A Father’s Story



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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  1. gloria

    I remember when this happened Mr. King. I was in Chris’ class. It was and still is so heartbreaking and sad. I was unaware of the other unsolved cases. God Bless.

  2. Moe

    I was 12 years old when this started. When Christine disappeared & was still missing I had a little more hope, hoping that maybe she was with friends. Then they found her & I cried all day & night. I remember Tim & his “Jersey” photo. These images/photos are still in my mind day in & day out. I will never forget. I pray for you, your family, as well as the other families of the other 3 that this case will be finally closed soon, once & for all. God Bless.

  3. Sean O'Connor

    Hi Mr. King,

    Massive kudos to you for your work in trying to bring this case back to the forefront of public consciousness, as it would be a travesty beyond all measure if it were to recede into the mists of history, forever unsolved…although I have to wonder if some parties (beyond those immediately culpable) wouldn’t rather it just quietly fade away. At any rate, possibly the only way to keep it moving forward at this point is to keep hammering away at it, as loudly and publicly as possible, because the thought of those children, their families and loved ones not receiving justice is simply unthinkable. This was by no means some perfect, unsolvable crime, and even 40 years later, plenty of evidence exists, plenty of memories exist, plenty of people are still alive, so as they say, the truth is out there, and the faces of those four children forever frozen in childhood require that justice be done.

    I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult it must be for yourself and all the other survivors of the devastation which the Oakland County Child Killer brought upon your lives, however I can look at my own children and know how I would feel. My heart would shatter into a thousand pieces in a grief so immense and profound that I don’t know that I could survive it, or that I’d even wish to.

    You and all the other survivors have my thoughts, best wishes, and prayers always.

  4. Pat Pelc

    I vivid remember those horrible killings. I had cousins living in Berkley and we were so afraid for their safety. I live in Florida now and follow whenever a story comes up. I pray for someone to be caught for this.
    God Bless you and your family.

  5. Dale

    I’m glad to see this blog and the continued interest in getting this case solved. It’s one of the most despicable crimes I’ve ever heard of. It’s an absolute shame that it has gone unsolved up to this point. I remember reading online that you had filed FOIA requests a few years ago. Did anything ever come of that?

    1. Barry King Author

      Hi Dale, I will be bringing that up throughout the chapters of my blog. The quick answer is yes and no. Thank you for caring and staying involved.

  6. Brett

    I was ten years old in Troy when these terrible crimes were committed. I had nightmares about it and was scared to go anywhere alone. Cannot begin to imagine what you and your family and the other families have had to endure, Mr. King. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  7. Matt

    Mr. King: I was a 13 year old in Birmingham at the time of the abductions and have followed the case over the years. I have always been struck by the great grace you have demonstrated over the decades. It is my fervent wish that you see justice for your son and the other victims.

  8. Pamela groves

    I have been following this case since the 70’s. With regard to the individual who committed suicide, i believe I had met him during , or near the time frame of the murders, although I never put it together at the time. When i viewed his picture last night from the articles it immediately drew my attention back to the individual I had come in contact with during the 70’s. I am uncertain as to whether any information that I would have as a result of the conversation I had with him would be of any help to you. I am not comfortable typing that information in here. I can be reached at the email provided. Thank you.

  9. Diane Berve

    I remember this and the pain our community felt. The heartbreak for your family remains with us. We continue to hope and pray that those responsible will be revealed and held accountable. Our faith in God keeps us going and we know He is just. He will pay back trouble to those who persecute you. 2Thessalonians 1:6
    Continued Prayers,
    Diane Murray Berve
    (Daughter of Jack and Jackie Murray)

  10. Angela

    I am so very sorry that you are all having to go through this mess and heartbreak after 40 years of no answers .. My mother was a classmate of mark and I remember her telling me of this tragedy .. It changed her as it did for most involved I would imagine .. I sincerely hope this is the year they will finally give some well over due answers to each of your families .. God bless and God speed ..!

  11. Sharon Cracchiolo

    Mr. King, my husband was one of the officers who responded on this call in Livonia. I still have a copy of the report & it (as well as a few other cases) has haunted him. I hope that you will have closure soon. You & your family are in my prayers.

  12. Tony Ion

    I will never forget this, I was 13 at the time. These horrible acts changed the way I looked at our country even the world. It devastated my clarity of thought in seeking the good in everybody. It was very shocking and disturbed me to tears for what seemed a very long time. God bless you good sir in your continued pursuit of justice . Yes we well remember.

