What you can do to make a difference.

I don’t want to bury the lead, so here it is: The magic hairs, discussed by Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper and her chief deputy Paul Walton in July 2012 are NOT an exact match. Surprise, surprise. They simply cannot be ruled out as coming from the same source. That is a BIG difference from saying they are a match. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oakland-county-child-killer-case-new-dna-evidence-discovered-in-1970s-michigan-murders-prosecutor-says/; More details emerge about Oakland County Child Killer person of interest Arch Sloan; https://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/07/17/breaking-news-update-in-oakland-county-child-killer-case/; https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/2012/07/20/legal-expert-weighs-in-on-latest-break-in-oakland-county-child-killer-case/; https://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/2012/07/dna_results_revive_36-year-old.html.

Furthermore, this hair evidence may well have been extinguished during testing. Meaning it is gone and can never be retested using more advanced techniques. Meaning they are simply mtDNA sequences on a piece of paper. Want more information? Ask the prosecutor’s office. That little diversion down Arch Sloan lane was interesting and effective. Sloan was a very active pedophile in Oakland County during the 1970s. But ask yourself what more we know about him than we did in July 2012. He and Ted Lamborgine continue to subsist on the taxpayer’s dime in Michigan, two more men who may take information about the OCCK cases to the grave.

A lot of people have written to ask what they can do to help get some transparency in this case and to get some answers about where it stands. The biggest difference you can make if you live in Oakland County is to make sure a new prosecutor is elected in November. I cannot overstate the importance of this simple act–of researching the people you vote for. Do not rely on the word “incumbent.” Twelve years is more than enough time to fuck things up.

Karen McDonald is running against Jessica Cooper in the August 4 primary. https://mcdonaldforprosecutor.com/ . The winner will face Republican Lin Goetz in November.

Brooks Patterson ended his long reign as county executive when he died in August 2019. He was the Oakland County prosecutor when the Oakland County child killer(s) was/were roaming the streets of Oakland County. Not a single prosecutor since him has gained any ground or acknowledged much of anything about the murders of children in that jurisdiction. Some, like the current prosecutor, have actively distanced themselves from it. They don’t want to touch a loser.

The power of a prosecutor is immense.

Prosecutors are the most powerful officials in the American criminal justice system. The decisions they make, particularly the charging and plea-bargaining decisions, control the operation of the system and often predetermine the outcome of criminal cases. Prosecutorial power is vast and unrestrained, and the mechanisms that purport to hold prosecutors accountable are weak and often totally ineffective. In addition, the most important prosecutorial decisions are made behind closed doors – away from public scrutiny and thus immune from public accountability. The most remarkable feature of these important, sometimes life-and-death decisions is that they are totally discretionary. The deficiency of prosecutorial discretion lies not in its existence, but in the randomness and arbitrariness of its application. Even in prosecution offices that promulgate general policies for the prosecution of criminal cases, there is no effective mechanism for enforcement or public accountability. Self-regulation by prosecution offices is largely nonexistent or ineffective, and the United States Supreme Court has protected prosecutors from both public and judicial scrutiny.

The Power and Discretion of the American Prosecutor, Angela J. Davis, https://journals.openedition.org/droitcultures/1580?lang=en

I have quoted before from reader Brian Sterling’s comments, which crystallize my thoughts on Prosecutor Patterson, and they need to be repeated:

It should be understood there WAS a another cunning power broker working to manipulate outcomes at the time of the OCCK.

L. Brooks Patterson.

In November of 1975, the underground newspaper The Ann Arbor Sun published a well researched and very public take down of the then Oakland County Prosecutor. The article is titled “Naked Came the Prosecutor”. https://aadl.org/node/200230

Looking back over the decades, the opening line written by reporter Maureen McDonald rings like an urgent alarm on the disasters that lay ahead:

“The darling of the media and leading Young Republican protege, L. Brooks Patterson has parlayed the “evils” of welfare, parole, drunk-driving, drugs and “obscenity” into the most saleable political package the suburban county has ever seen. While Patterson gets great press for his attacks on people who are easily prosecuted and often can’t afford the cost of a trial lawyer. The SUN’s sources indicate that the charismatic young leader may be looking the other way on tougher challenges like organized crime and political corruption in his jurisdiction.”

