“This could be the result of the shittiest police work ever.”

This comment from a reader is powerful and makes some very good points. Rather than having it buried in the comment section, I am reposting it here:

What a sloppy investigation. I am embarrassed to have grown up in Michigan. I wonder if they have all the secretary of state records for all the Leman’s owners during that year. If they do it would be nice to see if they can run the last three plate numbers 222. Doug Wilson repeated multiple times how confident he was about the last three numbers of the license plate. I doubt you would even the car’s color. There can not be very many leman’s owners with a license plate ending in 222 from that year. The State of Michigan needs to e-file all government documents. This way old documentation can be searched in a keyword/advanced search database. Not just information from criminal investigations. The government just lets all the old documentation sit in filing cabinets to collect dust. IMO it is one of the worst parts of this investigation. There is so much old fashion detective work in this case when it needs to be digital. Just to pull a hand full of files must take hours. This is completely unacceptable. I have a feeling this was never a cover up. This could be the result of the shittiest police work ever and prosecutors funneling money for a massive investigation. I would not be surprised if the state police have files they won’t let your family go through with the excuse that they are in an active investigation that already that proves who the killer is. They just need to hand over the damn files already. If they had such strong evidence that was too risky to release to your family than why did they relaunch the task force after Richard Lawson incriminating Ted Lamborgine and after Patrick Coffey mentioned his conversation with Larry Wasser about admitting to polygraph testing Christopher Bush. They don’t even know what evidence they have. Their only tool right now is taking tips and giving polygraphs. Your family and the media has done better with this investigation they have. I bet these detectives only work this case part time. Which is probably less than 5 hours a week at best. Don’t stop complaining. This is bullshit.

When I look at the articles describing all the grant money and other funds that went toward this investigation over the years, it makes me crazy. When Garry Gray was working on this case from 2005 on, he was quoted somewhere in the press as saying they got funds to digitize the files in this case. They never did it. I have been told by a number of sources that the “war room” and evidence storage area for this case are shit shows. Isn’t there some younger person at the MSP who has not been tainted by the culture there who has a conscience? How about someone still living who worked for Brooks Patterson from 1976-1980 who knows what happened to this investigation and has a conscience? Dick Thompson, we know we can count you out.

The state police need to account for all of these funds and how/if they were put to use in the OCCK case. Then they, and the OC prosecutors office, need to atone for their mis and malfeasance in this case. Other agencies are actually working on behalf of children, not just saying they do. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-marshals-find-39-missing-children-georgia/; https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2020/08/27/u-s-marshals-find-25-missing-kids-including-one-mansfield/5647820002/; https://nbc25news.com/news/local/genesee-county-sheriff-has-arrested-17-alleged-child-sex-predators-since-march. In the MSP’s and the OCP’s failures in this case and their resultant doubling-down and refusal to make anything right here, they continually miss the larger picture. Here is the larger picture, in case those charged with protecting the most vulnerable in society don’t get it: 1. What happened to Mark, Jill, Kristine and Tim (and no doubt other victims); 2. Living abuse victims; 3. The damage done here to society at large.

There needs to be an inquiry into this investigation as was done in the Yorkshire Ripper case in the UK. This case was the longest running serial killer case in the UK. These cases were atypical because

the British Parliament conducted a major review critical of the investigative procedures; a procedure unprecedented in U.S. criminal investigations. The product of the review was the discovery of a multitude of investigative errors and the establishment of the HOLMES system, a central repository of case information in major cases. That kind of database, along with the ability of investigators to draw on the data contained therein, goes a long way to solve many of the information disconnects that plague interagency task force investigations, particularly the cases involving serial offenders such as killers and sex offenders.

The Psychology of Serial Killer Investigations, The Grisly Business Unit, Robert D. Keppel and William J. Birnes (Academic Press 2003), p. XV.

When a new prosecutor is sworn in for Oakland County (and I hope it is Karen McDonald) and hopefully a new OC sheriff, a game plan has to be implemented to stop this drain on the taxpayers and to answer to the public for what has happened here and how officials plan to make sure it never happens again.

I don’t care who killed John McKinney or Chris Busch and no one else appears to, either. Focus on the failures of this task force and the culture that not only permitted it but encouraged it. Answer and atone.

Who looks most like John Wayne Gacy?

The file photo of Bloomfield Township P.D. Cpl Richard McNamee immediately caught my attention and that of Marney Keenan, who obtained the FOIA documents. Both of us well-remembered the statement by witness Doug Wilson, who saw my brother Tim in the parking lot before he was abducted on March 16, 1977. He was ultimately hypnotized and interviewed by the FBI about all of his recollections.

In April 2012 my Dad found Doug Wilson and spoke with him. See Chapter 6 of this link to my Dad’s blog: http://afathersstory-occk.com/tag/barry-king/page/3/. I have discussed Doug’s statements in my blog, too: https://catherinebroad.blog/2013/02/04/thank-you-doug-wilson/ (2013). Sadly, the link to the interview is broken now. It was a great interview.

Doug had always assumed our family had been told about the information he provided back in June 1977. Of course no one told my parents. Here is a summary of my Dad’s phone call with Doug on April 4, 2012:

OCCK–Doug Wilson Call.

