Lincoln, NE -- March 28, 2005 -- TomFlocco.com -- Recently arrested photographer
Russell E. "Rusty" Nelson--who according to U.S. District court testimony
[2-5-1999] was impersonated by another photographer at Capitol Hill child sex
parties during the Reagan and Bush presidencies, told us last week that in 1988
he refused Hunter Thompson’s offer of $100,000 to film a graphic child sex
"snuff movie to be sold to wealthy private clients where a young boy would
be murdered as a sacrifice."
"I’ve been homeless, in hiding and staying under the radar screen
ever since," said Nelson.
Thompson reportedly committed suicide a few weeks ago on February 10, 2005--six
days prior to Nelson’s February 16 arrest, when simultaneous search warrants
were served to confiscate Nelson’s photographic equipment, computers,
photos and "visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct involving a
child," according to copies we obtained. Nelson said authorities were hoping
to find evidence of child porn; but he claims to have never been involved. His
next public hearing is May 4 in Lincoln.
Nelson enhanced his credibility in sworn testimony before Nebraska U.S. Senior
District Judge Warren Urbom on February 5, 1999 [pp. 101-154] resulting in Urbom
awarding attorney John DeCamp's client--pedophile victim Paul Bonacci, $1 million
dollars in damages for sexual abuse in a case against convicted GOP activist
Larry King, who sang the national anthem at the 1984 and 1988 Republican national
An employee at Lincoln’s DeCamp Legal Services told TomFlocco.com that
the warrant’s actual violation date was September 1, 2003 [just prior
to the 2004 presidential primary season], but it was not served until February
16, 2005--calling into question why authorities waited so long.
Questions can also be raised as to whether Hunter Thompson’s death and
the James Guckert-Jeff Gannon White House reporter scandal resulted in having
Nelson taken out of circulation to intimidate or threaten him while also using
the opportunity to search for criminal evidence--the kind which would place
sitting and retired members of congress in severe legal jeopardy.
The revelations came during an unexpected phone call from Nelson, 42, who also
told TomFlocco.com he personally witnessed Secret Service agents arrive at King’s
Embassy Row mansion in Washington to set up security two days prior to a private
child sex party attended by senators and congressmen he declined to name. The
party was held immediately after a public political reception in October, 1988--just
prior to the Bush-Dukakis presidential election.
On the night of the two parties, Nelson said he saw a limousine arrive for
the second party--attended by young children. He was told that it was the presidential
limo, adding that he saw "several Secret Service agents guarding the vehicle
from the time it arrived at 9-10 pm until it pulled away from King’s home
In addition to children, the mostly male "after-party" was attended
by members of congress and other businessmen according to Nelson, who declined
to tell us when we asked if President Reagan or Vice President Bush had arrived
in the limo, saying "I will only tell which one it was, or the names of
senators and congressmen in a courtroom."
When we asked during a second phone interview whether there was concrete evidence
to corroborate his allegations, Nelson said "there are many photographs
showing members of congress in fairly explicit--but not pornographic--poses
"The one impersonating me at the sex parties--a guy named Nick--took the
hardcore porn photos of children and politicians together for blackmail purposes,
to control their votes in Congress and stuff," said the photographer.
Nelson said "I found out from my sources that about 23 children who attended
those parties are now dead; and the politicians would really have a lot of explaining
to do if the pictures ever got out--especially to their parents; but they won’t
unless something happens to me."
When we asked Nelson whether he would ever offer sworn testimony and take a
polygraph test to legally ascertain his more specific, explosive claims, the
photographer said, "In a heartbeat; but no judge, grand jury or congressmen
ever asked me about this stuff. And there are many grown kids out there, too
scared to talk about it."
Nelson’s voice and general conversation indicated resignation to the
fact that no one would ever touch his testimony, adding that Senate and House
pedophiles still hold public office. This, in spite of the prosecution and imprisonment
of elderly Catholic priests.
Nelson corroborated our earlier interview with attorney and Franklin Cover-up
author John DeCamp [firstname.lastname@example.org], revealing that about 20-30 senators
and congressmen attended and participated in mostly male pedophile sex parties
at King’s mansion during the Reagan-Bush 41 administrations--but neither
would name names.
DeCamp told us, "I can’t talk about that now. Bad things happen."
