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.