STATE OF MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENCE DIVISION LABORATORY REPORT, Dated July 11, 2010.Posted: October 31, 2019
Here is a heavily redacted lab report from the MSP dated July 11, 2010. It details evidence received by the state crime lab after the processing of the house at 3310 Morningview Terrace, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on October 29, 2008. This was the house previously owned by H. Lee and Elsie Busch, where Chris Busch lived off an on and where he was found shot to death in his bedroom there.
This report also lists case evidence brought to the lab by MSP Det./Sgt. Garry Gray on the dates February 3, 2009 and March 20, 2009. This lab report is dated July 11, 2010, 14 months after the last evidence was provided to the lab. I guess that’s what you get in a cold, cold case.
The “results” are interesting, including: No comparative analysis was performed on the hairs and fibers from Tim’s red hat “at this time.” “The items of Submission 36 were examined and inventories to identify their contents and to identify possible hairs and fibers for further analysis. Several of the items were turned over to the Biology Unit for further examination and have been the subject of a separate report(s).” “The fibers of item #8G-6J-6 through Item #8G-6J-6 were found to be yellowish fibers reportedly found on victims Timothy King and Jill Robinson.”
Most notably: “NO FURTHER ANALYSIS WAS PERFORMED ON THE REMAINING ITEMS AT THIS TIME. . . . THE EVIDENCE WAS PLACED IN STORAGE AND IS AVAILABLE FOR THE AGENCY TO RETRIEVE.”
Still waiting, Cheryl.
Some of you may recognize what I have written in the attached notes. I believe I posted this on Helen Dagner’s website. These are the notes I used to draft the post. Sorry, the links won’t work, but you’ll get the point of it all.
Here is an interesting email exchange from July 27, 2009. I had to cut and paste it so you didn’t have to start at the bottom and read up. As many of you will recall, during that time Helen Dagner had a website devoted to the OCCK crimes. The case was also “discussed” on Topix back when that forum allowed this type of “discussion,” and I will also be posting some pages from that website. As I said, I copied off thousands of pages of material when I knew my computer was being hacked. I am also a big fan of screen shots to document some of the stuff I have received. Not everyone who comments or contacts me is on the up and up. No surprise there.
This email exchange is some three years into having some sense of the gaslighting process being used by law enforcement here, and a year-plus since we learned the name of Christopher Busch. As you will read, I was immensely frustrated by this point. The print is small, but I hope you can read it. The quotes from law enforcement from back in the day are illuminating. I don’t think it’s just a few of us who see this stuff and ask questions. But, back then nobody asked any questions. Law enforcement had complete control of the narrative. Turns out they are not good narrators.
This question is really not rhetorical, and comes from the end of an email I received over six years ago. I am showing it to you because I think the author of the email makes some important points. It highlights the lying that has gone on at every possible turn in this case. It is the writer’s opinion, but it is not at all outside the realm of possibility. Not at all. And, no, I won’t say who the author is. Sorry. Like I said, it’s an OPINION. But stranger shit has happened, don’t you agree?
A little background on the content of the email. Jane Burgess was the attorney who represented admitted pedophile Chris Busch on numerous Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor cases around the State of Michigan in the months leading up to his “suicide.” A suicide that, you will recall, involved a shot between the eyes while Busch was in bed with his arms under the covers. Not kidding. Pretty talented guy.
Jane Burgess died in the 1990’s. She practiced law with her husband, Larry Burgess. Larry Burgess was interviewed by Det. Cory Williams after the Busch information came to light. A copy of the transcript of that interview was provided in the FOIA documents my Dad received. Larry Burgess now practices law with his son, David. Last I checked, they shared office space with James Feinberg, who represented Larry Wasser, a polygrapher, in his efforts to keep law enforcement in the dark about what he told Patrick Coffey, another polygrapher, about this case in 2006. For a refresher on how we got here, see:
and a link to a letter I wrote to Monthly Detroit after they ran an article about this mess, and Wasser’s attorney responded with a bunch of lies:
Here is the email–
Ask yourself if you saw this shit happening in real time, how easy it would be to give up hope of any decency, let alone answers, in this case.
