Just stumbled across this page when looking for something else. Very interesting page, with lots of info. Although I don't personally feel Jacob's abduction was related to the Franklin scandal, (JMO) there is mention of Jacob and "a local newspaper delivery boy from St. Joseph, Minnesota" who escaped being abducted near the bottom of this page. I've heard rumors of this other boy before. It would be interesting to hear details from this boy (now adult) on what type of car the guy had, etc.
"Johnny Gosch was the first of three similar kidnappings that the “source” stated were conducted by the same group of kidnappers. All three victims were newspaper delivery boys. The second kidnapping was Eugene Martin. Gosch and Martin were from Des Moines, Iowa. The third intended victim was a local newspaper delivery boy from St. Joseph, Minnesota. When interviewed, he stated he was able to escape by slipping out of his coat and running. When this kidnapping failed, a second attempt was made and Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped. To this date, none of these crimes have been solved. Why?"
I've heard this before as well. There is a website for the Franklin Scandal. It's www.franklinfiles.net (You have to register a username to read the message board). There are a few posts that mention Jacob and there is a post from 2009 that someone replied to about seeing Jacob weeks after the abduction and the man who took him. I just sent her an e-mail to see if she is willing to come to this site and/or Joy's blog to talk about it. However, this post was from 2009, so I have no idea if she'll even get my message.