Thank you to a reader.
March 19, 1977:
March 26, 1977:
And as for the question “Who shelters killer of 4 kids?,” might I suggest the names H. Lee Busch, Elsie Busch and L. Brooks Patterson, for starters?
“When people want to believe that the world is just, and that bad things won’t happen to them, empathy can suffer.”
Here is a photo montage of Hastings circa 1977, the first composite shown to the public in the wake of Tim’s abduction (“person of interest”) and a photo of Hastings later in life, presumably from FaceBook. A reader sent it to me. I am not sure where it originated, but probably one of Helen Dagner’s websites. Check out the hair and the distinctive nose. Pretty disturbing.
Say what you will about composite drawings, but all you have to do is read polygrapher Steve Duncan’s evaluation of his interview and the polygraphs he administered to John Hastings to know this deserved more inquiry, not the “no comment (ever)” and “it will blow over” approach of the MSP. https://catherinebroad.blog/2020/09/12/does-this-sound-like-someone-who-passed-a-polygraph/.
First Greene and then the initial composite next to Hastings’ passport photo. Compare hairline/widow’s peak and lips to composite. Then a comparison with a second composite drawing, then the 1992 poly results for Hastings. You can draw your own conclusions, as law enforcement never really did.
Greene mug shot January 1977:
It will come as no surprise that H. Lee Busch was big into Boy Scouts of America in Huntington Woods way back when. What is surprising is that a reader was able to find any mention in the press about the ghost, H. Lee and his wife, Elsie.
Mention, too, of another GM exec who was a neighbor on lovely Morningview Terrace in upstanding Bloomfield Village.
Thank you very much to this reader for the articles.
Thank you to a reader who found this brief article in the Detroit Free Press (1-16-80) that was a follow up to the arrest of Ralph Wayne Bryie:
Looks like the sheriff’s office cleared him and perhaps not in consultation with the 1980 version of the MSP “task force.” Maybe he had an alibi for one of the abduction or body dump dates. Maybe he got one of those magic polygraphs from somebody like Melvin Scott or Ralph Cabot. One thing’s for damn sure: Nobody asked him about the child sex and porn ring that was operating out of GM and in Oakland County. In Oakland County?? GM?? Never!!
Did you ever see an article about Christopher Busch that said “Because of the nature of the [CSC with minors] charge, [he] was questioned in the murders of four Oakland County children in 1976-77”? Being a salvage inspector for GM Truck and Coach in Pontiac is a little different that being a pedophile son of someone from GM Corporate.
A reader recently asked about Oakland County Sheriff Johannes F. Spreen, who served as sheriff beginning in 1972 for three consecutive terms. There was clear conflict between Spreen and other law enforcement during the OCCK investigation and his points, especially in hindsight, are very well taken. More on that in another post. A search revealed this January 1980 arrest by Spreen’s deputies of an Oakland County man who committed sex crimes against three boys, for years, beginning when they were 10 or 11:
This man, Ralph W. Bryie, age 35 in 1980, was a salvage inspector WITH GENERAL MOTORS TRUCK & COACH DIVISION IN PONTIAC. Sounds like a pedophile and a trafficker to me. I could not find a photo of him. Does anyone remember this man?
Jon Vaughn, who played football for U of M until 1991 and was a victim of sports doc/sexual predator and assaulter Dr. Robert Anderson is picketing 24 hours a day in front of the home of U of M President Mark Schlissel. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/10/09/um-anderson-victim-picketing-schlissel-home/6076206001/. Vaughn won’t leave until Schlissel and the U of M Board of Regents talk with him and other victims of Anderson. He expressed hope that the victims and school officials could have a real conversation that moves toward reconciliation.
This is an amazing story. Really, is it asking too much for the president and the regents to meet with survivors of the monster that was enshrined in the U of M sports medicine department for decades? Bring your legal counsel along if you can’t handle it on your own, even after rising to the levels you have in academia. Although Schlissel has just announced plans to step down, Vaughn said he should be part of the conversation because he “has been less than transparent” during the school’s handling of the allegations against Anderson. Does anyone know the address of Mark Schlissel’s home in Ann Arbor?
People want the big job, the prestige of being a trustee, the Ivory Tower teflon, but none of the tough stuff like dealing with entrenched institutional protection of sexual predators. Really poor examples to the students who pay huge dollars to attend a school like U of M.
No one has called Jon Vaughn tortured or bitter. He is asking for legitimate consideration and his method is very powerful. After we spoke publicly in the OCCK case in 2009, “tortured and bitter” became a mantra of law enforcement and those who support them–forget it, those people are just tortured and bitter. Got dealt a bad hand, get over it, move on.
In 2006 my family learned of and came forward with information that led to the discovery of the long-buried names and files of Christopher Brian Busch and Gregory Woodard Greene. In 2009 we rang the bell after the Michigan State Police and the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office heaped on the obstructionist behavior and condescension. We came forward at great cost and pain, naively believing that someone in Oakland County or the state police would do the right thing. Instead, they shut down Wayne County and Livonia Det./Sgt. Cory Williams and then headed straight for us.
Yeah, we’ll meet with you losers (2009). But we won’t answer a single question and y’all can cool your heels in a conference room for 40 minutes–one bugged with a recording device. Now you can go fuck yourselves because this is still an “open investigation” and while you’re at it, quit talking to the press. You’ll get what you’ve come to expect in your son’s murder case: Nothing.
Yes, it was at great cost; we were ridiculed, gaslighted and fucked with, it didn’t move the needle, it stirred up a bunch of awful shit and so far has accomplished nothing.
We never questioned the job police and prosecutors did for 30 years. On the scale of things, knowing what we know now, just pretending the OCP and the MSP did everything they could and not having to put a face, let alone numerous faces, to these horrific crimes worked for us. “At the end of the day, they didn’t get their criminally insane, lone “babysitter” killer, but it was too hard!! and at least somehow the killings stopped!”
Of course eventually the package the OCP and a few at the MSP thought they had tied up with a bow exploded because eventually stuff like this always does. Rich pedophile son of a rich pedophile. “Suicide.” Death scene diorama that screamed “I’m the OCCK!” “The killer is probably dead or incarcerated or was institutionalized by a family protecting their good name.” No worries, the streets are once again safe for kids and teen hitch hikers!
All the bullshit that is now exposed and leaving us far more tormented than we were before. That’s what the last 15 years got us. Or is that our fault, too?
As one of my brothers recently said, the most heartbreaking part was learning that that the Busch stuff went down before Tim was abducted and murdered. That’s when shit got really real for us. And of course no one would talk to us about it. Excuses all the way around. Redactions and lies.
That’s why I like Jon Vaughn’s style. “‘This is just the beginning,’ he said Saturday, ‘I’m going to stay as long as it takes.'” There is another house in Ann Arbor I should go picket relentlessly owned by a man who has been “less than transparent” in the OCCK investigation and who, statistically speaking, doesn’t have that many years left to come clean.
Pennsylvania state Republican Senator Bob Mensch won’t vote for a law to help victims of child sexual abuse.
He is teaming up with state Senator Kim Ward, protector of priests and supporter of the insurance industry, to block this legislation. https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/56938161/posts/3575128152. While the authors of the Penn Live opinion piece don’t know if Mensch is Catholic, he is certainly no mensch.