Here is another helpful overview of how we learned of Larry Wasser and Chris Busch:
Rather than end this post with the question of whether everyone in the criminal justice system is a piece of shit, I took heart in the words at the end of his Part Three:
The identity of the Oakland County Child killer remains a mystery that may never be solved. However, his killing spree will never be forgotten. In a world filled with malevolence, the only true way to destroy evil is to stick together and not lose hope. If this can be achieved, maybe atrocities like the Oakland County murders can be prevented.
In my last post I outlined why we are at the end of the line in this case–again. Maybe DNA testing yields some answers. Maybe someone who knows something comes forward (and is believed and the information actually investigated). Probably not. If we can’t get the governor and state attorney general in communication with the director of the MSP, we will never get answers on where this case stands and what has been done. I’m not holding my breath.
In the meantime, I will be posting documents related to this case that you should see. You should see them so you understand what passes for justice in Michigan, what gets ignored, and why you should care. Some of the documents will be from the FOIA documents provided by the Michigan State Police. Remember that these documents are just the tip of the iceberg and that I believe any truly important documents were destroyed back in the day. But what we got is pretty incredible, even for a very limited FOIA request. Some of the documents will be from the copies of thousands of emails I printed off as I went, after realizing my computer was being hacked.
Today, consider this horrifying email I received. I redacted it for obvious reasons. The writer specifically says: “I TRIED TO TELL LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR INVESTIGATIVE PURPOSES. LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS NOT REPLIED TO MY CALLS ONLY INFORMED ME THEY WERE ‘VERY BUSY.'”
Think this is made up? Well, consider this document from the MSP files on Frank Shelden, Gerald Richards and N. Fox Island:
If the Michigan State Police Task Force and the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office spent half the time investigating the OCCK murders as they did keeping the case on lock down from any inquiry, we might have gotten somewhere. At least we may have gotten some honest answers about what went wrong and how these agencies plan to deal with the tough cases in the future. Some honest answers and acknowledgement of the mess that was created during this decades-old investigation would have shown some measure of humility toward the children who were trafficked and exploited in Michigan and the four (and probably more) victims of the OCCK killer(s).
Thank you to readers who forward information and links to me. Two arrived within hours of each other and the timing and message are too obvious to ignore. Here is one, a link to a Detroit Metro Times article dated June 5, 2019: “US Attorney: Michigan is the nation’s most corrupt state.” https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2019/06/05/us-attorney-michigan-is-the-nations-most-corrupt-state. While this might be news to some of you, I have felt this way about Oakland County at a gut and later an intellectual level for a very long time. What a surprise, it is apparently endemic to the state. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider explained that “Our statistics show we lead the nation in corruption cases, by far.” He went on to explain that every state has about one corruption case each year, while larger districts like New York, Los Angeles and Miami usually have four. In Michigan there were 18 per year for the last five years.
The article points out that in 2012 the FBI organized the Detroit Area Public Corruption Task Force to address this widespread corruption. It is still operating “and in some cases local authorities aren’t informed of the fed’s activities BECAUSE THEY CAN’T BE TRUSTED.” Ya think?!
As the reader who sent me this link pointed out, the article goes on to support my gut feeling that the mainstream Michigan press is weak and never asks the hard questions or follows up on agency or law enforcement bullshit.
Of course, the media has a role in all this. The Michigan press generally isn’t known for challenging the power structure, which is well-represented and celebrated at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference. And the state’s media elite that joins lobbyists, politicians, corporate executives, and other powerful state players at Mackinac isn’t there to ask tough questions or challenge anyone — it goes to join in the celebration.
