Today victims of Larry Nassar again had to again speak about their abuse at the hands of this former USA Gymnastics and MSU “Dr.” Larry Nassar, this time in front of the U.S. Senate. The testimony was heartbreaking and gut-wrenching and addressed the very real, coast-to-coast, systemic failures of the FBI in this case. These agents should be trained to listen to victims the first time and to do their goddamn jobs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdPa8gRvA0o.
“It should not be a survivor’s burden to continually seek justice and demand an end to their nightmares; that’s the job of our law enforcement agencies,” said Senator Diane Feinstein, D-Cal. You could have fooled me. As another senator noted, the failures of the FBI in this case–ignoring victims’ reports for some 18 months, resulting in continued assaults by Nassar–had real, human consequences, as did the subsequent cover ups and lies by the FBI about what survivors told them. By the Federal. Bureau. Of. Investigation.
The Department of Justice declined to appear to explain why none of the agents involved are facing criminal charges. These agencies not only fail to charge, but let their POS employees resign or retire with benefits instead of being terminated. Just like pigs from USA Gymnastics and MSU President (“I can’t make this about me/but I certainly will”) Lou Anna K. Simon. https://www.sbnation.com/2018/1/19/16900674/larry-nassar-abuse-timeline-usa-gymnastics-michigan-state. (In fact, for an insightful timeline/overview of people associated with MSU who should be ashamed of their handling of the Nassar allegations, see this link. Appalling.)
“On no planet is what happened in this case acceptable,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/gymnasts-nassar-fbi-investigation-hearing/2021/09/14/de4832cc-159f-11ec-9589-31ac3173c2e5_story.html?utm_campaign=ext_rweb&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=extension. Imagine the planet everyone was on when the FBI was getting information about Frank Shelden and the OCCK crimes back in the 1970s, and taking orders from a local hack like L. Brooks Patterson.
Here’s the good news. These brave women have continued to tell this story and seem capable of doing so until such time that the FBI gets it shit together and starts investigating sex crimes like professionals. It could be a while, but it looks like they are up to the task. Much more so than the agents who touched the Nassar case, that’s for damn sure.
In other news, former Speaker of the House and pedophile (you really can never use the word “former” there) Dennis Hastert has reached a tentative settlement with his accuser in the hush money payment case. https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2021/9/15/22676351/dennis-hastert-settles-accuser-lawsuit-over-hush-money-payments. Imagine what a slow news day it could have been if men would stop sexually abusing and raping minors.
This USA Today article asks if anything has changed to make children safer at athletic organizations around the country:
The article lists five important questions suggested by CHILD USA every parent should ask the schools, sports teams and other organizations they entrust with the care and oversight of their children.
As readers of this blog know, these problems didn’t start a decade ago with the revelations about Penn State’s defensive coordinator and prolific pedophile, Jerry Sandusky. Greg Greene–baseball coach. Chris Busch–Big Brothers organization. Gerald Richards–gym teacher at a Catholic school and “magician.” Josiah Tazelaar–school teacher. Frank Shelden–owner of boys’ “nature camp” and on the board of various “impressive” institutions that would give him access to young victims.
If you have read the FOIA documents in this case, you know that Chris Busch TOLD POLICE IN JANUARY 1977 that he accessed some of his victims through the Big Brother organization. NO ONE investigated this angle. Ever. Imagine if police in Southeastern Michigan had followed up on this silver-plattered piece of info dropped by Busch as he was spilling his guts at the Flint PD. Imagine if police had informed the BB organization they had a big (fat, rich boy) problem.
Imagine a world where L. Brooks Patterson and his bag man, Richard Thompson, addressed the victimization of children in Oakland County in 1977 when they knew or should have known their county was infected with freaks, instead of sweeping it under the expensive Oakland County rug and giving wealthy constituents a pass. Imagine the hundreds of young lives that would have been spared had these cowards done something real while in office. Too busy addressing welfare reform, keeping their organized crime buddies happy and making sure people with some dough (and the desire for more) moved to OC. Tell me one very concrete thing these men did to better society, not just advance their careers at the expense of others and line the pockets of the wealthy in that county. Specifics. Go ahead, I’m listening.
In case you have convinced yourself that a state senator would never be a pedophile, there is a reminder today that former Speaker of the U.S. House, Dennis Hastert was sentenced to prison in 2016 for illegal money transfers designed to hide hush money payments to one of Hastert’s sex abuse victims. The disgraced “power broker” was not charged with any sex crimes because the statute of limitations had passed, but the judge in the case branded him a “serial child molester” and ordered him to enroll in a sex-offender treatment program during sentencing.
