institutions joined in the MK-ULTRA, Artichoke, and Bluebird
projects beginning in the early 1950s. A national security
pretext often cited was the need to keep up with the Soviets in
the race to develop a workable Manchurian Candidate human robot.
With the "Monarch" (or whatever official title may be attached to
it) project, the idea is extended to the production of a horde of
children in whom the soul is crushed, who would spy, whore, kill,
and commit suicide.
The material presented here, on this subject, must be understood
to be only a bare introduction to a complex story with immense
political and strategic ramifications. It is a beginning.
Professionals probing the child victims of "Monarch" say there
are clearly two responsible elements at work: the
government/military, and cooperating Satanic cults. These are
multi-generation groups, where parents donate their own children
-- who are proudly called "bloodline" or simply "blood" cultists
-- to be smashed with drugs and electric shock, and shaped. Other
children are kidnapped and sold into this hell, or are brought in
gradually through day-care situations.
The disclosures of Paul Bonacci, which jibe with reports of MPD
professionals in other cases, point to a particular artificially
induced mental structure as common to many victimized children.
Space permits only the briefest treatment of this here; this is
intended mainly to begin to "blow the circuits," so to speak,
when followed up by professional therapists and investigators.
These are some of the widely occurring separate "persons" which
have been formed under torture, and the corresponding "triggers":
*** General personality -- accessible under the code name ALPHA,
with possible Alpha-001, Alpha-009, etc. "persons" with distinct
task orientations.
*** Sex programs, accessible through code name BETA; particular
programs are for pornography, acting, oral sex, etc.
*** Assassination programs, utilizing very specific modes, and
espionage, accessible through code DELTA.
*** OMEGA, self-destruction programs, ranging from self-
mutilation to suicide by many different specific possible acts.
*** GAMMA, system deception, amnesia and disinformation programs.
Under this or other codes are track-covering false origins for
the structure, giving the child memories of tormentors dressed as
space aliens or Mickey Mouse or in Wizard of Oz costumes.
An account of the origin of the "Monarch" project has been
compiled by those who have been debriefing MPD child-victims.
Nazi experimentation in World War II concentration camps were
said to have gone beyond simply insane physical tortures. They
brainwashed people, for military and strategic purposes. After
the war, Allen Dulles and other Western intelligence people
brought Nazi doctors out for use in the United States.
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For more information on the Franklin case, or to purchase John
DeCamp's book ($12 including postage and handling), write AWT,
Inc., P.O. Box 85461, Lincoln, NE, 68501. *caveat emptor*
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