Where things stand

On March 20, 2022, I posted the last of FOIA documents I received over the course of the past few months. I posted them as received, with no explanation and without much commentary. Here is an explanation as well as a recap of points previously made and continuously ignored. Apologies in advance for all of the bold print. Somehow it seems warranted here.

The Oakland County Prosecutors offices of L. Brooks Patterson and Jessica Cooper took away any chance for “justice” in this case. They gaslighted the media and the communities of Oakland County. In the case of Cooper, she also gaslighted Oakland County judges and appellate judges. They manipulated the truth and were never straight with their constituents. They thereby defiled the memory of the four child victims in this case. So I thought it was important for you to see all of the FOIA documents my family and I could obtain. Make no mistake–what we saw was just the tip of the iceberg and those responses were most assuredly manipulated long before 2022 beyond the redactions permitted by law. But this is as close to transparency as we are ever going to get.

That being said, I would like to commend the office of Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald for responding to my FOIA request of July 2021. The documents you have read over the past few months comprise that response. I did not describe where these documents came from because I did not want to create problems between the OCP and the office of Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard. But now that I have received all of the files the OCP apparently has on the OCCK case; with what must be the realization by the sheriff’s office that cooperation is a two-way street with prosecutors (and the entire nation is watching to see that those two agencies come together for the greater good in the Oxford High School massacre case and related litigation); as well as the retirement of all-around horrible human being, Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe, I will speak more freely. Slowly, those used to playing by Brooksie’s playbook are leaving office and this earth. Fifty years of dirty dealings seem like more than enough (in this, and other, cases).

By the way, I also felt similarly constrained to acknowledge and express appreciation for the help provided to me and my brothers last year by a recently retired Birmingham Police Department commander. I would not have risked exposing him to members of the OCS office or the Michigan State Police while he was still employed by BPD. We were allowed to review the files remaining at BPD in Tim’s case. Most everything, of course, went to the MSP black hole storage system over the years, but we were allowed to review what little was left behind. The commander told us they remained willing to help in any way possible and while they could not undo the past, they were still our “hometown police department.” Completely unlike the most disingenuous predecessors at that agency.

In responding to my FOIA request, the current OCP office recognized that the OCCK is NOT an active investigation. That claim is ridiculous. The only reason it is still arguably “open” is that the Michigan State Police refuse to follow through on the DNA evidence in this case, as I have addressed numerous times. Their foot and knuckle-dragging in the face of advanced DNA testing used by third-party labs (which they themselves have employed in other cases) betrays their claim that this case remains “open.” That agency cannot be trusted.

Furthermore, I made the argument that there was no claim to attorney work product in this case as grounds for withholding documents. Claims of privilege or work product immunity that are in furtherance of obstruction of justice are invalid under the crime/fraud exception. Yes, I contend that L. Brooks Patterson and Richard Thompson obstructed justice in this case beginning the week of January 25, 1977 and continuing to the present day and that they were aided after-the-fact by actions of Jessica Cooper and Paul Walton. Similarly, trump learned this week that emails he has withheld from a House select committee are not protected by attorney-client privilege due to the crime/fraud exception to that doctrine. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/28/judge-says-trump-more-than-likely-committeed-crime/?utm_campaign=wp_the_5_minute_fix&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_fix&carta-url=https://s2.washingtonpost.com/car-ln-tr/366e95a/62421fc43e6ed13ade421dfc/59863c879bbc0f6826e691d6/10/50/62421fc43e6ed13ade421dfc.

There are a few things that I need to make very clear about this document production.

First, these files had to be retrieved from the office of Sheriff Mike Bouchard this past summer. An attorney working for Jessica Cooper delivered the documents you have read here to the sheriff’s office so they would be “safe” from any FOIA request. Most of the documents are in the 2012 time period, when Cooper’s office was pushing their “Arch Sloan” lead. The files literally sat there until I filed a FOIA request last summer. Don’t believe me? I think the attorney who did the “hand off” still is in the employ of the OCP. Ask around. It seems like at a minimum, there were some serious ethical violations by at least three attorneys here but at this point, given my exposure to attorneys in the State of Michigan, I could care less about cleaning up the ethical “fox guarding the chicken coop” landscape of the Michigan State Bar.

