Today the director of the Media Lab at M.I.T., Joichi Ito, resigned after disclosure of his efforts to conceal his financial connections to Jeffrey Epstein, “the disgraced financier” and convicted sex offender who wound up dead in a Manhattan jail cell last month while facing federal sex trafficking charges. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/07/business/mit-media-lab-jeffrey-epstein-joichi-ito.html. The media lab at the University accepted financial gift from Epstein some six years after he pleaded guilty to a sex charge involving a minor and took steps to hide the source of the gift.
“”After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks, I think that it is best that I resign as director of the media lab and as a professor and employee of the Institute, effective immediately,’ Mr. Ito wrote in an email on Saturday to M.I.T.’s provost, Martin A. Schmidt.” Yeah, that great deal of thought and an article in The New Yorker, describing measures he and other M.I.T. media lab officials took to conceal its relationship with Epstein. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-an-elite-university-research-center-concealed-its-relationship-with-jeffrey-epstein.
Ito also resigned from a variety of boards of directors, including a directorship with The New York Times. The Times article is a much more subdued version of the New Yorker article. According to the New Yorker, “[t]he effort to conceal the lab’s contact with Epstein was so widely known that some staff in the office of the lab’s director, Joi Ito, referred to Epstein as Voldemort or ‘he who must not be named.'” Catch this:
The financial entanglement revealed in the documents goes well beyond what has been described in public statements by M.I.T. and by Ito. The University has said that it received eight hundred thousand dollars from Epstein’s foundations, in the course of twenty years, and has apologized for accepting that amount. In a statement last month, M.I.T.’s president, L. Rafael Reif, wrote, “with hindsight, we recognize with shame and distress that we allowed MIT to contribute to the elevation of his reputation, which in turn served to distract from his horrifying acts. No apology can undo that.” Reif pledged to donate the funds to a charity to help victims of sexual abuse. On Wednesday, Ito disclosed that he had separately received $1.2 million from Epstein for investment funds under his control, in addition to five hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars that he acknowledged Epstein had donated to the lab. A spokesperson for M.I.T. said that the university “is looking at the facts surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s gifts to the institute.”
That is how it works. These pieces of shit give money and sit on boards and the institutions involved contribute to the elevation of their reputations, which then distracts from their horrifying acts. Apparently a few other big universities had “already spent” the money donated by or through Epstein and are kind of over it.
These institutions also need to donate to a charity helping victims of sexual abuse. And I can think of a few relatives/beneficiaries of Michiganders who should quietly do the same thing, and should have decades ago. Or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is another option.
A reader pointed out to me the importance of the terms “human trafficking” and “sex trafficking.” The men in the Detroit area and Oakland County who were abducting/tricking minors to confine them and then sexually assault and rape and or film back in the day were human traffickers, not “child molesters.” Child “molestation”; give me a break. It’s sexual assault and/or rape. Even the term “CSC (criminal sexual conduct) with a minor” is bullshit. Any sexual contact with a minor is criminal. They cannot give consent. This isn’t some tame little deviation from societal norms.
Don’t worry, Joichi. I’m sure after the heat dies down you can find another corporate or university board who will take you in, since you are so great at thinking outside the box. As for taking all this time to come clean, and right on the heels of The New Yorker article, instead of when your convicted sex offender benefactor was arrested for sex trafficking back in July, you might want to lay low for a while.
Here is an email I received today, September 5, 2019, from a woman who called the Michigan State Police tip line and has yet to receive a call back. I have edited it to omit last names and addresses for publication here. I got her permission to post it, with the edits. It is one of quite a few I have received over the past few months from people who have been blown off after calling the tip line. Emails quite similar to this one.
Hi Mr. King & Cathy,
I still haven’t heard back from MSP. I left a message on the tip line, 833-784-9425 on 8/18/19. I will call again.
Maybe my story is nothing, but maybe it’s something that can lead to a resolution. I’ve always felt the man was the OCCK so who knows. I’ll tell you what I remember, and if you have questions, please do ask. Being it was so long ago, my memory is faded, but the little I’m sharing is forever etched in my brain, clear as day.
