Chapter 3: Blue Gremlin – 1977

The King family has always thought it was highly unlikely that Tim left the Hunter-Maple parking lot in a Blue Gremlin. The only automobile publically identified in the murders of these four children has been a Blue Gremlin.

On the night Tim was abducted his 16 year old brother Chris returned from a babysitting job after 10:00 PM and went looking for him in the neighborhood. When Chris got to the Hunter-Maple parking lot, he noticed 2 or 3 cars including a Blue Gremlin. Because Chris had heard that some of the Blue Gremlins had a special Levi upholstery, he even looked in the car to check the type of upholstery. When the information regarding the Blue Gremlin was made public several days later, Chris advised the police of his observation.

When I mentioned this sighting to Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Paul Walton in 2012 or 2013 he advised me that this Blue Gremlin information was not in the original Chris King interview. All members of the King family, including Chris, made statements to the investigators on March 17; the day after Tim was abducted. The information on the Blue Gremlin sighting was in the papers several days later. That is when Chris told police about the Gremlin he saw in the parking lot the night Tim was abducted. Walton has not acknowledged this important time difference.

February 18, 2016

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Chapter 2: Format

When I was in the Navy I took a course on training enlisted personnel. The petty officer who presented the program commenced each lecture with the following quote:

“Tell ‘em what your gonna tell ‘em, tell’em and then tell ‘em what you told ‘em”

Using the above instructions, the following are a partial list of questions which I will discuss in the story:

1. Why was a Blue Gremlin the only automobile identified as a vehicle involved in these four murders?
2. Why did the Oakland County Prosecutor present two “true copies” of an April 29, 2011 Order from the 48th District Court which are not identical?
3. Why are the two orders referred to in question 2 dated April 29 2011, when the original District Court copy does not have a date?
4. Why did the OCP rely on the Suppression Order provisions in the Search Warrant Statute when that statute specifically excludes its application to my Freedom in Information Act (“FOIA”) lawsuits?
5. How did the OCP obtain the above Suppression Orders without an affidavit or testimony?
6. Who are suspects Christopher Busch, Gregory Greene, Vince Gunnels, Ted Lambrogine and Archibald Sloan?
7. Why did Wayne County and Oakland County have independent grand jury investigations when the statute allows one county to represent all counties when the crime takes place in more than one county?
8. Why did the OCP advise the trial court that her office had returned all police records to the Michigan State Police and later delivered 300 pages or more of these records to me in a subsequent FOIA request?
9. What facts did the OCP rely upon when she advised me on March 1, 2010 that Christopher Busch and his companions were no longer suspects?
10. From 2007 to date, were there interagency disputes over the investigation of these four murders?
11. In 2012, why did the OCP provide information on Christopher Busch and his companions to the Detroit Free Press, Channel 4 and Marney Keenan of the Detroit News, while advising the Trial Court, and subsequently the Court of Appeals, that I was not entitled to this information?
12. Why is your author the only person whom Jessica Cooper and Paul Walton accused of crime in these investigations?

I will try to respond to these questions and others in the following chapters of this story. I intend to publish a chapter two or three times a week and have attempted to limit each chapter to one or two pages to encourage the reader to spend a little time each day to understand the King family concerns over the status of the investigation.



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Chapter I: Introduction

My eleven-year-old son Timothy was abducted on March 16, 1977, in our home town, Birmingham, Oakland County, Michigan. Tim was held captive for six days, sexually abused and then suffocated. His body was found in a roadside ditch in Livonia, Wayne County, Michigan on March 22, 1977. Tim was the last identified victim of the person or people who came to be known as the Oakland County Child Killer. The original Task Force formed to investigate his death and that of three other child victims terminated in December 1978. A new OCCK Task Force was formed in 2005 when new evidence was available. Except for occasional phone calls from the investigators asking me if I could identify certain individuals, no one from law enforcement advised me of the status of the investigation for more than 30 years.

In 2006 my children, Cathy and Chris received a tip on an unidentified suspect. Because of numerous complaints from other informants about the failure of Oakland County to investigate their leads, Cathy called the Livonia Police Department in July 2007 and talked to Detective Cory Williams. Cooperating with Detective Sergeant Garry Gray of the Michigan State Police, the investigators identified this suspect as Christopher Busch, the son of a General Motors Vice President. Busch was a four-time convicted pedophile who never spent a day in jail.

