Need some help with research

Looking for a little help from someone with an Ancestry.com subscription. I am told that the old Polk City directories are on Ancestry. Here are the issues, concerning the year 1991:

  1. In and around late 1991, residence and/or ownership of 419 Sable Street, Alpena, MI.
  2. Ownership of nearby building 305 5th Avenue (corner of Sable and 5th Avenue). This building was later known as Fifth Avenue Antique (2010), but in 1991 was called something different.

If you have a subscription and a little time, the help would be appreciated. Know that I am passing it on to someone who is taking the deeper dive with this information.


After 50 years, a suspect emerges in San Diego cold case murder

Mary Scott was 23 in 1969 when she was raped and murdered. Her 67-year-old sister, Rosalie, is the only living member of Mary’s immediate family. When the Golden State Killer case was solved using DNA and genetic genealogy, she asked thought “‘Why can’t they do that with Mary’s case?’” She asked a friend who was a retired police officer to help her make contact with the San Diego Police Cold Case Unit and the San Diego District Attorney’s Office Cold Case Unit. (See, there actually are prosecutors offices that assist in moving cold case investigations and arrests forward.)

The 75-year-old suspect, who had 50-plus years to live his life, got the knock on the door that all rapists and murderers who get away with their crimes should get. His wife was “devastated.”

Thanks to a reader for this link.


“Someday maybe Michigan will get a conscience and submit DNA to the public genealogy registry…”

This comment from a reader accompanied a link to this article about the resolution of the 1974 abduction and murder of five-year-old Siobhan McGuinness in Missoula, Montana.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/dna-links-dead-man-to-cold-case-murder-of-a-5-year-old-montana-girl

Siobhan was last seen leaving a neighbor’s house in February 1974. Two days later her body was found 10 miles away. She had been beaten, stabbed and raped.

Crime scene DNA uploaded to a public genealogy website led to the identification of a man who died in 2012 as the killer. He was passing through Missoula in 1974 and committed this crime. The same genetic genealogy technique has been used to solve other cold-case rapes and murders, including that of the Golden Gate Killer.

“It really means the world. My dad never thought he would see this happen in his lifetime,” Siobhan’s half-sister Oona McGuinness told the station. “It’s a big deal. It’s a really big deal for us, and it’s a huge deal for the Missoula community. This affected almost everybody that lived there at that time and probably still some today.”

The FBI said Davis is also linked to the 1973 attempted abduction of an 8-year-old girl in the upstate New York town of Bath.

The killer’s 2012 obituary described him as “a loving husband, father and grandfather. It also said he was a born again Christian ‘who believed in the word of faith and he was ready to be with Jesus.'”

And from another reader, https://www.wyff4.com/article/breakthrough-leads-to-arrest-40-years-after-chester-woman-ann-wilson-killed-during-brutal-rape-sled-says/34453965.

In this recent case, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) brought charges against a man in a 45-year-old rape and murder case. Charges were filed against a 65-year-old man who was identified a recent forensics breakthrough, through DNA, as a suspect in the crime. This man was in his 20s at the time of the crime.

Said the SLED Chief, Mark Keel: “Our agents and forensics experts work hard and are dedicated to bringing justice to those who commit crimes against our citizens, whether the crime was recent or happened more than 40 years ago, we will not stop in trying to solve the case.”

Don’t expect anything like this in the OCCK case. In Chapter 21 of Marney Keenan’s book, The Snow Killings, in a chapter appropriately named “Last Resorts,” she describes how in 2018 MSP lab scientists retested a vaginal swab taken from Kristine Mihelich’s autopsy in 1977. A partial Y-str DNA profile was identified from the swab. Y–male chromosome; str–short tandem marker; partial–not ideal but enough to exclude or not exclude suspects. The Snow Killings, p. 240.

But like the hair samples in this case, the DNA from the vaginal swab was extinguished during testing. This is often the case with degraded evidence that is not stored properly. So guess what? End of the road as far as further DNA testing. That will be the response–too bad, so sad, we tried (after being forced) and the evidence is too degraded.

