Murder in Oregon

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?

True Crime
Society & Culture
Introducing: Paper Ghosts
2 min
Ep 12 | Epilogue
The final episode of Murder in Oregon. Phil, the Francke brothers and Mike’s friends and colleagues share their thoughts on the individuals who’ve avoided justice for the past thirty years.
40 min
Ep 11 | Habeas Corpus
A recapitulation of the players, timeline, evidence covered... And a huge development regarding Frank Gable’s fight for freedom.
42 min
Ep 10 | Victims
This episode addresses one of the darkest political scandals in Oregon's history and how that scandal played into the investigation of Mike Francke's murder.
33 min
Ep 9 | Darkness
A sworn statement, unearthed in 2004, presents some very damning information involving one of Michael Francke's former co-workers.
42 min
Ep 8 | Judgement
More than two years after Michael Francke's murder, a small time drug dealer named Frank Gable would be tried for the crime.
33 min
Ep 7 | Patsy
More than a year after Michael Francke's death a small time Salem drug dealer, named Frank Gable, is arrested and indicted for his murder.
43 min
Ep 6 | Rooster
Many people, including those closest to him, believe Tim 'Rooster' Natividad was involved in the murder of Michael Francke.
36 min
Ep 5 | Depravity
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.
36 min
Ep 4 | Corruption
A deep dive into the history of corruption in Salem reveals a long and sordid relationship between criminal and political powers.
36 min
Ep 3 | Breaking Point
Months after Mike's murder, the official investigation seems to stall.
32 min
Ep 2 | Discrepancies
Inconsistencies in the narrative bring about issues as the official investigation into Michael Francke’s murder unfolds.
36 min
Ep 1 | The Murder
Was Michael Francke murdered...or assassinated?
39 min
Trailer 2 | Who Killed Michael Francke?
Those responsible might still be out there.
1 min
Trailer 1 | Introducing Murder in Oregon
The premiere trailer for Murder in Oregon.
1 min