  13. George Prine

    Dear Mr. King,
    I’m so glad I came across your news feed on FB. I am praying that you find the justice and closure you and all of the families deserve. I went to high school with your son Mark and I can still remember Timothy’s funeral service at Holy Name if I’m not mistaken. I live in Minneapolis now and I have never forgotten as a child how these events unfolded and how our community changed. God speed! George Prine

  14. Maria

    I was 10 years old and living in Birmingham at the time. Everyone was terrified. I think of the families often. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Jeremy Press

    Mr. King:
    I just want you to know that you will always be a hero to me. I was 11 years old and living in Southfield when these killings took place. I will never forget the way the community felt, how scared I was, and how scared my parents were. I feel like it changed my life forever. I feel like you, that the Michigan State Police and local police departments botched this case and I really don’t understand why the FBI doesn’t get more involved. It is known that a 1970’s Pontiac Tempest or Lemans was seen at some of the crime locations. Isn’t there a way that the Michigan State Police can look at the Automotive Registrations held by the top suspects (Busch, Greene, Hastings, Sloan) and their families at that time, to see if any one of them owned such a vehicle? This being one of Michigan’s most terrible crimes, why does the news media only have 5 minute updates? Why not an hour long documentary with a tip line? Someone like Michael Moore should use his talents to make a movie on this case to keep it in the public eye. I truly cant believe its been 40 years but, this case must remain in the media spotlight until it is solved. I have read so much about this case over the years and I agree that many signs point to Chris Busch. May God Bless you and your family. If there is ever anything I can do to help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Jeremy Press

    1. Della

      I feel there is probably enough evidence to arrest people but sadly, it seems as if law enforcement have no desire to do solve this. Mainly because of the big name people involved. I really hope I’m wrong.

  16. Teresa

    I remember how frightening that was for all of us kids. When I found out that friends of mine knew Tim, it really hit me hard. I almost felt like I knew him. It was just horrible. I also remember how the children were found. Sometimes when it snows, I have that haunting feeling especially now that I have children of my own. Now that they are grown, I realize how blessed I have been to be able to watch them grow up. I can’t even imagine what you and all the families have gone through. I will say that the strength you all have is just beyond any words. I truly hope you are given an answer soon. It has been far too long!! In my prayers

  17. Mike Mozal

    I was 10 years old when this was happening. I remember the area, or at least me, feeling paralyzed and in a constant state of fear. This was continuously on the TV news with no closure. Today, when I see this story resurface, I am still curious to follow and hope that the case is solved. God bless you Mr King

  18. Mike

    Mr. King,

    I grew up in Birmingham, and remember this like it was yesterday. The news stories made me feel scared when I was around 6 yrs old in 1977. It was the first time I associated a milk-carton photo with fear. I’ve read all on-line stories, news updates, suspect info. etc, as this story and the Jimmy Hoffa story, oddly around the same time, are two things I remember well. I hope the Police will just make all the files and evidence public so it can potentially open a new lead into possibly someone who knew someone involved or the like. The Police should put all evidence onto this blog, so readers can possibly help. Hopefully if a culprit is still out there, they see this blog and out of empathy, at least provide closure in some form of a confession with their name, before they themselves take their last breath due to old age or illness.

  19. Jeff

    Dear Mr. King,

    I was a classmate of Chris and will never forget the hours we spent on CB’s all over Birmingham and the region looking for Tim. My heart still breaks for you and your family and I continue to pray for answers and a conviction.


  20. Rodney arsenault

    I don’t have any info to help.i am rodney I lived in Berkley went to school with Kristen she was in my grade and what happened to them 4 kids I will never forget it hurts every time I think of them I would like to help in any way I can if you need to rally or protest in Lansing or anywhere to get info please call on me. I all those kids God bless all the familys

  21. Sarah

    Mr. King,

    First may I say, my dearest and most heart-felt condolences to you and your family for your tragic loss, and to the family members of the other victims, you all have my deepest sympathy.

    I am fairly new to this case, having recently read about it and discovered your daughters blog as well and wanted to offer a thought, I am not sure if having a new set of eyes or a new perspective will help but I wanted to try and offer something.

    In regards to Jane Allan, my boyfriend is from Miamisburg, born and raised and I lived there with him for a year after completing my Bachelors Degree so we could be closer to his family, but I digress, Something that struck me as being possibly important connection to this case is where Jane (God rest her soul) was found . . . and another girl who was taken from the area, there is an American Legion Hall that backs up to the river and a few old roads and park right there in Miamisburg, an American Legion Hall that has been around for forever, Now this may be a stretch, but wasn’t Mark taken after leaving an American Legion Hall? Maybe that is a connection but even if it is not, I do think that there may be good reason to consider her case connected and since Miamisburg is such a small town, it may be easier to connect the dots there, they have a historical society that may be able to help, or look into any vehicles that were stopped or in an accident in OH around the time Jane was missing or shortly after she was discovered. I’m sure you have do so much digging and wondering and heard so many “what if’s” and I truly do not wish to add to your grief but I do think looking into the Miamisburg area may be beneficial.

    Also, this case may not be related but I thought personally it may be (just opinion) so I wanted to pass it along, Kettering (which is right by Miamisburg) has a case which was never solved, on Wednesday Feb 11th 1976 a young girl named Lori Jean Loyd went missing while walking home at night after babysitting, she was 13, Caucasian, brown hair, freckles, brown eyes, and very petite. Was there ever anyone suspected in the case that may have traveled often back and forth between Dayton and Detroit? or anyone that had a sales route or ministry or plane/shuttle service or anything that would allow or require them to travel often? Did anyone ever say if they saw suspicious character(s) with OH plates?


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