At least they do when it comes to the murder of the Robison family in Northern Michigan some 50 years ago. Nina Instead, host and writer/producer of Already Gone, a true crime podcast focusing on crimes from the Detroit area (http://www.alreadygonepodcast.com/author/admin/), sent me a link this morning:
Yes, those considerate folks up north are having a series of forums to discuss this open murder investigation to put rumors to rest. In my blog post of January 20, 2014 (“Someone should write a book”), I discussed a book written about these murders by Mardi Link. In that post, I highlight the differences in the way the Michigan State Police and other law enforcement agencies, including prosecutors, freely worked with Ms. Link to help her with her book, and the massive stonewalling that has gone on in the OCCK case.
Read about these forums those kind folk up north are having, and consider how law enforcement and officials have treated the four kids, their family and friends, and the community in the OCCK case. Consider that they shut down any legitimate discussion of this case, refuse to produce documents except under court order or threat of court order, and when they do, they are ridiculously redacted. No one bothers one bit with any thought of the reputation of Joseph Scolaro or any of his living family members. Also consider that my Dad, at close to age 90, has spoken with local women’s and men’s groups about the investigation in this case. Nobody from law enforcement is there to answer questions. The audiences are small. There is no “pre-Halloween” final forum on these murders, unlike the ghastly murder of the Robisons.
About these standing-room only forums, Link observed:
“I think it’s unprecedented,” author Mardi Link said of this year’s traveling presentations. “I don’t know of any other case where this has happened.” Link – who penned “When Evil Came to Good Hart” in 2008 and recently refreshed it for republishing this year – said she’s been struck by the size of the sold-out audiences. She thinks it’s because of how this case has resonated with the Up North community as a whole.
“People care,” she said. “This was an entire family. It wasn’t just a movie. It wasn’t a novel. It was a real family who had people who loved and cared about them.”
Really? These were four kids who had entire families who had people who loved and cared about them. They were not shot. They were held captive for days (and Kristine for weeks), tortured and then suffocated. Yet here there are no forums, no explanations, no honesty or integrity.
Consider how easy the Michigan State Police and local authorities made it for Mardi Link to write this book about an OPEN case. You can say Scolero, who died by suicide, was the obvious murderer. But you could also say that about Chris Busch, who also died by “suicide” in the OCCK case. From my previous post in 2014, based on an email I sent my family years before that:
Link explains in a web article that she had always been fascinated by the Robison case, being the same age as young Susie Robison the summer of 1968. “The self-proclaimed Court TV addict pitched the project to an editor through ‘a blind e-mail.’ ‘She responded (and) voila, I had a book contract,’ Link said. She filed Freedom of Information Act requests, obtained files from Emmet County and the Michigan State Police and interviewed Good Hart locals. The publisher’s approval came in March 2007 and by November, Link turned in the book.” http://record-eagle.com/features/x75055214/Author-fascinated-by-the-Robison-case “’I was trying to tell, from various angles, what really happened,” she said. ‘The main character of the book is really the investigation.’”
Link’s obvious conclusion that Scolaro was either the killer or the person who hired the killer(s) is one long-held by the MSP detectives who worked on this case, as well as the Emmet County Sheriff’s office. In 2002 it was announced that three pubic hairs found on Shirley Robison’s body would be retested and that her clothing would be reexamined for DNA evidence. Unfortunately, the evidence turned out to be too degraded. This result was made public.
Interesting that such a comprehensive book is written about a case that is still open. But it turns out that Link had quite a bit of help and a lot of file access.
First, in her acknowledgements, Ms. Link explains that “Sheriff Pete Wallin and Detective J. L. Sumpter of the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office graciously opened up their exhaustive records on the case and provided me with their own personal observations and wisdom, which was invaluable.” Hmm, I wonder if the B’ham , Berkley, or other local PDs would do the same in our case? “Thank you, Shannon Akans and Linda Ortiz of the Michigan State Police, for ACCESS to that agency’s WELL-ORGANIZED, BEHEMOTH FILE ON THE CASE. I am proud to be a citizen of a state that has the Michigan State Police looking out for our welfare.” [Really?!] The photographs in Ms. Link’s book are “courtesy of the Michigan State Police.” Wow. Definitely a Kool-aid drinker, but you can see why—she owes her first book to them and she is now working on a second book about a different murder. Thank god for the MSP and their willingness to provide “an open book” on the Robison murders! I bet you all sleep better knowing the MSP is looking out for your welfare.
