Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 14, 2013 13:50:46 GMT -5
When Mike Stebbins and his brother Mark jumped in the car with his Mom and her boyfriend to ride up to the American Legion Hall on Sunday,February 15th,they were laughing and giggling and teasing each other and looking forward to having a lot of fun,eating a lot of snacks and downing a lot of soda pop,and playing some pool and listing to their favorite tunes on the Jude Box......They had been there for a while,and Mark asked his Mom for some money to stop at the, store right next to the ALH he wanted a quarter to buy an ice cream cone to eat on the way home,Mike knew his mother didn't have any money that day so Mom said I don't think so today,as you have already had your allowance, Mark was ok with that, then he asked if he could walk home to watch his favorite show on TV ( The Bill Kennedy show )....His Mom Ruth said Ok,but I want you to go right home. Mike said I will walk with you if you want me to.Mark turned a round with a big smile and laugh and said, no I can do this,( after all he was 12 years old! )you stay and finish your game of pool,I will see you at home~Mike last saw his Brother at approximately 12:25 p.m. at The American Legion Hall at 9 mile and Livernois in Ferndale. Confirmed by Ruth Stebbins on the radio tapes~
Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 14, 2013 14:11:52 GMT -5
When talking to Mike Stebbins,the first thing you notice is that he is a really nice guy,and that he mourns the lost of his family-His father has passed also his Mom and then his brother,by the hands of a serial killer who still is walking around free~~~~37 years after Marks death.~~~Mike is quick to tell you that if Mark were alive today-"He'd probably have been retired and drawing a pension. He was really gung-ho to be a Marine," said Michael Stebbins.
However, his twelve-year-old brother, Mark, never had a chance to join the Marines. Mark Stebbins is one of four innocent children believed to have been brutalized and murdered by the Oakland County child killer between 1976 and 1977.
37 years later, the case is still unsolved and still terrifying.
"I can't describe how it felt finding out that my little brother was dead," Stebbins said.
It's a nightmare these children's loved ones will carry until the day they die.
"You never forget, never," said Stebbins.
Police have never given up. Monday, Michigan State Police took DNA swabs from the victims' family members, including Michael Stebbins.
"Hopefully with fresh DNA, God willing, who knows what's going to happen," he told FOX 2's Alexis Willey.
Stebbins said there are new detectives working the case combing through evidence and suspects. Loved ones, including him, just hope this DNA brings them one step closer to the truth.
"If I had some closure, maybe I'd sleep a little better at night," said Stebbins.
Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 14, 2013 14:27:43 GMT -5
First thing I said To Mike Stebbins "I cannot even imagine how to process the knock on the door opening it to find out your brother is dead How does the brain take that kind of attack? Mike said,you do not even realize that you are completely numb- Does time make it easier to handle? Well time helps you to be able to cope more,but you never forget...
Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 14, 2013 14:36:45 GMT -5
Abducted: Sunday, Feb. 15, 1976. (Vicinity of 9 mile and Woodward) Ferndale
Found: Thursday, Feb. 19, 1976. (Vicinity of 10 mile and Greenfield) Southfield
Mark last saw his Mother and Brother Mike at approximately 12:25 p.m. at The American Legion Hall at 9 mile and Livernois in Ferndale. According to Ruth Stebbins on the radio tapes, Mark had asked her for money and she said no because he already had his allowance. Per Ruth, he didn’t seem mad, he just said okay and that he was going home to watch a movie. At 7:15 Ruth called home and Mark was not there. When she got home just before 9:00 p.m. Mark was still not home. She said she would wait one more hour and then call the police. Police scoured the neighborhood, abandoned buildings were searched, there was no sign of Mark
Mark was found on Thursday, Feb. 19th behind a plaza at 10 mile and Greenfield. The coroner concluded his wrists had been bound, he had been strangled, struck in the head, and had been sexually assaulted.
Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 14, 2013 14:39:45 GMT -5
An anguished mother warns other parents
A likable 12-year-old whose parents had separated when he was 5, Mark Stebbins wanted to be a Marine when he grew up. On Feb. 15, 1976 he went to a pool tournament, then started on the three-block walk to his home. When he hadn't shown up 10 hours later, his mother, Ruth, called police. "We haven't had any kidnappings in Ferndale in 10 years," officers told her reassuringly, but all that night she lay awake. "I kept hearing noises and thinking it was Mark," she recalls, "and the next few days I set three places at the table in the hope that he'd come home."
