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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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The search warrant affidavit (Chapter 8 Exhibit A) prepared by the Oakland County Prosecutor contains two subsections discussing the Christopher Busch polygraph history. They provide as follows:

(3) V. “Affidavit has obtained and reviewed a polygraph report prepared by Ralph E Cabot, who at that time was a Michigan State Trooper and a member of the Polygraph Unit at the Flint Post. Cabot reported that he conducted a polygraph test of Christopher Busch on February 15, 1977. During the pre-test interview, Busch admitted that he was sexually attracted to young boys. He denied that he had anything to do with the Stebbins kidnapping and murder. Cabot tested Bush and concluded that he was being truthful. Based on these polygraph test results, Busch was not investigated further as a suspect in the Oakland County child murders.

Y. Affidavit further states that the polygraph charts from Christopher Bush’s polygraph test administrated by Ralph Cabot were recently reviewed by three polygraph examiners, Lt. Robert Dykatra of the Michigan State Police, Tim Larion of the Livonia Police Department and former State Police polygraph examiner John Wojnaroski. Affidavit was told by three examiners that the polygraph charts do not indicate truthfulness, and that at best, the result should have been deemed inconclusive. “

This information was made available to me on April 1, 2013 when the 48th district court granted me access to the search warrant file. Three experienced polygraphers believed Busch did not pass the January 27, 1977 polygraph test, while the conclusion of the initial polygrapher to the contrary was published and apparently relied upon by law enforcement for over 35 years.

The timing of the original conclusion that Busch has passed a polygraph test is particularly disturbing to the King family. This polygraph was taken on January 27, 1977, and Tim was abducted on March 16, 1977. If Busch had not passed the January 27 polygraph examination, he may not have been granted bail as a murder suspect. Furthermore, as noted in Chapter 29 the codefendant in Genesee County, Gregory Greene, more than once told the investigating officers that Busch had killed Mark Stebbins.

Is it possible the elimination of Busch and is companions as suspects on March 1, 2010 was an effort by Jessica Cooper to protect those officials who relied on a polygraph test to terminate further investigation on this portion of the case? The Oakland County Prosecutor concluded in 1977 that Busch was not involved because he passed a polygraph test. Are the victims and the public entitled to similar information when three other polygraphers disagree with this conclusion?

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As I discussed in Chapter 39, prior to the March 1, 2010 phone call from Jessica Cooper my family had requested only two documents from the appropriate authorities, the Bloomfield Township Police Department and the Genesee County Circuit Court. In both instances the authorities denied the King family access to this information and then provided the information to Heather Catallo of Channel 7.

After the revitalized OCCK Task Force denied the many requests of the King family for a conference, I decided to take the matter to the public. Realizing my story would not fit into a three to five minute portion of the six o’clock news, I called my friend Judy Dieboltd at the Detroit News. Marney Keenan a reporter and Dieboltd met with me to discuss this matter. Keenan has been so intrigued by the case that she is preparing to publish a book on the entire investigation.

Keenan has advised me that she contacted Jessica Cooper for information and they had a conference in August 2012. Keenan told me that the conference took place for more than two hours. Is it another instance of law enforcement providing information to the media that is not provided to the victim?

In my two Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the Oakland County Prosecutor, the Oakland County Prosecutor successfully denied me any information. Both the Oakland County Circuit Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals confirmed this result. If the information of the Busch investigation is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, why did Jessica Cooper, Oakland County Prosecutor, provide this information to members of the media on at least three occasions?

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On October 5, 2012 Laurie Brasier of the Detroit Free Press filed a FOIA request with the Oakland County Prosecutor for all documents related to the Oakland County Child Killer investigation. Paul Walton, Chief Assistant Prosecutor, returned 169 pages, including his Affidavit stating that additional documents were exempt. On October, 2012, Brasier filed a second FOIA request for the following documents.

1. All documents provided to the family of Timothy King
2. Birmingham Police Department Reports regarding the investigation
3. Documents related to the vehicles the police investigated including the Blue Gremlin
4. Autopsy reports detailing the condition of the children’s bodies

Please note that we are not seeking photos, as they are exempt, and that we will not be publishing details, except to confirm that the only one child seemed to have been bathed.

Walton responded to the second request with an additional 51 pages including a June 17, 2012 Free Press article by David Ashenfelter. It also includes reports from retired Birmingham Police Lieutenant Jack Klabfliesh and report dated September 7, 1978 from A. Robertson, the Michigan State Police Officer in charge of the original Task Force. Both of these reports make reference to several automobiles other than a Blue Gremlin.

