Post by Helen Dagner on Apr 1, 2013 23:16:32 GMT -5
By 1980 Michigan State Police Lt. Joe Koenig was the sole full-time officer assigned to check out new tips in the OCCK case which still came in at the rate of 10 per week. An article in the March 16, 1980, Detroit News explained: "While emphasizing that the task force did 'one helluva job,' Koenig is seriously considering another review of 'high priority tips' by a special group of retired police officers."
"'We're not being critical of work already done,' said Koenig. 'But maybe, just maybe they overlooked something because of all of the pressure.' . . . Koenig has a new theory--a long shot, he admits--on what happened to the murderer. 'What if the killer is from a very wealthy family,' he said. 'Suppose the parents discover their son is the killer and send him off to Europe for psychiatric treatment. The family name is spared, their son is receiving treatment, and they are sure no one else will be killed. They can live with that.'"
This same article goes on to quote the late Dr. Bruce Danto, a criminal psychiatrist who worked closely with the task force. Danto believed "'the killer is alive, probably living somewhere in Oakland County. I think he's sitting on it . . . but he's not a suicide, he's not that generous. He's bright and knows how to protect himself. He knows how to survive.'" The article continues "Dr. Danto said he doubts the killers family sent him away for psychiatric treatment. 'I don't think he'd let anyone know he was the killer, not even his parents.'" [The Detroit News, 3-16-80]