Let’s have a discussion about John Hastings and his friends at the Michigan State Police.
On January 13, 2021, I wrote the following about the polygraph conducted by the Georgia Highway in October 2009 on John Hastings:
In September 2020, I posted the following about the same subject:
Having “done business” with the Michigan State Police before in FOIA matters, on January 29 I decided to start with the Georgia Highway Patrol and sent the following FOIA request to the Open Records Unit in Atlanta:
I then tried three different emails for Steve Duncan, the polygrapher who conducted the polygraph on Hastings. Two bounced back, one did not. I did not hear back from him.
Then I was stuck going to the MSP. On February 10 I sent the following FOIA request to the MSP. Note that I included the relevant, dated report discussing the materials I was requesting.
Fifteen days later, on February 25, the usual request for an extension of time to respond:
March 11, the letter asking for a deposit. I paid the $271.98:
April 22, need more time to respond:
And today, the response demonstrating the MSP are still very much the assholes they were when my Dad had to file suit against them to respond to FOIA requests and then charged him over $11,000 for 3500 or so pages:
Did you catch the “Additional comments” section at the very end where it says: “The Michigan State Police cannot locate copies of the DVD or the separate reports prepared by Duncan.” IN WHAT THEY CALL AN “OPEN HOMICIDE CASE,” A SERIAL CHILD MURDER CASE WITH FOUR VICTIMS, AFTER THIS AGENCY HAS BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FUCKING UP EVIDENCE, THEY CAN’T FIND THE DVDs AND REPORTS PREPARED FOR THEM BY A GEORGIA INVESTIGATOR IN 2009?
So basically, they want over $600 to send me copies of the three fucking pages I included in my FOIA request to guide their search. The pages where MSP D/Sgt. Garry Gary summarizes his chat with polygrapher Duncan, who “advised there was no question in his mind, whatsoever, that [Hastings] has some involvement with the murders of these children. He stated he didn’t know to what degree of involvement he may have, whether did the murder or assisted, but he firmly believes he was involved.” He stated again “that there is no question in his mind that he is involved with these murders.” When asked if Duncan thought Hastings knew Busch, “he stated absolutely.”
You have knowledge, you child-hunter. The only reason you skated is that you would have then been linked up to Chris Busch, who links to H. Lee, who links to . . . well, you know some of the “who’s,” don’t you John? That could have gotten very messy for a lot of people, not just you.
I will appeal this bullshit, because I remember from the FOIA documents we previously got that there is a fucking log indicating receipt of these materials by the MSP from Georgia Highway Patrol in the pages following Gray’s report. They will still claim “they can’t find it,” and I do not believe for a single second that anyone got off their ass at that agency for 18 hours to search for the requested material, which should have been filed under Hastings, John, 2009. It’s not that hard. That place is shameful.
Why doesn’t somebody spend 18 hours with that Y-str DNA sample developed in Kristine’s case. This development was discussed in Marney Keenan’s book, The Snow Killings, Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigations. You know, the kind of sample where they separate male DNA from female DNA to get a profile? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5418305/. You know, the male DNA Dr. Robert Sillery said was not present? That seems like a good use of 18 hours.
And by way of comparison, check out this specific cost break down for a FOIA request I filed with the Birmingham Police Department. The state police continue to play manipulative games at the expense of victims. Not all agencies are as callous and vindictive.
Before you tell me to go to the Oakland County Prosecutor or the Attorney General’s office about Hastings and this little matter of Steve Duncan’s conclusions after interviewing and polygraphing Hastings–I did. In January, before I decided to send the FOIA request to Georgia. Response? As of April 28, 2020, nothing.
Today the Pennsylvania legislature is voting on “window” legislation which would create a two-year civil liability window for child sex abuse survivors to bring suits that were previously long barred by the statute of limitations. See https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/lehigh-county/2021/04/child-sex-abuse-survivors-hopeful-pa-legislature-passes-2-year-civil-suit-window.html. Supporters are aware they have enough votes to pass this window legislation in the PA senate. Which leads me to this series of disturbing tweets:
As I have posted before, maybe the Catholic church could save itself some money, or at least reorient the expenditure of its flock’s funds, by getting rid of its pedophile priests (I realize how much this will thin the ranks), and stop moving them around the country to victimize other kids. The church not only pays lobbyists obscene amounts of money, but also has to pay attorneys to defend their criminal priests and then the settlements/damages in civil lawsuits. This while they also spend tons of money to enact restrictive abortion laws and then ignore living children who are victimized by their own “army.” And on top of that, they have to pay their Catholic mafia security firms they use to fuck with victims and their representatives and supporters. I wonder how that squares with their Ten Commandments? And of course, their little “fundraisers.” Senator Kim Ward–what a joke you are. Better hit the confessional some time this week. CHILD USA is right–protect kids, not bishops. When will this religion (and others, like the Mormons), lose their grip on malleable state and federal legislators?
