the babysitter killer

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Urban legends are as popular as ever, but the majority of the scary stories you’ve heard at sleepovers are based on at least a small grain of truth. One such tale that might have kept you awake at night is The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs, which tells of a young child-minder’s gruesome encounter with a crazed stalker. There are many adaptions of this 1960′s legend, with the general story line being that the babysitter receives several creepy phone calls from a man who keeps telling her to check on the children. Terrified, she calls the police who trace the call to the upstairs bathroom of the house. When the intruder is finally arrested, he has slaughtered all three children. While spine-tingling, you may be intrigued to know that this fictional story came from the very real murder of 15-year-old Janett Christman in 1950.

Janett was babysitting 3-year-old Gregory Romack at his home on West Boulevard and Stewart Road in Columbia, Missouri. At around 1:30 a.m, while Gregory was sleeping, and intruder entered through his bedroom window and proceeded to the downstairs living room where he raped, strangled and stabbed Janett. The crime scene was utterly horrific: the bottom picture is one of the less bloody photographs. Although a garden hose left outside was used to break the window, forensic investigators reported that the furniture and light fixtures near the window were totally undisturbed, making it impossible for him to have entered that way. This is likely to infer that the murderer attempted to make it look like the house had been broken into, when in reality, Christman probably opened the front door for someone she knew.

This case remains unsolved, with it’s prime suspect passing lie detector tests and successfully suing the police for his detainment.

