Were you a Bham resident in 1977?

Were you a Bham resident in 1977?

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Since: Mar 07


#1 Jun 17, 2007
I would like people of that time period to talk about two crimes of note in Birmingham. The abduction of Tim King, who was later murdered , and the killing of John McKinney at the Birmingham Gallery about six months later. I would like to hear opinions and rememberances of those days from anyone who lived there and cares to participate.



#2 Oct 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Victim's family in Oakland child killings sues molester over death
Mike Martindale / The Detroit News
PONTIAC -- The family of a victim in the Oakland County child killings filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday against admitted child molester Theodore Lamborgine.
The lawsuit alleges Lamborgine, 66, an ex-Ford autoworker who lived in Metro Detroit in the late 1970s, abducted Mark Stebbins, 12, of Ferndale and held him captive in a Royal Oak house for four days in February 1976 before smothering him to death during a sex assault.
Lamborgine has never been formally linked, let alone charged in the death of Stebbins, the first of four children who were abducted and slain between February 1976 and March 1977. Attorney David A. Binkley seeks compensation, including funeral costs, for Stebbins' brother, Michael, but stressed money is secondary.
"We want to prove Ted Lamborgine did not act alone, that there are others still out there who are also responsible and they too have to answer for what they did to the victims and the victims' families," Binkley said.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard knows Lamborgine is a pedophile but is not convinced he's responsible for the Oakland County child killings.
"I have no doubt he seriously damaged some boys' lives, but I haven't heard anything to link him to the Oakland County deaths," said Bouchard. "If we had any evidence, we would have charged him. It's possible he may have information, but I don't think he's the one."
State Police detectives have long suspected that Lamborgine -- part of a pedophile sex ring in the Cass Corridor 30 years ago -- knows something. In April he refused to take a polygraph exam about his knowledge despite being offered a plea bargain of a minimum 15-year prison sentence, rather than life, on his conviction of 14 sex-related crimes involving young boys.
"He never even denied having knowledge but only said 'God has forgiven me,' " said Binkley. "Wouldn't you deny being the Oakland County child killer?"
Binkley added victim's statements made at Lamborgine's trial in Wayne Circuit Court have disturbing similarities to the methods of the child killer.
"One victim said,'You know what you did to me when you took me to the house in Royal Oak and then tried to smother me,' said Binkley, noting it revealed Lamborgine's crimes extended into Oakland County, where three victims were smothered.
"In criminal cases police and prosecutors must prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt," said Binkley. "In a civil lawsuit, the burden of proof is the preponderance of evidence -- more likely than not, or 51 percent.
"We believe evidence will show he killed Mark Stebbins."
The lawsuit is assigned to Oakland Circuit Judge Steven N. Andrews.
Helen Dagner


#3 Oct 25, 2007
You know I wonder why Ted Lamborgine friends didn't take the Task Force up on the $100,000 Reward...when they where looking for the Oakland County Child Killer...back in the 70s & 80s....???? Now 31 years later- with NO REWARD...They finger him? What is wrong with this picture??


#4 Oct 26, 2007
Helen Dagner wrote:
You know I wonder why Ted Lamborgine friends didn't take the Task Force up on the $100,000 Reward...when they where looking for the Oakland County Child Killer...back in the 70s & 80s....???? Now 31 years later- with NO REWARD...They finger him? What is wrong with this picture??
Were you a Bham resident in 1977?
Helen Dagner


#5 Oct 26, 2007
Lol....were you?I answered you because no one else was...and this forum has been up since June??...and I know how you hate it when you don't get attention...
Bham Resident

Stuart, FL

#7 Feb 28, 2008
Grayfield wrote:
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Were you a Bham resident in 1977?
At the time, I was a senior in high school who lived two streets away from where Shelia Shrock was murdered on Villa. I even knew the girl who lived on Villa and was originally asked to babysit that night. She couldn't, so Shelia Shrock was given the babysitting job.
It was a very scary time in B'ham, because who could you trust? Everyone was terrified to let their kids out.....including my mother and my two younger sisters.
I truely hope they find who ever took the lives of all those innocent children in Oakland County.