A celebration the reporter goes on to describe as “access journalism at its grossest.” U.S. Attorney Schneider states: “UNTIL THE STATE’S [NEWS]ANCHORS AND REPORTERS REPLACE THEIR LAPDOG INSTINCTS WITH A DRIVE TO TAKE DOWN THOSE WORKING ON BEHALF OF THE POWERFUL, MICHIGAN WILL REMAIN THE NATION’S MOST CORRUPT STATE.”
I have said many tines that the Detroit area press did not ask the hard questions about the OCCK case back in the day and did not adequately cover the revelations about wealthy child trafficker, child rapist and child pornographer Frank Shelden, North Fox Island and Shelden’s alleged list of 270 “sponsors” who liked what he was doing. The Detroit area press ignored the N. Fox Island horror in spite of the fact that at a much smaller newspaper up north, reporter Marilyn Wright was engaged in true investigative journalism on this subject and wrote numerous articles for the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
Nor do I want to overlook the reporting of Marney Keenan for The Detroit News (October 26, 2009) or that of David Ashenfelter for the Detroit Free Press June 17 and 18, 2012) on the actions and missteps of the then OCCK task force. Both were very quick studies and both made a complex story understandable. But, a misinformation campaign by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office was to follow soon thereafter–the magic hair evidence allegedly linking incarcerated pedophile Arch Sloan’s car to hairs found on Mark and Tim. Hairs that to this very day have not been tested using the most advanced available DNA testing, described in my last post.
Finally, I also want to acknowledge that the articles I read from the Royal Oak Tribune (previously the Royal Oak Daily Tribune) about this case from 1976-78 were uniformly a cut above those in the News and Free Press. Maybe they weren’t as worried about General Motors pulling its advertising dollars, but their articles did seem to address harder issues and angles than those of the two bigger papers. In the wake of the “rejuvenation” of the task force (i.e. fighting with the families and pulling the wool over the public’s eyes), the Tribune published two courageous editorials basically asking public officials and law enforcement to engage in frank discussion. What a concept.
To USAG Scheider’s point, after Marney Keenan’s piece appeared on the front page of The Detroit News (a decade ago yesterday), someone from the Michigan State Police called an editor or two at the News asking why their lap dog, I mean beat reporter, wasn’t covering the task force developments. Here’s a short answer–because he is a pussy and because you would have punished him down the road when he had to contact you on other stories.
There is a good chance Michigan will remain the nation’s most corrupt state.
Then consider this timely article from The Alpena News, sent to me by another reader. https://www.thealpenanews.com/opinion/editorials-and-columns/2019/10/govt-transparency-is-for-you-not-just-me/ The Alpena News is hosting Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel at the Alpena County Library this coming Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 1 p.m. for a seminar on “transparency laws,” including the Freedom of Information Act and the Michigan Open Meetings Act. Reporter Jason Hinkley explains that “[o]ur reporters will be there and we’ve specifically invited Northeast Michigan government leaders, but we hope you’ll be there, too, to learn how you can make sure government’s not keeping secrets it shouldn’t be keeping.”
Hinkley describes how he and another reporter were investigating the low standard in Michigan’s indigent criminal defense system. They filed FOIA requests with three Michigan counties to obtain the billing records for public defenders to see how much work they were really putting in. Ingham County was the only one to argue they did not have to provide the records because they were exempt. The newspaper appealed this decision to the county board of commissioners, who sided with the newspaper. Hinkley explains: “The county board sided with us, though we reached an agreement through which the State Journal had to pay some astronomical amount–it was around $1,000 if memory serves–for the county to copy all of the bills and redact names and other information they felt should be withheld.”
The $1,000 price tag is clearly contrary to the spirit of the Michigan FOIA. But remember, my Dad paid 10-times that, over $11,000, for 3,500 documents (quite a few of the pages blank, with no explanation for the “exemption”)the Michigan State Police provided in response to a lawsuit filed after they rejected my Dad’s request. The media did not file their own FOIA actions–they relied on the documents my Dad obtained and paid for. Some journalists were provided files from other Michigan jurisdictions, simply upon request. Some of these files were files these agencies told my Dad, who had asked for them first, that the files just didn’t exist. Go figure.