“A Note to Readers” explains that: “This is a true story. It was written nearly forty years after the murder of the Robison family, and many of the people you will meet in these pages were deceased long before I began writing about them. METICULOUS RECORDS OF THE CASE WERE KEPT BY BOTH THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE AND THE EMMET COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, INCLUDING WRITTEN INTERVIEWS OF FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS, BUSINESS ASSOCIATES, SUSPECTS AND OTHERS IN THE MIDST, AND ON THE FRINGES OF, THE INVESTIGATION.” Records that Ms. Link was allowed to review in this still-open investigation. This included a 300-page report which was the “result of eighteen months of meticulous police work by detectives who had investigated the Robison case.” In it all of the pertinent details were forged into a single narrative. Link describes the report:
“Here together for the first time was all of the background research, all of the interviews, the polygraph test results, the lab and autopsy results, and of course those crucial ballistics determinations. The three-hundred-page report was physically heavy, but also loaded down with human expectations. So precious was their package that to Detectives Stearns and Flis [MSP], who drove north in order to hand-deliver their report safely into the care of prosecutor Donald G. Noggle, it must have felt like they were handing over pages plated with 14-carat gold.”
Prosecutor Noggle later determined there was not enough evidence to file charges against Scolaro. State Attorney General Frank Kelley backed up Noggle’s decision.
Now, if Link can read these meticulous records, stellar written interviews and the gold-plated 300-page report in the still-open Robison murder investigation, why the fuck can’t we look at the records and whatever else they have in the still-open OCCK case?! Bring on the gold-plated power point, boys. Let’s see what you’ve got.
In 1973, the MSP and Emmet Co. sheriff went to the Oakland County Prosecutor, L. Brooks Patterson, to find a way to sidestep the Emett County prosecutor. Rumor was that OC was going to issue an arrest warrant for Joseph Scolaro based upon conspiracy to commit murder charges. When Scalaro caught wind of the imminent conspiracy charges, he offed himself in May 1973. Like Chris Busch, he ended up in the Wm R. Hamilton Funeral Home, two blocks from our family’s house in Birmingham. I wonder if he was also cremated. I’m sure it was a good option for people who had concern about hair and fingerprint evidence, just as it is today for obliterating DNA evidence not already in some database.
As previously mentioned, in 2002, Emmet Co. Sheriff Wallin asked the MSP Forensic Science Division to conduct DNA testing in the Robison case. Catch this: “Before the lab work was started, money, and a lot of it, happened to become available for tests on old DNA evidence. In March 2003, the Forensic Science Division received a $1.4 million federal grant to conduct DNA testing on cold cases. The grant allowed the Grayling laboratory to select 175 cases from around the state in which there were “existing biological samples” and to test them. The idea behind the grant was that these biological samples would be entered into CODIS (Combined DNA Indexing System), the national crime-fighting DNA database, and checked against existing records. Adding 175 new cases would also expand the scope of the database itself.” I am quite sure the OCCK case was never considered as one of the 175.
Emmett Co. detective J.L Sumpter was interviewed about the Robison case in 2007. He said: “There is just something about this case. Once you know a little bit about it, you want to know more. No, you don’t just want to know more, you have to know more. It’s like it’s contagious, and what you catch from it is obsession.”
So when you hear law enforcement and prosecutors, past and present, complaining bitterly about the books that will continue to be written about the OCCK case, about podcast and documentaries and other media coverage which might follow, ask yourself if there had been even a modicum of transparency in this case, if they would have been pitted against the public, the kids who were murdered, and against history like they will be. People who do bad things are bad people. And so are the people who cover up for them.
