Always interested in jade artifacts, he had put a request in the Jewelry Weekly. Tex Murphy heard about him from Mac Malden and contacted him for his advertisement. He met him in the theatre as he watched a Buster Keaton flick. In exchange of a piece of jade which Tex found in Mick Flemm's posessions, Franco told him the statuette he was looking for. He told Tex that the statuette was in the vault of Eddie Ching.
After their meeting, he sent Tex a fax. He had a crudge with Ching and would be happy to help Tex. He wrote to him that he lives in Knickerbocker, a high-security apartment building where several powerful underworld figures live.