From a reader:
My name is X and I have been haunted by the unspeakable horror of the OCCK crimes and law enforcement’s subsequent inability and/or unwillingness to officially solve the case for over forty years. A near miss in my own front yard around 1977/1978 in Franklin, Michigan only served to solidify my terror and fear that I easily could have been another victim. The Franklin police basically dismissed us when we called immediately after the incident because I did not get a license plate (I was 8 years old).
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While at my first job I attempted to garner interest in this unsolved case as the possible basis for a TV movie. I was told that I needed more source material to flesh out a narrative to “pitch” as I only had a collection of old newspaper articles and possibly McIntyre’s book. In 1993 I cold called retired LT. Robert H. Robertson to see if he would share any information or insight to further my efforts. Shortly thereafter I received a package from him with a sampling of the content from his personal files with handwritten notes and comments. I recall that Robertson said his files were all in his garage.
Robertson’s material seemed appropriately sanitized and was helpful for my purposes of preparing a more detailed treatment/story. Despite my best efforts to get the story from page to screen over the course of my career in entertainment, I failed to ever get this project launched. At the time no one would touch a serial child murder story with no resolution.
Consequently, Robertson’s package has languished in my file cabinet. . . . I just pulled it out to review after reading Marney’s excellent account of the investigation and your revelatory blog posts. In the context of what is now known, I can’t help but ask if it’s possible that anything here might be useful. Is it even remotely possible that any of this information wasn’t released long ago or disseminated in FOIA documents? I have no idea but I cringe at the thought that I was potentially granted more access to information than the victims’ families. I really hope that I am wrong.
Handwritten cover letter.
A typed transcript of Robertson’s final in a series of tapes re: the Oakland County Task Force. He claims to have made many tapes covering many topics and lists examples.
Robertson’s log for first day of task force after Tim’s abduction (these look original-his note says he has a log for each day of the task force).
Copies of pages from Robertson’s notebook for May 17th, May 31st and June 16th, 1977.
A Psych profile from Nicholas Groth, Ph.D/Connecticut Correction Institution.
LEAA-Police Tech. Assistance Report.
ESP File -summary of the case work with psychic Philip Jordan including composite sketches from his visit to Detroit August 1977.
Project Anniversary notes.
Misc. Press releases and WANTED flyers.
Note to Interpol.
Letter from Sheriff’s Office in Yreka, CA re: unsolved child murder/asking if there are similarities to OCCK case.
Chronological Order of Events.
Robertson Synopsis of Special Oakland County Task Force sent to MSP.
NOTE: There’s no mention of Busch anywhere. But Richard Lawson’s name is written on Robertson’s log from Tuesday May 17th 1977.
Also he has a note from May 31st 1977 about Belcher/Gill Road incident and failure to show up for a polygraph. Dyer surveillance also noted.
Robertson’s transcript from his own tapes reveals that Birmingham Police erased the tapes of incoming phone calls on March 16, 17, 18, 19th etc. so all of those tips/info was lost. WTF!!!
In the ESP file the psychic mentions a lot of weird stuff. One impression he “sees” is string art on the wall of the killer(s) apartment. This was a full month before the John McKinney murder and the fiber art piece by Jane Knight disappeared from his gallery.
The “citizen science” project described in my last post is a collaboration with Dr. Kathleen Moore and Dylan Lightfoot. To read a little about Dylan, I cannot say it better than Marney Keenan did, so please see https://www.marneyrichkeenan.com/post/the-occk-investigation-timeline. Dr. Moore is a professor of Intelligence Analysis, has a PhD in Information Sciences and specializes in cyber intelligence. Her expertise is used to answer complex, real world problems.
Both Lightfoot and Moore were personally impacted by the OCCK crimes. This project, based on documents and research provided by author and retired Detroit News author Marney Keenan and me, is predicated on the hope that information used to empower everyday citizens in research outside of formalized institutions may help build a case here and/or perhaps in other missing/exploited/murdered child cases that may have overlap with persons directly and tangentially involved in the OCCK case. We now know there are many of those persons.
We are in the process of having many thousands of documents from this case digitized and converted into a searchable database. Thank you to a reader who offered today to assist with this heavy task. We hope it will be an effective tool.
The original “old boys network” is dying out. Current roadblocks to justice are weakening. As noted, the timeline and story maps are works in progress and “living” projects. For information regarding the timeline, contact OCCKtimeline@gmail.com. Your information could be very helpful there.
Sadly, no good deed goes unpunished in this most awful of cases. Just ask Patrick Coffey, Cory Williams or Kym Worthy. Meanwhile, obstructionists in law enforcement and the legal system, past and present, continue for now to win the battle. I am deeply grateful to Kathleen, Dylan and Marney for their insight, assistance and willingness to take a stand on the need for transparency in this case. The dynamics of power in this case have come squarely down in favor of predators and their enablers. It is time for that power to shift.
