“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.

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As discussed in Post Script Three the Oakland County Prosecutor reported in February 1977 that Christopher Busch had passed a lie detector test but refused to report later readings from three other polygraphers who ruled otherwise. The inconsistent positions taken by the Oakland County Prosecutor on the publication of polygraph examinations needs clarification. The following is my timeline on the publication results of the lie detector tests of two of the OCCK suspects, Christopher Buach and Vince Gunnels.

January 28, 1977: The OCCK Task Force takes the polygraph examination of Busch in Genesee County. An Oakland County Prosecutor was present because Busch was a suspect in the murder of Mike Stebbins, the first victim (Chapter 22).

February 1977: Oakland County Prosecutor L Brooks Patterson concludes that Busch was not a suspect in the murder of Stebbins, the first victim, because he had passed a lie detector test. This information was published in two newspaper articles which were in the Michigan State Police reports which I received on December 15, 2010. Tim was abducted and killed one month later in March, 1977.

November 13, 2009: After my October 27, 2009 meeting with the Task Force Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper wrote me a letter advising me that publication of lie detector tests is a crime (Chapter 62, Exhibit J).

December 15, 2010: This is the date I received the Michigan State Police reports on Busch. It was after this date that I read two newspaper articles stating that Busch was not involved in the Stebbins case because he passed a lie detector test.

November 20. 2012: In response to my third FOIA request Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Grden delivered to me a copy of the complete polygraph test of Vince Gunnels taken on July 30, 2009 including the questions, the answers and the conclusions (Chapter 42). This information had been redacted in the MSP reports I received on December 15, 2010. Has Jessica Cooper taken any action to charge or discipline Gredn for this statutory violation?

April 1, 2013: Almost two years after I filed suit to review the October 28, 2008 search warrant on the Busch residence the 48th District Court gave me access to its search warrant file. The search warrant affidavit prepared by the Oakland County Prosecutor and signed by the Michigan State Police discloses that three experienced polygraphers concluded that Busch either failed or did not pass the January 28, 1977 lie detector test (Chapter 8, Exhibit A). The Oakland County Prosecutor publicly states in February 1977 that Busch passed the test and then refuses to give me access to the contrary readings. What is good for the goose is good for the gander! No prosecutor should have authority to state the earlier results and then deny victims or suspects access to the contrary answers.

October 2013: The police reports delivered to me at this time stated that more than 300 suspects had passed polygraph tests until Ted Lamborgine failed his test in 2005. Was a polygraph test the sole basis used to locate Tim’s killer? Has any prosecutor ever been accused of a crime when the statute is violated? Should Cooper and/or Grden be charged now?

If the courts do not clarify this problem the legislature should confer with the prosecutors and the criminal bar association to clarify procedures after anyone publishes lie detector results.

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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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Chapter 72: Interim Comments: Three

This unplanned Chapter was prompted by the attached article from the September 2, 2016 article in The Wall Street Journal (Exhibit L). This article supported my concerns that Oakland County and the Task Force may have used scientific evidence discovered in 2009 or 2010 through the efforts of the office of the Wayne County Prosecutor (Chapters 32and 56) to improperly terminate the circumstantial and scientific evidence involving Christopher Busch and perhaps others.

The victims of the OCCK killers died in 1976 and 1977 before the discovery of DNA evidence. The original Task Force did not have DNA scientific evidence available for its investigation. Arch Sloan was the third tip given to the Task Force and Busch and Gregory Greene were the tips 369 and 370. After Busch and Greene passed their polygraph tests in January 1977 there was no further investigation until my daughter Cathy called the Livonia Police Department in July 2007 (Chapter 19). I received no information on the Sloan investigation until July 17, 2011 when Jessica Cooper requested information from the public on his possible involvement (Chapter 64). Since then all of the updates to the King family have been provided by Chief Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Rob Moran and Wayne County Detective Cory Williams.

Why did Cooper call me on March 1, 2010 to tell me Busch was no longer a suspect? My degree in bar room psychology has led me to believe that the Task Force and Cooper decided the mDNA match between two of the victims and a hair found in the Sloan car was a better lead than the scientific and circumstantial evidence in the Busch case. The King family also believes Sloan was a good lead and should be examined (Chapter 32). We have been advised that this Sloan lead has not located any additional evidence regarding his possible involvement.

