Fuck you, Padre.
Ordained in 1977 (the year my brother–the fourth victim of the OCCK murders–was abducted, tortured, raped and murdered), Father Timothy Murray was recently sentenced to 188 months in prison on child porn charges. Like most of these cases, there were also incidents of fondling and no doubt much worse, which were never considered by the sentencing judge. His attorney argued his client should be sent to the Big House for five years. Oh yeah. So that at age 68, with the little blue pill, this fuck could abuse kids for another decade or more. Thankfully the judge went heavy on the sentence. Jesus. Pun intended.
Ok, here is this fuck’s history:
Murray, who was ordained in 1977, served as associate pastor at St. Dorothy Parish in Warren from 1977-1980 and St. Veronica Parish in East Detroit from 1980-1982. He was co-pastor at St. Linus Parish in Dearborn Heights from 1982-1988 before becoming pastor of St. Raphael Parish in Garden City. Between 1991 and 2000 he was pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Warren, and he became pastor of St. Edith Parish in Livonia in 2000, where he served until his leave of absence was implemented.
From the news article:
“Murray acknowledged the sexual contact, apologized, and promised never to repeat it. But he did,” the court filing, written by attorneys from the office of U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, states.
“Not long after the first incident of abuse, Murray again fondled (the victim).”
By the time the archdiocese learned of the abuse, charges could not be filed due to the statute of limitations.
Murray “acknowledged his crimes” against the victim during a post-arrest interview in the child pornography case, officials said.
Despite being placed on administrative leave, Murray was still a Catholic priest as of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Nov. 25 court filing. He was receiving at least partial health care coverage from the church. “Murray, in other words, suffered virtually no repercussions for the crime that devastated (the victim) and his family,” the filing stated.
In recommending a 22-year prison sentence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office argued that, had Murray been convicted of sexually assaulting the victim, he would be facing a minimum 15-year sentence.
McQuade’s office issued a press release about the sentencing.
“The hands-on sexual abuse that led to (Murray’s) removal from public ministry by the Catholic church had long-lasting effects on the defendant’s prior victim,” McQuade stated.
“Similarly, the victims depicted in his extensive collection of child pornography suffered greatly not only at the hands of their abusers, but by those, like the defendant, who collect and continue to view the permanent depictions of their abuse.”
Murray had a collection of 685 videos and 472 still images stored on seven computers.
Murray used a peer-to-peer sharing network, meaning anyone on the network “could indiscriminately download from Murray’s significant collection,” the U.S. Attorney’s court filing stated.
“This substantial collection included images of children in bondage, children under 12 years of age, and children engaged in sex acts with adults.”
Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of Department of Homeland Security Investigations in Detroit, also made a statement.
“For a former priest to engage in the depraved activity for which he is being sentenced is reprehensible,” Miller stated.
“Today’s sentencing will hopefully bring a measure of closure to those affected by his actions. Cases like these serve to strengthen (our) resolve to aggressively pursue child predators.”
Compare this to the recent press coverage of priest sexual abuse revelations in the Chicago Diocese: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/religion/jan-june14/abuse_01-21.html
Fuck you Fr. Murray. Fuck you and the priest collar you hid behind and used to abuse kids. You were in the hood where all this sickness was going on back when the OCCK crimes were happening with impunity and you continued, under the imprimatur of your employer, the Catholic Church FOR DECADES. You should not only rot in prison, the Detroit and Suburban Dioceses should be writing GIGANTIC checks to the victims of your crimes.
Your attorney argued for a five-year sentence for you? I sure as hell hope he doesn’t have kids. If he does, I hope he has five years of sleepless nights for making that argument. I bet he wishes he had a better place in his law school class so he didn’t have to represent people like you. Your photo says it all. I can only imagine the life sentence imposed on your victims. Maybe your God will make you think about that for the next 16 years. It only seems fair.
