Chapter 7: Blue Gremlin – Conclusion

As mentioned in Chapter 3, the King family always thought it was unlikely that a Blue Gremlin was involved in the 1977 abduction of Tim. The information I received from the Michigan State Police on December 15, 2010 and subsequent information described in Chapters 4, 5 and 6 universally support the original King family conclusion.

When you can’t sleep during the night and no one will talk to you, conjecture is the only basis for your conclusions. Chasing the Blue Gremlin lead probably led to a lot of wasted time. There were a lot more Pontiac LeMans on the road than Blue Gremlins in 1977; would this extra follow up be a burden? Did one or more of the leading suspects die, perhaps by murder or suicide, and therefore could not be identified or charged? Why didn’t Oakland County take some action when retired Detective Jack Kalbfleisch contacted officials this century? If you can’t sleep tonight, can you think of any sensible reasons for silence?

Law enforcement not only owes the families of the four victims an explanation for this serious oversight, but also the media and the public. They are entitled to this additional automobile information that could help in solving the most heinous unsolved crime in the State of Michigan.

As I told you in Chapter 2, the two major concerns of the OCCK investigation, which came to my attention after December 15, 2010, were the incorrect automobile information and the attempts by the Oakland County Prosecutor to deny me access to the October 28, 2008 Search Warrant Affidavit for the former Busch residence. I will discuss the second major reason in the following chapters.

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  1. So interesting to read this. I remember being terrified every time a blue Gremlin drove by when I was a kid in Madison Heights. I’ve followed the case quite closely — even writing about it in a book — and this is the first I’ve heard about the LeMans. The police definitely owe the families — and all of us, really — more.

  2. Brian

    I do not understand why the composite sketches from the FBI Doug Wilson interview haven’t been made public . And what about what they found at Bucshs house supposedly ? Is that not in the evidence file still??

    1. Barry King Author

      Barry King should be elaborating on this soon. My name is Michelle Boehm and I help manage Barry King’s social media presence. I will make sure that these questions are brought to his attention.


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