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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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.
This is the day Jessica Cooper asked me to come to the courtroom of Judge Martha Anderson where she falsely accused me of a crime.
It is a crime in Michigan if you disclose the existence of a grand jury after you are served with a subpoena to appear. Grand Jury subpoenas contain this warning. I was served with a subpoena in early July to appear on July 20. I discussed this with David Binkley, my attorney in the Michigan State Police case and Lisa Milton, my attorney in the Oakland County Prosecutor case. I did not discuss it with anyone else.
Sometime after service of the subpoena and before July 20 Kevin Dietz of Channel 4 called my son Chris and me to meet with us. When he came to the house he advised us that the existence of the Grand Jury would be announced on the 6:00 news broadcast. When I told him that the person who gave him this information had committed a crime, he told me he had three sources.
On July 19 Cooper or Walton called Binkley and asked us to appear in the courtroom of Judge Martha Anderson the next morning. This was not surprising as I would not call a witness if I had not interviewed him or her. When we arrived the court clerk asked us sit in the jury room. After 20 or 30 minutes we were taken to the chambers (office) of Judge Anderson where Cooper and Walton were already seated.
To my surprise Walton told Judge Anderson that I had told Dietz of the existence of the Grand Jury. I do not recall any facts supporting this allegation. My response was an absolute denial. Rather than stating any supporting facts Walton repeated his accusation. I don’t know what Cooper and Walton told Judge Anderson in my absence. It is improper per for any judge to discuss any case unless both parties are present.
After we left the court room Binkley talked with Walton. It is my understanding that Walton admitted the OCP had no facts to support this allegation. Let me tack you back to the November 13, 2009 letter I received from Cooper where she states “The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office is not an investigative agency. Rather. We prosecute crimes which have already been investigated by police…” (Chapter 62, Exhibit I).
If Cooper relied on someone else for this false information she should take appropriate action to punish them for a false report and allow me to sue them for damages. If it was all conjecture she should be punished for taking up the court time without properly preparing her facts. A court room is not the forum for pretrial discovery.
After I called Dietz to advise him of this situation he sent me an email denying I was the source of his information (Exhibit K). He then prepared a letter identical to the email which I picked up from his office the next morning and delivered copies to Cooper, Walton and the clerk for Judge Anderson. When I asked Walton at our June 25, 2112 discussion (Chapter 63) who advised him that I disclosed the grand jury information to Dietz he responded “Kevin Dietz”. I believe Dietz and not Walton. How about you?
If this is how Cooper treats victims how does she treat criminals? Is anyone in the media interested in asking her for Comments on this Chapter?
Item 8. 07/14/2011: I have difficulty understanding why my statement to a third party is a meeting. I did not know at that time Jessica Cooper, at her request, was not receiving reports (Chapter 53), that she would share documents and information with the media and not the victims (Chapters 38-40), that the Oakland County Prosecutor had no evidence exonerating Busch (Chapter 63) or that on October 28, 2008 the Oakland County Prosecutor, the Wayne County Prosecutor and the Michigan State Police all believed Christopher Busch was the best suspect when they filed the search warrant affidavit.
Item 9. 07/17/11: On this date Cooper publicly requested information on the possible involvement of Archibald Sloan in the OCCK murders. The Task Force had determined there was a mDNA match between hairs found on the bodies of both Mark Stebbins and Tim King with a hair found in the car of Sloan. I later learned that the investigating officers requested Cooper to go public because they had no facts to charge Sloan other than the mDNA match (Chapter 64). As a courtesy MSP Lieutenant Denise Powell and FBI Agent Sean Callaghan advised my son Chris and I an hour prior to the announcement. I believed then, and I still believe, Sloan could be a good lead. However, the Task Force has not discovered any facts to identify this unknown suspect. On the other hand, the information my daughter Cathy provided the Task Force did result in an identified suspect which Cooper will not discuss with me.
Item 10. 07/18/2012: See my response to the two previous dates.
Item 11. 08/29/2012: When Jessica Cooper would not discuss the Christopher Busch involvement with me I wrote Sheriff Michael Bouchard requesting a meeting with his chief investigator. Bouchard offered to attend but I advised him this was not necessary. No prosecutor was present and I thought that Don Tullock was with the sheriff’s office.
Item 12. 08/29/12: Attached as Exhibit J is the four page memorandum I dictated on my drive home after the meeting. I referred to Tullock as Phelps and made the handwritten insert after this was brought to my attention. Gary Miller called me upon receiving the memorandum to indicate my reference to the Sloan involvement was perhaps understated. I did not receive any facts exonerating Busch from possible involvement.
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Trial publicity is discussed in Rule 3.6 of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct. The rule states “ (a). A lawyer who is a participating or has participated in the investigation or litigation of a matter shall not make an extrajudicial statement that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know will be disseminated by means of public communication and will have a substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing an adjudicative proceeding in the matter. …” Did the TV appearance of Cooper violate this rule?
As I asked you in Chapter 61, how many of these 27 meetings were actually meetings with the Prosecutor?
THIS LIST DELIBERATELY OMITS THE DATE OF JULY 20, 2011 WHEN JESSICA COOPER AND PAUL WALTON ASKED ME TO APPEAR IN COURT WHERE THEY FALSELY ACCUSED ME OF A CRIME. I WILL DISCUSS THIS IN MY NEXT CHAPTER.
