The Oakland County Child Killer
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4956 Sep 5, 2010
An editorial (from the Traverse City Record-Eagle???, no date on copy):

Brutality of Pornography

"Child molestation ranks among the most hideous of crimes. Most of it is done by those who are sick of mind and weak of spirit. It is an outrage even then.

But when it is done by those who are apparently sane and influential against those who are young and vulnerable for motives of perverse pleasure and financial profit, it becomes the vilest of deeds.

A summer camp is established ostensibly to benefit underprivileged young boys. The backers of the camp infiltrate legitimate boys organizations to locate potential campers. Then they take the young boys to camp, get them to perform homosexual acts before cameras, and then sell the prints through an underground network.

That's not just a description of how one camp worked, but of an apparent pattern used by several camps across the nation. Some apparently even went so far as to solicit contributions from the public to help operate the pornography mills.

Police say one such camp was operated on North Fox Island off Grand Traverse Bay. The island's owner, millionaire Francis Shelden, is being hunted on charges of homosexual conduct with a 14-year-old boy in Port Huron and with an eight-year-old boy on the island. He is missing and his 835-acre island, which contained 'Brother Paul's Children's Mission,' is vacant.

Other camps, police say, have been located throughout the nation. The authorities say all have been the scene of homosexual molestation of young boys and most produced and distributed pictures and movies of the acts.

The image that begins to appear is a network of interlocking criminal organizations dedicated to making money by defiling helpless children. The brutality of it is almost incomprehensible."
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4957 Sep 5, 2010
This appeared some time in 1976 or 1977.
CandyO

Rockford, IL

#4958 Sep 5, 2010
Almost incomprehensible?
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4959 Sep 7, 2010
just-thinking wrote:
I have no idea if this guy has anything to do with North Fox Island, but it is interesting that he sets up children's missions to commit these crimes. http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2009/s...
Interesting just-thinking and lilly. I have read old news articles on North Fox Island, as well as documents obtained from a FOIA request for documents on the investigation of Frank Shelden, et al. Marilyn Wright, a reporter with the Traverse City Record-Eagle, did an amazing job investigating and reporting about Fox Island.

Lots of names appear in these documents, but there is no mention of any "Paul" behind the Brother Paul's Children's Mission. But the Fox Island porn/pedophile ring started right around the same time Brother Paul got his start and the similarities in m.o. are stunning. More later.
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4960 Sep 7, 2010
Australia is mentioned in one article: "Authorities believe that the investigation into North Fox Island, New Orleans and the Tennessee boys farm 'has only scratched the surface.'" Correspondence and films seized in the raids came "'from Australia and Canada and virtually every state in the Union,' according to authorities.

Keep in mind that Frank Shelden, the Ann Arbor millionaire from a wealthy Bloomfield Hills family, was a "world traveler." People in that neck of the woods could easily afford to go overseas--where "boy love" and child pornography was more established and "accepted."
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4961 Sep 7, 2010
Shelden, the Ann Arbor millionaire and philanthropist (hey, he put 18 boys through college!), was a staff writer in the 1970s for Better Life Monthly, a magazine described as representing an international "service" organization "seeking liberation for boys and boy-lovers." Better Life = Boy Lovers (BL). Coded advertisements in BLMM allowed subscribers to contact each other and to engage in the swapping of children for pornographic modeling and prostitution. Child pornographer Gerald Richards met Shelden around 1974. Richards was gym teacher at a Catholic elementary school--St. Joseph's in Dexter, MI. Richards was also a child counselor, licensed hypnotherapist, massage therapist and naturopath. He had a "clinic." He had run for local political office. Shelden responded to an ad Richards placed in BLM describing his "magic show." The two corresponded and then met. Richards had been thinking of starting a boys camp and when he learned Shelden owned North Fox Island, the two of them "naturally thought about organizing the camp."
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4962 Sep 7, 2010
The "Church of Revelation" ran an ad in BLM offering to help readers set up child "care" organizations and camps. The "church" was incorporated in New Jersey in 1974. There was no church. It was just a referral agency which distributed child pornography around the country. The same incorporators also incorporated "Educational Foundation for Youth," allegedly based in Chicago. This "educational foundation" started out as the non-profit arm of a profit corporation that was listed as an "import/export" business.
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4963 Sep 7, 2010
Child care sites/camps for boys were set up under the auspices of the Church of Revelation and the Educational Foundation for Youth--charitable/educational entities whose status guaranteed what was then an automatic state and federal tax exemption. These tax dodges were also fronts for child pornography and sexual abuse. Not only that, but in some states welfare departments were duped into making payment for the support of the boys. At the time, counties would pay up to $150 a month per boy; the statue up to $400, and the feds up to $700. These guys were actually being paid to rape kids and film porn.
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4964 Sep 7, 2010
Gerald Richards responded to the Church's ad and then the "Reverend"
Dyer Grossman (aka Dale Osterman, Elliot Crossman, Elijah Crossman) came from New Jersey to Port Huron to help Richards set up "Brother Paul's Childrens Mission." Grossman came from a wealthy Long Island family and was--what a suprise--a science teacher at two boys' schools, one of them a boarding school. Richards was the president of Brother Paul's and Grossman was the VP. Richard's wife was the secretary and the name of the treasurer was redacted from the case file. One of the primary incorporators of this Brother Paul's was Adam Starchild (aka Malcom McConby), of New Jersey. Shelden was listed as a director of this Brother Paul's.