Second, not once in any of those documents do the names Jessica Cooper or Paul Walton appear. Nor are there any file documents from my old friends Patterson and Thompson. Not a single file memorandum, not a single mention of Walton’s little power point presentation, not a mention of Cooper and Walton’s communications with then Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt, no mention of sit downs with their buddies at the sheriff’s office or FBI SA Sean Callaghan. Not only that, there is no mention of when that office started working the Sloan “lead.” How long did they sit on it? How long before they shared this information with other agencies working the case? No answers can be found in the files provided.

Third, I remind readers that on the evening of Friday, November 6, 2020, I received notification that the newly elected prosecutor, Karen McDonald, received word that Jessica Cooper (who had lost her reelection bid earlier that week) was shredding documents and that she had been told some of the files included OCCK files. In the early morning hours of November 7, the office of AG Dana Nessel was notified by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and the AG’s office agreed to issue a Cease and Desist order to the general manager of the Oakland County IT department to prevent further document destruction. Don’t believe me? Contact Prosecutor McDonald, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and the OC IT Department. Maybe it’s just me, but the fact that the documents I have posted allegedly constitute all of the OCP files in the OCCK case, as well as the fact that Sheriff Bouchard claims to have no files whatsoever in this case (https://catherinebroad.blog/2021/07/23/worlds-fastest-foia-response/) strains credulity to the point of absurdity. By this statement, I do not mean to imply that the current OCP office has withheld documents. I think this is all there is. I do mean to imply that a logical conclusion is that Cooper indeed ordered the shredding of documents related to this case.

Finally, I again remind readers that the ONLY reason Chris Busch’s name resurfaced as an OCCK suspect was through the efforts of Patrick Coffey and my family and then the work of Livonia/Wayne County Detective Cory Williams. The OCP and the MSP were in possession of his records for 29 years at that point, yet neither said nor did anything. When the suspect who turned out to be Chris Busch was identified in July 2006, we expected to receive cooperation from the OCP office. Chris Busch’s name was in their possession and instead of immediately disclosing it so that it would appear to have been an oversight of which then OCP David Gorcyca was unaware, Busch’s name was again withheld. The OCP engaged in a proxy war through private polygrapher Larry Wasser to block the release of Busch’s name. The OCP knew exactly who Chris Busch was when Wasser accidentally referred to him in July 2006, but Wasser was used to drag out the disclosure of Busch’s name for another 18 months.

Until this recent cooperation with the current OCP regarding FOIA documents, our entire experience with the OCP office has been one of lies, resistance, threats and gaslighting. Cooper told us she could not share information about an “ongoing investigation.” The Busch leads were not an “ongoing investigation.” As Cooper was so fond of repeating to the press “I don’t charge dead people.” There was no ongoing investigation of Busch or of any of his associates or neighbors in the OCCK case. If you look at the files previously produced by Cooper to the media (and then she had to hand them over to my dad after dragging him through appeals based on her “ongoing investigation” bullshit)–files which are apparently now nowhere to be found at the OCP office, the “investigation” of Chris Busch in 1977 was simply a CSC with a minor case involving a pathetic cut and paste job of the Flint investigation into Busch’s CSC with a minor investigation in Genesee County.

Even parts of the cut and paste job were withheld (for example, Flint Complaint 2131-77 was identified as attached to the Oakland County CSC complaint filed against Busch, yet it was not attached). Not a single witness was interviewed. Not a single lead was pursued. Not even the two leads Busch freely gave to investigators after his arrest–that he poached other victims from the Big Brother organization in Oakland County, or the name of yet another victim, who Busch freely admitted he molested in Oakland County. Busch’s co-defendant, Greg Greene (driving the car while Busch molested the CSC victim in Oakland County), was never bound over and no explanation was provided, not even to the judge who inquired on the record. Yes, the entire OC CSC case against Busch was a cut and paste job of the one victim Patterson could not avoid because the victim pointed to a map on January 27, 1977, and unequivocally stated to police that he was molested by Busch in Oakland County. No argument can be made that this was the “ongoing investigation” Cooper was afraid might be compromised.

When the Busch home in Bloomfield Village was searched 30 years too late, OCP Cooper filed 21 motions to suppress the affidavit that accompanied the search warrant. If any examination of of a possible connection between the suicide/crime scene in Busch’s bedroom and the OCCK case was made in 1978, Oakland County would have said so in October 2008 before going through the motions of investigating a 30-year-old crime scene after two families had lived in the home after the Busch family. So, David Gorcyca, you are not off-the-hook, either.

