After October 27, 2009 there are several inconsistences the King family believes may indicate a lack of cooperation between the various investigating personnel. Two events took place during the meeting which should have warned us about the validity of these concerns.
Prior to the meeting Kym Worthy, the Wayne County Prosecutor, was upset because the Task Force had apparently not advised her of the meeting. Fortunately, Cathy had written requesting her presence. In retrospect, I have no knowledge whether Worthy’s concern was valid, but there was no reason why both prosecutors should not have been present if one of them was present.
I was also concerned because no representative from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office or the various Oakland police agencies were present. I noted this in my November 9, 2009 to Captain Harold Love as follows:
“We are confused as to the current members of the Task Force, particularly because there were no Oakland County Law enforcement personnel or FBI representatives at the conference.”
Several times in the remainder of this story I will make reference to facts indicating disputes between the various authorities indicating they may have been more interested in who solves the case than solving the case.
The King family agreed to take no further action until December 1, 2009. I exchanged voicemails with Dave LewAllen of Channel 7 in November and agreed to meet with him on December 1, 2009. Channel 7 interviewed Ericia McAvoy and me on December 3, 2009. Thereafter, at the request of Wayne County, the King Family agreed to take no further public action until after April 1. This all ended with the March 1, 2010 phone call from Jessica Cooper closing the case on Busch and his companions.
This and the following chapters will discuss the history of the Busch investigation before the March 1, 2010 phone call removing him as a suspect.
During 2009 the King Family attempted to obtain information from Oakland County concerning the status of the Christopher Busch investigation. In June my daughter, Cathy called the Victims’ Rights Office of the Oakland County Prosecutor and received no reply. On June 24, 2009 I wrote the Oakland County Prosecutor requesting an update on the investigation. We received no reply to either inquiry.
Several times in 2009, my son Chris and I asked for a meeting with the revitalized Task Force without a favorable reply. I finally set a deadline date of September 30 and called Michigan State Police Sergeant Garry Gray on that date. He returned my voicemail and we agreed on a meeting date of October 7, 2009. On October 6 Gray’s superior officer, Captain Harold Love, called me to adjourn the date for one week to October 14. During the interim week he called me to advise that there would be no meeting on October 14 with no suggestion of an adjourned date.
On or about October 20, I received a phone call from Erica McAvoy who identified herself as the sister of Kristen Mihelich, the third victim. McAvoy advised me that she had received a phone call from her Mother on Friday, October 16, suggesting that they visit with the Michigan State Police on the status of the investigation. Gray agreed to meet with them on Monday, October 19 and showed them books on the three major suspects; Christopher Busch, Vince Gunnels and Gregory Greene.
After October 20, I received a phone call from the Michigan State Police indicating that the Task Force would meet with the King family on Tuesday, October 27. In view of the comments from McAvoy, my son Chris and I looked forward with confidence that we would receive similar information to that given to the Michelich family.
The King family learned more about the Lamborgine relationship to the OCCK murders when we received a police report in October, 2013. Lamborgine came to the attention of the OCCK Case Task Force and the Livonia Police Department in February, 2005. A murder suspect, Richard Lawson, advised the investigators that his friend, Bob Moore, stated Lamborgine had showed him a picture of Tim King naked in one of Moore’s photo albums.
In September 2005 Lamborgine was polygraphed and failed the examination regarding his involvement in the OCCK case. This was the first failure of approximately 300 polygraphs conducted in the 30 year history of the OCCK Case. After working with Kym Worthy and Robert Moran from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office, the investigators located 14 victims that would testify against Lamborgine in his 30 year old pedophile case.
In April 2007, Lamborgine turned down an opportunity to cooperate in the OCCK Case in exchange for a possible plea agreement. He pled guilty on all pedophile accounts and was sentenced to life in prison. Prior to my daughter, Cathy’s telephone call in July 2007, the Task Force listed Lamborgine as the number one suspect and Bob Moore (then deceased) as a number 2 suspect in the OCCK Case.
