OAKLAND COUNTY CHILD KILLER
A FATHER’S STORY
Chapter 46: North Fox Island
The Michigan State Police reports contain one small paragraph reference to Christopher Busch having a suitcase of pornographic photographs on North Fox Island. Since Busch was apparently not indicted for his possession of these pictures this prompted my inquiry of this location.
The King Family learned that North Fox Island was an island in Traverse Bay, outside of Traverse City, Michigan. Someone, using an assumed name, had purchased the Island and put in an airplane runway. The Island was then used as a camp for young boys from Detroit who were flown to the island and then sexually abused. The owner was later identified as Francis Sheldon from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, who moved to the Netherlands. He was never extradited or indicted before he died. There were reports that Busch and his pornographic films were delivered to Flint, Michigan, but that no further action was taken against him.
An amazing part of the North Fox Island story is the lack of media coverage over this horrendous operation at that time. It should be a lesson to all of us that people in high places were involved in pedophile activity in the 1970s. North Fox Island was not purchased by a high school coach or a police officer. It should also be a lesson that Christopher Busch was involved in major pedophile activities in addition to his four (4) convictions.
What is the relationship to North Fox Island to the OCCK murders? I have seen no direct connection between these two (2) situations. However, it is a lesson to us that in the 1970s there was substantial pedophile activity which involved many wealthy people and no publicity. It also supports my conclusion that these people in high places were involved in pedophile activity and they did not procure their victims themselves. Don’t forget that four adults called me after the Busch photo was published with reports that he tried to pick them up. Does Charles Busch have any recollection of his brother’s North Fox Island activities?
In reading my Story, please remember that the government did not provide me with any documents until I received the Michigan State Police reports on December 15, 2010. It was more than 9 months after the March 1, 2010 phone call telling me Christopher Busch and his companions were no longer suspects. It was only after December 15, 2010 that I determined the identification of the blue Gremlin as being incorrect.
It was not until April 1, 2013 when I was finally granted access to the 48th District Court Files that I obtained the information of the abuses by the Oakland County Prosecutor of the Michigan Search Warrant Statute to prohibit my access to this file. In obtaining the Suppression Orders, the Oakland County Prosecutor (a) ignored the statutory provision indicating that the statute was not applicable to FOIA cases, (b) obtained the orders without any supporting testimony or facts, and (c) submitted to the Oakland County Circuit Court two true copies of orders dated April 29, 2011 which were not identical.
Do you agree with the King family that the officials owe me an explanation on the blue Gremlin and search warrant questions?
My Story then discusses the 5 identified suspects in Tim’s murder and most of this background information provided to me after the Michigan State Police Reports were delivered.
The rest of my Story will discuss various subjects that came to the attention of the King family after December 15, 2010. In reviewing these future subjects, please remember that Jessica Cooper told me on March 1, 2010 that the suspects identified by my children were no longer suspects. Thus far we have reviewed no evidence exonerating these suspects. Did she make this determination based on her dictatorial powers as a prosecutor and were other Oakland County personnel also involved in this decision?
The purpose of the recent and following chapters is to introduce you to the 5 suspects identified to me by the investigators. On October 28, 2008, the Oakland County Prosecutor, the Wayne County Prosecutor, and the Michigan State Police all believed that Busch was the leading suspect at that time. I welcome any response from the Oakland County Prosecutor as to why she called me on March 1, 2010 to tell me that Busch was no longer a suspect. The King family has not received any information supporting this change of opinion.
Busch pled guilty to four child sexual criminal cases without spending a day in jail. Subsequent information from chapter’s 25 & 26, indicate that he was also charged with sexual criminal activity in Bloomfield Twp and Birmingham, MI. The Michigan State Police report indicates that he was active at North Fox Island, an element of the case that I will describe in a future chapter. There is little doubt that he was a regular participant in the abuse of young children.
Another interesting factor of my investigation resulted from the publication of his photograph in the media. Four individuals called me to advise that Christopher Busch had tried to pick them up when they were young children. If four people called me, how many more called the task force? Three of these callers were ladies.
I also received information that there was a very active pedophile ring on Cass Avenue in Detroit that supplied young children to Oakland County abusers. If these Oakland County abusers were using other people to pick up the children, it is possible that Christopher Busch was a procurer as well as an active participant.
Are the families and the public entitled to answers on these subjects?
I will next acquaint you with the other four suspects identified to me by the Task Force as possible suspects.
I commenced this story with two of my major concerns over the investigation of my son’s death. For 30 years the King family, and to my knowledge, the families of the other three victims, relied on law enforcement to identify the killer or killers. It was more than 33 years after Tim was abducted that the authorities provided me with any information. In response to my FOIA action, the Michigan State Police provided me with 3,411 pages on December 15, 2010.
My first major concern was the automobile identification process. I outlined these concerns in Chapters 3 to 7. There was little or no basis for emphasizing the participation of a blue AMC Gremlin when the files make substantial reference to other automobiles. In particular, a Pontiac LeMans was identified as being involved in three of the murders and the fourth murder even referred to a Pontiac without identifying the brand. This has continued for forty years. Why? Was this tactic deliberate? There were a lot more Pontiac LeMans on the road than there were AMC Gremlins. Is it possible for the current investigating officers to correct my perceived omissions?
My second concern is the lack of information from the Oakland County Prosecutor and the Oakland County authorities. It is my understanding that on October 28, 2008, the date of the Search Warrant, the Oakland County Prosecutor, the Wayne County Prosecutor and the Michigan State Police all believed that Christopher Busch was the best suspect at that time. I was unaware of the Search Warrant Affidavit until the Oakland County Prosecutor went to Court without my knowledge and perhaps the judge’s knowledge of my involvement to deny everyone access to this document. Was this done with a suggestion or cooperation of the Oakland County officials? Why did Jessica Cooper advise me on March 1, 2010 that Busch was no longer a suspect?
In continuing my story, over the next chapters I will discuss the following:
a. Identification of Busch as a suspect
b. Identify, Christopher Busch, Gregory Greene, Vince Gunnels, Ted Lambrogine and Archibald Sloan, the only suspects identified to me by law enforcement, and
c. The chronology of the events leading up to my FOIA lawsuits.
When the Oakland County Prosecutor would not discuss the status of the investigation with me, I wrote Oakland County Sheriff, Michael Bouchard a short note in August 2012 asking for a meeting with his lead investigator. Sheriff Bouchard and I exchanged emails and I met with Deputy Sheriff, Gary Miller on August 29, 2012. Sheriff Bouchard volunteered to attend but I told him that I did not think it was necessary. No prosecutor attended the meeting.
At the meeting, Miller advised me that his office took no further action after the trace evidence at the former Busch residence did not contain anything which might relate to the four children. The Michigan State Police documents delivered to me on December 15, 2010 contain a report that a phone call had been made to the Montmorency County Sheriff dated March 19, 1977 in which a citizen reported that, Christopher Busch, a known pedophile, was at his vacant family cottage in Montmorency County with three small boys. Tim was missing from March 16 to March 22. This supports some comments I have heard over the years that the children may have been taken to a summer cottage because all four deaths took place during cold weather. My family has been further advised that the Busch cottage in Montmorency has been destroyed after April of 2008 and has been replaced by a new cottage. Is this just coincidence?
When I later discussed this matter with one of the investigators, he advised me that he requested the search warrant to be issued for both locations, but he was successful in obtaining only having the search warrant for the former residence.