BTW, Paterno WAS a great man. He ran a great football program and he was the winningest football coach of all time. He was not the campus police. He reported what he had HEARD from McQueary to the school authorities precisely as required by the rules of the university. THEY covered up not Paterno.
Second hand criticisms of De Camp's book, legislative investigation and understanding of the rape and murder of juvenile boys in the Omaha area (no mere "prostitution ring") involving major law enforcement and governmental officials and civic leaders is no equivalent to the book, the investigation and that understanding of De Camp much less a trump card except for those who have read only the criticisms and not the work being criticized. If you ever get around to reading De Camp's book, you will be better able to see why its conclusions would meet with massive denial and resistance. BTW. it is not the "Franklin case" but the Franklin County Coverup. I refrain from describing the specifics to let De Camp speak for himself.
You "think it is shocking....etc." Again with the planted axioms. Spanier was protecting something a LOT closer to him than a football program. If you really are so SHOCKED!!! maybe you should consider being a sportswriter. They all confuse themselves by playing pop moral authority. See Cosell, Howard and Costas, Bob, among hundreds of others. Each and every one a self-appointed moral authority over all. When I need pontifications, I will get them from my Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI as of this time.
This is not like overlooking some misdemeanor behavior on a player, or someone who is late to practice, or someone who didn't show up for a bed check. This is serious, life changing stuff that was going on, life changing stuff that was disgusting, and as vile as it gets. I really don't enjoy saying this, but anyone who looks at it that way, knowing that Paterno had the control he did, knowing that Paterno had information on his ex defensive coach that was damning, then hearing about the incident, then never following up, and you still think he was entirely innocent in this matter has drunk the kool aid big time. Really big time.....
I'm not defending Spanier or the rest, but give us a break, you sound like an old fool who has a crush on a Hollywood idol.