For every 1,000 sexual assaults, only 25 perpetrators do any time whatsoever in prison.

Read this for a greater understanding of how little our “leaders” care about sex crimes.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/south-shore-rapist-scott-carroll_n_61686469e4b028316c93379d


“This is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Younger brother of Carla Walker, murdered at age 17 in 1974. Last night Dateline covered the 1974 cold case rape and murder of this high school student in Texas. The episode (S30, E14: After the Dance) is streaming on Peacock. See also:

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/crime/article257750098.html

The case was solved with the help of Othram Labs, https://othram.com/, a private lab that was able to re-evaluate the evidence in this case and with the use of genetic genealogy, establish that the DNA left on the victim’s clothing belonged to a man who had lived a few streets away from her family. The suspect had passed a police polygraph back in the day. Go figure.

If you watch the show, you will see and hear how crime scene investigators in 1974 collected, handled and preserved the evidence so that 21st century technology could be used to solve the crime. One of the many cruel disappointments in the OCCK investigation has been learning over the past 15 years how poorly the state police handled the evidence–mishandled, in fact–from four child murders in the biggest unsolved serial homicide case in Michigan history. You can whine all you want about how limited forensics were back then, but why on earth would this agency not leave everything in order and do the best job they could to preserve evidence and organize files as they, time and again, put this case back on the shelf?

More to the point in 2022, why will the MSP not run the most sophisticated DNA testing available on the evidence they did manage to preserve and keep track of? I’ve told you before, we have offered to help pay for this testing. Even as I type that, I cringe thinking about what that agency did with all of the grant monies it received and how it has never, not once, had to answer or account for how it has spent taxpayer money on this case over the decades in this allegedly “open” case. The last word from anyone with authority in this case concerning DNA was in 2012. A decade ago.

There was also mention in the show about how detectives had taken photos of everyone who attended this young woman’s funeral. This reminded me that last year my brothers and I discussed how police had taken photos of not only my brother Tim’s funeral service–many, many photos of people in attendance, but also of the front door to the funeral home where my brother’s body was after the autopsy. Police took photos from the roof of a parking structure across the street from the funeral home. There were photos of my family coming and going. Who else “stopped in,” or tried to?

I am guessing photos were probably taken at Kristine’s service, and maybe even Jill’s and Mark’s. Knowing everything we now know, why can’t we take another look at those photographs to see if we recognize someone from the rogue’s gallery we have seen over the past 15 years? I considered filing a FOIA request with the state police, but I know what would happen. They would charge me a lot of money to do the search (which should take all of 30 minutes) and then tell me one of two things. Can’t find them, therefore they don’t exist, or if I send them $4,500 they will send me some copies. Maybe.

Last year we contacted the Birmingham Police on the off chance they had the photos, at least of the stakeout of the funeral home. They, unlike their predecessors at that PD over the decades, were incredibly helpful, searched the remaining files they had, and could not find any such photos. They did allow my brother to review all of their remaining files in Tim’s case. No charge, no cruelty, no snarky letters from their FOIA people; they showed him what they had. They actually told us because they were our hometown PD, they were there to help however they could, even though they could not change the past. It was obvious most of the case information had been handed over to the state police black hole.

In what world does a victim’s family member have to file a FOIA request and pay a bunch of money in order to look at those old photographs again? After my brother’s funeral, we all had to sit in our living room and go through probably 1,500 photos to tell police who we recognized and who we did not. Because the state police have demonized our family specifically, I am sure if one of the other families had such a request, they would at least get a return phone call.

At the end of the day, the police in Texas wanted to solve this young woman’s murder case and that’s why they stuck with it and pursued every avenue and other resources to get the job done. The serial murder of four children held captive for days before their executions does not merit the same attention by the Michigan State Police?


Thanks, Detroit Public Library, for this important discussion

I am really grateful and impressed at the commitment of author Marney Keenan and retired Inspector Cory Williams to unraveling the OCCK case. Here is a link, courtesy of the Detroit Public Library, to the recording of the book talk on January 18 on The Snow Killings: Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation:

A small segment is missing from the beginning of the talk, as the technical difficulties gods have been active in January. If you have information about the perpetrators of these crimes or those who protected them from prosecution, contact the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office and ask for Inspector Bivens.


