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“As for Busch, specifically, evidence cited by King that would point to his possible involvement in Tim King’s murder is either ”to general” or excludes him altogether, she says.” From A Father’s Story by Deborah Holdship published in Michigan Today, April 25, 2016

The King family has not talked to any other person who has excluded Christopher Busch as a possible suspect. The King family is not aware of any facts that exclude Busch altogether. Remember her Chief Assistant Prosecutor told my attorney, Lisa Milton, my son, Chris, and me on June 25, 2012 he did not have any evidence exonerating Busch (Chapter 64). Cooper’s predecessor, Dave Gorcyca, has advised me that Busch was the leading suspect when his term expired December 31, 2008.

Richard Thompson, the Chief Assistant Prosecutor in 1977 when Tim died and then elected Oakland County Prosecutor advised the revitalized OCCK Task Force that Christopher Busch was the leading suspect (Chapter 49 ). Perhaps Busch’s death also accounts for the fact there was little or no activity on solving this crime for 30 years until my daughter Cathy called Livonia in July, 2007.

Four unrelated individuals have been told the King family that the case had been solved and the killer was the son of a prominent GM or automobile executive (Chapter 45). Three of the sources for this information were police officers. Busch was the son of H. Lee Busch, a General Motors vice president. Apparently some insiders were told or believed that Busch was guilty many years before the turn of the century.

The identification of Busch as a possible suspect was made by Wayne County Detective Cory Williams and the OCCK Task Force leader, Michigan State Police Sergeant Garry Gray. They identified Busch based on the facts Cathy gave them.

The MSP reports contain an entry dated October 9, 2009 stating that Cooper did not want to receive reports on the OCCK case. On October 19, 2009 the OCCK Task Force told the family of Kristine Mihelich, the third victim, that the three leading suspects were Busch and his companions, Gregory Greene and Vince Gunnels (Chapter 33). The family was shown the MSP notebooks on all three suspects.

No prosecutor should have the sole power to determine who murdered Tim and the other three victims. This is why the King family supports Mike Goetz over Dictator Cooper in the November 8 election. Goetz has told us he will open the file to us and answer our questions. Cooper continues to talk to the media, but not the victims, giving conclusions without any supporting facts.

Footnote: You can access my Story at “afathersstory-occk.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-xx”.

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As discussed in Post Script Three the Oakland County Prosecutor reported in February 1977 that Christopher Busch had passed a lie detector test but refused to report later readings from three other polygraphers who ruled otherwise. The inconsistent positions taken by the Oakland County Prosecutor on the publication of polygraph examinations needs clarification. The following is my timeline on the publication results of the lie detector tests of two of the OCCK suspects, Christopher Buach and Vince Gunnels.

January 28, 1977: The OCCK Task Force takes the polygraph examination of Busch in Genesee County. An Oakland County Prosecutor was present because Busch was a suspect in the murder of Mike Stebbins, the first victim (Chapter 22).

February 1977: Oakland County Prosecutor L Brooks Patterson concludes that Busch was not a suspect in the murder of Stebbins, the first victim, because he had passed a lie detector test. This information was published in two newspaper articles which were in the Michigan State Police reports which I received on December 15, 2010. Tim was abducted and killed one month later in March, 1977.

November 13, 2009: After my October 27, 2009 meeting with the Task Force Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper wrote me a letter advising me that publication of lie detector tests is a crime (Chapter 62, Exhibit J).

December 15, 2010: This is the date I received the Michigan State Police reports on Busch. It was after this date that I read two newspaper articles stating that Busch was not involved in the Stebbins case because he passed a lie detector test.

November 20. 2012: In response to my third FOIA request Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Grden delivered to me a copy of the complete polygraph test of Vince Gunnels taken on July 30, 2009 including the questions, the answers and the conclusions (Chapter 42). This information had been redacted in the MSP reports I received on December 15, 2010. Has Jessica Cooper taken any action to charge or discipline Gredn for this statutory violation?

April 1, 2013: Almost two years after I filed suit to review the October 28, 2008 search warrant on the Busch residence the 48th District Court gave me access to its search warrant file. The search warrant affidavit prepared by the Oakland County Prosecutor and signed by the Michigan State Police discloses that three experienced polygraphers concluded that Busch either failed or did not pass the January 28, 1977 lie detector test (Chapter 8, Exhibit A). The Oakland County Prosecutor publicly states in February 1977 that Busch passed the test and then refuses to give me access to the contrary readings. What is good for the goose is good for the gander! No prosecutor should have authority to state the earlier results and then deny victims or suspects access to the contrary answers.

October 2013: The police reports delivered to me at this time stated that more than 300 suspects had passed polygraph tests until Ted Lamborgine failed his test in 2005. Was a polygraph test the sole basis used to locate Tim’s killer? Has any prosecutor ever been accused of a crime when the statute is violated? Should Cooper and/or Grden be charged now?

