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?
Read these articles about the expiration 9 days ago of Arizona’s extension of the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases. https://www.azfamily.com/news/original_reporting/child-sex-abuse-survivors-have-until-dec-30-to-file-claim-in-arizona/article_47ca37da-417b-11eb-9e26-cf3fdff7c7a8.html; https://kvoa.com/news/2020/12/29/deadline-looms-to-file-lawsuit-for-sex-abuse-victims-30-years-and-older/ In 2019, the governor of Arizona extended the statute of limitations, allowing victims to file a claim until their 30th birthday. The revision also allowed anyone older than 30 years old a full year to file a civil claim by Dec. 31, 2020.
New York extended the statute of limitations in 2019, with a one-year window for victims to file otherwise time-barred lawsuits. https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2020/04/14/the-new-york-child-victims-act-and-the-effect-of-covid-19/?slreturn=20210008225225#:~:text=The New York Child Victims,victims are 55 years old. The New York law permits civil suits to be filed against abusers and institutions until victims are 55 years old.
I am one of those people who thinks there should be no statute of limitations in any sexual assault case. At a minimum a very expanded statute of limitations should apply in all states in all child sex abuse cases. As noted, national studies show the average age for victims to disclose child sex abuse is 52 years old.
Then when you factor in that organizations that totally lie and obstruct AND have ready access to children, like Boy Scouts of America and The Catholic Church, all bets are off. There absolutely should be no statute of limitations. And the bankruptcy laws should be modified to deal with these dirty organizations so they can’t drain the coffers to avoid paying victims. Sounds like the old Boy Scouts are engaging in a fraud on the bankruptcy court. I guess they are always prepared–to protect pedophiles and their wallets.
The past few weeks I have gone through hundreds of emails and other information sent to me by readers. I printed off many of them as a habit I acquired years ago when I was having “trouble” with my computer and cell phone after I ended up on the other side of the table from the MSP in 2007.
This is a visual reflection of these communications from the past few years. The visual big picture helped me both absorb and acknowledge what people have shared with me.
I started in the center with the word TRANSPARENCY. Then I let the documents I had to file or toss tell the story. Uh-oh, look where it got big: the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, local PDs and the child porn and sex rings related to white collar GM workers.
What you can’t see on the left side is a list of 17 suspect names people have given me over the years. Most of these names I had never heard before. Some had been “cleared.”
In fairness, the MSP section isn’t as big because I already knew how much they sucked and continue to do so.
I can’t respond to every email, but I read them all and they have helped me gain a bigger picture. The emails that break my heart are the ones from people who were sexually assaulted as children, who told no one or were not believed. There have been many from people who, as a kid in Oakland County, had a near miss. The terror is conveyed in the telling of these nightmare stories. It is still fresh after over 40 years.
January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The United Nations defines human trafficking as “[t]he recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons for the purpose of exploitation.”
If a child is abducted and “shared” with another sick adult, that is trafficking. If a twisted parent allows other sick adults to abuse or film his child, that is trafficking. We called it “kidnapping” or “child abuse.” Just like we called child rape “molestation.” A child molester is a rapist.
I don’t even have N. Fox Island or one of the biggest child traffickers in Michigan history, Frank Shelden, on that page. But here is what one email about this monster said: Shelden and Richards on occasion “disposed” of some of their victims by pushing them out of Shelden’s plane as they flew over Lake Michigan to and from Shelden’s pedophile island.
At least three different people concluded their stories from the 1970s with some version of these words: NO ONE was looking out for kids in Michigan.
This visual is not entirely in the photo frame and is not a comprehensive detailing of facts. It is just a sad, disturbing documenting of some of the ripples in the OCCK case.
If you want to get me information but not have it appear on the site, you need to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Years ago, when I first starting blogging on this case I did not allow comments. I witnessed what took place on Topix when there was a thread about the OCCK case and I wanted no part of that. I then allowed comments, but I had to approve them. I told readers to state at the beginning DO NOT POST if the comment was not meant for the public. But eventually that got too cumbersome and for quite some time anything you put in a comment goes up right away. If I catch your post quickly, I can take it down but if I’m out running, that thing could sit there for a while.
I get approximately 200 spam posts a day. I bulk edit because of that. If you are having trouble posting, email me and I will figure it out. If you are one of the very few people I have blocked because I view your comments as a personal threat, well you can’t post. Ever. But those few know who they are. Again, if you are having issues, email me. Some phrases do not get through the filters and I will know immediately if that is what is going on.