“I cannot believe how the adults handled it. Unimaginable. I still remember all of us trying to comfort one another. . . We were 11 and 12. Just unbelievable.”Posted: November 4, 2019
Check out this clipping from The Royal Oak Daily Tribune, dated Thursday, March 17, 1977, the day after my brother was abducted. This newspaper was so much better than the bigger Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. This paper always dug a little deeper and got a lot more important details and a bigger picture. Because it is a poor quality copy, I will quote from the article.
L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Prosecutor at the time, explains that the task force was already working on Tim’s case. Patterson is described as the “chief spokesman for the task force.” He sure didn’t have much to say in the press after Tim wound up dead.
The article describes why Tim’s prior behavior made him unlikely to have run away, and quotes the principal at Tim’s school:
Robert Jones, principal of Adams Elementary School, where Timothy, a sixth grader, described the boy as ‘a fine young fellow, not one we would expect to be truant. The boy is doing well in school and isn’t a loner or experiencing any problems,’ Jones said. ‘He had lots of friends, he was a popular little guy.’
One of Tim’s classmates commented a day ago about the wealth of evidence against Busch and Green. Everyone who views this case as just a fascinating “whodunit” needs to read these comments very carefully. THIS is what happens in the wake of such a horrendous crime. Readers and web sleuths pick the case apart and try to figure it out and people who were directly affected have to spend the rest of their lives picking up the pieces. Be mindful of that when you comment on my blog. You literally have no idea. None.
Wow…just mindblowing. So hard to keep drudging this up (Tim was a classmate of mine and the trauma never goes away), and yet this MUST come out! Sending you continued strength for the energy you put into this each and every day.
Thank you, Beth and I am so sorry. I remember my Mom asking how all Tim’s classmates were supposed to deal with his empty desk in that sixth grade room. And the Birmingham School District, in its wisdom, issued an edict to teachers and counselors (at least at the junior high and high school levels) that they were not supposed to talk about the case. My brothers and I watched as kids who had lost a parent were consoled by teachers and counselors and we were shunned. It was incredibly isolating, painful and confusing. I hope they did a better job at Adams Elementary.
I will say that I can never forget how horribly Adams School handled it. It was gut-wrenching for all of us in his 6th grade class to have that empty desk. To my best recollection, our teacher did not engage in any sort of conversation with us about it. All those days of not knowing, and then knowing and feeling so shocked and scared and heartbroken. I do remember that our art teacher, Mrs. Bell, did talk about it with us and allowed us to express our emotions and fear and confusion. She was the ONLY ONE. I am so sorry to know that you did not receive the support you so deserved.
I will never ever forget Tim and continue to be haunted by this heinous time in our lives and disgusted as I learn more and more as an adult the injustice around the investigation. I have been reading and following everything since the internet became accessible. It always opens the wounds, but I just always hope there will be answers and justice. And my heart goes out to you and your family every time I get your blog or read a book or listen to a podcast….
Blessings and peace to you,
Beth, your pain, agony and fear which I will bet has followed you through adulthood breaks my heart again. Our school system
failed us at every level but as direct classmates you deserved way more than a “Carry On” attitude. You were still children suddenly thrust into a real life horror story. Your class, of all children, deserved and required specific professional attention. You were victims, too.
I cannot believe the way the adults handled it. unimaginable. I still remember all of us trying to comfort one another… we were 11 and 12. Just unbelievable.
This is just utterly heartbreaking. The complete failure of this community to deal with these crimes and the aftermath is what allowed the MSP and Oakland County to fashion an easy way to “put it to bed” and to never deal with it again. And the disservice done to every young person growing up in Oakland County during that time cannot even be quantified. The failures were and continue to be so epic. Unimaginable. Unbelievable. Unforgivable.
Our friend (retired law enforcement) did a great job evaluating and summarizing the evidence in the FOIA documents against Busch and Green. He spent a lot of time and effort and even spoke with some of the investigators. He was not well-received, as I recall. What a surprise. Collaboration has never been evident in this case and ego is a funny thing.
Here are some questions he had after his review of the FOIA documents. How many were answered? We will never know.
A family friend read the documents provided by the Michigan State Police in response to my Dad’s FOIA request. He is retired from law enforcement. After reading the documents, he compiled this document in the format of a probable cause case against Busch, Green and Gunnels, in which he carefully outlined the evidence and cross-referenced it to the FOIA documents. We used it to compile questions for the task force. There is no date on the document–I could go back into my emails to figure it out, but it must have predated the magic Sloan vehicle hair-disinformation/reelection campaign press conference in 2012. After that, all bets were on someone affiliated with Sloan and his Bonneville. That is, until it comes time to admit they won’t do further DNA testing on the relevant hairs. But that bought them a few more years of spin.
