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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.

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No public body should have the right to publish favorable news and then assert the exemption provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) when contrary results arise. We may see examples of this between now and the November 8 elections. In 1977 the Oakland County Prosecutor publicly announced that Christopher Busch did not kill Mike Stebbins, the first victim, because he passed a lie detector test. In 2008 the Oakland County Prosecutor refused to release the conclusions of three subsequent polygraphers who arrived at contrary opinions after reading the same test results.

The King family requests the Michigan legislature to amend FOIA to eliminate her dictatorial decision to deny the family of Tim King any explanation of why she eliminated Christopher Busch as a suspect (Chapter 35). FOIA places both the burden of proof and the burden of going forward on the public body and not on the citizen plaintiff (Chapter 16). In my two FOIA cases both the Oakland County Circuit Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals have upheld the position of Cooper that victims in this 40 year old OCCK case are not entitled to any information on why she called me on March 1, 2010 to tell me Christopher Busch was no longer a suspect (Chapter 35). The victims, the judges and the public do not know if the Busch case was closed for professional, publicity, power and control, political or some other reason.

Many times a prosecutor will tell the public why a suspicious criminal cannot or will not be charged. Jessica Cooper has made these announcements. For instance Cooper publicly announced that she would not charge the Northland Mall officers who killed a customer because that was not their intent, a professional reason. When he was prosecutor l. Brooks Patterson made disclosures in February 1977 for not charging Busch (Chapter 41). Patterson gave a professional reason to support his conclusion. Cooper, who has not prepared or tried a case for almost four decades, has not given any reason for advising me on March 1, 2010 that Busch was no longer a suspect. FOIA does not and should not grant prosecutors dictatorial discretion in the publication of these conclusions. The prosecutor should explain the reason for this decision, especially when the police have contrary opinions.

If a prosecutor decides not to charge any suspect for a nonprofessional reason the victim currently has no remedy. For instance, if the suspect is related to the prosecutor or is a major political donor is silence proper? In Tim’s case was Oakland County upset that Wayne County may have identified the murderers (Chapter 56)? If publication shortly before an election could affect the election result a prosecutor should not have discretion to talk to the media while at the same time asserting she is under no obligation to give the same information to the victims or the judiciary (Chapters 38 to 40). This paragraph could continue for several more pages with questions and examples all of which discuss my conclusion that prosecutors should open the entire file when they tell anyone of their decision not to charge a suspect. The FOIA statute should clarify this issue!

Footnte: 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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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.

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Prosecutorial Disclosures are discussed in Chapters 38-40. At the same time Prosecutor Jessica Cooper told the Oakland County Circuit Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals and your author that she did not have to disclose anything regarding the Christopher Busch investigation she provided The Detroit Free Press, Channel 4 in Detroit, Marney Keenan of the Detroit news and perhaps others with this information in 2012, the year she ran for reelection. Among my questions on this subject are the following:

7. Why was Kevin Dietz in your office on June 18, 2012?

8. Why did you present your information on Busch to Kevin Dietz of Channel 4 before he filed his FOIA request?

9. Why were the documents you delivered to Dietz not available to me?

10. Why were the documents you delivered to The Detroit Free Press not available to me?

11. Did you discuss the OCCK case with Marney Keenan in August 2012? Did these discussions include the involvement of Busch?

12. Why did you meet with Keenan and not agree to my several requests for a meeting?

13. Did the fact that you were running for reelection in 2012 affect your judgment on the disclosure of the above OCCK and Busch matters to the media?

Sometime before the election this year I assume Cooper will take similar action to contradict my analysis and criticism. The local TV stations and newspapers should ask her to answer the questions in my conclusion Chapters in addition to publishing only her side of this investigation.

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

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There are a number of innocuous items which have affected my judgment on the involvement of Christopher Busch in the OCCK murders. Among them are a series of unrelated facts which I will discuss before reviewing my other conclusions. These four items include (a) the statement of Richard Thompson that Busch was the leading suspect, (b) the four reports that the guilty party was the son of an automobile or GM executive, (c) the Task Force identification of Busch and his companions to the family of Kristine Michelich on October 19, 2009 and (d) the October 5, 2009 report that Jessica Cooper did not want to be kept current of this case.

The report that Richard Thompson thought Busch was the leading suspect demands clarification (Chapter 49). Thompson was the Chief Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor in 1977 who attended the Busch examination in Flint on January 28, 1977 and was later elected Prosecutor. Perhaps no one has better knowledge of this case.

Christopher Busch was the son of H. Lee Busch, a General Motors Vice President. Reports from four unrelated persons stated that the suspect in the OCCK case was the son of a prominent automobile or GM executive are not coincidental (Chapter 45). Based on the documents I have reviewed no one has talked to these individuals. If four people contacted the King family or the media did other persons provide similar information to law enforcement? If anyone else has received similar information, please bring it to my attention.

