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Murder in Oregon

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In January of 1989 the director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was brutally stabbed to death outside his office in Salem. The murder was quickly ruled a “car burglary gone wrong” and pinned on a low-level drug dealer named Frank Gable, a man who Francke's own brother, Kevin, along with storied Oregon reporter Phil Stanford, believe has been wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 30 years. They contend Francke had uncovered a trail of corruption in the prison system— one that led to the top of Oregon’s political establishment. Murder In Oregon follows the two men on a decades-long journey, bordering on obsession, into Oregon’s drug and crime-infested underworld to answer one question: Who really killed Michael Francke?

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From the creators of 'Atlanta Monster' and 'Monster: The Zodiac Killer,' iHeartRadio and Tenderfoot TV present 'Monster: DC Sniper.' This true crime podcast, hosted by Tony Harris, reinvestigates the beltway sniper attacks of 2002. Monster: DC Sniper is now available. Listen here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ep 12 | Epilogue

Ep 12 | Epilogue

2020-01-0900:42:493

In the final episode of Murder in Oregon, Phil, the Francke brothers and Mike’s friends and colleagues share their thoughts on Michael Francke, his murder and the individuals who’ve avoided justice for the past thirty years. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ep 11 | Habeas Corpus

Ep 11 | Habeas Corpus

2020-01-0200:45:517

The past ten episodes have been driven by the question: Who killed Michael Francke? Here is a recapitulation of the players, timeline, evidence covered... And a huge development regarding Frank Gable’s fight for freedom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ep 10 | Victims

Ep 10 | Victims

2019-12-2600:36:2018

Throughout this podcast we've seen the victimization of people caught in the crosshairs of politics and corruption. Lives twisted or destroyed by those with great power and little accountability. This episode addresses one of the darkest political scandals in Oregon's history - a woman deeply damaged as a result of a childhood disrupted, by a man who became one of the most powerful men in Oregon...and how that scandal played into the investigation of Mike Francke's murder. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ep 9 | Darkness

Ep 9 | Darkness

2019-12-1900:45:2012

A sworn statement, unearthed in 2004, presents some very damning information involving one of Michael Francke's former co-workers. It also could have greatly aided in the defense of Frank Gable, were it presented during his trial. That document, along with others, sparks renewed interest in the Francke murder and once again places Phil at odds with his former employer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ep 8 | Judgement

Ep 8 | Judgement

2019-12-1200:36:2815

More than two years after Michael Francke's murder, a small time drug dealer named Frank Gable would be tried for the crime. The basis for the case and the outcome of the trial would shock and outrage many- including Kevin Francke. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ep 7 | Patsy

Ep 7 | Patsy

2019-12-0500:46:4327

More than a year after Michael Francke's death, public and political pressure is mounting to capture his killer. Then, in April of 1990, a small time Salem drug dealer named Frank Gable is arrested and indicted for his murder. But the case the state mounts against him raises serious questions and concerns. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ep 6 | Rooster

Ep 6 | Rooster

2019-11-2800:39:3218

Many people, including those closest to him, believe Tim 'Rooster' Natividad was involved in the murder of Michael Francke. His former girlfriend - and mother of his son - lays out the terrifying timeline of their relationship and the period leading up to, and after, Francke's murder. And it links to the mysterious man in the pinstripe suit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ep 5 | Depravity

Ep 5 | Depravity

2019-11-2100:39:1628

The search for Mike's killer leads to a woman whose dysfunctional upbringing in Salem's drug scene was closely linked to corruption in Corrections. And the staggering violence and trauma she experienced is peppered with names closely tied to the Francke murder investigation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ep 4 | Corruption

Ep 4 | Corruption

2019-11-1400:39:2928

A deep dive into the history of corruption in Salem reveals a long and sordid relationship between criminal and political powers. It also leads to a troubled and violent man some believe murdered Michael Francke. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ep 3 | Breaking Point

Ep 3 | Breaking Point

2019-11-0700:34:4631

Months after Mike's murder, the official investigation seems to stall. Frustrated, Pat and Kevin link up with newspaper columnist Phil Stanford. Their combined efforts lead them to a controversial confession, a mysterious sketch of a possible suspect and the fury of Salem government officials. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ep 2 | Discrepancies

Ep 2 | Discrepancies

2019-10-3100:39:2044

Inconsistencies in the narrative bring about issues as the official investigation into Michael Francke’s murder unfolds. The Francke family raise concerns that Mike was targeted and are met with resistance from state officials. By the time they get his autopsy report, all bets are off. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ep 1 | The Murder

Ep 1 | The Murder

2019-10-2400:42:4496

In January of 1989 the director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was brutally stabbed to death outside his office building in Salem. His killing was quickly ruled a “car burglary gone wrong”, but inconsistencies soon called the official investigation into question. Was Michael Francke murdered...or assassinated? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
On October 24th we'll re-open the Michael Francke Murder case, shining new light on those who escaped justice. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The premiere trailer for Murder in Oregon. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Comments (37)

deborah cassidy

Wow what a story. Love the humanity of these decent men. The corruption needs to be exposed and those involved held responsible. Poor Gable.

Jan 8th
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Kain Kenny

How is McCallister still in a job within law? F**king unbelievable. Actually, not really unbelievable as this stuff still pretty much goes on. Sickening

Jan 2nd
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Kain Kenny

says 42.40 minutes but it's only a minute plus, wtf me

Jan 2nd
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Sean Eidlin

When is the next episode? Do you just release them as you feel like?? It’s definitely been a week since last one...

Dec 18th
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Alan Lund

I was living in Salem when Michael Franke was murdered. Salem has always had a sleazy underside to it, especially during the 1980's. Police corruption? Had it, in spades. For all concerned, especially the Franke family, the individual or individuals who commited this henious crime need to be brought to justice. One thing is for sure, Frank Gable was not the murderer.

Dec 11th
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Jose Ramirez

when an individual stops committing crimes then recidivism will end. Common sense must prevail.

Dec 11th
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Cory Acosta

This story is all over the place. Not too easy to follow and kind of boring. Stopped after 5 episodes.

Dec 6th
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Jack greenz

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Dec 4th
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C FH

I like this podcast so far.

Nov 21st
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Shannon Clausen

I was only 13 when this happened but boy do I remember when this happened. Everyone knows Gable is innocent. corruption in Salem is rampad

Nov 12th
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Shal Loftin

d.c.

Nov 10th
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Sheree Hart

did anyone catch the address they said? I heard park but that's it. j live very close to this!

Nov 10th
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Carol Stevenson

Hey, how are you? What happened at 13:22? Sounds like a trailer for something I would like. Loving the podcast, thanks for all your hard work.

Nov 9th
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Adam White

I know this is a serious topic (and I'm loving the podcast) but I laughed out loud at the psychic having to ask what his name was and why he was calling.

Nov 8th
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Jodi Torres

I'm so hooked on this story

Nov 8th
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LindDes

cant wait to hear the rest of the story! this is so damn sad.

Nov 4th
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Tiffany Glazier

so far so good I'm intrigued

Oct 30th
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Max Turnbull

This story is only the tip of the iceberg, of corruption in the prison state system.

Oct 29th
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