Another person who has added a lot to the discussion has been bitamoney, who suggested that someone, perhaps Traverse City resident and author Mardi Link, should write a book on Frank Shelden (aka Frank Torey), his associates in child porn and pedophile rings, and N. Fox Island in Grand Traverse Bay, MI. First-time author Link wrote When Evil Came to Good Hart: an up north Michigan cold case, (The University of Michigan Press, 2008). Dick Robison, his wife and four kids, were murdered while vacationing at their cottage in northern Michigan in the summer of 1968. Five of the family members were shot to death; the youngest, seven-year-old Susie, was killed with a claw hammer. Mrs. Robison was raped; if not, the scene was staged to make it appear that way.
The book came out right around the 40th anniversary of the Robison family murders. The Michigan State Police were involved in this investigation and there are some very interesting parallels to the OCCK case. I read the book soon after it was published, during the time my Dad and brother Chris were locked in a court battle with the Michigan State Police after the MSP steadfastly, irrationally, and I believe illegally, refused to respond to their FOIA requests and my family was forced to file a lawsuit against to obtain documents. Tens of thousands of dollars later, after the case had been in the system for months, but before an Oakland County judge was set to finally rule on the matter, the MSP provided a little over 4,000 pages of documents to my Dad. These were the documents the MSP felt were responsive to the request (without court review) and they were heavily redacted.
After I read Link’s book (before the court had ruled), I sent an email to my family contrasting how the MSP dealt with author Mardi Link and how the MSP were fucking us over. Who knew that the Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper would later make the MSP look like reasonable players? (Harold Love, you should be grateful for that.) Maybe Mardi Link should write the book on N. Fox—the MSP certainly bent over backwards to help her write a book on another notorious Michigan cold case; maybe they will oblige her on this subject.
What follows is mostly from the email I sent my family after I read Link’s book–during the time my Dad was paying legal fees to obtain what was so easily granted to Ms. Link. This is going to be a long post; I apologize in advance. There are some very interesting parallels to the OCCK case.
The Robisons had been dead for over a month when they were discovered. The only physical evidence was one bloody shoe print, the bloody hammer (picked up by a deputy using a paper towel, thus obscuring the fingerprints), and shell casings (two weapons were used; the victims were apparently “finished off” with a final bullet to the head from a second gun).
Dick Robison’s business partner, Joseph Scolaro, of Birmingham, MI, was an obvious suspect. Not only was he embezzling from the business, he had owned two weapons—both of the types used on the family. The actual guns were never found, but shell casings identical to those found at the murder scene were found on Scolaro’s father-in-law’s property where there was a shooting range.
Other suspects were Monnie Bliss, the builder of many of the cabins in the Good Hart area, including the Robison’s, and caretaker of the Robison’s property. John Norman Collins, convicted of one of the U of M coed murders and suspected serial killer of women, has also long been discussed as a suspect. He was apparently in the same fraternity at Eastern Michigan University as the oldest Robison son, and Collins may have even visited the cabin as a guest at some point.
Link explains in a web article that she had always been fascinated by the Robison case, being the same age as youngest victim Susie in the summer of 1968.
The self-proclaimed Court TV addict pitched the project to an editor through a blind email. ‘She responded [and] voila, I had a book contract,’ Link said. She filed Freedom of Information Act requests, obtained files from Emmet County and the Michigan State Police and interviewed Good Hart locals. The publisher’s approval came in March in 2007 and by November, Link turned in the book. . . . ‘I was trying to tell, from various angles, what really happened,’ she said. ‘The main character of the book is really the investigation.
Link’s obvious conclusion that Scolaro was either the killer or the person who hired the killer(s) is one long-held by the MSP detectives who worked on this case, as well as the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office. In 2002 it was announced that three pubic hairs found on Shirley Robison’s body would be retested and her clothing would be reexamined for DNA evidence. Unfortunately, the evidence turned out to be too degraded. This result was made public. Yeah, public.
Here’s the deal. THIS CASE, LIKE THE OCCK CASE, IS STILL CONSIDERED “OPEN.” Interesting that such a comprehensive book is written about a case that is still open. But it turns out that Link had quite a bit of help and a lot of file access.