On the fourth day police found Mark's body in a parking lot two and a half miles from his home. Later, on the same spot, they found a commemorative card that had been given to visitors at the funeral home. "I didn't recognize everyone who came," says Mrs. Stebbins, 41. "I might even have shaken hands with the killer."
The family's suffering did not end with the funeral. After the murder Mark's embittered brother Michael, now 17, stopped studying, began to just hang out and got into some bad habits that he regrets to this day . His mother, too distraught to work, had come to rely on welfare and, occasionally, Valium. She campaigns tirelessly to warn parents of the dangers confronting their children, but her exertions did not ease her grief. "Every time a child has been killed since Mark," she says, "it happens to me all over. I still think about it every day."
Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 14, 2013 22:20:18 GMT -5
Mike will never forget how he found out his brother was dead--He had been skipping school since mark was abducted,but he decied he should go on the 19th which was a thrusday--as he didn't want his Mom to find out--he wasn't in class very long .when a knock came on the door and someone said- Stebbins go to the principals office----at the time he thought it was because they were going to talk to him about his skipping school..so he immediately went to the principals office knocked on the door and before he even reached the chair to sit down,the principal said-your to wait here until the police arrive,they have found a boy over on 10th and they want to talk to you about it,---he said he kept asking is my brother dead? And the principal kept saying ,lets wait until the police get here and see what they want to say to you...he screamed you know so you tell me !!! I want to know right now,so the Principal told him,yes Mark is gone.. Mike said he was just numb,it didn't seem real,he did not want to believe it....he hoped it wasn't true,but when the police walked into the office...he knew it was,just by the look on their faces....
Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 15, 2013 0:15:08 GMT -5
In 2007---For the first time in a 30-year investigation, a civil lawsuit has been filed by the family of a child who died at the hands of who police call the Oakland County Child Killer. The wrongful death lawsuit names Ted Lamborgine, 65, as one of the group who collectively raped and murdered several children in the '70s and '80s. ?We believe that it was probably more likely than not, that it was a group of people that worked together and they are collectively are known as The Oakland County Child Killer.? Said Victim Mark Stebbins?s attorney Elizabeth Harvard. The family of Mark Stebbins, one of the children slain, filed the lawsuit against Lamborgine. "The police have the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil lawsuit, we don't have that same burden. Ours is more likely than not," said David Brinkley. "Under the circumstances, we believe we can utilize techniques a civil lawsuit permits and we believe we could perhaps push the investigation a little further." Brinkley said the evidence includes statements made in a separate child molestation case against Lamborgine, where a boy claims he was sexually molested and nearly suffocated to death in Royal Oak. Lamborgine was charged last year with molesting six children in the Cass Corridor in the 70s and 80s. Police said he would lure boys in with food, soda and drugs for the purpose of sexually assaulting them. The new suit will give attorneys new subpoena powers against Lamborgine and others that may have information about the case. The Stebbins family is not seeking monetary damages. They said they are only filing the lawsuit to help in the investigation to get everyone responsible in jail. He didn?t say ?Not me, I didn?t do that.? He said, ?God will forgive me.? Not me, I won?t,?? said Stebbins? David Binkley. The family of Timothy King is also expected to join in on the lawsuit. Prosecutors said Lamborgine and Richard Lawson, who is already serving a life sentence for murder were part of a sex ring.
Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 15, 2013 0:20:15 GMT -5
Re: civil lawsuit has been filed Post by Helen Dagner on Apr 22, 2013, 11:07pm
Suit Alleges Key Suspect and Convicted Sex Offender Involved in Crime 3:00pm ET Press Conference Scheduled PONTIAC, Mich., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/-- A key suspect serving three life sentences for sexual assaults on children has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit, filed today by a private Oakland County lawyer. Attorney David A. Binkley, partner at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C., filed the complaint in Oakland County Circuit Court on behalf of the Estate of Mark Stebbins against Theodore Lamborgine. Stebbins was the first of four children murdered in Oakland County during 1976 and 1977. Mark's mother reported him missing the evening of February 15, 1976, after he failed to return to his Ferndale home. Police discovered his body four days later in a mall parking lot along Ten Mile Road in Southfield. According to the complaint, filed in Oakland County Circuit Court, Lamborgine, and people known to and associated with him, abducted and killed Mark Stebbins and took affirmative steps to avoid detection and prosecution. Lamborgine is a former Detroit resident and Ford autoworker with a history of sexual assaults on children. During the 1970s and 80s, Lamborgine was allegedly involved in a child sex ring in Detroit's Cass Corridor, which led to charges in a series of child sex crimes. In April 2007, Lamborgine pleaded guilty to all 14 counts, three of which involved children who were younger than 13 years old. He is serving his sentence in the Macomb Correctional Facility in New Haven. Mr. Binkley is a member of the firm's business litigation group. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and currently sits as a Panel Chairman for the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board and as a neutral for the Wayne County case evaluation tribunal. He was also selected as a 2006 Super Lawyer(TM) in business litigation. Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C., ranks as the 12th largest law firm in Michigan. Founded 34 years ago, located in Troy and Detroit, Michigan, Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton is a full service firm with 66 attorneys. Further details to be released at a press conference, scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET at the offices of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. SOURCE Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. Also a member of the firm. Barry L. King Firm: Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.
Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 19, 2013 11:29:54 GMT -5
Mike at present is working as a auto parts delivery man and very thankful for his Job,but he admits he is a poor man.....right now he is concerned about how he will pay a $4,000 dollar hospital bill-as he doesn't have insurance,he has applied for Medicaid several times and has been turned down,he has a problem understanding why as he has some serious Health Issues-but admits it is what it is ,he will keep trying to get some help to pay that hospital bill- On the upside Mike has two boys,his first born he named Mark,they are grown men now and he has a grandson,which is everything to him...and then there is his little dog,who he also loves dearly,so even though his life could be better,he is more than thankful for all the Blessings he has....
Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 20, 2013 11:20:37 GMT -5
Mike doesn't really know if his father is deceased , he has tried to look him up on line,but with no luck at all,and he said I assume he has past on,because he has never contacted me,the last time I saw him Mike said is when he came from Lubbock Tx for Marks funeral in 1976. Before he left he asked me if I would like to go to Saudi Arabia with him,I just didn't think that was to safe of and Idea,so I turned down his offer and never heard another word from him,but he said that if he found out he was living,he would go see him....
Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 21, 2013 4:21:08 GMT -5
Well Mike might get some peace with learning some things one of our researchers found out, even if it's too late to go see his father. Sometimes knowledge has a way of healing some past hurts, too. After I run this all by Mike,we will share some of the details with our site readers
Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 22, 2013 9:57:48 GMT -5
WHO KILLED THESE CHILDREN!!!First things first. The odds of anyone getting away with murder are GREATLY reduced any time more than one person is involved. People just naturally seem to like to run their mouths. They brag to friends, unburden their souls, death bed confessions, get drunk and flap their jibbs and etc.... Further increasing the odds against it being more than one perp would be the nature of pedophiles, which is that they keep on offending, which means they are increasingly likely to get caught for another, different crime, and spill their guts to get some kind of deal. Also, assuming these multiple sickos were pedophiles, why in hell would they take the enormous risk of placing the bodies in highly visible, populated locations? Hell, wasn't one of the kids dropped off close to a police station? Who ever heard of a ring of pedophiles taking all of those chances so they could taunt the cops? All of the pedophiles I've ever heard of didn't want the cops to know they even existed. No, if these kids were taken by a ring of perverts, neither the children nor their bodies would have ever been seen again. Furthermore, pedophilia as a motive becomes even more unlikely because the entire community was on hyper alert when Kris and Tim were abducted. If molestation were the motive, why wouldn't the perverts just go somewhere else (that wasn't on guard) and grab some kids there, as it wouldn't have been so risky for them? So, it