John DeCamp

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John DeCamp
Member of the Nebraska Senate
from the 40th district
In office
Preceded byWilliam M. Wylie[1]
Succeeded byCap Dierks
Personal details
Born(1941-07-06)July 6, 1941
Neligh, Nebraska,
United States
DiedJuly 27, 2017(2017-07-27) (aged 76)
Political partyRepublican

John W. DeCamp (July 6, 1941 – July 27, 2017) was a politician from the state of Nebraska. He served in the Nebraska legislature from 1971 to 1987. DeCamp was a member of the Republican Party.


Born in Neligh, Nebraska, DeCamp joined the United States Army during the Vietnam War. In 1975 he initiated Operation Baby Lift, which evacuated 2,800 orphaned Vietnamese children.[2] He was later assigned to serve as an aide to former CIA director William Colby, who was deputy ambassador to Vietnam at the time. Beginning his campaign for election while still stationed in Vietnam, DeCamp was elected and served four terms as a Nebraska state senator, from 1971 to 1987.

After the legislature[edit]

DeCamp served as a lawyer for the Militia of Montana, a constitutional militia movement group, in the 1990s.[3]

In 1996, DeCamp ran for the U.S. Senate as a Libertarian; he lost to Chuck Hagel.

In 2006, DeCamp attempted to return to the Nebraska legislature, running for a seat in the 30th District, which consisted of Gage County and southern Lancaster County. In the nonpartisan primary, he placed fourth of six candidates, with 12.3% of the vote; the top two vote-getters moved on to the general election, in which Norm Wallman was elected to the seat.[4][5][6]

DeCamp died in Norfolk, Nebraska, on July 27, 2017.[7]

Franklin cover-up[edit]

DeCamp was also the lead perspective on Conspiracy of Silence, an unaired Discovery Channel documentary about the alleged "Franklin cover-up" that documents a U.S. child sex abuse and pedophilia ring which purportedly involved the Reagan and Bush administrations.[8] This was confirmed by The Washington Times, "Mr. Spence arranged at least four midnight tours of the White House, including one June 29, 1989, on which he took with him a 15-year-old boy whom he falsely identified as his son." [9] On February 27, 1999, the U.S. District Court of the District of Nebraska awarded Bonacci $1 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages, related to the Franklin Cover-Up. Omaha's Franklin Community Federal Credit Union handler, Lawrence E. King Jr., was held responsible for the damages done to Bonacci, due to King's failure to respond to the lawsuit from jail.[10][11] Decamp was Bonacci's defense attorney for these related scandals.


  • The Franklin Cover-up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska. 2nd ed. Lincoln: 2006.


  1. ^ "Nebraska Blue Book 1968–69", p. 258. Retrieved 2015-02-10.
  2. ^ "American Experience: Daughter From Danang: People & Events: Operation Babylift (1975)". PBS.
  3. ^ "Groups see themselves as Constitution protectors". Luddington Daily News. 26 May 1995. p. 1.
  4. ^ Bauer, Scott. "DeCamp makes racial remark about Chambers". Lincoln Journal Star. April 4, 2006. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Member of the Legislature". Archived 2015-02-21 at the Wayback Machine. Nebraska Secretary of State: primary election, 2006. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Member of the Legislature". Archived 2015-02-10 at the Wayback Machine. Nebraska Secretary of State: general election, 2006. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  7. ^ Cordes, Henry J. "John DeCamp remembered as one of Nebraska's most accomplished, controversial lawmakers". Omaha World-Herald. July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  8. ^ "A Lurid, Mysterious Scandal Begins Taking Shape in Omaha". New York Times. 18 December 1988.
  9. ^ "Homosexual Prostitution Ring Ensnares VIPS with Reagan, Bush : 'Call boys' took midnight tour of White House". The Washington Times. 29 June 1989.
  10. ^ Judge Warren Urbom (February 27, 1999). "In the United States District Court For the District of Nebraska Paul A. Bonacci, Plaintiff 4:CV91-3037 vs Lawrence E. King, Defendant". Memorandum of DecisionFiled February 22, 1999. U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  11. ^ "Stunning breakthrough reached in Nebraska satanic pedophile case" (PDF). Executive Intelligence Review Volume 26, Number 12. March 19, 1999.

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