An article appearing online today ranked the best true crime docuseries on Hulu. See #4:
Children of the Snow (2019) is still streaming on Hulu and can be purchased on Amazon Prime.
While these crimes led to the biggest manhunt in American history at the time and became the impetus for “stranger danger,” these legacies, along with diabolical deceit and gaslighting by those who kept a heavy hand on this investigation are all there is. No answers, no honesty. Nothing to see here, old news, move along.
Information has come to light since Children of the Snow first aired. None of it has gotten any traction. “It was taken care of” is about all anybody is going to get. Surely no one, except a very select few whose self-interest trumped that of the many damaged by these crimes, is satisfied with that pathetic answer.
Oakland County. Birthplace of “stranger danger” and home to the most heinous unsolved serial crime in the country. Watch the documentary if you haven’t. And then read Guarded by Jackals (2022), https://guardedbyjackals.com/.
Selma Blair’s new book “Mean Baby” includes an accusation that a former Cranbook dean kissed and touched her.
— Read on www.freep.com/story/entertainment/movies/2022/05/12/selma-blair-cranbrook-sexual-assault-book-mean-baby/9744022002/
The award-winning film Trinity, about a man who runs into the priest who abused him as a child, is screening on May 21, 2022, at the former House of Affirmation in Whitinsville, MA, as a fundraiser for Bishop Accountability. The House of Affirmation was a treatment center for priests with psychological issues, including pedophilia. The priest who started it, Fr. Kane, was himself a pedophile and they networked children in the Blackstone Valley area of Massachusetts. Skip Shea, the writer/director/producer of Trinity, returns to the area for this fundraiser to remind people of the history of clergy abuse in the Diocese of Worcester.
While I don’t know if there are any readers from Massachusetts, it is worth reading the Trinity website.
The film itself can be rented on amazon prime. Based on a true event in Shea’s life, the chance encounter with the pedophile priest years later triggers a dissociative experience which is portrayed in the film. It is extremely intense. The film has received many awards and positive reviews, but it is not for the faint of heart.
Proceeds from the screening at the former House of Affirmation will go to Bishop Accountability, https://www.bishop-accountability.org/. From the Bishop Accountability website:
A reader pointed out that is similar to what we are trying to do with the OCCK timeline, story maps and document repository. For now, almost all of the FOIA documents are on this blog. We will never get the truth in the OCCK case, but the documents and the study of the documents reveal what did and did not happen in the investigation into the abduction, captivity, torture and murder of four preteen children in Oakland County, MI. They also reveal a network of pedophiles in that area who were never brought to justice for their crimes of child rape. The documents speak for themselves, as do the redactions and alterations. And of course, much was withheld and probably destroyed over the decades. But these materials, too, provide insight into child protection generally. It wasn’t happening in Oakland County in the 1970s and 1980s. And it may not be now, either.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police and federal agents in Grand Forks seized video discs and other items from the home of North Dakota’s longest-serving state senator after he had traded scores of text messages with a man jailed on child pornography charges.
— Read on www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2022-05-06/north-dakota-legislators-home-searched-after-inmate-texts
I’m sure this retired school counselor and state senator was simply checking in with a jailed constituent. Nice way to top off your career in public service.
Please consider signing this online petition to Colorado Governor Jared Polis by Justice for JonBenet Ramsey:
The petition says it all. Read, sign and forward to someone who understands the truth matters and justice is a worthy cause. The Colorado governor has the power, independence and compassion to take this request seriously. No more excuses and no more placating.
A reader asked about filing a civil case against the Archdiocese of Detroit, a “district” of the Catholic Church covering the Michigan counties of Lapeer, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne for knowingly enabling priests who molested and raped children over the years. In the spirit of a true “10 Commandments World,” the entire Catholic hierarchy, from Rome on down would be completely subsidizing organizations like SNAP (https://www.snapnetwork.org/survivors_wisdom?gclid=CjwKCAjwgr6TBhAGEiwA3aVuISTzVsCWUM82_jCi4uOZNtWm3hvORpmXyf9gK-LMJhrBmT645kIDDBoC7VcQAvD_BwE) and RAINN (https://www.rainn.org/national-resources-sexual-assault-survivors-and-their-loved-ones ), and would be barred from ever lobbying against laws designed to protect victims of sexual abuse by “men of God.” But the church lobbies hard for the legal protections it has in the United States.