This is another example of the Oakland County Prosecutor providing information to the media that she denies to the victims and the courts.

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On June 19, 2012, Kevin Dietz of Channel 4 requested the following information from Jessica Cooper:

“Pursuant to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, please accept this request for the following records:

1. A copy of the Christopher Busch CSC file that we reviewed in your office on Monday, June 18th 2012”

Including the standard cover letter the OEP response included 121 pages.”

OBVIOUSLY, THE OAKLAND COUNTY PROSECUTOR SHOWED THIS INFORMATION TO KEVIN DIETZ PRIOR TO HIS FOIA REQUEST.

Am I entitled to an explanation from the Oakland County Prosecutor? Were these documents shown to Kevin Dietz prior to his request?

Should the Oakland County Prosecutor explain to the Oakland County Circuit Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals, why this information was made available to Channel 4 while arguing in my FOIA cases that it was exempt information under the Freedom of Information Act? Is it just happenstance that Jessica Cooper was running for reelection in 2012?

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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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Arch Sloan was first identified to the King family on July 17, 2012 when the Oakland County Prosecutor publicly requested information on his possible involvement in the murders. The Task Force had obtained mDNA evidence indicating the similarities between hairs found on Mark Stebbins, the first victim, Tim King and a hair found in the car of Sloan. However, the mDNA match was not to Sloan but apparently some passenger in his car. On August 29, 2012 Oakland County Deputy Sheriff, Gary Miller advised me that the request for information came from his office and did not originate in the Prosecutor’s office.

The King family has always encouraged the Sloan investigation and is disappointed that for over 6 years no one has identified the source of these hairs. The Task Force recently contacted me concerning the Sloan investigation and I do not intend to present any further statement at this time. However, sometime before I finish this Story I may file an amendment to Chapter 32.

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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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Over the 30 year period from 1977 to 2007, it was customary for the local television stations to review the Oakland County Child Killer case every five years. In late 2006, my children, Cathy and Chris, expressed an interest in joining in the 2007 programs. I advised them that I had no objection but that I would advise the revitalized Task Force of their intentions.

In late 2006, I called Michigan State Police Sergeant Garry Gray and advised him of this suggestion. In his response, Gray indicated he would like to meet with me concerning a new development in this case. I advised him that I could come in any afternoon next week. Twenty minutes later he called and asked if I could come in immediately and I met with him at the Oak Park station. During the conference we made arrangements to meet with my family and the Task Force the next week. I then visited the Oak Park Station with my son Chris and our friend Don Studt, now the Chief of Police in Birmingham. The Task Force was represented by Gray, his assistant Officer Robertson and Cory Williams, the Livonia Police Officer working with Gray regarding pedophile rings on Cass Avenue and in the Wayne and Oakland County. They advised me that the Task Force was following a lead on Ted Lamborgine, a long time participant in the Detroit Cass Avenue and the Oakland County child pedophile cases. The Task Force believed that Lamborgine was a possible lead to the identity of the Oakland County Child Killer.

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The Task Force formally advised the King family that Gregory Greene was a potential suspect when his participation was discussed in the Michigan State Police reports we received on December 15, 2010.

Gregory Greene was a known pedophile and companion of Christopher Busch. The Michigan State Police reports have extensive history of his pedophile convictions in California, including one case in which Greene thought the boy was dead and dropped him off at a hospital. Fortunately, the boy lived. After he served his jail term in California he returned to his home town, Flint, Michigan. Greene and Busch were codefendants in the pedophile case in Genesee County, Michigan. Busch was granted probation and Greene was sentenced to life in prison for violating the same child. Greene died in prison in 1996.

In driving from Alma to Flint on January 28, 1977, Busch stated that Greene and he planned to have one of them get a day job and the other, a night job so that they could have someone present with a potential future victim. See Chapter 26 and 27. Busch did not answer the question when the police asked him what they would do when they were finished with a child.

The most upsetting part of the Greene story took place in Flint, on January 27 and 28, 1977 when Busch and he were investigated by the police. On more than one occasion, Greene stated that Busch had murdered Mark Stebbins the first victim. The Police Reports provided to me do not indicate that Greene was separately examined on his basis for this murder accusation.

After Green died, a former cell mate recalled discussing the OCCK Case with Greene. However, the Michigan State Police reports do not discuss content of these discussions. The Police Reports indicated that Greene was continuously in jail after January 28, 1977 and if this is true he could not have been personally involved in Tim’s murder.

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