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“As for Busch, specifically, evidence cited by King that would point to his possible involvement in Tim King’s murder is either ”to general” or excludes him altogether, she says.” From A Father’s Story by Deborah Holdship published in Michigan Today, April 25, 2016

The King family has not talked to any other person who has excluded Christopher Busch as a possible suspect. The King family is not aware of any facts that exclude Busch altogether. Remember her Chief Assistant Prosecutor told my attorney, Lisa Milton, my son, Chris, and me on June 25, 2012 he did not have any evidence exonerating Busch (Chapter 64). Cooper’s predecessor, Dave Gorcyca, has advised me that Busch was the leading suspect when his term expired December 31, 2008.

Richard Thompson, the Chief Assistant Prosecutor in 1977 when Tim died and then elected Oakland County Prosecutor advised the revitalized OCCK Task Force that Christopher Busch was the leading suspect (Chapter 49 ). Perhaps Busch’s death also accounts for the fact there was little or no activity on solving this crime for 30 years until my daughter Cathy called Livonia in July, 2007.

Four unrelated individuals have been told the King family that the case had been solved and the killer was the son of a prominent GM or automobile executive (Chapter 45). Three of the sources for this information were police officers. Busch was the son of H. Lee Busch, a General Motors vice president. Apparently some insiders were told or believed that Busch was guilty many years before the turn of the century.

The identification of Busch as a possible suspect was made by Wayne County Detective Cory Williams and the OCCK Task Force leader, Michigan State Police Sergeant Garry Gray. They identified Busch based on the facts Cathy gave them.

The MSP reports contain an entry dated October 9, 2009 stating that Cooper did not want to receive reports on the OCCK case. On October 19, 2009 the OCCK Task Force told the family of Kristine Mihelich, the third victim, that the three leading suspects were Busch and his companions, Gregory Greene and Vince Gunnels (Chapter 33). The family was shown the MSP notebooks on all three suspects.

No prosecutor should have the sole power to determine who murdered Tim and the other three victims. This is why the King family supports Mike Goetz over Dictator Cooper in the November 8 election. Goetz has told us he will open the file to us and answer our questions. Cooper continues to talk to the media, but not the victims, giving conclusions without any supporting facts.

Footnote: You can access my Story at “afathersstory-occk.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-xx”.

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“Cooper, who was elected in 2008, says members of her staff have responded to all of King’s queries over the years. Her chief assistant, Paul Walton spoke at length with King in 2012. King also met with Gary Miller, then- Oakland County deputy sheriff.” From A Father’s Story by Deborah Holdship published in Michigan Today, April 25, 2016

This statement is at best misleading and at worst incorrect. For instance, one of the Assistant Prosecutors advised me that he had been instructed not to talk to me.

The June 25, 2012 meeting with Walton is summarized in Chapter 64 of my story of my son’s murder, A Father’s Story-OCCK. Prior to this meeting on June 19, Kevin Dietz of Channel 4 sent a FOIA request to Cooper for the documents she had shown him yesterday and received 121 pages concerning the Busch investigation. This was during the same time period that Cooper told both the Oakland County Circuit Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals that this information was exempt and not available to me in my FOIA cases. Walton gave us less than ten pages at the June 25 meeting (Chapter 38). At this same meeting Walton also told us that he had no evidence exonerating Busch from participation in these murders.

Cooper and Walton asked me to come to court on July 20, 2011. When I appeared they falsely told Judge Martha Anderson that I had committed the crime of disclosing the existence of the Oakland County Grand Jury. When I asked him who provided his office with this false information at the June 25, 2012 meeting, he responded Kevin Dietz. Dietz had previously delivered to his office a statement that I was not the source of his TV program announcing the existence of the Oakland County Grand Jury (Chapter 65, Exhibit K).

The meeting with Gary Miller was arranged with Sheriff Michael Bouchard and no prosecutor was present. My summary of the meeting is at Chapter 64, Exhibit J.
Cooper called on March 1, 2010 to tell us that Busch was no longer a suspect. On June 25, 2012 Walton tells us the Oakland County Prosecutor has no evidence exonerating him. The only person who can give us the basis for her March 1 phone call is Cooper. Hopefully before the November 8 election someone in the media will ask her to explain why she called me on March 1 to tell me Busch was no longer a suspect.

Footnote: You can access my Story at “afathersstory-occk.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-xx”.

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In my judgment the method of raising children in Oakland County, and perhaps beyond, has materially changed since the OCCK deaths. If you are less than 40 years old your childhood may be much different than that of your parents, my children and even me. These changes began in 1977, but I did not realize this until 2007 after my daughter Cathy’s phone call to Cory Williams.

