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Prosecutorial Disclosures are discussed in Chapters 38-40. At the same time Prosecutor Jessica Cooper told the Oakland County Circuit Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals and your author that she did not have to disclose anything regarding the Christopher Busch investigation she provided The Detroit Free Press, Channel 4 in Detroit, Marney Keenan of the Detroit news and perhaps others with this information in 2012, the year she ran for reelection. Among my questions on this subject are the following:

7. Why was Kevin Dietz in your office on June 18, 2012?

8. Why did you present your information on Busch to Kevin Dietz of Channel 4 before he filed his FOIA request?

9. Why were the documents you delivered to Dietz not available to me?

10. Why were the documents you delivered to The Detroit Free Press not available to me?

11. Did you discuss the OCCK case with Marney Keenan in August 2012? Did these discussions include the involvement of Busch?

12. Why did you meet with Keenan and not agree to my several requests for a meeting?

13. Did the fact that you were running for reelection in 2012 affect your judgment on the disclosure of the above OCCK and Busch matters to the media?

Sometime before the election this year I assume Cooper will take similar action to contradict my analysis and criticism. The local TV stations and newspapers should ask her to answer the questions in my conclusion Chapters in addition to publishing only her side of this investigation.

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As I mentioned in Chapter 2, one of my two major initial concerns was the improper use of the search warrant statute by Jessica Cooper, the Oakland County Prosecutor. These concerns are outlined in Chapters 8 to 17. The following are a list of questions Cooper should answer not only to me but to the court system:

1. Since the suppression order provisions of the search warrant statute specifically states that it is not applicable to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases, why did you use this statute to obtain the orders from the 48th District Court (Chapter 9, Exhibits B and C) which you filed with Judges Colleen O’Brien and Wendy Potts in my FOIA cases against the Michigan State Police and your office?

2. Why are the copies of the Order Clarifying Orders of Suppression of Search Warrant and Affidavit dated April 29, 2011 and marked “A True Copy” which you filed in my two FOIA cases not identical (Chapter 9, Exhibits B and C)?

3. Why is the only copy of the above order in the 48th District Court files undated (Chapter 9, Exhibit D)?

4. Were all the renewal orders filed in the 48th District Court within 56 days of the previous order? If they were not filed within 56 days, why were any subsequent orders valid (Chapter 11)?

5. Since you obtained the April 29, 2011 order(s) from the 48th District Court in an ex parte proceeding, did you violate Rule 3.3 of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct which requires you to advise the court of the factual and legal positions of your opposing litigant? In this regard the 48th District Court has advised me there was no hearing or affidavit.

6. Are the facts in Chapters 8 to 17 and the accompanying exhibits true? If not, identify the untrue facts and state the basis for your contrary conclusions.

If you believe Cooper is correct in her legal positions, vote for her. If you believe the families of the victims are entitled to these answers, vote for her opponent, Mike Goetz. He has agreed to make the Oakland County files available to the King family.

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There are a number of innocuous items which have affected my judgment on the involvement of Christopher Busch in the OCCK murders. Among them are a series of unrelated facts which I will discuss before reviewing my other conclusions. These four items include (a) the statement of Richard Thompson that Busch was the leading suspect, (b) the four reports that the guilty party was the son of an automobile or GM executive, (c) the Task Force identification of Busch and his companions to the family of Kristine Michelich on October 19, 2009 and (d) the October 5, 2009 report that Jessica Cooper did not want to be kept current of this case.

The report that Richard Thompson thought Busch was the leading suspect demands clarification (Chapter 49). Thompson was the Chief Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor in 1977 who attended the Busch examination in Flint on January 28, 1977 and was later elected Prosecutor. Perhaps no one has better knowledge of this case.

Christopher Busch was the son of H. Lee Busch, a General Motors Vice President. Reports from four unrelated persons stated that the suspect in the OCCK case was the son of a prominent automobile or GM executive are not coincidental (Chapter 45). Based on the documents I have reviewed no one has talked to these individuals. If four people contacted the King family or the media did other persons provide similar information to law enforcement? If anyone else has received similar information, please bring it to my attention.

On October 19, 2009 MSP Sergeant Gary Gray, the leader of the revitalized Task Force, advised the family of Kristine Michelich that Busch and his companions were the leading suspects. On October 27, 2009 the Task Force did not answer any of the questions from the King family. See Chapters 33 to 35. Why couldn’t the Task Force tell the King family the same information it gave to the Michelich family eight days previously? Shortly thereafter Gray was replaced as the Task Force leader and Oakland County took control of the case.

At her first meeting with the Task Force on February 20, 2009 Jessica Cooper advised the investigating officers they could count on the full support of her office (Chapter 53). You can imagine my surprise when I later learned that as of October 5, 2009 Cooper did not want to be kept advised of the OCCK case (Chapter 53). What happened between these two dates to cause Cooper to change her mind?

Is the King family entitled to ask someone to explain the accuracy and the applicability of these observations?