Why is it that the big Michigan press backs off so easily when rebuffed by the Michigan State Police and Oakland County? How did Michigan become the nation’s most corrupt state? Did it start long before officials protected rich people like Frank Shelden and high-ups at General Motors? Did it start long before the state did not protect children and instead protected child traffickers, rapists and pornographers? What was set in motion or maybe set in concrete when Detroit PD used animals like Richard Lawson as “police informants” and turned a blind eye to what he was doing to children? Why don’t we have any answers about how taxpayer money was spent investigating the OCCK murders? Why are the state police allowed to control the entire narrative about this investigation and answer no questions about how this investigation has been approached and where it stands? Oakland County has much to account and atone for, but that would require another very long post, and they are worthless at this point.
J. Reuben Appelman’s book, The Kill Jar, a memoir that addresses the OCCK case and investigation, came out in 2018. https://www.amazon.com/J.-Reuben-Appelman/e/B005HYR13S?ref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share. In early 2019, Children of the Snow, a 2-part documentary on this case aired on Investigation Discovery, https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/id-shows/oakland-child-killer-children-of-the-snow. It is now airing on Hulu, https://www.hulu.com/series/children-of-the-snow-e5670464-7adc-4907-80c1-9f38ce17ee82, and is available from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Children-Snow-Season-1/dp/B07NSGJYMY. WDIV created a series that aired just before Children of the Snow and it appeared on t.v. and online. https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/oakland-county-child-killer/oakland-county-child-killer-a-look-back-at-what-happened-in-1976-77-1. Various podcasts have discussed the case in the wake of renewed publicity. Another book is due out and hopefully another documentary. If you think what you have seen and heard so far is a descent into Hell, I believe that what follows will be more intense. Michigan will not be portrayed in a positive light, although a few exceptional investigators (then and now and NOT from the MSP) will hopefully be highlighted. Frankly, I hope Michigan never recovers from the black eye it most certainly deserves at many levels as regards this case (and other child murder and child trafficking and exploitation cases), even as the rare exceptions to the mis- and malfeasance are hopefully distinguished.
Please consider writing or emailing the following Michigan officials and asking them to learn about this case, to figure out what the MSP has done and is currently doing on the OCCK case, why advanced DNA testing has not been done, and why the tip line “advertised” at the conclusion of the Children of the Snow documentary was a cynical and diversionary tactic to make it look like people could come forward with information and actually be heard. Like the case, which they so adamantly describe as “open” and “active,” is actually receiving any real attention.
I have heard from more than a few people that they left a message on the tip line (when they could get through and when the mailbox was not full), and never heard back from anyone. As I said in my last post, I have it on good authority that this cold case is now being handled by one detective–who is brand new to the case, had a full caseload of active cases and NO administrative help to deal with the tip line.
No more gaslighting and bullshit, Michigan. That tip line bullshit was a nice way to end the documentary, but in practice it is a fraud. It is time for the Michigan Governor, the Michigan Attorney General and the Corporal of the Michigan State Police to acknowledge this black hole, the lack of resources and the lies and cover-ups surrounding this case. Make a decision. If you aren’t going to devote resources and demand some answers, just say so. Quit making us twist in the wind.
Thankfully, I am not a constituent. It is important, however, for these officials to be aware of how these crimes affected people who lived and live in Michigan and for them to acknowledge how people have been treated who tried to come forward with information. More importantly, why is all the evidence not being re-run using the most current DNA testing methods. If you have an explanation, let’s hear it. Let’s hear about those magic hairs Jessica Cooper dangled out in a press conference over seven years ago. SEVEN YEARS.