The laws were changed in Michigan in 2019 to expand the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file civil and criminal cases. See https://www.michiganradio.org/post/legislation-would-expand-statute-limitations-survivors-sexual-assault. Even with these changes, Michigan still ranks as one of the most restrictive states for giving survivors access to the justice system. Only a portion of the law was retroactive (the “window”), and was clearly designed to carve out exceptions for victims of serial child sex offender and MSU “Dr.” Larry Nassar, as well as of rival U of M’s late “Dr.” Robert Anderson. ttps://www.mlive.com/news/2018/06/nassar-inspired_laws_give_chil.html; https://www.michiganradio.org/post/legislation-would-expand-statute-limitations-survivors-sexual-assault.
This legislation was a start in creating a safer environment for children in Michigan, but only a long overdue start. Michigan has been a friendly environment for decades for pedophiles and it flourished exponentially as monster Frank Shelden was allowed to act with impunity in many parts of southeast Michigan and in Charlevoix and N. Fox Island, and then escape to the Netherlands. I wonder how many priests were on his “client” lists? And Oakland County, Michigan, was a hotbed for pedophiles in suits and wearing stethoscopes during the era of the OCCK abductions and murders. I maintain this is in large part why those crimes were never “solved”–because to do so would expose men who worked at high levels in the auto industry and in state government. Child sex and porn activity gravitated there because it was safe to do so. Every prosecutor since L. Brooks Patterson has this sad history to answer for. Somebody backed down when it came to pedophiles with power and money and children became very disposable in that county. That is your history and you need to get honest. For once.
But warm up in the general prison population first.
I love that Eddie White is keeping the spotlight on the unsolved Oakland County child killings. While Oakland County and the Michigan State Police did everything they could to keep the communities and the state from asking any questions and controlling the narrative for over four decades, squelching inquiry and making it impossible to close these cases, every generation needs to know how these abductions and murders continued to happen, and why they were never solved. There has never been transparency in this case, so good for podcasters and the press for making people think.
Civil lawsuits are the only way to break this sickness open. Prosecutors who won’t file charges; judges who go easy on “molesters”–civil suits against rapists and their institutional enablers may change the course of this shameful history.
I’ve heard that bullshit before by public servants who whine that “they weren’t even born when these crimes occurred.” Bad news–you are the face of the county now. That is how it works, and you know it. It’s not like they are going after you personally (unless you have acted in bad faith on the case since taking office). Shameful response. Get your act together and realize it’s not the old days, when pigs in high office could safely play hide the ball, or a job as a public servant meant only perks and none of the responsibility carried by hard workers in the private sector. Better get an umbrella policy. And get someone to screen your agency’s press/social media statements.
Top of the list for lowest clearance rate for homicide cases, meaning it has the most unsolved murder cases:
Unsurprisingly, the most “chilling and infamous” unsolved case in Michigan is the Oakland County Child Killer(s) case.
Here is how Michigan is represented on the map:
There you sit, Oakland County, right next to the 1892 Borden murders in Massachusetts. Nice work.
Thank you to Already Gone podcaster Nina Innsted for sending the infographic.
Here’s another case involving bad actors from Oakland County where Genesee County gets the ball rolling. Anyone with a passing understanding of the history of the OCCK investigation is familiar with how this works.
On March 1, 2021, I filed three FOIA requests with the Birmingham Police Department. One was for any records concerning Christopher Brian Busch from the years 1970-1978. A second was for any records concerning Gregory W. Greene from the same time period. These requests were based on my belief that these men crossed the Birmingham PD radar before my brother Tim was abducted on March 16, 1977, and in Busch’s case, after that. It was also based on a remote hope that someone hadn’t gone back and sanitized the files after Greene and then Busch were interviewed in Flint at the end of January 1977, after Kristine was found murdered but before Tim was abducted.
I am talking about the kind of “sanitizing” that took place in the Columbine case when LE in Jefferson County, CO, destroyed a file on Eric Harris the minute they knew he was implicated in the Columbine High School massacre. It would take a decade and a grand jury convened by the CO attorney general to force a confession concerning this file destruction/document shred and the conspiracy to stay silent about prior complaints called in about Harris. The kind of sanitizing that might take place when a dirty politician leaves office. That kind of sanitizing.
I received a prompt response. The labor cost to merely locate any such records would be $3,244.80. A good faith deposit of $1,622.40 would be required to initiate the search
I also received a much more detailed response to my third FOIA request, which was for any records related to the murder of John McKinney on September 19, 1977. The cost for 1,070 pages would be $2,234.13. A deposit of $1,167.07 would be required.