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Based on my Story I have concluded that Christopher Busch was involved in the OCCK murders. Until Oakland County will answer our questions, the King family will always believe the Oakland County Prosecutor provided results favorable to the father of the murderer rather than to the families of the victims. Paul Walton told us on June 25, 2012 that the Oakland County Prosecutor had no evidence exonerating Busch (Chapter 63). When they completed and filed the search warrant affidavit on October 28, 2008 the Oakland County Prosecutor, the Wayne County Prosecutor and the Michigan State Police all thought Busch was the best lead they had reviewed to that date.

Except for the murder of 6 million Jews by the German government, I cannot envision a more hideous death than that imposed on Tim. My children remember my warnings to Tim not to enter a stranger’s car. Once he was in the car, either forcibly or voluntarily, this eleven year old boy knew what was coming. He had no ability to protect himself from sexual abuse or the hands that suffocated him. Marion, Cathy, Chris, Mark and I have lived with these thoughts since 1977.

In addition to my conclusions of what I have told you to date, from time to time I will list the questions I would like answered. Please be patient with me as I summarize my conclusions and list my unanswered questions.

Mike Goetz, the Republican candidate for Oakland County Prosecutor, has told the King family he will provide answers to us.

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After I published Chapter 52 I had further thoughts on the Grand Jury background. I called the families of Mark Stebbins and Kristine Mihelich and Patrick Coffey, the source of the Christopher Busch lead. None of them had been called as witnesses. How does the prosecutor convict any criminal if she does not call the victims as a witness? The failure to call Coffey would eliminate any charges against Busch. Who was the suspect identified to the Grand Jury?

The history of the OCP reaction to the Busch lead is contradictory. In 1977 the OCP publicly announced that Busch was not a suspect in the Stebbins murder because he passed a polygraph test (Chapter8, Exhibit A)). After the appointment of the revitalized Task Force in 2005 Richard Thompson, the Chief Assistant Prosecutor in 1977 and later elected Oakland County Prosecutor, advised the investigating officers he believed Busch was involved in these murders(Chapter49). As of October 5, 2009 Jessica Cooper did not want to receive the Task Force reports (Chapter 58) and she called me on March 1, 2010 to tell me Busch was not a suspect (Prologue). Is the Cooper lack of interest because all concerned believed Busch was involved and Oakland County was embarrassed to admit its previous errors?

Was the OCCK case added to the Grand Jury list of cold cases after its formation? Did the OCP call me as a Grand Jury witness solely to charge me with a crime as I discussed in Chapter 65? Why did Oakland County form a Grand Jury on the OCCK case when there was an existing Grand Jury in Wayne County? Who did the OCP ask the Grand Jury to indict? Are my questions valid?

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My son Chris and I met with the Michigan State Police and Wayne County Detective Cory Williams after this Chapter was published. For this reason I stated in the original Chapter I might publish this addition after the meeting. We had been advised that Sloan was offered freedom under some conditions which were not given to us. We were subsequently advised that Sloan had decided not to accept this offer.

Why would Sloan refuse freedom? First, he may not know anything which would be helpful to solving the murders. Second, he may have been afraid of punishment from any living person he could identify. Third, at age 80 plus he may have preferred three meals a day and a place to sleep. Four, his sense of loyalty to his friends and/or customers supersedes his concerns for the children. Can you think of any other reasons?

While the Oakland County Prosecutor has never told me why Christopher Busch was no longer a suspect in her March 1, 2010 phone call, my degree in bar room psychology has led me to conclude that the Sloan lead replaced Busch as the leading suspect primarily through the use of scientific evidence rather than circumstantial evidence. Remember, the scientific evidence, specifically the mDNA match between a hair in Sloan’s car which matched hairs on two of the victims, was accumulated by the revitalized Task Force after 2005 without any input from Oakland County. It also gave Oakland County an opportunity to hide any of its many possible mistakes or cover up on the Busch involvement.

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This relationship portion of my Story has been the most difficult to organize and present. This is due partially to the time schedule of events and the timing on when the information was delivered to me from the agencies involved. Please bear with me.

The number of communities and agencies with investigative jurisdiction and decision making authority have caused the King family confusion and concerns. The four children were abducted in four cities and their bodies were found in four other locations. Tim’s body was found in Livonia located in Wayne County. All the other locations were in Oakland County. In addition to the police in these eight locations the Michigan State Police, the Oakland County Sherriff and Prosecutor, the Wayne County Prosecutor and the FBI have worked on the case.

Sometime in 1977 the MSP was assigned to operate a Task Force to examine the four murders. The federal government paid substantial money for the search. I remember telling my friends I may not ever pay enough income taxes to equal the amount the Task Force expended. This Task Force terminated on December 15, 1978 when the funds were spent without identifying any suspects
The MSP was appointed to manage the Task Force. To my knowledge Wayne County did not work on the case during the initial term of the Task Force. Except for an occasional call from the Birmingham Police the King family received no information on the case for the first 30 years.

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The Busch criminal files in both Genesee and Oakland County contain provisions that Christopher Busch will not be granted probation. However the ultimate result in both Counties was probation and no one will explain this result to me.

On June 29, 1977 the Genesee County Assistant Prosecutor Judith Fullerton wrote to the Montmorency County Prosecutor and stated as follows;

“Our office will allow Busch to plead guilty to Assault with Intent to Do Criminal Sexual Conduct Involving Penetration, but we will not enter into a sentence concession whereby Busch will be placed on probation.”

