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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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The following items are the 12 meeting dates without a check mark:
1. October 27, 2009: This is the date of my first and only meeting with the Task Force and is discussed in previous chapters. The Task Force did not answer any of my questions. I later learned that as of October 5, 2009 Jessica Cooper had not been kept current on the status of the investigation at her own request (Chapter 58).

2. November 13, 2009: The letter referred to for this date is attached as Exhibit I. When Cooper warned me of the criminal aspect of polygraph disclosures she was apparently unaware that her predecessor, L. Brooks Patterson, had previously told the media in February 1977 that Christopher Busch was not a suspect in the murder of Mark Stebbins because he had passed a lie detector test. Cooper has continued to deny me access to the contrary conclusions by three other polygraphers (Chapter 8, Exhibit A).

Cooper also states that the OCP does not publicize investigations. However, last year she publicly stated that she would not charge the officers who killed a customer at the Northland Mall because they did not intend to kill him. How many times have you seen or heard the prosecutor conclude that the deaths were a murder-suicide? If the conclusion is professional Cooper goes public. Is it possible her reasons for silence in the OCCK case are personal, political or control rather than professional? If so, silence was her only defense?

3. February 23, 2010: My unanswered phone calls requesting permission to attend the February 26 Task Force conference is a meeting?

4. February 24, 2010: I did call twice more requesting permission to attend the February 26 meeting. Cooper had my friend, Don Studt, tell me I could not attend. Perhaps Cooper can tell us how I asked for information discussed at the meeting which took place two days later.

5. Spring of 2011: My attorney in the FOIA cases was Lisa Milton. She was not contacted. In addition to being a friend and member of my former law firm, Binkley is also an acquaintance of Cooper. I asked permission to attend which was denied. Binkley advised me that Cooper wanted to terminate my questions on the OCCK case. I advised Binkley not to accept any further requests from Cooper unless I could attend.

6. July 21, 2011: This is the day I was called as a witness before the Oakland County Grand Jury. I am forbidden to discuss my grand jury testimony. I met with Cooper, Walton and another prosecutor prior to the hearing to discuss my testimony. We primarily discussed my testimony. I do not recall any discussion on the status of the investigation. During this conference I asked Cooper why she was not talking the Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. Cooper responded with words to the effect that Worthy wants to be governor. Why political aspirations should interfere with a criminal investigation is beyond my comprehension.

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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?

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Since Jessica Copper, the Oakland County Prosecutor, won’t talk to me about the OCCK case, I am setting forth my questions and conclusions regarding the polygraph situation as follows.

1. In Jessica Cooper’s letter on November 13, 2009, was she warning me that she would bring criminal proceedings against me for any publicity on the possible Christopher Busch involvement in the OCCK case as the result of the polygraph by Lawrence Wasser that was never taken?

2. In February 1977 the Oakland County Prosecutor publicly stated that Christopher Busch was not involved in the Mark Stebbins murder because he passed a polygraph test and he gave this information to at least two newspapers.

3. The Oakland County Prosecutor stated under oath that Busch did not pass the February 27, 1977 polygraph when she submitted the search warrant affidavit to the 48th District Court on October 28, 2008.

4. The first person to fail a polygraph test was Ted Lamborgine in 2005 (chapter’s 30 & 31).

5. When Assistant Prosecutor, Thomas Grden reported the failure of Vince Gunnels to pass his July 31 2009 polygraph examination. Jessica Cooper took no action to charge her staff with a crime.

6. If the Oakland County Prosecutor publicly states that a suspect passed a polygraph examination, should any subsequent results to the contrary also be made public?

7. What is the position of Jessica Cooper on enforcing the publication of the criminal provisions of the polygraph statute?

8. Did L. Brooks Patterson violate this statute in 1977?

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As we noted in chapters 30 & 31 Ted Lamborgine was the first person of more than 300 suspects in the OCCK Case to fail a polygraph examination. This information was made available to the King family in October 2013 when we received additional police reports.

The Michigan State Police reports I received on December 15, 2010 also indicate that Vince Gunnels, another identified suspect, was polygraphed on July 30, 2009 but the results were redacted in these reports. However, in response to a subsequent request, on November 20, 2012 the Oakland County Prosecutor provided me with her records regarding Vince Gunnels containing the un-redacted polygraph report that he completely failed all aspects of the examination and stated as follows:

“POLYGRAPH QUESTIONS/RESULTS:

Other that the control questions, Gunnels was asked three specific questions regarding the Child Killing Investigation. Due to his DNA, hair being discovered on Kristine Mihelich, he was asked the following:

1. Did you participate in any way in the killing of Kristine Mihelich?

2. Do you know for sure, who killed Kristine Mihelich?

3. Did you have any physical contact with Kristine Mihelich?

(See attached Exam report for all questions asked)

Lt. Dykstra after reviewing the three separate charts involve in the polygraph of James Vincent Gunnels, concluded that Mr. Gunnels, “Completely” failed all aspects of said examination. DPD officer Dan who is a polygraph trainee of Dykstra also concurred with the findings.