When Cooper realized the damning information that was found at Chris Busch’s “suicide” scene, she and her assistant Paul Walton went to great lengths to locate and extract a disingenuous affidavit from a retired forensic scientist to supplement the report he submitted 34 years earlier with ridiculous information that was not included in his original report. Information he allegedly forgot to include when the information was fresh in his mind and right in front of him. But after chatting with Paul Walton, he suddenly remembered this info 34 years later, without having the evidence in front of him.

When Cooper convened a Grand Jury and my dad received a subpoena in this case, he was hopeful the prosecutor was finally taking an interest in solving the case. One might ask why the OCP was not willing to call a Grand Jury four years earlier when Chris Busch’s name was finally made public. Nevertheless, my dad arrived prepared to testify and was then erroneously and unjustly accused by Cooper and Walton of leaking grand jury information. The Grand Jury proceeding served no legitimate investigative purpose. It was clearly used to entrap my father. Indeed, until now, Oakland County has defined “investigating” the OCCK case as undermining the investigation and threatening families of the victims.

Up until a few months ago, the history of the OCP in this case is one of obstruction of justice and avoiding liability. Prosecutor McDonald’s predecessors left her in a hell of a position. The destruction of files in this case by Cooper is the least of the criminality here. I don’t have to read any more documents to know what took place in this case. To those of you who have your “own” suspects–this is the reason nothing got any traction in this case. No one with power will investigate this investigation. So I will find every way to tell this story to the world, no matter how long it takes me. The baton of corruption simply cannot be handed to new generations of prosecutors and investigators (who shut down legitimate investigators!) as it has been for 45 years. Exposure on a world-wide level is the only thing that will prevent prosecutors like Patterson and his successors from being emboldened to bend the law to their desired results, whether it be to gloss over a suspect like Busch or make constituents believe their little hamlets are safe from pedophiles. This happened in a case involving the serial abduction, torture, captivity and murder of children.

Someone pointed out to me that Cooper’s instructions were: Wait out Tim King’s father until he is dead. I am hoping prosecutors at the state and federal level will ignore similar instructions: Wait out Tim’s King’s sister until she loses interest or is dead.

This was and still is the biggest, most heinous unsolved serial murder case in Michigan history. All of this–the crimes, the actions of previous prosecutors in this case, the many failures of the Michigan State Police (including the current failure to pull together all evidence for a third party lab to reevaluate)–are a permanent stain on the State of Michigan. Let the record reflect this history of corruption and abuse of power. The residents of Oakland County have demanded no accountability and will therefore receive none. Someone decided for the victims that it was good enough to “put this case to bed” the way it was. Not only were these cases never solved, despite a flood of grant money and manpower, the investigation itself was tainted. And by and large, the communities of Oakland County appear to be ok with that.

Let sleeping dogs and dead kids lie.


22 Comments on “Where things stand”

  1. WR says:

    Cathy, my sisters and I are in a cold case like you. Same era with Brooks , Thompson and MSP. Same run around. They just wanted and probably still want us to go away. Investigators now weren’t even born or just babies. Keep your voice loud. Many hear you and got your back. I thank you.

  2. JN says:

    What the fuck! My blood is boiling to think Cooper said that about you and your father. To be honest though , I can see her thinking that. Thinking that people will just forget this case. I have news for you Cooper, the families arnt the only ones that have those murders deep in beaded . They are also waiting for the players to be all dead . Busch, Greene’s , Hastings. Like Cooper said “ I’m not going to convict a dead person”. Meaning you won’t look into that dead person. As much as I don’t agree with Patrick Coffey on much of the case . He definitely brought Busch to full attention . We would have never known how close Hastings lived to that fat fuck. I’m pleased McDonald has acknowledged the case and got back with you . It’s a start. I wish programs would “ Cold Justice” would investigate our case. The OCCK case should be nation wide. It is one of the biggest cold cases in our nations history.

  3. Brian Sterling says:

    Cathy-
    Do you have enough here for a civil lawsuit against the remnants of the Busch family, or enough even to sue Oakland County for the death of your brother?
    Christopher Busch is somehow involved in the actual crimes. Patterson, Thompson, Cooper et al are part of the obstruction.
    Why not take it out the hands of the criminal justice system and pursue these leads through a civil lawsuit? (Jeff Fieger you out there?) This was a personal injury against your family, the other three victims families, and a generation of Metro Detroiters who were denied justice and can no longer trust the existing criminal justice system apparatus. I can’t imagine a better shot across the bow here. Why would the remaining Busch brother ask for witness relocation/immunity from lawsuits? Why is he allowed to enjoy the inheritance of an estate that preserved its money despite the murder of your brother? A murder that HIS brother likely committed and HIS father likely helped cover up by buying off public officials? A good lawyer might want to step up here. I’ll be the first to donate to the GoFundMe.

