Before Jerry Sandusky, Penn State football had another serial sexual predator. This is the untold story of his crimes and the fight to bring him to justice.Posted: April 24, 2022
When Jerry Sandusky’s crimes came to light in 2011, the world thought it was the first time Joe Paterno and Penn State had faced a serial sexual predator in their midst. But that was not the case. This is the story of the predator who had come before.
— Read on www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/32496588/before-jerry-sandusky-penn-state-football-had-another-serial-sexual-predator-untold-story-crimes-fight-bring-justice
The obstacles of indifference, obstruction and time. Glad someone with a big audience wrote about it. Glad this monster wound up in prison before Hell.
Here is an interesting article about friends of a young murder victim who used TikTok to find justice for their friend and find the murderer.
https://www.thecut.com/2022/04/daisy-de-la-o-murder-suspect-instagram-tiktok.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=My Week in New York – April 23, 2022&utm_term=Subscription List – My Week in New York
The article addresses overworked police departments and what is essentially victim-blaming in the case of female victims. Cases that lose steam and fall by the wayside. Why, indeed, should people have to go to social media and blogs to try to put pressure on a police department to solve murder cases?
Often, those searching for someone else have at least one thing in common: grief, maybe, but also a general mistrust of the criminal-justice system, a sense that they have been failed or abandoned by police and prosecutors and journalists, that crowdsourced vigilantism is the only avenue for justice.A Murder Solved in DMs
When Daisy De La O was killed, friends looked to social media for the man they suspected had done it. They found him.
Imagine if your family member was a victim in a case where there is a 45-year history of the heaviest of ass-covering going on by prosecutors and state police? That is the OCCK case. Try moving those two agencies to do the right thing. We were failed and abandoned by police, prosecutors, journalists and a community that was all too eager to find a reason to look the other way and never demanded answers. We are still owed answers about the crimes themselves and the cover up that further damaged not only victims’ families, but entire communities. TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and blogs cannot capture the depravity of public officials who buried this case, let alone the depravity of the killers of four kids. We know what you did. You know you will never have to answer for it.
As a reader asked, “Why the hell is Wray still at the F.B.I.?”
Most residents of Oakland County continue to believe the false narrative created in the OCCK case by L. Brooks Patterson, his #2, Richard Thompson, and cemented by the Michigan State Police. It is why no one in authority will act on the obvious illegal, unethical and negligent acts in this case which have kept it from being solved, closed, or even honestly discussed, after 45 long years. The press was manipulated by Patterson and decades later, Jessica Cooper and her #2, Paul Walton. Therefore, this case simply goes into the “too bad, so sad” category, while cold cases from that era are being solved at an impressive rate in other jurisdictions around the country.
I discussed coverage of two Oakland County wrongful conviction cases last week for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that prosecutors, detectives and judges won’t talk to the press when something doesn’t look good for them. https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/56938161/posts/3953985556. That leaves civilians and reporters to piece together the truth. I think those two cases are also a stark contrast to the OCCK case and the “investigation” into Christopher Brian Busch, son of GM executive H. Lee Busch. The rich and guilty get treated better than the “less wealthy” and innocent. The blog Guarded by Jackals, https://guardedbyjackals.com/, makes this eloquently, and in my opinion, abundantly clear.
Nothing, but nothing, moves the dial in the OCCK case, a case no one wants to ponder for too long because it is just that horrific. But by looking away, you are part of the problem. You are part of the reason sex crimes committed by the wealthy are swept under the rug and why prosecutors like Patterson, Thompson and Cooper can and will engage in corruption in the future. On your dime.
The most important part of the GBJ analysis is a Tale of Two Polygraphs. https://guardedbyjackals.com/chapter-7-two-polygraphs/. Yes, the analysis is conjecture, but I ask you to explain the following hugely relevant irregularities:
- Only two polygraphs of Greg Greene are put forth in the official record, when the notes made by detectives obviously indicate Greene was polygraphed FOUR times.
- The results of all four polygraphs are not known, not even by detectives who worked the case decades later.
- Decades later, forensic analysis by three independent polygraphers was made only on two of the four Greene polygraphs.
- The conclusion of these experts was that Greene should not have passed the polygraphs (whichever ones were provided to them) and that Busch’s was at best inconclusive.
- Based on comments made by private polygrapher Larry Wasser to Detective Cory Williams in 2007, his client Chris Busch should not have passed his MSP polygraph in January 1977, and that’s why this shit bag did not advance Busch past the pre-polygraph interview to a private polygraph exam.
