All of the chapters of Decades of Deceit, A True Story of the King Family Search for the Oakland County Child Killer (2013) are up on a YouTube channel. Even though this was filmed almost seven years ago, nothing has changed. There are no answers. It is as relevant now as it was then.
It describes how the Michigan State Police and Oakland County do business. Imagine being on the receiving end of this shit after losing a child/brother to serial killers/pedophiles who operated with impunity in Michigan. And no, the Grievance Committee of the Michigan State Bar did not touch this. And the Michigan appellate courts backed their ex-colleague.
The Oakland County playbook is much like trump’s. Lie and keep repeating the lies. Eventually people who don’t think hard, who don’t pay attention, who by the grace of God have not had to cross paths with the dark side of law enforcement or government, eventually construe the lies as facts. Blue Gremlin. Busch, Greene and Hastings passed polygraphs. Wasser doesn’t keep records and remembers everything about the circumstances surrounding Busch’s private polygraph except his name. We just don’t have any evidence. Oh wait–we do, but we can’t test it using the most up-to-date methods because [fill in the blank–money, third-party testing can’t be used even though other states have done so, we didn’t store it properly and it is useless. . . ].
As a reader pointed out, here is another big way the MSP lost control of the narrative in this case, as discussed in Decades of Deceit. Frustrated with getting stonewalled, my Dad called an old friend who was an editor at The Detroit News, Judy Diebolt, in October 2009 to ask how he could go public with this outrageous story. Diebolt brought reporter Marney Keenan with her to meet with my Dad. Keenan ran with the story. Both women were interviewed for the documentary Children of the Snow. Had my Dad just called the News and spoken with their police beat reporter, this story would have gone nowhere. In fact, right after Marney Keenan’s article appeared in the News, we got word that someone from the state police called the paper to ask why their boy wasn’t on the story. Why indeed. Guess you couldn’t take Judy and Marney out to the bar and cajole them into dropping that story or trying to convince them we were full of shit.
FOIA Documents from Volume 3, continued, 3-5 through 3-10. There’s a lot here:
So up to this point, you’ve witnessed the redactions, the gaps, the somewhat arbitrary nature of the FOIA response. And we are just at the beginning. That was a lot of documents about Mr. Hastings, whose name is not Christopher Busch or Greg Greene, wasn’t it?!
Up to this point, we have three issues/situations where the MSP loses control of the narrative.
1. First, the focus on the blue Gremlin to the exclusion of other cars at a time when it would have made a difference. After managing to squelch the info about a LeMans at the body drop of Jill Robinson, the bumper imprints of a LeMans with a trailer hitch in a snowbank where a car turned around after dumping Kristine’s body, and the sighting of a 1973 LeMans, 2-door coupe with a partial plate number of “222” near Tim’s abduction, as reported by Doug Wilson, retired detective Jack Kalbfleisch asks the 2005 task force why not ask the public about it now??? Response: sputter, sputter, sputter.
2. Both Hastings and the MSP lose control of the “Helen is crazy” narrative when a reliable, unbiased witness overhears a conversation between Helen and Hastings and reports this to police.
3. They all lose control of the “Chris Busch is not involved and who cares, he’s dead,” narrative when Larry Wasser slips in front of Patrick Coffey. They really lose control when the information goes to Det. Cory Williams at Livonia PD before it goes to the MSP. For a refresher on how all that went down, watch this video from 2013 about what took place in 2006 and 2007 from my vantage point–
An article is written by Lisa Brody in Downtown Publications:
A defamation lawsuit ensues.
There’s the background for what you are about to read from the FOIA documents.
What’s up next: “Larry Wasser, Inv. Subpoena, 8-16-07 and “Tab #3, November 30, 2007, Interview with Larry Wasser.” This first part is a separate scan because the documents appear upside down in the file I have. There is an interesting gap for part of the document. That’s how it showed up from the file.
Of course those that want the lid kept on this case regain control by just waiting it out. Bad press? It will blow over. Larry Wasser and Chris Busch?
Well, we have a hair from Arch Sloan’s car that doesn’t match any of our suspects, take that! It took 35 years to test that thing, but who’s counting?? You go to an outside agency or the press? You are going to get punished whenever and however we can manage it.
They have won most of the battles but I believe they will ultimately lose the war. That lid is going to get pried off. Those four little kids will win the war. They have all the time in the world. The Universe wants this shit resolved.
Notebook 3 to be continued . . .
This is the end of Volume 2.
In going through all of the files and the Decades of Deceit DVD, I had forgotten how convoluted the path was to get the documents we did under the Freedom of Information Act. This clip describes the tortuous (and expensive) path to the documents that were provided.
Continuing with Volume 2 of the FOIA documents provided by the MSP:
Continuing with Volume 2 (of 6) of the FOIA response from the MSP. Here are two comments I have received from readers regarding the documents thus far:
1. Maybe a constructive trend can start where people can start pointing out things they see in these pages/notes.
2. “Reading the documents now, with knowledge gained over the last 10 years has made them very relevant. And all I can say is Those Fuckers.”
Decades of Deceit, A True Story of the King Family Search for the Oakland County Child Killer, Unedited Comments, was filmed in April, May and July 2013. My Dad did his best to mail copies of the DVD to interested parties who donated $15 to the Tim King Fund, but we never got the audience needed to hear our story. To reach a larger audience we finally started putting it up on YouTube tonight. This could not have been done without the help of a person who has helped me greatly along the way after our paths crossed in this most horrible case. Thank you, A.
This DVD is seven years old and while dated, the background is still relevant. My deepest gratitude to attorney Lisa Milton, retired FBI agent William Beachum and attorney David Binkley for participating. No one who touches this case in any way is the same afterward. Thank you for your courage. It sucked to participate, I know that first hand.
You can view Children of the Snow on Hulu (2019) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYlf0ohyfGncGVSxDxTed2g/featured?view_as=subscriber for a much more current and made for a t.v. audience expose on the case. This DVD was just my Dad’s attempt to get this all on the record before it was too late. We foolishly believed that the case would get some traction at that point. How’s that for an April Fools’ joke? Just last night he returned from the hospital where he had emergency surgery in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. He turned 89 in March. I often feel like law enforcement is waiting him–and all of us–out. The story still stands whether we are here to repeat it or not.
Chapter 1 of 31 now online. Stay tuned.
More from the MSP FOIA response.
Volume 2:1–Gregory Woodward Greene records. “Just recently he stated he has accepted Christ and has cleansed his mind, and soul and inner-being.” Take a look at these horrifying records of a prolific and violent pedophile. Manipulative piece of shit.
2:2–Greene then on to Vince Gunnels
2:3–Phone call transcript with sister, continued. “There’s something good coming out of this, you hear me?”
That’s the first 5 of 26 files in Volume 2. Next up is a file that finishes up with Gunnels and moves on to the “Helen Dagner/John Hastings” information (some of it previously posted here).