In 2018 work to change statutes of limitations in childhood sex abuse cases finally got some traction around the country. In general, a statute of limitations restricts the time within which legal proceedings may be brought after an alleged crime or wrongdoing. With a few exceptions, after this time period expires the claim is forever barred and will not be considered by a court. The theory is that the law does not “like” “stale” claims. In more practical terms, over time memories can fade, evidence can be lost and defendants can be unfairly disadvantaged.
Society started to recognize that these laws unreasonably shortened the amount of time for a childhood sexual abuse victim to sue their abuser and an enabling institution, or file criminal charges. This protected predators and their enablers, and in many cases allowed these crimes to continue with other victims. After the statute of limitations passed in these sex crimes, the predator was basically home free. No more looking over his shoulder. The diocese attorneys could relax and deal with the “fresher” cases. The checkbook could be used to pay attorneys and lobbyists with plenty left over as long as they didn’t have to pay victims. Priests could be moved to a different parish instead of to a jail or prison cell.
CIVIL CASES AGAINST PREDATORS AND ENABLING INSTITUTIONS
In 2018, Michigan law was modified to permit a victim of childhood sexual abuse to file a civil suit against a perpetrator and/or an enabling institution until age 28 or three years after discovering the sexual abuse, which ever is later. Previously, a victim was barred from bringing suit after age 19. https://www.alllaw.com/childhood-sexual-abuse-survivors-legal-options/michigan-laws-childhood-sexual-abuse-survivors.html.
This law provided for a temporary (and now expired) “look-back window” which provided for the filing of a civil suit previously barred under the statute of limitations within 90 days, AND:
- The individual was a minor when the alleged sex abuse or assault occurred;
- The alleged sex crime occurred after December 31, 1996, but before June 12, 2016;
- The alleged sex crime consisted of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree; and
- The defendant was either in a position of authority as the survivor’s physician and used that authority to coerce the survivor, or the defendant gave medical treatment or an examination in a manner that is medically unacceptable or unethical. (See above link.)
This is why the Michigan statute earned a “D” rating by Child USA, https://childusa.org/sol/; the physician (Larry Nassar) exception only, the 90 days (seriously??), and cases only dating back to 1996. Furthermore, changing the age from 19 to 28 ignores the documented reality that delayed disclosure in childhood sexual abuse cases is the rule, not the exception, and that the average age at the time of reporting (telling anyone) of such abuse is age 52. https://childusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Delayed-Disclosure-Factsheet-2020.pdf.
Compare this to the law in New Jersey, where the civil statute of limitation for child sex abuse claims against all defendants is capped at age 55 or 7 years after discovering an injury caused by the abuse, even for claims that were already expired. https://childusa.org/law/new-jersey/sex-abuse-sol/. Last month, New Jersey Catholic diocese (Camden) agreed to pay $87.5 million to settle claims involving clergy sex abuse with some 300 alleged victims in one of the largest cash settlements involving the Catholic church in the United States. https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2022/04/19/camden-diocese-sex-abuse-suit-242849?gclid=CjwKCAjwgr6TBhAGEiwA3aVuIS7LV71vwulwUXdOLDxpHTwxdlm_zg3-x5veSPSHT6QTMGPX2QnNNhoCt48QAvD_BwE. The abuse took place from 1950s to the 1990s, much of it in the 1960s and 70s. Of course this settlement claim must be presented to–you guessed it–the bankruptcy court, a place the Catholic church is getting more and more comfortable in.
CRIMINAL CASES AGAINST CHILD SEX PREDATORS
2018 changes to Michigan statutes of limitations laws in criminal sexual conduct cases involving child victims are summarized as follows:
“When sexual abuse or assault is committed against a minor, the amount of time for a prosecutor to file charges will depend on two main variables. These include the severity of the offense and the existence of DNA evidence. The criminal statutes of limitations in Michigan for childhood survivors of sexual abuse are as follows:
- Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree: There is no statute of limitations.
