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Some people know who abducted and killed kids in Oakland County, Michigan in 1976 and 1977.  More energy has been expended in keeping a lid on these “cold cases” over the past 36 years than has been spent trying to solve these crimes.  It is only one shocking facet of this case that when the truth finally bubbles to the surface, I believe it will be shown that a remarkable number of people knew at the time and know now who was involved in the abduction and killing of these kids.  Law enforcement agencies in Oakland County are not above re-victimizing family members who dare to ask questions about the investigation and have been quick to dismiss people who have come forward with information.  It has been obvious to me since early 2006 that this thing reeks.  I regret not speaking publicly about these cases after it became obvious what was going on (or not going on) here.  I can’t believe I spent three decades thinking the police would never stop being the voice for the kids, including my brother, who were murdered in Oakland County.  These kids never had a chance–then or now.  See if you agree.

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  1. Alexandra Spears says:

    I have reason to believe that my younger sister may have nearly been another victim. She says she remembers when she was 4 years old and she was approached by someone in a car–Dad came out of the house at that point and chased them off (he died in 2000). I texted her a picture of a Pontiac Le Mans and she said it looked just like it. This would have been 1978 and we were living in Oak Park.

    We also had an experience in 1984 where my sister, a cousin, and I were being tailed by a car that also resembled a Le Mans; we were 10 and 11 at the time. This was also in Oak Park, on Roanoke. We were walking to the drug store on Nine Mile. Some guy was following us. We’d speed up, he’d speed up. Then he went to a car that was parked alongside the road and it pulled into the alleyway behind the drug store (it led to the parking lot at what was then the Family Market). We went into the drug store and told someone we thought someone was following us and he went out with us. We went to the payphone at the Sunoco that was on Nine Mile at Roanoke and called for a ride home. That was when we saw the car take off at high speed down Roanoke. We should have gotten the license plate number and we should have called the police!

    Who should I give this information to?

    Email me at aispears73@gmail.com.

    • Alexandra Spears says:

      I have more detail. I texted my sister a picture of Ted Lamborgine. She said she recognized him as the driver of the car in BOTH incidents! She said the car was dark blue with a white top–BOTH cases! I asked her was she sure and she said yes.

      We both have excellent memories but I’m hardly ever the type to look someone in the eye, I’ve always been a shy person.

      At any rate, she said it was back in 1978, she and a friend of ours were playing out front and I was in the backyard. The car stopped and the guy looked back and forth between the friend and my sister and decided to head for my sister. My dad came down the driveway and he took off like a shot.

  2. tummytwouble says:

    Hi Cathrine,
    My name is Emily Nanney. I am a 19 year old psychology major at Oakland University. I have always been interested in true crime & the OCCK has been something that I have honestly thought about for years. I stumbled across your blog last night and fell into a rabbit hole of fucked up child rapists, conspiracy theories, cover ups and families still struggling for a straight answer. I was struck by your passion for justice and an unrelenting urge to have all the facts, your honest feelings towards the system and an established timeline to tie this whole story together. you give me motivation to do what I love & screw the S.O.B’s that commit crimes of this violent nature. Thank you for unapologeticly searching for the truth for your family & many others.

    • cathybroad says:

      Thanks, Emily

      • Adrian Millane says:

