Post by Helen Dagner on Apr 24, 2013 2:03:58 GMT -5
During sweeps weeks television networks engage in fierce competition for ratings and advertisement sales and it worked for reporter Heather Catallo- During sweeps weeks television 2006 -she help Chip St. Claire and the public to think his dad Michael Grant could be the notorious Oakland County Child Killer.
Post by Helen Dagner on Apr 24, 2013 2:13:25 GMT -5
The black trunk that Chip St. Clair found in his father's apartment years ago is filled with secrets,or so he thought~
In it are locks of brown hair and baby teeth, a birth certificate for St. Clair that appears to have been altered, newspaper clippings of Michigan's most-wanted criminals and photos of children that are supposed to be of St. Clair, but don't look like him.
The contents could be clues in one of Oakland County's most notorious unsolved cases -- or no more than family mementos. (These Items are the same things that are in most homes-anyone who has ever had children,has saved this type of memory box.....
He doesn't fit the profile of the Oakland County Child Killer ~In any way shape or form--He is or was a very sadistic person-Extreme Physical Brutality~The age group was different~Not an organized killing~But a spur of the moment,rage killing when a three year old misbehave while taking a bath~when he escaped from prison~he ,as the story above will tell you~moved in and out of Michigan,with his common law wife~while in Michigan~he did live in all of the abduction and killing and drop off areas--How ever~the timeline for this~does not fit the crime line---The Oakland County Child Killer,had to have been born-or raised & work In the killing area~
It is another twist in the decades-long mystery of the Oakland County child killings and in the harrowing relationship St. Clair has had with his father, much of which has been told in the Free Press and on television news programs.
Post by Helen Dagner on Apr 24, 2013 2:24:47 GMT -5
Do you see anything at all in this news Blitz that would point to Michael Grant as the Oakland County Child Killer? Voice of the Oakland County Child Killer? − Part I By Heather Catallo Web produced by Sarah Morgan April 30, 2006 It's the case that has haunted southeast Michigan for decades. Michael Dean Grant has already been convicted of killing a young child and now his own son is asking if he could be the Oakland County Child Killer. Action News has uncovered Grant's strange conversation with an innocent child that was recorded on tape. Parts of the audio tape give clues as to when and where the mysterious performance was recorded. The tape was likely made in southeast Michigan − possibly Southfield. In the background − you can hear what appears to be a CB transmission. It sounds like Michael Dean Grant is talking into the tape recorder with a three year old boy. The question of when − could be answered by this: Grant: "What do you watch on television?" Child: "Incredible hulk!" Re: Voice of the Oakland County MI Child Killer? − Part I Re: Voice of the Oakland County MI Child Killer? − Part I 1
The Hulk was a hit show in the late 1970's. Another hint as to when this was recorded is the radio that's playing in the background. The radio station, WWJ FM 97, used those call letters in the Detroit area during the '70's. So who is the man behind this voice and why does his own son want to know if he could have been involved in the Oakland County Child Killings? Back in 1970, Michael Dean Grant was convicted in Indiana for savagely beating his girlfriend's 3−year−old son to death. Two years before that, prison records show, he was also the prime suspect in the death of another woman's 18−month−old son. But Grant later escaped from prison and fled to Michigan with a new girlfriend. The couple had a son and lived on the run for 24 years. The now 65−year−old Grant is back behind bars in Indiana and his own son believes this convicted killer may have murdered other children. Because of his father's violent past and where they lived during the mid−1970's, Chip St. Clair says his dad could be the notorious Oakland County Child Killer. "With the Oakland County Child Killings occurring in the exact time in the same area where my parents lived...people suggesting that my father tried to abduct them during that time period," said St. Clair. Chip suspects he's the 3−year−old on this tape talking with Grant. "When I hear his voice, it makes me − makes me cringe. He is the voice of absolute cruelty," said St. Clair. Chip says Grant tried to kill him several times as a child and he had to endure decades of beatings. "He'd grab me from behind and plunge me under water and stand on my back, hold me under there," said St. Clair. After the Oakland County Child Killer abducted each of his victims the children were held for several days before they were murdered. Re: Voice of the Oakland County MI Child Killer? − Part I Re: Voice of the Oakland County MI Child Killer? − Part I 2
That's why the killer was dubbed "the babysitter." Chip St. Clair worries that at one point−his father may have had other children in his care. Chip found the audio tape inside a trunk that was left behind in his father's apartment after Grant was sent back to prison. He also found baby teeth, hair, jewelry and photos of other children that he doesn't recognize. As it currently stands, Michael Dean Grant is due to get out of prison next year. Grant did not want to comment on this story. Detectives say they are planning to question him about the Oakland County case soon. As for the audio tape, Monday on Action News at 6 p.m. − you'll hear even more of this disturbing conversation between this killer and a child.