10 Serial Killers Never Caught
  1. Charlie Chop-off: The killer had a bad habit of stabbing young African-American boys, and subjecting them to genital mutilation. The killer’s first victim was an eight-year-old African-American boy named Douglas Owen. Owen was found on March 9, 1972 on a Manhattan rooftop. The young boy had been stabbed 38 times and his penis had been mutilated. Over the next year, two other young boys would be found stabbed to death with their penises removed. In 1974, the police arrested a man named Erno Soto after he confessed to the murder of one of Charlie Chop-Off’s victims. However, Soto was considered to be mentally unstable, so his testimony wasn’t taken too seriously. In addition, a survivor of an attack by Charlie Chop-Off could not make a positive I.D of Erno Soto. As a result, Soto was found to not be guilty of the heinous crimes. Even so, the Charlie Chop-Off murders came to an abrupt halt after Soto’s arrest, leaving police to believe that he is still the most likely suspect.
  2. The Honolulu Strangler: The Honolulu strangler is the first known serial killer on the usually peaceful islands of Hawaii. This killer is thought to have murdered a total of five women in the mid-1980’s. The first victim of The Honolulu Strangler was a 27-year-old woman, named Vicky Gail Purdy. Her body was found on May 30, 1985. She had been raped, strangled and her hands were tied behind her back. Then on January 14, 1986, The Honolulu Strangler struck again. 17-Year-Old, Regina Sakamoto’s body was found in the exact same fashion that Purdy’s was. Over the course of the next three months, three more women would be found raped, strangled, with their hands bound behind their backs. The police interrogated a suspect in association with the murders. The suspect’s girlfriend told police that, whenever the two of them would have a lover’s spat, the suspect would leave the house, and then The Honolulu Strangler would strike. Despite this testimony and the fact that the suspect failed a polygraph test, the police were forced to let the suspect go due to lack of evidence. However, strangely enough, the murders in Honolulu stopped right after the police brought their suspect in for questioning.
  3. Stoneman: Stoneman is India’s most notorious serial killer. He is believed to have committed 13 murders in Calcutta, and a possible dozen more in Bombay. Stoneman’s first victim was found in June of 1989. The victim was a homeless man who was sleeping alone in a dimly lit area. He was killed by being bashed over the head with a stone. Over the next six months, twelve more homeless victims would be killed in the exact same fashion. In 1985, there were a dozen homeless people murdered in Bombay, in the same way that would eventually be occurring in Calcutta. This led authorities to believe that the same person was committing the murders, but they couldn’t be sure that the original killings hadn’t inspired a copycat killer. The police brought in a number of suspects but weren’t able to charge anyone with the murders. However, the killings came to a halt after the suspects were brought in for questioning, leaving many to believe that the real killer was part of the group of suspects that the authorities questioned.
  4. The February 9th Killer: The February 9th killer is a serial killer who is believed to be responsible for the 2006 murder of Sonia Mejia and her unborn child, and the 2008 murder of Damiana Castillo in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both of these women were strangled in their apartments and both of these murders were committed on February 9th, hence the killer’s name. The killer would get his victims to open their doors and then force his way into their homes. Investigators were able to link the two cases through DNA analysis, but they weren’t able to get a match. As a result, the case went cold in 2011.
  5. Jack the Ripper: Jack the Ripper is arguably London’s most notorious serial killer. He was active in 1888 and his killing grounds were areas that were fairly poor, in and around the Whitechapel district of London. Jack the Ripper’s name comes from a letter that was written by someone who was claiming to be the infamous killer. Today, this letter is considered to be a hoax but the name Jack the Ripper stuck. Jack the Ripper is responsible for the murder of a possible five victims. All of these victims were working girls who had their throats slit, before being mutilated by the Ripper. In three cases, the Ripper even took a souvenir of his kill, the internal organs of his victims. All of these killings took place between the 31st of August and the 9th of November, in 1888. Although law enforcers worked diligently to solve these murders, and were even sent a letter from the killer himself (which contained a half-preserved kidney), no one was able to discover who Jack the Ripper actually was. Today, there are over a hundred theories as to who the infamous serial killer could be.
  6. The Baby-Sitter Killer: The Babysitter Killer, also known as the Oakland County Child Killer, is responsible for the murders of at least four children. The killer was active between 1976 and 1977, in Oakland County, Michigan. The murders took place during a thirteen-month period, causing panic in Southeastern Michigan. During this time, children would not be let out of their houses without a parent or guardian present and the few who were allowed to go out without their parents, had to do so in a large group, where everyone could see them. The Babysitter Killer’s first known victim was twelve-year-old, Mark Stebbins. He went missing on February 15th and his body was found just four days later. He was found laid out on a snow bank with the same outfit that he had on the day he went missing. He had been strangled and sexually assaulted. The next three victims were all found fully clothed, and in plain sight. Although law enforcers brought in many suspects for questioning, they were never able to tie anyone to the crime. The case was reopened in 2012.
  7. Jack the Stripper: Jack the Stripper is the nickname of a serial killer who was active in London, between 1964 and 1965. The reason why his given name is so similar to that of Jack the Ripper’s is because their victimology is so alike. Like Jack the Ripper, Jack the Stripper murdered prostitutes. He murdered between six and eight prostitutes and then dumped their bodies into the River Thames. Jack the Stripper’s first known victim was named Hannah Tailford. Her body was found in February, 1964. She had been strangled and some of her teeth were missing. When a second body was found around where Hannah had been dumped, 57-year-old Kenneth Archibald confessed to the two murders. However, police dismissed his confession when he failed to remember certain facts about the killings and when a third body was found. A total of three more bodies were found, that seemed to match Jack the Stripper’s murders. Around this time, John Du Rose, the head of the investigation, held a press conference announcing that their pool of 7,000 suspects had gone down to 20, then 10, and finally three. After this, the killings inexplicably stopped and Jack the Stripper got away with murder.
  8. The Atlanta Ripper: The Atlanta Ripper was active during the year 1911, in Atlanta. This unidentified person is responsible for the murders of anywhere between 15-21 women. The Atlanta Ripper’s first victim was found on May 28, 1911. The woman was named Belle Walker. She was an African-American woman who was found with her throat slit, just 25 yards from her home. Then on June 15, the body of another African-American woman, Addie Watts was found in the exact same fashion as Belle Walker’s. By the end of 1911, another thirteen African-American or dark skinned women would be found with their throat’s slashed. Although six different suspects were questioned in correlation with the murders, no one was ever convicted.
  9. The Original Night Stalker/East Area Rapist: The Original Night Stalker was active in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, in Contra Costa County. His first victims to ever be reported were Dr. Robert Offerman and his girlfriend, Debra Alexandra Manning. The couple was shot and killed in their home on December 30, 1979. During the next seven years, The Original Night Stalker took seven more victims, all by breaking into their homes, where he would kill them. Around the same time as The Original Night Walker killings were going on, San Francisco was being terrorized by the East Area Rapist. This man would break into the homes of women and then rape them. He managed to do this 50 times. In 2001, investigators made a miraculous discovery using DNA testing. They discovered that The Original Night Stalker and the East Area Rapist were in fact, the same person. Thankfully, this serial killer/ rapist’s crimes stopped in 1986, leaving many to believe that he either died or was imprisoned for another crime. 
  10. The Zodiac Killer:  The Zodiac killer is arguably the most infamous, unidentified serial killer of all time. He was active in Northern California in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Although the Zodiac Killer claims to have murdered 37 people, investigators have only been able to link him to 5 deaths and 2 injuries. The Zodiac Killer’s first known victims were Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday. They were found on December 20, 1968. The couple were on their first date and were planning on attending the Christmas Concert at Hogan High School. Instead, the couple decided to visit a friend and then they made their way over to a gravel turnout, that was well-known as “Lovers’ Lane,” that’s when they came into contact with the Zodiac Killer. Investigators believe that the killer exited his car and made his way over to the couple’s car. He then ordered them to exit their own car. Jensen seems to have exited first but when Faraday attempted to exit, the killer shot him in the head. When Jensen tried to flee from the killer, he shot her as well. The Zodiac Killer would go on to claim five more victims. During his killings, the Zodiac Killer would send letters to the police, taunting them. He would make demands, give them cryptograms to solve in order to reveal his true identity, and he would tell them about upcoming attacks. His final letter concluded with this, “Me=37, SFPD=0.” A number of people were suspected to be the Zodiac Killer but nothing ever came of it. A few people have even confessed to the crimes, while other children have come forward claiming that their father or stepfather was the real Zodiac Killer. However, none of these claims came with much evidence to back them up, meaning that the Zodiac Killer has yet to be identified.
Five Babysitters who met Tragic Ends