        I have important information that is UNLIKELY to assist find the killers but is very relevant to the case. I have identifed Francis Shelden in an orphanage in India where another awful case has occurred I have photos of him there , and I have solid reason to believe a long term realtionship existed between the catholic priest who ran this orphanage and was a major pedophile and child sex trafficker, and Shelden, and Frits Bernard the latter 2 of Amsterdam at the time when BOTH these men were regular sex tourists at this poor place where boys were sold routinely by the priest. THIS PRIEST IN INDIA WAS ORDAINED AT MARYGLADE IN MEMPHIS MICHIGAN AND WAS IN EXACT SAME INTAKE AS FR ANTHONY CIPOLLA … indeed thtat Cipolla was ONLY 17 years old when he entered Maryglade AND MY GUTS TELL ME HE WAS TRAINED TO BE A PEDOPHILE INSIDE THE PIME FATHER SEMINARY MARYGLADE. I also have a solid feeling, nothing more, that the Church influence may be behind the seemingly wilful ignorance that has been asserted to have covered or ignored vital forensic evidence and purported sterility in crime scenes where substantial evidence should have been exhaustively followed. The last comment is that pedophile porno filmed in Norht Fox Island almost certainly was being sent to the same network pedophiles in Amsterdam WHICH INCLUDED FRITS BERNARD AND EDWARD BRONGERSMA (the latter being assumed based on his well known bosom friendship with Shelden and his lifelong promotion of pedophilia.) I HAVE IDENTIFIED THE MEN GOING INTO INDIAN ORPHANAGE AT LEAST IN THE 1990s but likely also 1980s … it is clear to me that SHELDEN KNEW THE UK NATIONAL PRIEST WHO I KNEW IN THE INDIAN ORPHANAGE …. BUT NOT ONLY IN THAT LATTER PERIOD THE LAST DECADE OF SHELDEN’S LIFE … I MEAN I THINK THEY KNEW EACH OTHER IN THE MUCH EARLIER TIME, THE 1960s when the priest resided in Michigan NOT FAR from Port Huron and AT THAT TIME I UNDERSTAND FRANK SHELDEN ALREADY OWNED THE N.FOX ISLAND. Are we to believe he only began buggering boys out there when he began the Brother Paul Children’s charity whatever it was called? I could see it as quite possible the UK priest was already in the pedophile network and indeed it would be of interest to identify where he was, and where Frits Bernard was, at the time of any of these crimes. I also think the network used Indian orphanage as an importnat meeting place where victim/witness have said ‘3 OR 4 TIMES PER YEAR’ these pedophiles came, at same time, and had multiple boys sent to their rooms for group rape basically … they call it man-boy ‘love’ but it was rape clear and simple. The man I met had no voice, no choice, he was uneducated , an orphan in deep poverty and he was just one of the crowd taken from the dormitory and sent as victims, sold by the Catholic priest who raped him from the age of 9-10 (my estimate based on other info) but age 11-12 is his best guess (not knowing his own data due to social facts of no family to tell him. His friend who I have identified also appears to have been first abused at age 8 or 9 if the facts this witness gave me are to be accepted and I have no reason to doubt. He suffered hugely to tell but has held this info inside for decades. I add that if locals knew he told a foreigner he could in danger of his life or now wife/sons family attacked. India does not face this crime, and they blame victims for the discomfort they feel if the evil has to be known … silence (and this filthy priest) were god in this remote W.Bengali village. Adrian Millane, Australia, malbifund@gmail.com

  3. Martin Wilke says:

    Hi Catherine,

    I grew up 2 houses from Woodward between 12 and 13 Mile Rd. and was 13 at the time of these terrible murders. Never have I been able to forget growing up during this era. I have a question that I would like to get to you that I have not seen addressed in my research that perhaps you have already considered.

    Kind Regards,


  4. Kendra Smith says:

    Hi Catherine,

    My name is Kendra Smith. I am currently writing a research paper about the OCCK case for my English 101 class. I was wondering if there was any way I could interview you to get your perspective of the case. If you would rather not, I completely understand.


  5. Duran says:

    Was there at any time a report of an big black Chrysler Cordoba or one similar with two men trying to pick kids up? In 1977 (I was 9) in Hamburg MI just East of South Lyon, I was approached by two guys trying to get me to get in the car.

    • cathybroad says:

      Duran, the car doesn’t ring a bell for me. Anyone else? Big black Chrysler Córdoba or sedan? Hamburg or South Lyon, MI?

      • Duran says:

        There was two white guys in the car,maybe mid to late 20’s with longer hair and the passenger was wearing an army jacket. It was a black 4 door Cordoba or Newport. When they told me to get in the car because my mom said i was to go with them I turned and went the other way. They quickly went down the road and turned around and when they came driving slowly back I hid behind a tree then ran the 100 yds the rest of the way to where my mother was working. I never forgot that day in the summer of 77. Ever. Especially because everyone knew what was going on. I always wondered if he got out and ran at me would I have froze or would I have ran? If I continued walking the same direction as them I think they might have grabbed me. They were 12 ft from me but just late enough for the inside to be kinda dark as I couldn’t get a good look at the driver. I have never spoke of this day to this length ever. It’s upsetting and emotional,I didn’t expect it to be.

        • cathybroad says:

          Duran, others who have written/spoken about this from back in the day have had similar reactions. Thank you for posting this. What a horrible, scary and unsafe time it was for kids in Michigan. The Oakland County child murders deeply affected generations of kids and parents. It is a stain on the state that it was never solved and that it is one of the biggest cover ups in history.

      • Duran says:

        After looking on the internet, i believe it was a black 1971 or 72 Chrysler Newport or New Yorker four door. Bad exhaust and no hubcaps. Hope someday you get the answers you seek.

