Chapter 26: Christopher Busch- Murder or Suicide?

Kevin Dietz, an investigative reporter from Channel 4, asked himself the above question. He contacted Western Ontario University which has a program that investigates cold cases. The University had the matter investigated by staff and students. The 25 page report from Western Ontario University concluded that it could have been either murder or suicide, but murder was the better possibility.

In 2015 I was contacted by Anthony Karrick who was writing a book claiming that Busch has been murdered by the OCCK perpetrators because he had attempted to bribe them to remain silent. Although we met 3 times, he never did give me any factual information supporting his conclusion. He advised me that he had met with the Oakland County Sheriff on this issue but had not received any formal report from that office. Karrick died the day after our third meeting.

It is my understanding that the concurrent investigators and prosecutors do not eliminate the murder possibility. Realistically, there is little likelihood at this late date they will charge anybody with murder unless much more information is available.

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  1. Tom Allen

    Mr. King, as a young person growing up in Bloomfield Village my siblings and I lived in fear for years. The fact that Busch lived two blocks away is surreal even close to 40 years later. It’s unreal to me that after all of these years this case has not been solved. My father, Jack Allen, was the general manger of WWJ-TV at the time of Tim’s abduction. The station ran a news story with a doctor that consistently compared the OCCK as a ‘squirrel”, hoping the killer would attempt to dump Tim’s body on Squirrel Rd. ( he had dropped the previous victim on Bruce Ln in Franklin after the same doctor, named Bruce, had done a similar interview. )

    I truly hope you can achieve some closure and the killer will be identified soon. I admire your tenacity and am frankly disgusted with the task forces inability to close this case.



  2. Dan Mosey

    Why would Busch be murdered for trying to bribe the OCCK perpetrators to remain silent? Wouldn’t it be the other way around? Possible typo?


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