2 months after this article ran, Mark Stebbins was murdered.

Patterson found his political voice in latching on to useful idiots he could play like a Stradivarius. In the early 1970’s he rose to prominence exploiting the racial tensions over things like busing and chasing down welfare cheats. He didn’t just play the race card, he spoiled the whole deck. He catered to that elite slice of Oakland County, the Bloomfield’s and the Cranbrook’s. The rounds of golf at Oakland Hills. The happy hours. Patterson was able to cultivate that cult of personality because of his hold on and ability to manipulate the Detroit media. Patterson would conduct a masterclass of beguiling reporters with his camera ready looks, couched in the style of a wise-cracking tough guy who wasn’t afraid of a microphone or television camera. Outside of reporters like Maureen McDonald, Patterson enjoyed a fawning media apparatus which in 1976 and 1977 essentially created a safe space for the prosecutor to operate well outside of conventional boundaries, including constitutional limits.

Patterson’s hands were ALL OVER the OCCK investigation.

Notably, Patterson was influential in allowing “psychic sleuth” Bruce Danto to “collaborate” with the task force, a colossal error which essentially ended all chances of solving the entire case. Patterson would even admit in the following years that the series of traffic stops initiated in ’77 on Squirrel Rd, set up under the direction of Bruce Danto’s “subliminal” messages to the killer in the hopes he would take the bait, were unconstitutional. He chuckled when relaying that tidbit, as if to suggest he couldn’t quite believe it himself.

It is important to note that during this time, instead of running his office as prosecutor, Patterson was running for higher office. He was barnstorming the state in 77 and 78 in an attempt to win the US Senate seat in Michigan. The only usefulness for Patterson in regards to the OCCK investigation was to perpetuate it, in order to affect more media attention. The goal wasn’t to catch the killer, the goal was to make everyone AFRAID of the killer, ostensibly so Patterson could swoop in and crack the case.

Until they didn’t.

When they found Busch dead after his “suicide” in 1978 you know that their blood ran cold. They had this guy. He had been on the radar the whole time. For crying out loud, Dick Thompson went up to Flint in the middle of a blizzard to interview these guys. While the scene at Morningside was a little “too” tidy with evidence screaming “I DID IT”, and certainly suggests something off and staged, the conspiracy starts to show some cracks because Patterson would not have missed an opportunity to crack the case and declare they that found the killer, GM and H. Lee Busch be damned. The problem was that Brooksy, Dick Thompson, Cabot and the MSP apparatus knew they missed the ball and a little boy was dead because of it. They covered it up to protect and maintain their own careers. If the truth had been exposed in 1978, L Brooks Patterson’s career, and that of a few others would have been demolished.

Who can orchestrate a cover up better than the man in charge of actually pressing the charges? Who requests the warrants? No evidence – no case. No killer – no problem.
“Maybe he’s dead” they said in ’78. “Maybe he’s locked up” It’s all just a bad dream. Have another drink. Go back to bed.

Remember how quickly the task force folded after Busch’s death…

After losing the Senate race in ’78, Patterson remained the county prosecutor, occasionally taking on cases himself, crusading against strip clubs and advocating for capital punishment. Hollow crusades only intended to placate the base. All while organized crime, child pornography rings and a child killing monster were allowed to roam free.

Patterson has the dubious distinction of presiding over the county prosecutors office at a time where both the Jimmy Hoffa and the OCCK crimes occurred. While not necessarily connected, both have obvious ties to different layers of organized crime. Hoffa’s disappearance traded in the same currency as those with interested in profiteering from child pornography. And it was all going down in Oakland County. And L Brooks chose to look the other way.

It wasn’t just Cass. It was Cass Lake. It was scumbags in suits trading kids like playing cards. And they had the freedom because they must have known on some level they were protected.

I too grew up in the middle of that invisible milieu, invisible right up until the bodies started piling up and fear leeched into the bedrooms and bus stops as children were bombarded with confusing and contradictory messages about strangers and trusting adults.