The document does not evaluate, nor does it preclude, other scenarios such as a “group killing” (multiple pedophiles and child traffickers involved in each abduction/captivity/rape/murder), a cop being involved, a pornography ring. If you want to find a way to put all the players on the chessboard in addition to Busch, Green and Gunnels (Lamborgine, Sloan, John H., a cop, child pornographers and pedophiles as yet unnamed), it is easy enough to do. There just isn’t the kind of proof that is set forth here implicating Busch and Green in the FOIA documents. Remember that NONE of this was looked at back in the day. Green ratted out Busch for the murder of Mark Stebbins in January 1977. Both were polygraphed by Ralph Cabot at the MSP Post in Flint and CLEARED on the basis of the polygraph, one month before my brother was abducted and murdered. Done deal. All this shit came to light after November 2007.
I think you will find the document very illuminating. Maybe some of you, like the cops, think this is all a big coincidence. See what you think.
STATE OF MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENCE DIVISION LABORATORY REPORT, Dated July 11, 2010.Posted: October 31, 2019
Here is a heavily redacted lab report from the MSP dated July 11, 2010. It details evidence received by the state crime lab after the processing of the house at 3310 Morningview Terrace, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on October 29, 2008. This was the house previously owned by H. Lee and Elsie Busch, where Chris Busch lived off an on and where he was found shot to death in his bedroom there.
This report also lists case evidence brought to the lab by MSP Det./Sgt. Garry Gray on the dates February 3, 2009 and March 20, 2009. This lab report is dated July 11, 2010, 14 months after the last evidence was provided to the lab. I guess that’s what you get in a cold, cold case.
The “results” are interesting, including: No comparative analysis was performed on the hairs and fibers from Tim’s red hat “at this time.” “The items of Submission 36 were examined and inventories to identify their contents and to identify possible hairs and fibers for further analysis. Several of the items were turned over to the Biology Unit for further examination and have been the subject of a separate report(s).” “The fibers of item #8G-6J-6 through Item #8G-6J-6 were found to be yellowish fibers reportedly found on victims Timothy King and Jill Robinson.”
Most notably: “NO FURTHER ANALYSIS WAS PERFORMED ON THE REMAINING ITEMS AT THIS TIME. . . . THE EVIDENCE WAS PLACED IN STORAGE AND IS AVAILABLE FOR THE AGENCY TO RETRIEVE.”
Still waiting, Cheryl.
Some of you may recognize what I have written in the attached notes. I believe I posted this on Helen Dagner’s website. These are the notes I used to draft the post. Sorry, the links won’t work, but you’ll get the point of it all.
Here is an interesting email exchange from July 27, 2009. I had to cut and paste it so you didn’t have to start at the bottom and read up. As many of you will recall, during that time Helen Dagner had a website devoted to the OCCK crimes. The case was also “discussed” on Topix back when that forum allowed this type of “discussion,” and I will also be posting some pages from that website. As I said, I copied off thousands of pages of material when I knew my computer was being hacked. I am also a big fan of screen shots to document some of the stuff I have received. Not everyone who comments or contacts me is on the up and up. No surprise there.
This email exchange is some three years into having some sense of the gaslighting process being used by law enforcement here, and a year-plus since we learned the name of Christopher Busch. As you will read, I was immensely frustrated by this point. The print is small, but I hope you can read it. The quotes from law enforcement from back in the day are illuminating. I don’t think it’s just a few of us who see this stuff and ask questions. But, back then nobody asked any questions. Law enforcement had complete control of the narrative. Turns out they are not good narrators.
This question is really not rhetorical, and comes from the end of an email I received over six years ago. I am showing it to you because I think the author of the email makes some important points. It highlights the lying that has gone on at every possible turn in this case. It is the writer’s opinion, but it is not at all outside the realm of possibility. Not at all. And, no, I won’t say who the author is. Sorry. Like I said, it’s an OPINION. But stranger shit has happened, don’t you agree?
A little background on the content of the email. Jane Burgess was the attorney who represented admitted pedophile Chris Busch on numerous Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor cases around the State of Michigan in the months leading up to his “suicide.” A suicide that, you will recall, involved a shot between the eyes while Busch was in bed with his arms under the covers. Not kidding. Pretty talented guy.
Jane Burgess died in the 1990’s. She practiced law with her husband, Larry Burgess. Larry Burgess was interviewed by Det. Cory Williams after the Busch information came to light. A copy of the transcript of that interview was provided in the FOIA documents my Dad received. Larry Burgess now practices law with his son, David. Last I checked, they shared office space with James Feinberg, who represented Larry Wasser, a polygrapher, in his efforts to keep law enforcement in the dark about what he told Patrick Coffey, another polygrapher, about this case in 2006. For a refresher on how we got here, see:
and a link to a letter I wrote to Monthly Detroit after they ran an article about this mess, and Wasser’s attorney responded with a bunch of lies:
Here is the email–
Ask yourself if you saw this shit happening in real time, how easy it would be to give up hope of any decency, let alone answers, in this case.
Here is another helpful overview of how we learned of Larry Wasser and Chris Busch:
Rather than end this post with the question of whether everyone in the criminal justice system is a piece of shit, I took heart in the words at the end of his Part Three:
The identity of the Oakland County Child killer remains a mystery that may never be solved. However, his killing spree will never be forgotten. In a world filled with malevolence, the only true way to destroy evil is to stick together and not lose hope. If this can be achieved, maybe atrocities like the Oakland County murders can be prevented.