Nelson and Decamp also said that retired Los Angeles FBI Special Agent Ted
Gunderson flew to Nebraska to assist the photographer; and Nelson told us Gunderson
secured cash from an unidentified individual who paid to have him released on
bail before his next public hearing on May 4. Nelson said he is worried, remains
homeless, and is served legally by a public defender.
DeCamp said Gunderson has taken "a personal interest in Nelson and the
Franklin case, and he’s a good friend."
MIT and the U.S. Army
Ensnared as a fall-guy for what the Washington Times called a White House and
congressional child sex ring, the Nebraska photographer said the warrants were
used to locate photo evidence of Capitol Hill pedophilia, but Nelson just wants
to get on with his life.
Rusty Nelson told us he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
for two years, studying electronic engineering in the early 1980’s: "Photography
was my hobby or key interest, and I was offered so much money, I left school
to work for a phone company, building microwave radio stations, tower dishes--it
was more money than I could have earned with an MIT degree; and it got me out
into the mountains where I could also do photo shows and scenic art."
"The company got bought out, so I entered the Army for a couple years
as a wire climber who wired phones and I got out in 1986," said Nelson,
adding, "I was approached by people connected to Larry King because of
my photography work in the Lincoln area and pretty soon I started going with
him to Washington, DC to do various photo jobs--but I never did anything pornographic."
Front-man for the fall
"My problems started at King’s Embassy Row mansion in January through
June, 1988 when they were trying to bring me into the inner circle at Bohemian
Grove and the room in Larry’s mansion--the sex parties--when I saw the
other guy impersonating me--supposedly without my knowledge," he said.
"At about that time [age 23-24], I was broke, homeless, with hardly even
a few dollars in my wallet--I depended on Larry for a room and food; but I was
on his jet with little kids and I saw children sold to the highest bidder at
an auction--that‘s when I really started to get scared," added the
photographer and eyewitness to Capitol Hill crimes still unpunished.
Nelson’s U.S. District Court testimony weaves a curious tale regarding
his impersonation so that abducted children and others would identify him as
the child porn photographer should it be necessary:
"Q: How did you come to know Larry King?...I needed to find a decent job
and he [Ron, who hired Rusty Nelson for photos at club named Max‘s] goes
‘I know somebody who probably be able to use a good photographer, I’ll
talk to him...All of a sudden, here’s Larry King, I had no idea who he
was...and next thing I’m on a private jet to Washington, DC and just lavishly
being spent money on, clothes..." Q: How old were you?...About 24, 25...maybe
23...Q: Did you function as a photographer for Larry?...Oh, yes. Q: What did
you photograph? Things like the opening of Prince’s Palace, a restaurant,
a jazz club he started...took pictures at his mansion on Embassy Row...he kept
wanting me to do kiddie porn, gay porn. I wanted no part of it...he went to
the extent of insisting I wear certain clothes, my hair had to be a certain
way...Nancy Reagan’s hairdresser [Robin Weir] did my hair. Permed it,
everything, totally changed my appearance...I happened to come across a man
who was also a photographer for Larry. Whose appearance was almost identical
to mine...I came to gather I was being run as the front man for the fall and
this other person was doing the actual hard core kiddie porn...I heard somebody
was passing themselves off as myself, as Rusty Nelson..." [U.S. District
Court, Nebraska, U.S. Senior District Judge Warren Urbom, February 5, 1999,
Sworn testimony of Russell E. Nelson, pp. 40-43]
Nelson added, "I saw this guy [Nick] dressed exactly like me on three
different occasions," adding, "whenever we were in the same area,
Larry would quickly get him out of there. He even had the identical camera I
"One night in the spring of 1988 on K street in Washington, I’m
sound asleep and a guy knocks on the door and says ‘I just bought you
from Larry and you’re mine for the night,’ "said Nelson, who
continued, "I climbed out the second story window and ran. This was not
long before the presidential election when Franklin Credit Union was raided."
"Nancy Reagan’s hairdresser, Robin Weir, did my hair. Permed it,
everything...totally changed my appearance..."
"I was so scared. I lived in hiding for eight years, never stayed anywhere
for more than three weeks or so usually; did odd jobs, washed windows--hotels,
restaurants to get something to live on; I was shot at and wanted to keep under
the radar," said Nelson.
