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 interest in the above matter arose when my friend Judy Dieboldt of the Detroit News called me after Jane Burgess was identified as the attorney for Christopher Busch in his four pedophile convictions. Dieboldt told me that before she was married she socialized with Jessica Cooper and Burgess who were close friends.
The MSP reports which I received on December 15, 2010 further aroused my interest on this friendship. The OCCK Task Force met with Cooper on February 20, 2009, shortly after Cooper took office as the OCP. Present were Cooper and three assistant prosecutors, prosecutors Kym Worthy and Robert Moran from Wayne County, and Cory Williams and Garry Gray from the Task Force. Williams presented the facts and asked Cooper if she would charge anyone in the OCCK murders if the only evidence was circumstantial. I have therefore concluded that the evidence which was being accumulated had not been tested. In conclusion Cooper stated “that the current Task Force can count on the full support of the Oakland County Prosecutors Office”
I also received later oral advice that when Cooper learned Burgess was the Busch attorney Cooper stated her friend Burgess would not represent a pedophile who was charged in four separate cases. Cooper had to be reminded that Burgess pled Busch guilty in all four cases.
The MSP reports also contain an October5, 2009 email from MSP Sergeant Gary Gray to His superior, Captain Harold Love which states:
“7. Oakland County Prosecutor’s haven’t kept up to date on the investigation at their request….”
Did the close personal relationship with Burgess affect Cooper’s judgment? If you were the complaining party in a criminal case would a personal or professional relationship between the prosecutor and the defense attorney concern you? Why and when did the OCP stop receiving reports?
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?
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?
Christopher Busch committed suicide in November of 1978. On Monday morning November 20, the maid found the front door locked, several papers on the porch and the dogs barking. She went to the neighbor who called his brother. Charles Busch called the Bloomfield Twp. Police Department and met them at the residence. The Township suicide report is attached as Exhibit F.
The King family has several questions regarding the suicide report. Among them are the following:
1. Since Busch had been cleared as a suspect in the Stebbins murder case on January 28, 1977 why was the OCCK Task Force called?
2. Why hasn’t anyone interviewed John Davis and Ron Pierce, the Task Force officers regarding their observations and conclusions?
3. Is the drawing of a screaming boy dressed in clothes identical to those worn by Mark Stebbins when he was kidnapped, relevant to possible Christopher Busch involvement? (Exhibit G)
4. Is the lack of measurable gunshot residue on the hands of Christopher Busch evidence he did not fire the rifle?
5. Was the rifle short enough to allow Christopher Busch to shoot himself between his eyes?
6. Could this death be either a murder or suicide?
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.
Attached are the following copies of the Orders of Suppressions referred to in the previous chapters.
1. Exhibit B: A “true copy” of an Order Suppressing Motion to Clarifying Orders of Suppression of Search Warrant and Affidavit dated April 29, 2011 from the 48th District Court denying everyone including me access to that Court’s file on the October 28, 2008 Search Warrant for the former residence of Christopher Busch which was delivered to Judge Coleen O’Brien in my FOIA case against the Michigan State Police.
2. Exhibit C: A “true copy” of an Order Clarifying Orders of Suppression of Search Warrant and Affidavit dated April 29, 2011 from the 48th District Court denying everyone including me access to that Court’s file on the October 28, 2008 Search Warrant for the former residence of Christopher Busch which was delivered by the Oakland County Prosecutor to Judge Wendy Potts in my FOIA lawsuit against the Oakland County Prosecutor.
3. Exhibit D: The 48th District Court copy of this Order of Suppression which was delivered to me by the 48th District Court on April 1, 2013, more than two years after the delivery of Exhibits B & C.
IT WAS NOT UNTIL AFTER APRIL 1, 2013 THAT I NOTICED THAT “TRUE COPY” EXHIBITS B & C WERE BOTH DATED APRIL 29, 2011 BUT WERE NOT IDENTICAL. FURTHERMORE, EXHIBITS B & C ARE DATED AND ARE NOT TRUE COPIES OF THE UNDATED COPY IN THE COURT 48th DISTRICT COURT FILE (EXHIBIT D).
In my two lawsuits against the Oakland County Prosecutor, I was forbidden any discovery and both these cases were closed prior to April 1, 2013. Perhaps somebody from the media can check with the 48th District Court for an explanation of these inconsistent documents.