Ok, this is all highly distressing. I am going to review it and consider disseminating on my blog. Even if you assume that Mark Stebbins’ abduction and murder investigation was adequate, any cold case investigation with any cred would have started right there as a starting point with the MSP. Jesus, the ball got so dropped. By the time Mark’s body was examined, his clothing had all been removed by the suburban cops investigating his murder. I am a lay person, but I have a number of text books written by experts about cold cases. They all say the same thing–start at the beginning and pick it apart.
Who picked apart Mark’s abduction? NO ONE. That’s why three (and probably more) kids got abducted and murdered. Down the road, it all gets thrown against the wall and, go figure, nothing sticks. Nobody in Ferndale gets the job done investigating and then no one in Southfield gets the job done. And then the stage is set for every other kid who gets abducted, tortured, raped and murdered by whoever is doing this. Jesus. Is it that hard? Go back to the beginning. My god.
Aaron, I don’t agree with a lot of what you say or how you have approached and dealt with me, and I am not going to get sucked back into this, but I will say that you are making some points that someone should pay attention to. My own opinion, which none of you care about, is that the Ferndale, Southfield, Royal Oak, Troy, Berkley, Franklin Village, and Birmingham PD investigations were all completely inadequate. These PDs were completely ill-equipped to deal with such crimes and could have easily asked for help from Detroit PD. The result could have been fewer victims. This is something that is true to this day and should be embraced by these agencies that dropped the ball. Nobody wants to pull back the curtain.
All serious cold case investigations start at the very beginning. No one ever did that here. I could find five experts who would speak on camera that the ball was dropped here early, big time, and often. But nobody cares.
Again, I have no power in this investigation; this is all very painful, but somebody better start paying attention to something here. If it happened then, it can happen again. The MSP, the FBI and other agencies who should be exerting effort, are not. This is the saddest, most pathetic exercise of energy to cover asses that has ever happened. It has been expended to cover the abduction, torture, rape and murder of innocent children. It is crazy-making and it is unconscionable. These agencies are just damn lucky there are so many of us they can point to and accuse of being crazy. Stringing this to every other serial killer in the U.S.? Not buying it. But every single one of these people who contact me have a point. THE BALL GOT DROPPED AND ANYONE WHO QUESTIONS WHY THAT HAPPENED GETS PEGGED AS CRAZY. Four dead kids–and probably more–get stepped on yet again every time one of these agencies drops the ball or screws someone over who tries to bring information to light. Media outlets are prone to keep their LE sources happy. I get why they keep that mindset. Dead kids can’t complain, but prosecutors and cops can. It is all sickening.