And there you have it.
In October 2006 I was visiting my Dad and he showed me letters he had received from retired Det./Lt. Jack Kalbfleisch, who had worked on the OCCK task force while a member of the Birmingham, MI PD. When the task force got fired up again in 2005, he contacted two men assigned to the task force, Det./Sgt. Ray Anger (Berkley PD) and Det./Sgt. Garry Gray (MSP) to discuss information he felt had never adequately been made public and other avenues of investigation that might prove fruitful with technological advances over the decades. They blew him off. Jack then contacted a reporter with The Detroit News, Mike Martindale, to suggest he look into the information the task force wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. Martindale did speak with Garry Gray, but got the run-around and went away too quickly.
Jack then reluctantly sent a letter to my Dad along with correspondence documenting what he felt the task force had ignored and was continuing to ignore in its most recent reincarnation. I read the material, asked my Dad if he minded if I called Jack to discuss it. He said “feel free,” but that he had forwarded it all to the Birmingham PD. After receiving the letter from my brother’s old classmate a few months earlier, I had some idea of what Bham PD would do with this information: Nothing.
I called Jack and then arranged to have a conference call with him and my brothers. What follows is a three-page letter summarizing what we discussed.
What will follow is the correspondence as I received it. See what you think you would do with it if it landed at your door.
“She never wavered from that story and every few years would call the police to see if they wanted her story again.”
This is where things really take off, after I have checked out web coverage of the ‘rejuvenation” of the OCCK task force (spare me), as well as websites addressing my brother’s murder case. Who knew?! Not me. I was busy moving my family from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest, much to my not-so-secret dismay. Yet here I was, face-to-face with what blew up in the shadow of an inadequate initial investigation. Lots of people left holding the bag. Page one of five. One letter of many to follow. I never asked for any of this.