Manner of Death

A reader made some interesting observations:

One aspect of the suicide scene that needs an additional look at is his blood/alcohol level which was measured at .41%. The AMA states that a .40% level is lethal in 50% of the adult population.
This brings up a few thoughts.

1) Busch was obviously blind drunk, probably pass out drunk when he died. Would he have the physical capability to go upstairs, wrap himself around in his sheets, load and properly aim a rifle right between his eyes?

2) In this physical condition he would be able to offer very little to no resistance. He’d be a very easy mark to be killed!

3) If he was dead before he was shot, how exactly was he killed? Even though the forensic analysis at the scene came up way short of of a true investigation, there didn’t appear to be any obvious things such as stab wounds, strangulation marks, etc.)
Could he have been killed the same way the kids were by someone from the OCCK gang to keep him from spilling the beans. Someone who participated the murders.
The real purpose of the gunshot to the head was to mask how he really died. It was very effective given the quality of police work.
Very similar to the Jill Robinson disposal scene

Just for “fun,” compare a few pages from the long out-of-print 1980 book The Oakland County Child Killer, written by Michael L. Parrott. It would appear from this chapter and indeed most of the book, that Mr. Parrott was a true master of retrocognition. Check it out:


CARE House of Oakland County Annual Event This Thursday, January 28, 11:30 a.m. EST

You can still sign up for the CARE House Circle of Friends annual event this Thursday, which is being held virtually this year. It is free to attend and a link will be sent to you so you can sign on.

CARE House a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the protection of children through advocacy, education, intervention, research, training and treatment, in collaboration with the community.

This year, CARE House Circle of Friends is honoring the memory of Barry King for his tireless efforts acting as a champion for the safety of children.  As we celebrate him, we remember his family’s painful story that gripped our community more than 40 years ago.  by recalling the victims of the Oakland County Child Killings, we turn our attention to the children that CARE House stands ready to serve in 2021 and beyond.

In addition to honoring my Dad, there is a panel discussion about the impact of the abduction and murder of our brother Tim, and a discussion of the decades-long search for answers and some kind of justice in the OCCK cases. As a rule, my Dad was seriously one of the least sentimental people ever. However, he would have been very touched by this event. I know he would have appreciated us having this discussion with Kevin Dietz and Marney Keenan rather than crying at some funeral home or some super-spreader event.

So sign on if you can. You can attend for free, but consider a donation to CARE House at some point down the road. They do amazing and very necessary work. This is how we can start to help right the wrongs left in the wake of childhood sexual abuse and worse. I will be joining from a few time zones away.