Sorry, I was going to try to just bang out the rest of the notes described in the previous post, but this news from yesterday warrants a post. Yesterday, in a shocking announcement, the FBI declared it found no evidence of the remains of Jimmy Hoffa during a search under a New Jersey Bridge. Hoffa went missing in 1975 after a lunch at the Machus Red Fox in Bloomfield Township with some good old boys in good old Oakland County. His body was never found.
An FBI spokesperson said “While we do not currently anticipate any additional activity at the site, the FBI will continue to pursue any viable lead in our efforts to locate Mr. Hoffa.” I won’t even waste your time with the litany of news articles and links covering the various massive digs and other investigative manpower spent in this case since 1975. I’m guessing if his death was at the hands of the mob, it was a much more humane and quick death than those suffered by the kids in the OCCK case.
Also, Dan Moldea, a journalist who has written extensively about the Hoffa saga, said he was personally briefed by the FBI in a video conference call Thursday.
We will pursue any viable lead. We brief journalists on the case. Never fucking heard that once in the OCCK case.
I’m sure there is some explanation for why the FBI is the lead agency in the Hoffa case. Organized crime involvement, political-type figure, who knows. I am more interested in how L. Brooks Patterson, who was Oakland County prosecutor when Hoffa disappeared in 1975 and when four preteen kids went missing and were found dead in 1976 and 1977, managed to offload these massive and still unsolved cases on to the FBI (Hoffa) and the MSP (OCCK). I can picture him wiping his hands and breathing a sigh of relief. He could go back to welfare fraud cases, making trouble for his enemies, and getting press by making outrageous statements instead of reporting real prosecutorial success.
A reader commented today: “OCCK evidence has been actively suppressed, distorted and ignored by local, state and federal officials for more than four decades.” This reminded me that episodes of The Forever Children of Oakland County Podcast by Eddie White did a good job covering the evidence shell game played by the MSP in this case. The described current shell game goes back more than 12 years and was merely a continuation of the smoke screen the OCP and the MSP erected in this case in 1978. A smoke screen which was constructed with the authorities’ false narrative (fed to the media and community for 45 years) and the incomprehensible misfiling and slow-walking of evidence in this case–the most heinous serial murder in Michigan history.
If you haven’t listened to The Forever Children of Oakland County from the beginning, you should:
White did a good job. The podcast launched in the spring of last year. It feels like it was five years ago. As an initial refresher on the issue of DNA in this case, listen to Episodes 10, 11 and 12:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-10-the-ties-that-blind-us/id1562180734?i=1000521830447 (The Ties that Blind Us)
After you listen to these three episodes (seriously, listen to them first), start reading the installments I will be posting of the 238-pages of notes, dated 2010 through 2019, from Wayne County, documenting the exceptionally hard work of Det. Cory Williams. The information was provided to my dad in 2019 so he could understand what went into the investigation of his son’s murder, despite the fact that the MSP was still stonewalling anyone and everyone. Despite assurances in 2019 from the then-assigned detective from the MSP that he would contact my dad to bring him up-to-speed, he just waited for my dad to die. Cross that phone call off the list. The MSP has consistently continued the fuckery perpetrated by L. Brooks Patterson and Richard Thompson from the OCP, assisted with the help of the maladroit MSP employees Robert Robertson and Joe Krease. Keep everyone in the dark. It works better that way. The playbook has never changed.
That leaves us in the position of having to piece together some semblance of the truth in this case with whatever documents we could obtain. All documents were to be included in a document repository in this case, but for many reasons this has not happened yet. Once these 238 pages are posted here, you will be able to read every single LE document I have on this case. I withheld them from the blog because in January 2020 I forwarded this file, along with Marney Keenan’s book, The Snow Killings, and other written materials, in support of my letter begging newly elected Prosecutor Karen McDonald to take a fresh look at this cold case. She had promised to meet with us. But that was before she took office. My dad died soon after the November election. She never met with us. I sent the same information to Attorney General Dana Nessel. Her office also blew me and Marney Keenan off after spending over an hour on Zoom with one of Nessel’s attorneys and her assistants. We never heard from them again. Totally ghosted.
So guess what? I’m not holding these documents back any longer. I’m going to try to post them seriatim. I have to double-check the redactions, which is always tedious and fraught. I am behind on posting information readers have sent me this summer, but I will catch up after these document drops.