Evelyn Hartley (15)

On October 24, 1953, the student from La Crosse, Wisconsin, was taking care of the 20 month old baby of college professor Viggo Rasmusen. When she failed to check in with her father at 8:30 pm, and his calls to the Rasmusen house went unanswered, he went over there to check. The doors and windows were locked, but he was  able to get in through the basement. The baby was safely asleep in her crib, but Evelyn was nowhere to be found. The scene he encountered was bad. Furniture was in disarray, Evelyn’s broken glasses were found in the living room along with her books and one shoe; the other was in the basement. Even more telling, there were unidentified footprints and blood that matched Evelyn’s type, some in the basement and two big pools outside in the yard.

Police believe Evelyn was taken around 7 pm, because a neighbor heard screams at that time and assumed it was just kids playing. A witness stated that at 7:15 he saw a car speeding, one guy was driving and another was in the backseat with a girl, who was slumped forward.

Days later some blood stained clothes were found about 2 miles from La Crosse. In a different location they found shoes that matched the footprints at the Rasmusen’s, and the blood on the soils was the same type as Evelyn’s. Despite these clues, she was never found and her case remains unsolved. At one point Ed Gein was considered a suspect but he always denied it and there’s no evidence tying him to the crime.

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Metal fabricator!Kidd and Construction-bro!Franky. Even if Kidd’s metal-rock and Franky, edm-jazz, they get along supahhh~

I bet Kidd would have a metal-rock!band and they’d be killer.

Harry’s surprised when he wakes up to his jeans unbuttoned and Y/N rubbing over the front of his boxers, where his knot’s full of seed and his cocks hard like he’s in full rut.