Silencing the witness
Nelson had by then settled in Portland, Oregon; and about six weeks before
the Clinton-Dole presidential election on Friday, September 13, 1996, Nelson
said he was finally arrested on the charge he used a child for the display of
sexually explicit conduct.
"I never did it," said Nelson, adding, "they had no photos and
they would not show me the photos they were using to put me away. I held out;
they set my bail for $873,000 cash and then put me in solitary confinement for
22.5 months on a 13 month sentence after I gave in to just get it over with."
"I pleaded no contest for photos of minors in sexually explicit poses
without any photos or proof--and no person bringing the charges. I didn’t
even know the accuser and I still don’t; but they just said it was a minor,"
Knowing the political and criminal implications of a child sex scandal, higher
powers had enough motives to keep Rusty Nelson in solitary confinement--an unnecessary
and unusual punishment normally reserved for hardened criminals.
But 1996 GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole’s wife [now North Carolina
Senator] Elizabeth Dole, had an aide who was closely linked to the Washington
call-boy ring, so there is reason to believe it was important to keep Nelson
incommunicado and in solitary confinement.
A news report confirmed why Nelson was likely taken off the street: "A
top Labor Department advisor to Secretary Elizabeth Dole resigned yesterday
after acknowledging that he had procured male prostitutes and was subject to
blackmail threats by one of the call boys." [Washington Times, 6-30-1989--The
paper had previously reported that a 15-year old call-boy had toured the White
House at midnight.]
In a letter announcing his resignation as Mrs. Dole’s political personnel
liaison to the White House, Paul R. Balach wrote: "I hereby resign my position
this date due to the public disclosure of activities concerning my personal
Not mentioning either children or members of congress, the Times added, "according
to documents obtained, the homosexual prostitution ring includes not only Reagan
and Bush administration officials but military officers, congressional aides
and U.S. foreign businessmen with close social ties to Washington’s ‘political
Attempts to find photos of high government officials
Nelson told us, "While I was in jail, the FBI went to my parents’
farm in Nebraska and took sledge hammers to the walls, shot out all the windows
and appliances of our barn, ransacked my parents house without a warrant on
two separate occasions--looking for stuff related to Franklin, evidence--the
photos; but I was not shooting kiddie porn."
"And when I had to leave Portland to go testify in Nebraska, state parole
officers did everything they could to keep me from testifying before Judge Urbom,"
said Nelson, adding, "they said I was in solitary to protect me but it
was more like torture since they woke me up so much I never got any sleep, spent
$50,000 to extradite me back to Oregon for a DNA sample, then put me on death
row at Leavenworth prison for a few weeks with violent criminals--heck, I saw
them beat one guy and four men died while I was at Moltnomah County Detention
Center in Portland."
"This last arrest [after the Thompson suicide] in February, I was roughed
up, pushed into walls, and they would not let me see their badge numbers; I
was helping a friend open up her photography studio--that’s the only way
I can earn money to survive," he said.
"They said I was soliciting a minor for photographs; but we were only
looking for a few junior bridesmaids for a bridal show promotion with other
women. And the parents were all involved and were always required to sign releases
and be present for all photo shoots. We did nothing wrong. I am good at wedding
photography and you can earn good money in that business," Nelson continued,
adding "how else am I able to work?"
Nelson’s prior links to the White House child sex ring have continued
to draw attention from unidentified individuals who still threaten him.
"In the spring of 2003 [not long after key child sex ring witness Troy
Boner was found mysteriously dead in a New Mexico hospital], a guy wearing dark
sunglasses came up to me and said, ‘Drop Franklin; you’re in too
deep. Your family and life are in jeopardy.’ Then he walked away."
Even more recently, on October 22, 2004 [two weeks before George W. Bush edged
out John F. Kerry for the presidency], Delmart "Mike" Vreeland was
arrested in Franklin county, Iowa on charges of child prostitution allegedly
committed in Colorado.
Vreeland is now off the street, however, reportedly in solitary confinement
with no contact with other prisoners after having been said to have predicted
the 9/11 attacks in a note written while he was previously in prison on other
While the rest of the country reels from relatively frequent amber alerts in
Florida and around the United States, evidence continues to point toward reasons
for commencing an amber alert on Capitol Hill--what some would say is the epicenter
of child sex criminality.