No words.

Obviously, every criminal defendant is entitled to legal representation, but I am kind of dumbstruck by this:

That’s this guy:

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/accused/berthiaume-gary-d-

1968/https://www.mlive.com/news/2022/01/former-michigan-priest-sentenced-to-up-to-15-years-for-sex-abuse-of-teens.html.

You think you didn’t do well mentally, pal? Your victims didn’t get an expensive advocate and I’m guessing the hell you put them through was exponentially worse than your own.


Australia’s use of DNA phenotyping

Another forensic DNA advancement is helping authorities in Australia to identify the unidentified remains of missing persons.

DNA phenotyping can predict a person’s physical appearance, including color of eye, hair and skin, as well as other characteristics, without the need for a match with an existing sample in a database. In Australia the focus of this technique has been in missing-persons cases, but it will also be used by the Australian Federal Police to aid in criminal investigations.

As the article notes, police departments in the United States “have for years been using private DNA phenotyping services, like one from the Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs, to try to generate facial images of suspects.” “The images are sometimes distributed to the public to assist in investigations.”

While there is debate about the ethics and application of this technology, it is clear it will continue to be refined. Who knows, if the MSP properly handled and stored the evidence in the OCCK case and was ever transparent about this investigation, after 45 years we could still learn a lot about who left DNA on those kids and their belongings. And this could happen in conjunction with genetic genealogy searches based on recovered DNA. There is more than one way to get after this.

No matter how careful the monsters were who were in contact with these murdered kids, they left DNA. A shower, a bath, surgical gloves–good enough for 1976 or 1977, but not for today. If the agency in charge of hunting down the murderers in essence assisted the killers in these cases by not following any semblance of good protocol in handling, reviewing, interpreting and storing the evidence, the amazing technology that has and is being developed at a very rapid pace will be useless here. Another win for the monsters and their enablers.


Alaska charges former acting attorney general with sexual abuse of a minor

A special prosecutor has charged Alaska’s former acting attorney general with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor for having sex with a 17-year-old girl he coached on a high school mock trial team in May 1991:

https://www.propublica.org/article/sniffen-alaska-ag-sexual-assault-charges?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly-newsletter&utm_content=river

In August 2020, Alaska AG Kevin Clarkson resigned after it was revealed a junior, female state employee complained about some 600 questionable and provocative texts the married family man Clarkson sent her in the period of a month. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/us/alaska-clarkson-resignation.html. Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy then appointed Ed Sniffen as interim AG, citing his “long and proven record of leadership within the Department of Law,” subject to confirmation by the legislature.

The governor quickly learned that Sniffen’s long and proven record included having sex with a 17-year-old girl he coached on a high school mock trial team in May 1991. In the wake of an immediate investigation by a special prosecutor, Sniffen wisely resigned a mere two weeks after his appointment and a few days before legislative confirmation for “personal reasons.” The governor then appointed another man, Treg Taylor, as acting AG.

How do you think men like Clarkson or Sniffen view cases of alleged predation or legislation to address related issues? People like this are prosecutors and judges. It should alarm you.


So the DOJ is good for something every so often.

Good for an “incident review” of law enforcement action/inaction in Uvalde, Texas: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/justice-department-conduct-review-law-enforcement-response-school-shoo-rcna31036


New York enacts the Adult Survivors Act, a victory for sexual abuse survivors.

Read this well-written explanation of recent New York legislation which will allow victims of sexual abuse to seek legal recourse against their perpetrators and employers that were previously time-barred due to statute of limitations and/or notice of claim requirements.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/douglaswigdor/2022/05/25/statute-of-limitations-on-sexual-assault-eliminated-for-one-year-in-new-york-following-passage-of-the-adult-survivors-act/?sh=7a04c8a046fd

If you are one of those people who always thinks that delay in reporting sexual victimization is unreasonable, is based on untruths, and is just a “money grab,” read this article again and again until you understand how warped your thinking really is.

The result of this new law is that “[u]ndoubtedly, there are many individuals who thought they had escaped potential liability for their actions that are now going to have to consider being named in court and being held accountable for their actions even though they occurred many years ago.” I’d say these individuals are due for some sleepless nights.