#8 Mar 1, 2008
Shelia's killer was caught and sent to prison some time in 1978 or so. It was not in the news at the time and was kept quiet for some reason. Probably at the request of Law Enforcement. Even in 1988 a book was written about the Oakland County Child Killer and Sheila was included as a possible victim of the unsolved killings. That book, by the way, was prompted by the urgeing of the head of the task force investigating the OCCK. Wolf In Sheep's Clothing (The search for a child killer). By Tommy McIntyre ISBN 0-8143-1989-0

Columbus, OH

#9 Oct 21, 2008
"Shelia's killer was caught and sent to prison some time in 1978 or so. It was not in the news at the time and was kept quiet for some reason."


Can you link a citation?

Since: Mar 07


#10 Oct 24, 2008
At the moment I can not. But I will try to do a little research and when I come up with something I will post

Ashburn, VA

#11 Apr 6, 2009
His name is Oliver Andrews got life in prision 1979. He can be seen on the MI OTIS system.

Ashburn, VA

#12 Oct 16, 2009
Similarly to the Cadieux murder, a suspect was
charged and convicted with the murder and burglaries. Oliver Rhodes Andrews is
currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Srock, but police claimed it
was unsolved, and also possibly linked to the later Oakland County Child
Killing's even to this day.

Ashburn, VA

#13 Oct 26, 2009
October 26. 2009 1:22PM .Oakland County Child Killings

Finding Timmy's killer: Family seeks answers 32 years after son's death
King family believes they know who killed 11-year-old in 1977, but police are slow to act
Marney Rich Keenan / The Detroit News

For 32 years, Timmy King's family has been waiting for the truth. Who abducted, molested and murdered their 11-year-old son and three other children during a 13-month reign of terror that besieged Oakland County between February 1976 and March 1977?

Timmy King was the last victim of the infamous Oakland County Child Killer. He was abducted and held for six days before his body was found on the side of a road, his orange skateboard tossed nearby like an afterthought.

No one has ever been charged with the killings, although numerous suspects have been investigated.

Now the King family believes they know who the killer is: A suspected Bloomfield Township pedophile who police had questioned three weeks before their boy's murder. But they are frustrated that the task force empowered to probe the cold case is sitting on what they say is information that could close the case once and for all.

"We want to know why we are being stonewalled," says Barry King, the victim's 78-year-old father. Timmy's mother, Marion, died in 2004.

The Kings say their repeated requests to the Michigan State Police for information on recent developments in the case have gone unanswered. Previously scheduled meetings have been postponed twice, although another meeting with some task force members has been scheduled for Tuesday.

"We want some justice for the victims. We've been told evidence is apparently lost; tests were supposedly conducted, but there have been no results for over a year. We never get a straight story," says Timmy's brother Chris King, 48, of Huntington Woods.

The King family believes that movement on the case has been hampered by disputes among law enforcement agencies involved in the task force investigation. Specifically, they believe how to proceed has created a schism between the Michigan State Police and the other agencies: the Livonia Police Department and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

"There has been a lot of frustration felt by the Kings over the past couple of weeks," said State Police Capt. Harold Love, second district commander in charge of Southeast Michigan, which oversees the task force. Love said meetings with the Kings had to be rescheduled due to some "issues" within the task force.

"I don't blame them at all. We had some issues within the task force as far as where information came from and what information was out there and things people were saying and we needed to get the task force all on the same page."

But the Kings say they've waited long enough.

"Those four little kids deserve far better than what they have gotten from the MSP," says Timmy's only sister, Cathy Broad, 50, of Naperville, Ill. "Their actions are either gross incompetence or very dirty dealings or both. Neither answer is very reassuring."