Our experience happened in the winter of 1977-78 in Troy, several months after Timmy’s murder. Near Long Lake & John R Rds. We were 7/8 years old respectively at the time. Unfortunately I don’t recall the exact month; I do know it was the first winter after we moved to Troy (from Royal Oak in March 1977) because we had lots of snow, so it would’ve been somewhere between November 1977 – March 1978.
My friend Eddie & I were playing on the big wooded hills around a frozen pond in a huge field/woods at the end of Tucker Rd, which at the time was a dead-end gravel road. It was near where Wass Elementary was built later in 1978. (See attached map) This field, woods, hills & pond are now all long gone and since have been replaced with subdivision homes.
We were dressed in winter gear, snow pants, etc. and sliding down the hills onto the frozen pond. We’d climb back up the hills, and slide back down. We did this for hours. At one point, I had slid down and Eddie was still at the top of the hill. He said to me, “San, San!” and was pointing towards the other side of the pond from where we entered. I thought he meant he was going to go over that way, so I told him to wait for me. More panicked and still pointing, he said, “San, no, there’s a guy over there!”
I looked and there was a man standing at the edge of the pond, just standing there staring at us. He was wearing a dark army green winter coat with an attached hood that came out all around the face with fur around the edge. I couldn’t see his face but distinctly remember his very dark brown, almost black bushy beard that stuck out. He had his hands in his coat pockets and just stood there staring at us. It was very creepy.
I don’t remember, but I’m pretty certain he never came towards us or even moved.
Eddie slid down the hill to me and we hightailed it back to my mom’s house. We were really upset and freaked out; we really believed we almost got kidnapped. I was sick to my stomach over it, and shook up for days. Why didn’t my mom call the police? I don’t know. Maybe because he didn’t actually say anything or approach us, or maybe she thought we were being overdramatic kids with wild imaginations.
But that experience always stuck with me, to this day. I never reached out to law enforcement before because I doubted it was relevant even though I always felt in my heart it was the OCCK.
As I said in my previous email, when I watched the WDIV docuseries on the OCCK last month and learned who Christoher Busch was, and saw his picture, the hair on the back of my neck stood up and I instantly recalled that day in the woods as a child. I felt that was the same guy even though I never saw his face. I called the MSP tip line that very night because I felt that sure.
Again, maybe my experience is nothing or irrelevant to this case, but maybe the OCCK killer had ties to Troy that detectives never explored before. I just had to share this with you, just in case it does lead to something. I’ve never shared this with anyone else except my mom.
Again, I am so terribly sorry for your & your family’s loss of Timmy. I will continue to pray that they solve this case and your family can have some peace. I know closure is something that never really comes, but I wish you both love, light and peace.
So maybe the information this woman has is of no help. And, really, how could it be since the state police NEVER digitized the case files or any of the tips in this case? I can guarantee you someone else will reach out to me after reading this and describe a similar situation with a similar man wearing the same type of coat. There is just no way local law enforcement didn’t know who Christopher Busch was before and after the OCCK murders. Small towns–Bloomfield Village, Birmingham–back then the cops knew everything about everybody. And as I have described in past posts, the schadenfreude the cops must have experienced over this fucking freak who was born into wealth and was the son of a GM exec truly precludes any legitimate discussion that Chris Busch was never on the radar for exposing himself to kids, taking polaroids, filming child porn and then raping boys, long before Mark Stebbins went missing.
Some have made the mistake of assuming, because he was an obese, unkempt slob that he wasn’t smart enough to commit or be involved in these abductions and murders. I remember a few years after Busch’s name came to public light in 2006 and 2007 that two men who had known him told a relative of another victim that they always thought Busch was the OCCK and that he was really smart. The bad kind of smart. If you are reading this and knew Busch back in the day and have anything to offer beyond “hey, nice guy, not suicidal, good cook, friend to all–except my young son can’t be near him,” please comment here.
And speaking of “there is no way,” as I took a little walk down a horrifying memory lane this morning, there is NO WAY John Hastings did not know Chris Busch. That was a lie he told police, among other lies he has told along the way. They lived right around the corner from each other in the same little neighborhood, Bloomfield Village. They were about the same age. They were both losers in their late-20’s, underachieving and living off of their parents in a swanky little hood. I’m guessing trafficking in kids and child porn paid pretty good money compared to working at restaurants.