When the Task Force and Oakland County could not locate any further evidence on the Sloan case, at the request of the Oakland County Sheriff Cooper publicly requested information on this lead. OAKLAND COUNTY HAS MADE NO SIMILAR INFORMATION REQUEST FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION ON THE BUSCH OR OTHER LEADS. Oakland County closed its pending investigation of Busch and all other individuals sometime between the Task Force meeting on October 27, 2009 and the meeting with the investigators on February 26, 2010. Are any of the criticisms on scientific evidence in Exhibit L applicable to the Sloan lead? For two centuries before Tim was abducted criminals in this country were convicted without DNA evidence. That law has not changed to my knowledge.

When was the Sloan case mDNA evidence available? Did Paul Walton discuss the Sloan involvement with the investigators at the February 26, 2010 meeting? Why is mDNA evidence applicable in the Sloan case and the cold case conviction of a defendant charged by the Oakland County Grand Jury (Chapter 55) but not admissible regarding Kristine Michelich, the third victim (Chapter 34)? Should the Oakland County Prosecutor have dictatorial authority to omit or charge suspects without explanation or supervision? Do my concerns that the emphasis on the Sloan case was an attempt at diversion from other suspects have any validity?

Please click below for the September 2, 2016 article in The Wall Street Journal.

Exhibit L

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This Chapter discusses some of my concerns not related to the dictatorial responses of the Oakland County Prosecutor. These concerns entered into my conclusion that Christopher Busch was involved in Tim’s death.

Criminal suspects are normally identified by name when the police receive the initial lead. In this case no name was given when my daughter, Cathy, called the Livonia Police Department in July 2007 (Chapter 19, Exhibit E). From her information, the police identified Busch. When Jessica Cooper advised me on March 1, 2010 that Busch was not a suspect the King family had not been provided any documents. I received my first information on December 15, 2010 when the Michigan State Police delivered 3411 pages pursuant to my FOIA law suit. All the information I have received arrived after that date. Oakland County has not provided any information to my family.

For more than 30 years I had concluded that it was a diabolically clever individual who killed Tim. I always thought if two or more individuals were involved one of them would ultimately identify the killers, either directly or indirectly. In 2006 Lawrence Wasser indirectly identified Busch to Patrick Coffey, a former neighbor and classmate of my son Chris, at a national convention of polygraphers in Las Vegas (Chapters 19 to 21). At his own expense Coffey flew from California and gave sworn testimony to the Wayne County Circuit Court. To my knowledge no one has taken any sworn testimony from Wasser. Apparently some authorities believe is more important to keep the polygraph results secret than it is to solve the OCCK case or any other serious crime.

The relationship between Busch and Greene with the OCCK case was first discussed in a January 1977 pedophile case in Genesee County. They were codefendants for abusing a boy in the Flint area (Chapter 29). Greene advised the investigators that Busch had killed Mark Stebbins, the first victim of the OCCK. NO ONE FOLLOWED UP ON THIS LEAD! They abused the same child. Greene received a life sentence. Busch was placed on probation even though he pleaded guilty in this and three other cases. Which one of them was the son of a prominent GM or automobile executive (Chapter 45)?

In February 1977 the Oakland County Prosecutor announced that Busch was not involved in the Stebbins murder because he passed a polygraph test. Tim was abducted and murdered in March. If Busch was ultimately charged in the OCCK case this timing would be very embarrassing. The possibility that Busch killed Tim while on probation also led me to continue my search for the truth.

Busch died on or about November 20, 1978 and the original Task Force was disbanded on December 15, 1978. Coincidence? The death was treated as a suicide but there is some concern he may have been murdered (Chapter 24, Exhibit F). Even though Busch had been removed as a suspect in February 1977, the Bloomfield Township police called the OCCK Task Force shortly after arriving at the residence to investigate his death. To my knowledge no one has interviewed the Task Force members, John Davis and Ron Pierce, who came to the residence. Why were they called and who did they report to?

Another interesting fact arose from the FBI interview with Charles Busch, the brother of Christopher. Before making any statement Charles asked if his nephews could be placed in a witness protection program (Chapter 28). This would only be necessary if there is someone alive who could harm them. I have requested the Task Force to follow up on this item.