On October 19, 2009 MSP Sergeant Gary Gray, the leader of the revitalized Task Force, advised the family of Kristine Michelich that Busch and his companions were the leading suspects. On October 27, 2009 the Task Force did not answer any of the questions from the King family. See Chapters 33 to 35. Why couldn’t the Task Force tell the King family the same information it gave to the Michelich family eight days previously? Shortly thereafter Gray was replaced as the Task Force leader and Oakland County took control of the case.

At her first meeting with the Task Force on February 20, 2009 Jessica Cooper advised the investigating officers they could count on the full support of her office (Chapter 53). You can imagine my surprise when I later learned that as of October 5, 2009 Cooper did not want to be kept advised of the OCCK case (Chapter 53). What happened between these two dates to cause Cooper to change her mind?

Is the King family entitled to ask someone to explain the accuracy and the applicability of these observations?

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

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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?

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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?

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OAKLAND COUNTY CHILD KILLER

A FATHER’S STORY

Chapter 46: North Fox Island

The Michigan State Police reports contain one small paragraph reference to Christopher Busch having a suitcase of pornographic photographs on North Fox Island. Since Busch was apparently not indicted for his possession of these pictures this prompted my inquiry of this location.

The King Family learned that North Fox Island was an island in Traverse Bay, outside of Traverse City, Michigan. Someone, using an assumed name, had purchased the Island and put in an airplane runway. The Island was then used as a camp for young boys from Detroit who were flown to the island and then sexually abused. The owner was later identified as Francis Sheldon from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, who moved to the Netherlands. He was never extradited or indicted before he died. There were reports that Busch and his pornographic films were delivered to Flint, Michigan, but that no further action was taken against him.

An amazing part of the North Fox Island story is the lack of media coverage over this horrendous operation at that time. It should be a lesson to all of us that people in high places were involved in pedophile activity in the 1970s. North Fox Island was not purchased by a high school coach or a police officer. It should also be a lesson that Christopher Busch was involved in major pedophile activities in addition to his four (4) convictions.

What is the relationship to North Fox Island to the OCCK murders? I have seen no direct connection between these two (2) situations. However, it is a lesson to us that in the 1970s there was substantial pedophile activity which involved many wealthy people and no publicity. It also supports my conclusion that these people in high places were involved in pedophile activity and they did not procure their victims themselves. Don’t forget that four adults called me after the Busch photo was published with reports that he tried to pick them up. Does Charles Busch have any recollection of his brother’s North Fox Island activities?

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The King Family has received four unrelated reports that the OCCK murderer was the son of an automobile or GM executive. I initially referred to them as urban legends but my children said we lived in the suburbs and therefore I changed the Title to Suburban Legends for this Chapter.

Within three or four weeks after Marney Keenan of The Detroit News published her first Article on OCCK Case on October 26, 2009, a young man knocked at my door and wanted to speak at me. He had played on the same hockey team as my son, Tim, and made this report. He stated 18 years ago he was working in a clothing store and had a number of police officers as customers. On one occasion he asked a police customer if he was working on any interesting cases. The officer did not reply and started to leave the store. He then returned and told Nummer that he had been working on the OCCK Case, and that the murderer had been identified as the son of a prominent GM Executive. Nummer was quite surprised that if this information was made available to him that it had not been made available to my family.

During the same period of time Marney Keenan, the Detroit News Reporter, received a phone call from a lady who identified herself as a teacher of Kristine Mihelich, the third victim. The teacher reported that she was drinking at the Salamander Bar in the Pontchartrain Hotel in Detroit one evening next to a police officer. She inquired about the status of the Mihelich case, and the officer replied that it had been solved and that the murderer was the son of a prominent automobile executive.

My children, Cathy and Chris, went to college at Marquette University with an acquaintance who also grew up in the Birmingham area. This lady advised my children that she was drinking in a bar in Chicago where she met a police officer from this area. She asked him about the status of the OCCK Case and was advised that the Case had been solved and that the murderer was the son of a prominent automobile executive.

The fourth source of these continuing legends came to my attention when my daughter, Cathy, published her WordPress article on May 20, 2016. In this article, she reported she had received the following message:

“Hi Cathy,

I was a teenager in Detroit at the time and my father had a stamp and coin store at Eastland Shopping Center. One of his customers was E. Harwood Rydholm, a big executive at Chrysler. Mr. Rydholm told my dad that that OCCK was the son of a powerful GM exec and that the police were protecting GM’s reputation so he probably wouldn’t be arrested. Mr. Rydholm passed away in 1987. The ghastly part is that Mr. Rydholm told my father this story shortly have Kristine Mihelich went missing.”

These four unrelated reports all indicate that the OCCK murderer was the son of a prominent GM or automobile executive. They all took place during the 30 years of silence between 1977 and 2007 during which no one from law enforcement talked to the King Family. To my knowledge, no one from law enforcement talked to these individuals after the King Family went public in October 2009. As you can imagine, the King Family has legitimate concerns that these Reports are not coincidental. If anyone reading this Chapter has any other similar information, please bring it to my attention.

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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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