You will need to tell your own story and express any outrage you might feel. Maybe you think it’s time to cut off all funding for this investigation. If that is the case, officials still need to explain their position.
Maybe they will choose to stay in the dark, and not get out ahead of what I sincerely hope is complete exposure of how Michigan officials and law enforcement have dealt with these most heinous crimes. The messages of the two articles I reference above–that Michigan is the nation’s most corrupt state and that entities in Michigan abuse transparency laws, shed light on the very dark OCCK case.
Folks, we really are at the end of the road. You might argue that hey, at least that $11,000 and the investigation by Wayne County and Livonia gives us a pretty good idea of what happened to these kids, various pedophiles who wound up dead during that time, and why the investigation was handled the way it was. But is that what passes for justice in Michigan? It might be. Officials and law enforcement want to have it both ways: (1) We can’t talk because it will disrupt our investigation!; yet (2) We can’t devote resources to this dog of a case, where no one will ever be charged. Oh yeah, and (3) We don’t have to say shit about any of this.
The MSP should be required to explain to the Governor and to the Michigan AG where this case is, how tax dollars have been and are being spent, and why adequate resources have not been provided to back up the claims in the recent documentary that their investigation is active and that the tip line is actually being manned. The AG should also look into the way the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office does business, but that is a completely separate cesspool. Good luck with that. The public is owed answers. Officials may choose to ignore this case, but a really relevant question the Detroit area media should be asking is who has the case now and what happened in the investigation from 2005 forward.
MICHIGAN GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WHITMER
https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90498_90663—,00.html (see the “Share Your Opinion” choice to reach via email)
MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL DANA NESSEL
DIRECTOR OF THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE, CORPORAL JOSEPH GASPER
There are other people in Michigan who should perhaps be contacted, if so, please comment and leave contact information. Also, people have asked about other serial cases and that will have to be addressed in separate posts. For example, it has been suggested that the “Freeway Phantom” murders (1971-1972, unidentified serial killer abducted, raped and strangled six girls between the ages of 10 and 18 in the Washington, D.C. area) is related. More than a few people have contacted me about other serial murders. I have no information about these other cases. See, for example, the book Murderers of Children: Laurie Dann, Oakland County Child Killer, Christine Schurrer, Freeway Phantom, Jermaine Herron, Martha Ann Johnson, Books LLC (2010).
Why is this case somehow exempted from use of advanced DNA testing? Consider the following and then ask yourself why law enforcement in Michigan is allowed to stay silent about where things stand in this decades-old cold case. Why were cold cases in other states considered worthy of real efforts at a resolution and this case is not? Why did the Michigan State Police get to control the publicity in 2005 about “rejuvenating” the OCCK task force and then never answer a single question about what they did and what they found?
The following is background information that sheds light on how this case is constantly slow-walked and how evidence and tips are never fully followed to logical conclusions. It is the basis for a request for Michigan officials outside of the law enforcement code of silence to ask for answers and explantations. If the case cannot be solved or testing cannot be done, law enforcement needs to state this on the record. In this case, in the absence of anyone with inside information having the guts to come forward, those answers about where the case stands are due from the Michigan State Police.
This is what I recently asked the “task force” to do, in accordance with present-day DNA testing capabilities. I believe they are interested, but somehow balking at sending information for third-party testing and examination, which has been done in numerous other high-profile and very old cold cases. There is also the consideration of the state of the evidence, but you don’t know until you try! If the evidence is somehow not able to be tested, the Michigan State Police owe the public an explanation of why this is the case, how this evidence was stored and handled over the decades, and how they propose to avoid these issues in the future.
The substance of my recent email requesting additional testing:
To solve the Bear Brook (New Hampshire) murders, NH State Police sent hair fragments, that’s fragments, hair pieces without a root to a lab for testing. They used Bode Cellmark Forensics. This lab, using hair fragments, was able to obtain GED Match quality DNA results, which allowed the victims in the Bear Brook case, kept in barrels over a 35-45 year period, to be identified.
