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I could not have written this Story unless Tim’s sister, Cathy, and brother, Chris had not obtained a lead on an unidentified suspect in July 2006. In 2010, Downtown Publications, a new monthly newspaper in the Birmingham-Bloomfield Hills area, in its original issue described the Oakland County Child Killer Case including quotations from Oakland County officials. This prompted Cathy to write the attached letter to the editors dated September 30, 2010 concerning the origination of the Christopher Busch lead. Rather than provide you with second hand information, I am attaching her 6 page letter (Exhibit E) which summarizes the identification of Busch as the principal suspect. The King family is convinced that if Cathy had not called the Livonia Police Department with information on this unidentified suspect, none of this information would have been publicized. Her actions led to the title to this Chapter which I copied from a popular fiction novel publicized several years ago.

Please note that her letter is dated before my family received any documents form the public authorities regarding Tim’s murder.

Click here to view Cathy’s letter to the editors

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OCCK, Uncategorized

I commenced this story with two of my major concerns over the investigation of my son’s death. For 30 years the King family, and to my knowledge, the families of the other three victims, relied on law enforcement to identify the killer or killers. It was more than 33 years after Tim was abducted that the authorities provided me with any information. In response to my FOIA action, the Michigan State Police provided me with 3,411 pages on December 15, 2010.

My first major concern was the automobile identification process. I outlined these concerns in Chapters 3 to 7. There was little or no basis for emphasizing the participation of a blue AMC Gremlin when the files make substantial reference to other automobiles. In particular, a Pontiac LeMans was identified as being involved in three of the murders and the fourth murder even referred to a Pontiac without identifying the brand. This has continued for forty years. Why? Was this tactic deliberate? There were a lot more Pontiac LeMans on the road than there were AMC Gremlins. Is it possible for the current investigating officers to correct my perceived omissions?

My second concern is the lack of information from the Oakland County Prosecutor and the Oakland County authorities. It is my understanding that on October 28, 2008, the date of the Search Warrant, the Oakland County Prosecutor, the Wayne County Prosecutor and the Michigan State Police all believed that Christopher Busch was the best suspect at that time. I was unaware of the Search Warrant Affidavit until the Oakland County Prosecutor went to Court without my knowledge and perhaps the judge’s knowledge of my involvement to deny everyone access to this document. Was this done with a suggestion or cooperation of the Oakland County officials? Why did Jessica Cooper advise me on March 1, 2010 that Busch was no longer a suspect?

In continuing my story, over the next chapters I will discuss the following:

a. Identification of Busch as a suspect

b. Identify, Christopher Busch, Gregory Greene, Vince Gunnels, Ted Lambrogine and Archibald Sloan, the only suspects identified to me by law enforcement, and

c. The chronology of the events leading up to my FOIA lawsuits.

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OCCK, Uncategorized

My concerns on the search warrant information bother me both as a lawyer and as a father. Am I entitled answers to the following Search Warrant questions:

1.) On October 28, 2008, the Michigan State Police, the Oakland County Prosecutor, and Wayne County Prosecutor all believed that Christopher Busch and his companions were the leading suspects in the Oakland County Child Killer Case. What changed between then and the March 1, 2010 phone call advising me that they were no longer suspects?

2.) Did the Oakland County Prosecutor violate the legal procedure I discussed in these chapters, including obtaining statutory Suppression Orders which are not applicable in FOIA cases?

3.) Was the Oakland County Prosecutor obligated to tell Judge Kimberly Small of her intention to file the Suppression Orders in my FOIA cases?

4.) Do the Oakland County Prosecutor and the 48th District Court owe an explanation as to why the two April 29, 2011 Orders are not identical and why they are dated contrary to “two true copies” of the original undated Order?

5.) How did the Oakland County Prosecutor obtain the Suppression Orders without sworn testimony.

6.) Did the Oakland County Prosecutor consult with other Oakland county officials before taking any action in this regard?

Interestingly, if I had not been served with the Suppression Orders, I may never have had access to the Search Warrant Affidavit. God works in mysterious ways.

I will discuss other prosecutorial actions and issues in the following Chapters.

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In order to grant the public access to government records, Michigan passed FOIA in 1976. In most lawsuits the plaintiff has the burden of going forward in presenting its case and the burden of proof on contested matters. However, FOIA places this responsibility on the public body.

FOIA also lists a number of exemptions related to documents which the public body is not required to produce. To gain an exemption a public body must indemnify the document and indicate the basis for the exemption.

As I mentioned earlier, in my FOIA action against the Michigan State Police, I received 3,411 pages. However, the documents did not contain the Search Warrant or the Search Warrant Affidavit and the Michigan State Police did not claim any exemption. The Oakland County Prosecutor produced nothing and this decision has been upheld by the Oakland County Circuit Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. This is true even though the Michigan Constitution states that all citizens have a right to confer with the prosecutor (Article I, Section 24).

Earlier this year there was a great deal of publicity over the video tape of a police officer shooting a Chicago citizen. After I commenced the publication of this blog, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, suggested that police information should be available to citizens within 60 days after the shooting. However, in Michigan this time period continues for at least 40 years. While I seldom agree with the Chicago mayor on political matters, PERHAPS MICHIGAN SHOULD TAKE SOME LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO PROVIDE THOSE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO PROVIDE GOOD INFORMATION IN CRIMINAL CASES WITH THE REASONS FOR FAILURE TO PROSECUTE.

P.S. Tim King died 39 years ago on March 22, 1977

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I’m Barry King, devoted father and lawyer, in pursuit of solving The Oakland County Child Killer Case for my beloved son, Tim and the rest of the victims. The Oakland County Child Killer (OCCK) is an unidentified serial killer or killers that could add up to 15 or more individuals involved. He, she or they are responsible for the murders of four or more children, two girls and two boys, in Oakland County, Michigan, United States in 1976 and 1977. A father’s Story will follow a timeline of videos, blog posts, statements, and information regarding the case in hopes that someone will come forward with missing information.

On February 15, 1976, Mark Stebbins, 12, was abducted in Ferndale MI, his body was found four days later in Southfield, MI.  On December 22, 1976 Jill Robinson, 12, was abducted in Royal Oak, MI. Three days later her body was found near Royal Oak, MI. On January 2, 1977, Kristine Mihelich, 10, was abducted in Berkley, MI, 19 days later her body was found in Franklin Village, MI. On March 16, 1977 Tim King, son of Barry King, author of A Father’s Story, was abducted near Birmingham, MI, six days later his body was found in Livonia, MI.

This series of unfortunate events is staggering and instilled fear and hysteria throughout Southeastern MI and the nation. Local and nation-wide news channels took a fast interest in the story where the OCCK case was featured in People Magazine, Time Magazine, Good Housekeeping, The Daily Tribune, The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The Traverse City Record Eagle, Detroit Monthly, and The Birmingham Eccentric. It was the story of the year in both the Detroit Free press and the Detroit News in 1977.

There have been many leads and arrests throughout the effort of solving this case, many of the suspects are now deceased, or in custody. However, the case remains open with no one serving time for the murders of four innocent children in Oakland County, MI. Please follow my blog, A Father’s Story in hopes of filling in the missing links of any useful information to solving this gruesome unsolved mystery.

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