The corruption, or lack of will was already baked in.

Yes, this case stands as a textbook example of facts falling through the cracks because of infighting among different jurisdictions. Yes, all of this happens against the backdrop of the late 1970’s, an age where the detective work required to solve these crimes was still in its infancy. Multiple mistakes were made. There was a woeful lack of coordination and cooperation. from the start and continued for two years as the investigation unfolded. But Patterson was in that very unique position of one being able to disseminate evidence and information as he saw fit – always looking at how it would benefit him. No deals. Until there is a deal.

I was astonished to read that during that time Patterson refused to reach out to your family in person. It makes sense. While he might be able to help you, you couldn’t do anything for him. That to Brooks Patterson amounted to a waste of time. And four families suffered unnecessarily for it. An an entire generation of (then) children in Metro Detroit remain traumatized to this day.

Chillingly, shortly before his death, Patterson gave an interview in which he said his “biggest disappointment was that of the Oakland County Child Killer, was never identified.”

What a choice of words. He took his secrets to the grave, but subconsciously implicated himself in the process.

Thank you for your courage in sharing your family’s story.

I was so hopeful someone would come forward in this case after L. Brooks Patterson died. The only person still alive on my list of people who corrupted this case–including Patterson, his chief deputy, Richard Thompson, task force commander Robert Robertson and his number two, Joe Krease–is Richard Thompson. Patterson kept his hand on the tiller in Oakland County as County Executive, for the remainder of his life after leaving as OC prosecutor. But he’s gone now. Here is your chance for a clean slate for once, Oakland County. Get a new prosecutor in office, too. Get some sunshine and transparency for once. This cold case reveals much about the way Oakland County does business.

This case is a campaign issue. Here’s why:

I have always referred to the hairs relied upon in Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper’s July 2012 press conference–the hairs that allegedly link Mark and Tim to the same person, a person who was associated with known pedophile Arch Sloan, as “the magic hairs.” First of all, how convenient to have that press conference and make it look like you were doing something on this case and to get the attention off of Busch and Greene, going into the reelection campaign?! Also, how the hell is it that no one would even think to compare the hair evidence in this case until that late date?

The hairs were found on Mark Stebbins and in the nasal cavity and groin area of Tim King and in the “Pontiac debris,” collected from Arch Sloan’s Pontiac Bonneville after the Stebbins abduction. As mentioned in the autopsy notes, the hair found in Tim’s groin area had to have come from someone involved in the crime, as he did not have pubic hair. Further, a hair in that location would presumably not be from a transfer event, like a hair found on a victim’s clothing could be.

But this is all quite irrelevant because the hairs are NOT an exact match. They just cannot be ruled out as coming from the same source. Reread that. Not only are they not an exact match, they may have been extinguished during testing, meaning they cannot be retested or subjected to the more high level testing of human hair done in other cold cases.

Not an exact match; cannot be ruled out as coming from the same source. Sound familiar? That’s the deal with the hair found on Kristine that could not be ruled out as coming from Vince Gunnels (or his younger brother Paul, for that matter). As described in the FOIA documents, this hair sample was small and the lab made the police sign off on the fact that it would be extinguished during testing. As in, gone and never can be retested by anyone, including Gunnels’ defense attorney. I was somehow led to believe that the magic hairs were a somewhat better sample than the hair on Kristine’s jacket. This probably just means the hair samples were more substantial. I am guessing that in all cases here, the failure to properly store evidence in the biggest crime of its time has handicapped solvability.

Prosecutor Cooper and her assistant, Paul Walton, explained in 2012 that they were taking this information–including the fact that the hair evidence did not match Sloan–to the public in order to get information about associates of Sloan who may have left hair in his Bonneville. Walton told the press they had gotten some good leads they were working on. Upon information and belief, I don’t think any of those leads were followed up on. That press conference was eight years ago. The Oakland County press needs to cover this as the primary season and then the general election start heating up.

