I received this email from an astute reader this morning. I can’t say it any better, so with the author’s permission, here it is–
Good Morning Cathy,
I watched the entire DVD and I thought it was very good. I also thought it was a good review of the pertinent evidence.
A couple of things stuck with me in particular. Your Dad mentioned that three different sources who came to him independently before the Busch story went public all stated that they heard from three different police officers that the case was solved and the son of a former GM exec was the perpetrator. This is more than a coincidence.
The next thing was the eye witness who saw Timmy with Busch in the “Blue Gremlin” (easily mistaken for a blue Vega) who was adamant about what she saw but was blown off by law enforcement then and in the recent investigation. Negligent and shameful to say the least. Why would she be so adamant if she weren’t telling the truth? Why do these leads just disintegrate?
This is powerful circumstantial evidence that has been ignored.
Frankly I think the public would be quite convinced that Busch did it if we could condense the 6 hours down to about an hour and a half and just hit the highlights of the evidence and cover up. The above facts that your Dad mentioned would be important to include.
I really think it all gets back to money and the MSP trying to save face. They let two killers go and the County doesn’t want to go broke paying off civil suits. I have to believe they released Green also for a while if he was cleared on the polygraph. As your Dad mentioned other than cooper no one in law enforcement can rule out Busch. There is too much evidence against him. It’s like the Jon Benet case when they couldn’t rule out Patsy Ramsey as the author of the ransom note. My belief is she wrote the note to cover for her son who accidentally killed Jon Benet. There is no other explanation.
I think we need to focus on what we know and go from there. We know that a 1971 or 1972 Pontiac Lemans was involved in the Mihelich murder from the snow bank impressions. (Wondering if they were able to get a plate number also from the snow bank impression. Seems possible). We also have an excellent witness at the HM pharmacy who knew cars and stated that it was the same make and model that was at the Mihelich crime scene. We also have a partial plate of “222”. It would make sense to me to contact all persons that law enforcement interviewed including Greene’s brothers to see if they recall if Greene drove a Pontiac lemans. The Busch nephews would also be good sources. It would also be helpful to see if Flint PD, his parole officer or the secretary of state has any vehicle information on Greene. Your Dad mentioned that Bowman was picked up by Busch and Green in a Pontiac. This could be the vehicle? The only person that has the time to follow this path would be Marnie Kennan possibly. She is quite skilled. I am sure she would be willing to help. I think LE has tanked the Busch lead. We can expect no further help from them. I never heard back from the FBI and they are too focused on Sloan now which is a mistake in my view. Tunnel vision.
Another side note, It was mentioned that Busch named all three of the abduction locations. The reason he named then in my view was to cover his tracks in case LE had witnesses that could be put him at the scenes. It all adds up. People that have read the facts and like you, your family and me know the truth. Too bad the OCP hasn’t bothered to read the facts
Finally, it was mentioned that Brent Busch [nephew of Chris Busch] was at the cottage on Ess Lake with the Gunnels brothers [Vince, aka James & Paul]. The dots are connected. Brent is aquainted with the Gunnels brothers. Busch buys them beer and drugs and they hang out in Birmingham and near by. Gunnels is abused by Busch and turns into an accomplice. It all makes sense.
The recent statements by officials that no evidence was found in the Busch residence on Morningview Terrace in Bloomfield Village, MI, overlook the fact that the Montmorency Sheriff received a phone call on March 19, 1977, that Chris Busch was at the family cottage at Ess Lake (near Atlanta, MI) with young boys. Given the description of the call in police reports, the caller knew Busch was not to be in the presence of minors and was very concerned. Tim was missing from March 16 to 22. There should have been a search of the cottage in addition to the residence.
I am told the MSP would only search one location. The residence seemed the best bet because of what was found in the closet in the suicide photos (ligatures on the floor), as well as the drawing of the screaming boy all agree looks frighteningly like Mark Stebbins the first child known to have been kidnapped and murdered by these people. (Yes, I think more than one person was involved.) It also seemed like the best bet for finding dog hairs.
FOIA documents 01247-48 are from the FBI report on the 4-22-08 interview of Chris’ older brother, Charles Nels Busch. He advised the FBI that his parents had a Welsh Terrier with white hair, named “Tabitha,” that was at their house at the time of Chris’s alleged suicide.
Chris had his own dog, “Sam,” a light tan-colored Ibizan Hound Dog. According to Charles, Chris had brought Sam back from an island off the coast of Spain. This dog was also at the residence where Chris Busch was found dead. In fact, Sam and Tabitha were the dogs barking inside the locked home who alerted the maid on that fateful Monday morning that something was amiss. Charles advised that after Chris’ death, the parents took care of both dogs, that he didn’t know what happened to the dogs but that his parents were not the type to bury dead dogs in the backyard.
In this same report, Charles advised that Chris drove a small Chevrolet Vega “which was light brown or tan in color.” [Many other notations in the FOIA documents indicate it was in fact a blue Vega with a white pinstripe.] Charles “also believes Chris likely had another vehicle since he recalled the Vega as being an old car.” Chris also had a Triumph Bonneville motorcycle. [FBI Report dated 4-22-08, pages 57-58, FOIA pages 01246-47.]
