Tomorrow evening at 6 pm (EST) Bridgman Public Library is holding a virtual book discussion of Marney Keenan’s book, The Snow Killings: Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation, via Zoom. The Zoom link is provided on the announcement page and it does not appear that you have to sign up in advance.
Bridgman, Michigan is about 200 miles from Oakland County. The entire state was rocked by this unsolved case. No matter where you live, join the discussion if you can.
A reader from Michigan snapped this photo of message painted on the back of a car window on Friday. I have to admit, it kind of made my day.
Here’s a photo of “Ev” dated 1973, at his new gallery in Birmingham, Michigan (Interiors, Inc., 328 N. Woodward at the time). Ring a bell or a trigger warning for anyone?
From the assortment tips turned in to the OCCK task force on this man:
- Very violent
- Married a nurse
- “Looks like composite”
- Thought to be living on Franklin Road with a female impersonator
- “Believed to be homo”–married twice–odd acting, violent temper
- Interviewed on March 29, 1977, at the office of his attorney, Basil Briggs with attorney William M. Bolger present.
- Arrested 3-4 years prior in a town on the outskirts of Grand Rapids for “some type of homosexual charge,” later dismissed. Represented by attorney Nick Spicer from Grand Rapids.
- Institutionalized 1960-1964 at Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas
- Was alibied the evening of March 22 (when Tim’s body was dumped) by his girlfriend Bonnie Karrick and friend Dotty Weisman.
- “Doesn’t look like composite.”
- Case cleared
- “Very low priority. No reason to connect with any of these homicides. Cleared.”
- Through out: Subject is related to the GM/Fisher Body Fishers.
- Related to the late Senator Phillip Hart–his uncle. Attorney Briggs also related to Mrs. Hart.
From the MSP tip files on Fisher:
Years later, Michigan officials are going to be made to answer for the Flint water crisis, including ex-Governor Rick Snyder. You might call it a clean up of the people who refused to clean up the water in Flint, Michigan.
The Michigan Attorney General’s Office Thursday announced criminal charges for eight former state officials, including Snyder, along with one current official, for their alleged roles in the Flint water crisis. Together the group face 42 counts related to the drinking water catastrophe of roughly seven years ago. The crimes range from perjury to misconduct in office to involuntary manslaughter. https://www.npr.org/2021/01/14/956924155/ex-michigan-gov-rick-snyder-and-8-others-criminally-charged-in-flint-water-crisi. I don’t live in Michigan so I was not aware of and did not follow how Snyder was able to pull off what he did. I’m glad he is facing consequences. Jesus, dude.
This is what happens when someone in government decides he knows better than anyone else how to govern or how to make a problem (or a case) go away. The good news is that officials in Michigan are being held to account by an attorney general who is not afraid of the old guard.
If you have been listening to the phenomenal podcast, The Clown and the Candyman, the documentary airs in the U.S. starting today on Discovery-plus.
First, the podcast:
Two serial killers, Dean Corll and John Wayne Gacy, thousands of miles apart, brutally murdered over 60 teenage boys. The police said the murders were the work of these sole deranged killers, but for the first time we reveal that they were actually connected by a network of pedophiles which was partially financed by prominent members of American society. This is America’s sordid secret.https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/podcasts/the-clown-and-the-candyman
If you’ve listened, you know that two of the episodes deal with Michigan crimes–the OCCK case as well as the original Pedophile Island, N. Fox Island, owned by the late Frank Shelden.
“The Clown and the Candyman” documentary can be accessed on Discovery-Plus, a new streaming service which launched earlier this month. You have to subscribe to the service ($4.99 a month) to access the content, but there is a 7-day free trial. The series will air on Investigation Discovery some time after early March. Two more episodes remain in the podcast series.
Also, four more Zoom book discussions of Marney Keenan’s book, The Snow Killings, Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation (July 2020) are scheduled.
- Tuesday, January 19, 6 p.m. EST, Bridgman Public Library
- Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 p.m., Milford Public Library
- Wednesday, February 17, 7 p.m. EST, Huntington Woods Public Library, https://huntington-woods.libcal.com/calendar/events/?cid=5112&t=d&d=2021-02-17&cal=5112&inc=0
- Thursday, February 18, 7 p.m., Royal Oak Public Library
Mark your calendars and sign up for notices at Marney’s blog, https://www.thesnowkillings.com/.
