Documentary " Conspiracy of Silence" Pulled From TV and Copies Destroyed
By Ted L. Gunderson
DOCUMENTARY "CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE" NOT AIRED AND DESTROYED
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 Troy Boner had withdrawn his previous retractions in an affidavit on October 27, 1993.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 released.
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 Camp writes:
"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 be destroyed."
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