First, in her acknowledgments, Link explains “Sheriff Pete Wallin and Detective J. L. Sumpter of the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office graciously opened up their exhaustive records on the case and provided me with their own personal observations and wisdom, which was invaluable.” Quite the contrast to the OCCK case.
The Oakland County Sheriff and every Oakland County police department have, in my opinion, ultimately treated all of the OCCK victim’s families like shit. Oh yeah, back in the day the police briefly held our hands (but note that the prosecutor’s office never, ever, made any contact with my parents). But way down the road, when stuff started unraveling and bubbling to the surface, they abandoned us and threw any LE who tried to do the right thing (present-day and retired) right under the bus. You must have thought we were idiots.
In her acknowledgments, Link continues: “Thank you, Shannon Akans and Linda Ortiz of the Michigan State Police, for access to that agency’s well-organized, behemoth file on the case. I am proud to be a citizen of a state that has the Michigan State Police looking out for our welfare.” Ms. Link, I would love for you to compare that well-organized, behemoth file to the massive, pathetic amalgamation of documents that constitutes the OCCK case “file.” Yes, you just might be the perfect person to write this book.
The photographs in Link’s book are “courtesy of the Michigan State Police.” Really? It took multiple FOIA requests for family members of Tim and Kris to get photographs Kris’ sister SAW WITH HER OWN EYES WHEN SHE MET WITH DETECTIVE GARRY GRAY in October 2007 [correction, 2009]. The MSP later responded that such photos “did not exist.” Turns out they did. They tried supplying “redacted photos” (unheard of) and later, after letters and litigation, provided the actual photos.
“A Note to Readers” in Ms. Link’s book explains that: “This is a true story. It was written nearly forty years after the murder of the Robison family, and any of the people you will meet in these pages were deceased long before I began writing about them. Meticulous records of the case were kept by both the Michigan State Police and the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, including written interviews of friends, family members, business associates, suspects and others in the midst, and on the fringes of, the investigation.” This included a 300-page report that was the “result of eighteen months of meticulous police work by detectives who had investigated the Robison case.” This report contained pertinent details forged into a single narrative.
Link describes the report:
Here together for the first time was all of the background research, all of the interviews, the polygraph test results, the lab and autopsy results, and of course those crucial ballistics determinations. The three-hundred-page report was physically heavy, but also loaded down with human expectations. So precious was their package that to Detectives Stearns and Flis [MSP], who drove north in order to hand-deliver their report safely into the care of prosecutor Donald G. Noggle, it must have felt like they were handing over pages plated with 14-carat gold.
Prosecutor Noggle later determined there was not enough evidence to file charges against Scolaro. State Attorney General Frank Kelley backed up Noggle’s decision.
Here’s what I said to my family after reading this book: Now, if Link can read these meticulous records, stellar written interviews and the gold-plated 300-page report in the still-open Robison murder investigation, why the fuck can’t we look at the records and whatever else they have in the still-open OCCK case?
Let me point out that I’m sure Link had to pay for copying/redacting costs for the many documents she obtained. But she sure as hell didn’t have to take the MSP to court and pay attorney fees to get the privilege of paying $11,000-plus, as my Dad did, just to have some MSP rep with a black magic marker redact the pages they alone decided we were entitled to (without court review—Oakland County judges are cut from the same cloth), and copy them. Like most redaction jobs, the magic marker is used heavily, like a crayon used by a preschooler, with the occasional gaffe where someone’s full name is left untouched (thank you, Universe). That’s 11K PLUS attorney fees, which were well-worth it to get an understanding of what these agencies did and did not do. The truth sometimes hurts, but it’s better than a bunch of lies.
Continuing with the contrast between the Robison case and the OCCK case and Ms. Link’s book—In 1973, the MSP and the Emmet County Sheriff went to the then Oakland County Prosecutor, L. Brooks Patterson (OCP at the time of the OCCK murders in 1976 and 1977), to find a way to sidestep the Emett County prosecutor. The rumor was that OC was going to issue an arrest warrant for Joseph Scolaro for conspiracy to commit murder. When Scolaro caught wind of this, he offed himself in May 1973.