I called Birmingham PD and asked for an explanation of costs. Here is what I was told. In the case of the Busch and Greene search, it would require going through eight years of microfiche. The time to search was estimated based on a search they had previously done for someone for one year’s worth of microfiche looking for Busch. The information is not alphabetized, nor is is searchable. It would require a tedious, time-consuming spin through microfiche for information which may or may not exist. I declined to go forward with those FOIA requests. Three thou for “sorry, no responsive records” is not my idea of money well-spent.
I asked why the detailed cost itemization was more complete, down to the number of pages to be produced, for the McKinney file. The commander I spoke with, who was actually very helpful, explained that this request had already been broken down and compiled a year prior. Two previous FOIA requests were made for the McKinney file–one by an individual and one by a media outlet. Both declined to pursue it after seeing the cost. I will address the McKinney file in a subsequent post.
I had a few other questions and the commander told me another commander would get back to me. He promptly called me back, answered my questions, and then called me back again, twice, with more information. He met face-to-face with one of my brothers last month. He offered to be an advocate for our family. While representatives of Wayne County–Cory Williams, Rob Moran and Prosecutor Kym Worthy–have always so treated our family, no one in Oakland County or with the Michigan State Police, has done so. Ever. This is an appreciated first. No gas lighting, no b.s., no evasion, no condescension, no hostility, no side agenda.
I am at close to 40 days post-deposit paying, waiting on a response from the Michigan State Police to a FOIA request I initially made on February 10, 2021. I paid the deposit on March 11 online. No word. It’s not a tough request. It is confined to specific material on very specific dates. To give you an idea, the request required a $270 deposit. Which means it will probably amount to two pages after they are done with the black magic markers.
The Federal Freedom of Information Act and its state counterparts were enacted so people and the press can keep an eye on how the government does business. How an agency responds to a FOIA request, let alone a letter or phone call, says a lot about an agency, too.
What shall we call the wall in a prosecutor’s office?
On Tuesday, as San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson announced two arrests in the 1996 murder of college student Kristin Smart. Longtime suspect Paul Flores, a fellow student at Polytechnic State University, was charged with killing Kristin Smart as he attempted to rape her in his dorm room. His father, Ruben Flores, 80, was charged as an accessory after authorities said he helped hide the body, which has never been located.
At a press conference, the sheriff credited podcaster Chris Lambert with helping draw worldwide attention to the case and bringing forward several key witnesses, thus propelling the case forward. There is an example of law enforcement keeping an open mind instead of shutting doors. How is it that every single tip turned into the Michigan State Police is always “low priority”? And don’t get me started on the Oakland County prosecutors office or the Oakland County sheriff or the FBI in this case. Hands off, not my problem, too busy, too hard, too corrupt. The mantra is “The case will never be solved.” Think about why that might be the case. There are plenty of suspects, many of them longtime suspects, just like Paul Flores was in this case. It took a podcaster to move the ball to expose Kristen Smart’s killer and his criminal father. But the SLO sheriff ran with it.
Speaking of podcasts, there is a new podcast about the OCCK:
There have been numerous podcasts, newspaper and magazine articles, books and a documentary about the OCCK case. Still the state police, the OC sheriff and the OC prosecutors down the line have kept a lid on this case. These gas-lighters will not be moved by any podcast. What good is it if the very few people who have a conscience come forward when there is really no one to come forward to? They tell their story and then get blown off. However, I guess it does help to bring national and international exposure to the OCCK case. Exposure of the environment in and around Oakland County which allowed these crimes to occur and to remain unsolved. Exposure of parallel child sex and porn rings flourishing in that county in the 1970s and 1980s. Exposure of the roadblocks preventing the closing of these cases or even a hint at the mis and malfeasance that occurred here. Not only did very bad things happen in Oakland County, they were covered up or ignored. This means no positive change, no “never again,” no making sure child victims didn’t die in Oakland County in vain.
Still think that you can figure out who is a pedophile or that surely you wouldn’t find one in a place like your safe town or suburb? Think again.
https://www.sonomawest.com/sonoma_west_times_and_news/news/past-sebastopol-mayor-held-on-11-child-sexual-assault-felony-charges/article_d57e7cbe-9d72-11eb-9311-4393b43d58bc.html. (Thanks to a reader.)
Finally, if you were one of the many victims of former UCLA gynecologist Dr. James Heaps, and those who enabled him, you have until May 6, 2021 to opt out of the class action lawsuit being brought against him and UCLA. Opting out will allow the filing of an individual lawsuit in state court against these defendants, thereby avoiding the cap on the amount of compensation for class participants. The class action format benefits Heaps and UCLA. Consult an attorney ASAP.
Here is an awesome “short,” DO NO HARM, which addresses the power of sending a message, getting monsters off the street and forcing change where those in power want to look the other way:
“We have the truth.” That’s something some players in the OCCK case want to make sure no one ever sees.