Take a listen to Episode 1 of The Deep Dark Podcast, a new podcast addressing the OCCK case:
Next, from a reader:
“The OakPark, Illinois police repeatedly deny FOIA requests when they stopped investigating the case 4 months after the murder nearly 40 years ago. How does that saying go? History doesn’t repeat but it sure as hell rhymes.”
The Kathleen Lombardo murder in Oak Park and an obviously related stabbing and attempted rape of Grace Puccetti remain unsolved. The Lombardo murder deeply affected a young neighbor, the late crime writer Michelle McNamara, and later set her on a path to become a crime writer. Watch the latest episode of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO, Season 1, Episode 7, last week) which covers the powerful testimony of survivors and victims’ family members at the Golden State Killer’s sentencing hearing, and addresses the typical intransigent agency behavior exhibited by the Oak Park PD in the Lombardo murder and the attack on Puccetti. Open case my ass. Unsolved, uncleared but certainly not “open” for purposes of evading FOIA requests.
Listen to the discussion of how police and officials try to white wash crimes, and the fallout for those left behind.
Court battles and docuseries and podcasts and families having to carry the ball. Sound familiar?
ACLU challenges Michigan State Police over racial disparities
— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/amp.freep.com/amp/53217220
Shocker. And it’s agencies like this that CREATE the divide between the public and law enforcement that society is apparently just supposed to accept and hope individually not to be on the receiving end of.
Especially when it comes to rooting out the unethical behavior of government attorneys and those who look the other way:
There is a price for heeding illegal and unethical direction. My brother paid it.
The three layers of the OCCK gang: 1. N. Fox Island, 2. The Oakland County kidnap/disposal crew, and 3. the Cass Corridor creeps.Posted: June 22, 2021
Consider these excellent observations from a reader:
I recently came across something that I was not aware of and surprised me quite a bit. I’m not sure if you are aware of this and I haven’t come across it in your blog since I’ve been following. It turns out that Frank Shelden was not the only Wayne State alumnus wrapped up in the OCCK case. None other than that noted scholar, Chris Busch also attended there. I discovered this when I was looking in Marney Keenan’s book for info on Busch’s time at the Swiss boarding school.In chapter 9, page 107, she has a 3 sentence blurb on that. The next line reads as follows; “He came back to the States in 1970 and attended Wayne State University for a year” (I believe Marney is referencing the 1970-71 school year). I thought to myself, “Gee, I wonder if Busch took any Geology classes”!
Although Shelden obtained his MS in 1962, he later did teach classes and substitute taught at the school. Did he teach any classes in the 70-71 school year? Although info on Busch for his time in Switzerland is scarce, from what I’ve seen, the monster known as Chris Busch was born and bred in that school. He was a full blown pedophile by the time he returned to the states. He could no longer sexually molest the young sons of the rich and powerful and would have to settle for what the Cass Corridor had to offer. In this regard, the same precepts that held for Shelden were also true for Busch. The Wayne State campus itself would offer zero potential sex partners, whereas across the street the Cass Corridor was a prime hunting grounds for young victims.
When Busch came back, he had been out of the US for at least 7 years and wouldn’t have known any potential targets in the Cass Corridor. He’d need some help on this. He would have had a lot of help though, in the form of the friendly, local neighborhood child traffickers/pimps. We know many of the names. They could always hook him up with what he craved. Busch established these connections very early on in his return to Michigan and likely maintained them the rest of his life. It has been a topic of debate and conversation as to how did all the OCCK creeps know each other. I suspect Wayne State is the answer. By its location, it brought together in immediate proximity the main players of the 3 layers of the OCCK gang, 1) N. Fox Island (Shelden), 2) the Oakland Co. kidnap/disposal crew (Chris Busch) and the Cass Corridor bunch.
I would argue the Chris Busch’s pedophelia was more a family tradition, enhanced by years in boarding school. I have also gotten word over the years about Wayne State students people suspected were trafficking kids. It was easier and bigger money than selling illegal drugs, and god knows the odds of getting caught or prosecuted were exactly nil.
Lori Hinkley, manager of the MSP records division, who was found earlier this year along with Col. Gasper to have installed end-to-end encryption apps on their state phones, https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/01/22/state-police-phone-apps-keep-text-messages-secret/4236305001/, denied my appeal concerning MSP records and DVDs concerning suspect John Hastings. Are you surprised?
The history of this FOIA request is discussed in previous posts: https://catherinebroad.blog/2021/05/26/foia-appeal/; https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/56938161/posts/3312473275.
For a recap on how my family was forced to institute FOIA lawsuits over a decade ago to try to get any information concerning Tim’s murder, watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SLQnE1M_rU. The roadblocks and machinations by the MSP and the OCP are stunning. You might ask what they have to hide. I would submit that the answer is A LOT.
Here is yet another reminder, although in a different context, that sunshine is the best disinfectant: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/06/14/sunlight-is-best-disinfectant-why-do-presidents-forget-that/?utm_campaign=wp_follow_eugene_robinson&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_eugenerobinson.
And this reminder in recent testimony by US Attorney General Merrick Garland:
I’m not sure there will ever be enough sunshine to disinfect what has taken place behind the scenes in the OCCK case.
On the national level, this important discussion looks like this:
In Michigan, the discussion is along these lines:
Yes, Mr. Tuesdays with Morrie, Dr. Anderson is the monster here. But with this column and a previous one, https://www.freep.com/story/sports/columnists/mitch-albom/2021/06/10/mitch-albom-bo-schembechler-allegations-sexual-abuse-victims-michigan-football-robert-anderson/7643889002/ , I am getting big whiffs of defense of poor Bo, who is dead and now can’t defend himself, bless his soul. Complicit enablers are a big part of the cycle. Read up on it and stop with the man crushes on a goddamn football coach. What is that, anyway?
I have a question. How come you will speak with a podcaster but you won’t meet with me, my brothers, Kym Worthy, Cory Williams, Marney Keenan and Bill Beachum as I requested in January of this year?
I doubt we will ever hear words like this from law enforcement or the prosecutor’s office in the OCCK case. The reasons for that are becoming even more clear.
So, do you think government officials are above criminality or that they never get caught?
Cold case from 65 years ago solved with genetic geneology: