DOCUMENTARY "CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE" NOT AIRED AND
In mid-1993, following the circulation of "The Franklin
Cover-up" for almost a year, the Yorkshire Television of England sent
a topnotch investigatory team to produce a documentary on the Franklin.
They conducted a national investigation for 10 months, interviewing, filming,
and documenting the Franklin story, finding new witnesses, and uncovering
new evidence. Their documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence" was scheduled
to be aired nationwide on the Discovery Channel on May 3, 1994. It was listed
in the national publication, "TV Guide".
At the last minute, and without explanation, it was pulled
from the air.
In late 1995, a copy of the almost-complete production was
anonymously sent by mail to John De Camp. Troy Boner had withdrawn his previous
retractions in an affidavit on October 27, 1993. De Camp explains in his
book that Yorkshire Television had, at great expense, obtained a polygraph
test for Troy Boner and was convinced he was telling the truth. Troy Boner
was featured in the documentary.
The documentary also focused on:
The use and involvement of Boy’s Town children and personalities
by individuals in the Franklin case, particularly Larry King and Peter Citron.
The linkage of the Franklin case to top politicians in Washington, D.C.
The improprieties of these politicians and businessmen and compromising
of these people by Larry King, through drugs and using children for pedophilia.
In mid-1996, John De Camp learned through a source he is not
at liberty to disclose, the events that caused "Conspiracy of Silence"
to not be aired. When the show was sent to the United States, customs officials
seized it and held it up as being "pornographic material". Attorneys
for Discovery Channel and Yorkshire Television were able to get the documentary
The lawyers then went through the film for months, making
changes and deletions, so the show would ultimately survive any claims of
libel or slander that any individuals identified in the documentary might
attempt to bring. The lawyers cleared the documentary for broadcast. De
"During the several months that the documentary
was being prepared and advertised for showing, major legislation impacting
the entire future of the Cable T.V. industry was being debated on Capitol
Hill. Legislation, which the industry opposed, was under debate for placing
controls on the industry and the contents of what could be shown. Messages
were delivered in no uncertain terms from key politicians involved in
the cable T.V. battle, that if the ‘Conspiracy of Silence’
were shown on the Discovery Channel as planned, then the industry would
probably lose the debate. An agreement was reached. ‘Conspiracy
of Silence’ was pulled, and with no rights for sale or broadcast
by any other program; Yorkshire T.V. would be reimbursed for the costs
of production; the Discovery Channel itself would never be linked to the
documentary ; and copies of ‘Conspiracy of Silence’ would
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