Furthermore, I don’t believe any of the leads that have come forward since Children of the Snow aired have been followed up on. Part of that is manpower issues, part is the COVID-19 shut down, part of that is inertia. If you go to law enforcement with critical, specific, actionable information, you have to have a back-up plan for when it gets ignored. I am talking about the press. If you are not willing to name names, don’t bother.

Here’s what could happen if Oakland County elected a new prosecutor. The prosecutor could call all of the agencies involved in for a meeting to ask the following:

Where does the case stand as of today?
What is the evidence in this case, how has it been tested and by whom, what are the results, was it extinguished in testing, what has not been tested, what can be rerun and where is the physical evidence being stored?
Who have you consulted about more advanced DNA testing and genetic genealogy testing?
Have the stamp and the envelope from the “Allen letter” been tested for DNA?
Is this case solvable in your opinion?
Is it prosecutable?
Should the case be closed and who would be responsible for announcing this?
How can Oakland County help with resources and manpower in a case called THE OAKLAND COUNTY child killer?
Why does the Michigan State Police have to carry the entire burden here?
What was done to follow up on any leads that came forward after the 2012 press conference?
What were you told by my predecessor about working with other agencies and who you could/could not speak with?
How can we work with Wayne County to avoid the type of dysfunction and duplication of effort exhibited by Oakland County in the past.
How can we inform the public about the status of this case?
How will we respond to the bad press which is headed our way in this case?
How can we be transparent?
What do we tell the public about tips–what will help and who to call?
How will I be kept apprised of what is/is not happening in this investigation?

There are so many questions we will never have answers to. Was Chris Busch an informant for the FBI at the time he was abducting and murdering kids? Who did H. Lee Busch pay off to make all the cases against his son go away? Why did the information from witness Doug Wilson stay under wraps? How was evidence filed and stored in this case and why all the disorganization? Did Patterson and Thompson realize they blew it and released a killer to kill my brother one month later? Who was killing pedophiles in Detroit and the suburbs? Why was the active pedophile network operating in Oakland County (probably still is) not investigated and people prosecuted? Did the MSP (G. Gray and D. Robertson) hack our phones and computers when they were working on this case from 2007 forward? Why did the MSP and the OCP leave a listening device in the waiting room where relatives of Kristine Mihelich and Tim King were sent to wait for a meeting with law enforcement in this case? Why were prosecutors not challenged at all on the magic hair evidence, the similarities to the Gunnels hair evidence, and why was there never any press follow up on how the OCP was proceeding with tips about Sloan? Does the prosecutor really just get to put up some self-serving web page about the OCCK and sidestep all questions?

Leaving aside how Cooper and Walton have behaved in this case (see, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdPYjTVDAC8 ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgBLW7-ACOU; https://www.spreaker.com/user/jreubenappelman/e11), think about the cynical nature of that press conference in July 2012. Elect someone who is not afraid of the elephant in the room and who will not respond with defensive vindictiveness or DNA “match” hocus pocus. Put some parameters around this immense limbo loss. Speak the truth about what happened and what can and cannot be done. Fresh eyes and less taint. Seems like a winner to me.

It’s your county. Do something about that underbelly.


Francis (Frank) Shelden, Frank Torey, Peter Zupp, Scott Altman, Wallington Fuger, Jotham Lotring; Gerald S. Richards; Dyer Grossman, Dale Osterman, Elliot Crossman, Elijah Crossman, Peter Lamborn Wilson, Hakim Bey; Adam Starchild, Malcom McConahy.

Dyer Grossman of New Jersey, Frank Shelden of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Gerald S. Richards of Port Huron, Michigan and Adam Starchild of New Jersey, were co-conspirators in a variety of criminal enterprises which involved prostitution, sexual exploitation and pornography involving male minors in the mid-to-late 1970s.

Part of Michigan’s rich history of sexual exploitation of minors. Check it out:

Frank Shelden and associates


There is meaning in all of this.

I think the truth, as much as we can know it, is somewhere in the following places:

1. The discussion between criminologist Dr. Michael Arntfield and J. Reuben Appelman:

2. The comments from a reader a few weeks ago:

Brian Sterling
23 days ago
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It should be understood there WAS a another cunning power broker working to manipulate outcomes at the time of the OCCK.