    There’s more.

    On the Genesee County Jail inmate record for Busch there are addresses of residences and a business where he would have been living during the first three murders. There’s the Scotsman Restaurant on E Superior where Busch worked (no longer standing), an address for Busch’s house/apartment in Alma on State St. (house still stands) and a prior address for a home on Birchview Dr. in Sanford MI (still standing).

    In the blog entries from March of 2013, Wasser seems to want to direct the detectives to mid-Michigan. Sanford is one of the cities Wasser mentions in relation to Busch when “trying” to remember him. “Sanford or Hillman”. Looking at Google maps streetview, the Sanford house is in a wooded area that would have been a lot more rural in 1976-77. Unlike the Ess lake cabin in Montmorency Co, and the address on Morningside, but these other addresses in mid-Michigan rarely come up in the course of the OCCK investigation. But re-reading the Wasser transcript, he’s actually leaving breadcrumbs for the investigators. Go “up north” he says. From the blog/transcript: “I’d deny I’m telling you this, I’d check out this Sanford or Hillman.” Is this even worth checking out anymore, and could it possibly present an opportunity for a new law enforcement agency to dig into this? Spitballing here I know.

    Also, more circumstantial evidence regarding Busch. Among the items seized from Busch’s residence in Alma on State St in ’77 was a paperback book called “Something Happened”. It is a novel by Joseph Heller (of Catch-22 fame). It is a novel in which the climactic scene involves the smothering of a boy. Excerpt follows:

    From Joseph Heller’s Something Happened

    “Something happened!” a youth in his early teens calls excitedly to a friend and goes running ahead to look.

    A crowd is collecting at the shopping center. A car has gone out of control and mounted the sidewalk. A plate glass window has been smashed. My boy is lying on the ground. (He has not been decapitated.) He is screaming in agony and horror, with legs and arms twisted brokenly and streams of blood spurting from holes in his face and head and pouring down over one hand from inside a sleeve. He spies me with a start and extends an arm. He is panic-stricken. So am I.

    “Daddy!”

    He is dying. A terror, a pallid, pathetic shock more dreadful than any I have ever been able to imagine, has leaped into his face I can’t stand it. He can’t stand it. He hugs me. He looks beggingly at me for help. His screams are piercing. I can’t bear to see him suffering such agony and fright. I have to do something. I hug his face deeper into the crook of my shoulder. I hug him tightly with both my arms. I squeeze.

    “Death,” says the doctor, “was due to asphyxiation. The boy was smothered. He had superficial lacerations of the scalp and face, a braised hip, a deep cut on his arm. That was all. Even his spleen was intact.”

    MISC:

    From “After the Snow” The witness description of the man seen talking to Tim: “He was reported as a young man in his mid-twenties to thirties with shaggy, brown hair and thick, muttonchop sideburns with a fair complexion and HUSKY build”.

    On Busch’s inmate sheet he is described to have a HUSKY build.

    Doug Wilson under hypnosis says the man was wearing a ballcap. This detail is never reflected in any police sketch though.

    The unreliability of witness descriptions weighs heavy in this case just like the confusing cars involved.

  4. cathybroad says:

    Thank you for “spitballing” here, Brian–all very valid points.

    As for a civil suit, I believe there is enough there, but I couldn’t even get one of the big FOIA attorneys in Southeast Michigan to represent me last summer, let alone a plaintiff’s attorney to take this larger case on. While these FOIA attorneys all made the “conflict of interest” argument (they represent media outlets who MIGHT have to consult me as a source–hahaha, right), it was clear they just didn’t want to get sideways with Oakland County. As it turns out, I didn’t need to pay someone $400 an hour to get the paltry files I ultimately received, but I was trying to make the case that a full-on FOIA request to the MSP (every goddamn thing), followed by a court ruling that the case can in no way be considered “open” or “active” could result in a similar ruling as in the Adam Walsh murder investigation. In that case the court ruled the murder investigation could not be characterized as open/active just because the police department had not solved the case after years of wheel-spinning and ordered all the records put on CDs to be made available to any media outlet for a reasonable sum of money. These attorneys’ journalist clients never did their job in the OCCK case, and they won’t represent me to try to get all of the records and a ruling that this case can in no way be considered open or active for purposes of FOIA.

