Christopher Brian Busch was a stone-cold, unrepentant, uncontrolled pedophile. With four pending CSC against a minor cases pending, he was given probation in every case. Why would various judges grant probation in such a situation? Even in Oakland County, even if the defendant was the grown-ass son of a GM executive? Was Busch a confidential informant or a confidential witness in, say, an interstate federal case that was being developed against Frank Shelden and his buddies?
While this “Special Report” on the use of CIs and CWs is dated 2005, it examines the long history of the “queasy” use of these types. https://oig.justice.gov/sites/default/files/archive/special/0509/chapter3.htm#:~:text=. The Confidential Informant Guidelines permit some illegal activity or “OIA” (otherwise illegal activity). Surely Busch’s protected OIA would not extend to participating in kidnapping, torturing and murdering children. Could this be why the OCCK case and the N. Fox Island case quickly dry up with nothing to show for any “investigation”?
It looks like federal law didn’t start addressing the many issues surrounding CIs and CWs until 1978. The late Richard Lawson is an example of a pedophile who went outside of any concept of OIA, probably on a daily basis. His deal with Detroit PD is one for the ages. A good informant is only as good as the arrests made in response to the information. It is not, as was the case with Lawson, a license to rape, in exchange for drug busts.
If Busch was being tapped by the feds, you can bet we will never learn the truth about what took place in the OCCK investigation. If Daddy Warbucks and CB’s attorneys in Flint and Detroit were able to leverage some kind of deal with the feds to keep his ass from being prosecuted in, say the Flint case (numerous child victims, suitcase full of child porn; co-defendant Greg Greene gets life in prison, he walks), surely that arrangement did not contemplate participation in the OCCK crimes.
Too bad it would take many more decades for Congress to even contemplate a confidential informant accountability act, to require Federal law enforcement agencies to report to Congress serious crimes, authorized as well as unauthorized, committed by their confidential informants. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1857/all-info?r=21&s=1#:~:text=Official Title as Introduced,committed by their confidential informants.
As it stood in 1978, when Busch is found dead, the feds could have come in and said–this goes no further, we have to protect our use of confidential informants and avoid any civil liability; we’ll take it from here. And bury it forever. Sorry, suckers.