The FBI Detroit Division has created an email for the public to report suspicion of public corruption directly to FBI special agents and analysts. https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/detroit/news/press-releases/fbi-detroit-launches-public-corruption-reporting-email. Anyone with information about public corruption anywhere in Michigan should report it directly to FBI Detroit special agents and analysts at MichiganCorruption@fbi.gov. If you prefer to do so anonymously, you can call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit tips online at tips.fbi.gov.
So yet another project for me. Do you think they will assign the tip about public corruption in the OCCK case to SA Sean Callaghan, who has worked closely with the Michigan State Police and the Oakland County Prosecutor in the past (and in fact was an assistant prosecutor in the OCP before becoming an FBI agent) to derail tips and the work of Det. Cory Williams and to punish my family for speaking up and asking questions? That seems like the definition of a circular file if ever there was one.
And then we have the further circular argument–public corruption is notoriously hard to prove, in this case it took place in and after January 1977 and continues to this day by the actions of Jessica Cooper and Paul Walton and the inaction of the current prosecutor, Karen McDonald. Most of the players are dead. So, end of discussion.
If you want something like what happened in the OCCK investigation to happen again, take this approach. Stick your head in the sand and tell me again how great L. Brooks Patterson was for Oakland County.
I offer a parallel. I happen to think that the late Senator Ted Kennedy advanced and supported some important legislation over the course of his lifetime. Does that make him any less culpable for the death of Mary Jo Kopechne? Does it make him any less of a shit bag for driving drunk into a pond, freeing himself and walking back to his hotel to sleep it off while his 28-year-old passenger drown in the car, and not immediately going for help? Do his legislative good works absolve him and his enablers for lying and attempting to cover up what happened? I think not.
Last fall, The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton, Michigan asked voters to consider a report by the Center for Public Integrity of government accountability and transparency, Michigan ranked dead last among all 50 states in several categories. Its overall grade, therefore, was an F. https://www.mininggazette.com/news/2020/09/raising-alarm-bells-across-michigan-a-look-at-the-unfortunate-state-of-the-state/. As noted here before, the degree of corruption in Michigan state government, across all branches, compelled U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider, in June, 2019, to declare that Michigan is the nation’s most corrupt state. https://catherinebroad.blog/2019/10/27/how-government-keeps-secrets-it-shouldnt-be-keeping/.
You have a very long history of this, Oakland County. As long as elected officials see personal gain and voters do not see past their county’s prosperous facade, nothing will ever change.
Somebody needs to step up in this case besides a victim’s family. I’m talking to the few people left who know what went down the last week of January 1977 and all of the machinations that have followed to make sure this was never exposed and therefore that the OCCK case was never solved. I know you want to take it to the grave like your coconspirator cowards. Good luck with that.
People smarter than I have discovered discrepancies in the actual documentary evidence in this case. Yesterday it was two Tip #370’s. Today it is four polygraphs. This is mostly a public corruption case, not an unsolved serial murder/rape case. If somebody has a logical explanation for any of this bullshit, a lot of us would like to hear it.
It was a busy week from Tuesday, January 25, 1977 to Tuesday, February 1, 1977 at the Flint P.D. As you recall, on January 25 Greene, who had been arrested for sexually assaulting boys on the baseball team he coached, told police Chris Busch killed Mark Stebbins. This became Tip #369 in the OCCK case:
Based on what Greene said, police determined Greene “was more of a suspect than Busch,” and Greene became the subject of Tip #370, as outlined in what I call the first Tip #370, below:
The body of this little report indicates that the following day, January 26, 1977, Greene was then interviewed by Richard Thompson (OCP chief deputy) and Gary Hawkins (OCP investigator and whatever), and Southfield Lt. Simmons. Then Greene was polygraphed twice that day at Flint PD, as indicated above.
The report section of the “second” Tip #370 states it a bit differently, listing two polygraphs given to Greene on January 26, but with Greene then being interviewed by Thompson, Hawkins and Simmons.
Yet we have a report from Flint PD Sgt. Melvin Scott, provided to Det. Doan concerning a 5-question polygraph Scott administered to Greg Greene on 27 Jan 77.
I’m not the greatest math person, but that’s looking like polygraph #3 on old Greene. Whatever was learned on January 25-27 via interviews of Greg Greene and those polygraphs, as well as the interview of victim Ken Bowman, it was enough to issue an arrest warrant for Chris Busch’s on January 28, 1977, in Alma. He was driven to Flint PD and at 8 pm on the 28th, he was given a polygraph, not by Melvin Scott of Flint PD, but by Ralph Cabot of the Michigan State Police. An “upgrade,” if you will.
Tip #369, above, indicates in the report section that a polygraph was run on Busch on January 28.
To compound the math difficulty, there is another polygraph report dated February 1, 1977, on another exam conducted on Greg Greene, this time by Ralph Cabot.
There are two polygraph reports in the FOIA documents covering exams given to Greene on January 27 and February 1. So where are the reports on the two polygraphs administered to Greene on January 26? Who administered them? And why didn’t either of the two Tip 370s list the January 27 and the February 1 polygraph exams?