These illegally structured bank withdrawals were for $1.7 million of a verbally promised $3.5 million to be paid to a man who was sexually assaulted by Hastert when the boy was 14. Hastert, a high school teacher–and of course, wrestling coach, testified in a deposition that the incident merely involved him helping the boy with a groin injury. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-dennis-hastert-lawsuit-trial-ruling-met-20210910-bztmwluscjdp7ccrtmbib7imdu-story.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Breaking News&utm_content=861631293765#nws=true.
Hastert stopped making the promised payments after he got busted for the banking crimes and was sentenced to 15 months. An Illinois judge ruled today that the man who sued Hastert in for the balance of the $3.5 million would be named at trial instead of referred to as “James Doe.” Id. Hastert’s attorney argued that because this case is a breach of contract case, it would be “unfair” not to name the plaintiff by his real name. Pretty bogus argument, but whatever. I think the jury will end up understanding exactly what went on here.
This POS argued in 2017 that his victim should have to return the $1.7 million because he violated their little secrecy agreement. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dennis-hastert-wants-sex-abuse-accuser-return-hush-money-n709116. Hey, Dennis, the feds came knocking because of your fucked up banking methods, which you thought you could get away with because you were a legislator. Your victim didn’t exactly have the option of not speaking with them. This man spoke to FBI agents about the arrangement but did not speak publicly about the allegations of abuse. I hope Hastert loses this breach of contract case and has to pay the remaining sum, with interest. Put that federal pension to good use.
Check out this article from the Naperville Sun, where residents of Will County were outraged over “Hassert Boulevard” and demanded the street be renamed rather than honor a pedophile. https://digitaledition.chicagotribune.com/tribune/article_popover.aspx?guid=fe30c15e-6901-4b52-b863-8a746e7b96e4. The problem was, it was not named after Dennis Hastert, but after the Hassert family, who had lived in Will County since 1866. A Hassert descendent handled it very well: “‘My little issue (with name confusion) is nothing compared to being a victim of what happened,’ Hassert said. ‘It’s horrifying.’”
And hey, some places in the Midwest have been known to actually name buildings after pedophile-enablers and nobody raises any stink. As was said before, the majority of the majority knows who Dennis Hastert really is and let’s hope the jury in the breach of contract case figures it out on Day 1 of this trial. https://catherinebroad.blog/2016/04/
Speaker of the [Big] House, set to try to convince the jury he’s still a power broker.
Check out the very hard work and comprehensive, coherent presentation of the disgusting history of Francis (Frank) Duffield Shelden and men like him (so many men like him, WTF?!) by “Sad But True” at this YouTube channel:
The channel is not monetized, Sad just wants to get the story out so that new information may come to light.
If we don’t talk about these things, they keep happening. It is a sad and as simple as that.
Sad, if someone manages to get your YouTube channel taken down I hope you will consider posting on the repository that is in the works for this case. The story is too important to let men of power and wealth and their relatives and coconspirators have one more minute of controlling the narrative here.
EXCELLENT WORK. Thank you for the time and effort.
Did this man live on your street in Birmingham, Michigan in the 1970s? Do you remember the street name and/or address? The years?
Do you recognize this Birmingham house? It had a sculpture garden in the backyard. Photo is dated 1979.
Was this man your neighbor in Birmingham in the 1970s? Ask old B’ham friends if they remember this guy living in their neighborhood. A street, an address, a time period and any other information is greatly appreciated.
Respond here in a comment or to OCCKtruth@protonmail.com.
Born in 1934, here is a 1958 photo of Josiah Tazelaar. Of course he is with a bunch of 10-year-old boys.
Thank you to a reader for providing the link.
Read about the notorious STRESS (“Stop the robberies enjoy safe streets”) unit of the Detroit Police Department, circa 1971) in todays Detroit Free Press. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2021/09/05/detroit-police-stress-unit-ricardo-buck-craig-mitchell/5656626001/. The unit of the then white-controlled DPD came under fire in the days before cell phone and body cameras after two black teens were shot in the back by a white officer who claimed they attacked him. Forensic evidence showed the killings could not have happened as police described. The tragic murder of these two teens marked the beginning of the end of the STRESS unit, which upon examination looked more like a murder squad that was being assisted with cursory and conclusory investigations, planting of evidence and failure to prosecute.
This is the 50th anniversary of the teens’ murders. The DPD discredited and intimidated witnesses to these 1971 murders, making them afraid to come forward publicly but their statements were found in the Homicide Bureau’s investigative file, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Detroit Under Fire website. https://policing.umhistorylabs.lsa.umich.edu/s/detroitunderfire/page/home.