You will recall that Gregory Greene, the co-defendant in this case, was sentenced to life in prison and Busch, who did the same child, received probation. Ms. Fullerton is now a Circuit Judge and refused to talk to me when I twice tried to call her.

In the summer of 2012 Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton gave me the
Complaint in the Oakland County criminal file against Busch. It contained a handwritten note “No Deals R. Thompson”. He told me this meant no prosecutor could settle the case without his approval. Walton stated that if it happened today he would fire the Assistant Prosecutor who settled a No Deal case without his permission. I will discuss this aspect of the case in my Chapter on Mr. Thompson.
The results in these two cases support my concerns that who the defendant is may be more important than what he did. Do you agree?

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Chapter 49: Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson was the Chief Assistant Prosecutor in Oakland County in 1977 and succeeded L. Brooks Patterson as Prosecutor. He drove to Flint in a snowstorm to attend the polygraph examination of Christopher Busch on January 28, 1977. Thompson attended the examination to determine if Busch was involved in the murder of Mark Stebbins, the first victim. On February 22, 1977 the Sunday News published an article stating that Busch was not involved in the Stebbins case because he had passed the lie detector test.
In early 2011 a member of the Birmingham Senior Men’s Club asked me if I would like to meet Thompson and I attended a function in his neighborhood. When introduced Thompson associated my case to a blue Gremlin. While we could not talk that night I contacted him later and mailed him a letter on June 20, 2011 requesting a meeting and providing him with some file material. Thompson stated that he did not remember much about this case. Although Thompson originally agreed to meet with me I received no further information to meet and discuss my original or subsequent letters. Since Thompson was from Oakland County this should not have been a surprise.

Among the papers I mailed Thompson was a handwritten police report dated January 28. 1977 of a Busch interview stating “Officers advised him Greg Greene told these officers that he, Busch, had killed Stebbins”. If you were examining the Stebbins case would you follow up on this lead?

The documents also included an undated email from MSP Sergeant Garry Gray to MSP Lieutenant Darryl Hill stating “…and Dick Thompson from the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office believed these two men were involved in the child murders.”

As both the Chief Assistant Prosecutor and then Prosecutor Thompson was responsible for managing the OCCK case for more than a decade. If you were responsible for solving the most heinous unsolved crime in Michigan would you remember what you did? Is this another instance where the Oakland County officials have conspired to cover up for 40 years the status of these murders for reasons unknown to the victims and the public?

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The King Family has received four unrelated reports that the OCCK murderer was the son of an automobile or GM executive. I initially referred to them as urban legends but my children said we lived in the suburbs and therefore I changed the Title to Suburban Legends for this Chapter.

Within three or four weeks after Marney Keenan of The Detroit News published her first Article on OCCK Case on October 26, 2009, a young man knocked at my door and wanted to speak at me. He had played on the same hockey team as my son, Tim, and made this report. He stated 18 years ago he was working in a clothing store and had a number of police officers as customers. On one occasion he asked a police customer if he was working on any interesting cases. The officer did not reply and started to leave the store. He then returned and told Nummer that he had been working on the OCCK Case, and that the murderer had been identified as the son of a prominent GM Executive. Nummer was quite surprised that if this information was made available to him that it had not been made available to my family.

During the same period of time Marney Keenan, the Detroit News Reporter, received a phone call from a lady who identified herself as a teacher of Kristine Mihelich, the third victim. The teacher reported that she was drinking at the Salamander Bar in the Pontchartrain Hotel in Detroit one evening next to a police officer. She inquired about the status of the Mihelich case, and the officer replied that it had been solved and that the murderer was the son of a prominent automobile executive.

My children, Cathy and Chris, went to college at Marquette University with an acquaintance who also grew up in the Birmingham area. This lady advised my children that she was drinking in a bar in Chicago where she met a police officer from this area. She asked him about the status of the OCCK Case and was advised that the Case had been solved and that the murderer was the son of a prominent automobile executive.

The fourth source of these continuing legends came to my attention when my daughter, Cathy, published her WordPress article on May 20, 2016. In this article, she reported she had received the following message:

“Hi Cathy,

I was a teenager in Detroit at the time and my father had a stamp and coin store at Eastland Shopping Center. One of his customers was E. Harwood Rydholm, a big executive at Chrysler. Mr. Rydholm told my dad that that OCCK was the son of a powerful GM exec and that the police were protecting GM’s reputation so he probably wouldn’t be arrested. Mr. Rydholm passed away in 1987. The ghastly part is that Mr. Rydholm told my father this story shortly have Kristine Mihelich went missing.”

These four unrelated reports all indicate that the OCCK murderer was the son of a prominent GM or automobile executive. They all took place during the 30 years of silence between 1977 and 2007 during which no one from law enforcement talked to the King Family. To my knowledge, no one from law enforcement talked to these individuals after the King Family went public in October 2009. As you can imagine, the King Family has legitimate concerns that these Reports are not coincidental. If anyone reading this Chapter has any other similar information, please bring it to my attention.

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