And which of the “old polygraph charts” of Busch and Greene were actually reviewed by Robert Dykstra, John Wojnaroksi and Tim Larion?
By February 1, Busch was walking free after his bond was reduced from $75,000 to $1,000. Polygraph magic. I just want to know why it took four polygraphs to make magic with Greg Greene, who was going up the river forever, no matter what.
Niles police explained on Wednesday how they cracked a cold case murder after nearly 30 years.
— Read on www.fox32chicago.com/news/niles-cold-case-murder-solved-after-nearly-30-years.amp
This morning a reader expressed the wish that a “reporter with kahunas of steel” would question Richard Thompson, Jessica Cooper and Paul Walton about their actions in the OCCK case and the “state” of the case file documents. None of them will talk. Even if put under oath I don’t believe they would ever tell the truth. “I don’t recall” would be the phrase you would hear over and over.
Here’s what happens when a retired reporter with kahunas of steel continues to try to get answers from the Michigan State Police (start at the bottom and read up):
When you can’t claim amnesia or old age, just refuse to accept an interview. The only thing staying silent in this case does is protect the criminals–those who participated in the OCCK crimes and those who betrayed their oath and hid the truth.
Do you remember the picture puzzles in little kid magazines where there were two seemingly identical drawings next to each other and you were supposed to pick out the subtle differences? Here’s one for the adults:
The second document was the version from the FOIA response provided by Jessica Cooper and Paul Walton to the FOIA request made by the media.
Rewriting a tip sheet can’t be typical protocol, can it?
The People of the State of Michigan v. Christopher Brian Busch 3310 Morningview Terrace Birmingham, MI, OCP Order No. 77-19095, District Court Case No. 77-0084Posted: October 26, 2021
This is the copy of the file I found in the case Oakland County was basically forced to file against Chris Busch in the wake of the interviews of Greg Greene and Busch in Flint the last week of January 1977. The origin of the document is unknown; it was not provided in the FOIA documents Jessica Cooper provided first to reporter Kevin Dietz, then to the Detroit Free Press, and then ultimately (after clearly waiving their bullshit exemptions by providing to the media), to my Dad. This is a copy of the case brought against Busch on behalf of victim Ken Bowman.
I say “forced to file” because there was no way around it. Greene had been arrested in Flint on January 25, 1977, for criminal sexual contact with a number of boys from the baseball team this monster coached. He tossed Busch’s name as a suspect in the murder of Mark Stebbins. Greene went on to say some disturbing and incriminating things, including the fact that he and Busch had victimized Bowman in Oakland County and that Bowman was aware that Busch “had killed a boy.” So the police then interviewed young Ken Bowman. This resulted in the arrest of Chris Busch in Alma, Michigan.
Interviews with Busch resulted in charges being brought against him in Flint, Midland and Montmorency Counties, involving victims Bowman and Vince Gunnels. The gravy train started up for attorney Jane Burgess. Oakland County was the last county to file against Busch. No one in Oakland County even investigated Busch’s claims that he also found victims through his participation in the Big Brother program. Nope. It was just this case and we all know that in spite of charges being brought in four different counties, this freak got probation every single time.
This file is not a part of the FOIA documents I have previously posted. But here it is now. And of course the OCP didn’t willingly hand this over to us. I also discovered all of the pleadings filed in the case against Jessica Cooper after she denied my Dad’s FOIA request and the courts backed her:
All of that time and money, and Cooper subsequently provides a couple hundred documents to the media as a “fuck you” to our family. And then offloads the rest of the real file in the OCCK to Sheriff Mike Bouchard to evade FOIA requirements going forward. Oakland County is, was, and may always be, the dirtiest county in Michigan. They just continue to ignore and slow walk so that soon everyone who touched the Busch files is dead.
Look who checked out the Oakland County CSC with a minor case file on Chris Busch on March 17, 1977, less than 24 hours after my brother Tim “went missing”–friend of families of murdered children and chief deputy to L. Brooks Patterson, “no deals” Richard Thompson.
This case was filed against Chris Busch by Oakland County on behalf of victim Ken Bowman on or about February 25, 1977. This crime was revealed during questioning of Busch and Greg Greene in Flint the last week of January 1977.
Maybe Thompson had to make sure nothing in that file was going to blow up on him and Brooksie after Busch walked out of the Flint lock up for the low, low price of $1,000 a few weeks before my brother was abducted on March 16, 1977.
That’s what my brother’s life was worth to these men. $1,000. On March 17 maybe Thompson just wanted some light reading material. Or maybe he and his boss were sweating after another kid was abducted after Busch’s get-out-of-jail-almost-free card. Not to worry, Dick. Nobody gave enough of a shit to check on your boy Busch while Tim was held captive for six days.
Thank you to a reader.
March 19, 1977:
March 26, 1977:
And as for the question “Who shelters killer of 4 kids?,” might I suggest the names H. Lee Busch, Elsie Busch and L. Brooks Patterson, for starters?
“When people want to believe that the world is just, and that bad things won’t happen to them, empathy can suffer.”