But back to the email, above. Notice she feels bad about reaching out to us. Even bad about contacting police, although she clearly has no faith in them. Are you telling me a person like this does not warrant a call back, if even to thank her for her time and a short explanation of how the information can/cannot be used? They are probably thinking “yeah, Oakland County was crawling with pedophiles and creeps in that era, there’s nothing we could do then or now about it.” I’ll tell you what people like me are thinking: Start answering that fucking tip line and at least pretend to do your job. Sure, most of the information is at this point not actionable, but just a little time and effort may connect the dots in a way you don’t expect. That is, if you want to connect the dots.
Ask for guidance in pressuring the Michigan State Police and/or the prosecutors office to test the available evidence in the OCCK case again using the newest DNA technology available. And inform him/her the state police are not returning calls on this case. Their tip line appears to be for show only.
Check out this 1978 murder case that was solved using recent DNA advancements:
I’d say it’s high time for a press conference where people working this case explain why the evidence they have is not being retested. If you have some explanation for what makes this case different than any other case when it comes to DNA testing, let’s hear it. If they continue to maintain there is no way they can do anything without nuclear DNA, the time has come for them to explain that their initial explanation that this was some diabolical, careful, brilliant killer was total bullshit and that the Oakland County Medical Examiner back in the day was an incompetent drunk. Maybe also include an explanation for why, in a case of this magnitude, the evidence was not stored properly and case materials used for training future troopers. That sounds to me like a case that they never want solved.
If nothing else, we need some accountability on the handling of the tip line. If all the tips are bad, have a press conference and explain. Unless you would rather do so on camera for the next documentary or podcast.
Thanks to a reader for sending this information on. Initially, there was speculation that the second season of the Netflix series Mindhunter played a part in this tragic serial murder case being reopened. As explained in Rolling Stone, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Atlanta PD Chief Erika Sheilds announced in March of this year that the City would be retesting evidence in the cases of more than 25 black children and adolescents who were murdered during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The article describes the March 2019 press conference where Mayor Bottoms acknowledged and thanked producer Will Packer, who created the documentary Atlanta Child Murders, which premiered on the ID channel two days after the press conference was held.
“Regardless of the reasons for reopening the case,” the reporter explains, “Bottoms stressed that the ultimate goal was to bring closure to the loved ones of the victims, such as Catherine Leach-Bell, the mother of Curtis Walker, who was murdered in 1981 when he was 13. ‘I want to know who killed Curtis, his case is sitting on a shelf getting dusty and rusty until you can’t see the page,’ Bottoms said during the press conference. ‘They’ve been forgotten and forsaken. And it’s not right.'”
The public affairs officer for the Atlanta PD told Rolling Stone “that the investigation was not opened to exonerate [Wayne] Williams [who was convicted of murdering two young adult males], as much of the existing evidence already pointed strongly in his direction, BUT THAT THE CASE SHOULD NONETHELESS BE REOPENED TO DISCOVER THE FULL TRUTH.” What a concept.
Stay tuned. Maybe these yet unsolved child murders in Atlanta will finally get the attention they should have back in the day. And with advancements in DNA testing occurring at relative lightning speed, evidence in this case, as well as the OCCK murders, should be tested and retested on an ongoing basis. What does it say about a society when child murders are swept under the rug or treated expediently?
And if you want to feel some real terror over the way children are treated and have been allowed to be treated and how society turns away to pretend all is well, check out the podcast Out of the Shadows, with Shane Waters and Gemma Hoskins, specifically the July and August editions discussing the CIA project MKUltra “project” (July 31, August 6 and August 28, 2019). A survivor, initially raised in the Detroit area, was sold by her parents into the most depraved situations possible. Think this stuff never happened or never happens? I dare you to listen and argue it didn’t/doesn’t.