As previously mentioned, in 2002, Emmet Co. Sherriff Wallin asked the MSP to conduct DNA testing in the Robison case. Catch this:
“Before the lab work was started, money, and a lot of it, happened to become available for tests on old DNA evidence. In March 2003, the Forensic Science Division received a $1.4 million federal grant to conduct DNA testing on cold cases. The grant allowed the Grayling laboratory to select 175 cases from around the state in which there were ‘existing biological samples’ and to test them. The idea behind the grant was that these biological samples would be entered into CODIS (Combined DNA Indexing System), the national crime-fighting DNA database, and checked against existing records. Adding 175 new cases would also expand the database itself.”
From Link’s book (I read it on a Kindle and don’t have a page reference for you). Now I can pretty much goddamn guarantee you that the OCCK case—a case which has to qualify as one of the most notorious unsolved cold cases in the entire country—was not on this list of 175. The DNA evidence in the OCCK case was fucking lost, misfiled, used in MSP post training exercises—it wasn’t used to enhance any database or to try to solve the case. Human hairs on my brother’s body were recently found after a decade’s-long absence. Where were they? Filed for decades under “animal hairs.” Nice work, guys. Let it sit there, untested, until it degrades into nothing. No gold-plated, 14-carat, 300-page, intensive single narrative in the MSP files on this case, like in the Robison case. Somebody outside the MSP has long been and continues to work on such a narrative, but the MSP and Oakland County aren’t doing anything to help and are probably thwarting the effort.
To those of you who can’t understand why some of us are still asking questions about the kidnapping, captivity, torture, rape, murder and dumping like garbage of four (and probably more) children in Oakland County during the late 1970’s, let me close with parallels in the Robison case.
Emmet County Detective J. L. Sumpter was interviewed about the Robison case in 2007. He said: “There is just something about this case. Once you know a little bit about it, you want to know more. No, you just don’t want to know more, you have to know more. It’s like it’s contagious, and what you catch from it is obsession.”
Link observed that part of her obsession was the fact that the crime involved the devastation of an entire family. In the OCCK cases, we have child victims held captive for days (and Kristine for weeks) before being murdered. I hate to say it, but the Robisons were all probably dead within minutes. There is just no comparison to what to these kids went through for days and weeks (in Kris’ case) before being murdered. Yet, we are to believe that it is best to “leave it be,” even though people interviewed in Link’s book describe thinking about the Robison murders “to this day.”
Many suspect Joseph Scolaro was responsible for the Robison murders. It is no secret that he took, and failed, three polygraph tests. He committed suicide, as OCCK suspect Chris Busch allegedly did. Nobody has held back about their speculation about Scolaro, or other suspects in the Robison case for that matter, and I mean by name, rank and serial number. Not only has much been revealed in the press and in Link’s book about Scolaro and other possible suspects, but also about victim Richard Robison. But not a word can be uttered in the OCCK case about Chris Busch or any other suspect above the income-level of a David Norberg or a Ted Lamborgine.
Residents of Good Hart have said things like “’I don’t think you can tie it up into a nice package and put a ribbon on it,’ says a former neighbor, pointing out that the case remains officially unresolved. ‘You have to keep an open mind.’” http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/June-2008/A-Web-of-Intrigue/index.php?cparticle=4&siarticle=3#artanc. So, I guess the take away is that some cases are never “solved,” but at least in the Robison case people got to see what the cops and prosecutors did and didn’t do in the case.