7. 06/–/12: My notes indicate this discussion took place on June 25 at the request of Paul Walton. This was shortly after Kevin Dietz of Channel 4 announced that the Oakland County Prosecutor no longer considered Christopher Busch a suspect. Present with me were my attorney, Lisa Milton, and my son, Chris.
Walton delivered to us the original criminal complaint filed against Busch in his Oakland County pedophile case. This complaint contained a hand written note stating “No Deals R. Thompson”. Walton explained to us that this note did not allow the assistant prosecutor handling the case to accept a plea deal without the approval of the Oakland County Prosecutor, L. Brooks Patterson, or the Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Richard Thompson. Assistant Prosecutor Leonard Gilman, who was later appointed U. S. Attorney for Eastern Michigan, accepted a plea of guilty with probation and no jail time. The file did not contain any information that Patterson or Thompson had approved the settlement of the case.
Walton did answer a few our questions on the Busch involvement. He responded “no” when Chris asked him if there was any exculpatory evidence regarding Busch. My notes indicate Lisa Milton, my son Chris and I thought the primary purpose of the meeting was to criticize Patterson before the upcoming November election.
You can imagine my surprise when I learned on November 20 that Jessica Cooper had made this information available to Kevin Dietz of Channel 4 on June 18 without a FOIA request and then, after receiving his FOIA request dated June 19, provided him with 121 pages which included the one page original criminal complaint (Chapter 38).
It is now my conclusion that this discussion would allow Jessica Cooper to avoid any election year publicity that she had made media disclosures on pending cases while denying this information to the victims and continuing to tell the court that I was not entitled to documents in my FOIA cases.
On April 26, 2012 Jessica Cooper was quoted in the Oakland Press stating that she had won the appeal of my first FOIA case. Unfortunately I did not retain a copy of this short quote but I have asked the paper if this is correct. This was quite a surprise because the oral argument before the Court of Appeals was on February 13, 2013 and the decision was published on November 14, 2013.
Before she became prosecutor Cooper was an Oakland County Circuit Court Judge and a Michigan Court of Appeals Judge. I would like to ask Cooper what she would have done if an attorney appearing in her court made a similar statement regarding her unpublished decision. The attorney who may have taken similar action would be advised to take his toothbrush to court on the day of the hearing.
Cooper could not have truthfully announced this result without having some contact with the Court of Appeals. She may have also been misquoted’ deliberately lying or bragging to the reporter. Are the public, the judges and I entitled to hear her explanation?
In my judgment Oakland County has not taken any positive action to solve the OCCK case after my daughter Cathy called Livonia in 2007. Ted Lamborgine, Christopher Busch, Gregory Greene , Vince Gunnels and Archibald Sloan, the only viable suspects identified to the King family, were named from sources other than Oakland County. The Oakland County participation has been silence or denial on these leads. The Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper is responsible for any improper action in the OCCK case since she took office on January 1, 2009.
When Busch passed a lie detector test on January 28, 1977 the OCP publicly announced he was no longer a suspect in the Mark Stebbins murder. Tim was abducted six weeks later on March 16, 1977. When three other polygraphers later determined that Busch had not passed the 1977 test, the OCP has refused to publish this contrary result or discuss it with me.
The Michigan State Police reports state that as of October 5, 2009 Jessica Cooper did not want to be kept advised on the OCCK case (Chapter 53). This result is directly contrary to her statement of cooperation with the Task Force which she made at her initial meeting with the Task Force on February 20, 2009 (Chapter 53).
Another disturbing factor in my review of the case after receiving the MSP reports on December 15, 2010 was the status of the evidence locations. The original Task Force apparently took no action to obtain evidence from the various communities involved in these four murders. The MSP reports contain several references as to the action taken by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and the revised Task Force Officers Cory Williams and Garry Gray to locate and test this evidence. For over 30 years no one had thought to complete this obvious result. This testing led to the possible involvement of Gunnels and Sloan in these murders.
After the October 27, 2009 meeting with the Task Force, Oakland County and the MSP took immediate action to take control of the investigation and to eliminate Wayne County (Chapter 56). As far as known to the King family Oakland County has not achieved any new results during the period it was in control. Also, at some time unknown to us, the MSP renewed its relationship with Wayne County.
Did Oakland County take control because it wanted to solve the case or to terminate the investigation? Are my concerns valid?
Once Oakland County took charge silence again became the norm. In my FOIA cases the Oakland County Prosecutor successfully argued that crime victims are entitled to no information. It is my understanding that Jessica Cooper told her trial prosecutors not to talk to me. During this time period Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy responded to my inquiries and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran and Wayne County Investigator Cory Williams conferred with the King family on a regular basis. Moran and Williams have visited with Chris and me on 5 or more occasions.
On October26, 2012 Cooper appeared on TV and stated she had met with me on 27 occasions. I will devote a future Chapters to the falsehood of these claims.
Sometime in the middle of this time period, the Michigan State Police returned to Wayne County for assistance. The King family does not know the time or reason for this change in procedure, but the Task Force responsibility is to solve the case. As discussed previously Oakland County has not identified one suspect in more than 40 years while Wayne County and the MSP found three suspects who failed a polygraph test, identified the hairs found on Mark Stebbins and Tim King with one found in the car of Archibald Sloan were a mDNA match, obtained the scientific evidence which had never been examined and identified the only suspect with a mDNA match to one of the victims. The King family would appreciate information on why the MSP changed its mind regarding Wayne County participation.
The King family was advised in June 2105 that all parties were working together for what may be the first time. For instance the names of all suspects have been placed in a computer system which allows the current investigators to compare any new leads.
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?
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?