L. Brooks Patterson.

In November of 1975, the underground newspaper The Ann Arbor Sun published a well researched and very public take down of the then Oakland County Prosecutor. The article is titled “Naked Came the Prosecutor”. https://aadl.org/node/200230

Looking back over the decades, the opening line written by reporter Maureen McDonald rings like an urgent alarm on the disasters that lay ahead:

“The darling of the media and leading Young Republican protege, L. Brooks Patterson has parlayed the “evils” of welfare, parole, drunk-driving, drugs and “obscenity” into the most saleable political package the suburban county has ever seen. While Patterson gets great press for his attacks on people who are easily prosecuted and often can’t afford the cost of a trial lawyer. The SUN’s sources indicate that the charismatic young leader may be looking the other way on tougher challenges like organized crime and political corruption in his jurisdiction.”

2 months after this article ran, Mark Stebbins was murdered.

Patterson found his political voice in latching on to useful idiots he could play like a Stradivarius. In the early 1970’s he rose to prominence exploiting the racial tensions over things like busing and chasing down welfare cheats. He didn’t just play the race card, he spoiled the whole deck. He catered to that elite slice of Oakland County, the Bloomfield’s and the Cranbrook’s. The rounds of golf at Oakland Hills. The happy hours. Patterson was able to cultivate that cult of personality because of his hold on and ability to manipulate the Detroit media. Patterson would conduct a masterclass of beguiling reporters with his camera ready looks, couched in the style of a wise-cracking tough guy who wasn’t afraid of a microphone or television camera. Outside of reporters like Maureen McDonald, Patterson enjoyed a fawning media apparatus which in 1976 and 1977 essentially created a safe space for the prosecutor to operate well outside of conventional boundaries, including constitutional limits.

Patterson’s hands were ALL OVER the OCCK investigation.

Notably, Patterson was influential in allowing “psychic sleuth” Bruce Danto to “collaborate” with the task force, a colossal error which essentially ended all chances of solving the entire case. Patterson would even admit in the following years that the series of traffic stops initiated in ’77 on Squirrel Rd, set up under the direction of Bruce Danto’s “subliminal” messages to the killer in the hopes he would take the bait, were unconstitutional. He chuckled when relaying that tidbit, as if to suggest he couldn’t quite believe it himself.

It is important to note that during this time, instead of running his office as prosecutor, Patterson was running for higher office. He was barnstorming the state in 77 and 78 in an attempt to win the US Senate seat in Michigan. The only usefulness for Patterson in regards to the OCCK investigation was to perpetuate it, in order to affect more media attention. The goal wasn’t to catch the killer, the goal was to make everyone AFRAID of the killer, ostensibly so Patterson could swoop in and crack the case.

Until they didn’t.

When they found Busch dead after his “suicide” in 1978 you know that their blood ran cold. They had this guy. He had been on the radar the whole time. For crying out loud, Dick Thompson went up to Flint in the middle of a blizzard to interview these guys. While the scene at Morningside was a little “too” tidy with evidence screaming “I DID IT”, and certainly suggests something off and staged, the conspiracy starts to show some cracks because Patterson would not have missed an opportunity to crack the case and declare they that found the killer, GM and H. Lee Busch be damned. The problem was that Brooksy, Dick Thompson, Cabot and the MSP apparatus knew they missed the ball and a little boy was dead because of it. They covered it up to protect and maintain their own careers. If the truth had been exposed in 1978, L Brooks Patterson’s career, and that of a few others would have been demolished.

Who can orchestrate a cover up better than the man in charge of actually pressing the charges? Who requests the warrants? No evidence – no case. No killer – no problem.
“Maybe he’s dead” they said in ’78. “Maybe he’s locked up” It’s all just a bad dream. Have another drink. Go back to bed.

Remember how quickly the task force folded after Busch’s death…

After losing the Senate race in ’78, Patterson remained the county prosecutor, occasionally taking on cases himself, crusading against strip clubs and advocating for capital punishment. Hollow crusades only intended to placate the base. All while organized crime, child pornography rings and a child killing monster were allowed to roam free.