This is what can happen when people take a chance and step forward, step outside of convention and make an offer of powerful decency and assistance:
More tomorrow about how this project came together and the two people who put together these powerful tools.
Finally a prosecutor in Oakland County who understands “affluence” doesn’t mean much when adults and children are being victimized by human traffickers. Twenty-year felonies. Throw the book at them.
Check out this awesome timeline covering the OCCK investigation, compiled by Dylan Lightfoot.
It is a work in progress and will be updated going forward as events unfold and as input and new information comes in from the public.
For suggestions or additions to the timeline, as explained in the headnote, please contact: OCCKtimeline@gmail.com.
The police never did it. So, after all this time it boils down to giving as much information as possible to the public. The state police and Oakland County would never advance the case. So, here we are. Stay tuned.
I am deeply appreciative of all of the work Dylan has done on this project.
The timeline makes reference to the most definitive book written on these crimes, The Snow Killings: Inside the Oakland County Child Killing Investigation, by Marney Keenan. If you are interested in or were impacted by this case, you need to read this book. https://www.thesnowkillings.com/.
Check out this story about an “ordinary woman” who made sure a 61-year-old, U.S. citizen pedophile running an “orphanage” in Kenya got busted.
A special clause in the U.S. penal code allows for prosecution of child abuse cases committed by Americans overseas. This freak agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced in a U.S. federal court to 188 months in prison on four counts of “engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places.” The man will be nearly 80 years old if he makes it to the end of his sentence. Maybe another prisoner will make sure he doesn’t.
The “ordinary woman,” Margaret Ruto, is a nurse in her mid-30s. In a fluke that could really only mean the Universe wanted her to know about this and do something about it, she learned a man who lived just 10 minutes from her home in the United States had opened an orphanage not 10 minutes from her ancestral village in Kenya — and children were saying they had been sexually abused there.
Ruto is coming forward with her story because she — and the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office that prosecuted Dow — hope it will inspire similar sleuthing instincts in others.
The message is clear: REPORT. In this case, the FBI actually listened, which is not something we who are even vaguely familiar with the OCCK case, Frank Shelden and the pedophile and child porn rings operating in and around Birmingham, Michigan and other regions in Michigan–in the 1970s and probably right now–can even relate to. Some say Frank Shelden is still alive and if so, in his 90s, true to his nature would still be committing crimes against children. Prosecutors in Michigan sat on their hands while he left the country in 1976 to continue violating children in places he could not then be extradited from. “Wait and see.” Big surprise, the monster never stopped and probably escalated.
Margaret Ruto reported a U.S. citizen pedophile who was committing crimes against children in Kenya. She followed through and the animal she reported is headed to prison. This is an amazing story.
|Thank you, CARE House community, for your support of the first-ever virtualCircle of Friends program. |
Together, 330 attendees honored the memory of Barry King — a major supporter of our Pontiac facility construction in 2011, a believer in CARE House programing and services and a dedicated spokesman for child safety throughout the region — and helped CARE House raise $48,310.
The King family’s painful, but important, story, helps call attention to the vital mission of CARE House — the prevention, and treatment of abuse and neglect and advocacy for victims.Please, feel encouraged to share. CLICK HERE to watch the 25th annual Circle of Friends program — a panel discussion, moderated by Kevin Dietz, with Timothy’s siblings, Cathy Broad, Chris King and Mark King, and Marney Rich Keenan, author of “The Snow Killings: Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation.”If you have information about the case, please call the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office at (248) 858-0656.Additional Resources
➤ CARE House | Who We Are and What We Do➤ Donate Now |At $100 and above, receive a copy of the book, “The Snow Killings” and access the virtual book club on March 9 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m.➤ Sign Up for One of Our Tours➤ NYT article Marney referred to during the panel discussion➤ Cathy Broad’s blog about the case
CARE House Mission: To be a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the protection of children through advocacy, education, intervention, research, training, and treatment, in collaboration with the community.
CARE House Vision: To impact the safety of every child in Oakland County through intervention, prevention and treatment.
|The main Circle of Friends program starts at about the 24-minute mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRoBkiG-f9U |
See also: https://www.hometownlife.com/story/life/community/eccentric/birmingham/2021/02/05/care-house-honors-late-barry-king-supporter-advocacy-program/4373259001/.
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Here is an email I received last night from someone who wants to “help” and “information share.”
I do not want to discount the reality of ritual abuse, which I have no doubt was taking place in Oakland County based on information I have received over the years. https://information.pods-online.org.uk/demystifying-ritual-abuse/. Just as I believe the most active of the “upper-crust” ” pedophiles in Oakland County were based in and operating in Birmingham, Michigan.
If you have information, get to the point, name names and give addresses and substantiating information. Quit playing games. Choking back vomit.
I apologize; my spam filter missed a bunch today. I deleted all I could find. I had to change the comment configurations so you have to register and sign in. Sorry. If you have any trouble, email me and I will post your comment. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to a reader for the heads up.