Post by Helen Dagner on Mar 6, 2011 17:43:20 GMT -5
Someone knows who killed John McKinney.
Even 28 years after he was shot in his Birmingham art gallery, McKinney is remembered. His story recently was added to the gallery of unsolved murders at www.unsolved-crimes.com, the Internet site operated by Unsolved-Crimes International.
Formed about two years ago, the organization is a cross between Cold Case Files and America's Most Wanted. It highlights about 90 unsolved murders and missing people, seeking clues.
It was created "so that people would not be forgotten," said David Webb, who serves as the media consultant for the site. "A crime might capture national attention for a while, but if there is no arrest, people lose interest."
Which is how the story of John McKinney came to be featured.
In 1977 McKinney, 50, was a prominent owner of the Birmingham Gallery at 1025 Haynes. He was found shot in the head in the gallery on the morning of Sept. 20.
There were no signs of a robbery, although one hanging fiber art work was missing.
Clues were sparse. The small office in the gallery where McKinney's body had been found was not ransacked, and two drinks that had been poured were found undisturbed.
Indications were that McKinney had been struck in the head with a blunt object then shot.
"There is no motive that we are aware of," police Chief Edward Ostin said at the time.
The only lead police had to go on was that McKinney had been seen at dinner the previous day, hours before he was killed, in the company of a woman at the Landmark restaurant on Maple and Livernois. She was described as 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches and medium build.
The description came from an employee at the Landmark who was hypnotized to help draw out details of the description.
Police theorized that a man was involved in the murder and that McKinney knew the killer. He may have been struck as he was talking to the woman, then shot.
But by whom?
The question has never been answered. There was nothing in McKinney's life out of the ordinary. Indeed, he spent his Sundays as a chaplain at the Bloomfield Hills Nursing Center.
"I never advertise being a chaplain," he said in a story in the Birmingham Eccentric in February 1976. "You can't outgive God. The more I do there, the more I'm blessed in the gallery and all parts of my life."
Although McKinney's death drew a lot of attention, it quickly drifted into the background. He died in the midst of the series of Oakland County child killings that also have baffled police for nearly 30 years, and the media focus was on that.
McKinney's killer was never found. The mysterious woman was never identified. The case went cold.
Post by Helen Dagner on Mar 10, 2011 18:44:57 GMT -5
Hi Helen--do NOT spend any time looking into this--just off the top of your head, do you remember when PIG HEAD first surfaced and where? I have run a few different search engines on the guy--I didn't realize he had started that one weird thread on Topix about Birmingham, MI residents from 1977-78. There isn't much there, of course. I have reread his nuts on The Lisa Life and Topix and haven't come to any conclusions. I am wondering how the motherf**ker started participating on the internet with this subject--what prompted him? I am trying to look at his posts in light of prior posts by others that may have prompted him to respond. I feel like PIG HEAD's involvement means McKinney is tied into the OCCK murders somehow--that he had knowledge and someone had to off him. September 1978. That f**king dirt bag offs himself 2 months later; this is the same Fall that, as you point out, the Xxxxxxxx family members start going to "Plan B." I hope McKinney was not part of any of that Fox Island nuts, but he was definitely in places where he could have been privy to someone's confession, or to some information that made him vulnerable.
Helen--B'ham has virtually no crime of this type and then Tim is murdered and John McKinney is murdered the same year. How on earth could the cops not have looked at these crimes through the same lens?! Am I crazy? Doesn't this also have to be related somehow?
As I recall, PIG HEAD's initial posts focused on McKinney. Then he seemed to glom onto the OCCK stuff more heavily. The "Mohegan/ Pembrook/Derby/Grayfield" nuts points directly to the Xxxxxx family. PIG HEAD is right around or the same age as Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxxx I wish I knew if Xxxxxxx was the oldest--my guess is that he was. From my vantage point, I don't know what the link would be between a guy like PIG HEAD and Xxxxxxx, aside from age and physical proximity. It could have been anything; however, I view PIG HEAD and Xxxxxxxx as being at completely different socio-economic strata. Most of B'ham wasn't anywhere near where any of the Bloomfields were in terms of money and status. Furthermore, the "Derby" side of Adams was much less pricey than the "Mohegan" side of Adams. Xxxxxx was in his early to mid-30's--that was a pretty impressive address he had for that stage of life. Of course this doesn't mean these guys didn't cross paths for very normal and legitimate reasons; the question is how PIG HEAD might get to a point where he might have known about Xxxxxxx younger brother's legal trouble and perhaps even Xxxxxxx suspicions. I doubt the Xxxxxxxx were Catholic--these people are true WASPS--and "P" is for Protestant, not Catholic. That kind of distinction was still huge even in the 1970's.