Patterson has the dubious distinction of presiding over the county prosecutors office at a time where both the Jimmy Hoffa and the OCCK crimes occurred. While not necessarily connected, both have obvious ties to different layers of organized crime. Hoffa’s disappearance traded in the same currency as those with interested in profiteering from child pornography. And it was all going down in Oakland County. And L Brooks chose to look the other way.

It wasn’t just Cass. It was Cass Lake. It was scumbags in suits trading kids like playing cards. And they had the freedom because they must have known on some level they were protected.

I too grew up in the middle of that invisible milieu, invisible right up until the bodies started piling up and fear leeched into the bedrooms and bus stops as children were bombarded with confusing and contradictory messages about strangers and trusting adults.

The corruption, or lack of will was already baked in.

Yes, this case stands as a textbook example of facts falling through the cracks because of infighting among different jurisdictions. Yes, all of this happens against the backdrop of the late 1970’s, an age where the detective work required to solve these crimes was still in its infancy. Multiple mistakes were made. There was a woeful lack of coordination and cooperation. from the start and continued for two years as the investigation unfolded. But Patterson was in that very unique position of one being able to disseminate evidence and information as he saw fit – always looking at how it would benefit him. No deals. Until there is a deal.

I was astonished to read that during that time Patterson refused to reach out to your family in person. It makes sense. While he might be able to help you, you couldn’t do anything for him. That to Brooks Patterson amounted to a waste of time. And four families suffered unnecessarily for it. An an entire generation of (then) children in Metro Detroit remain traumatized to this day.

Chillingly, shortly before his death, Patterson gave an interview in which he said his “biggest disappointment was that of the Oakland County Child Killer, was never identified.”

What a choice of words. He took his secrets to the grave, but subconsciously implicated himself in the process.

Thank you for your courage in sharing your family’s story.

3. Observations from a previous post of mine:

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/56938161/posts/2517443479

4. Oakland County had an immense, evil and awful child pornography and organized pedophile rings and law enforcement apparently never went near any of this. You read in the FOIA documents about what was happening in the Cass. This, I believe, is what was happening in Oakland County:

Oakland County Child Pornography Cult

That is not the only email I have received about what was going on in Oakland County in 1976 and 1977. No one protected these kids. And no one in Oakland County law enforcement touched this.

What you have read–the same stuff I have read–shows a deep, sinister disregard in Oakland County for children’s lives and for any semblance of justice. Law enforcement has lost all credibility because of the cynical way the public was manipulated in this case. Wayne County made in-roads, but the MSP and the FBI continue to refuse to run the hair evidence or explain to the public why they are still dragging their feet. Their exposure risk here is high.

I watched the first season of True Detective on Amazon again this past week. The first time I watched it, I immediately Googled the writer to see if he had grown up in the Detroit area. So much in common with this case, down to records missing due to facility floods. A safe deposit box with photos and a video. But the sad fact is that truth is stranger than fiction. Like a reader who posted said, I, too, hoped that after L. Brooks Patterson died, someone with information would come forward. No such luck.

Finally, I will say that the public gets it. They really do. Thank you to a member of the public who recently sent this letter to my Dad:

Letter from a reader

It’s not over. All the pieces may never be put together, but this story is going to be told over and over, to anyone who will listen. Children were not safe in Oakland County and a grave miscarriage of justice occurred. It will scar that county forever. People continue to come forward. You can’t silence everyone.


IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE OCCK CRIMES OR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY/PEDOPHILE RINGS THAT COULD BE ASSOCIATED WITH THESE CRIMES, CALL THE TIP LINE AT 833-784-9425.

Ted Lamborgine, high school senior:
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Vince Gunnels back in the day:
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Arch Sloan, back in the day:
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John Hastings, back in the day:
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From another reader, a photo of a young John Hastings:

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After almost 40 years, DNA evidence links a man to the murder of a 9-year-old in Nampa, Idaho.

