A Carefully Crafted Hoax

On July 23, 1990, the Douglas County grand jury declared that the allegations regarding King’s pedophile ring were a “carefully crafted hoax” that was “scripted by a person or persons with considerable knowledge of people and institutions of Omaha....” Though the grand jury’s report didn’t specifically name the hoaxers, it alluded to Michael Casey, a “freelance writer,” and Alisha Owen as being the primary instigators, and it stated that Gary Caradori, only two weeks dead, had been “duped” into participating in the hoax. The grand jury determined that the hoax was perpetrated for financial rewards tied to movie and book deals and civil litigation.

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