If the courts do not clarify this problem the legislature should confer with the prosecutors and the criminal bar association to clarify procedures after anyone publishes lie detector results.

Footnote: You can access my Story at “afathersstory-occk.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-x”).

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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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Christopher Busch was involved in the murder of my son Tim. “Tell ‘em what you gonna to tell ‘em, tell ‘em and then tell ‘em what you told ‘em” (Chapter 2). This is a short summary of what I have told you in the previous Chapters 66 to 71.

Once Busch died he could not be tried or convicted. The facts presented to me do not contain information exonerating him. After his death both Oakland County and the original Task Force essentially closed the door on the OCCK murders for almost 30 years. Presumably, they could then reopen the case if any other suspect was identified.

Four of the major factors supporting my conclusion are the non-evidentiary facts set forth in Chapter 67. After the Task Force was revitalized in 2005 Richard Thompson, the Oakland County Prosecutor responsible for the case from the beginning, told the Michigan State Police Busch was guilty. Four unrelated persons advised the King family the murderer was the son of a GM or automobile executive. On October 19, 2009, the Task Force told the family of Kristine Mihelich that Busch and his companions were the leading suspects. After Jessica Cooper became the Oakland County Prosecutor on January 1, 2009, she told the Michigan State Police not to provide her with OCCK information. Why did she do this unless she had been advised that the case was closed?

Chapters 68 to 70 set forth 24 questions to the Oakland County Prosecutor. The King family has additional areas of discussion if Cooper would only take time to meet with us. There can be a number of reasons why a prosecutor chooses not to charge a suspect. If the reasons are professional it is common to explain this to the public. How often have you read that two mutual deaths were the result of a murder-suicide? Cooper advised the media that she would not charge the Northland Mall representatives who killed a customer because they had no intent to kill him, a professional conclusion. Without an adequate explanation the King family cannot eliminate the possibility the reasons are personal (Busch’s father was a friend of the prosecutor?), political (the Busch family was a major contributor to the election campaigns?), previous mistakes (Busch was allowed to plead guilty in his four pedophile cases rather than trying him?), power and control (we cannot allow Wayne County to solve the case?) or other alternatives.

Three years ago Cooper referred to me as an 82 year old senile attorney. Her conclusion is interesting because she has never talked with me. If you agree with her I apologize for taking up your time. If you decide her judgment on my senility is incorrect or her failure to answer the questions from the King family is improper, please vote for her opponent Mike Goetz this November.

There will be post scripts to this Story but this is the final Chapter on my analysis of the investigation into Tim’s murder. One footnote will request the legislature to include new laws to require victim information in future cases.

Thank you for your patience if you have read all or any of my 73 Chapters.

Barry King.

Footnote: You can access this Story at “afathersstory.occk.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-xx”. Another source is “afathersstory-OCCK.wordpress”.

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There are a number of additional questions I have for Jessica Cooper. Among them are the following:

19. When Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton filed his August 8, 2012 sworn Bill of Particulars with Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts stating that he had returned all the police records to the Michigan State Police did your office have in its possession the MSP documents delivered to me on November 20, 2012 (Chapters 47 and 48)? If so, do you have any professional responsibility to tell the Oakland County Circuit Court of this false statement pursuant to Rule 3.3(a)(1) of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct?

20. Did Richard Thompson tell the revitalized OCCK Task Force that he believed Christophe Busch was the murderer? Did your office discuss this subject with Thompson and, if so, who participated and what was said?

21. Define “meeting” as described in Chapters 61 to 64? Who prepared the list of 27 meetings? Why did you deliberately omit July 20, 2011 (Chapter 65)?

22. On April 26, 2012 did you tell the Oakland Press that you had won the appeal in my first FOIA case? If so, what was your basis for this statement?

23. Do you disagree with the facts or conclusions of Bill Beachum in Chapter 60, Exhibit G? If so, state each fact or conclusion and the basis for each disagreement.

24. Prior to October 5, 2009 did you tell the revitalized OCCK Task Force not to keep you advised of its investigation (Chapter 53)? If so, why did you make this request?

If any prosecutor advised you that the leading suspect in your child’s murder was no longer a suspect should the prosecutor explain the basis for her decision? If your answer is yes please vote for Mike Goetz this November.

Footnote: You can access this blog at “afathersstory-occk.com” You can access specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-xx”

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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.

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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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Tim’s sister, Cathy Board, has prepared her summary of the automobile investigations and it follows this paragraph.

July 2, 2001- June 3, 2006—Correspondence between retired Lead Detective for Birmingham, MI, Jack Kalbfleisch, who was on the OCCK Task Force, and various police officials and reports document disturbing facts ignored by investigators and reporters. None of the people he wrote responded to him. Garry Gray of the MSP did call him back and tell him the MSP would not investigate the Le Mans vehicle lead.