A 62-year-old man was charged yesterday in Canyon County, Idaho, with the unsolved 1982 murder of Daralyn Johnson, who vanished while walking to school.

https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/crime/daralyn-johnson-idaho-cold-case-murder-announcement-canyon-county/277-c21e0688-33fb-4855-a536-86bb36b9a0cf

It took 20 years of testing pubic hairs found on Daralyn to find a confirmed DNA match, court documents show. In December of 2000, pubic hairs collected were shipped from the Canyon County Sheriff Crime Lab to Bode Labs in Lorton, VA. The lab was then able to build a mitochondria profile from the DNA. Over the years, a few suspects were compared to the profile but none were a match.

. . .

In 2018, the remaining pubic hair samples were sent to the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Edward Green then used “the DNA technique of sequencing to develop a SNP profile (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) to identify a certain stretch of DNA.”

“When you have degraded DNA or DNA in a hair, that’s not really great DNA,” Hampikian said. “The pieces end up being broken, so you get smaller and smaller pieces after a while, but this SNP analysis can be used and we thought it might be able to be used.”

That SNP profile showed that the DNA belonged to a male. The FBI then used the profile to find the Dalrymple family, which court document say included four boys and two girls who lived in Idaho. Investigators narrowed the family down to David Dalrymple, who also lived at a home that would be on Daralyn’s route to school.

These were pubic hairs, not semen evidence. As I have pointed out to the MSP and in this blog, the only hope in this case is to have the hair evidence in the OCCK case sent to Dr. Edward Green at UC Santa Cruz and to use the services of a genetic genealogist. This method was used in the Bear Brook murders case, as I have written about here before.

https://catherinebroad.blog/2019/09/16/
https://catherinebroad.blog/2019/10/
https://catherinebroad.blog/2020/03/07/
https://catherinebroad.blog/2020/03/21/

This is the second case in the last year that the Innocence Project has helped get people out of prison who were wrongfully convicted. Dr. Greg Hampikian from Boise State University is well known for DNA testing. There are so many resources out there the MSP could be tapping. As I have also said, the FBI is lagging here. Quantico isn’t getting this kind of work done.

As a dear friend said when she sent this news link from yesterday: If Idaho can figure it out, I would hope to hell Michigan could.


“History will hold him accountable.”

The oldest case solved so far with genetic genealogy:

Thank you to a reader who sent this with the message: There is always hope.

The detective who solved this 52-year-old murder credited the professionalism and attention to detail shown by the original detectives in evidence collection and storage.

You would think in a case of the magnitude of the OCCK crimes that evidence collection and most certainly storage would have been top notch. Except that evidence went missing (Busch) and some was misfiled and never even compared for decades. I don’t think storage was a big concern when they shut this thing down. “Walk away” seemed to be the approach. I bet if we were allowed into the storage shed where Tim’s skateboard, Jill’s bike and other evidence and information sits unorganized and uncategorized, it would bring us to our knees like a gut punch. Hopefully the magic hairs are viable for additional DNA testing. And hopefully family members of the owner of these hairs are as cooperative as the family described in this video.


FOIA Documents

So now you have seen all of the FOIA documents I have seen. I previously posted the FOIA documents received from the MSP concerning the investigation into Frank Shelden and Gerald Richards and N. Fox Island. https://catherinebroad.blog/2019/12/12/north-fox-island-pedophile-ring/

The MSP file is small, but the case journal shows that someone was checking on the case at yearly intervals to consider trying to extradite Shelden. There had to be an extensive FBI file on Shelden. In the MSP file pages most, but not all, of the “client” names were redacted. A couple got missed and there is one guy who stands out from Quebec as matching the last name of a retired Detroit police officer. At least two victims’ names were not redacted in those particular files and that’s why I tried my hardest not to post anything that had slipped through the official redaction process. It is easy to miss a name here or a reference there. It really is.

As you will recall, a FOIA request to the FBI for documents concerning Christopher Busch and Frank Shelden/N. Fox Island was answered with the “destroyed in a catastrophic flood” at one of their retention facilities excuse. Both subjects were deceased, so had it not been for the flood . . .