looks like these crimes were committed by one person, who was not motivated by sex. What then, does the evidence say about motive? It seems that it was nothing personal against the kids as they didn't appear to suffered physical mistreatment while they were alive, nor were they "posed" in any kind of degrading fashion. If we take away as a motive sex, revenge, kidnap for ransom, murder for inheritance and etc., looks like our killer was trying to make some kind of statement to society.Since there was no "Political Manifesto" or anything else left with the children, the killer's message to Society must have been very personal to the killer and may have made sense to him alone. The twisted, distorted emotional thinking involved was as unique to this killer as was his own warped psychological make up. He saw himself as being a failed member of a well to do, respected and accomplished family. College drop out, washing dishes, just dumped by his only girl friend up until that time... He just wasn't measuring up! All of this was taking place on a faulty mental/emotional foundation indeed. You see, his father was distant and emotionally remote, was overly critical and more concerned with appearances than presiding over a nurturing, supportive household. His family was middle class, but the area was upper middle class to out and out rich. He let the kids know that they came from line of illustrious achievers, and were expect to do the family name proud. But wait, there's more! His mom was nuts. Certifiably. Who knows what impact she added to his turmoil during his formative childhood years. I'm sure it was a lot and it wasn't good. So, here we have our suspect, rejected by his father, dumped by his girl, rejected by society (Couldn't even find a decent job) washing dishes. No wonder this creep was mad at the world. He figured it was the whole system of rich snobs and upper class elite types that rigged the social/economic system against poor, smart good guys like him who weren't born with a silver thingy in their mouth. He was sick of getting screwed around by " the man" (Society), and being insignificant. It just wasn't fair! But, how to fight back? That was the question. He had no money, no influence, no army, nothing. When, suddenly it hit him; THEIR CHILDREN. The children were the one vulnerability he could exploit in his effort to strike back at Society for the raw deal he was getting. In his own twisted mind, he may have figured that since life was painful and sucked, he would really be doing the kids a favor by saving them from living a life sure to be full of disappointment, frustration and pain, by killing them. Perhaps our killer was not only smacking down Society, as may be evidenced by the fact that the killer had two boys and two girls as siblings in his own family, as if to say that on a subconscious level, he was symbolically destroying his own family, (With Society as a whole representing his father). So our suspect not only has the only motive that makes sense and fits the evidence, he actually has ancillary reinforcing motives. But wait, there's yet even more!!! As an additional Gigantic Motive and Big Time Pay Off was the fact that our killer was no longer an insignificant cipher in the crowd, Suddenly, HE MATTERED!!! HE was the most important person in the world for a whole lot of people. Like a God who held the power of Life and Death! He stopped killing for two reasons; #1 He had finished making his statement. #2 He almost got caught and since he was not motivated by sex, he had no need to continue.
Post by Helen Dagner on Jul 24, 2013 8:31:16 GMT -5
September 24, 1988 Section: NWS Edition: METRO FINAL Page: 3A;
POLICE: CLIPS ON OAKLAND KILLINGS IN SEX \ CRIME SUSPECT'S COLLECTION JACK KRESNAK Free Press Staff Writer Harold Sellae, a 65-year-old Hamtramck man arrested this week in the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl, kept a large collection of newspaper clippings about assaults on children, including stories about the Oakland County child killings, police said Friday. Because of the clippings and the nature of the alleged sexual assault, State Police detectives on the Oakland County Task Force will check the man's background to determine whether he should be considered a suspect in the unsolved killings of four Oakland County children during the winters of 1976 and 1977. When asked if Sellae is a suspect in the Oakland County cases, State Police Detective Sgt. Richard Rosen said: "Probably not, but when Hamtramck arrested him there were some items that he had in his possession that would tend to make us want to at least have a look at him." Rosen said police will question Sellae about the Oakland County cases next week. "It's something we have to look at, but on the Oakland County Task Force we'll probably get five to 10 tips a year. It's an open investigation and this is just another tip that we're checking out," Rosen said adding that Sellae's name is not on the computerized list of previous tips. Sellae was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with an alleged incident in his public housing apartment in the 12100 block of Dequindre in mid-August. The alleged victim is a 10-year-old neighbor whom Sellae befriended by letting her listen to his radio, said Hamtramck Officer Stan Sadzinski. Sellae is a custodian at a local church and told police he has worked at other schools and churches. He was arraigned Tuesday before 31st District Judge Walter Paruk, who ordered him held in lieu of $250,000 bond, pending a preliminary examination Thursday. The charge carries a maximum term of life in prison. When Hamtramck police searched his apartment they found about 150 newspaper clippings, including reports of attacks, kidnappings, rapes and slayings of children, police said. Victims of the Oakland County kidnap-slayings were Timothy King, 11; Kristine Mihelich, 10; Jill Robinson, 12, and Mark Stebbins, 12. Three were suffocated; Jill Robinson died of a shotgun blast to the head.