Starting Tonight on the ID Channel

Tonight and tomorrow night the four-part true crime series The Clown and The Candyman begins airing on the ID channel. The series explores murders committed by two prolific serial killers of young men, John Wayne Gacy, the Killer Clown and Dean Corll, the Candyman and outlines the underground child sex trafficking ring that connects the two killers.

Previously the series was airing on Discovery-Plus and the companion podcast, which discusses the Oakland County Child Killer case (Episode 2) and Frank Shelden’s original pedophile Island on N. Fox Island in northern Michigan (Episode 3) has been available since late January.

As Executive Producer Jacqueline Bynon well-knows from her work on the docuseries about the OCCK crimes, Children of the Snow,

“This is a real life, never ending horror story,” she emphasized, “And it’s still going on. It’s just that in the 1970s, we were kind of naive. And we didn’t know. And it started to be exposed. Now we have social media. So we’re now thinking, Oh, it’s all over the place. Well, they’re always all over the place. But now we’re just hearing more about it, but we’re still not catching them.”

I want to emphasize that even as these crimes are being discussed internationally via media, there is a complete vacuum in the OCCK investigation. This has always been by design. The producers of Children of the Snow literally had to hammer investigators to provide a tip line to be provided at the conclusion of the series, which aired in February 2019. We know that this Michigan State Police tip line has been dead for some months. Other Michigan agencies will refer callers to the MSP. Where your tip will die. And don’t be so sure you can trust any Oakland County agency to take your information seriously. There is a long line of people who have tried and gotten shut down.

And we know old, very cold cases of sexual abuse of children are being taken seriously elsewhere. Just not in Oakland County.

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