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Miss Owen Wrote Anne Boyle: 'Same People Have Hurt Us' - July 21, 1991 - Omaha World-Herald

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July 21, 1991 Miss Owen Wrote Anne Boyle: 'Same People Have Hurt Us'; [Sunrise Edition] Omaha World - Herald. Omaha, Neb. pg. 6.A

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Alisha Owen indicated in a March 28, 1990, letter to Anne Boyle, wife of Mike Boyle, that she was familiar with circumstances of the 1987 recall of Boyle as Omaha mayor.

Miss Owen wrote: "I want you to know that during past events, I ached for you and your family. . . . We have both been hurt by some of the same people."

Miss Owen's letter didn't say which people.

Mrs. Boyle did not respond to Miss Owen's letter.

Miss Owen's most-often mentioned target in her sexual-abuse allegations was former Police Chief Robert Wadman.

The Boyle administration fired Wadman after he refused to sign disciplinary orders against three police officials who were punished for their role in the surveillance and drunken-driving arrest of John E. Howell, one of Boyle's brothers-in-law. Wadman's firing became an issue in the Boyle recall.

Wadman also became involved in an early phase of Franklin-related allegations several months before Miss Owen's sexual-abuse allegations against him were videotaped.

Members of Concerned Parents, a group that was formed in the wake of the Franklin Communuity Federal Credit Union failure to press for more investigation of child abuse, contended that Wadman had blocked a thorough police investigation of statements made by a teen-age girl. The group also contended that Wadman was a friend of Lawrence E. King Jr., Franklin's top executive.

The unnamed girl, interviewed while she was a mental patient, said she had suffered sexual abuse and had witnessed cult activities, possible homicides and illegal drug use.

The Douglas County Franklin grand jury concluded that police officers failed to fully investigate the girl's allegations. But the jurors added that there was no cover-up or failure to follow up because of King. The girl mixed fact and fantasy, the jurors said. She had attended a couple of parties that King gave but saw no illegal drugs or sexual activity at those functions, they said.

Mrs. Boyle attended several Concerned Parents meetings when the group was criticizing Wadman. When some members picketed Central Police Headquarters Aug. 12, 1989, Mrs. Boyle suggested the wording used on one sign, according to an exhibit in the Owen trial.

In an interview, Mrs. Boyle acknowledged that she might have suggested the sign's wording, which read: "A thorough investigation? Heavens No."

Mrs. Boyle didn't take part in the picketing.

She said her involvement in Concerned Parents stemmed from her concern about abused children, not from any vindictiveness toward Wadman. Criticism of Wadman in 1989 involved only the question of whether the police had been thorough in an investigation, she noted.

Mrs. Boyle said she never would spread the kind of sexual-abuse accusations that emerged later. After seeing the destructive force of rumors in the recall campaign against her husband, she said, "I never would do that to anyone else."

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