CODIS (the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System which links biological evidence from crime scenes with offenders) doesn’t address mtDNA or Y-str DNA samples. Presumably the partial Y-str sample was in fact checked against all the men they have DNA samples on in this case and all of them were excluded, but as of July 2018 there were still comparisons that needed to be done. Think the job is finished?

So the MSP doesn’t get to just use the “extinquished during testing” response or the “evidence is too old!” answer. In all of these other cases around the country from the same era (and era where “DNA” meant nothing at the time), these agencies managed to properly store and test 40-year-old evidence. The taxpayers and residents of Michigan are owed an explanation.

Don’t forget, this was the biggest manhunt ever in the country at the time. These jokers put the case to bed and fling the evidence into the wind with no attempt to preserve the record? Answers must be given. It is inexcusable and indefensible and perhaps criminal.

I hope you have had a chance to read The Snow Killings. Only then you will have some larger sense of why this is all so very, very wrong. At page 238-39, Marney Keenan describes more evidentiary snafus discovered by Det. Cory Williams:

Forensics technician Mel Paunovich had lifted 33 latent fingerprints from the interiors of Arch Sloan’s and John Crosbie’s cars. In all probability, those prints had never been submitted for comparison to the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), because the system wasn’t in place until 1999. Created by the FBI, IAFIS stores the fingerprints and criminal histories of over 70 million persons. All Williams had to do was locate the prints.

Williams searched the Southfield Police Department where the cars were originally processed. Then the lab at the Michigan State Police Sterling Heights Post, followed by the evidence room at the MSP post in Oak Park, the Detroit FBI lab, and finally the lab at MSP headquarters in Lansing. The most he could find was a report that showed 17 of the latent prints from Sloan’s car had been compared to the four OCCK victims’ back in 1977, with no match. After a four-month intense search, Williams had to accept defeat. The fingerprints had long since disappeared. He was beyond frustrated. “How can they lose these prints!” he wrote in his notes. “Really pisses me off!”

The Snow Killings, Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation, Keenan, Marney (Exposit Books 2020), p. 238-39.

Let that sink in as you consider the likelihood of any announcement like the ones from Missoula or South Carolina in the OCCK case.


Told you your vote for sheriff is important.

Read the comments, too. So many thoughts. I agree with the person who said sheriff’s departments should be abolished. Spend the tax dollars on other law enforcement who can be a little less corrupt and have a little more oversight. Big budgets in a lot of counties and they report to NO ONE but the voters every four years, who don’t spend a minute considering this vote. So many examples of sheriffs around the country who just pass the buck to another agency, unless they want to fuck with someone or unless it’s close to election time. Let’s be done with this model of policing.

Second, what the hell happened to Michigan? I got the hell out of there as soon as I turned 18, but over the decades it has become more and more appalling. Seriously. What. Happened?


1979 Murder Victim Identified Using mtDNA

Delores Wulff’s husband walked on her murder basically because “there was no body.” He died some 26 years later in 2005. The Department of Justice DNA lab compared DNA from one of Delores’ children in order to identify her after 41 years.

A reader asked if the MSP ever reads about these success stories. I think the MSP and the OCP are too afraid to get to the point where there might be some real evidentiary answers in the OCCK case. Their unwillingness to do the work done in cases like this one really cannot be explained any other way.

They will say “inadequate DNA samples,” but this requires a further explanation beyond “hey, it was 1976 and 1977–what did you want us to do?” We wanted you to at least pretend to collect and store the evidence properly so you could do what was done for Delores Wulff’s family in her 1979 disappearance.

The task force was “rejuvenated” in 2005. It’s 2020. Fifteen years to get your evidentiary shit together? If you have a big goose egg, you need to tell the public and the families. Instead, they continue to shirk their duties after more than four decades. They will claim to have done all kinds of work and testing. So, let’s hear why it has come up short. Maybe you can consult with one of the hundreds of agencies around the country who are solving cold cases from that era using DNA testing.

