The purpose of the recent and following chapters is to introduce you to the 5 suspects identified to me by the investigators. On October 28, 2008, the Oakland County Prosecutor, the Wayne County Prosecutor, and the Michigan State Police all believed that Busch was the leading suspect at that time. I welcome any response from the Oakland County Prosecutor as to why she called me on March 1, 2010 to tell me that Busch was no longer a suspect. The King family has not received any information supporting this change of opinion.
Busch pled guilty to four child sexual criminal cases without spending a day in jail. Subsequent information from chapter’s 25 & 26, indicate that he was also charged with sexual criminal activity in Bloomfield Twp and Birmingham, MI. The Michigan State Police report indicates that he was active at North Fox Island, an element of the case that I will describe in a future chapter. There is little doubt that he was a regular participant in the abuse of young children.
Another interesting factor of my investigation resulted from the publication of his photograph in the media. Four individuals called me to advise that Christopher Busch had tried to pick them up when they were young children. If four people called me, how many more called the task force? Three of these callers were ladies.
I also received information that there was a very active pedophile ring on Cass Avenue in Detroit that supplied young children to Oakland County abusers. If these Oakland County abusers were using other people to pick up the children, it is possible that Christopher Busch was a procurer as well as an active participant.
Are the families and the public entitled to answers on these subjects?
I will next acquaint you with the other four suspects identified to me by the Task Force as possible suspects.
When Chris Bush was arrested on the Genesee County charges in Alma MI, on January 28, 1977 and after waving his Miranda rights, Busch made statements to the arresting officers. He admitted that he was a homosexual and liked young boys who tend to be 10-15 years old. Partial results of this interview are summarized in paragraph 3-S of the search warrant affidavit in Chapter 8( Exhibit A) which reads as follows.
“Busch told detectives that he and Greene had discussed and planned how they would kidnap, hold and molest young boys. Busch stated that he and Greene agreed that one would work days and the other nights, so that one of them would always be with the kidnapped child. Busch further described 3 locations where he picked up young boys in the past. These locations are as follows:
• 9 Mile and Woodward are in Ferndale;
• In Royal Oak near 13 Mile Rd and Woodward;
• In the area of 12 Mile and Greenfield Rd, more specifically, Hartfield’s Bowling Alley and the 7-11 party store located directly across the street.
Doan reported that he asked Busch what they intended to do with the child after they were through with him. Doan wrote in his report that Busch could not answer. “
The above locations are where Mark Stebbins, Jill Robinson and Kristine Mihelich were abducted. My judgment is that this location is not coincidental.
In 1976 and 1977 were these locations identified by any other child victims or pedophile suspects?
When Christopher Busch was identified as a possible suspect in November of 2007, the only members of his immediate family then surviving were a brother, Charles, and two nephews, Brent Busch and Scott Busch. As previously noted in the Search Warrant Affidavit, Christopher Busch had pedophile sexual experiences with both of his nephews. In 1977 or 1978, Brent Busch asked his uncle where Tim King was abducted and Christopher Busch drove him immediately to the site and showed him the location. Brent Busch advised the investigators that you do not forget things like that.
Charles Busch was originally reluctant to talk to the investigators. However, he finally agreed to meet with the FBI. Before beginning the interview Charles Busch requested that the FBI to place both of his nephews into “witness protection program” if his statement led to further investigative action. To my knowledge no one has asked him for an explanation why he made this request.
Charles Busch also told the FBI that his brother was arrested in Birmingham for sexual activity with a young boy he met through the Big Brother program. This is the only information I have on this crime.
Richard Lawson, a convicted murderer and pedophile activist in the Detroit Cass Avenue Corridor, wrote me a letter and asked for a meeting to discuss the OCCK case. I had met Lawson previously and had little respect for him. Dave Binkley of my law firm agreed to visit with him. Binkley was under instructions not to talk to him about anything other than the Christopher Busch involvement. Lawson advised Binkley that his associate Bobby Moore, used to take young boys to visit with H. Lee Busch, the father of Christopher Busch. Lawson has subsequently died and I am not aware as to whether or not the Task Force followed up on this information.
IF CHARLES BUSCH FEARED THAT SOME HARM MIGHT COME TO HIS NEPHEWS, THIS HARM WOULD COME FROM SOMEONE WHO WAS STILL ALIVE. SHOULD THE TASK FORCE ASK CHARLES BUSCH TO CLARIFY THIS REQUEST?
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.
The OCCK Task Force served an investigation subpoena on both Patrick Coffey and Lawrence Wasser. Coffey flew from California at his own expense. Coffey was advised that giving false testimony in murder cases was a felony. He then gave testimony and, to my knowledge, no one has challenged the truth of his story.
After he was served with the subpoena, Wasser hired James Feinberg as his attorney and sought dismissal of the subpoena. At the hearing, Judge Timothy Kenny and Feinberg had the following exchange:
“The Court: And it is further my understanding based on the arguments that have been made before the Court that Mr. Wasser denies that conversation.
Mr. Feinberg: That’s correct.”
After Wasser was ordered to give the name of his person of interest, he made several public comments denying the truth of the Coffey statements. Coffey then commenced a libel action against Wasser and Feinberg for those alleged false statements. Wasser and Feinberg paid Coffey a sum of money. The Settlement Agreement specifically states that Coffey and Wasser had a different interpretation of their 2006 conversation.
How do you have different interpretation of a conversation which never took place?
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.