At least they are consistent

Quite a few readers sent me this link. I wasn’t going to post it, because it is such a soft ball, so consistent, so obvious, so maddening. But I reread it today and I am posting it:

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2022/01/25/mark-andrews-michigan-state-police-troopers-drinking-on-duty/6634461001/

Total whistleblower case. Sadly, not only will this man be blackballed but he and his family members will probably be pulled over on Michigan highways for the rest of time. Maybe he should team up with the private investigator from Birmingham who, unlike the state police and other agency divers, was not too afraid to get out on the Red Cedar River with a goddamn saw and an underwater camera last week.

Some brave investigative journalist in Michigan should [try to] write a long, long story about the history and culture of the Michigan State Police and how they retaliate against those who dare to cross the thin blue line as well as citizens who dare to ask questions about investigations.

Children of the Snow is back on Hulu and ID. If you haven’t watched this two-part documentary about the OCCK case, check it out. Ask yourself how you would feel if your brother’s murder case was locked in a MSP file cabinet. Someone who recently watched the documentary made this observation: “It is truly bewildering there wasn’t a single cop with a conscience, who could have at any time slipped an anonymous note in one of your mailboxes, in the middle of the night, naming names. Cowardice comes to mind.”

Yeah, it does.


Opinion: Sexual abuse claims are plaguing Michigan; laws that protect victims are the cure

Read this opinion piece from The Detroit News that ran yesterday:

And speaking of more headline-grabbing instances of abuse, this week defrocked priest Gary Berthiaume was sentenced to 17 months in prison after pleading guilty to sex crimes against boys, committed during the OCCK era in the very church this priest was serving, the aptly named Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Farmington Hills, MI. https://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/farmington/2022/01/20/former-farmington-priest-sent-prison-sexual-assault-cases/6591361001/  Brave survivors and their representatives spoke at his sentencing hearing. Berthiaume’s attorney, Michael Smith, pulled the old disparage the “alleged” victims stunt these defense attorneys have been using for 50 years. It’s time for that shit to stop as well, especially after your client plead guilty. Try some dignity for a change.

I’m keeping an eye on this guy. This guy goes back to the same time and place as the OCCK crimes. He hasn’t shown up in MDOC yet. Hopefully he will end up in the general population at Jackson. But some defrocked priest who had someone/some entity post his $50K bond so he could chill at a hotel while awaiting the inevitable, probably worked out some easier lock-up. The kind where none of his cell mates could administer their own form of polygraph as concerns cases like the OCCK, right Gary?

Maybe as public awareness is increased in Michigan (finally), it will become much more difficult for predators–and those who operate under color of state law to cover for them–to hide. No statute of limitations. No immunity. Out these people, all of them.


“It is time for the Michigan legislators to look at why two of the largest scandals in the history of the country — Larry Nassar and Robert Anderson — happened at Michigan’s two largest universities. Other states have addressed this issue. It is time for Michigan leadership to do the same.”

Today it was announced that the University of Michigan has reached a $490 million settlement with former athletes and other U-M students who sued the school saying they had been sexually assaulted by the late Dr. Robert Anderson, a former football team doctor. https://www.freep.com/story/news/education/2022/01/19/university-michigan-robert-anderson-settlement-sexual-assault/6553333001/ 

I did not even wade into the reader comments to this article, which I’m sure are filled with “these people are just looking for a payday!” This is the only language spoken by institutions and agencies that shut down victims, don’t listen and look the other way. Money. Want to stop predators and the enablers who protect them? Money. More victims, more money. Do the math and decide if the university presidents, board members and highly paid coaching staff are getting this right.

The Michigan legislature should address why these huge scandals happen in Michigan and a good place to start would be with the lack of oversight and accountability by the Oakland County prosecutor’s office who derailed the investigation into the Oakland County child killing cases, 1976-1978. This lack of accountability, oversight and transparency set the stage for decades of predators’ crimes to be swept under the carpet in Oakland County. Michigan’s long history of corruption doesn’t begin with predators Robert Anderson or Larry Nassar. When law enforcement (including prosecutors) ignore these kinds of crimes–or worse, sweep them under the rug, they should have to pay, too.