The King family also understands that Laborgine may have made admission to another jail inmate about being involved in the OCCK Case. Hearsay evidence indicated that Lamborgine was not the one who murdered the victims, but that he molested all of the kids from the OCCK case. I do not have further results of this part of the investigation.
Even after Lamborgine was in prison, the Task Force Representatives offered to change his name and move him to a federal prison if he could provide information on the OCCK Case. Lamborgine did not accept this offer.
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.
In order to grant the public access to government records, Michigan passed FOIA in 1976. In most lawsuits the plaintiff has the burden of going forward in presenting its case and the burden of proof on contested matters. However, FOIA places this responsibility on the public body.
FOIA also lists a number of exemptions related to documents which the public body is not required to produce. To gain an exemption a public body must indemnify the document and indicate the basis for the exemption.
As I mentioned earlier, in my FOIA action against the Michigan State Police, I received 3,411 pages. However, the documents did not contain the Search Warrant or the Search Warrant Affidavit and the Michigan State Police did not claim any exemption. The Oakland County Prosecutor produced nothing and this decision has been upheld by the Oakland County Circuit Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. This is true even though the Michigan Constitution states that all citizens have a right to confer with the prosecutor (Article I, Section 24).
Earlier this year there was a great deal of publicity over the video tape of a police officer shooting a Chicago citizen. After I commenced the publication of this blog, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, suggested that police information should be available to citizens within 60 days after the shooting. However, in Michigan this time period continues for at least 40 years. While I seldom agree with the Chicago mayor on political matters, PERHAPS MICHIGAN SHOULD TAKE SOME LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO PROVIDE THOSE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO PROVIDE GOOD INFORMATION IN CRIMINAL CASES WITH THE REASONS FOR FAILURE TO PROSECUTE.
P.S. Tim King died 39 years ago on March 22, 1977
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.
After delivery of the two Suppression Orders to the Oakland County Circuit Judges in my FOIA cases, both judges properly ruled that I could not have access to the Search Warrant information in their courts. If you wish to challenge a court order you are required to go to the judge that entered the order and contest the matter in that court.
When I visited the 48th District Court, the Clerk at the counter did not know what I was talking about. The Suppression Orders did not have a case number, a requirement under the Michigan Court Rules. When she talked to her superior, he told her not to ignore my request.
I then filed a Motion to intervene in the 48th District Court case to get access to the file. In response, Assistant Prosecutor, Paul Walton, filed an Affidavit stating that the Oakland County Circuit Judge, Wendy Potts had already denied me access to the information. Similarly, he had previously told Judge Potts that I was required to bring the matter before the 48th District Court. Michigan Case Law does not allow an attorney to take contrary positions in different lawsuits. I would like an explanation from Walton as to which court had jurisdiction to hear my argument since he denied me jurisdiction in both courts.
After Judge Small denied my motion to intervene, I filed a Motion for Reconsideration which was not acted upon for almost a year. When I wrote the Judge a letter asking for a ruling on my Motion for Reconsideration I received a telephone call from Gary Klein who identified himself as the research attorney for the 48th District Court. Klein agreed to make the information available to me. I visited the Court on April 1, 2013 and was given the Search Warrant information.
In order to obtain the April 29, 2011 suppression orders from the 48th district court, the accompanying Ex Parte Motion to Clarify Order of Suppression of the October 28, 2008 search warrant and affidavit filed by the Oakland County Prosecutor states as follows:
4. That this Court has issued sixteen orders continuing the suppression of the search warrant and affidavit in this matter. The last issued March 23, 2011, and to continue to in force to May 18, 2011.
The expiration date on the fifteenth Order of Suppression expired on March 7, 2011, 840 days after October 28, 2009 Search Warrant Affidavit was issued. The sixteenth Order was not issued until March 23, 2011. Obviously, one or more of the 15 orders of suppression were issued after the expiration date of a 56 day period. Whenever the first order was not renewed within the 56 day period it can no longer be suppressed. This occurred all subsequent orders of suppression were improperly entered. The statute contains no provisions allowing the prosecutor to obtain ex parte orders once the 56 day renewal period is breached. Is my interpretation correct? Did the Oakland County Prosecutor advise the 48th district court of this interpretation when the order was entered?