    Here’s a good one for you. Guess who worked for Mr. Fieger for many years? Busch neighbor and credibly accused child procurer John Hastings’ older sister and alibi-provider, Mary. I’m not sure there is an attorney or law firm in Michigan who could or would handle such a case.

    Furthermore, no one at the state or federal level has expressed any interest (or any response whatsoever) to the following possibilities:

    1. A RICO case against Oakland County, the MSP and individuals.
    2. An 18 USC 242 case (a federal criminal charge that is sometimes used against the police and other law enforcement officers when they allegedly use their power to violate another person’s rights under the United States Constitution) against Richard Thompson and other still living law enforcement people who most certainly violated my brother Tim’s civil rights when they allowed Busch to walk six weeks before Tim was murdered.
    3. Charges by the Michigan AG against the OCP office for obstruction of justice and manufacturing evidence (and perhaps even bribery). As recently as 2012, retired forensic scientist David Metzger’s affidavit proves that the strong tradition of demonstrating amateurish incompetence in covering up crimes was alive and well during Jessica Cooper’s tenure as OCP.
    4. The FBI won’t even look at obstruction of justice in this case, referring me to their OC office–right, the one where SA Sean Callaghan, an obstructor himself, works. This is not uncommon. See https://nondoc.com/2022/03/28/letter-apathy-about-public-corruption/.

    In discussing and addressing police and prosecutorial malfeasance in the wrongful conviction case of Juwan Deering, current Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said the following: “I don’t think the public has any tolerance anymore for elected officials or leaders who won’t hold themselves accountable, regardless of the outcome.”

    Unless I find a way to put a lot of people’s feet to the fire, people who operated under the color of state law and thereby deprived my brother of his very life, will sit pretty with the little narrative created by two men at the OCP with the help (knowing or willfully unknowing) of two more men at the MSP. This was the reason for evidence destruction and manufacture. Acts that then make it hard for a criminal conviction or a civil suit. Those ham-handed bastards will probably get away with all of it. And I doubt any of these men lost a wink of sleep over it.

    • Inquisitor says:

      Speaking of Mary with the Fieger connection.

      Her pitch on the old America Most Wanted website around 2005 was that JH was just educating Helen on serial killers when he was at the Big Boy. Where Mary further made the accusations that Helen would just make up that he was the killer. I posted on there as Alpena Witness for the first time insisting that JH was telling Helen he was the killer as I heard some of it word for word. She denied I heard anything like that. All that I was expecting at that time was for her or someone to admit and come clean that JH was making up stories to Helen. I was hoping to clear up what I know was the truth. Instead it was denial.

      Very strange how the old FOIA papers point out that Helen told police that JH had all kinds of books on serial killers especially Bundy which I guess he adored. However the FOIA papers also point out that when they interviewed JH family, it was the opposite where they all denied that JH never read or had any books on serial killers. In contrast in 2009 chat during prep for a poly JH brings an encyclopedia on serial killers to make that point again. Seems like, Gray nor Cory knew the significance of that. Although very likely that was advice from Mary to stick to the story line she originally proposed. Who knows, maybe that cleared him some way by Michigan standards?

      Here we are some 13 years later still not knowing the truth over that poly although what did leak thru seems to be very suspicious with red flags waved and a tremendous part of it is buried somewhere never to be seen by anyone. They (Polygrapher and his boss) insisted that JH knew Busch and that he was involved with the murders. It seems to be a complete opposite from discussions days earlier with Gray & Cory. Why can’t we get an explanation over that poly and the conclusions they drew from it? A ‘real’ explanation, not some bullshit!

      • KP says:

        I always found it so strange that Hastings brought that book to the poly. To me that is a huge red flag. It was obviously such a huge prop and anyone with half a brain could have seen through that stunt.

        Its hard to know if people actually fell for Hastings’ act or if it really didn’t matter anyway since nobody was ever going to follow up on the poly. Its just so perplexing that LE pays for two officers to go all the way to Georgia to meet up for the polygraph, and then no follow up (Wasn’t Cory kicked off the case after the poly?). If Michigan wanted the focus to be away from Busch, you would think they would embrace that Hastings could be a possible suspect. (Unless of course, they knew Hastings and Busch knew each other, which I am guessing they did). But why order the polygraph in the first place? Its so confusing.

