Gary Caradori

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Person.png Gary CaradoriRdf-icon.png
(Franklin child prostitution ring/Premature death, investigator)
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Born 15 April 1949
Died 11 July 1990 (Age 41)
Cause of death
Plane crash
Spouse Sandi Caradori
Victim of assassination
Interests Franklin child prostitution ring
An investigator into the Franklin Prostitution Ring, killed with his son in a plane crash.

Gary Caradori was an independent researcher hired to investigate the Franklin child prostitution ring. As former Law Enforcement, a trained investigator and interviewer with sufficient credibility to be employed by the Nebraska legislature.[1] He interviewed a number of victims and obtained such damning evidence that on 10 July 1990 - in a foreshadowing of a boast made decades later by Sunny Sheu - Caradori called his boss, Nebraska State Senator Loran Schmit, to inform him that they now had the subjects of their investigation "by the short hairs."[2] The next morning however, he died when his small plane broke up in flight. His other personal effects were recovered, but the briefcase of evidence was lost.[2]

Franklin child prostitution ring‎

In November and December 1989, Caradori interviewed Alisha Owen, Troy Boner, and Danny King (no relation to Larry King), all in their early 20s. Owen was serving time in the Nebraska Center for Women at York for writing bad checks, while Boner and Danny King were living in the Omaha area. Caradori recorded their sworn testimony on over 20 hours of videotape, where they described being flown around the country as child prostitutes, involved in sadistic orgies as part of the Franklin child prostitution ring. Larry King, they said, had organized it all.[3]


Caridori bloke up in flight.jpg

Gary Caradori was killed when his small plane broke up in flight, strewing wreckage over a mile.[2] The crash occurred between 2:40 a.m. and 2:57 a.m. four miles south of Ashton, a town of about 500 people in north-central Illinois, about 100 miles west of Chicago, according to the sheriff's office.[4] Two years after the event, the National Transportation Safety Board stated that the wings of Caradori's plane snapped off due to stress. His personal effects were returned to his widow, but not the briefcase in which he kept the results of his investigation - that went missing.[2] A 2017 FOIA request by Muckrock turned up no responsive documents.[5]


Caradori's murder frightened at least one of those whom Caradori interviewed[4]. However, it inspired Troy Boner to recant his original recantation, and give an interview for Conspiracy of Silence, the investigative documentary into the Franklin child prostitution ring which was made by Tim Tate but suddenly pulled from the schedules and as of 2016, has never been broadcast in USA.[6]


Gary Caradori interviews Paul Bonacci in 1990

After his death, the commercially-controlled media tried to paint the man as a “crank” who “badgered witnesses” towards a “predestined conclusion”. GQ magazine wrote a story after he was dead that described him as a “delusional investigator.”[1] Some transcripts[7] and videos of interviews carried out by Gary Caradori survived him and have found their way onto YouTube.[1]