Greetings to the Websleuth community! My name is Rob Taylor. Five years ago I created the website www.freefrankgable.com to enlighten others to the wrongful conviction of Frank Gable for the murder of Oregon Corrections Chief Michael Francke. Frank Gable is serving life without parole and has been incarcerated for over 20 years. This case ranks as one of Oregon's most extensive and expensive murder trials ever. Michael Francke was killed on January 17, 1989, and after many months of investigations with no suspects, authorities began building a case around Frank Gable. Frank was indicted on 4/5/90. No physical evidence or DNA evidence exists linking Gable to this crime, and he has maintained his innocence from the beginning. The prosecutions theory was Gable had broke into Francke's car parked in front of a state building when Francke confronted him and Gable stabbed him in the heart. Nevermind there was no evidence of forced entry to the fully alarmed vehicle or anything to indicate anyone had been in the car. Nothing was damaged and nothing was missing. Not to mention Francke still had his watch and billfold on him. Witnesses consisted of meth heads and jailbirds who testified Gable told them he did it. The only alleged eyewitness was a drug dealer and criminal named Cappie "Shorty" Harden, who testified he happened to be in the area and saw Gable stab Francke. I located this witness in May of 2005, and shortly thereafter he publicly recanted his testimony in an interview with the Portland Tribune saying he lied at trial under pressure from the state police, and that he never really was at the scene of the crime. (See-"Eyewitness Recants"-Portland Tribune) Another witness, Jodie Swearingen, who testified at the Grand Jury, recanted shortly after that grand jury proceeding, saying she was pressured into lying as well to corroborate Shorty's story. And yet another witness, John Kevin Walker recanted after the trial saying he lied. There was a guy named Johnny Crouse who confessed to the murder within the first few months of the investigations. Crouse knew details about the murder that only police or the killer would know, yet he was not deemed a suspect. Michael Francke's family has never been satisfied with the investigations conducted by police. So much so, that shortly after the murder, Kevin, Michael's younger brother moved from Florida to Oregon to investigate things himself. Just before Michael was killed he told his brother Kevin that he had found some things wrong within corrections and was going to have to "clean house." Michael Francke was preparing to speak to a Senate Judiciary Committee on corrections matters, and possibly about the wrongdoings he had discovered within his department when he was killed two days prior to that hearing. The Francke's believe Michael was killed by corrupt corrections officials to silence him, and they strongly believe in Gable's innocence. Many have pointed the finger at another drug dealer, Tim Natividad, as the person who was contracted to do the hit. There is substantial evidence to support those allegations, although Gable's trial judge, Greg West, refused to allow mention of Natividad or Crouse at trial. Natividad was shot and killed two weeks after the Francke murder in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, Elizabeth Godlove. She was acquitted four months later. Soon after she entered into a personal relationship with Kevin Francke, the younger brother of Corrections Chief Michael Francke, and married. They are still married today. The defense tried twice to obtain documents relating to Natividad and Crouse from the DA's office that they felt could assist them in Gable's defense but were denied both times by the trial judge. Crouse has been transferred from the Nebraska State Penitentiary to their work release program in Lincoln. He's currently serving time on unrelated charges. In October of 2007 another witness stepped up. Greg Johnson/Kellcy, serving 20 years in Oregon on robbery charges, told Nigel Jaquiss, the Pulitzer prize winning journalist of the Portland weekly "Willamette Week" that he unknowingly drove the getaway car for Natividad the night of the 17th, and that a couple of days later he witnessed Natividad receiving a $20,000 payoff from Hoyt Cupp, a former warden of the Oregon State Penitentiary. Jaquiss won the Pulitzer by exposing former Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt's pedophile secret. The two year long sexual abuse and rape of Goldschmidt's 14 year old babysitter when he was mayor of Portland, Oregon at the age of 32. Goldschmidt was Governor at the time of the Francke murder, and was directly responsible for bringing Francke to Oregon from New Mexico. Why Frank Gable is innocent There were questions from the beginning. For example, if it really was a bungled car burglary, why were there no signs of entry on Michael Francke’s car, a fully alarmed state vehicle, parked in front of the corrections department administrative headquarters? And if, indeed, the stabbing occurred at the car, why was there no evidence whatsoever that an intruder had even been inside the car? Matter of fact, why was there no physical evidence discovered anywhere that would link Frank Gable to this crime? Although Francke suffered two stab wounds, one finally and fatally to the heart, why was there no sign of a struggle? In fact, the first blood spatters were 95 feet away, on a sidewalk leading back to the Dome Building, as the corrections headquarters is called. And if it was, in fact, a robbery, why were none of Francke’s possessions missing? When his body was discovered that night at 12:35 a.m., some five hours after police say the murder took place he was still wearing his gold watch. His billfold was untouched. And come to think of it, why did it take more than five hours despite what corrections officials later described as a “meticulous search” to find his body, lying in plain view on a porch on the north front side of the Dome Building? The "meticulous search” was conducted after Francke's car was found with the driver door open around 7pm the night of the murder. Not to mention the sheer improbability that a small-time car burglar, with a city full of cars at his disposal, would pick on one belonging to a law enforcement official, parked in a slot conspicuously labeled “Director.” The answer is simple...Frank Gable is innocent! Over the years there have been a few theories on why, how, and what really happened on January 17, 1989. Ironically, the state's theory of a "bungled car burglary" is the most preposterous. To explain how a jury reached a unanimous verdict of guilty on all counts after seventeen hours would be yet another example of the same reasons others have been wrongfully convicted, and there are many.