“The narrative about the crimes is like a fucking black hole of evil and disgrace from which even light can’t escape.”Posted: September 15, 2018
Thank you to the reader who sent this observation after reading The Kill Jar, by J. Reuben Appelman. This description is so accurate, I wish I could take credit for it. I also want to point out that since Appelman’s book was released, more than a handful of people have taken the time to find my email and write to say that they were almost abducted in Oakland County during the time period of 1975-1978. I maintain that this was a prime hunting ground for kid victims because it was an area where police focused on traffic control and property crimes. Pedophelia? Child pornography? Rape? What are you talking about? Oakland County, you didn’t keep up with your prolific pedophiles and children died as a result. Your Hamlet turned into Hell, and you did everything you could to hide that fact.
The list of people who created this black hole pales in comparison to the list of current-day people who have added to the disgrace. I hope you are all some day soon revealed and, again as my close friend observed, “that you spend days in hell before you end up there.”
There are a wide variety of candidates, and they have one thing in common: Covering. Their. Asses. You will suffer no real repercussions, to new sure, but may you be revealed and reviled for what and who you are. May you look in the mirror for the rest of your life, and that of your children and grandchildren, and know what you wrought. Watch your grandchild play in the park and think about what you let happen.
And may the public come to a new understanding of how important local politics are. Your prosecutors, your police chief, the people they hire. Don’t ignore the shit right under your noses. When something stinks, trust your instincts. Or don’t. Worry about your new deck or your new kitchen remodel.
Birmingham residents–everyone felt the same way you do now on March 15, 1977. Do you really think what happened to my brother couldn’t happen to your kid? To your family? Do you have a prosecuting attorney who has a global agenda, or a personal, vindictive agenda? I know you don’t worry about this shit; you are worried about getting your kids into the best college they can get into. If you are young enough, you remember nothing of these crimes. But trust me, your community is lined like a bad tin can with the evil shit that caused law enforcement and your people to turn the other way. That is who you are. It’s your fabric and your history. It is all of you who refused to file charges when you found out the perpetrator was the son of a GM executive. It is the neighbor who kept her mouth shut because she loved her little world on Morningview Terrace. And here’s the deal–you fuckers should have come forward so victims of these child molesters didn’t have to. Your soul should carry this weight rather than the rest of us.
A word to Ted Lamborgine and Arch Sloan–incarcerated in Michigan, presumably for the rest of their lives. You motherfucking pieces of shit may well have been involved in these crimes. I have often thought of writing you, but I will not waste my time. You are both liars and I’m sure “have found God.” Whatever god you have found is a false god. I hope you both die lonely deaths in prison. I won’t wish on you what you did to young kids. “God has forgiven me,” said Lamborgine. The fuck he has, you worthless piece of garbage. Your minister is also a piece of shit. The Universe does not give a pass to either of you. And, Mr. Minister–you are a dumbass, like many alleged followers of “god” calling yourselves “christians.” I bet you like Ted’s $$. Let me tell you this, Mr. Minister: your little lamb is a fucking monster. FUCKING MONSTER. The kind of monster that even money can’t forgive. You all make religion what I know it to be: BULLSHIT. Your followers are exactly the pieces of shit we have come to know: I need say nothing, because God has forgiven me. Really? What say your victims, motherfuckers? Trust me, I know Ted is an animal and that any “church” taking his “donations,” is what I would describe in layman’s terms as EVIL. I look forward to discussing this with you, you Men of God. Or your mothers. Just like I would enjoy the chance to speak with Garry Gray and David Robertson, men of God from the Michigan State Police department who “worked” on my brother’s case. Let’s have a chat, now that you are both retired, shall we? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org–but you know that address from when you guys hacked me, don’t you?
And here’s the deal with other men who have been associated in a more remote way to these crimes, but also incarcerated for crimes (not sex crimes)–and understandably given their backgrounds: This is your last chance. How much is your soul worth? I know you don’t care about me, but how about those four little kids? Four kids that were treated even worse than you were? Who is going to go after you now? All these motherfuckers are old now–even Jim Cox. It may actually be a new day–where cops can’t off people whenever they want and get away with it. When the cops can’t get a pass because they let a maniacal pedophile have a cop badge so they can help bust other criminals. HOW MUCH IS YOUR SOUL WORTH?
