Post by Helen Dagner on May 19, 2011 4:36:48 GMT -5
....and the drawing...doesn't look a thing like Mark Stebbins-We know where the drawing came from-how it ended up on Busch' bedroom wall-Where the gun is-yada-yada- yada- But you know what...It will be a few days before I even re-post this Info....as we have Bigger Fish to fry...
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – There is a Kalamazoo connection to an infamous 30 year old serial killing case in Michigan.
This is a very long and complicated case dating back to the 1970's and the man they call the Babysitter Killer. The killer has never been caught.
The bodies of four kids were found around Oakland County back from February 1976 through March 1977. The bodies were cleaned and neatly arranged.
Police believe Christopher Busch was actually the killer, but they say he committed suicide in 1977.
According to the new investigation police believe James Vincent Gunnels, who was just a teenager at the time of the murders, was used by Busch to lure other victims and that he may have helped dispose of the bodies.
A TV station in Detroit says newly obtained police records show Gunnels' hair may have been found on one of the bodies of the victims who was killed back in the late 70's.
We found his record showing he was paroled from prison in January and has a history of property crimes. As of last month he was living in a half-way house in Kalamazoo.
Police knew Gunnels' connection to the case as it's believed he was a sexual assault victim of the killer as well.
Our I-Team is working to dig up more details on this possible link to Gunnels and the serial killer case.
Investigators at this time do not have enough evidence to hold Gunnels in custody.
Although the DNA from the hairs found on one child victim could be linked Gunnels, it was not a 100% match.
The Oakland County Child Killer case of the 1970’s included four abducted young children in the Oakland County area held for days, tortured, and murdered. The bodies of the children were discovered in public places in metro Detroit where they were dumped.
Gunnels has not been charged with any sex offenses in the past, however, he has served time for property crimes. At this time, Gunnels is not believed to be the Oakland County Killer but a possible coconspirator in the case as Gunnels was only 16 at the time of the murders.
More information will be available as soon as possible on WKZO as the investigation unfolds.
Post by Helen Dagner on May 19, 2011 13:29:15 GMT -5
Helen, You may have already heard . WWJ-Radio 950 all-new radio is all over the OCCK case this morning. They interviewed Kevin Dietz, Station 4 reporter about the case. A picture found at Chris Busch's suicide is attached.
Post by Helen Dagner on May 19, 2011 13:33:31 GMT -5
KALAMAZOO — Police have linked a 49-year-old Kalamazoo man to the Oakland County Child Killer Case when a serial killer abducted and killed four children between 1976 and 1977, according to a story by Detroit television news channel WDIV.
The story said police discovered three additional hairs on one of the victims, Kristin Mihelich, 10, which helped them make a DNA match in the case.
The story said:
The hair found on Mihelich's blouse is a mitochondrial DNA match with a man living in Kalamazoo. But because of the quality of the hair, a perfect DNA match is impossible. A mitochondrial match narrows the hair to 1 percent of the Caucasian population. Police reports say this is "the first physical evidence match in the Oakland County Child Killer case's history.
WDIV reported that police believe the hairs belong to James Vincent Gunnels, who is living in a halfway house in Kalamazoo.
Post by Helen Dagner on May 20, 2011 6:13:59 GMT -5
DNA stirs up Oakland County child killer case Marney Rich Keenan/ The Detroit News
News of a DNA match connecting a recently paroled convict to one of the victims of the Oakland County Child Killings has thrust the 34-year-old unsolved case back in the spotlight.
James Vincent Gunnels, a 50-year-old Flint native, was found to have a "mitochondrial" DNA match to Kristine Mihelich of Berkley, who was 10 years old when she disappeared for 19 days in 1976.
She was one of four children from Oakland County who were abducted and killed between February 1976 and March 1977.
Gunnels was recently paroled in Kalamazoo after serving five stints in prison for crimes ranging from larceny to breaking and entering. Gunnel's DNA sequence matched one of two hair fragments removed from Kristine's shirt. Gunnels was a childhood friend of one of the nephews of Christopher Busch, a convicted pedophile suspected of being involved in the killings.
Busch was charged and later convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a minor four times in 1977 in four counties: Oakland, Montmorency Genesee and Midland. With each charge, Busch's father, a prominent General Motors executive, posted cash bonds to free his son. Busch lived in Birmingham during the time of the killings. He killed himself in 1978, a year after the killings stopped.
According to Michigan State Police records, the match is the first physical DNA evidence in the case. A mitochondrial DNA sequence, however, is not a perfect match, and the sample is 34 years old. The results of the testing were made known to investigators in March 2009.
In an interview with The Detroit News last month, Gunnels insisted he was a victim of Busch and that he has "no idea" how his DNA could have wound up on Kristine's body.
But families of victims are calling for investigators to pressure Gunnels into giving up more information on the case.
Erica McAvoy, Kristine's sister, said, "What we want the public to know is that we are not saying Vince Gunnels is a suspect in terms of being a serial child killer. But this DNA test says there an association, a triangle that put Chris Busch, Vince Gunnels and Kristine Mihelich in the same vicinity."
Records reveal that Gunnels was polygraphed twice, but the results have been suppressed. Police also recorded a phone conversation between Gunnels and his sister while he was jailed during which they discussed the DNA match. He told his sister: "I wasn't there when it happened."
Gunnels said he was molested by Busch twice, once in Midland County and once in Montmorency County at the Busch family cottage on Ess Lake. He said he cannot remember the dates.
Gunnels insisted he has "no idea" how his hair got on Kristine's body. When asked if it was possible that the hair had been transferred while he rode in Busch's car he responded: "I haven't a clue, no clue at all," he said "There are a million 'ifs.'" Concerning the admission to his sister, Gunnels said his words were being parsed: "I was there when what happened to me happened. I wasn't there when anything else happened."
Meanwhile, WDIV-TV Channel 4 reported earlier this week that investigators with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office were at the Ess Lake residence, the same cottage where Gunnels said he was molested by Busch.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy had no comment. Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper issued a statement saying: "I believe I am professionally and ethically prohibited from revealing the details of an incomplete and inconclusive investigation."
Post by Helen Dagner on May 21, 2011 15:44:21 GMT -5
Helen, now let me see, have I got this right, we had this guy who had some kind of partial match, found on Chris, and so the rest of the story goes he was molested twice by Busch, and they have no other evidence against Busch, but yet Busch is supposed to be the killer? What's wrong with the Big Picture here? Dean.