        • cathybroad says:

          Cory got the squeeze from the MSP and Jessica Cooper after the interview of John Hastings the summer of 2009 but before the polygraph was arranged and administered by Georgia Highway Patrol polygrapher Steve Duncan in October 2009. MSP detectives Gray and Robertson did not share the results or the notes with Cory Williams (who continued to work on the case on behalf of Wayne County).

          I agree on the Serial Killer handbook prop; I was SHOCKED when I was told that’s how he showed up.

          The MSP would never embrace Hastings as a serious suspect because Gray and Robertson’s egos were so torqued over Helen Dagner. More importantly, I believe Birmingham PD was pulled off the Hastings investigation in 1992 because somebody realized this was too close to “home.” The guy lived very near H. Lee Busch and the cop McNamee.

          Hastings was polygraphed in 1992 on my brother’s case only. I saw the questions and posted an unredacted version on my blog–they were bullshit. He “passed,” and a cover sheet to that polygraph (sent on to B’ham PD) had a handwritten note on it from omnipresent Berkley Det. Ray Anger stating: “THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE.” The fuck it was. In other words, a passed polygraph means override common sense and hard detective work. Apparently a failed polygraph in the OCCK case means jack squat.

          • KP says:

            Yeah, I couldn’t remember the timeline for Cory and the polygraph. I know that if it was in Cory’s power, he would have made sure the follow up was done with Georgia. I can’t imagine how frustrated Cory must be, second only to the families of the victims I am sure.

            Polygraphs are a funny thing in this case. If you ‘pass’, hooray, you are free. If you ‘fail’, hooray, you are free. Same could be said for DNA as well, you go free whether you are a match or not. The only suspects that merit follow through are those that are dead and buried like Norberg or an old Gremlin.

            • cathybroad says:

              Exactly.

            • Inquisitor says:

              KP
              I talked to Cory for nearly 2 hours in person. There is no doubt in my mind that he is dedicated to the case and would do anything to solve it. I was grateful he was willing to hear me out and he asked the right questions. Gray on the other hand refused to talk to me in person and my only option was talking to him on the phone at my place of work. He was very emotionally upset at Helen with her website and couldn’t get over it as he seemed like a child on the phone. In 2009 I had no idea what really took place until years later in Marney’s book. I feel so bad about it and feel responsible on the outcome. I’m frustrated as hell over the whole damn thing and the stalemate on this poly. I will almost bet that the poly data was buried to never see the light of day

              • KP says:

                Inquisitor, I always viewed Cory as sincere and 100 percent dedicated to bringing the killer(s) to justice. I can’t imagine what a case like this does to a person when they are trying so hard and hitting roadblocks from the very people that have sworn to protect.

                I can’t tell you how to feel but all you have done in my opinion is try to help. Helen did not do this case any favors by mixing in lies with the truth, and it seems like she had a way of getting under people’s skin. I have always viewed you as an honest citizen doing their best to get something heard. You bear no responsibility for anything outside of trying to get to the truth.

                Hastings, while most likely a sociopath and most likely a whole lot worse, must feel like one lucky bastard that MSP and OC are on his side. What are the odds that he was turned in on a tip back in the 70s, is polygraphed repeatedly, lived near Busch, knows tons of details about the case, is overheard basically confessing (as you know), and yet is 100 percent innocent? I put it as zero. However, I don’t think he is the sole perpetrator, but that is just my opinion.

              • Judi Coltman says:

                I agree with KP. You have zero reason to feel bad about it. YOU did the right thing. Your intentions were pure and remain so. Helen became a convenient tumor and good excuse to cut anything associated with her out. Cory was tossed because he spoke to Helen who had a very frightening new Witness (you). He was doing HIS JOB and they could not control that. Instead of cutting out the tumor, they removed the entire limb.

                • Inquisitor says:

                  Judi;

                  Thru the years we have covered this with so many different angles and views with our discussions. We kind of went around Helen when we could. I feel bad for what she had done and stated toward you and Cathy. She was nasty indeed and regardless of how bad she was though, those talks at Big Boy were real. For that reason and that reason alone, I had to kind of stand for her to some extent although very painful at times. Approaching the police over this matter was a challenge to say the least. I just wish there was some type of sincere and trustworthy effort into solving this case once and for all, but I’ve lost all faith in that a long time ago.