A name under wraps

Ashburn, VA

#14 Oct 26, 2009
No one could have predicted the course of events that unearthed this latest break in the case. In part, that's because it didn't come from dogged detective work but from an ex-neighbor who'd grown up across the street from the King family. The neighbor's information was relayed to Chris King in the summer of 2006. Later that same year, the Wayne County prosecutor's office filed an investigative subpoena compelling a polygraph examiner to testify before Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny about the Timmy King killing.

By November 2007, polygrapher Lawrence Wasser was ordered under oath to produce a name. The transcripts are sealed, but the Kings say they were told by Cory Williams, a now-retired Livonia Police detective who was investigating the case, that Wasser revealed the name Chris Busch as a suspect in the King slaying.

Busch's name had been circulating for years on Internet blogs and among those familiar with the notorious unsolved child murder cases and the nationwide child pornography rings of the 1970s.

Still, the discovery was numbing: Christopher Brian Busch was the son of Harold Lee Busch, executive financial director for General Motors, and Elsie Busch, both now deceased. The family lived in the Bloomfield Village neighborhood of Bloomfield Township from 1970-79. Bloomfield Township Police records show Busch committed suicide in the home on Nov. 20, 1978, a year after the child killings stopped. His body was cremated two days later.

Six months later, the house was sold.

"My family and I think Chris Busch killed Tim," says Barry King.

"Conventional wisdom at the time dictated it was much easier to think there is some type of evil person who lives far away," says Chris King. "It's almost inconceivable to think somebody from the village could do this. But what's really heartbreaking is that Busch was arrested, charged and should have been in jail many times over."

A family torn apart
On March 16, 1977, Timmy, a straight-A student in sixth grade at Adams Elementary, left his home on Yorkshire Drive in Birmingham at 8:15 p.m. with his skateboard. Timmy was the youngest of Barry and Marion King's children, brother to Cathy, Chris and Mark. He borrowed 30 cents from his sister and left home to buy candy at Hunter-Maple Pharmacy in a shopping center that borders Woodward Avenue and Maple Road.

Chris King was 16 at the time. When he came home from baby-sitting that night, there were police cars in the driveway and in front of his house. His parents returned home from dinner to discover Timmy missing. They had dined at Peabody's Restaurant, less than 500 feet from where Timmy was last seen.

Chris drove with his mother to search for his brother at a friend's house. "The house was dark, pitch black," he remembers. "I said,'Mom, I'll just go and knock on the door anyway.' And she said,'No, he's not there.' And then she started crying. And I knew she was right." From that moment on, he says, "It was horrible because you knew what was going on. The clock was ticking."

Six days later, Timmy's still warm, fully clothed body was found beside Gill Road near Eight Mile in Livonia. He had been suffocated. An autopsy revealed signs of sexual abuse and there were marks around his wrists and ankles suggesting he had been tied. His body was strikingly clean, as were his clothes.

The bodies of three other victims also were cleaned and scrubbed, according to the medical examiner. Mark Stebbins, 12, of Ferndale was found Feb. 19, 1976, in a parking lot at 10 Mile and Greenfield in Southfield after he had been missing for four days. The body of Jill Robinson, 12, of Royal Oak, missing for three days, was found several feet from I-75 north of Big Beaver. Missing the longest, 18 days, was Kristine Mihelich, 10. Her body was found by a mailman in a ditch on Bruce Lane near 13 Mile and Telegraph in Franklin Village.

Ashburn, VA

#15 Oct 26, 2009
All the victims were found wearing the clothes they were last seen in. Their clothing was spotless. All had been suffocated. Jill Robinson was smothered and then shot in the face when, police think, the killer panicked, thinking she was still alive.

The rash of killings paralyzed the community and became national news. For months, Metro Detroit children were rarely allowed to play outside unsupervised. Parents religiously escorted children to the bus stop. Anyone and everyone was suspect: from the clergy to neighbors to baby sitters.