Not all of the investigators have eliminated Busch as a suspect. In June 2015 one of them called to make certain I had received all of the Busch files (Chapter 25). When the MSP requested a search warrant of the former Busch residence October 28, 2008 the Wayne County Prosecutor, the Oakland County Prosecutor and the Michigan State Police all thought this was the best lead in the OCCK case. After Jessica Cooper called me on March 1, 2010 to tell me Busch was no longer a suspect her Chief Assistant Paul Walton told us they had no information exonerating him (Chapter 65).

As I mentioned early in this Story the emphasis on the blue Gremlin was entirely incorrect (Chapters 3 to7). The documents the Oakland County Prosecutor delivered to me on November 20, 2012 mention several other cars. A Pontiac is associated with all four children, and a Pontiac Lemans with three of them. The failure to publicize the possible involvement of the other cars is disturbing to the King family. Was this a deliberate attempt to mislead the public? Did the death of Busch eliminate the need for further evidence to close the case?

The King family concerns over the silence of Oakland County is summarized in Chapter 58. We greatly fear the silence is a deliberate attempt by Oakland County to avoid criticism of the improper actions in 1977 which would have involved the Busch family and perhaps other prominent citizens.

Any comments on the validity of these conclusions will be appreciated.

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There are a number of additional questions I have for Jessica Cooper. Among them are the following:

19. When Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton filed his August 8, 2012 sworn Bill of Particulars with Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts stating that he had returned all the police records to the Michigan State Police did your office have in its possession the MSP documents delivered to me on November 20, 2012 (Chapters 47 and 48)? If so, do you have any professional responsibility to tell the Oakland County Circuit Court of this false statement pursuant to Rule 3.3(a)(1) of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct?

20. Did Richard Thompson tell the revitalized OCCK Task Force that he believed Christophe Busch was the murderer? Did your office discuss this subject with Thompson and, if so, who participated and what was said?

21. Define “meeting” as described in Chapters 61 to 64? Who prepared the list of 27 meetings? Why did you deliberately omit July 20, 2011 (Chapter 65)?

22. On April 26, 2012 did you tell the Oakland Press that you had won the appeal in my first FOIA case? If so, what was your basis for this statement?

23. Do you disagree with the facts or conclusions of Bill Beachum in Chapter 60, Exhibit G? If so, state each fact or conclusion and the basis for each disagreement.

24. Prior to October 5, 2009 did you tell the revitalized OCCK Task Force not to keep you advised of its investigation (Chapter 53)? If so, why did you make this request?

If any prosecutor advised you that the leading suspect in your child’s murder was no longer a suspect should the prosecutor explain the basis for her decision? If your answer is yes please vote for Mike Goetz this November.

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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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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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The Michigan Grand Jury Statute provides for a Citizen’s Grand Jury and a Judicial Grand Jury. A Citizen’s Grand Jury is heard by a jury of 15 to 20 citizens and has a term of one year. A Judicial Grand Jury is held before a judge and the one year term can be extended under certain conditions. If a crime involves more than one county, the statute provides that the hearing can be held in one county rather than requiring each county spending its time and money for this purpose.

This multiple county provision has particular application to the OCCK case because Tim’s body was found in Wayne County and all other activities took place in Oakland County. The use of one Grand Jury is the better procedure. For example, if Wayne County considered Suspect A was the murderer and Oakland County sought indictment against Suspect B, both suspects could argue innocence because the other suspect was guilty. But what if both suspects participated in the murder? For instance what if Suspect A procured young children who were abused by Suspect B? Even worse, what if there is an organized group involving many other individuals?

The MSP reports indicate that Kym Worthy, the Wayne County Prosecutor, was considering a grand jury as early as October 15, 2008. The entry states that she wanted to examine several redacted names and “Cabot”. Ralph Cabot was the Genesee County polygrapher who examined Christophe r Busch on January 27, 1977. Did Wayne County formed a Judicial Grand Jury in the fall of 2010 after discussions with the Oakland County on a one county grand jury were unsuccessful or was this during the time that Jessica Cooper would not talk with Kym Worthy? I would like clarification of this fact.

Wayne County advised me in 2015 that its Grand Jury did not indict anyone and was terminated after several extensions.

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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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