The company line in the OCCK case has always been some version of “can’t be done, too hard!!!” Pretty good cover, up until recently. Other agencies are proving that, with a little work and patience, it isn’t too hard to solve these cases.


Defrocked Priest and Sexual Abuser of Children, Gary Berthiaume is back in Michigan for his preliminary exam next week.

This according to the Oakland Press, Oct. 22, 2020, p. A3 and the front page of the Detroit Free Press, Oct. 23, 2020. https://www.theoaklandpress.com/news/copscourts/former-priest-charged-with-sex-crime-in-farmington-returns-to-court-next-week/article_70e1845a-13a6-11eb-baab-1f47246828d5.html; (you will have to trust me on the Free Press, as it’s a “subscriber only” article). As I posted previously, Michigan AG Dana Nessel has rousted the padre from his longtime priest hideout in Warrenville, IL, to have him return to answer for sexual assaults he committed on minors in Oakland County in 1977. https://catherinebroad.blog/2020/09/30/why-not-accept-him-as-he-is/

Today’s Free Press article points out that Berthiaume is back in Michigan, but “out on a $50,000 cash bond.” As a reader points out, it doesn’t look like this is the 10% deal, and it certainly isn’t the Chris Busch “let’s call it good at $1,000” deal. If that is the case, where does a defrocked priest get $50,000?

I found another article about Berthiaume and that sack OS, the late Bishop Imesch. Read toward the and of the article to see what kind of guy the late bishop was. https://www.ncronline.org/news/accountability/institutional-lying-heart-crisis. So secure that the powerful institution of the Catholic Church would support his absurd position and repeat all of the standard institutional lies, what he said before his death in 2015 and is reported in this February 20, 2019, article in The National Catholic Reporter is nothing short of despicable and outrageous.

Berthiaume has already cost the Catholic Church (and its parishioners) a pretty penny:

Berthiaume took the Fifth Amendment repeatedly in his deposition, which I obtained in 1986. The lawsuit settled for $325,000. Imesch helped him get a parish in Cleveland. Unbeknownst to Michigan police, and Imesch, Berthiaume had molested four brothers in another Michigan family. They eventually received a $60,000 settlement. Cleveland parishioners had no clue.

National Catholic Report article, cited above.

What’s another $50,000 for bond? This POS is too old to run. Now that he’s back in Michigan, how about leaning on him HARD to ask what he might have heard or known about the OCCK crimes, which took place while he was molesting parishioners’ sons in Oakland County during the relevant time period? Our Lady of Sorrows, indeed. Welcome back to Michigan, freak.


A former Michigan teacher and principal will spend the rest of his life in prison for “the worst betrayal of innocence and trust imaginable.”

A 50-year-old former Michigan teacher and principal, was sentenced to serve 720 months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for sexual exploitation of two minors. He was also sentenced by a Muskegon County Circuit Court judge to 20 to 95 years in a related sexual assault case.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmi/pr/2020_1020_Russell#:~:text=October 20, 2020-,Elementary School Educator Gets 60 Years For Child Exploitation,sexual exploitation of two minors.

The case clearly represents hard work and partnership by numerous agencies/offices.

 This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, county prosecutor’s offices, the Internet Crimes Against Children task force (ICAC), federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement are working closely together to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children. The partners in Project Safe Childhood work to educate local communities about the dangers of online child exploitation, and to teach children how to protect themselves. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit the following web site: www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Individuals with information or concerns about possible child exploitation should contact local law enforcement officials.

The facts of these cases are appalling, including that this man, who was a teacher and principal in Michigan, left Michigan in 2018 after he was suspended when a teacher filed a complaint about his “interest” in two elementary students. He was allowed to resign and moved to Las Vegas where he was hired as a fourth grade teacher. How can this still happen?!

Thankfully his latest stint as a fourth grade teacher has been cut short and that he was prosecuted in both state and federal courts in western Michigan. There is no parole in the federal system. His 22-year reign of terror over kids is over.

