Santa Ana Evening Blade in Santa-Ana, California 31 Aug 1996
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Santa Ana Evening Blade (Newspaper) - August 31, 1996, Santa Ana, California
A i Nebal news 2 the Orange county Register general news saturday aug. 31, 1996 hate fear stirred a prisoner who left Inith Warden s wife crime to the victims of Randolplh Franklin a in his Iton the mystery Anfims their belief Fiat evil still exists. Fer Scott Parks Dallas morning news Vaselas a when convicted Ipp Rdv re Randolph Franklin in Stan escaped from a Remote prison in Western Oklahoma two ars ago the news would have i ted Only a mention in the pal a is or 30 seconds on television i except for one thing ii Bofani Parker the Deputy warn Ife disappeared along a Ith Johnston also known As Rona a Franklin dial. They Neove away from the Oklahoma state reformatory in Granite on a. 30, 1994. They Are still missing. Fri agents said a then and now a that they were not sure Hether Johnston abducted Bobbi Parker or whether she Klingly went with him. Gre escape beckoned seductively to anyone with an appetite Felt True crime stories. A but the Case is much More than just a Story to a Bevy of John a in s victims. It was additional evidence they said that evil exists in the world. Johnston they pid taught them the True mean Itig of words such As quot hate quot so ear quot and quot i be gotten past the hate quot Randy Parker Bobbi Parker s husband said recently. Quot forgiveness is something that i m Gonna have to work on Judy Hogan Yates a Tulsa okla., businesswoman has been living in Johnston s Shadow Ever since he confessed to shooting her brother to death for $5,000. Quot it s always there quot she said pops up when i run into my brother s friends at exercise lass. I think of him when i see stories on i one of Johnston s relatives Salked about the pain he brought his own family during an alcohol fuelled career As a Vagabond criminal. Etc quot it s hurtful to me quot said his aunt who asked not to be identified. Quot i prefer to think of him As a child when he was laughing and Johnston was born Randolph Franklin dial in 1944. His Mother divorced and remarried a Man Jisho formally adopted the boy Hose last name legally became Johnston. Over the years Johnston has used aliases that revolve around he dial and Johnston names. He filtered prison As Randolph Franklin dial and immediately gained a reputation behind bars. Johnston might have been dismissed As just another Sociopath a inmate if not for his artistic Alent As a sculptor Painter and writer. He also happens to be an Oft married smooth talking con Inan with a penchant for aban lining wives and children. At the time he escaped Johnston was serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of Kelly Dean Pogan a Tulsa area karate instructor. The Hogan murder Case went unsolved for five years. Then in May 1986, Johnston surfaced in las vegas and told a police that mafia associated a businessmen in Tulsa had paid a him $5,000 to kill Hogan. Johnston told different stories a about Why he chose to step . On one occasion he said re Morse drove him to confess. On. A another he said mobsters had a tried to kill him in las vegas a forcing him to seek Refuge with the police. C quot he actually put himself in j Rison quot said Rick Ross the Lead a police investigator on the Hogan Case. Police never developed any evidence against the men who according to Johnston wanted How an dead because he refused to repay a debt. A quot there was never any closure quot said Judy Yates the dead Man s sister. Johnston quot was Only the trigger Johnston pleaded guilty and went to prison. C within months he began to Inake a name for himself As an a artist. He won prison Art con tests and some of his works were a displayed in Oklahoma City exhibits. C Johnston convinced prison officials that he could Start up a Pris a on Art Industry to make Money Jor the institution and provide therapy for the inmates. In 1986, he was granted trusty status and Given a Job doing Yard work at the Parker Home just outside the prison Walls. 5 Johnston also used the Par cers garage cafe his Art Stu Kansas okla. Okla hour City Granite loomjjgs., a a a la was Knight rudder Dio. Bobbi Parker a social worker experienced in working with inmates was the Volunteer coordinator for the new quot Art Johnston became a fixture in the lives of Randy and Bobbi Parker and their two daughters. On the morning of aug. 30, 1994, Bobbi Parker left word with her husband that she was going shopping in Altus a southwestern Oklahoma town about 25 Miles South of Granite. Later that Day Johnston Bobbi Parker and the family s red minivan were found to be missing. Parker has not seen his wife since. Quot i blame myself quot Parker said. Quot i m trained to read inmates. Somehow i missed it with him. I missed the Bobbi Parker s family and friends told the Fri they received three hurried phone Calls during the week after her disappearance. Those who took those Calls described her As distraught and choking Back tears. Police found the red minivan abandoned in a parking lot in Wichita Falls about 90 Miles Southeast of Granite. Parker and those who know his wife say she sever would have fallen for Johnston and abandoned her family. She was Active in Church and the Public schools and had a spotless reputation throughout her career As a prison social worker. Quot Bobbi was an exceptional person quot Clara Cline Bobbi Parker s Mother said recently. = quot i think the one who took her realized that Many people who have known Johnston Well say he can be a mesmerizing character a pathetic and needy one moment seductive and intellectually stimulating the next. Despite what he has done some of his Law Abid ing acquaintances say they would be tempted to help him if he called them. Quot i m telling you that he can convince you of anything quot said the relative who asked not to be named. Quot even the most sophisticated person should not be in a room with him for very Bob Ricks who headed the Fri in Oklahoma before he retired last year described Johnston As quot a Sociopath or con artist who uses people until they Are no longer of any value to when asked whether he believes Johnson kidnapped Bobbi Parker or seduced her he said quot i Don t think anybody knows for Randy Parker said he is coming to grips with the changes that Johnston brought into his life. Last year looking for a change of scene he left Granite to become Deputy Warden of a new prison unit in Northwestern Oklahoma. His life now centers on his two daughters he said. Quot the girls and i Are a lot closer now quot he said. Quot i be let go of my hate for. Johnston because i did t want to become another of his victims. I be found a spiritual peace and he added quot i was raised in the Church and All that came Back to me. You have to have Faith in something and it s not Gonna be in the Dan Vogel an Fri spokesman said the Johnston Parker Case still ranks As one of the most important Federal investigations in Oklahoma but he admits that the Trail has gone cold. Quot no there has t been anything recently we consider significant quot Vogel said. Today Johnston occasionally appears on the Fri fugitive lists in the local newspaper. This summer his picture ran on the Fri s Home Page on the internet. On television he s become a rerun on quot America s most his relative fears he eventually will Call for help. Judy Yates is waiting for his capture so she can Stop worrying that he will show up on her Doorstep. And Randy Parker is waiting for his wife to come Home. Quot i believe. Johnston will die and that Bobbi will come Home quot he said. Quot i am married and i have never been unfaithful. 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