Gerald Richards ran Brother Paul's "nature camp" for boys ages 7-16 on North Fox Island. It was classified by the Michigan AG's office as a charitable trust.
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4965 Sep 7, 2010
Richards was arrested in July 1976 on criminal sexual conduct with a minor (1st degree). A warrant was issued in December 1976 (the poor prosecutor was delayed due to "work load") for Shelden and later Grossman. Both fled the country before issuance of the warrants and were never served. The Record-Eagle investigaiton took place over four months. Richards provided information about these "child care" fronts, plead guilty to CSC 1, and received a 2-20 year prison sentence at Jackson.

In addition to Brother Paul's on N. Fox Island, two other organizations were linked up with the Church of Revelation. The entire network was thought to involve some 5, 000 clients.
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4966 Sep 7, 2010
In addition to Brother Paul's Childrens Mission/Nature Camp on N. Fox Island, two other organizations were linked up with the Church of Revelation. Hence the network of 5,000 men. "Boys Farm, Inc.," a boys camp in Tennessee was raided in November 1976. A list of 270 camp "sponsors" was confiscated. These men were from around the county and included Frank Shelden.

The second organization was a boy scout troop in New Orleans, Troop 137. Troop leader Richard Halverson (then age 51), and assistant leaders Raymond (Tom) Woodall and Harry Cramer, used boys for sex and porn. Halverson was also a probation officer and a FOSTER FATHER to two boys, who were wards of that state. In addition, Richard C. Jacobs, a Boston millionaire, was indicted on 15 counts as a participant in these crimes.
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4967 Sep 7, 2010
The boys camp in Tennessee was run by Father Claudius (Bud) Vermilye, Jr. He was indicted and convicted on a 16-count indictment involving the victimization of young boys. Men in Michigan were found to be "sponsors" of Fr. Bud's camp. The names were of course redacted, but one was the principal of an elementary school, one an employee of Wayne County Dept. of Social Services (and a single foster parent to a boy!), another an officer of a Walled Lake company, and another and employee of the University of Michigan. These men were interviewed in January 1977. A "sponsors' list" named four white males who lived in the Detroit area. Names redacted--all expressed "shock" over the discovery of pedophelia at "the farm," even though two of them had visited the famr and received "mailings" from the farm.

During this same time period, police arrested the owners/directors of a summer camp near Yankee Springs Recreation Area, between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Arrested were Dr. Lloyd Lange (a 42-year-old dentist) living in Park Ridge, IL, John Bell (19), David Welch (26) and David John Berta (32).

On September 13, 1976, Gerald Richards plead guilty to CSC 1 and was sentenced to 2-20 years in Jackson State Prison. Judge Ernest Opplinger.
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4968 Sep 7, 2010
Shelden died of natural causes in Amsterdam on September 7, 1976. He became a citizen of Amsterdam after he fled the US. Amsterdam did not have an extradition treaty with the US at that time and when that was negotiated in 1983, it could not be applied retroactively to Shelden. He had also married a prostitute in France (also did not provide for extradition to the US), just to make sure he wouldn't have to go back to the US to face charges. That's again what the lawyers get paid the big bucks for. Legal advice for where to transfer your funds (West Indies) and where to move so you can't be extradited. After Shelden croaked, the long-outstanding warrant for him was cancelled and on May 2, 1997, a state police report entry states that the status of the investigation was: "Exceptional clearance, suspect is deceased and cannot be prosecuted, but was obviously involved."