- Criminal sexual conduct in the second degree: The prosecutor must indict the defendant within 15 years after the alleged offense or by the survivor’s 28th birthday, whichever is later.
- Criminal sexual conduct in the third or fourth degree: The prosecutor must indict the defendant within 10 years after the alleged offense or by the survivor’s 21st birthday, whichever is later.
These criminal statutes of limitations change in regards to the existence of DNA evidence. If investigators find DNA evidence of a potential suspect, but cannot identify the suspect, then the clock stops on the criminal statute of limitations. But once authorities identify the suspect, the prosecutor must issue an indictment within 10 years or by the survivor’s 21st birthday, whichever is later.”
Change is slow but steady, I guess. The church will continue to heavily lobby state legislatures, take advantage of bankruptcy laws, hide money overseas and employ cybersecurity firms to mess with victims and those who speak out against it. The Seventh Commandment (“You shall not commit adultery”) will never be modified with a subsection prohibiting rape and sexual assault by anyone–married or not, priest or not–but laws and the treatment of sexual assault victims can continue to evolve to protect victims and society.
Today John Ramsey, father of JonBenet Ramsey, unveiled a petition to Colorado Governor Jared Polis to advance his daughter’s murder case to allow an independent agency to conduct DNA testing in the case rather than the Boulder Police Department (BPD).
All of Ramsey’s statements concerning the BPD’s handling of his six-year-old daughter’s 1996 murder case make painfully familiar points for me. I remember talking to my therapist about the JonBenet case soon after it happened and distinctly remember her almost angrily shaking her head and saying “these suburban police departments . . . ” This was not someone in Michigan, but two time zones away.
Ramsey also made the case that child murders should be investigated as federal crimes and not left up to local police who are “just big enough that they think they know everything and they don’t.” Ramsey said “The Boulder police were totally inexperienced, and I don’t blame them for that, I fault them for not accepting help from people who knew what they were doing.”
Ramsey faulted the department for its “arrogance,” “pride,” “ego” and inexperience at the time his daughter was killed. Sound familiar? You do know that Robert Robertson, Michigan State Police commander of the OCCK Task Force 1977-1978 had never worked on a murder case in his life before he took over the investigation of the serial murder of four preteens, right?
Ramsey asked “Why they won’t test the DNA samples that should be tested for DNA, I don’t know. It’s baffling.” Yes, it is especially baffling when you consider the work being done by Othram Labs, https://othram.com/, and Bode Technology, https://www.bodetech.com/. Also, take a listen to this https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/my-true-crime-episode-with-david-mittelman/id1515385282?i=1000548915180 (A Bit of Optimism with Simon Sinek, Episode 48, interview with David Mittleman of Othram).
What people don’t understand is that law enforcement has to work with and cooperate with a third-party lab. They have to be educated about what is available today, this minute, to test or retest evidence for DNA and use genetic genealogy to guide further detective work. They need to understand that the work their state labs are doing is by no means cutting edge, usually serves merely to extinguish valuable evidence, and that these labs have found DNA that was previously missed by state labs and which has resulted in convictions. I can make all the videos I want to send to Othram and send my saga to Bode. If the state police won’t cooperate, won’t step in to the 21st Century, won’t allow the copious evidence–the actual evidence, not the state lab paper results–in the OCCK case to be retested by a lab that has done this for hundreds of other law enforcement agencies around the world, we stand still.
In some ways, just as in the OCCK case, the failure to test is not that baffling. Anyone with a passing familiarity with the JonBenet Ramsey case has some idea what the Boulder PD put the Ramsey family through. I suspect they are in no particular hurry to see if further DNA testing will yield actual answers. The Colorado state lab, just like the Michigan state lab, is incapable of performing the cutting edge testing that is being done by third-party labs to solve cold cases around the country. Accept this and retest all of the evidence in the Ramsey case and the OCCK case. If they won’t do it in child murder cases, they have no business having jurisdiction over these crimes.
