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.