DPD can find a fifty year old file when Detroit Under Fire comes knocking, but they can’t find any files whatsoever concerning a joint investigation conducted by DPD, the FBI, and other federal agencies into three to five child pornography rings operating in the Detroit area and involving “at least 100 youngsters.” The investigation spanned over several months beginning in November 1984 and focused both on adults who were filming kids engaged in sexual activities as well as adults responsible for importing “kiddie porn” into Michigan. The investigation uncovered an estimated 20 adults who participated and/or facilitated the production of these films using children ranging in age from four years old to early teens. Why? Undigitized files, no man power to sort through their shitty warehouse filing “system,” basically–too hard to even attempt to locate.
Child porn? Child sex ring? Joint investigation with the FBI? Can’t find it. Shameful STRESS unit murder case file from 1971–oh yeah, we got it.
930 Knox Street, Birmingham, Michigan, was built and sold in 1996 to the late Senator Jack Faxon. I can’t remember if that was an empty lot back in 1977 or if perhaps there was a home there that was torn down for this build. I do remember Knox Street very well. It would have been the last street my brother Tim walked on before he was abducted. It was a short, quiet, dark street.
We’ve discussed Jack Faxon, whose name appears in investigative notes concerning the investigation into pedophiles Ted Lamborgine and Richard Lawson. https://catherinebroad.blog/2020/08/24/ex-michigan-senator-jack-faxon/. An April 11, 1979 article in The Decatur Herald (Decatur, IL) opens with “”Somehow, when you’re talking to Jack Faxon, you can never be quite sure which Jack Faxon will answer.” The reporter was referring to Faxon as state senator, school headmaster, or artist-performer. We wouldn’t know for decades after that there was yet another side. Faxon’s side where he was friends with convicted pedophiles Kent Shultz (“best friends” according to Shultz, see https://www.hebrewmemorial.org/obituaries/Jack-Faxon/#!/TributeWall) and Josiah Tazelaar (https://catherinebroad.blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ex-michigan-senator-jack-faxon.pdf).
While it is unclear whether the late Faxon ever lived on Knox before 1996, it appears he did have a home in Birmingham while he was still in the Michigan senate. Faxon retired from the senate in 1994, two years before this home was built. See memory posted on obituary page from a man who was caretaker at Faxon’s home in Birmingham while Faxon went back and forth to serve in Lansing. https://www.hebrewmemorial.org/obituaries/Jack-Faxon/#!/TributeWall.
Faxon, “something of an arts doyen” (see Hugh McDiarmid’s column in The Detroit Free Press, April 6, 1996, p. 3A, discussing a lawsuit filed by a dentist who purchased art from Faxon and later claimed he had been duped and the subsequent defamation action Faxon filed against the GOP for mentioning this lawsuit in campaign materials), managed to amass quite the art collection. As a reader pointed out, it is curious how Faxon began collecting art in his 30s while a school teacher.
DuMouchelles and Sotheby’s have already been through Faxon’s home. An estate sale is in progress.
I thought you might like to see some of the art that is left for sale:
And this classic book:
Dr. Richard Golden, the Southfield dentist who sued Faxon over the 1981 art sale, told McDiarmid in 1996 that the lawsuit was settled when Faxon bought back all but two of the items–two paintings by Faxon himself. Dr. Golden said Faxon did not want them back and that Golden “still [had] ’em. I think they are in a closet.”
Feels like there is a lot in the closet here.
On Thursday a grand jury indicted a former Georgia prosecutor for her handling of the homicide of Ahamaud Arbery on February 23, 2020. District Attorney Jackie Johnson is accused of violating her oath of office and obstructing police by helping shield men now charged with murder that went months without any arrests. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/09/02/jackie-johnson-arbery-da-indictment/?utm_campaign=ext_rweb&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=extension&commentID=9d4c0d37-e729-48bd-9d2c-7e282896391e.
In case you forget which unarmed black man was shot in this particular case, 25-year-old Arbery was out jogging when he was shot by white vigilante father-and-son team Gregory and Travis McMichael, who apparently thought any young black man running near a construction site in their neighborhood must be up to no good. https://www.nytimes.com/article/ahmaud-arbery-timeline.html. A man filmed the fatal confrontation on his cell phone. Some two months later, after Arbery’s family had been told Ahamaud had been killed during a possible burglary, the videotape was leaked and Travis McMichael (34) and his father Gregory (64) were arrested. Gregory McMichael was a retired investigator at the local district attorney’s office. The “videographer” has also been charged in the case.
This is outrageous:
Even more unbelievable, is that accountability for a prosecutor who interferes in an investigation is “historic” because it is so rare. Read the entire Washington Post article to get a feel for how the Brunswick, GA, DA’s office does business. No one would have ever been the wiser unless that videotape surfaced. Taking care of their own.
Arbery’s mother correctly observed that this tragedy, once it was in the hands of unethical prosecutors, could have “easily been buried.” “‘If the family had not pushed it,’ she said, ‘it would be business as usual.”
Business as usual. What you don’t know won’t hurt you, right?