Great article in Business Insider on the similarities between Frank Shelden and Jeffrey Epstein. https://www.businessinsider.com/jeffrey-epstein-north-fox-island-francis-shelden-2019-8 When I spoke to the reporter off-the-record, she asked me three important and insightful questions, which I will attempt to answer here.
- How do Shelden and his associates tie in to an understanding of the OCCK case? This is an insightful question, because as the article points out, Shelden disappeared and Gerald Richards got busted before the OCCK spree. However, it sheds light on why many leads in the OCCK case were not followed to a conclusion back in the day. Digging too deep in the OCCK investigation could lead indirectly or directly to people like bigwigs at GM (and their little porn operation). A U.S. senator who may have been a “client” at Fox Island. Men in high society. Or to pedophiles who knew somebody was executing men in Oakland County who had a dark side and a problem with pedophelia and/or child pornography. It sheds light on why, after such an allegedly massive investigation and unearthing of so many pedophiles, Oakland County prosecuted none of them and it was up to Wayne County to prosecute Ted Lamborgine and Richard Lawson in 2005 for child rapes committed during that dark time. Richards testified (if that’s what you want to call the softball treatment that piece of shit got) as Congress was enacting child pornography legislation. Perhaps someone associated with this “untouchable” ring of high society pedophiles wanted to squeeze in a few more snuff films before the feds got serious where Oakland County would not. Or someone would have to explain in Wayne County why a guy like Richard Lawson was essentially given a license to rape boys all in the name of “he was such a great informant!”
- Why the Detroit area/Michigan appears to be such a hotbed for the exploitation of children. See above. And this “tradition” runs deep there. And why not? Someone (more than one, probably) got away with abducting, holding captive, torturing and raping four kids there. And in the wake of that investigation, nobody was prosecuted for crimes unearthed during that time until 2005. People there are STILL afraid to talk, even after GM lost its power and financial grip decades ago.
- What is it like going up against the system to obtain justice for my brother in the face of a cover up? The evolution of the spectrum has been as follows: Shock (but ultimately not surprise). Despair. Hatred. Rage. Resolve. Steely resolve. Calm, focused patience. Slow motion, but always forward. An acceptance of how broken the criminal justice system is. How often enablers (including prosecutors and judges) sell their souls, which allows people like Shelden and Epstein to continue offending. How many people want to look away. A dear friend of mine uses the hashtag–#don’tletthebadguyswin. I don’t intend to. No matter how long it takes.
Commissioner Taub, you are everything we have come to expect from officials in Michigan, specifically Oakland County. Everything in the way we expect you to lie and cheat and disregard the letter and spirit of FOIA laws. Destroy records and keep your jobs. I’m sure you and your cronies, and your late boss all pull(ed) this stuff. You’ve gotten away with it until now. That’s not going to happen this time, you condescending, immoral, incompetent fool. Misconduct in office, as described by you yourself on camera. Wake up Oakland County residents and voters. There has never been transparency in Oakland County government. Sunshine is the best disinfectant. That and criminal charges.
The pig Jeffrey Epstein is dead. https://www.mediaite.com/news/jeffrey-epsteins-suicide-is-very-suspicious-to-like-a-lot-of-people/ Allegedly offed himself in a federal prison while under a 24-hour suicide watch. Maybe another member of the DMDT club, Chris Busch, welcomed him to the other side. A good friend of mine observed: “Welcome to Russia.”
To Epstein’s many victims, we mourn for you but not for him. The piece of shit was either a coward and offed himself, or knew too much about the predilections of men in high places and committed the same kind of suicide Busch did. The message this death sends to others who might squeal is obvious. Civil suits can still proceed against his estate. And maybe against “Epstein associate,” Ghislaine Maxwell and others who “partied” with their pal Jeffrey.
To the recent poster who advised me to “get over it” after 40 years–this is why I still blog. Sex crimes, especially against minors, continue unabated. Put your head in the sand if you want. You said you have lost relatives to brutality. Were they held captive and raped for a week before they were murdered by suffocation? No, I won’t be quiet. If this shit can’t be stopped or curtailed, at least we can expose the criminal freaks who do this shit. If you don’t like it, don’t read my blog. And I’d be more than happy to block you if you can’t help yourself.