Today marks 14 years to the day I contacted Det./Sgt. Cory Williams at the Livonia Police Department concerning the information given to my by childhood friend and neighbor Patrick Coffey concerning admissions by Southfield polygraphist Larry Wasser concerning a man who was involved in killing my brother Tim.
Some five months later, after pulling teeth with Wasser, who first denied he ever had a conversation with Pat Coffey and then claimed not to remember being retained by attorney Jane Burgess to polygraph this fat, disgusting pedophile son of high paying client H. Lee Busch from GM hierarchy, we learned the client was Christoper Brian Busch. And that his birthday was July 31, 1951.
Det. Williams correctly observed that it was like the Universe was saying “Happy Birthday, motherfucker” to Chris Busch when I contacted Williams on July 31.
July 31. Happy Birthday, motherfucker.
Believe it or not, whistleblowing can happen at the state level, too. We know from sad experience that survivors of child sex and porn abusers who operated in Michigan in the 1970s and 1980s are not being listened to. We know that tips continue to go in the circular file in the OCCK investigation. And we have a pretty good idea of why that is the case.
If you have information about how the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office, the Oakland County Sheriff’s office or the Michigan State Police derailed this investigation and deceived the public as well as the victims’ family members in this case, consider coming clean.
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God bless the Boston Globe (pun intended). The Globe broke this story, as reported in the Washington Post:
At age 91, I’m sure this power-drunk pedophile cardinal thought he would never have to face this music. A cardinal is second in rank only to the pope. Cardinals are appointed for life (or until defrocked).
The charges involve the sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy during a wedding reception at Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1974. While there were many credible sexual assault accusations against this defrocked cardinal over the years, because he did not live in Massachusetts at the time of the assault (I’m not even going to say “alleged,” you can whisper that under your breath if it makes you feel better), the statute of limitations was tolled when he left the state. The many other accusations were time-barred, but this one was not. And the man who was assaulted found an attorney who has never been afraid of the Catholic mafia.
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A little over a year ago, Marney Keenan’s book The Snow Killings, Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation was published. https://www.thesnowkillings.com/. Immediately a woman who read the book came forward and said she had been sexually assaulted as a child by pedophile cop, and first responder to the Chris Busch death scene, Bloomfield Township PD Officer Richard McNamee. https://catherinebroad.blog/2020/09/02/tell-me-the-universe-doesnt-want-this-case-solved/. I posted quite a bit about this tip–read my blog entries from last summer. What has been done about this information? Jack shit.
A number of survivors have come forward to speak about their abuse by men in a child sex ring operating with impunity in Oakland County during the 1970s and 1980s. Only Wayne County seems even remotely interested in these horrifying facts.
Numerous “near misses” have come forward in the wake of The Snow Killings, J. Reuben Appelman’s book The Kill Jar (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Kill-Jar/J-Reuben-Appelman/9781501190001), and the documentary Children of the Snow https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/id-shows/oakland-child-killer-children-of-the-snow, to describe how dangerous it was to be a kid in Oakland County in 1976-1980. We have also learned that the witness who said he saw Kristine Mihelich walking away from the 7-11 in Berkley, the witness Berkley cop Ray Anger used to discredit then 8-year-old “Sebastian” who said he saw Kristine leave with a cop who had on a cop hat with a plastic rain guard, was 12-year-old Wade Cooper, whose word should have been taken with “a grain of salt,” and apparently not just because of his age.
But do you know who hasn’t come forward? People who know who with certainty who was involved in these terrible crimes. People who know what went down at law enforcement agencies in Oakland County to make sure the investigation got derailed and no one looked too closely. Nothing to see here.
Imagine if no one spoke up about Harvey Weinstein and if Ronan Farrow had not pushed back against Weinstein’s security and pressure/threat machine and fought to have his reporting published. https://www.hbo.com/catch-and-kill-the-podcast-tapes.
Imagine if victims had not come forward in the Jeffrey Epstein case and if journalist Julie K. Brown had backed down in the face of Epstein’s “machine.” https://www.harpercollins.com/products/perversion-of-justice-julie-k-brown?variant=32269378027554. Brown explained “When I became a journalist, I learned that the most rewarding part of my work was in righting injustices for those who could not fight for themselves.”
