Here is an article I found among the box of newspaper and magazine articles my Mom saved in a big, silver Jacobson’s box in a front hall closet. She never spoke about the investigation or what happened to Tim. When she died, I took the box of articles with me. I knew they would get thrown out. I felt that would be a violation to my mother’s desire to keep that Pandora’s box, with all of its bad juju, tied up in a box with the rest of our old photo albums. One of my brothers observed that she wanted us to have those articles, to know what was recorded about Tim’s case. I can buy that.
This article, about a Michigan State Police trooper kidnapping a woman, is dated October 2, 1978, and was published in the Royal Oak newspaper, The Daily Tribune. I didn’t do any research about the sentence, if any, Detective Sergeant Gary Schaefe received. He had been with the state police criminal investigation section since 1968. This is what he did in his free time.
The margin notes and the map were put together back when I felt like the time I was spending on this shit made a difference. Observe the outrageousness of the trooper’s explanation to the woman he tied up with plastic straps and forced to the floor of her own car: “[H]e said he was writing a book, and asked why she would allow something like a kidnapping to happen.” Umm, maybe because you pulled a bluesteel pistol on her and said “Move over and shut up or I’ll kill you. Don’t cry or yell or I’m going to give it to you.”????
An investigation by The New York Times took a deep look into the disturbing and horrifying explosion of pictures online of children being sexually abused. This investigation found an insatiable criminal underworld that had exploited the flawed and insufficient efforts to contain the sick and twisted adults who post and seek out images and videos of children being tortured, raped and assaulted.
In 1998, there were over 3,000 reports of child sexual abuse imagery online. In 2018, there were 18.4 million such reports, including over 45 million images and videos flagged as child sexual abuse. “Law enforcement agencies devoted to the problem were left understaffed and underfunded even as they were asked to handle far larger caseloads.”
“[I]nstead of trying to crack down on this horrific epidemic, many people just choose to look the other way:
Some state lawmakers, judges and members of Congress have refused to discuss the problem in detail, or have avoided attending meetings and hearings when it was on the agenda, according to interviews with law enforcement officials and victims.
Lack of funding, lack of interest and expanding demands by sick fucks spells an explosion in child sex abuse and child pornography. I think of people who knew or suspected what Frank Shelden and Gerald Richards were up to in the 1970’s and said nothing, and what neighbors of Chris Busch knew and kept to themselves. Nice work allowing the sexual abuse of children to multiply due to your silence/complicity.
And keep your eyes wide open when you contemplate this article describing the open gate for pedophiles on “YouTube’s Digital Playground.” (On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles, by Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, The New York Times, June 3, 2019.) These sick fuckers are EVERYWHERE. Thank you to a dear friend for sending these articles which are truly disturbing wake up calls. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/world/americas/youtube-pedophiles.html
Children of the Snow, a documentary about the Oakland County child murders and other instances of wide and horrific child abuse, starts airing on Hulu today. The documentary originally aired last February in four parts on the ID, Investigative Discovery Channel. Using J. Reuben Appelman’s 2018 book, The Kill Jar as a jumping off point, the documentary should reach a larger audience via Hulu.
A number of people contacted me to say they could not watch it, or started and could not finish. Please do not turn away. The sexual abuse and even torture and murder of children is allowed to continue when people stay silent and look away. When there is virtually no accountability in law enforcement for investigations which allow predators to walk. All victims deserve better and sexual predators and their protectors as yet not unmasked, should never feel safe and should always be looking over their shoulders. Your depravity cannot be allowed to expand in the darkness of silence.
Watch the documentary if you haven’t, and urge someone you know to watch it, too.