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As I said in an earlier post, if the cost is at all prohibitive, message me here or make a comment headlined “DO NOT POST,” give me your name and address and I will see that you get a copy. I have two such requests to fill thus far, and I will get to it ASAP. I am not ignoring you.
This morning when I got up at 6 am, no Internet service/no cable. Tonight when I got home, same deal. Did all the trouble-shooting. Called my provider. The tests they ran show a problem with the outside line. Any digging in my hood? No. Haven’t had Internet problems I couldn’t fix myself in quite a few years. Coincidence after yesterday’s posts? Hopefully. But I plan on having a long chat with he service person who shows up for repairs. Posting this from my iPhone. And, if the problem continues I am three blocks from a public library.
This DVD describes our understanding of and reaction to what we know about the OCCK investigation. We obviously do not have access to what investigators have (or should have). This thing is very complex and convoluted and many issues are not addressed because then it would be a 12-hour DVD. It is light on editing because that adds substantially to the cost. It is what is it.
“If you have information or questions, please contact the Lisle Police Investigations Division . . . or the Naperville Police Department.”Posted: September 12, 2013
Here is a district-wide email alert of an attempted child abduction in a nearby town I received from our school district a few years ago. The attempt occurred in the next school district over and our district notified all parents. Compare it to the notice sent to Quarton school families in my last post.
Like Birmingham, these communities have reason not to fuck around. Jeanine Nicarico, age 10, was kidnapped, raped and murdered in Naperville, IL, in 1983. Here’s how the case is described in Wikipedia:
The Jeanine Nicarico murder case was a complex and influential homicide investigation and prosecution which took place in DuPage County, Illinois that sent two men to prison who were later exonerated and released, and contributed to the death penalty moratorium imposed by then-GovernorGeorge H. Ryan.
In July 2009, Brian Dugan pleaded guilty to the murder of Nicarico after having previously confessed to the crime. Dugan is jailed on two unrelated murder charges, one of a 27-year old woman and one which began with the abduction of two seven-year old girls, one of whom escaped and the other of whom was raped and murdered by Dugan. On November 11, 2009, after deliberating about 10 hours over two days, a DuPage County jury sentenced Brian Dugan to death for the rape and murder of Jeanine Nicarico 26 years earlier.
Nicarico was born July 7, 1972 in Naperville, Illinois. She was kidnapped, raped, sodomized, and murdered on February 25, 1983 when her home was burglarized on a day in which she had stayed home from school due to illness. Her body was found two days later along Prairie Path near Eola Rd. Her mom, Pat, an elementary school secretary, spoke with her on the telephone in the early afternoon. Nicarico was kidnapped during the commission of a burglary at her home. Her dad was at work and her sisters were at school.
Dugan was a serial killer. Apparently serial killers have a penchant for blue AMC Gremlins.
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-07-29/news/0907280642_1_brian-dugan-jeanine-nicarico-boarding (“A man in a beat-up blue 1974 American Motors Gremlin had grabbed two little girls off the street in Somonauk as they were riding their bikes.”)
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-10-22/news/0910210838_1_brian-dugan-hugs-jeanine-nicarico (“On June 2, 1985, Opal Horton was 8 years old, riding her bike with her friend Melissa Ackerman on a gravel road in Somonauk when Dugan stepped from a blue AMC Gremlin, asked the girls for directions uptown and grabbed Opal.”)
This week a reader sent me a recent stranger-danger alert issued by a Birmingham, MI elementary school. My brother Tim went to a nearby elementary school until he was abducted and murdered in March 1977.
The principal describes the incident and notes a police report was filed. Thank god an adult witness intervened. I have to say that I agree with the reader that, given the dark history in Birmingham surrounding this issue, this was too tame. I will next post an email alert I received from our school district in Illinois as a contrast.
I hope the Birmingham PD issued an immediate press release in addition to this school alert. Did an alert go out for the entire school district, or just this school? This man will just move to another school to try to lure kids. The press release I received from our district involved an attempted lure in neighboring district. Was there a description of a car or a license plate? Did a police sketch artist sit down with these kids and the adult witness?
Communities like Birmingham seem so concerned with the bad press they may get by acknowledging the ugly truth about these incidents, that they throw other potential victims under the bus. If the communities in Oakland County didn’t have this one hammered home in 1976 and 1977, there is almost no hope. The reason multiple stranger danger incidents occur in a community is because there is no fear of being noticed or caught by the police. What does that tell you?
I think communities like this tend to have a long, sad history of conveniently sweeping realities under the rug. Crime prevention involves acknowledging problems, healthy awareness, and high-visibility police patrol. This is the responsibility we bear on behalf of our children.
One thing that is immediately evident upon looking at the limited case file information obtained via FOIA on the OCCK case (Chris Busch documents) and the limited investigation by the MSP into the Fox Island pedophile/child porn ring (Francis Shelden documents): Oakland County had more than its share of pedophiles, operating with complete impunity, in the 1970’s. Have things changed? How would we ever know? Maybe long-time Birmingham resident Bill Shaffer (age 71), arrested on federal child porn charges this summer, can comment on that.