Which is all very bad, given the circumstances.

They say the omegas who defy alphas, who cross boundaries they know they shouldn’t, are, for some reason, despite their defiant behaviour, always the best in bed.

“Y/N,” Harry tsks, grabbing her wrist to pull her hand away, even though he really doesn’t want to, “this isn’t cuddling, darling. This is groping.”


or Y/N’s Liam’s younger sister. She spends the weekend in Las Vegas with him and his friends, where she’s too young to do anything fun and unexpectedly goes into heat under Harry’s watch.

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The Oakland County Child Killer, also known as the Babysitter Killer, is an unidentified serial killer that was active in Oakland County, Michigan during 1976 and 1977. He was held responsible for the deaths of two girls and two boys, although it is possible he could have killed more. For 13 months, extra precautions were taken to ensure kids’ safety. Children were educated on the wrongs of conversing with strangers, parents started to cautiously drop and pick up their kids from school, and safe houses were set up in numerous places for kids that would walk home. Even with all of that, the 4 children pictured above were still kidnapped, held for 4-19 days, and eventually killed. 

List of Victims:

Mark Stebbins, age 12- Stebbins was last seen at an American Legion Hall on February 15, 1976. After telling his mother he was going home to watch TV, he disappeared. On February 19th, his body was found neatly dumped in a snowbank. The young boy had been strangled, sexually assaulted with an unknown object, and had rope marks on his wrists. He was found fully clothed, still in the same outfit he was wearing the last time he was seen alive. 

Jill Robinson, age 12- On December 22, 1976, after a heated argument with her mother over what to make for dinner, Robinson packed a backpack for herself and fled home on her bicycle. A day after she disappeared, her bike was found abandoned behind a store. On the 26th, her body was found, fully clothed with her backpack still on her back. Her body was also laid out on the snow, but this time it was dumped in front of a police station. The cause of death was ultimately one shotgun blast to her face.

Kristine Mihelich, age 10- Mihelich was last seen alive on January 2, 1977, purchasing a magazine from a 7-11 store. Nineteen days later, her body was found by a mail carrier on the side of a road. The young girl had been smothered to death, and her body had been intentionally placed in the view of nearby homes. Her arms had been folded across her chest and her eyes were closed. Once again, she was laid out on a pile of snow.

Timothy King, age 11- On March 16, 1977, King borrowed 30 cents from his sister and went off to buy candy from a local drugstore. He left the store from the back entrance, and disappeared from there. A widely publicized search was carried out in hopes of finding the young boy. At one point, King’s father went on the news and begged for the perpetrator to return his son unharmed. King’s mother then proceeded to print a letter in the newspaper, saying that she hoped the abductor would release her son so she could buy him food from his favorite restaurant, KFC. On March 22, 1977, his body was found by two teenagers in a shallow ditch alongside a road. The skateboard that he had used to transport himself to the drugstore was put beside him. His clothes had been pressed and washed, and an autopsy showed that he had eaten KFC before his death. King had been suffocated and sexually assaulted with an unknown object.

There were many suspects in the case, but the two most notable ones were the following:

Allen and Frank- Following the death of Timothy King, psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Danto, who was on the case, received an eerie letter, filled with guilt and misspellings. The writer referred to himself as “Allen,” and claimed that he was a “sadomasochist slave” to his partner, who he referred to as “Frank.” Allen explained that he was slowly going insane and was experiencing suicidal thoughts, which convinced Danto that he was being serious. He then went on to tell Danto that he would frequently go on car rides with Frank, where they would pick potential victims together. However, he added on that he was never with Frank when the children were abducted and murdered. He explained that Frank was traumatized, since he had been forced to kill children during the Vietnam War. He attempted to justify Frank’s actions, saying that he would kill children from rich families because he had a strong disdain for rich people, since they were the ones that sent him to war in the first place. Danto later on got a call from Allen, and the two arranged to meet at a bar. However, Allen never showed up, and he was never heard from again.

