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Better keep an eye on this criminal. Less than six years? Gets out the very earliest day possible under his sentence? Think he will play by the rules? If two victims came forward, odds are there were more. This sexual predator gets to “restart” his life.
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A couple of points. First, on March 11, 2021, Marney Keenan and I met with representatives of Dana Nessel’s office via Zoom to discuss a wide variety of concerns over the investigation into the Oakland County child killing case and the lack of investigation into the very active child sex and porn rings operating in Oakland and Wayne County at that time. We spent time and money compiling information and documents in advance of the meeting. We never heard one word after this. Not. One. Word. Not even some version of “we’re not touching any of this with a 10-foot pole,” or “the new prosecutor is on her own here, not our problem,” or “the Eternal General never went near this and we aren’t either.” Nothing.
Obviously, any collaboration and cooperation between agencies would be advantageous in this seemingly hopeless school massacre nightmare that keeps repeating itself across the country. The book Columbine, by Dave Cullen and published in 2009 after a decade-long investigation by the author, should have been required reading for every single school principal, prosecuting attorney and parent in the country. It seems no one has learned anything since April 20, 1999.
Years after the Columbine massacre, the Colorado Attorney General conducted an investigation of the cover up of disturbing information the Jefferson County, CO sheriff had about the two killers at least a year before they executed their murderous plan. Many county employees steadfastly refused to cooperate, but the AG’s team continued their investigation and convened a grand jury.
The grand jury produced a report about the potential that these files on two student/killers (electronic and physical files) were deliberately destroyed. Investigators from the AG’s office had confronted local officials who had attended a secret meeting (minus the feds) right after the massacre where they agreed to lie about what they knew, when, about the two killers. It took five years for that secret to be exposed. A detective eventually told investigators it was “one of those cover-your-ass meetings.” The grand jury concluded there was insufficient evidence to indict any one person but the implications of their report, in spite of the denials by county employees, were clear. (Pages 165-66; 343-44.)
The report included the following:
Division Chief John Kiekbusch’s assistant, Judy Searle, testified that in September 1999, he asked her to find the [Eric Harris] file. He told her to search the computer network and the physical files, and to do so in secret. He instructed her specifically not to tell the officers involved. Searle testified under oath that she found that suspicious. She normally would have started her search by talking to those officers. Searle searched, and discovered nothing. She gave Kiekbusch the news: there seemed to be no record anywhere, no sign the file ever existed. She watched his reaction. She testified that he appeared ‘somewhat relieved.’
According to that same report, in 2000, Kiekbusch instructed her to shred a large pile of Columbine reports. Searle testified that she did not find the report unusual at the time , because Kiekbusch was preparing to leave office, and Searle assumed she was purging duplicates. She complied.Columbine, p. 344.
It would seem that Karen McDonald’s office has the Oxford High School massacre investigation and prosecution well in hand. Until such time that her office requests help from the AG’s office, maybe Dana Nessel’s office could take a look at the following:
- Previous OCP Jessica Cooper had files from the OCCK case delivered by one of her assistant prosecuting attorneys to the office of OC Sheriff Mike Bouchard at some point after she began the Arch Sloan “magic hair” investigation (probably after her press conference in July 2012). These boxes of documents were specifically given to and kept by Sheriff Bouchard so that Cooper’s office would not have to produce them in response to any future FOIA requests. Those files sat somewhere in the sheriff’s office until July of this year, when they were retrieved by the current prosecutor. My FOIA request to the OC sheriff on July 23 was denied in full because that office, despite claims to the public that they are working on any tips they get in the OCCK case, said they have not one record or file in that case. https://catherinebroad.blog/2021/07/23/worlds-fastest-foia-response/. Perhaps the OCP files had been retrieved by July 23, but this still does not explain the sheriff’s alleged lack of a single document in the OCCK case.
- On Friday, November 5, 2020, word was leaked by an employee of the Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper’s office that documents were being shredded in the days after the general election and that it was suspected these were documents from the OCCK case. A cease and desist order was issued to Oakland County IT, to stop the destruction of any electronic files. This order came from your office, AG Nessel. Apparently it was worthy of no follow-up.
In violation of the letter and spirit of FOIA laws, Sheriff Bouchard agreed to keep OCCK files at his office so that Jessica Cooper could evade producing FOIA responses. These files were only obtained this past July, after being “secured” with the sheriff’s office for probably over eight years.
The first week of November, 2021, an employee at the OCP observed questionable document shredding and in the early morning hours of November 6, a cease and desist order was sent to Oakland County to put a stop to additional shredding. I know Cooper and her upper level staff would lie about this shred–oh, just duplicates–but a cease and desist order issued. There was enough concern to warrant such an order. And a claim of attorney work product does not hold when perpetuating a fraud and covering crimes.
So, until Karen McDonald’s office asks for help in the Oxford case, and while waiting for legislative counsel to draft gun legislation and assistant AGs assigned to the state Dept. of Ed. to draft school policy concerning potentially murderous students, maybe AG Nessel can take a serious look at the actions of previous OC employees Jessica Cooper, Paul Walton, L. Brooks Patterson and Richard Thompson. You have my phone and email.
