Absconder from parole, 12-16-19

Thanks to a reader for sending the following information about James Vincent Gunnels, victim and companion of Christopher Busch and Greg Greene.

https://mdocweb.state.mi.us/otis2/otis2profile.aspx?mdocNumber=186011

As of December 16, Gunnels’ status with the Michigan Department of Corrections is “Absconder from Parole,” from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is on parole for sale/delivery of meth.

Gunnels is the epitome of the child rape victim described in the June 17, 1977 editorial from the Traverse City Record-Eagle I posted yesterday. Emotionally and spiritually murdered, unable to erase emotional scars, may turn to lives of crime, drug addiction or prostitution. 2019-12-30_191653

None of Gunnels’ criminal history involves prostitution or violence of any kind to children. He has steadfastly maintained he knows nothing about the OCCK crimes. Another victim of Busch and Greene, (two years younger than Gunnels, who was born in 1961) who was also used as a lure to get kids close enough to abduct, was very forthcoming with investigators in March of 2008. He told investigators that Busch had him perform oral sex on a boy that Busch had brought down from up north and stated that it was the same boy that the police showed him a picture of in 1977 that was dead and identified the boy in 2008 as Tim King. 2019-12-31_083622. This victim also told police Busch kept handcuffs and a pistol in his car. He was clearly afraid of both Busch and Greene, as I’m sure Gunnels was.

But unlike this victim, Gunnels is saying nothing. As criminologist, Dr. Michael Arntfield opined in a recent podcast, these people, including Ted Lamborgine and Arch Sloan, are probably not talking out of fear of a person or people in high places, or their legacy. https://www.spreaker.com/user/jreubenappelman/episode6final. Gunnels was a minor when the OCCK crimes took place. He has had multiple chances to be honest, but he will never go there.

There is a lot about Vince Gunnels online and I have discussed him at length in my blog. Here’s a little more about Vince Gunnels.

From 2011:

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And from 2012:

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And from 2014:

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When I find the transcript of a prison phone call recorded between Vince and his sister, provided in response to a FOIA request, I will post it. You can read it and decide for yourself if Detective O’Dell’s “license and registration, please” response noted above isn’t just a little defensive for good reason.


14 Comments on “Absconder from parole, 12-16-19”

  1. Cecilia Brown says:

    I really fail to see who would care enough to “off” Gunnels or anybody else at this point. He and they are not talking because they are shits.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I know this isn’t directly related to this topic, but I believe one of Christopher Busch’s nephews died this past February.
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    Obituary for Brent Harris Busch
    Brent Harris Busch, 55, of Newaygo, passed away on February 6, 2019 at home. He was born on March 21, 1963 to John and Constance (Young) Busch in Flint, Michigan. Brent worked as a Artist. Brent is survived by his brother Scott Busch of Newaygo; girlfriend Elsie Busch of Newaygo; niece Samantha Busch; two great-nieces: Isabelle VanHorn and Zelda Sherwood. He was preceded in death by parents. Private family memorial service was held. Memorials are suggested towards the funeral expenses. Please share your memories of Brent online at http://www.fieldsmckinley.com.

  3. britt says:

    A bit off topic here but…There’s a 1983 movie called, ‘The Star Chamber,’ that’s about some judges who form a secret group to dish out justice to those who escaped the courts on technicalities. The story revolves around a pedophilic ring where children are being abducted, raped, murdered and filmed. There’s 9 child victims in total. Same as occk.

    • cathybroad says:

      And you can see how it could come to that. I will check it out. A number of men ended up dead in Oakland County in 1977 and 1978 by suicide or murder. I’d say the percentages were up those two years.

  4. Walter says:

    Off topic of this post, but an interesting article

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/classified-evidence-us-soldiers-raped-boys-in-front-of-their-mothers/200160/

    You could ask why the military went to such lengths to prevent the public from knowing about that kind of stuff, and the answer might be similar to why the FBI and state police were so hesitant to properly investigate the Michigan killings.

  5. Drew says:

    Is there any current information about Gunnels’ brother Paul? Did he suffer the same troubled fate? Could he have any information if he knew Busch?