    • Duran says:

      Sorry,Hamburg is West of South Lyon. Sorry about that.

  6. Chris says:

    I’m a retired police officer, turned part time rural mailman. My aunt was also murdered by a stranger when I was 9 years old, which I believe also drives my interest in such cases. Yesterday, I listened to a podcast on the Oakland County story yesterday via True Crime Garage. Since then, I’ve been looking for a documentary, etc on the case. Didn’t want to invade your email uninvited, so I thought I’d try here.

    Am I accurate in that Barry King is your father? I saw that the King family produced a documentary some years back. I was trying to find if it is available for viewing on the internet, possibly. Not sure I even own a DVD player anymore.

    Sorry for your frustrations over the years. I was fortunate and proud to work for a department that had an outstanding robbery/homicide squad- run by some dedicated folks that really knew how to land the bad guys in jail. I watch these shows and constantly understand the outcomes would be very different if some of our people had been calling the shots.

    • cathybroad says:

      Hi Chris, there are a number of podcasts out there about this case. Stay away from the earlier podcasts that rely on Wikipedia to simply repeat myths and misinformation about the case. You are right, almost no one has a DVD player anymore and my Dad (yes, he is my Dad) needs to get that DVD on YouTube. We will work on that. Documentaries and other projects which will address a wider range of information and opinions are in the works. I will post as soon as I have further information on these. I agree, the outcome would have been far different if Oakland County had asked for help from more experienced departments and if the state police had someone with more experience heading the task force. The outcome would also have been far different if the FBI in this case hadn’t been dirty. And if the medical examiner in Oakland County was not an incompetent drunk. The decision-making in this case was so flawed at the highest levels that there was no chance there would be answers.

  7. Hi, it may sound trite, but I do pray for your family. I lived in Southfield and was 9 years old in 1976. We watched out for a “purple Gremlin” such was our knowledge. I am amazed at Cooper’s treatment of your family, although I did watch a news conference with her on YouTube (can’t remember date) in which I found her arrogant and scornful. I am truly sorry for your loss, although nothing can make it better.

  8. John says:

    I am watching the Children of the Snow doc. I am from generations of cops. I know how they worked back in the day before good forensics. Often they knew who but could not prove. In a severe case like this they took care to protect and serve. They thought Bush did the killings and would get away because he was from money and was protected politically. The other suspect was going in for life for his other molestations. A cop or cops killed Bush to stop him. That is why they closed the task force right after his death. That is why they obstruct and obscure investigations, to protect their own. Why do you think the original cops kids are still working the case? I know these things happened, particularly in very corrupt areas. You came across as an intelligent woman on the show, you have probably thought of this yourself.

    • cathybroad says:


      • sheriprotiva4 says:

        You and your family did a great job tonight on the show. I’m very angry at how the State police covered up the murders. I lived in Farmington at the time of child killings. The morning that my mother  was driving me to school was the day that Gill rd was blocked of with police cars directing traffic. We were able to head north on Gill. My jr high was on Gill btw 8 and 9 Mile. After school that day my mother picked me up as usual,  in the parking lot was a Farmington hills police car. Concerned, my mother told me when I got into the car that a child was found dead that morning on gill. The police were there because of our safety. Your brothers memory has been with me that day and ever since. I pray that you and the other families will find the truth . Please keep up the good work in investigating your brothers death and the other 3 children. Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S8, an AT&T 5G Evolution smartphone

    • cathybroad says:

      COVER UP.

  9. Mark Morgan says:

    I just watched the ID piece over the weekend and was discussing with my dad, who grow up in Flint. Come to find out Gregory Greene coached him in baseball. My dad was also friends with Greg Greene’s brother, Jamie Greene. Small world.

  10. Jeff Katz says:

    Hi, Catherine. Apologies for the public post. I’m trying to find an email for you or your father but am not having any luck. My name is Jeff Katz and I’m a former VP at 20th Century Fox and New Line Cinema. More relevant in this case, I’m from Franklin, graduated from Groves and grew up haunted by this case. I’d like to reach out regarding a potential project based on your family’s story/fight as part of a new film group I’m a part of in Los Angeles. Please feel free to email me anytime and I’ll be happy to give you some more details. Regardless, best to you and your family regardless. I hope you find the answers and peace that you deserve.

  11. winipu4 says:

    Have you ever seen this? If not, you really must. While not specific to this case, it gives insight into how many in law enforcement are actually pedophilic sexual predators. It makes one wonder; statistically, what percentage of them are.
    This page is filled with LE pedophile monsters. Each profile has links with criminal case documents. Truly disgusting and frightening. :

    • cathybroad says:

      No surprise.