Hubris

L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County prosecutor overseeing the OCCK era and then county executive for the rest of his life, told the community he never heard the name “Chris Busch” until 2008*. I am well-versed in the need for amnesia in this case and of the argument that a man this incredibly busy could never be expected to remember the following, from March 1, 1977:

A few points about this article from the Detroit Free Press:

  1. It is dated March 1, 1977. Fifteen days later, my brother Tim will be abducted from the Hunter-Maple Pharmacy parking lot in Birmingham.
  2. Busch is described as a “Birmingham man.” A number of readers have pointed out that back in 1977, Bloomfield Village had a Birmingham mailing address. Indeed, the court documents list Busch as living at 3310 Morningview Terrace, Birmingham, Michigan. Bloomfield Village is not Birmingham, as any resident of the Village would be swift to point out. But Google Morningview Terrace and 1509 Yorkshire in Birmingham, our family home, to see just how close they are.
  3. “According to Prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson,” who somehow got tripped up enough to comment about Busch after February 1, 1977, he goes on to describe what his chief deputy Richard Thompson learned first hand in Flint in late January 1977–the details concerning the sexual assault by wealthy constituent H. Lee Busch’s son upon young boy in Oakland County.
  4. “Busch’s arrest resulted from a [sic] Oakland County investigation into the kidnap-slaying of six county youngsters in the past 13 months.” Yes, there were more than a handful of dead kids and teens in Oakland County during this era, and this was before Tim was murdered. If you have read the tortured/amended/redacted versions of the tips and investigation into Greg Greene and Chris Busch, you would quickly realize that Oakland County didn’t do shit to investigate Greg Greene and Chris Busch for these crimes, and certainly not after Busch walked free.
  5. “Busch has been cleared in all six of the slayings.” How the hell did that happen? Oh, right, the polygraph shuffle that was used to circumvent legit investigation. But remember, Busch was only polygraphed in the killing of Mark Stebbins (no questions about the abduction, any contact whatsoever, any sexual contact). That was an outrageous and untrue statement.
  6. Typical of the reporting for that era (and of reporting under the thumb of LBP), there is no expounding on the “sex charges” in Genesee County. “One of three men”–we certainly were not going to be reminded of Busch’s pal Greg Greene, whose monstrous proclivities based on convictions in California, certainly looked similar to Mark Stebbin’s case. And then more mishmash–“Busch has been charged by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office on two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct in the earlier cases.”

If you think LBP (or Richard Thompson or Larry Wasser) ever forgot the name BUSCH in the decades Patterson was the gate-keeper of all things Oakland County, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.


Book discussions this week of The Snow Killings: Inside the Oakland County Child Killing Investigation

This week there are three book discussions by Marney Keenan, author of The Snow Killings:

https://www.thesnowkillings.com/blog

Readers of my blog know that much has come to light since Marney published her book in July 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown days. You may think you know about the OCCK case based on having lived through this nightmare as a resident in Oakland County, or based on eating the narrative brought to you by the Oakland County Prosecutor and the Michigan State Police. I’m not going to tell you to wake up, but if you have any desire to make sure no one in society is ever able to pull one over on its constituents like happened in this case, you should tune in.


Not again.

The law provides for a mandatory minimum for a reason and part of it is because of judges like this, who take the side of young, “promising,” white male rapists:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/01/13/illinois-judge-reverses-conviction/

This judge has been removed from handling criminal trials and now will only be allowed to fuck up small claims, probate, civil cases and other legal matters in the Eighth Judicial Circuit court in Western Illinois.


“I love it when you say that.”

Another example of the fox guarding the hen house in a Michigan institution:

https://www.freep.com/story/news/education/2022/01/15/university-michigan-president-mark-schlissel-fired-board-investigation/9162810002/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot

Wouldn’t talk with victims of prolific predator and team/university health doc Robert Anderson. https://catherinebroad.blog/2021/10/10/victim-of-dr-robert-anderson-is-picketing-the-home-of-u-of-m-president-24-7/. Too busy emailing his latest subordinate conquest. Go Blue!