Imagine what it has taken to keep the lid so tight on the OCCK investigation for nearly 45 years. Imagine a counteroffensive by Oakland County and the Michigan State Police against anyone who would ask questions in this case (including an investigator who was on the right track) that escalated in 2012. Imagine a public in one of the nation’s wealthiest counties that looks away because it happened so long ago that almost everybody with dirty hands in this has won their gamble and took their shit to the grave. Apparently now it doesn’t matter.
Imagine a world without whistleblowers and those who have the courage and the power to defend them. The truth matters. Even in Oakland County, Michigan.
Not living in Oakland County, for starters. An article in today’s NYT examined the clearance rate for murders and the common belief that chances for solving a murder start to evaporate after 48 hours. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/23/upshot/murder-crime-solving.html.
Here is just a sampling of murder cases have never been solved or cleared in Oakland County. All of these murders took place during the reign of law and order prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson:
- The July 30, 1975 disappearance and presumed murder of Jimmy Hoffa.
- The February 19, 1976 murder of 12-year-old Mark Stebbins
- The August 7, 1976 murder of 13-year-old Jane Allen
- The December 26, 1976 murder of 12-year-old Jill Robinson
- The January 21, 1977 murder of 10-year-old Kristine Mihelich
- The March 22, 1977 murder of 11-year-old Tim King
- The August 7, 1977 torture slaying of 43-year-old GM exec Carson McDowell
- The September 20, 1977 murder of 50-year-old Birmingham art dealer John McKinney
- The October 28, 1978 murder of 48-year-old Gail Webster
Eight-year-old Joshua Harmon was reported missing by his parents on May 15, 1988 when he didn’t return home for dinner. After several hours of searching, his body was found in a wooded area near his Georgia apartment.
— Read on www.wjcl.com/article/cold-case-arrest-after-more-than-30-years-dna-links-georgia-boys-death-to-convicted-sex-offender/37115587
This morning I submitted a FOIA request to the office of Sheriff Mike Bouchard for all files and documents, paper and electronic in the Oakland County child killer investigation. The Oakland County Records Center acknowledged my request at 10:15 am (12:15 pm ET).
A mere 15 minutes later, at 10:30 am (12:30 pm ET), Stephanie Lajdziak of the sheriff’s office responded:
“Your request for all records regarding the ‘Oakland County Child Killer’ investigation is denied; there are no records responsive to this request within the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office records. You may find the records you seek with the Michigan State Police.”
Ms. Lajdziak and Sheriff Bouchard would have me believe they always immediately send tips to the MSP and that they keep no records of any transfers or phone calls to the MSP about the OCCK case. Either that or no one bothers calling the Oakland County Sheriff about this case any more. That I can believe.
I have to hand it to these boys. “Records don’t exist” can’t be challenged the way their ongoing bullshit “open investigation” should be. Ms. Lajdziak suggests I contact her contemporary at the MSP, Lori Hinkley, who will either say “we never got anything from the Oakland County Sheriff,” or charge me $1,000 to mount a “search” and then tell me there are no records.
But this does not surprise me, Sheriff Bouchard. I know you know how to play the musical files game in the OCCK case. So far I am the one who never gets a chair, because the game is rigged. Nice big letterhead, by the way.
Just in case you didn’t think the tide was turning, check out this New York Child Victims Act Dashboard, which contains clergy abuse statistics in New York state and lists names of predators, including 176 predators who have not previously been publicly named.
And this week the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police announced they had solved a 32-year-old cold case involving a teen’s rape and murder.
Check this out: “With less than 15 human DNA cells left to sample, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police submitted a 32-year-old cold case to a Texas laboratory for testing in January. Six months later, police positively identified the suspect involved.”
Before you go to that place in your brain that automatically defends law enforcement in the OCCK case because “there was no DNA testing back in 1976 and 1977,” ask yourself why, in the biggest investigation in U.S. history at that time which used up a ton of grant money in addition to tax payers dollars, this case would have been “put to bed” in the haphazard way that it was with no regard for basic evidentiary standards for that era.
Aside from his FBI duties, this Michigan agent has his hands full. Another model citizen in the ranks of the FBI.