Before 1977 children had freedom, especially during the summer months. They had paper routes, walked to school, shopped their neighborhood stores for comic books and ice cream, took their mitts and bats to the neighborhood playgrounds and were not regularly supervised. The young children in my neighborhood do not play outdoors or visit each other. Television and computers may account for some of this result but not all of it.

This is perhaps best personified by a telephone call I received last year from one of Tim’s baseball teammates. Brian Nefcy called on the status of the investigation and told me of trip his family made to Texas to visit his wife’s parents. When his wife and he returned home his children were not there. Their grandparents advised him both his children, whom I recall were younger than Tim when he died, were walking around the block. He immediately got in the car, picked them up and told the grandparents to never allow this again.

A friend of mine who married one of Cathy’s high school friends advised me several years ago that the babysitter for his 12 year old son was always a family member with one exception. The babysitter on this one occasion was his secretary’s sister.

My neighborhood elementary school was closed several years after Tim died. The children now attend a different school which requires them to take a school bus. I was surprised to learn that some of the mothers wait at the neighborhood bus stop until their children are picked up and to meet them when they arrive home. Was this common procedure before 1977?

The above examples are only a sample of other reports I have received. Do these changes affect childhood independence and social development? Perhaps some sociologist or trained individual can make a comparison for us. Would any of these social changes have been minimized if ALL OR SOME of the suspects, especially Busch and Greene, had been identified publicly with a request for additional evidence?

Footnote: You can access my Story at “afathersstory-occk.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter xx”.

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The family of Tim King wishes to thank a number of people in the attempt to identify the suspects in his murder and that of the three other children also identified as victims of the Oakland County Child Killer.

For thirty years our primary source of information was retired Birmingham Chief of Police Donald Studt. As a young officer he was at our house twelve hours a day while Tim was missing. For three decades he followed up on several leads including out-of-state visits. I recall him telling me many years ago that the case would only be solved by a death bed confession. That solution is still a possibility.

Marney Keenan, a retired Detroit News reporter, is writing a book on murders of these children which may be published soon. My Story discusses only Christopher Busch. I understand her book will be broader. Even before July 2007 Keenan met with Studt and me to discuss another suspect who had come to her attention. She was also present on October 11, 2009 when I first discussed my concerns with the Detroit News. Get in line to buy this book when publication occurs.

This Story would not have occurred if Patrick Coffey, a former neighbor and classmate of my son Chris, had not talked to Lawrence Wasser at a convention in Las Vegas (Chapter 19, Exhibit E, 21 and 22). The circumstances of this meeting are similar to a death bed confession. Coffey has flown to Michigan from California at his own expense in response to an investigative subpoena. Coffey testified but Wasser asserted his right to remain silent relying on the lie detector statute. I am not aware of anyone who believes the position of Wasser is valid. If Wasser or any other polygrapher concludes a witness committed murder silence should not be authorized.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has kept me advised and taken action to develop the facts. Her Chief Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran has been my primary contact. He returns all my calls and has visited Chris and me at my house on four or more occasions. The only reason Wayne County has jurisdiction in the OCCK case is that Tim’s body was found there. Oakland County and Jessica Cooper, the Oakland County Prosecutor, refuse to talk to me. Cooper has instructed her assistants to silence. Thank God that Worthy and Moran do not share Cooper’s views on victim silence.

No one has been as helpful as Cory Williams. When my daughter Cathy decided to report the Coffey-Wasser story she called the police in Livonia where Tim’s body was found (Chapter 19, Exhibit E). In making this phone call Cathy partially relied on favorable comments from Chris and me after meeting Williams in late 2006. Williams retired as a Livonia police officer in 2009 and is now a Wayne County Detective. His follow-up on the Busch lead and several others have occupied a great deal of his time. He has accompanied Moran on the visits to my house and made other visits on his own.

Michigan State police officers Denise Powell and Garry Gray also deserve my thanks. Gray was appointed the leader of the 2005 revitalized Task Force and is now retired. After my October 27, 2009 meeting with the Task Force the Michigan State Police switched allegiance from Wayne County to Oakland County. Powell reestablished contacts with Wayne County (Chapter 57). Powell and Williams recently met with Chris and I to advise us that their search was at a standstill and recommended that we mutually contact the media for a national program requesting information on the killers.

Endless other individuals in law enforcement and the media have devoted time to solve this gruesome case. The King family extends a Thank You to all of you.

Footnote: You can access my Story at”afathersstory-OCCK.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter –xx”. Another source is “afathersstory-OCCK.wordpress”.

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Christopher Busch was involved in the murder of my son Tim. “Tell ‘em what you gonna to tell ‘em, tell ‘em and then tell ‘em what you told ‘em” (Chapter 2). This is a short summary of what I have told you in the previous Chapters 66 to 71.

