I get a fair amount of blow back along the lines of “why are you looking back when it can do no good? “ Here’s why and here’s why my blog is ultimately an ok thing, no matter if you agree with what I post or why I do it:
We never forgot our brother/son.
We never denied what he suffered through.
Because there is nothing wrong with searching for the truth, even when ignoring it is easier.
Because facing the truth is important.
Because integrity is important; preferably relentless integrity. (I know that’s asking too much.)
Because we did not stay silent in the face of evil, lies, corruption, shame, and incredible ego.
Because when you don’t look back at what went wrong, there is not only no healing, history can more easily be repeated.
Because victims of sex crimes often do not have a voice and because sex crimes are still often treated as “not that bad” and therefore worthy of ignoring or diminishing. Think there was only one Jerry Sandusky running around all these decades?
Because crime victims deserve far better than they got/get in Oakland County, Michigan. And, apparently, so do some defendants: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20130129/prosecutors-more-than-a-dozen-drug-cases-dismissed-in-oakland-county-after-learning-investigator-lied-under-oath.
Because if you have nothing to hide, you should embrace complete transparency in your dealings with others, to the extent allowed by law. And don’t manipulate the law so you can hide behind it.
Because you can never count on somebody having a conscience if their ass is on the line for whatever reason, no matter the egregiousness of the crime or situation.
Because I think the Michigan State Police suck.
Because I also think Oakland County sucks.
Because a number of people totally skated for almost 40 years and have lived/live their lives as if not a goddamn thing happened. Children were tortured and died, people and communities were broken. There were a lot of us who had to crawl on our hands and knees to be able to walk again. And I don’t have to keep my mouth shut about that.
As I’ve said all along—if you don’t like it, don’t read it. This is a pass/fail gig. And I’m giving myself a pass. We dared to speak up and it made a difference. Not much, but a difference nevertheless. What happened in these cases can most definitely happen again. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.
Yep. Looks like they had a big problem.
Check out this letter in the Genessee Co. Busch file sent by Genessee Co. Prosecutor Robert F. Leonard to Montmorency Co. Prosecutor David F. Tibbetts on April 6, 1977, some two weeks after my brother’s body was dumped in a ditch in Livonia. I’m sure you will forgive me for my editorial comments, added when I first read the document a few years ago. Leonard states the obvious—that effective investigation of child sex crimes necessitated information sharing; something none of the agencies were able or willing to do, even in the face of this “tragic, acute and widespread problem” in Michigan at the time. I will next post the meeting agenda.
Leonard tried to do the right thing. I don’t know if the meeting ever took place or who attended. And there are more interesting documents in the file about the disposition of Busch’s pending CSC case, even in the face of the prosecutor’s and the assigned judge’s obvious concern with these types of crimes. But Leonard didn’t last long. Two years later he was in the Big House after being convicted of embezzling $34,000 from a fund his office used for undercover operations. See http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987-09-28/news/8703130190_1_white-collar-white-candidate-seven-candidate-field
Should answer questions about the subject of the latest FOIA request. Page 1 of 2.
Others have expressed this viewpoint. This happens to be the most blunt version, which I appreciated.Posted: October 22, 2013
As I mentioned last week, a reader raised a very valid series of questions about the role of the OCP in this investigation back in the day, L. Brooks Patterson. What was his role back then and what is his role/involvement today? I have edited the reader’s remarks as follows and add my own observations. They are mixed together to obscure the reader’s identity.
In trying to separate the known facts of the case from the known facts of the investigation, there’s really very little about Patterson’s role that I have been able to ascertain, but here’s what seems to be reasonably accurate:
Perhaps the 1977 investigation may simply have been focused away from Busch and Greene because it was felt by those intimate with the investigation that David Norberg was the “prime suspect”. I still don’t know much about David Norberg as a suspect beyond the few facts that were published at about the time his body was exhumed. But Patterson’s role in that exhumation has been documented, and one could surmise that Patterson’s interest in Norberg as a suspect in 1999 reflects his interest in Norberg as a suspect in 1977.
Second, there is the 2/22/77 article from the Detroit News http://catherinebroad.blog/2013/03/11/while-police-on-the-street-are-breaking-their-backs-a-few-levels-up-the-chain-of-command-no-one-wants-to-connect-the-dots/ which quotes Patterson as taking an interest in the Flint arrests of Greene, Busch and Bennett.
Yet flash forward 33 years, and Patterson is quoted as follows in a WXYZ report: “Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson was the prosecutor at the time of the case against Busch. He does not remember this specific case, but believes it would have been referred to the task force at the time…“Is two years of probation, and a fine – no jail time – a light sentence for something like that? Oh hell yes! We had a reputation of being pretty aggressive, so there had to be something that would have allowed us to accept probation.”. . . But Patterson says there’s no way Busch got a “deal” because of his background…“To suggest that my office, or the sentencing judge – Judge Templin – somehow was less than aggressive because the parents were rich – that’s absolute crap!” http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/investigators-begin-to-look-at-new-suspect-in-child-killer-case
It is striking how several individuals documented as having dealt with Busch during the course of the investigation claim to have no recollection of their dealings with him. The guy is the son of a big GM exec, is charged numerous times with criminal sexual conduct with minor boys, AND he looks like Grizzly Adams. But hey, just another pedophile in Oakland County. They all start to look alike I guess. But Patterson or his Chief Deputy, Richard Thompson, had to have given the green light for Busch to be offered probation, whether they have any recollection of this fact or not. Judge Templin didn’t pull that disposition out of thin air.
Check out this interesting find made by a reader—a link to “A Prosecutor’s Handbook for School Administrators,” authored by “a special research team” of the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office of L. Brooks Patterson in 1974 and 1975. As the reader aptly puts it, this document “[p]rovides a nice window into history.” The handbook “analyzes over 28 problems that school administrators and staff personnel could face during the course of a school year.”
The reader made note of two interesting references. One is on page 69 of the handbook. Roger L. Busch is listed as the executive director of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Community Action Council, address 191 Brady Lane, Bloomfield Hills. This organization was formed to deal with problems of drug and substance abuse. Is this guy related to Chris Busch’s family? Not that I know of.
The second interesting reference was at page 71–to Common Ground, 1090 S. Adams Road, a multi-service crisis intervention center and free clinic back in the day. John McKinney, the art dealer/chaplain/whatever murdered in his Birmingham studio very near Common Ground in September 1977, has been mentioned over the years in connection with Common Ground, as well as with these murders.
A third interesting reference is to “Camp Oakland,” a place for “bad kids,” where some have reported very bad things happened to them there.
Yeah, you could call this all just a big reach, but it’s interesting reading to those of us who lived in the community back then. And check out the epigraph, a quote from Socrates, on the opening pages:
The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority. They show disrespect for their elders, and love chatter in place of exercise. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs and tyrannize their teachers.
Seriously?! The children in Oakland County weren’t tyrannizing anyone. They needed to be protected from monsters like Chris Busch, Greg Greene, Bobbie Moore, Ted Lamborgine, Bill Shaffer and many others who were as sick as these men.
Quite the contrast in cold case investigative styles.