John Wayne Gacy- In 1977, an alleged witness to the abduction of Timothy King came up and claimed that she saw two men talking to the young boy before his disappearance. When asked to give a description of both of them, the second description strongly matched Gacy. It was also rumored that Gacy was in Michigan around the time of the murders. However, years later, DNA evidence refuted the possibility that he was connected to them. 

Oakland County Child Killer

The Oakland County Child Killer (OCCK) is an unidentified serial killer responsible for the murders of four or more children, two girls and two boys, in Oakland County, Michigan, United States in 1976 and 1977.

Case background: During a 13-month period, four children were abducted and murdered with their bodies left in various locations within the county. The children were each held from 4 to 19 days before being killed. Their deaths triggered a murder investigation which at the time was the largest in US history. The murders are still unsolved.

Fear and near mass hysteria swept southeastern Michigan as young people were inundated with information on “stranger danger”, and parents clogged streets around schools dropping off and picking up their children. The few who did walk walked in groups and under the watchful eyes of parents in “safe houses”, where children could go if they felt uncomfortable. Children even avoiding using a playground directly behind the Birmingham police station. One incident in Livonia involved a tow-truck driver who assaulted a man he had seen asking two boys on the street for directions. He turned out to be a tire salesman on a business trip from Akron, Ohio, who had gotten lost with no knowledge of the slayings. The Detroit News offered a $100,000 reward for the killer’s apprehension.

Detroit’s two daily newspapers, as well as the area’s numerous radio and television stations, aggressively covered the case. A presentation on WXYT, entitled Winter’s Fear: The Children, the Killer, the Search, won a 1977 Peabody Award.

Victims:

Confirmed:

  • Mark Stebbins, 12, of Ferndale, was last seen leaving an American Legion Hall on Sunday afternoon, February 15, 1976. He had told his mother he was going home to watch television. His body was found on February 19, neatly laid out in a snowbank in the parking lot of an office building at Ten Mile Road and Greenfield in Southfield (some reports claim Oak Park; Greenfield is the boundary between the two cities). He had been strangled and sexually assaulted with an object. Rope marks were seen on his wrists. He was fully clothed in the outfit he was wearing when last seen alive.
  • Jill Robinson, 12, of Royal Oak, packed a backpack and ran away from her home on Wednesday, December 22, 1976, following an argument with her mother over dinner preparations. The day after her disappearance, her bicycle was found behind a hobby store on Main Street in that city. Her body was found on the morning of December 26, along the side of Interstate 75 near Big Beaver Road in Troy. She was killed by a single shotgun blast to the face. She was fully clothed and still wearing her backpack. The body was placed within sight of the Troy police station, once again laid out neatly in the snow.
  • Kristine Mihelich, 10, of Berkley, was last seen Sunday, January 2, 1977 at 3:00 pm at a 7-Eleven store on Twelve Mile Road at Oakshire in Berkley, purchasing a magazine. A mail carrier spotted her fully clothed body 19 days later on the side of a rural road in Franklin Village. She had been smothered. The body was laid within view of nearby homes, eyes closed and arms folded across the chest, once again in the snow.
  • Timothy King, 11, borrowed 30 cents from his older sister and left his home in Birmingham, skateboard in hand, to buy candy at a drugstore on nearby Maple Road on Wednesday, March 16, 1977, at about 8:30 pm. He left the store by the rear entrance, which opened to a parking lot shared with a supermarket, and vanished. An intensive search was executed that covered the entire Detroit metropolitan area, and there was widespread media coverage, already heavy with coverage on the previous three slayings. In an emotional television appeal, Timothy’s father, Barry King, begged the abductor to release his son unharmed. In a letter printed in the Detroit News, Marion King wrote that she hoped Timothy could come home soon so she could serve him his favorite meal, Kentucky Fried Chicken. In the late evening hours of March 22, 1977, two teenagers in a car spotted his body in a shallow ditch alongside Gill Road, about 300 feet south of Eight Mile Road in Livonia, just across the county line in Wayne County. His skateboard was placed next to his body. His clothing had been neatly pressed and washed. He had been suffocated and sexually assaulted with an object. The postmortem showed that Timothy had eaten fried chicken before he was slain.