Once Busch died he could not be tried or convicted. The facts presented to me do not contain information exonerating him. After his death both Oakland County and the original Task Force essentially closed the door on the OCCK murders for almost 30 years. Presumably, they could then reopen the case if any other suspect was identified.

Four of the major factors supporting my conclusion are the non-evidentiary facts set forth in Chapter 67. After the Task Force was revitalized in 2005 Richard Thompson, the Oakland County Prosecutor responsible for the case from the beginning, told the Michigan State Police Busch was guilty. Four unrelated persons advised the King family the murderer was the son of a GM or automobile executive. On October 19, 2009, the Task Force told the family of Kristine Mihelich that Busch and his companions were the leading suspects. After Jessica Cooper became the Oakland County Prosecutor on January 1, 2009, she told the Michigan State Police not to provide her with OCCK information. Why did she do this unless she had been advised that the case was closed?

Chapters 68 to 70 set forth 24 questions to the Oakland County Prosecutor. The King family has additional areas of discussion if Cooper would only take time to meet with us. There can be a number of reasons why a prosecutor chooses not to charge a suspect. If the reasons are professional it is common to explain this to the public. How often have you read that two mutual deaths were the result of a murder-suicide? Cooper advised the media that she would not charge the Northland Mall representatives who killed a customer because they had no intent to kill him, a professional conclusion. Without an adequate explanation the King family cannot eliminate the possibility the reasons are personal (Busch’s father was a friend of the prosecutor?), political (the Busch family was a major contributor to the election campaigns?), previous mistakes (Busch was allowed to plead guilty in his four pedophile cases rather than trying him?), power and control (we cannot allow Wayne County to solve the case?) or other alternatives.

Three years ago Cooper referred to me as an 82 year old senile attorney. Her conclusion is interesting because she has never talked with me. If you agree with her I apologize for taking up your time. If you decide her judgment on my senility is incorrect or her failure to answer the questions from the King family is improper, please vote for her opponent Mike Goetz this November.

There will be post scripts to this Story but this is the final Chapter on my analysis of the investigation into Tim’s murder. One footnote will request the legislature to include new laws to require victim information in future cases.

Thank you for your patience if you have read all or any of my 73 Chapters.

Barry King.

Footnote: You can access this Story at “afathersstory.occk.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-xx”. Another source is “afathersstory-OCCK.wordpress”.

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The search warrant affidavit (Chapter 8 Exhibit A) prepared by the Oakland County Prosecutor contains two subsections discussing the Christopher Busch polygraph history. They provide as follows:

(3) V. “Affidavit has obtained and reviewed a polygraph report prepared by Ralph E Cabot, who at that time was a Michigan State Trooper and a member of the Polygraph Unit at the Flint Post. Cabot reported that he conducted a polygraph test of Christopher Busch on February 15, 1977. During the pre-test interview, Busch admitted that he was sexually attracted to young boys. He denied that he had anything to do with the Stebbins kidnapping and murder. Cabot tested Bush and concluded that he was being truthful. Based on these polygraph test results, Busch was not investigated further as a suspect in the Oakland County child murders.

Y. Affidavit further states that the polygraph charts from Christopher Bush’s polygraph test administrated by Ralph Cabot were recently reviewed by three polygraph examiners, Lt. Robert Dykatra of the Michigan State Police, Tim Larion of the Livonia Police Department and former State Police polygraph examiner John Wojnaroski. Affidavit was told by three examiners that the polygraph charts do not indicate truthfulness, and that at best, the result should have been deemed inconclusive. “

This information was made available to me on April 1, 2013 when the 48th district court granted me access to the search warrant file. Three experienced polygraphers believed Busch did not pass the January 27, 1977 polygraph test, while the conclusion of the initial polygrapher to the contrary was published and apparently relied upon by law enforcement for over 35 years.

The timing of the original conclusion that Busch has passed a polygraph test is particularly disturbing to the King family. This polygraph was taken on January 27, 1977, and Tim was abducted on March 16, 1977. If Busch had not passed the January 27 polygraph examination, he may not have been granted bail as a murder suspect. Furthermore, as noted in Chapter 29 the codefendant in Genesee County, Gregory Greene, more than once told the investigating officers that Busch had killed Mark Stebbins.

Is it possible the elimination of Busch and is companions as suspects on March 1, 2010 was an effort by Jessica Cooper to protect those officials who relied on a polygraph test to terminate further investigation on this portion of the case? The Oakland County Prosecutor concluded in 1977 that Busch was not involved because he passed a polygraph test. Are the victims and the public entitled to similar information when three other polygraphers disagree with this conclusion?