In an undated letter to Richard Patterson, then chief of the Birmingham Police Department, retired Det. Kalbfleisch explained, among many different facts and details, the following about the vehicles involved in these crimes:

“Based on a call after Tim King was abducted, it was assumed that a blue Gremlin could be involved. Information gleaned from the Robinson and Mihelich crime scenes would now indicate that a dark colored 1971-72 Pontiac LeMans with a v8 engine and some body damage was involved. The information was specific, but my memory as to the year is unclear.

The Troy PD was able to locate a man who observed the above described LeMans pull to the side of the I-75 at the location and the approximate time that Jill was dropped. The witness stated that the vehicle had a broken left tail light and possible body damage. He was certain about the make of the vehicle because he claimed he had owned the same type of vehicle in the past. When the vehicle at the Mihelich drop made the turn on Bruce lane, it made impressions in the snow banks on either side of the roadway. On the east side of the roadway, the left front bumper left a cone shaped impression in the snow bank. The vehicle then backed into the snow bank on the west side of the roadway leaving a complete impression of the rear of the vehicle.

The MSP crime lab didn’t take the measurements in the snow bank, but did photograph the impressions. FBI S.A., Mort Nickel, and I took copies of the photo of the rear impression to the big three auto makers in an attempt to identify the make of the automobile. GM was the only company that stated that the car could be one of their makes or models. They listed several midsized vehicles of the 71-72 year makes, but couldn’t be specific.

S.A. Mort Nickel was able to locate a photo interpreter at the University of Michigan and we brought him a copy of the impression in the snow bank. He was able to give the measurements within 1/32 of an inch. He also stated that the vehicle had a trailer hitch which had been pulled approximately one inch to the left (possibly from an accident). I took that information back to the GM building to determine if a more specific model could be identified. GM reported that the measurements belonged to a 1971-72 LeMans with a v8 engine.

Conclusion: Although much time has passed, I believe that releasing the information on the car could be the best lead in the case. The news release could state that recent information shows an interest in a vehicle of that description with the damage indicated. A former neighbor, a co-worker or a service station attendant may still recall someone who owned such a vehicle at that time. The other information listed in this report would only come into play after that information was obtained.

Due to the fact that neither the MSP nor our department could find the report that I submitted to the task force, I will contact the Detroit office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an attempt to determine whether they have a report from S.A. Mort Nickel on the vehicle measurements and the name of the photo interpreter. I will request that any information that they locate, be forwarded to your office.”

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OAKLAND COUNTY CHILD KILLER

A FATHER’S STORY

Chapter I: Introduction

My eleven-year-old son Timothy was abducted on March 16, 1977, in our home town, Birmingham, Oakland County, Michigan. Tim was held captive for six days, sexually abused and then suffocated. His body was found in a roadside ditch in Livonia, Wayne County, Michigan on March 22, 1977. Tim was the last identified victim of the person or people who came to be known as the Oakland County Child Killer. The original Task Force formed to investigate his death and that of three other child victims terminated in December 1978. A new OCCK Task Force was formed in 2005 when new evidence was available. Except for occasional phone calls from the investigators asking me if I could identify certain individuals, no one from law enforcement advised me of the status of the investigation for more than 30 years.

In 2006 my children, Cathy and Chris received a tip on an unidentified suspect. Because of numerous complaints from other informants about the failure of Oakland County to investigate their leads, Cathy called the Livonia Police Department in July 2007 and talked to Detective Cory Williams. Cooperating with Detective Sergeant Garry Gray of the Michigan State Police, the investigators identified this suspect as Christopher Busch, the son of a General Motors Vice President. Busch was a four-time convicted pedophile who never spent a day in jail.

Jessica Cooper, the Oakland County Prosecutor, has not talked to me about this case. Thus far her silence has been supported by the legal system, specifically the courts in Oakland County and the Michigan Attorney Grievance Association. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and her staff have kept my family informed and have met with my family numerous times. My search for the truth began on March 1, 2010 when Donald Studt, the Police Chief in Birmingham, called to tell me Busch and his companions were no longer suspects. It is my current intention to write many chapters concerning my observations of the investigation and use this blog for publication.

Last year the King family was advised that the Michigan State Police, Oakland County and Wayne County were sharing information and otherwise cooperating in the OCCK case. Wayne County recently met with Chris and me to discuss the current state of the case. I will discuss this further in my summary. However I do wish to leave a history of my concerns over the 30 years of silence and governmental actions after 2007 when my family finally got involved.

I am concerned that solving the OCCK case murders has become a political problem rather than a criminal problem. After I finish this story, I welcome comments from readers of these posts.

February 10, 2016

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