Suspected: There were other abductions and murders around the Oakland County area within the same period. These are not specifically tied to the four victims above due to variations in the cases.

  • James Davison, 13, was abducted June 22, 1974, around Morris Ave and Porter Ave in Allen Park, Wayne County, Michigan, and was missing for several days; he was strangled and left in an alley face down in Oakland County. He was found on June 26 in the same clothes that he went missing in. He was on his way to a friend’s house when he was abducted and his bike was found three blocks away from his home. He survived the attack and it is believed that he may have been a victim of the Oakland County Child Killer.
  • Cynthia Cadieux, 16, was abducted and bludgeoned to death on the evening of January 15, 1976. Missing from Roseville, she was discovered nude and battered in Bloomfield Township in the early morning hours of January 16.

Disproved:

  • Sheila Srock, 14, was raped and shot dead while babysitting in a home on Villa Street in Birmingham on January 20, 1976. Her assailant had burglarized several homes in the neighborhood earlier in the evening. A neighbor had watched the entire attack from his roof, where he was shoveling snow. Oliver Rhodes Andrews confessed to, and was convicted of the murder of Srock, and is serving a life sentence in prison.

Investigation: After the discovery of Kristine Mihelich’s body, authorities realized they were dealing with three related cases and evidence that was similar. Reports were released publicly of the possibility a serial killer operating in the Oakland County area. The Michigan State Police led a group of law-enforcement officials from 13 communities in the formation of a task force, devoted solely to the investigation.

Soon after Timothy King was abducted, a composite drawing of the suspected kidnapper, and his vehicle, was released. A woman claimed she had seen a boy with a skateboard talking to a man in a parking lot of the drugstore that Timothy had told his parents he was going to in order to ride his skateboard. The vehicle was reportedly a blue AMC Gremlin with a white side stripe. Authorities would eventually question every Gremlin owner in Oakland County.

Investigators put together a profile of the killer based on witnesses’ descriptions of the man seen talking to Timothy King the night he disappeared - a white male with a dark complexion, 25 to 35 years old with shaggy hair and sideburns. Authorities believed that the killer had a job that gave him freedom of movement and may have appeared to be someone that a child might trust, such as a police officer, clergyman or a doctor. He was also believed to be familiar with the area and had the ability to keep children for long periods of time without rousing neighbors’ suspicions.

The task force checked out more than 18,000 tips, which resulted in about two dozen arrests on unrelated charges and the busting of a multi-state child pornography ring operating on North Fox Island in Lake Michigan (northwest of the Leelanau Peninsula). However, task force members were unable to make much headway in the investigation. The task force disbanded in December 1978 and the investigation was turned over to the State Police. The killer never struck again.

Suspects and persons of interest:

Allen: A few weeks after the death of Timothy King, Detroit psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Danto, who worked with the task force, received a poorly spelled, guilt-ridden letter. The letter’s writer identified himself as “Allen” and claimed that he was a sadomasochist slave of his roommate ‘Frank’ who is the ‘OCCK’. Allen wrote a pleading, fearful and remorseful letter indicating that he was losing his sanity, endangered, and suicidal, convincing Danto that he was genuine. Allen wrote that he accompanied Frank on many road trips seeking boys, but he never was present during the abductions for the boys that Frank murdered. Allen confirmed that Frank drove a Gremlin, but he (Frank) ‘junked it out in Ohio never to be seen again’.

Allen described that Frank was traumatized by killing children in the Vietnam War, in which he and Allen served, and was taking revenge on more affluent citizens such as the residents of Birmingham. Allen wrote that Frank wanted rich people to suffer for sending forces to Vietnam, and received nothing in return.

