Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on May 15, 1991 · 7
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Wednesday, May 15, 1991
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ALBANY 0R.) DEMOCRAT-HERALD, WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 1991 7 OHEGOfJrOftTHWEST i Li Gable began to weep, Ackom testified, and said "Hey man, it's lust like I said, they're trying to tail this on me. ' Ackom said again he asked Gable about the, knife. "My mind keeps saying you did it, you did it, lind all the time I know I didn't," Gable answered. "It's like the back part of my brain says I did It and the front part says I didn't" Ackom said he asked Gable what God thought about the killing. "There are only two people who know who killed Michael Francke," Ackom said Gable answered. "Michael Francke and God." Ackom said he told Gable that Michael Francke didn't know who killed him, because Michael Francke was dead. By ANDREW C. HACKSSG'J Th Awoctdted Press SALEM - Sewn montha before he vai charged, Frank Gable said that only he and God knew ho killed Corrections Director Michael Fran-eke, according to testimony at Cabte'i murder trial. But during nearly continuous Interrogation that lasted more than nine hours in September 190, Cable consistently denied killing Francke, state police detective testified Tuesday. Gable, 31, was charged with aggravated murder in April 1330. Francke was found stabbed to death outside his office building in January 19. Oregon State Police detective Dennis Fox said he questioned Gable on Sept 13 to Coos Bay, where Gable had been living with his stepfather. Fox said Gable claimed be didn't know where he was the night of Francke's death, and that he didn't know anyone involved In Francke's death. Two days later, Detective Fred Ackom questioned Gable, beginning at about 5.33 p m. Ackom said Gable once again said be did not kill Michael Francke, did not know who killed him, and had no know ledge erf the killing other than what he read in the newspaper. Ackom said he asked Gable what he was thinking when asked about Francke. Gable said he was thinking that he Joked with his wife that he had killed Francke and that people in prison would think Gable was a "big guy" if they tnouglit he killed Francke. Then Gable said: "I swear to God on a stack of bibles I didn't do it," Ackom said. After a break in the questioning. Ackom said Gable leaned against a wall and began to sob. Gable slid down the wall into a fetal position, his face buried on his knees, Ackom said. Ackom testified that Gable said over and over, "I know you're going to roast me, I know you're goins to roast me." Ackom said he asked Gable about the knife that killed Francke. Gable said he thought the knife was out of state, possibly in Arizona or New Mexico. Gable said be thought "big shots down there might have killed him, Ackom said. Ackom interviewed Gable again, beginning at 1:20 a.m., at the Coos County Jail in Coquille, Ackom said Gable had a puzzled look on his face and said, "Then there are only two people who know who killed Michael Francke, yeah, me and God," Ackom said he responded, "Hold it, let's back up. Do you know what you just said?" Ackom said Gable put his face down on his arms and looked out the left side and said "Yeah yeah, me and God." Gable, in the courtroom Tuesday, mumbled "Liar." Ackom said he told Gable, "You know what you just did Frank, you made a Freudian slip.' Gable said he would go through the trial saying he didn't do it and God would be listening and he would go to heaven and others would go to hell for lying, Ackom said. ditor urges batter joib on -rapa... reporting - EUGENE (AP) - A Pulitzer Priie-winning series delving into a rape case wouldn t have caused such a stir if journalists did better reporting on this crime, the editor of The Dea Moines Register said Tuesday in Eugene. "Because we haven't been writing about rape, we haven't been putting a face on the crime," said Geneva Overholser in delivering the University of Oregon School of Journalism's 16th annual Ruhl lecture. "We haven't been bringing to people's attention the shameful fact of our leading the world in the Incidence of this crime." The Des Moines Register received the Pulitzer Prize for public service for publishing the series. The woman, responding to an opinion piece written by Overholser, allowed her name to be used in the stories, which included explicit descriptions of her rape. The series has prompted widespread BPA lowers rate hike PORTLAND (AP) - The Bonneville Power Administration is reducing a proposed increase in its wholesale power rate from 5 percent to about 3 percent. "Recent Improvements in our financial condition, including better water conditions this year, have given us better-than-expected revenues and financial reserves," BPA Administrator Jim Jura said Tuesday. The originally proposed rate increase was criticized by publicly owned utilities that get power from the BPA. The utilities filed a lawsuit in connection with the matter. "This agreement saves us months of hearings and challenges and avoids untold court costs," Jura said. "We're glad we'll be spending our money and attention on acquiring new sources of energy and protecting salmon, and not on legal fees." reconsideration of the traditional media practice of concealing the identities of rape victims. Addressing a crowd of more than 200 people, Overholser said Tuesday she is sensitive to the "terribly cruel and Invasive" nature of rape, but is unconvinced that withholding rape victims' names protect either the women involved or society. She said her views on the matter have been misconstrued by some. "I never said we should name all rape victims," she said in response to a question after her speech. "I asked our crime reporters to ask victims at the time someone is charged if they would be willing to be named." Overholser's newspaper recently identified the Palm Beach, F!a woman who alleges she .was raped by William Kennedy Smith, the nephew of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy. Overholser said it was "almost an affectation" to protect the woman's identity when her name was widely known In Florida and had, been disclosed by other national media. But she acknowledged that her decision to publish the name contradicted her newspaper's policy of not naming alleged victims of sexual assault without the victim's permission. "I'm not sure that I'm proud that we named her," she said. "I'm still ambivalent." Most U S. newspapers do not name victims of sexual assault. Most of Overholser's 25-minute address focused on journalism ethics and her belief that U.S. media are not the forceful tools for democracy that they could be and should be. A sort of "politically correct" thinking persists in U.S. Journalism in which editorial writers and reporters severely I w 'I 3 : rail c. f 1 0 cc';:iM All You Gen Ed! Hot Homemade QH 11AM to 3PM CIIIGKEL'-FfflED STEM 105 Includes potato, soup, salad, and L- J pu to hot braad or toast . . . U S 30PM S STEU 6 SDI"? 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