Here is the letter Doug sent my Dad after they spoke:

Doug Wilson Letter

Doug describes seeing Tim skateboarding and two men. One was younger, about 25-30, wearing a plaid shirt jacket and jeans, with a baseball cap over his shoulder-length hair. This man was speaking with Tim. Doug then sees an older man sitting in a 1973 Pontiac LeMans 2/door coupe which had been backed into the parking place, closer to the building.

“He fixed his gaze on mine and continued to stare at me intently. There was something unnerving about this man and I remember thinking he might be a car theif. He looked to be about 55-65 years of age. He had totally grey hair and looked about 20-30 pounds overweight. He had a very round face.”

. . .

Years later I saw a picture of John Wayne Gacy after he was arrested for his crimes, I felt that this man might have been the older man I saw in the LeMans that long ago evening.

As my Dad’s notes indicate, Doug told him the older man resembled John Wayne Gacy.

Who do you think most resembles John Wayne Gacy?


Consider the following from a long-time member of Spite P.D. concerning Doug Wilson’s statement:

Observations on Doug Wilson’s statement

And where the hell are the sketches of the older and younger men Doug Wilson saw near my brother? This is June of 1977 and they are NOT RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC. And Wilson is advised to keep quiet about the LeMans. WTF?

Furthermore, consider these notes my brother took from a meeting with Mel Paunovich who was one of the responding officers to the discovery of Mark Stebbin’s body. He said “he had always thought the murderer was a member of law enforcement or extremely close to someone in law enforcement because ‘he seemed to know exactly what we were doing and where we were looking.'”

Notes, Paunovich

Wouldn’t it be great to have a cop helping survey the scene of a potential abduction? Or letting you know when cops are going to start stopping every car in Oakland County at the shift change?

On the evening of Wednesday, March 17, 1977, my 16-year-old brother Chris was out looking for Tim after 11 p.m. He carried a baseball bat. As he told police the next day, he saw a car turn off Maple Road and just before the intersection of Cambridge and Yorkshire (our street), cut the lights. Because our neighborhood was very dark and the lights were off on the car, he could not see the color, make or model. He said it was alarming. What better person to do a sweep to see the police presence in our neighborhood than a cop? A reader wrote to tell me that McNamee’s previous employer, Home Juice, was a mafia-run company. Google Speaking Freely: Detroit Gangland Icon Tony Giacalone Caught Speaking His Mind In His Heyday – The Gangster Report. This highlights the stupidity of McNamee getting fucked up at a company party and hitting on a Home Juice co-worker’s 11-year-old daughter.

Home Juice

When McNamee’s name was turned into the task force in 1979, after the Busch “suicide,” no one was apparently in any mood to cross-reference any police reports and see that McNamee responded, solo, to the Busch home.

We may never get anywhere with this, but you can get some sense of the stone-walling, railroading and gaslighting we have been up against. More later.

More about Officer Friendly

On July 23, 2020, with the permission of the woman who contacted me about Bloomfield Township PD Corporal Richard J. McNamee, I forwarded her entire email and her contact information to the Michigan State Police Detective currently assigned to the OCCK case. I will refer to this woman in the future as Jane Doe.

On August 14, 2020, I wrote a follow-up email:

August 14, 2020 email

I sent another email on August 22, 2020:

August 22, 2020 email

Again, no response whatsoever. I then posted about McNamee on my blog late Wednesday night.


Late yesterday Marney Keenan alerted me that Bloomfield Township had responded to her FOIA request and she was going to forward files to me. She was kind enough to tell me: “No words for this. I don’t even know how to warn you.”

Last night I posted McNamee’s photos and the most appalling parts of this guy’s file. https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/56938161/posts/2882481477. Tonight I am posting everything, in the order provided, so you can see it the way we saw it.

The information raises questions relevant to the OCCK case, and I will include notes or links when those questions are raised. Maybe just a garden-variety, dirty cop pedophile. But there are too many red flags to ignore here.

As an aside, one of my brothers and I were laughing about the most recent season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry gets sideways with a coffee shop owner, gets kicked out and then banned from the shop. So he rents the space next door and opens a “spite” coffee shop, starting a trend of spite stores opening after people have gotten screwed over by a business. We discussed how we have to be a spite task force. Now he calls me Spite P.D.

I have added my own highlights and annotations to these McNamee documents. Welcome to Spite P.D., motherfuckers.

McNamee File 1 (What a good guy):
McNamee 1 of 7

McNamee File 2 (Whiffs of insubordination):
McNamee File 2

McNamee File 3 (Uh-oh, “Suspicious Circumstances”)
McNamee File 3

McNamee File 4 (Shit escalates but it ends with a letter of recommendation from Police Chief Robert L. Snell. Pass the Pedophile, Chief. The victim of McNamee’s 1982 sexual assault appreciated that, I’m sure.):
McNamee File 4

McNamee File 5 (Handwritten notes from the “suspicious circumstances” inquiry):
McNamee File 5

McNamee File 6 (The inevitable CSC arrest on 4-14-82. On 9-13-82, former police officer McNamee pled No contest to a charge of accosting and soliciting a minor child. Sentenced to two years of probation.):
McNamee File 6

McNamee File 7 (Now why on earth would the Michigan State Police ask Bloomfield Township P.D. for copies of photos of Richard McNamee and his attendance records from 1976 and 1977?):
McNamee File 7 of 7

Tomorrow I will post again about a witness who saw an “older man” in a car watching my brother in the minutes before he was abducted, and we will compare a few photos and review the circumstances that make this kind of a big deal. Officer Friendly. Freak.

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