- Answer this: Greene and Busch were brought in on some of the same victims, but after the polygraphs and the obvious wheeling and dealing, their official charges assigned them different victims. There was to be no link between Greene and Busch.
- Busch got $1,000 bail and probation (and probation in numerous other counties as well). Greene’s bail was $75,000 and he got a life sentence. Even if you come up with some explanations for this disparity, it still feels like icing on the wealthy pedophile cake.
Jessica Cooper has been credibly charged with shredding documents in an open investigation. https://catherinebroad.blog/2022/03/29/where-things-stand/. This is a truly egregious act by any standards. What was destroyed to ensure that nothing in this investigation can ever rise above “conjecture”? The current Oakland County Prosecutor responded to a FOIA request for the OCCK files. In the thousands of documents, not once was there a single note or mention of Richard Thompson’s activities when he went to Flint to sit in on the Greene and Busch polygraphs. Not a fucking thing from that time period. Or, of course, any mention of Jessica Cooper.
Even my discovery that Thompson himself had checked out the CSC file in the Oakland County case against Chris Busch on MARCH 17, 1977, hours after my brother had been abducted in Birmingham (uh-oh) was sheer luck, when I found a file in my dad’s office a year after he died. https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/56938161/posts/3624377273. It looked like a file a journalist had provided to my dad–it was not produced in any FOIA request he made of the OCP. Yes, it remains in the lap of civilians to try to piece this corrupted case together. It is insane.
I say again: This is what must be done if law enforcement and public officials in Michigan give a shit about the abduction, captivity, torture and murder of four kids between the ages of 10 and 12 in 1976 and 1977. And it is the minimum which must be done to even pretend you are working this case:
- The Michigan State Police must produce all four polygraphs of Gregory Greene, taken between January 16 and February 1, 1977, or explain their absence. We are way past FOIA requests. This must be done by the Oakland County Prosecutor or the Michigan AG, with the assistance of the FBI if necessary. Anyone still living who participated in the arrest or interrogation of Greg Greene and/or Chris Busch must be interviewed by the FBI. Preferably there would be a grand jury so these statements would be made under oath.
- The document shred by Jessica Cooper must be investigated and statements taken under oath.
- Steve Duncan, polygrapher for the Georgia Highway Patrol, who polygraphed John Hastings in the fall of 2009 must be interviewed. Then Hastings must be interrogated again. How many times do I have to raise this obvious issue? See, for example: https://catherinebroad.blog/2021/04/28/john-hastings-2/. Polygraphs are all good as long as they are controlled by the OCP and the MSP. Then, when a neighbor of Busch flunks one in Georgia, it all goes in the circular file.
- ALL of the evidence in these four murders must be rerun by a third party lab utilizing the most recent technological advances in DNA examination. I am told such a lab has offered to do this for the state police, FOR FREE.
These are straight-forward, obvious steps to close “loose ends.” Why would these steps not be taken? See https://guardedbyjackals.com/. If you have a better explanation, I would love to hear it. The failure of anyone in authority to close the gaps in this case cements the legacy of protecting raping child murderers in Oakland County.
Former University of Michigan professor Stephen Shipps was a nationally renowned violinist and a sexual predator. Shipps, 69, of Ann Arbor, was sentenced last Thursday to five years in federal prison for having sex with a 16-year-old student in 2002. He was also ordered to pay a victim $120,000 in restitution.
I’m glad the judge in this case saw through this U-M professor’s attorney’s argument that this predator be allowed home confinement or probation due to his alcoholism and alleged remorse and deep shame. You know the argument really was–hey, here is another old, successful, white guy predator who deserves special treatment.
And I’m glad the Kalamazoo County sheriff takes child predation seriously:
Sheriff Richard Fuller stated: “It was made painfully clear to me that people of all working ranks are involved in [attempts to have sex with children].”
You don’t have to read too far into the record of the OCCK case to know that all working ranks include a state senator, an architect, an art dealer, a physician, a philanthropist, police officers, and GM executives, among many other “types.”
A number of readers contacted me about a recent article in the Detroit Free Press about yet another case from Oakland County where a man was sentenced to life in prison for arson/murder that may well have been an accidental fire. It is outrageous, and it is the case of Anthony Kyles, which “has striking similarities to another high-profile Oakland County conviction that has been overturned,” that of Juwan Deering. Deering spent 15 years in prison for a 2000 fire in Royal Oak Township that killed five children before he was released in 2021. Kyles has been in prison for 24 years.