Do the DNA testing and then report to your constituents–the people you work for. If there is no viable DNA, you owe the public that answer. If there is DNA, keep the public apprised. None of your NDA, secrecy bullshit. You have the built-in excuse that this type of testing did not exist back in the day. But that excuse is wearing thin in the face of your consistent failures to ask for help and provide ALL the evidence to a lab that knows what it’s doing in the (ice) cold case arena.
Governor Polis, I am one of your grateful constituents. I implore you to find a way to get the Boulder police to advance the DNA testing in JonBenet’s case. Please do not ignore this father’s petition. Address it however you can. It’s time for the BPD to take every step to solve or close this case; it is a stain on the city. Failure to act only intensifies suspicion. And maybe Governor Whitmer can take some inspiration from you and take on the MSP in the OCCK case.
Thanks to a reader who forwarded this link with the following observations about a British cold case involving the 1994 murder of a six-year-old boy. The case went cold for some very familiar reasons: failure to properly process evidence; unreasonable theorizing about the motive of the perpetrator; sloppy and indifferent interviewing of the actual perpetrator decades ago.
The boy’s mother was charged with the murder and a jury cleared her in 1996. Prosecutors conceded the not-guilty verdict was correct, adding “The decision to charge her with his murder was wrong.” (Try getting a statement like that from a U.S. prosecutor.)
The mother and her husband pressured detectives to reopen her son’s case a few years ago. Rather than punish this couple for pressuring police to do the right thing, rather than pulling a bunch of vindictive antics, detectives went through the evidence again and discovered a set of tapings (applied to the boy’s clothing in 1994 to lift possible evidence) and sent them for examination “using techniques unavailable at the time of the original investigation.” The tests found the DNA of the killer, who was interviewed at the time of the murder but not pursued as a suspect. He was finally charged with the child’s murder in 2020 and convicted last week.
There is plenty of evidence in the OCCK case, which at a minimum is all of the four kids’ clothing and shoes/boots, Jill’s backpack and bike, and Tim’s skateboard, not to mention whatever evidence was collected from their bodies at the time of autopsy. Why is it not ALL being rerun? Why is the press in Michigan not asking the state police about the status of this evidence (some has apparently been extinguished) and the failure to rerun it using technology which advances almost by the week? Why do the Michigan State Police get a pass? Why the silence? The stenography that passes for journalism in Oakland County and southeast Michigan does not involve the tough questions or pressing when they get ignorant, obstructionist “comments” from the MSP on this case, and it never has. It is a 45-year-old case. The code of silence in these serial murders is indefensible and reprehensible. As is the failure to take the most obvious, basic steps to retest all of the evidence in this case, as jurisdictions around the world have done in cold cases.
What are you afraid of?
If you are someone who worked in the offices of L. Brooks Patterson, Richard Thompson or Jessica Cooper, or who worked for the MSP and have knowledge of the obstruction that has taken place in these unsolved murder cases of children and are ready to take the high road, email me at OCCKtruth@protonmail.com.
Allegations of child rape and assault first surfaced in the 1990s. Boston PD kept him on the force after an attorney threatened to file a grievance. He then went on to become a Boston police union chief until he retired in 2018. This week he was sentenced to 13 years for sex crimes against minors from age 7 to 16, over the course of 27 years.
I bet a couple of the 21 charges of child rape and assault this freak pleaded guilty to happened after this union attorney did the threat dance with the police commissioner, so some of those crimes are on those two cowards, too. YOU DON’T LOOK THE OTHER WAY OR REINSTATE WHEN THERE ARE CREDIBLE ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT BY ANYONE, ESPECIALLY A COP, ESPECIALLY AGAINST KIDS. Unbelievable.
I’m telling you, your vote for sheriff, prosecutor and judges at any level is critically important. These people can do a lot of good or a ton of damage. Check out this outrageousness:
This guy in the boy scout/Smokey the Bear uniform looks like he has some inside knowledge on “obstruction of justice.” Talk about abuse of power. Way to wield that pointer, pal.