At its peak, in the spring of 1977, the Oakland County Child Killer Task Force employed 200 detectives from 50 communities in the tri-counties. Back then, it was the most extensive murder investigation in U.S. history. Rewards totaling $200,000 for information leading to the killer's apprehension had been raised.

By December 1978, the task force had disbanded. After close to 5,000 interviews, 99,000 names and nearly 18,000 tips, no one had been arrested. In later years, investigators fielded sporadic tips. In 1999, the body of a former Warren man, David Norberg of Wyoming, was exhumed after a cross found among his possessions was thought to belong to Kristine Mihelich. But his DNA failed to match the genetic material in a hair found on one of the suffocated children.

In September 2004, Timmy's mother died.

In 2005, Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Garry Gray announced they were going to reanalyze evidence and leads in the case, using more advanced computer databases and forensic techniques.

The effort did uncover decades-old sex-crime cases, but they were not connected to the killings in Oakland County.

A chance occurrence
The case took an unexpected twist in July 2006, when Chris King got a call from a childhood friend whom he hadn't seen in more than 30 years. Patrick Coffey, now 49, of San Francisco had been a neighbor and playmate of the King boys.

Now a polygraph examiner, Coffey says when Tim went missing it profoundly affected his life. "Much of the reason that I went into this profession was because of what happened to Tim," he said.

That summer, Coffey gave a presentation to the board of directors of the American Polygraph Association yearly training conference in Las Vegas. Larry Wasser, a former APA vice president and former president of the Michigan Association of Polygraph Examiners, asked if Coffey would be interested in giving the same presentation in Detroit.

Coffey replied that he grew up in Birmingham and said his career ambition was borne out of the tragedy of a neighbor. "Maybe you have heard of the case: the Timmy King case?" he inquired of Wasser.

Ashburn, VA

#16 Oct 26, 2009
He said Wasser's jaw dropped. Then he said: " 'Well, I guess I can tell you this now because the attorney who represented the guy is dead. And the guy who did it is dead. I tested the guy who killed your neighbor boy.' "

Coffey says Wasser told him it was a private polygraph in a case unrelated to the Oakland County child killings.

Coffey says he was shocked by the revelation.

Michigan law makes it a misdemeanor for polygraph examiners to divulge any information learned as a result of their duties, unless compelled by law. Later that night, Coffey was able to track down Chris King, who was on a business trip. Six months later, Thanksgiving week 2007, responding to an investigative subpoena filed by Wayne County Prosecutor Rob Moran, Coffey took the stand and Wasser was ordered by the court to produce the name of the suspected killer.

In the courtroom, Coffey says he remembers meeting Gray, the State Police sergeant who had announced plans to revisit the case in 2005. After shaking hands, Coffey says Gray remarked to him, "You know, we had a state task force on this for 30 some years and I can't believe a neighbor boy solved it." Gray refused to comment for this story.

Reached by phone in his Southfield office, Larry Wasser denied having any involvement in the case. "Pat Coffey's information is totally bogus," he said. "I never tested anybody that was involved in the Oakland County child killings."

Coffey says he was not surprised by Wasser's denial. "I know he regrets our conversation," Coffey says.

In retrospect, Coffey adds: "When you think about the odds of this happening, it's stunning. The Chris Busch lead would have died with Larry Wasser."

North Fox Island porn ring
According to his death certificate, Busch, 27, died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head on Nov. 20, 1978.

He was employed as a food service manager at Franklin Club Apartments. It is believed that Busch was sent away to a boarding school in Switzerland. As a high-ranking GM executive, Busch's father, accompanied by his wife, traveled extensively throughout Europe for long periods. Former neighbors confirm the parents were rarely at the home on Morningview.

In a series of articles published by the Traverse City Record-Eagle in February and March 1977, Busch was linked to a child pornography ring in Leelanau County 's North Fox Island near Traverse City.