Here’s what happened when then reporter Marney Keenan attempted to get FOIA documents from the FBI concerning the hypnotizing and interrogating of witness Doug Wilson.

FBI FOIA Request

They provided 12 of 130 pages. I have not seen these pages, and the MSP FOIA response does address the basic information provided by Mr. Wilson and he spoke directly with my Dad. The rest of the pages were withheld by the FBI under the “reasonably expected to interfere with law enforcement proceedings exemption.” Oh, and records that “may have been responsive to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request were destroyed on (July 10, 2009).” Thirty-two year old records just happened to be up for destruction after Cory Williams started digging deeper into the OCCK case. Guess 32 is the magic number for cycling into the shredder.

So when someone tells me to call the FBI, I really don’t think that would be worth anyone’s time, do you? “Reasonably expected to interfere with law enforcement proceedings.” That is laughable and indefensible.


Missing p 126 from last post.


Saving the worst for last.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE OAKLAND COUNTY CHILD KILLINGS, POSSIBLE COVER UPS IN THIS CASE, MISHANDLING BY LAW ENFORCEMENT, OR ANY RELATED CRIMES OR INDIVIDUALS, CALL THE TIP LINE AT 833-784-9425. If you are ignored, post here.

This is the last part of this series of posts about how the OCCK case got resurrected (really resurrected) in 2005 when the late pedophile and murderer Richard Lawson starting talking to Livonia PD Det. Cory Williams. This will take you to 2008. There is a lot here.

For now I will leave it at that, with just the few following observations:

1. The level of work done by then Livonia Detective Cory Williams and Wayne County is off the charts. Thinking outside of the box. Pushing for some semblance of justice in these abandoned cases.

2. Who was protecting kids back in the 1970s? Apparently no one. They were being thrown to the wolves.

3. It is so hard to realize any humanity in the pedophiles and liars in these pages. It is just asking too much.

4. How much have actions by the Oakland County prosecutors office, past and present, thwarted or impeded this investigation and why?

4. A book is due out in the fall of 2020 and hopefully some of these people and all of these issues will be discussed in greater depth. As soon as I know anything about the release date, I will post all the information.

5. Other media works are in progress. The Universe wants these crimes solved.

End


The investigation into Detroit and Suburban Detroit Pedophiles continues, February – April, 2007

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE OAKLAND COUNTY CHILD KILLINGS, POSSIBLE COVER UPS IN THIS INVESTIGATION, OR CRIMES THAT COULD BE RELATED, CALL THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE TIP LINE AT 833-784-9425. The name or information you provide could help more than you know.

As a recap, this investigation started with the January 2005 arrest of Richard Lawson for the 1989 murder of a Livonia resident. He told police he knew who “did the Michigan Snow Killings,” and gave police the name of Ted Lamborgine.

To the immense credit of Det./Sgt. Cory Williams and Wayne County, the investigation that ensued resulted in the prosecution of both Lawson and Lamborgine for criminal sexual conduct with minors. The investigation also unearthed a dark, evil network of pedophiles and child pornographers operating in Detroit, the suburbs and other parts of Michigan.

It took tremendous courage for the victims of Lawson and Lamborgine to talk to police and to testify against these two animals. I don’t think anyone can really understand how much this must re-traumatize a person and resurrect pain in exponential degrees. Their courage is an immense contrast to that of the worthless pieces of shit detailed in these pages.

Keep in mind that Lawson and Lamborgine both fled the state of Michigan after their crimes, thereby tolling the statute of limitations for these sex crimes. The other monsters in these pages rode out the clock and in most cases evaded any responsibility for what they did. If the Universe was fair, the den mother for the pedophiles and her sister would have been charged with child trafficking and many, many others would have been charged with CSCs against minors and child pornography. On the up side, both Lawson and Lamborgine were sent to prison for their crimes and Lawson died in prison.

So many hidden issues and invisible scars in these pages. So many questions. The biggest question of all is who was protecting kids in Michigan during this era? Who is protecting them now? Shame on Michigan for protecting predators and not victims. This story in Wayne County is the only attempt at some sort of justice I have come across.

Feb – April 2007