Jessica Cooper, the Oakland County Prosecutor, has not talked to me about this case. Thus far her silence has been supported by the legal system, specifically the courts in Oakland County and the Michigan Attorney Grievance Association. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and her staff have kept my family informed and have met with my family numerous times. My search for the truth began on March 1, 2010 when Donald Studt, the Police Chief in Birmingham, called to tell me Busch and his companions were no longer suspects. It is my current intention to write many chapters concerning my observations of the investigation and use this blog for publication.

Last year the King family was advised that the Michigan State Police, Oakland County and Wayne County were sharing information and otherwise cooperating in the OCCK case. Wayne County recently met with Chris and me to discuss the current state of the case. I will discuss this further in my summary. However I do wish to leave a history of my concerns over the 30 years of silence and governmental actions after 2007 when my family finally got involved.

I am concerned that solving the OCCK case murders has become a political problem rather than a criminal problem. After I finish this story, I welcome comments from readers of these posts.

February 10, 2016

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My eleven-year-old son, Timothy, was abducted in Oakland County on March 16, 1977, and his body was found in Wayne County in a roadside ditch on March 22, 1977. In response to my Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) lawsuit against the Michigan State Police, I learned after December 15, 2010 that Tim had been sexually abused. Furthermore, Tim had been suffocated by someone who held both his nose and mouth shut. Tim died in his hands. I cannot imagine a more heinous death.

After the death of Kristine Michelich, the third victim, my children recall a discussion I had with Tim. He was told not to accept a ride from a stranger. If anyone tried to force him to enter a car, he was instructed to drop anything he was carrying, run and scream. During the six days he was alive, I am certain he knew what would happen.

In July 2007, Tim’s sister, Cathy Broad, advised the Livonia Police Department in Wayne County of an unidentified suspect. Detective Cory Williams of the Livonia Police Department, and Detective Sergeant Garry Gray of the Michigan State Police, identified this suspect as Christopher Busch on November 30, 2007. Williams and Gray later identified the possible participation of two of Busch’s companions, Gregory Greene and Vince Gunnels. Thereafter the King family received encouraging reports on the Busch involvement from law enforcement. To my surprise, my friend, Donald Studt, now Birmingham Chief of Police, called me on March 1, 2010 at the request of Jessica Cooper, the Oakland County Prosecutor, to advise me that Christopher Busch and his companions were no longer suspects. When no one would tell me the basis for this conclusion, I commenced FOIA lawsuits against both the Michigan State Police and the Oakland County Prosecutor. Jessica Cooper and her staff have refused to talk to me about the March 1, 2010 conclusions. Thus far her silence has been supported by the Oakland County Circuit Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals.

The King family and the families of Mark Stebbins, Jill Robinson and Kristine Mihelich, the other three OCCK victims, deserve an explanation from the responsible public officials regarding the investigation of these murders. In particular, your local prosecutor should not have dictatorial powers to close investigation of valid suspects without explanation. The Michigan Constitution states that crime victims have a right to confer with the prosecutor (Article I, Section 24). Why should anyone submit a valid suspect to law enforcement if the local prosecutor can refuse to take action for undisclosed reasons? If the reasons are professional, even Jessica Cooper has gone public to explain her reasoning. However, if the reasons are political, personal, power in control or other nonprofessional reasons, all of which may be present in the OCCK case, silence does not protect the victims or the public. I welcome your thoughts and responses but request that you complete the entire story before making interim replies.

In 2008, both Wayne and Oakland County identified Christopher Busch as the best suspect the system had produced in over 30 years. The Christopher Busch lead was the result of the phone call my daughter made to the Livonia Police Department in 2009 with information on an unidentified suspect. Cory Williams of the Livonia Police Department and Gregory Greene of the Michigan State Police identified this suspect as Christopher Busch.

My Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Michigan State Police resulted in the delivery of 3,411 pages on the Christopher Busch investigation. However, the legal system has told me that the Oakland County Prosecutor has no responsibility to provide information supporting her March 1, 2010 phone call.

Last summer I decided to use social media to tell my story. This was awkward because of my limited knowledge of this new communication system. I would like to thank those youngsters (age 60 and under) for the education provided to me regarding this publication.

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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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