You are what you do. If you do bad things, you are bad. If you decide to fucking follow that path, no one can stop you. If you decide to come clean–even if you are coming clean as a victim who helped victimize others, I think there is some opening to forgiveness. It’s darkness or something less than darkness. I realize the choice sucks. But how many more years do you have to live? How much more pain can you inflict before you die?
Oh, and a shout out to police agencies properly cataloging and storing old evidence in murder and rape cases. And maybe even in “suicide” cases that may be related to serial killings.
Another podcast with the author of The Kill Jar, J. Reuben Appelman:
The True Crime Garage podcast has two new episodes covering The Oakland County Child Killer (Tuesday, August 14 and Wednesday, August 15, 2018). J. Reuben Appelman, author of the just-released book, The Kill Jar, is interviewed as part of the second episode.
Solid job, gentleman. Some minor errors and assumptions, but I’m glad you interviewed Appelman and kept an open mind. The case is complex but you had some excellent observations. You went beyond discussing murder for entertainment and provided a public service. Your May 2016 episode was not so solid, but given that all you had then were the inaccuracies repeated over the decades by the Detroit-area media, it is understandable. You got this shit on the right track in podcast land after speaking with Appelman. Thank you. Listeners, you might have to listen to these episodes twice to let it all sink in. Wake up.
Yes, Oakland County–you are not famous, but you are infamous. And now more people will understand why. Listen to these two episodes of True Crime Garage. Pulling back the veil one outlet at a time. Let the unraveling begin.
But we can’t do that in this case. Too bad, so sad, no semen, no tissue, no nuclear DNA. Too much work, go fuck yourselves and please just get lost. Nothing stored correctly or even filed properly. Hairs in my brother’s case? Misfiled as animal hairs, for decades, just in case you didn’t know. You had only one of those hairs out to test against the non-suspect David Norberg, so WTF?! And for that matter, why didn’t you test every goddamn hair you had against a guy your tax payers paid to exhume, as well as other evidence that we now know existed, but you denied? Because you never thought some pathetic victim-family assholes would ask to see the records you motherfuckers are responsible for. That’s why.
Unlike the OCCK case, the above article outlines the massive scope, intricate science and sheer doggedness of the effort to catch one of the nation’s worst serial predators in the Golden State Killer case. “Initial DNA work identified distant relatives — not a suspect. [investigator and DNA expert Paul] Holes said a team of five investigators spent four months building out family trees, name by name. They pored over census records, newspaper obituaries, gravesite locaters, and police and commercial databases to find each relative and, ultimately, DeAngelo.”
That requires resources and commitment. And a case where high-level pedophiles will not be exposed (and were in fact protected by the FBI), nor errors of higher level task force investigators, prosecutors and polygraphers, and vigilante justice exposed. No one pursued the evidence gathered in this case because officials could not afford to charge ANYONE in this case. Their whole deal would unravel. You can’t charge someone who would roll on someone else and blow this shit wide open. Shame on you. You are in the same stratosphere as the despicable, shitty, worthless animal pedophiles you allegedly were after or protecting. You, Jane Burgess, Larry Wasser, Ralph Cabot, many others. Keep your mouths shut and live with it. Your mirror should reflect these four dead kids. Imagine what they went through during their captivity. Like animals. How do you live with yourselves?
Rerun those autopsy kits on those four poor, dead, broken kids who were kept from their families and received god knows what treatment and then dumped in public and rerun that shit on GED Match. You know you have to. If you can’t afford the time or resources to do the research to figure out who is involved, I bet there are a thousand volunteers who are well-versed in genealogy out there who would get the job done. For free. We are watching.
And while I’m at it, let’s take another look at old David Norberg, whose corpse was exhumed in late August 1999. Check out a Detroit Free Press article written by Hugh McDiarmid, Jr., dated September 2, 1999. (Sorry, I am on the road and don’t have access to a scanner.) Norberg was being looked at in connection with the OCCK murders, as well as the murders of Jane Allen and Kimberly King.
The article states that “Bone and tissue samples were taken during Tuesday’s exhumation in hopes of linking him through DNA testing to a strand of hair found on victim Timothy King. Two additional hairs were found in another victim’s mouth, and sperm was recovered from another body, according to the warrant. But investigators said Wednesday there was no such evidence.