Both Kyles’ and Deering’s cases (1997 and 2006) were prosecuted Oakland County assistant prosecutor Greg Townsend. In Deering’s case favorable evidence, including statements by a fire survivor, was not shared with his defense lawyer before trial, and jurors didn’t know that jail informants were given significant benefits for their testimony against Deering. https://www.npr.org/2021/09/30/1041970362/juwan-deering-michigan-freed-wrongful-conviction-fire-children-deaths. Similarly, in Kyles’ case exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense and the jury was misled about benefits given to a jailhouse snitch who testified against Kyles. He has since said he perjured himself at the trial. In both cases, an outside fire investigator concluded the fires could not be deemed arson.
Both wrongful conviction cases are/were handled by attorneys for the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan. When an innocence project comes calling, you better pay attention because these attorneys have done some incredibly solid, uphill work over the years trying to right wrongs that have happened in our courts. If you have not read Just Mercy, A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson (2014), I commend the book to you. Especially if you think everyone who raises his or her right hand in court tells the truth, or that prosecutors are on a mission from God who do no wrong, or that judges always get it right and play fair.
As I read and reread the article about Kyle’s case, I was struck by the fact that while AP Townsend’s actions were set forth, the gravity of them was not discussed. It is commendable an Oakland County judge granted current OCP Karen McDonald’s request to close Deering’s after Deering’s convictions and life sentences were thrown out at her urging. It is also commendable and unprecedented for Oakland County that Prosecutor McDonald has established a Conviction Integrity Unit in the wake of the disturbing revelations established by the Innocence Clinic in these two cases.
While the focus of inquiry must be on the innocence of the accused in wrongful conviction cases, there is another story that must not be overlooked; the prosecutorial misconduct that facilitated the wrongful conviction. Prosecutor McDonald inherited a literal 50-year legacy of questionable prosecutors in Oakland County. If detectives, prosecutors and judges (some of them not even named in this article!) won’t speak on the record, get a prominent defense attorney to explain the gravity of AP Townsend’s actions in these two cases. Get a law professor to discuss the heightened and unique ethical responsibility of a prosecutor. If no attorney from Michigan will speak on the record, find an expert from some other part of the country. The press should educate readers about what happens when you elect a hack to serve in any law enforcement capacity.
This story isn’t finished. I call it The Guilt Project. The guilt of prosecutors who abuse their power. If they do it in one area, they do it in many others, you can bet on it. That the current OCP is cleaning things up is borderline miraculous, given the history of the office. It is incumbent on the press to shine a light on past practices as well as current cases. Going easy on elected officials (past or present) and their underlings undermines the role of the press.
This article was heartbreaking and maddening. Let’s hope the rot of corruption can be excised beginning with these two cases.
Looking for the names of any Warren, Michigan-area pedophiles from the late 1970s/early 1980s. Not David Norberg or Art Ream. These pedophiles are like cockroaches–if you see two, you know there are many more. Any insights would help. Please comment here or send an email to OCCKtruth@protonmail.com.
Shit happened at that place well past 1961, perhaps not with a faculty member, but with a member of the board at Cranbook. Kids don’t lie. Rapists do.
An email to the alumni of Cranbrook informed the school community of an ongoing investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct against a now-deceased faculty member who taught at the boy’s school from 1946 to 1961.The email says a male alumnus of the school from that time period alerted the school to the accusation.
— Read on www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2022/04/13/cranbrook-alerts-alumni-of-sexual-misconduct-investigation/
From a reader:
I want to recommend a Netflix doc, ‘Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story.” Savile was an immensely popular celebrity, philanthropist, and friend of the Royal family. He was also a sexual predator, targeting girls and some boys, most of whom were ‘vulnerable,’ i.e., patients in the hospitals he championed, or the detention centers he raised money for. It’s also an account of how fame hid malice, and how eccentricity (a prized British trait) masked predation. Savile had the support of Royals, the Prime Minister, the media and the police, and all of them turned a blind eye to the many cues he dropped about what he was doing, and who he really was behind that ridiculous facade. It’s all very interesting, and a stark reminder that prestige and power can make facts disappear. A whole nation was groomed by Savile. I’m just sorry he died before he could be held accountable.