POST POLYGRAPH INTERVIEWS:

After reviewing the polygraphs, Lt. Dykstra sat down with Gunnels to explain the results. Detective Gary Williams, Robertson and S.A. Callaghan witnessed on closed circuit television, an interesting statement made by Gunnels after being advised that he failed the test. Lt. Dykstra said to Gunnels: “I received the charts and it shows that you failed the exam”, “Vince I think you’re involved with this”. Gunnels responded by saying, “Okay!” Gunnels never became upset or even reacted in a disgusted, matter of fact manner, that he didn’t do it. He was very quiet and reserved when Dykstra made the statement of believing he was involved and failed the test. His lone single response was, “Okay.”

Gunnels made additional statements advising that he didn’t know the girl and has absolutely no idea how his DNA was on her person. He said he was not with that girl and denied ever knowing Kristine Mihelich. As the posttest interview continued, Gunnels became more and more upset and appeared to speak in a more matter of fact fashion that he wasn’t involved. As Dykstra, insisted that the only reason he failed the examination was because he was involved and knew something.

At this particular point in the posttest interview, the undersigned was advised that it was permissible to record the interview/exchange between Dykstra and Gunnels because Gunnels had been advised of his rights and voluntarily waive same. D/Sgt. Robertson digitally recorded the remainder of Lt. Dykstra’s interview with Gunnels. ***”

If I publish polygraph results I am guilty of a crime. If an Assistant Prosecutor does the same act no one is disciplined.

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Prior to the March 1, 2010 telephone advice from Jessica Cooper that Busch was not a suspect, my family had requested only two documents concerning Tim’s death. First, after Christopher Busch was identified, Cathy’s attorney friend, Lisa Milton, requested a copy of his suicide report from the Bloomfield Township Police Department on January 24, 2008. The Township replied that the file had been destroyed and therefore could not be produced.

Twenty three months later, on December 3, 2009, Heather Catallo of Channel 7 gave me the suicide report. Interestingly, when I received the Busch file from the Michigan State Police on December 15, 2010, there was a note that the suicide report had been delivered to the Michigan State Police in February 2008.

In 2011, I visited the Township Police Department for an explanation. The Township advised me that it received a call in February from the Michigan State Police and an officer was instructed to locate the file. After a day and a half he determined that the file had been misplaced and delivered it to the State Police. However, the Department took no action to advise Milton. At our office when we destroy a file we add it to a destroyed file list but apparently the Bloomfield Township Police Department does not keep tract of destroyed files. The Township should adopt this practice.

In early November 2009, my secretary also called the Genesee County Circuit Court and asked for the criminal files on Christopher Busch and Gregory Greene. She was advised the Court could not locate the Greene file and that the Busch file was in the archives. She would order the file from the archives and make it available in a few days. When I called the Clerk for the Busch file the Clerk advised me that the file could not be located. On February 17, 2010, Catallo gave me both files.

These are not be the only incidences when the responsible government officials made files available to the media which have been denied to the King family. I will discuss these future media disclosures in later chapters. The victims should be entitled to the same or better treatment as the media.

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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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In response to his investigative subpoena, Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenney ordered that Lawrence Wasser to identify his potential suspect. Wasser filed an immediate appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals which instructed him to provide a similar answer. Wasser advised the Wayne County Circuit court that he could not remember the name of the potential suspect but he would be willing to meet with Cory Williams and Garry Gray to discuss the matter. When Wasser met with Williams and Gray on November 30, 2007, Wasser provided the following statements:

1.) He was asked by Jane Burgess to take the polygraph on behalf of a criminal suspect
2.) The suspect of Burgees stated that he was polygraphed by Ralph Carter and he passed a polygraph regarding the OCCK case
3.) Both the attorney and the suspect were deceased

Williams and Gray then determined that Carter had polygraphed 5 suspects in the OCCK case including Christopher Busch. Of the 5 Carter polygraphs, Busch was the only instance in which both the suspect and the attorney were deceased.

After Busch was identified as a suspect the OCCK task force continued gathering evidence regarding his participation in the murders. During the future investigation, the Task Force also identified Gregory Greene and Vince Gunnels as Busch companions who were possible participants in the murders.

I will discuss the involvement of Green and Gunnels after I complete the possible Busch participation.

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I first filed my FOIA case against the Michigan State Police and the second one later against the Oakland County Prosecutor. The Oakland County Prosecutor immediately filed a Motion to Consolidate the two cases. This Motion was denied by the Oakland County Circuit Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court. I had no original reaction as to the reason for filing this Motion, but I have now concluded that it was filed to deny me access to the search warrant affidavit and all other information and for no other reason.

In the typical lawsuit much more time is related to discovering matters and pretrial preparation than to the actual trial of the case. If the cases have been consolidated, Oakland County taxpayers would have spent funds on these pretrial matters in the Michigan State Police case and the Michigan taxpayers would have similar payments in the case against the Oakland County Prosecutor. Judge O’Brien and Judge Potts delayed any activity on my cases until the consolidation matter was settled by the Michigan Supreme Court.

After I obtained access to the search warrant affidavit on April 1, 2013 and the other information discussed in the search warrant chapters, it is my conclusion that the Oakland County Prosecutor, and perhaps other Oakland County agencies, filed this Motion to Consolidate to take control both cases and to deny me any access to the OCCK case. Fortunately, the Michigan State Police honored their FOIA obligation and gave me 3,411 pages on December 15, 2010. Admittedly this is conjecture on my part but I cannot think of any other reasonable conclusion.

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