I remember the posts from PIG HEAD where he talked about how the cops were canvassing and just showed up at McKinney's gallery one day while PIG HEAD just happened to be there. Something about how the conversation continued at the B'ham cop station. Like that is standard procedure, for god's sake. His own posts link him to McKinney. Secondarily, and just below the surface (e.g. his screen names), he links himself to the OCCK. You and I have known for a long time that this f**k knows more than he is saying.
I know you told me this already, but when did PIG HEAD leave Michigan and do you know when he got rid of his favorite car? Did he drive it after 12/77--if so, the plates he displays with his screen name would not be the last plates on that vehicle. On the other hand, if this was in fact his favorite car and those were in fact the last plates, I can see him keeping them and fawning all over them. (No wonder he ended up divorced.) Still, WTF is with a photo of MICHIGAN 76-77 LICENSE PLATES next to his screen name on Topix? Has he ever mentioned this f**king car on Topix? What in the hell is he trying to say??Also, his variety of screen names are, to my mind, outrageous game-playing. This thingysucker knows something, Helen. It HAS to be based on more than suspicion. The possibilities are endless. PIG HEAD could be involved in any number of ways. I myself cannot fathom how he could possibly use the street names he used as screen names, the photo of '76/'77 plates, and say what he said about his involvement with McKinney and NOT have knowledge or a deep suspicion about WTF happened in the OCCK and McKinney murder cases.
And what would explain his complete dedication to pushing Ted as "the guy"? At one point he even thinks Randall Raar, that freak who worked for The Detroit Free Press is a nice suspect. Now why does someone point so vehemently to other suspects?
The one thing that is reassuring is that, based on what PIG HEAD has posted over the years that is still available online, this guy is in position to eat the hugest nuts sandwich ever served up.
Post by Helen Dagner on Mar 11, 2011 17:04:21 GMT -5
PIG HEAD and John H. knew each other. PIG HEAD's father being an auxillary cop and John's father being a fireman they had to have been very familier with each other somehow.Both of their son's were troubled young men. 23011 13 ml rd. Bingham Farms,ich. Check this address out Helen in the years of 1975-1977. It is a house that was turned into a "Youth Farm" for troubled young boy's/men. And I know more. but this all becomes so very exhausting. I know you know that.JJ
Post by Helen Dagner on Mar 11, 2011 17:18:03 GMT -5
This Is Interesting Posted on March 11, 2011 at 05:16:35 PM by Helen Dagner
hello cary. Thank you for responding back so fast. On thnx for the picture. On my cell phone now sending this. When i get over to the library will e you from there. Great info! Talk w you soon. C/u j
X@aol.com wrote: > Jeanne, It's good to hear from you, I had no idea what had happened. Too > bad about the computer but I'm sure they will take care of it for you, anyway > I'm glad it was a problem like that because I thought someone was giving you a > hard time and you got too scared to talk to me. > > As far John goes, his family lived in Bloomfield Township in the 70s. > Just a day or two ago Dagner got a photo of him up on her site. Apparently an > old school pal of his has been talking to Dag and sent a yearbook photo. I'll > enclose it with this email as an attachment. This photo is from about 1968 and > from Brother Rice HS. It seems unclear if John actually graduated from that > school though. > > Wherever John is now is anybody's guess but I believe a sister and a > brother are still in Oakland County. I believe I have both of their emails if > you want them, but I have not contacted them myself for fear of stirring up a > hornets nest. I don't know if they would be friendly or hostile. > > Talk to you later. > Cary - PIG HEAD-See what's new at AOL.com and Make AOL Your Homepage .