Man Tells of Relationship Ex-Companion of King: I Saw No Child Abuse, Drugs - Mar 25, 1990 - Omaha World-Herald
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Mar 25, 1990 Man Tells of Relationship Ex-Companion of King: I Saw No Child Abuse, Drugs; [Sunrise Edition] Gabriella Stern.Â Omaha World - Herald.Â Omaha, Neb.pg.Â 1.B
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As Terry Wiese recalls, life with Lawrence E. King Jr. brought one sumptuous party after another. Trips to both coasts and Caribbean islands. Fabulous feasts. Expensive gifts.
But Wiese, who said he was King's homosexual companion in the mid-1980s, said he never saw any King involvement in sexual activity with minors, with homosexual prostitution or with the use or supplying of drugs.
By his and others' accounts, Wiese in the mid-1980s was a steady companion of King, former chief executive officer of the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union, which failed in 1988.
King, 45, has been indicted on 40 counts of conspiracy, fraud and federal income tax evasion. The charges are an outgrowth of the disappearance of $39 million from the treasury of the credit union.
Wiese said he told a federal grand jury in Omaha last year about King's lavish spending.
Wiese said he has been told he will be a witness at King's pending U.S. District Court trial on federal conspiracy, fraud and income tax charges. He said he has spoken to representatives of the National Credit Union Association investigating the Franklin collapse.
A federal agent told him that a legislative committee investigating Franklin wants to interview him but does not know his whereabouts. He said a Douglas County grand jury has not contacted him.
Surprised by Rumors
Through his association with the federal investigation into the credit union's collapse, Wiese said, he has kept track of the rumors circulating about the Franklin case. He said he repeatedly has been surprised by the rumors he has heard about King.
He said he never saw King engage in sex with minors and knew of no prostitution or drug activities, as has reportedly been alleged by three young people who gave videotaped statements to the legislative committee.
"I never saw any of that," he said. "It really has me baffled. They say this was back in '84, '85 and '86. I don't know where it was being done at. Larry and I were spending a lot of time together."
Wiese said he thinks King has been trying to create an appearance of mental incompetence in order to avoid a trial on federal conspiracy, fraud and income tax charges.
King faces a hearing later this month on whether he is mentally competent to stand trial. He suffers from "probable delusional paranoid disorder of a grandiose type," in the opinion of Dr. Dorsey W. Dysart, chief of psychiatry at the U.S. Medical Facility at Springfield, Mo., where King was tested.
Wiese said that King may not be totally fit to stand trial but also may be working to make it appear he's mentally incompetent.
"It's just a big joke," Wiese said. "He's a very intelligent man. He's going to try to pull this thing the best he can and get by, by just snowing everybody like he has for years. He's a pro."
Wiese, 36, was interviewed by telephone from his home in Southern California. While agreeing to talk about the past, Wiese would not be interviewed if his exact location were disclosed. He said he fears for his life because in the past week or so he received two telephone threats from a man who didn't identify himself but who mentioned King's name and suggested that Wiese is in physical danger.
King, who is being held at Immanuel Medical Center in federal custody, could not be reached for comment on Wiese's account. King's attorney, Steve Achelpohl, declined to comment.
Wiese said he has told federal agents about money King allegedly took from the credit union that he used to stage lavish parties.
On a typical trip to Washington, D.C., for example, Wiese said, King would give him a credit card, $1,000 in cash and a chauffeured limousine and let him loose on the town.
Wiese said he accompanied King on a trip to Los Angeles where King bought a crystal chandelier for $23,000.
He and King once attended a fund-raiser at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City, he said. Guests were standing up and announcing donations they would make - $100, $250, $500.
"Larry just looks at me and says, 'Stand up, tell them who you are with, and say we pledge $5,000.' "
Wiese is 5 feet 10 1/2 inches tall, weighs 179 pounds, has short brown and gray hair and, in his words, has "lightning blue eyes." He said he first realized he was homosexual "a long time ago."
He said his first encounter with the FBI was the summer of 1988, when agents were investigating questionable events a few months before the credit union collapsed.
"I was pretty irritated with Larry and spilled everything."
Met in Limousine
That was about five years after he met King.
He said he was working part time as a driver for a downtown limousine firm in 1983 when King, who liked limousines, took a fancy to the handsome driver.
n 1984, King and his wife, Alice, hired Wiese to live in the family home and care for their son, Prince.
By then, Wiese asserted, he and King had become regular sexual partners.
The affair ended temporarily in December 1984 when Wiese accompanied the family to Jamaica and King accused Wiese of being unfaithful to him.
King kicked Wiese out of the house when the family returned to Omaha.
"All my stuff was thrown in the middle of the foyer," Wiese said.
Wiese moved in with a friend who gave him a job working at a neighborhood grocery store. In May 1985, a King aide contacted Wiese and said King wanted to renew their friendship.
King invited Wiese to dinner at the Omaha Press Club and invited him to renew their relationship.
During Christmas 1985, King bought Wiese a ring and offered to set him up in an apartment. Wiese moved into the newly completed Union Plaza Apartments, 601 S. 16th St., and King took him shopping for furniture and a car.
To celebrate the renewal of their relationship, King threw a party for Wiese at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln in February 1986. King put up 40 of Wiese's friends in rooms at the hotel. King and Wiese stayed in a suite at the nearby Hilton.
"That was our getting-back-together party," Wiese said.
King charged the party expenses on three credit cards, he said.
Odd as it might seem, Wiese said, he and Mrs. King became friends. He said he knew King would never leave his wife.
King and Wiese stayed together until the summer of 1986, Wiese said, when the relationship waned. Wiese said he had begun two-timing King because he suspected King was cheating on him.
Wiese said he coasted for several months on money King had given him over the years.
When the credit union collapsed in November 1988, Wiese moved to California, where he works for a small grocery store.
"I just wanted to get away," he said.
During his time with King, he said, the life was exciting and glamorous.
Looking back, he said, it might have been a waste of time. He said he "hates" King for it. 'Screwed Up My Life'
"I guess I have no right to point the finger. But he could have anyone he wanted, just because of his money. He did the same thing to others that he did for me - pick them up, give them a joyous, rich life for a few months and just drop them. Psychologically it has hurt everybody he's ever come in contact with."
Wiese said the experience consumed the last years of his youth and left him regretful.
"The more I look back at it I wish I'd never been any part of it," he said. "It really screwed up my life. Money and power - it'll just screw up your life. It's done its toll on me."
Credit: World-Herald Staff Writer