      • Meghan Thomas says:

        Hi Cathy,
        I grew up in Berkley, though I am a bit younger and wasnt around quite yet when the killings took place, I remember the haunting feeling that still looms over the city to this day. I have always been interested if Jim Cox played a role in any of this. Even when I was in school he was still hanging around all of the schools, patroling them even when they weren’t on his beat. Hanging out with the kids, and acting like they were all his buddies. It always came across odd to me, he was just a bit too friendly, and at times inappropriate. A lot of people in the Berkley area still think he was part of this, just wondering your thoughts on it and if hes ever been looked at.

        • cathybroad says:

          Jim Cox. I have a lot of thoughts about this guy, none of them good. It’s all hearsay, but again—none of it is good. He was a cop back when cops in towns like Berkley did whatever the F they wanted with no repercussions. People still seem to be afraid of him. No one has questioned or confronted him. He’s old now, but had a lifetime of cop entitlement and I’m assuming still has plenty of guns. Bad news.

  12. Mirinda says:

    The very popular podcast Crime Junkies is currently covering this case.

  13. Robert Todd Blommer says:

    To Cathy Broad:
    I read today a blog you wrote several years ago about Greg Green(e) that you titled, Animal. In the early 70s, Green molested some of my boyhood friends in Fountain Valley, CA, and I would have been one of them if not for my mother’s gut instincts about him. Greg did landscaping work in my backyard for months that Spring/Summer – allthewhile coaching little league amongst us all – and he asked my Mom to allow me to go with him for pizza and movies the night he molested Jimmy (and then left him for dead outside a hospital in Huntington Beach). There were no computers back then and the scuttlebut was that Green got 20 years jail time for assault and molestation; reading the facts of his actual punishment was sickening to learn today though I was pleased to learn from your blog that Green died in prison in 1995.

    • cathybroad says:

      Thank you for this post. First, thank god for your Mom. She was right. This man was not only an animal, but a monster. Not only was he a sadistic child torturer and rapist, I believe he was the person who actually murdered Mark, Jill and Kris. He practiced on your friend. He thought he would never spend another day incarcerated if he silenced his victims by killing them. He was in prison on March 22, when one of the other freaks–probably Busch–had to kill Tim. Probably on camera. We have to talk about these men and what they did. So it NEVER happens again. I, too, was psyched Green died in prison (watching t.v.), although there are a hundred different ways he deserved to die. He and Chris Busch had hundreds of victims, I’m sure of it. So did Arch Sloan and Ted Lamborgine, old pedophiles who are still in alive in Michigan prisons. Whatever their connection to the OCCK crimes, these are two terrible child predator/rapists who look like meek, old, pieces of shit in their mug shots. But taxpayers are feeding and watering these utter monsters while they shuffle around in prison. A number of kids who got away from Arch Sloan have contacted me over the past few months. One of them and I agreed we would love to go pay Sloan a visit for a face-to-face. But criminals like this are cowards. They have never done the right thing in their entire lives, except maybe find a false god to “forgive” them. Thank you again for having the courage to post. Greg Green, animal, freak, monster, inflicted a ton of pain before he wound up in Jackson Prison. His buddies Sloan and Lamborgine did, too. Again, I am convinced Green was the one who killed kids they needed to get rid of. But they are all from the same incredibly sick stock. I’m glad you never were alone with this very sick predator.

  14. SG says:

    Dear Cathy, is there a place on your blog that we can post photos? I recently learned about OCCK this week and have an unsettling suspicion of a relative of mine. His timeline adds up to everything I’ve researched about the case in the past several days, and I don’t know who to turn to after reading about your experience with law enforcement. I don’t believe I can ignore this suspicion I’ve always had of said relative. Evil would be the best way to describe him. I want to help. Please email me.

  15. Martha Nefcy says:

    One of my cousins want to talk to you.

  16. Sandra Marczewski says:

    Hi Catherine,
    I am not sure if there is any dna left but has anyone thought of submitting dna to the company parabon? I have been watching the genetic detective and she has been able to solve some 30 year old cases using dna and genealogy.

