At the time of the Michael Frankie murder, Eric Mason was an investigative reporter at KOIN TV (CBS) Portland Oregon. Eric covered government corruption and the criminal justice system. He covered the story since the day Michael Francke was murdered, the trial, and years after looked at the “story behind the story” of Frank Gable’s conviction.
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.
Eric Mason sits down with Michael Franke's bother to discuss the release of Frank Gable who walked out of a Kansas prison after spending almost three decades in custody for the killing of former Oregon Department of Corrections director Michael Francke
Eric Mason was the investigative reporter for KOIN TV news during the murder trial in the death of Michael Franke. Franke was the director of the Dept. of Corrections in 1989 when he was stabbed to death. Many still do not believe the man convicted of the crime was the perpetrator. Mason walks us through the case’s discrepancies and talks about the movie Without Evidence – a movie about the murder trial.”
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Frank Gable, convicted in 1991 for the murder of Oregon prison boss Michael Francke, goes over evidence in 2000 that he claims proves he deserves a new trial. After decades of appeals, a federal judge ruled April 18, 2019 that he should be retried or released within 90 days. (Photo: Statesman Journal file)
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