On Fox Island, the so-called Brother Paul's Children's Mission was a front for an underground pornography network where children were coerced into sexual acts and then photographed for use in porn magazines. After conducting a four-month investigation, the Record-Eagle broke the story of the porn ring. One of the stories states: "Police confiscated eight rolls of film from Christopher Busch, 25, of Birmingham."

Ashburn, VA

#17 Oct 26, 2009
Busch also was arrested and charged on multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct in late February 1977 in Flint. Police alleged as many as 30 prepubescent boys from Flint were forced to commit sex acts with men, with each other and before cameras.

While in Flint, then-Oakland County Prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson sent investigators to interview Busch and an alleged accomplice, suggesting that some of the victimized boys had been procured in Oakland County. The accomplice, Gregory Green, 26, was charged with Busch. Previously, Green had served time in Orange County, Calif., for a sex offense involving a boy and was subsequently released to a psychiatric hospital.

The men were given lie detector tests and Oakland County investigators concluded Busch and Green were "not suspects in the Stebbins case."

While Green was held in the Genesee County jail in lieu of $75,000 bond, Busch went free on $1,000 cash bond. Records on the outcome of the case were not available. Three weeks after Busch walked, Timmy King was abducted.

Being told the truth
Two years ago, the King family filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Bloomfield Township Police for a copy of the police report of Chris Busch's suicide. They were told the file had been destroyed.

But Jack Kalbfleish, a former Birmingham police detective assigned to the task force during the child killings, says he remembers when the suicide report came into his office.

"I was working with field officers at the time, and I remembered a suicide that came in the area of Maple and Lahser," Kalbfleish said. "The significant detail found at the scene was a drawing of a kid that looked very much like Mark Stebbins."

The Kings fault the police for missing another opportunity to investigate Busch.

On Oct. 30 last year, law enforcement officials in Oakland County executed a search warrant for the former Busch residence on Morningview Terrace Drive. The heating and cooling ducts in the forced air system were vacuumed in an effort to dislodge possible evidence such as hairs or fibers.

"We've had this name since the fall of '07," says Chris King. "They didn't even start to gather evidence until a year later: the fall of '08. And now they won't tell us what tests are done, what tests are not done or when those tests might be done. That's all we've asked for. We just want the truth to come out."

United States

#18 Nov 30, 2009
Raul wrote:
"Shelia's killer was caught and sent to prison some time in 1978 or so. It was not in the news at the time and was kept quiet for some reason."
Can you link a citation?

or, if you prefer:

It's an article in the Ludington Daily News stating that Oliver Rhodes Andrews had confessed to the Sheila Srock (by the way, that's the correct spelling of her last name) murder.

Ashburn, VA

#19 Dec 2, 2009
Oriole wrote:
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or, if you prefer:
It's an article in the Ludington Daily News stating that Oliver Rhodes Andrews had confessed to the Sheila Srock (by the way, that's the correct spelling of her last name) murder.
That is very good O. Although I had heard through the grapevine way back in 1978 that a perp was arrested and sent to prision, I have never seen the info in a newspaper. Thank you!
The Gord-man

United States

#20 Mar 24, 2010
Ted Lamborgine certainly knew how child molesters are treated in prison. Why, then, would he not take up the prosecuters on their offer of a new identity/reduced sentence in exchange for taking a polygraph test regarding what he knew about the OCCK? I can think of several reasons.
1.) He thought he would eventually be charged, perhaps as an accomplice, in these heinous murders. Police ARE allowed, by law, to lie during interrogations. So Ted would be looking at life in prison with no parole.
The Gord-man

United States

#21 Mar 24, 2010
2.) He figured that, even given a new identity, word would eventually leak to his fellow inmates just exactly what a dirtbag he is. While being known in prison as a child molester is no picnic, imagine being known as a child molester AND a snitch...
3.) He truly wanted to confess to the charges of molesting 14 or 15 boys and, in a sense, put this all behind him. As if he had suddenly found God.

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