‘The warrant may say that, but it’s not correct,’ said Berkley Detective Ray Anger, who has led the exhumation and testing.” OK, SO WHY ARE YOU PRESENTING BULLSHIT AFFIDAVITS IN SUPPORT OF YOUR WARRANTS?? And now we know your shit is lies, Anger. But you are dead now and can’t be called to account. After receiving FOIA documents–documents you sons of bitches thought we would never see, we know two hairs were found on Tim. One in his nasal cavity, and one on his groin region. One is described as a head hair and one is described as a mustache hair. These documents also say that a 2 3/4″ head hair was found on Mark Stebbins. Documents do say that the hairs in Kris’ mouth are her own. But we now know about that little hair on her jacket THAT IS A mtDNA MATCH TO JAMES VINCENT GUNNELS, WHO IS ASSOCIATED WITH CHRIS BUCSCH AND GREG GREENE. So there isn’t just one goddamn hair, Anger, you liar. Twenty-two years later you are flying this shit. And, in spite of denials from the MSP (below), sadly, the public eats it. In spite of the following:
“Reference to the sperm and additional hair samples in the warrant came directly from original investigative documents, said Jim Halushka, Chief of Warrants for the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office. He said that if that evidence doesn’t exist–as Anger contends, it’s news to him.” NO KIDDING, PAL. From FOIA document BLK 02499: “Regarding autopsy of Mark Stebbins, performed by Dr. Patanga at O.C. M.E.’s office, s noted by a Livonia synopsis dated 4/1/77, by Det./Sgt. Varajon: “they obtained semen from anal and oral cavities. . . . Slides of semen obtained from Dr. Patanga to be transported to MSP crime lab.” YOU TELL ME WTF IS GOING ON HERE??
“EITHER RAY WAS CONFUSED OR IN ERROR WHEN HE TOLD YOU THAT,” Halushka said Wednesday.” “Steve Lorch, laboratory director for the State Police Northville Laboratory the is preparing the evidence to be sent to the FBI lab in Washington, said he’s unaware of the DNA evidence other than the one hair.” FUCK YOU AND THE FBI, YOU LIARS! Somebody find this fuck and interview him. One hair?! Lorch, you also never foresaw pathetic family members getting access to your goddamn MSP documents that reveal you all to be liars.
So let’s go further into that article, shall we Ray Anger? For whatever reason, you and Oakland County are all over the Norberg lead in 1999. Maybe some other disturbing stuff was bubbling up to the surface and this was a good way to squelch any questions about your devotion to the case. Which, let’s face it, up to now, you don’t have dick on and never even ran any suspects up the flag pole to prove you were on the case before this shit hit the fan. You never charged a single fucking person in this or a related pedophile/child porn case. The best way to get someone to turn on someone is to charge them. But you never do it–because you can’t risk it. You can’t risk someone squealing on Busch and Greene who were cleared by the MSP and Oakland County before Tim King was abducted and murdered, Fox Island and that piece of shit, multi-millionaire Frank Sheldon and his attorney, the undeniable child porn and pedophile ring that existed within GM and Chrysler, Detroit Police Chief Ike McKinnon’s bullshit undercover operation in Detroit (can you say “Richard Lawson”?), or about vigilante justice (we get it, motherfuckers, but you fucked us family members over big time).
You can’t risk this shit unraveling. But it’s going to. You can’t fuck us all over forever. You cannot harass and intimidate us forever. We won’t get closure–that’s a joke; but you will be exposed for what you did and what you hid. You had PLENTY of DNA evidence, but you never looked into a fucking thing after you found that fat, fucking piece of shit, Chris Busch, wrapped up dead in his boyhood bed cocoon, arms tucked in, with a gun next to his rotting body. You pussies gave in to the FBI and you fucked over those four little kids, their families and friends, all of society in that area of Michigan, and your souls and reputations. If this was in fact done by mafia, or some shit like that, they should find a way to reassure those of us who have suffered for over 40 years. But I doubt that. LE, and those of you who kept your mouth shut, your day is coming. As a good friend of mine said, I hope you all go through hell before you end up there.