I’m responding to your 30-Nov post “Woman Recalls” that discusses Epstein’s connection to Interlochen [https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/56938161/posts/3691655406], but because I’ve included a couple of attachments, I’m sending it to you for posting, if you think it’s relevant or interesting.
Robert Lieber from Birmingham was on bond for sexually assaulting a boy in 1977. He then committed another sexual assault on another boy and was arrested. He had met the second victim at Interlochen Music Camp where he was a “counselor” of some kind.
Upon is arrest, the OCCK Task Force pounced on him, but dismissed him as a suspect when, you guessed it, he passed a polygraph.
I don’t know if Robert is/was related to Margery Lieber, but she was at the time, and continues to be, a major donor and Interlochen board member. And I don’t know if he’s related to Robert Lieber who died in 1987, but he was a General Motors employee.
I ask again: Why has the MSP not put the OCCK case at the forefront of the recent use of solid investigative techniques and evolving modern scientific DNA developments? Why do the Oakland County prosecutor, the Michigan attorney general and the FBI refuse to pick up the phone and demand that the MSP provide all DNA results they have obtained over the years and arrange for or demand the involvement of a third-party DNA lab with genetic genealogy capabilities? Not one agency has acknowledged that the fox is guarding the henhouse here and that until the MSP is pulled from this cold case or gets over their aversion to solving this cold case, it will sit in limbo for another 45 years.
Forensic DNA analysis and a careful review of evidence helped New Bedford, MA prosecutors identify David Reed, 53 as the prime suspect in the 20-year-old homicide of his half-sibling, Rose Marie Moniz. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/12/04/conch-shell-cold-case/. The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that its cold-case unit is reviewing “every item of evidence from every homicide over the last 45 years” to determine whether new leads can be developed from employing new DNA methods. A DA’s office. Every single cold case from the last 45 years. Every item of evidence. Pick up the phone, make the MSP provide this data, retain a third-party lab. Little work, possible big returns.
And how about this recent case, where retired NYPD Detective Malcolm Reiman continued to push for further DNA testing in the 22-year-old homicide and sexual assault of 13-year-old Minerliz Soriano:
Reiman pushed for familial DNA to be used to try to identify the killer. DNA matching the father of the man charged in this case was found and detectives then worked their way to the killer.
“”When familial DNA search was introduced, familial DNA searching is a deliberate search using specialized software for a relative. So we searched this particular DNA profile, and as a result, we had a forensic familial DNA search hit to the father of the defendant,’ said Emanuel Katranakis, commanding officer of the NYPD Forensic Investigative Unit.
This is the first time the technique has led to an arrest in New York City. Reiman says its success is a game changer.
‘This is something that’s going to change the way that homicides are looked at,’ he said.”
Apparently not in the OCCK case. As a reader pointed out, current private forensic science labs outside of MI, can probably answer many unresolved OCCK questions. Putting their heads in the sand is not going to stop the advancement of forensic science in solving cold cases.
The only conclusion I can come to is that resistance to using advanced DNA testing and familial DNA searches in this case is because the state police do not want this case solved. The shell game, instituted early on in this decades-old heinous cold case, continues.