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As I discussed in Chapter 39, prior to the March 1, 2010 phone call from Jessica Cooper my family had requested only two documents from the appropriate authorities, the Bloomfield Township Police Department and the Genesee County Circuit Court. In both instances the authorities denied the King family access to this information and then provided the information to Heather Catallo of Channel 7.

After the revitalized OCCK Task Force denied the many requests of the King family for a conference, I decided to take the matter to the public. Realizing my story would not fit into a three to five minute portion of the six o’clock news, I called my friend Judy Dieboltd at the Detroit News. Marney Keenan a reporter and Dieboltd met with me to discuss this matter. Keenan has been so intrigued by the case that she is preparing to publish a book on the entire investigation.

Keenan has advised me that she contacted Jessica Cooper for information and they had a conference in August 2012. Keenan told me that the conference took place for more than two hours. Is it another instance of law enforcement providing information to the media that is not provided to the victim?

In my two Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the Oakland County Prosecutor, the Oakland County Prosecutor successfully denied me any information. Both the Oakland County Circuit Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals confirmed this result. If the information of the Busch investigation is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, why did Jessica Cooper, Oakland County Prosecutor, provide this information to members of the media on at least three occasions?

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Over the 30 year period from 1977 to 2007, it was customary for the local television stations to review the Oakland County Child Killer case every five years. In late 2006, my children, Cathy and Chris, expressed an interest in joining in the 2007 programs. I advised them that I had no objection but that I would advise the revitalized Task Force of their intentions.

In late 2006, I called Michigan State Police Sergeant Garry Gray and advised him of this suggestion. In his response, Gray indicated he would like to meet with me concerning a new development in this case. I advised him that I could come in any afternoon next week. Twenty minutes later he called and asked if I could come in immediately and I met with him at the Oak Park station. During the conference we made arrangements to meet with my family and the Task Force the next week. I then visited the Oak Park Station with my son Chris and our friend Don Studt, now the Chief of Police in Birmingham. The Task Force was represented by Gray, his assistant Officer Robertson and Cory Williams, the Livonia Police Officer working with Gray regarding pedophile rings on Cass Avenue and in the Wayne and Oakland County. They advised me that the Task Force was following a lead on Ted Lamborgine, a long time participant in the Detroit Cass Avenue and the Oakland County child pedophile cases. The Task Force believed that Lamborgine was a possible lead to the identity of the Oakland County Child Killer.

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The Task Force formally advised the King family that Gregory Greene was a potential suspect when his participation was discussed in the Michigan State Police reports we received on December 15, 2010.

Gregory Greene was a known pedophile and companion of Christopher Busch. The Michigan State Police reports have extensive history of his pedophile convictions in California, including one case in which Greene thought the boy was dead and dropped him off at a hospital. Fortunately, the boy lived. After he served his jail term in California he returned to his home town, Flint, Michigan. Greene and Busch were codefendants in the pedophile case in Genesee County, Michigan. Busch was granted probation and Greene was sentenced to life in prison for violating the same child. Greene died in prison in 1996.

In driving from Alma to Flint on January 28, 1977, Busch stated that Greene and he planned to have one of them get a day job and the other, a night job so that they could have someone present with a potential future victim. See Chapter 26 and 27. Busch did not answer the question when the police asked him what they would do when they were finished with a child.

The most upsetting part of the Greene story took place in Flint, on January 27 and 28, 1977 when Busch and he were investigated by the police. On more than one occasion, Greene stated that Busch had murdered Mark Stebbins the first victim. The Police Reports provided to me do not indicate that Greene was separately examined on his basis for this murder accusation.

After Green died, a former cell mate recalled discussing the OCCK Case with Greene. However, the Michigan State Police reports do not discuss content of these discussions. The Police Reports indicated that Greene was continuously in jail after January 28, 1977 and if this is true he could not have been personally involved in Tim’s murder.

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In 2015 I received a phone call from a police officer who was convinced that Christopher Busch was involved in the Oakland County Child Killings. We talked for over an hour. A summary of this telephone discussion is in my files but I do not wish to disclose most the information at this time. Because the officer is still on active duty, no identification was given to me. I did not ask for his name or current position. The officer was convinced that Busch was involved in these murders and wanted to be certain that I have received all of the information regarding his suicide report.

This phone call is another example of the difference of opinion among many of the foot soldiers and their superiors in the police force as well as other political personnel.

If I disagreed with the conclusions of a young lawyer in my office, we would discuss the differences of opinion. While the final decision would be mine, it is improper to ignore other opinions. Does the police administration follow the same procedure? If the Chief of Police disagrees, does he throw the file in waste basket or sit down with the investigating officers to explain why this action is being taken. Similarly, if the police authorities submit a case to the prosecutor, does the prosecutor follow a similar procedure regarding the waste basket or education?

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