Thanks to a reader for the information.


VOTE

If you haven’t voted, make sure you do. This is the most important election of my lifetime, that’s for sure. Sitting it out is inexcusable and unpatriotic.

Don’t forget that elected officials are responsible at a local level for public safety. This includes the prosecuting attorney, the county sheriff, judges, city council (oversee local police departments).

Maybe in Oakland County you don’t worry about policing or the judiciary. You don’t have any of those nasty, big cities within your borders. Everyone is just like you, right?! Worried about 401(k)s, stock portfolios, business opportunities, parks and maybe your schools (if you have school-age kids).

But you should worry about policing and the judiciary. You should worry about corruption and corrupt practices. You should carefully make choices so that your opportunity for a cleaner slate is not squandered.


“Everyone who was a part of the Epstein sex ring should be concerned.”

Ghislaine Maxwell has lost her fight to keep her Jeffrey Epstein testimony sealed. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article246561388.html 

Maxwell was trying to thwart the release of a 418-page deposition she gave in a 2016 civil suit against the late sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, as well as to consolidate her appeals in numerous overlapping cases. A federal appeals court shut her down.

An attorney who had represented some of Epstein’s victims said: “This is good news for not just the victims of Epstein, but for victims everywhere,” he said. “The Courts should not be a party to the long history of Epstein and his co-conspirator’s attempts to avoid public scrutiny for their actions. Everyone who was a part of the Epstein sex ring should be concerned.”

Must suck not to have a future trump cabinet member/government attorney to cut illegal deals for you, Ghislaine. Can you even imagine a quote saying: Everyone in the Oakland County, Cass Corridor, N. Fox Island child sex/porn rings should be concerned. ????


Othram’s Genetic Testing Platform Helps Solve One of Canada’s Most Notorious Cases

This is what can happen when authorities are actually serious about solving heinous crimes.

https://www.forensicmag.com/569264-Othram-s-Genetic-Testing-Platform-Helps-Solve-One-of-Canada-s-Most-Notorious-Cases/

In this case, DNA exonerated a man who was wrongfully convicted of the 1984 rape and murder of nine-year-old Christine Jessop. Toronto Police continued to advance the investigation after the exoneration in 1995 to find Christine’s killer. DNA and genetic genealogy revealed the perpetrator was a man who had died in 2015.

“In 2019, Toronto Police investigators partnered with Othram to leverage Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing™ to build a genealogical profile from the scant quantity of highly degraded DNA that remained.”

The police agency PARTNERED with a private lab, Othram (Justice Through Genomics, https://www.othram.com/) to work with a “scant quantity of highly degraded DNA.” The MSP is apparently all jammed up about using a private lab or a genetic genealogist. Sorry, but you and the FBI have been striking out for over forty years. Scared of a private lab or a genetic genealogist? Seriously? You use polygraphs constantly, for fuck’s sake–how are these approaches any more “out there”?

The MSP should be made to answer to the next Oakland County prosecutor about every step they have and have not taken with the evidence in the OCCK case. And then this case must be taken away from the MSP, the very agency that blew this case and continues to wheel-spin and spin plates to divert attention for their obvious biases and failures. If the FBI is to continue to be involved, SA Sean Callaghan must be replaced by an agent who is not biased and short-sighted.

Surely there is a talented, sharp, motivated, experienced investigator out there who can own the case for the new OCP. S/he doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel–just focus on the fails in this case and get the evidence shored up. If we are at the end of the line for DNA testing, you are at the end of the line for keeping your case files closed. Silence never causes or helps justice.

Corruption killed in this case. It’s time to expose the corruption and stop taxpayer funding of churning deception.

Maybe there will even be a judge in Oakland County who applies FOIA law correctly and forces the MSP and the FBI to release all of the documents in this case–without their bullshit redactions or facility flood lies–and orders the information be made available to anyone who wants it in a useable format for a reasonable cost. You’ve been eating your cake and having it, too, for way too long.

Thanks to a reader for the link.