As you read these pages, be sure to check the dates. And then do the math–it’s now 2022. If you are actually a reader of more than tweets and short emails, congratulations. You will see the hard work done in this case was not done by Oakland County or the MSP. You will be enraged, but not surprised. Of course much of this information was covered in The Snow Killings, but I think it helps to see it “as it happened.” Obviously, we have the benefit of hindsight in reading the file. But I can guarantee you, nobody at the MSP or the OCP is ever going to read these pages, so you might as well. Any highlighting or notes were made by me and I did my best to refrain from annotating.
McCurley was living a quiet life in Fort Worth when DNA evidence linked him to the notorious crime. Police suspect it wasn’t his first murder—or his last.
— Read on www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/glen-mccurley-carla-walker-murder/
A more extensive article on the this case than previous links.
The Lancaster County, PA, district attorney announced an arrest in the county’s oldest cold case–the 1975 murder of 19-year-old Lindy Sue Biechler.
The county worked with third-party lab Parabon NanoLabs to identify the 68-year-old POS suspect. Said the DA: “Am I astounded by the DNA technology? Even though I’ve seen it before in previous cases, yes, it astounds me what CeCe Moore and her company can do,” Adams said.
Let’s assume the MSP capitulates and reruns the evidence in the biggest unsolved serial murder case in Michigan history. The vice is getting tighter because the agency itself has used a third-party lab in other cases.
Many, many other jurisdictions, including small agencies with small budgets, have used third-party labs and genetic genealogy to solve very cold cases. Many things concern me about the OCCK investigation, but two concerns present immediately on the subject of reevaluation of the evidence in this case. 1. If no additional DNA can be discovered using the most advanced techniques being used by third-party labs (and NOT state labs), why was it that the evidence was not stored or filed properly in the serial murder case with four young victims? 2. If some genetic genealogy leads are developed, can the MSP be trusted to expeditiously perform the actual detective work that will be required to act on them?
Suspect Arrested in 1997 Mackinac County Cold Case – 9 & 10 News
— Read on www.9and10news.com/2022/07/13/suspect-arrested-in-1997-mackinac-county-cold-case/
Solved through the use of forensic genetic genealogy. They did it in Mackinaw County. Do it in Oakland County.
The internet lets child sex predators not only operate far and wide but also share advice about how to avoid getting caught, a Michigan sheriff says.
— Read on www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2022/07/11/oakland-sheriffs-sting-nets-three-accused-child-predators/10033284002/
The underbelly of Oakland County. At least the sheriff is on it now. Thanks to a reader.
Another heartbreaking story about the murder of 5-year-old Anne Pham in Seaside, CA and the arrest of a suspect 40 years later.Posted: July 12, 2022
If you subscribe to the NYT or can get around the paywall, read the article “40 Years Later, Nevada Man is Charged With Murdering a 5-Year-Old Girl.” I posted about this case last week (on what would have been my brother Tim’s 56th birthday). https://catherinebroad.blog/2022/07/09/more-evidence-that-it-can-be-done-and-its-never-too-late/. But this NYT article from yesterday contains many more important observations and facts about how the murder of this young girl was solved with a single strand of hair and how law enforcement agencies cared enough to find her killer. I am traveling, or I would have scanned this article to post.
The OCCK case is the “Mount Everest” of Michigan cold cases. But nobody currently in law enforcement (police agencies and prosecutors) cares enough to solve the case. Look away. Nothing to see here.
Thanks to a reader.
A nine-page memorandum lists complaints, findings and recommendations of a workplace investigation into Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido.
— Read on www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/macomb/2022/07/12/lucido-investigation-macomb/10033559002/
Quit electing freaks to public office. His predecessor recently reported to prison. What is up with Macomb prosecutors? Get a solo job in the private sector. No secretaries or paralegals for you.
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Serial Rapist Pleads Guilty to Four Counts of Rape in the First Degree and Assault Second Degree with Sexual Motivation – DailyflyPosted: July 9, 2022
Dan LeBeau, Chief Deputy Prosecutor with the Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office announced today that Kenneth Downing has pled guilty to four counts of rape first degree and one count of assault second degree with sexual motivation – in a 19-year old serial rape case from Pullman, Washington. The plea deal was offered with the support
— Read on dailyfly.com/serial-rapist-pleads-guilty-to-four-counts-of-rape-in-the-first-degree-and-assault-second-degree-with-sexual-motivation/