    • cathybroad says:

      I have seen the show, too, Sandra. The MSP knows about Parabon and Bode Technologies. As the case has been handed from investigator to investigator since the task force was shut down in 1978, no one has made a clean hand off. I don’t think they have adequate DNA samples. Even though DNA testing did not exist when these crimes occurred, this was the biggest, most expensive investigation of its kind at the time. Yet evidence was mishandled, misfiled and improperly stored. I have been told by two people who were in law enforcement that the OCCK files and evidence was used over the years in the MSP Post training. You only do something like that if you are sure the case is over for good because someone made it go away so it can never be “solved.” Complete silence from the state police and OC prosecutor about the status of the DNA testing and whether any viable samples still exist. The hairs from my brother’s body were “misfiled” as animal hairs for DECADES. I believe LE would now tell you the hairs were extinguished during testing and the mtDNA sequence matches no one in CODIS or any of the men they have obtained DNA samples from. The prosecutor’s office must be very relieved that this inadequate sample will probably never be matched to anyone.

  17. Charles Rogers says:

    Hi Cathy, I believe I have your two suspects in your brothers murder. Please feel free to me a email because they’re suspects also in the Atlanta Child Murders and the Oklahoma City and Centennial Park etc bombings as crazy as it may seem but I have hard evidence.

  18. Timothy Umlah says:

    Hello, I grew up in Birmingham in the 80s And 90’s. I’ve been deep into this case since I got into true crime in my teens. I have some ideas I never heard explored. One of these thoughts is that there seems to be small municipal airports around key areas. One in Birmingham, one a few miles from the Busch house on Ess lake, Flint, detroit, and as we know north fox had a landing strip. Has anyone ever investigated flight records of these tiny airport from around these times?

    • cathybroad says:

      Timothy, that is an excellent point. Some mention has been made over the years about the flight records to Fox Island, but I seriously doubt anything was cross-referenced with other airports, or that the other municipal airport records were checked independently.

  19. Amy Probst says:


    I posted about this case today on my Facebook page, asking people to share memories and details as I’m writing a memoir and remembering this time in our lives hits hard. I was a kid their age in Royal Oak. A friend of a friend messaged me and shared screenshots of texts with someone who says the kids were kept at their uncle’s in Cass Corridor. I would like to send you those screenshots just in case—where should I send them?


  20. kakuwrd says:


    I heard a radio program this weekend that detailed how Geographic Profiling helped identify a serial rapist (who coincidently was a retired member of the Police Dept). I thought of the OCCK case. Just another tool that would likely point to who is already believed to be the monster. Thought you might be interested in this write up on the subject. Best wishes.


  21. kakuwrd says:

    I heard a radio program about a serial rapist who was caught with the help of Geographical Profiling. I thought of the OCCK case and wonder if anything like this has been done. I assume not which is unfortunate because it would likely point to the monster already suspected to be the OCCK. I posted a link to a write up on the subject in case you are interested. Best wishes.


  22. Eddie says:

    I am doing a podcast about these cases. As a former Livonia and Oakland County resident I was shocked to learn of these unsolved cases in my own backyard, and the seemingly endless questions about the investigation that remain unanswered. I was wondering if you would be open to being interviewed? Please let me know. So sorry for your enduring loss.

  23. Cyndi says:

    Cathy, So sorry about your Dad. I have an ancestry.com subscription. The records you are looking for are not there. Data goes thru Oct 1906 and back then address books were published by name and type of business. I suspect these records are too old to help you.
    I grew up in the Oakland County area and will never forget this case. I pray for the families daily. If u ever need anything from ancestry let me know.

    • cathybroad says:

      Thanks, Mark. In this case, the lead would read: Investigators in Oakland County and at the MSP pray a social media site and sophisticated testing will not reveal any of the participants in the killing of four children who spent a combined total of 32 terror-filled days held captive before being murdered and dumped on roadsides. They feel secure that evidence destruction in 1977 and 1978 will prevent even the most sophisticated DNA testing from yielding answers and that mutual codes of silence by law enforcement and politicians will prevent even the most ardent internet sleuths from penetrating the case.

  24. Michelle says:

    Please reach out to me. I need to speak with you I am really hoping only you see my contact info

  25. Kristina Donovan-Cook says:

    Aloha to anyone reading this. I am a child of Hawai’i in the 80’s. My half brothers, last name Cook, had a bad time. They were mostly born and raised in Texas and Hawai’i. The Dillards, as in the department store, caused them a great deal of hardship. I was always told how lucky I was to escape “white slavery”. Always knew evil and boogeymen existed, they’re just hard to see. Anyone with clarity or information please… I worry that my brothers hurt people and would like to know anything that I can. The tide must change.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Catherine, read this about CeCe Moore. She just helped law enforcement find a killer from dna in a strand of hair: https://www.facebook.com/100044486767166/posts/429379605221595/

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