Arrest in 50-year-old murder case. DNA and genetic genealogy.

It can be done.

POS 76-year-old being held on $10 million bond for the 1972 murder of a 15-year-old girl. Others might be involved in the crime. https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/suspect-barry-lee-whelpley-evidence-tossed-case-1972-murder-julie-ann-hanson/. Your DNA is doing some talking right now, old man, even without that conversation with your wife.


Justice Dept. won’t charge FBI agents accused of botching Nassar case

The G-Men protecting their own. “We are so sorry and we promise this will never happen again.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/05/26/larry-nassar-fbi-agents-no-charges/ 

Just let our agent retire with no repercussions is more like it.

May you never need law enforcement for any reason, whether you are an Olympic athlete, a college student, or an elementary student in Uvalde, Texas or Oakland County, Michigan, or a victim anywhere. The deck is stacked and it’s not in your favor. The house always wins.


“Predatory crime does not merely victimize individuals, it impedes and, in the extreme case, even prevents the formation and maintenance of community.”

–The late Robert D. Keppel, who spent a lifetime chasing and consulting on serial killer cases. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/obituaries/bob-keppel-the-cop-who-spent-his-life-chasing-serial-killers-including-ted-bundy-dies-at-76/. It certainly damages a community, that’s for sure. Especially when there are never any straight answers.

For example, what happens and why aren’t questions asked when evidence goes missing in the most heinous unsolved serial homicide in Michigan? I’ve written a number of times about this pile of ropes found on the floor of Christopher Busch’s walk-in closet at his death/diorama scene.

Ropes/ligatures on floor of Chris Busch’s closet

I’ve shared my views on the sophistry perpetrated by Jessica Cooper, Paul Walton and retired Michigan state lab scientist David Metzger in 2012. https://catherinebroad.blog/2018/05/11/david-metzger-forensic-laboratory-scientist/.

This is how full of shit David Metzger and the MSP are: https://catherinebroad.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/scan-2018-5-11-05-27-371.pdf. Interesting that Metzger can say in 2012 that there was virtually no evidence to be found on these ropes/ligatures. His lab report says nothing of the kind, indicates no such testing took place. https://catherinebroad.blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/david-a.-metzger-january-11-1979.pdf. His report just says no ropes or ligatures were evidence in any of the four child murders, so he had nothing to compare these ropes with. No comparison was apparently even made to photos of marks found Mark Stebbins or Tim King. No one was asking this guy to be so prescient in late 1978 he could foresee the forensic DNA era. He does, however, acknowledge the responsibility of retaining the evidence as part of an ongoing, open serial murder case. “The ropes will be retained in the event future comparison with other possible uses becomes necessary.” Yet the evidence goes missing. https://catherinebroad.blog/2021/01/25/rabbit-holes-and-diversions/. In his affidavit, Metzger recalls vividly in 2012 that which he can no longer review or retest. That is pretty convenient. Maybe the ropes were just “window dressing” and none of these ropes were used on any murder victims. But we can never know now.

And let’s not forget that these ropes were only part of the “suicide scene” that screamed child killer. For example, https://serialkillers.briancombs.net/2851/photos-from-oakland-county-child-killer-suspects-suicide-scene/nggallery/page/1. Whether Busch was involved or a patsy, not one word of this bizarre set of circumstances was ever made public in the largest unsolved serial murder case in the country at that time. In a situation where the deceased 27-year-old man lived in Oakland County and had a criminal record for molesting boys, including three arrests in a five-day stretch, the last being 12 days before Tim King was abducted while this man was out on bond. Not a word; just a dirty little secret between law enforcement and a wealthy family eager to cremate their child-raping son and all of his bodily fluids and hair within 48 hours. Even decades later, the OCP and the MSP have managed to keep what should have been a Category 6 media shitstorm watered down to near meaninglessness. Do you really think if this scene had taken place in the Cass Corridor in 1978, at the apartment of a pedophile from Detroit, nothing would have been said to the public/press?

I am not implying that Metzger ditched those ropes. He did not even draft that ridiculous affidavit Paul Walton got him to sign in 2012 as Jessica Cooper’s reelection campaign was heating up. We don’t know who destroyed those ropes or when.

