Episode 127: Tag Team | Jesse Helms and Michael Francke


June 8th, 2022

1 hr 24 mins 22 secs

Season 3

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About this Episode

Hillary and Tina cover US Senator Jesse Helms and Oregon Department of Corrections Director Michael Franke.

Hillary’s Story
Jesse Helms was known for his racism and bigotry. BUT despite that, he maintained his seat for over 30 years allowing him to pass harmful legislation impacting marginalized communities in the US.

Tina’s Story
Michael Francke had a solid legal career in the criminal justice system in New Mexico and was appointed as director of the Oregon department of corrections in 1987. BUT when he’s found dead at work, it sparks decades of conspiracy theories.

Hillary's Story
60 Minutes
From the "60 Minutes" archives: Sen. Fritz Hollings--via YouTube

ABC News
BTS joins Karine Jean-Pierre at the White House press briefing--via YouTube

Jesse Helms

Commentary: Don't sanitize Helms' racist past--by Roland Martin

AIDS activists unfurl a giant condom over Senator Jesse Helms’ home

The Jesse Helms Center
Home Page

Los Angeles Times
Former Sen. Jesse Helms dies at 86--by Johanna Neuman

Mother Jones
On the Record--by Eric Bates

The Nation
Jesse Helms, American Bigot--by Lisa Duggan

Remembering Sen. Jesse Holms

The New York Times
Jesse Helms Dies at 86; Conservative Force in the Senate--by Steven Holmes

Richard Burr
Senate Approves Resolution Honoring Jesse Helms

Helms AIDS Amendments
Jesse Helms
National Congressional Club

Jesse Helms--by Manny Ceneta via NPR
Helms and Bono--via Jesse Helms Center
Screenshot from Helms’ Racist Ad--from YouTube via NPR

Tina's Story
Gable v. Williams, Civil No. 3:07-cv-00413-AC

Coffee or Die
Who Killed Michael Francke?

Correctional Leaders Association
Francke Award

Interactive: Who’s who in the Francke-Gable case
Oregon DOJ makes case to re-jail Frank Gable

What You Need to Know about Jesse Helms

The New York Times

The Oregonian
Brothers of slain Oregon prisons chief both want release of man convicted in case, but disagree on next step

Portland Tribune
Pamplin Media Group - Francke murder: Gable's attorneys fight to keep him free
Pamplin Media Group - Oregon tries to re-jail Gable on Monday

Prison Legal News
Wrongfully Convicted Man Freed for Murder of Oregon DOC Director, But State Wants Him Back In Prison

Statesman Journal
Judge orders Frank Gable released from prison Friday in Oregon murder
Timeline of Michael Francke's murder, Frank Gable's possible release

United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Microsoft Word - JUSTICE-#6912532-v1-Gable_0413_PLD_RESPONSE_(ALL_PARTS_COMPILED).doc

University of Virginia
Francke, J. Michael, 1971 - Our History: Featured Alumni/ae - Law Library Guides at University of Virginia Arthur J. Morris Law Library

Unsolved Mysteries
Michael Francke

Unsolved Mysteries Wiki
Michael Francke

Michael Francke

Willamette Week
Should You Believe This Man?
For Years, the Murder of Michael Francke Has Been Oregon’s Biggest Mystery. Last Week, It Took a New Twist.

Micheal Francke—via Wikipedia (fair use)
The Dome Building—by Katr67
Map of Francke's Attack--screenshot via Statesman Journal
Frank Gable, alleged killer--screenshot from KWO8

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