The media and author Marney Keenan continue to try to bring attention to the OCCK crimes because the vacuum created by the Michigan State Police and Oakland County law enforcement has squelched inquiry and integrity. That’s what happens when government is not transparent.
So much has been written about this man, including on this blog. I am going to keep it simple and post the MSP supplemental report dated Friday, October 9, 2009 concerning the polygraph of John Hastings by the Georgia State Patrol Investigator Steve Duncan of the Polygraph Unit.
Case status: OPEN.
I could post another 50 pages from this portion of the FOIA response from the MSP about not only Hastings, but about Garry Gray’s attempts to get as much dirt as possible on “tipster” Helen Dagner. Gray says at multiple points he basically just wants to get Hastings’ DNA to shut Dagner up. But I have posted all the documents before. Nothing turns the dial in this goddamn case.
Law enforcement, for those of you who don’t like to read, all you have to do is read this one document. Get that DVD of this polygraph session from the MSP before they destroy it. Get the reports prepared by Georgia law enforcement. Find this guy and make him talk. He has four siblings and at least one is in Michigan. Stop protecting this monster.
He was a child hunter along with Busch, Greene and their lure Gunnels. He is still alive, although now he will claim mental illness and a heart condition. So what. That he was “investigated” numerous times along the way is irrelevant.
If you want an example of a cold case where investigators backed a compulsive liar into a corner and solved the 1975 abduction and murder of two young sisters in 2017, read The Last Stone, by Mark Bowden (2019). “The path to the truth, or as close as they were likely to get to it, was down a long trail of lies. It was the only way.”
Thanks to a reader for this information about tonight’s virtual book talk with Marney Keenan, author of The Snow Killings: Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation:
In case you were not aware, the Troy Public Library is having a program tonight (01/13/2021 @ 7PM). Here is the info:
The Snow Killings: Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation
Written by award-winning veteran Detroit News journalist Marney Rich Keenan, The Snow Killings takes readers inside one of the country’s oldest unsolved serial child murder cases, which terrorized southeast Michigan in the late 1970’s. Join her for a look at the case through the eyes of the lead detective on the case, and the family that cracked it open.
Looks like a large amount of patrons have signed up for this ZOOM event.
You do not understand what happened in this case if you have not read this book. Get in on the discussion so you can understand what happens in communities that ignore the most vulnerable and cater to the wealthy. And what happens when law enforcement agencies decide to “handle” things by acting unethically, immorally and illegally. And what happens when you don’t pay attention to who you vote for.
Marney Keenan’s blog about The Snow Killings can be found at https://www.marneyrichkeenan.com/.
A reminder that the FOIA documents my Dad paid $11,000-plus for are on my blog (posted starting in April 2019). You will have to wade through them, just like the rest of us. Some good samaritans are discussing a searchable database for this case. Someone has put an incredible amount of time into a timeline which will also be very helpful. A timeline the police should have put together back when they were allegedly “computerizing” this case.
This case isn’t going away. Read Marney Keenan’s book. People have come forward in the wake of her book and the documentary Children of the Snow. Speak up, for god’s sake.
Listen to Episode 6 of The Clown and the Candyman, about a 10-day surveillance police conducted on John Wayne Gacy, leading to his arrest in 1978. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-clown-and-the-candyman/id1540131474.
Of course the monster has a “heart attack” right after the arrest. Have you ever noticed so many monsters have “heart conditions”? Seems to come up in other settings, such as “I can’t take a polygraph, I have a heart condition.”
Gacy was convicted of sodomy of a teenage boy in Iowa in 1968. Sentenced to 10 years for this crime, he served only 18 months. No big deal, I guess. At least 30 of his 33 murders occurred after his divorce from his second wife in 1976. He had two children. So don’t ever use the “but he was married with kids” bullshit with me.
He died by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.
Take a look at what’s behind the creation of “The False Memory Syndrome.”
This couple compounded evil.
As discussed previously, this man, who had a number of tips called in on him to the OCCK task force when my brother was missing, was institutionalized as a young adult at the Menninger Psychiatric Clinic from 1960-1964. Doing the math, he wound up at this institution right about the time many young adults are headed to college.
This photo must have been taken soon before that stint.
Despite his “good family” (big money, connections with the Gods at GM), and his death in 1989 at age 47, this man’s possible connection to the OCCK crimes must be investigated fully. The MSP will never do it, so who will?