What happened with Dyer Grossman is anyone's guess. Maybe the FBI continued to hunt him. Maybe not.
eoiw

Ortonville, MI

#4969 Sep 7, 2010
I just want to say that I have read a lot of these posts, and I cannot for the life of me understand all the bickering and disrespect that transpires among some posters. I am assuming the goal here is to share info and see what may or may not be helpful in this case (for the families). There is no place here for disrespect of any sort. Some of the posters here apparently are victims of the cass corridor, and some are family of these precious children. They do not need THAT kind of help. I have no info to offer, other than I believe I was almost abducted during that time in a city very close to royal oak. I remember that year very well. I guess that is why I'm here.It has made a huge impact on my life, and I want this solved for the members of the family. So, in short, from an observer, please stay respectful. There have been enough lies, hurt and controversy for these families , and scars that will never heal. Remember, even though many of us, even a generation of children dare I regrettfully say were traumatized by this case, it is not ours-it belongs to the families directly involved. I pray for them. I hope they get the truth before another parent passes without knowing the truth. Respectfully, my heart goes out to these families.
lilly

Denver, CO

#4970 Sep 7, 2010
Mybrotherskeeper wrote:
Shelden died of natural causes in Amsterdam on September 7, 1976. He became a citizen of Amsterdam after he fled the US. Amsterdam did not have an extradition treaty with the US at that time and when that was negotiated in 1983, it could not be applied retroactively to Shelden. He had also married a prostitute in France (also did not provide for extradition to the US), just to make sure he wouldn't have to go back to the US to face charges. That's again what the lawyers get paid the big bucks for. Legal advice for where to transfer your funds (West Indies) and where to move so you can't be extradited. After Shelden croaked, the long-outstanding warrant for him was cancelled and on May 2, 1997, a state police report entry states that the status of the investigation was: "Exceptional clearance, suspect is deceased and cannot be prosecuted, but was obviously involved."
What happened with Dyer Grossman is anyone's guess. Maybe the FBI continued to hunt him. Maybe not.
Thank you for all the information. I have read most of it but the reminder keeps me focused.I look so forward to giving you the "rest of this story." Lilly
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4971 Sep 8, 2010
Sorry--Shelden died in 1996, not '76.
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4972 Sep 8, 2010
A few postscripts. A box of 18 reels of 8 mm child porn films was seized as evidence in this case, in addition to black and white photographs and books depicting child porn.

A December 9, 1977 news article with a UPI byline from Boston, indicates a similar child porn ring was operating in Boston. This involved the exploitation of boys and involved a private boys school teacher and administrator, a child psychologist, a president of an investment firm and a social worker. Among those indicted and still at large was a traveling salesman from Lapeer, MI--Leslie Akers (47 at the time). He was charged with rape. He worked for a manufacturing firm in North Branch, MI.

There is an entry dated 2-23-88--Gerald Richards was out of prison by this time and contacted the MSP because he was "upset" over being arrested by the Postal Inspector on 2-15-88. "Jerry says he was acting alone & was trying to get goods on a Kiddie Porn dealer so he could turn him in (as he has completely reformed) however it backfired on him by an entrapment situation conducted by the Post Office."
lilly

Denver, CO

#4973 Sep 8, 2010
Mybrotherskeeper wrote:
A few postscripts. A box of 18 reels of 8 mm child porn films was seized as evidence in this case, in addition to black and white photographs and books depicting child porn.
A December 9, 1977 news article with a UPI byline from Boston, indicates a similar child porn ring was operating in Boston. This involved the exploitation of boys and involved a private boys school teacher and administrator, a child psychologist, a president of an investment firm and a social worker. Among those indicted and still at large was a traveling salesman from Lapeer, MI--Leslie Akers (47 at the time). He was charged with rape. He worked for a manufacturing firm in North Branch, MI.
There is an entry dated 2-23-88--Gerald Richards was out of prison by this time and contacted the MSP because he was "upset" over being arrested by the Postal Inspector on 2-15-88. "Jerry says he was acting alone & was trying to get goods on a Kiddie Porn dealer so he could turn him in (as he has completely reformed) however it backfired on him by an entrapment situation conducted by the Post Office."
His testimony before the Senate sickened me the rosy picture he painted was shameful. More shameful was that none of the people listenting to his lies, called him on them. That he is alive is interesting. Lilly
Mybrotherskeeper

Naperville, IL

#4974 Sep 8, 2010
Lots of trouble with acceptance of responsibility. But he ratted out Shelden and Grossman, so he probably got some consideration with the length of his sentence.
cody

Detroit, MI

#4975 Sep 8, 2010
Mybrotherskeeper wrote:
Sorry--Shelden died in 1996, not '76.
I was wondering ?? Ok...
Ya, where DID Grossman go ?
I doubt LE is actively looking for him :(
They KNEW all this stuff back then.
Why didn't they stop it earlier ??
Money ?? If you have $$ you get what you want ?
Free on bond or nothing at all ?
All those kids.........
:(

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