Post by Helen Dagner on Apr 24, 2013 2:28:06 GMT -5
Cops delay interview in child killer case Media frenzy prompts Indiana prison officials to cancel questioning of a 'person of minor interest' in '70s deaths. Mike Martindale / The Detroit News OAK PARK -- A planned interview of "a person of minor interest" in the Oakland County child killer investigation was put off Wednesday because of intense news media attention at an Indiana prison. A multi-agency task force formed a year ago is still looking into the mysterious deaths of four children between 1976 and 1977. Two investigators got as far as Jackson, Mich., before they were notified the planned interview of Michael Grant at the Westview Correctional Facility near Laborite, Ind. had been canceled by prison officials leery of calls from reporters and news crews camped outside the prison walls. "Apparently some reporters got wind of the interview and not only called, but also showed up outside the prison," said Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Garry Gray, who heads the task force. Gray said prison officials asked to reschedule the interview when he and two colleagues were halfway to their destination. "But I can't say enough about how this has been blown way out of proportion," said Gray. "Grant can't be ignored because of some factors but he's really not even a person of interest. He's a person of minor interest." Gray stressed the planned interview of Grant, currently incarcerated for manslaughter and prison escape, is part of a process to eliminate potential suspects whose whereabouts are known to investigators. Prison interviews include the collection of DNA samples to be compared with a hair sample found on one of the victims. Grant was convicted of killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old son and escaped from prison in 1973. He was not arrested until 1998; during the mid-70s he was living in the Detroit area. Last June, Grant's son told task force investigators of his father's abusive nature and how he suspected he could be the child killer. Gray said Grant has never been considered a suspect because his modus operandi doesn't fit the killings. Gray said out of 10,000 tips received by the task force "about 300" are leads believed worthy of serious consideration. Leads may take investigators to Ohio and elsewhere later this year, Gray said. You can reach Mike Martindale at (248) 647-7226 or email@example.com. More Oakland-County Headlines
Post by Helen Dagner on Apr 24, 2013 2:37:47 GMT -5
Re-post~Gray will travel to an Indiana prison soon to interview a convicted child killer in connection with the case. He's also hoping to get a DNA sample from the man. And, acting on a tip, Gray and Berkley Police Detective Ray Anger - who took the original missing child report from the Mihelich family - searched a Macomb County home after someone called in a tip about a man who used to live there.
According to the tipster, the man, whom Gray said committed suicide - might have been connected to the case.
"We haven't found anything yet," Gray said. "It was a good tip, though."
Through the years, there has been a series of strong leads. In 1999, the body of autoworker David Norberg was exhumed from his Wyoming grave so his DNA could be compared with the hair. It wasn't a match, but Norberg remains under suspicion.
Earlier this year, investigators collected blood samples from 53-year-old Todd Warzecha, who committed suicide by hanging himself in a Texas storage shed.
Warzecha, a known child molester, was a suspect in the 1972 slayings of two teenage boys in Bay City. He was also a suspect in the Oakland County case and was interviewed by detectives. He passed a polygraph test.
Warzecha's DNA, along with DNA from a man who died in prison, is being tested. Gray said DNA from another man, who is still alive, was also sent for tests last week.
Samples from the prisoner in Indiana and another suspect will be sought and tested, he said.
Post by Helen Dagner on Apr 24, 2013 2:44:49 GMT -5
A convicted child killer has died, leaving his adult son who lives in Rochester Hills with questions of his own identity unresolved.
Police also said the Sept. 1 death of Michael D. Grant in the ICU of Methodist Hospital in Gary Ind., left many criminal cases unsolved. Some considered Grant to be a suspect in the Oakland County Child Killer case of the 1970s.
Indiana police were still investigating the case of a death of a child some 40 years ago in the Elkhart, Ind., area, said Grant’s son, Chip St. Clair.
In 1971, Grant was convicted in the stomping death of Scott Ingersoll, 3, in Mishawaka, Ind. He served two years in prison and escaped.
Grant was sent to jail around the year 2000 for assaulting St. Clair when Grant was 22.
Two years ago, Grant completed his prison sentence and was released, despite his remaining a suspect in the deaths of as many as five other children besides Ingersoll, authorities said.
St. Clair has become a child advocate, author and motivational speaker. He also has written his memoir, “The Butterfly Garden.” Recently optioned by a film studio, it chronicles his life spent unknowingly on the run with his father.
“I had to take one day at a time,” St. Clair said. “Every clue I uncovered only sprouted more questions. Did I have a brother or sister he murdered? Was I kidnapped? I literally had to look in the mirror and ask, ‘Who am I?’
“Police in Indiana and Michigan kept in touch with me on a regular basis about several cold cases they were working.
“Just earlier this year a detective from the Elkhart Police Department in Indiana informed me he was trying to track down Grant to try to put together enough evidence to charge him in the brutal death of a child over 40 years ago. I guess now we’ll never know.