As described in this abstract, there is now an enhanced DNA extraction method for hair shaft forensic evidence which when combined with a recently developed nuclear DNA typing assay, improves “the success rate for obtaining informative results from highly compromised, degraded and trace forensic samples such as rootless hair shafts.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28993934/?fbclid=IwAR34WTLENUUIeB4GbNa_67FUQsK_FiiQgPKXqCCXcygAvhb8S_GeQ9H2Hzg The result: “These methodologies can produce nuclear DNA results with high statistical power from rootless hair shafts.”
I am asking that the hair that is in evidence in the Oakland County Child Murders be sent to Bode laboratory for testing purposes. The results from the testing can then be sent to an independent research firm for genealogy research in order to identify the perpetrator(s) in this long unsolved case. For example, the results could be outsourced for the genetic GED Match inquiry to a genetic genealogist such as Barbara Rae- Venter. https://barbara.genealogyconsult.com/about-me/. Rae-Venter was instrumental in helping to solve the Golden State Killer Case, as well as identifying the victims in the Bear Brook murder cases. She has since been approached to assist in over 50 unsolved homicide and unidentified victim cases.
Venter has been a very busy person after success in these cases, but again—notice these are sometimes cases involving rootless hair shaft evidence. For example:
Thirty-three years after the crime, breaks in the case are happening fast. On Nov. 13, 2018, Dr. Rae-Venter uploaded the adult victim’s DNA profile to GEDmatch. “I got the results at 6 a.m. the next morning and identified her by 8 through a second-cousin match. All because of atDNA from rootless hair.
“Extracting atDNA from the hair shaft was not possible before,” she emphasized, adding that final identification must still be confirmed by DNA testing of a family member. “The implications of this technology for solving cold cases worldwide are just huge.”
Some important points:
1. Rootless hair fragments, decades-old, can now be analyzed at a much more sophisticated level, resulting in GED Match quality DNA results.
2. The second part of the inquiry, involving finding a family member in genetic data bases, can be outsourced to an independent genetic genealogist or firm. I read an interview of Rae-Venter where she explains that in a very short period of time, these types of inquiries, which use to take 20,000 hours of work now take a small fraction of this time.
3. If the State of Michigan is unable or unwilling to commit the resources to pay for testing these hairs with Bode Cellmark Forensics, the Tim King Trust has sufficient funds in it to cover these costs and would be the perfect use for these funds.
4. Even if Rae-Venter is too busy at this point to consult and work on this case, I am sure she would be intrigued by this case and could give guidance on the next best resource.
I am assuming all of the hair evidence in the OCCK case has been mtDNA sequenced and that this was the basis for the statement by Cooper that the hairs from the bodies of Mark and Tim, as well as hair found in the Sloan car, all match. In light of these recent DNA advancements, the fact that further testing can easily be conducted by labs and genetic genealogists with the necessary expertise, and that this can be done at no cost to the state, there is no excuse for not going forward with this approach.
The state police will be called to account in the near future, not just by me, for their failure to do everything possible to solve these cases. They want a DNA case—now they may well have one. And let’s be honest, why wouldn’t they want to be out-front on this and be ready to go if they get names of men Mark and Tim may have been sold to after they were abducted and later murdered by yet another participant? We have long discussed how it is likely the owner of these hairs had no criminal record and will not be found in CODIS. The hairs are the key to this case? Then they MUST be tested as described above. All the MSP has to do is make contact with Bode and send the hairs on to be tested. We will pay for the testing. They can even sit on their asses until they get results before they contact Rae-Venter. We will pay for her work, too.
Finally, does the MSP have DNA from a relative of McKinney?
Thanks for reading this XXXXX. It is outrageous to me that you have to now go explain it to the MSP powers that be. If there is someone at the MSP I should deal with directly, please advise. The time for their excuses is over.