                  Thanks so much for your understanding and sincerity thru the years.

  5. KP says:

    I have never understood when it was ever OK to shred documents. Jessica Cooper should be immediately prosecuted for such actions. I’m glad she was told to stop but geez, where is the punishment?

    Also, I know Oakland County has stonewalled, but can Wayne County force the testing of the DNA that was found on Tim? I know that sounds simplistic and it would have been done already if it was possible, but I’ve always wondered if Wayne County has any power at this point.

  6. cathybroad says:

    Wayne County had to push hard to get the MSP to even locate the evidence (some of it was “misfiled” or “mislabeled”) years ago. But who can “force” the MSP to do their goddamn job? The AG should pull them up short, but won’t. This is why I begged Karen McDonald and the AG to take this case away from the MSP (and the OCS for that matter) in January of 2020.

    As for document shredding, how can an elected attorney, in an office subject to FOIA “clean up files” that way?? That happened in the Columbine case and eventually, under Grand Jury compulsion, a secretary came clean. Files? What files? Yes, I thought it was unusual, but I thought he was just cleaning up before he left office . . . .

    The feds went after a Macomb County prosecutor recently (https://www.justice.gov/usao-edmi/pr/former-macomb-county-prosecutor-eric-smith-sentenced-prison-obstruction-justice#:~:text=February 16, 2022-,Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith Sentenced to Prison for,United States Attorney Dawn Ison). The prosecutorial misconduct of past OC assistant prosecutor Greg Townsend recently resulted in the release of a man who spent decades in prison after his wrongful conviction. The man was set free, but no word on any look at the conduct of Townsend in this or other cases. My prediction is that after a “confidential” and “secret” investigation by the Michigan State Bar (if there is any investigation at all), this ex-prosecutor will get a “secret” slap on the hand. So I don’t expect anyone at the state level to investigate Cooper or Walton for their actions in the OCCK case. And I would not put it past either of them to perjure themselves to avoid getting busted. Then again, there’s always the useful “I don’t recall,” as used by Richard Thompson.

  7. JN says:

    A few blogs back , I read that a guy was thinking that Busch matched the composites from Hunter Maple. I’d like to elaborate on that. WTF! The guy said something about Busch being husky. Excuse me, but Busch was an obese turd. He was like 5’9 and weighed 280lbs. That’s not husky. That’s a fat fuck. Sorry for my expressive emotions. It’s just mind boggling what some of these people see. Busch had a Grizzly Adams beard. Sorry he didn’t shave it and let it grow back in two days . I have to admit recent developments have me a little puzzled concerning the information submitted by my family friend detective “ Johnny Taylor”. He never gave us a name on who he thought the killer was, but from what he described to us, I would have bet he was talking about John Hastings. There are a lot of similarities between Hastings and Paul Johnson. The one thing that kinda sticks out to me about Johnson is it was said that he was driving a tan colored Pontiac during the time Tim was abducted. On that day Poly Coltman said she ran into a strange guy at HM and the same guy was circling her neighborhood, driving a tan vehicle. My stance on Hastings hasn’t changed. This polygraph HAS to be addressed before this society reject passes. There’s no God damn way this guy can be by passed and not considered # 1 suspect. Clear him or bring him in front of a grand jury.

    • Judi Coltman says:

      Polly never said a tan colored car. What she said was a light colored car, and this is from my email to Cathy dated March of 2006, “She noticed a light colored car drive by (NOT A GREMLIN) because it was the second time it had driven by slowly while she sat waiting.”

      Could it be tan? Sure. But it could’ve been silver or white. Tan is not a forgone conclusion.

      • JN says:

        My bad Judi. Light colored vehicle. The main point , it’s too bad Polly wasn’t able to see photos of Hastings or Johnson. There’s no secured evidence to put one of those guys at that location at that exact time. If say hypothetically speaking Polly was able to say “ yes it was Hastings that I ran into at 4pm . Well I’d say the probability that he was there at 8:30pm is astronomical

        • Judi Coltman says:

          As you know, the true probability is zero because the police NEVER spoke to her about what she reported even years later when she would periodically call them about it. Even when they tapped her phone to monitor suspicious incoming calls, she was shut down on her story. No Gremlin? Naw, it was nothing. I can also say her description never included the words, “beard”, facial hair”, “husky”, “overweight”, “fat” or any other iteration of the description of Busch.


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