Allen instructed Danto to respond by printing the code words “weather bureau says trees to bloom in three weeks” published in that Sunday’s Free Press edition. Soon after, Danto got a phone call from Allen, who offered to provide photographic evidence in exchange for a letter from the Governor of Michigan guaranteeing immunity from prosecution. The psychiatrist arranged to meet Allen at a bar called the ‘Pony Cart Bar’ near Detroit’s exclusive Palmer Woods neighborhood. Allen did not show, and was never heard from again.

Archibald Edward Sloan: Sloan was a pedophile who victimized young boys in his neighborhood. He became a person of interest when hair samples found in his 1966 Pontiac Bonneville matched hair found on the bodies of Timothy King and Mark Stebbins. However, the hair samples did not match other victims. Sloan often lent his car out to his pedophile friends.

Chris Busch: The case sparked new interest when Timmy King’s father, Barry, and brother, Chris, tried to get the Michigan State Police to release information about Chris Busch, the son of Harold Lee Busch, a high level General Motors executive. Chris Busch had been in police custody shortly before Timmy’s abduction for suspected involvement in child pornography. He committed suicide in 1978. There has been no confirmed activity of the Oakland County Child Killer since his death. The Michigan State Police have since released 3400 pages of investigative records to Barry King.

James Vincent Gunnels: As a young teenager, Gunnels was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Chris Busch at their Ess Lake cabin. Busch was convicted of the crime. Gunnels hair was partially DNA matched with hair found on the blouse of Kristine Mihelich.

John Wayne Gacy: Authorities in Michigan were investigating the possibility that serial killer John Wayne Gacy could have been the Oakland County Child Killer. A witness to the 1977 abduction of Timothy King remembered seeing two men with King. The first suspect was described as a young man in his late 20s, the second suspect bore a strong resemblance to Gacy. John Wayne Gacy was also allegedly in Michigan around the time of the murders. According to DNA tests conducted in 2013, Gacy was not involved in the Oakland County killings.

Theodore Lamborgine: Police in Parma Heights, Ohio arrested Ted Lamborgine, a retired auto worker believed to have been involved in a child porn ring in the 1970s. On March 27, 2007, investigators told Detroit television station WXYZ that Lamborgine was considered the top suspect in this case. Lamborgine pleaded guilty to 15 sex-related counts involving young boys, rather than accept a plea bargain that would have required him to take a polygraph test on the Oakland child killings. Lamborgine also rejected an offer of a reduced sentence in exchange for a polygraph on the case.

In October 2007, the family of Mark Stebbins filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Lamborgine seeking $25,000. The lawsuit alleges Lamborgine, who lived in Metro Detroit in the late 1970s, abducted Mark and held him captive in a Royal Oak house for four days in February 1976 before smothering him to death during a sexual assault. Lamborgine has never been formally linked nor charged in the death of Mark Stebbins. Attorney David A. Binkley has sought compensation, including funeral costs, for Stebbins’ brother, Michael, but stressed that money is secondary.

Resumed investigation and new evidence:

Investigation reports released to family of the victims: Police reports obtained by Ken King included new revelations, including DNA testing of new suspects, a sketch found at the scene of Busch’s suicide of a boy resembling Mark Stebbins screaming in abject terror and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, and a bloody rope also found at the scene of Busch’s suicide.

Catherine Broad, sister of Timothy King, compiled an archive of investigation material as the case grew.

Upon researching the case records, the King family produced a documentary entitled ‘Decades of Deceit’. The documentary condemns the investigators and prosecutors for alleged shoddy investigations and uncooperative communication, and, in particular, of disregarding leads the King family discovered in 2006. Funds generated from the sale of the documentary were donated to the Tim King fund, designated to help abused children and support child activities for Birmingham children.