Here’s how I viewed Link’s book when I read it a few years ago. Someone who was a seven-year-old kid driving to northern Michigan with her family in 1968 and hears a radio report of another seven-year-old and her family members up north is allowed to ask “who?” and my family can’t ask about shit about the murder of their son and brother? I was nine when the Robison murders occurred. I remember having some understanding of what it would mean to find a family after they had been dead for a month. How was I to know that nine years later my youngest brother would be kidnapped, held captive for six days and then dumped on a roadside in southern Michigan? Why was Mardi Link, an author with no connection to any of the victims in the Robison case, provided with invaluable observations and wisdom from law enforcement, when the family members of the OCCK victims have been treated shamefully? Both cases are open/unsolved. Mardi Link must have been ecstatic over being handed all of the information to author her first book. Unlike all the authors salivating over cases like this, all we wanted were some answers–or some kind of explanation of how things dead-ended. We didn’t want to write a goddamn book. The answers could have been given privately and verbally, but the MSP and the OCP and every other OC LE agency stuttered away and wouldn’t look us in the face. You tell me what that means.
I get a lot of very interesting and good posts from readers. Some people ask that I not post their comment, which I understand. This comment was posted and it is the most cogent and on-point comment I have received. I am therefore reposting it. It makes a ton of sense and needs to be repeated.
This post makes alot clearer and makes alot of sense.
Follow this idea.
For a porn ring to work they must be sure that the one variable is controlable. That variable is the children victoms and the only way you can control children is by fear.
To make a pediphle ring work the kids need to be scared of death or of harm to their families. The ring would also have to be able to hush up any incidents which means police and media.
I think a kid was killed and shown in the media early on in their ring to show the kids that they better behave and be quiet about it. I also believe the OCCK was done to shut up any possible kids thinking of talking about this pediphle ring. It was a message to those kids who were victoms of this ring.
I am not saying any of these kids killed were involved in this ring. They were not victoms of the ring. They would not want to kill a kid who they make money off unless that kid was about to talk. What i think they did was tell all thier kids to watch the news because they were going to show thier power and what happens when people think about talking.
That it was boys and girls killed was just by convenience or to show they could kill both. Maybe that was a message that their siblings were not safe either.
I think the reason they did it when they did it was because info was coming out about fox island. The timing you mention in you blog post points that out. That info was coming out was a break in thier media power and thry would need to keep everyone in check.
Busch’s suicide/ murder was also a message to the finders of the kids to keep their mouths shut too.
Busch must have been a kid finder. They needed kid finders to make the whole thing work. How else would thry have product (kids). They needed people to find these kids and pick the kids up and drop them off. Greg greene was another one. The ability to show up in the kids neighborhood or be able to watch the kids by living in those kids neighborhoods would be a way to keep the kids from talking. I bet the keepers ( busch) showed up in these kids dailey lives to keep a eye on them and intimidate them to be silent.
Hey B’ham Bill, you think someone might be worried you’re going to squeal?
“[T]he deadliest of all sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit . . .” Erik Erikson, psychoanalystPosted: January 16, 2014
These pages are from documents provided by the Michigan State Police in response to a FOIA request for files relating to the investigation into the CSC charges against Frank Shelden and allegations concerning North Fox Island. At least the MSP provided some responsive documents. I’ve mentioned once or twice before that my Dad filed a FOIA request with the FBI for files relating to the now-deceased Frank Shelden, as well as the long-deceased Chris Busch. Their response: So sorry, that batch of files was destroyed in a catastrophic (their actual description) flood of one of our filing facilities. Too bad, so sad. Gee, you would almost think a U.S. Senator was on the list of Fox Island clients, or men of similar stature.
Compare these transcript pages from the MSP file on Shelden and N. Fox Island to the bullshit testimony of Gerald Richards during the hearings held on child pornography legislation. http://archive.org/stream/protectionofchil00unit#page/n1/mode/2up The first page of the transcript, which was of an interview conducted by the FBI but a part of the MSP Shelden file, was a blank page, meaning it was completely redacted from the MSP FOIA response. The rest of this transcript contained redactions made by the MSP and I have added further redactions because it is clear the person who went to the FBI with this information had legitimate concerns for safety, not only from family members but also from members of a police department. The whited-out portions were redactions made by the MSP and my redactions are made in black marker. In spite of the redactions, I’m sure none of this will be lost on you.
Undated copy of editorial from unknown newspaper in the MSP file re: Frank Shelden, provided in response to a FOIA request. This file is pathetically thin, given what was involved. More to follow.