A 76-year-old man was arrested in suburban Denver on Thursday following a joint operation by San Francisco police, the FBI and the Jefferson County (CO) Sheriff’s office, authorities announced Sunday. He was booked for investigation of homicide in connection with the 1978 death of 15-year-old Marissa Harvey. He may be a suspect in other unsolved homicides.
A joint, cooperative investigation between jurisdictions and agencies solves a 43-year-old homicide and perhaps other cold cases. Why can’t the Michigan State Police, Oakland County and the Detroit office of the FBI work together to bring answers in the OCCK case? Why the reluctance to use “advanced investigative methods”? Or any methods at all??
Especially in the atypical cold case where public officials and state police are obstructing justice. The OCCK cold case status is not just dusty files and lack of funds. The corruption in this case locked it down for all time in 1977. Honest cops can’t even break through. There should be legislation mandating when a “cold case” can no longer be considered “open” such that agencies get to hide whatever files and evidence they have not already destroyed or tampered with.
A reader sent this link and asked if there could ever be something like this along Woodward Avenue in Oakland County:
I agree–never in a million years.
Instead, you have the epicenter of the corruption in the OCCK investigation naming a county complex building after himself right before he kicked the bucket. There’s your memorial, Oakland County. Your memorial to corruption and organized crime.
If you were or are an employee of the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office or the Michigan State Police and you have information about how the investigation in the OCCK case went sideways, to become unsolved forever by design, email me at email@example.com. “If you see something, say something,” applied/applies to you, too. No excuses.
Earlier this week a reader asked for working links to the June 17 and 18, 2012 series about the OCCK case written by David Ashenfelter for the Detroit Free Press. These papers do not maintain online archives; the links expire. So you have to hit up Newspapers.com ($). I pulled out my hard copy of those papers and reread them.
In an article with the headline “Decades of Despair and Still No Peace,” Ashenfelter observes: “Though it is not uncommon for families in unsolved homicides to become hostile with authorities, it is unusual for them to complain publicly, sue and demand that the investigation be reassigned to another agency.” I’ll tell you what is uncommon. A county as corrupt as Oakland County, Michigan, and a state police force willing to play hide the ball.
In 2012 was this story was still being pitched as cops and prosecutors doing the best they could, bemoaning how their hands are tied, blah, blah, blah; and the families portrayed as simply angry, limited and disappointed–how dare we complain publicly, sue for documents we were entitled to by statute, and demand that the fox no longer guard the henhouse?! Silly people. Get over it.
I received the following encrypted email some seven months ago. The writer expresses the hope that some “longtimers” at Oakland County reach out with information, that others have come forward. They have not. Are you surprised?
If you have any information that would help in this case, which most certainly includes breaking down the massive public corruption roadblocks in this case, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to a reader.
Duggar, a 33-year-old “reality TV personality” and hate-mongering anti-LGBTQ activist, was found guilty by a jury on one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography.
I guess the Evangelical/Christian counseling after he molested his younger sisters didn’t take. An investigator for Homeland Security testified that the child porn images confiscated from Duggar’s computer were “in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.”
I’m sure you can find some “Bible time” in prison, Josh–just minus the 12-year-olds. Enjoy “reality” prison, you hateful freak.
He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison on these charges. Let’s hope it is not another light sentence, because the odds of this guy not victimizing another child physically or by consuming child pornography are exactly zero.
This priest was sentenced to seven years in prison this week after pleading guilty to raping a 10-year-old altar boy 30 years ago. Had he gone to trial, he could have received up to a 99-year sentence. And of course, there were other victims.
I don’t know what prosecutors and judges are thinking in these pedophelia sex crime cases. This priest will be 66 in 7 years. These particular sex criminals never age out, never stop hunting for young victims. Never.
Seven years for raping a kid? I just don’t get it. The priest reportedly stood emotionless as his victim, now in his 40’s, addressed him. Emotionless is what you will get as your God hands down your real sentence, padre.
Read this “Christopher Busch file” from the Oakland County prosecutor files concerning the proceedings against Busch in Genesee County. If you read the FOIA documents I have previously posted over the years, you have read this distressing and revolting transcript before.
Of course everyone, even prolific pedophiles, is entitled to a defense. Attorney Burgess pronounces to the court that in her whole 10 years of practice to that point, she has never seen any client “so amply demonstrate his eligibility for probation as in this case,” even though he was arrested three times over the course of five days for raping boys in three different counties. That Busch got probation–AGAIN–was not due to any special attorney superpowers on the part of Burgess, as I think anyone remotely familiar with the underbelly of this case would agree.
Interesting that somebody at Oakland County was not only interested in the Genesee County proceedings–enough to obtain these copies, but also did a little research on Flint attorney Carl Leiter, Burgess’s “co-counsel” in this matter, as reflected in this little file.