Was it in 2002 after the U.S. Department of Justice issued a special report, “Using DNA to Solve Cold Cases”? https://www.ojp.gov/pdffiles1/nij/194197.pdf (See pages 32 and 33, “[T]he skin cells shed on the ligature of a strangled child may hold the key to solving a crime.” Conversely, the skin cells of a child could have been found on those ropes in Busch’s bedroom.)

Or in September 2002, when the Michigan State Police received a $1.4 million federal grant to help evaluate and process old murder and rape cases (and of course did not circle back to the OCCK case)?

Surely it was before January 2004, when a state representative announced he would fight for an additional $400,000 annually to help the MSP reduce its “burgeoning backlog” of cases needing DNA analysis.

And it was no doubt before this October 2004 article, the ultimate in irony, describing a “unique partnership between the Michigan State Police and General Motors Corp.,” “making it possible to more quickly track killers, rapists and other criminals through DNA evidence.”

Maybe they went missing during the clusterfuck that was the exhumation of David Norberg in Recluse, Wyoming in August 1999. You know, the exhumation based on shaky evidence and a tall-tale telling affidavit, where we get the updated company line that there is but one piece of physical evidence–one hair only! Found on Tim King! https://catherinebroad.blog/2013/04/12/. The exhumation that was supposed to show the OCP (Patterson was not even prosecutor then, but county executive, and he went along for the ride) and the MSP were all over this new DNA stuff.

Perhaps it was a few months after that, when The Detroit News published an article about Robert Keppel’s Homicide Investigation Tracking System (HITS). Keppel, who was the nation’s foremost authority on tracking down serial killers, including Ted Bundy, explained that he believed “investigators considered early on the true Oakland County Child Killer and dismissed him.” He explained that “[o]ne of the features of any serial murder investigation is that police should go back over the earliest suspects they had. More times than not, the murder’s name comes before the police very early in the investigation.” (The Detroit News, October 1, 1999, 1D.).

Or maybe it was in 1992 when Birmingham Police were investigating that pesky John Hastings, same age as Busch, who lived around the corner from him in Bloomfield Village. They couldn’t shut that damn Helen woman up, but they could certainly make sure none of this Busch shit bubbled to the surface while they were busy making Hastings go away.

Finally, I was reminded this week of some hearsay that was floating around some 15 years ago concerning the rest of the evidence in this case. The person I consulted could not remember if it appeared in some forum like Topix or if it came from someone on the inside. It was as follows, and admittedly it is only hearsay (because who the hell on the inside, who knew this for certain, would ever come clean in this case?): That the actual evidence in the OCCK case had been used over the years in MSP Post trainings. Why would that ever happen? Only if they knew who the killer(s) were and that they were “taken care of,” or if they had no intention of solving these cases.

Why, in the most heinous unsolved serial murder case of children would law enforcement not maintain the integrity of the evidence from beginning to end? Would this not be a solemn obligation to the murder victims? Maybe you can construct an explanation for all of the above, one that no doubt tends toward the poor, overworked, inexperienced police and the difficulty of evidence retention. Such an explanation certainly feels better, doesn’t it?


Grand Rapids man accused of trying to abduct young boys takes plea deal – mlive.come

Grand Rapids man accused of trying to abduct young boys takes plea deal – mlive.com
— Read on www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2022/05/grand-rapids-man-accused-of-trying-to-abduct-young-boys-takes-plea-deal.html

Remember, most sexual predators don’t live in a tent. They live in nice houses in wealthy areas, too.


Report: Southern Baptist leaders covered up sex abuse and kept a secret database.

“Leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention on Sunday released a major third-party investigation that found that sex abuse survivors were often ignored, minimized and ‘even vilified’ by top clergy in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2022/05/22/southern-baptist-sex-abuse-report/

What would their Jesus do? I’m pretty sure NOT THAT.

See also https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2022/may/southern-baptist-abuse-investigation-sbc-ec-legal-survivors.html (Southern Baptists Refused to Act on Abuse, Despite Secret List of Pastors); and https://www.npr.org/2022/05/22/1100616952/southern-baptists-sex-abuse (Top Southern Baptists stonewalled and denigrated sex abuse victims, report says).