DNA tests of hair: According to DNA tests conducted in 2012, samples of hair belonging to an unknown person were found on the seat of Archibald “Ed” Sloan’s 1966 Pontiac Bonneville and bodies of victims Mark Stebbins and Timothy King. The samples are one of the first pieces of concrete evidence linking two of the murders. The samples, however, exonerated most of the current suspects. DNA tests also confirmed that white hair from the same dog were found on all 4 victims.

A new suspect, James Vincent Gunnels, was discovered when hair found on the blouse of Kristen Mihelich was later tested for DNA. However, due to the condition of the hair, only an inconclusive match could be achieved. Gunnels, who was convicted in the past for property crimes, was living in a halfway house. He was released in 2011 as the police lacked the evidence to charge him.

Current developments/2012 case reopening: In 2013, an anonymous informant reported a blue AMC Gremlin buried in a farm field now being developed in Grand Blanc. Police are investigating the Gremlin for ties to the crime as Timothy King was last seen in a blue Gremlin. However, it is common for farmers to dispose of unwanted automobiles using this method.

“Bob”: In 2005, a unidentified man, who would later emerge to become a common figure in the case and has been referred to by the alias of “Bob” was reminded of a relationship he had in 1977 with an acquaintance. In an interview given to Oakland County investigators in 2010, Bob informed them of atypical observations and actions while driving and conversing with the acquaintance, such as taking him to buildings where satanic rituals were performed according to the acquaintance. The acquaintance navigated through lesser-known routes associated with the case with ease. The acquaintance also spoke of details written in “Allen’s” letter. Bob requested information about the “Allen” letter to help confirm his suspicions, but was denied.

In 2010, Bob gave a recorded interview to Oakland County investigators and Prosecutor Jessica Cooper to present evidence pertaining to the investigation. Bob claimed to have tried to approach her with his findings and convince her to place the case under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice to expedite the case. The department was already involved as FBI investigators and through resources such as the ViCAP database. Prosecutor Cooper dismissed his suggestions and, as there was no new evidence presented, his request to inspect the “Allen” letter was denied. Cooper describes the interview on the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office blog as “a rambling statement outlining a theory that the Oakland County Child Killer abductions and murders were related to pagan holidays, the lunar calendar, and Wiccan rituals”. 

Bob commenced to correspond with Deborah Jarvis, mother of victim Kristine Mihelich, and investigative journalists such as Bill Proctor and Heather Catallo in 2010. He claimed that he was among a team of a dozen investigators involved with the case and could identity the perpetrator of the crimes, but refused to indicate which law enforcement division he worked for. He claimed to have invested 10,000 hours into investigations over several years, but was reluctant to release his results as he doubted the competence of Wayne and Oakland county investigators. In a press release email, Bob indicated possible meddling by Jessica Cooper and other reasons as to why he had not made his investigation public. According to Paul Hughes, an attorney representing Jarvis, Bob’s investigation discovered the murderer. However, according to Hughes, Bob refused to identify the culprit unless the authorities divulged crucial information which Bob requested during the initial phone questioning in 2010. Bob wanted to positively confirm the identity of his suspect using the police evidence before proceeding further. 

In 2012, Bob presented his findings to a select group of Detroit journalists on Hughes’ cell phone. To preserve his anonymity he insisted that his phone interview with Hughes not be recorded. He theorized that the killers were conducting Wiccan human sacrifice rituals coinciding with pagan celebrations or the lunar calendar. 

According to Bob, there were altogether 11-16 victims, significantly more than the four officially confirmed victims. Bob claimed his team found a number of similarities among the cases that had lottery-like odds to occur compared to other unrelated homicide cases. 

Based on this information, Hughes attempted a lawsuit against the Oakland County authorities for $100M citing miscarriage of the investigation and demanding Cooper’s resignation. The lawsuit alleged cover-up conspiracies, and obstruction against the victims’ families. Hughes’ website solicited donations, and offered a copy of Bob’s report for a donation of $1,500. The families of the victims and Cooper claimed that Hughes and Bob were attempting to profit on their distress. The case was dismissed in March 2012 for lack of evidence.