Oakland County (MI) Child Killings

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Oakland County (MI) Child Killings

Post by redpill on Thu May 29, 2014 1:01 pm

there are 4 known victims of the Oakland County (MI) Child Killer
Mark Stebbins Jill Robertson, Kristine Mihelich, Timothy King


The Oakland County Child Killer (OCCK) is an unidentified serial killer responsible for the murders of four or more children, two girls and two boys, in Oakland County, Michigan, United States in 1976 and 1977.
Case background

During a 13-month period, four children were abducted and murdered with their bodies left in various locations within the county. The children were each held from 4 to 19 days before being killed. Their deaths triggered a murder investigation which at the time was the largest in US history.[1] The murders are still unsolved.

Fear and near mass hysteria swept southeastern Michigan as young people were inundated with information on "stranger danger", and parents clogged streets around schools dropping off and picking up their children. The few who did walk, walked in groups and under the watchful eyes of parents in "safe houses", where children could go if they felt uncomfortable. Children even avoided using a playground directly behind the Birmingham police station.[2] One incident in Livonia involved a tow-truck driver who assaulted a man he had seen asking two boys on the street for directions. He turned out to be a tire salesman on a business trip from Akron, Ohio, who had gotten lost with no knowledge of the slayings. The Detroit News offered a $100,000 reward for the killer's apprehension.[2]

Detroit's two daily newspapers, as well as the area's numerous radio and television stations, aggressively covered the case. A presentation on WXYT, entitled Winter's Fear: The Children, the Killer, the Search, won a 1977 Peabody Award.

Mark Stebbins, 12, of Ferndale, was last seen leaving an American Legion Hall on Sunday afternoon, February 15, 1976. He had told his mother he was going home to watch television. His body was found on February 19, neatly laid out in a snowbank in the parking lot of an office building at Ten Mile Road and Greenfield in Southfield (some reports claim Oak Park; Greenfield is the boundary between the two cities). He had been strangled and sexually assaulted with an object. Rope marks were seen on his wrists. He was fully clothed in the outfit he was wearing when last seen alive.[2]
Jill Robinson, 12, of Royal Oak, packed a backpack and ran away from her home on Wednesday, December 22, 1976, following an argument with her mother over dinner preparations. The day after her disappearance, her bicycle was found behind a hobby store on Main Street in that city. Her body was found on the morning of December 26, along the side of Interstate 75 near Big Beaver Road in Troy. She was killed by a single shotgun blast to the face. She was fully clothed and still wearing her backpack. The body was placed within sight of the Troy police station, once again, laid out neatly in the snow.[2]
Kristine Mihelich, 10, of Berkley, was last seen Sunday, January 2, 1977 at 3:00 pm at a 7-Eleven store on Twelve Mile Road at Oakshire in Berkley, purchasing a magazine. A mail carrier spotted her fully clothed body 19 days later on the side of a rural road in Franklin Village. She had been smothered. The body was laid within view of nearby homes, eyes closed and arms folded across the chest, once again in the snow.[2]
Timothy King, 11, borrowed 30 cents from his older sister and left his home in Birmingham, skateboard in hand, to buy candy at a drugstore on nearby Maple Road on Wednesday, March 16, 1977, at about 8:30 pm. He left the store by the rear entrance, which opened to a parking lot shared with a supermarket, and vanished.[2] An intensive search was executed that covered the entire Detroit metropolitan area, and there was widespread media coverage, already heavy with coverage on the previous three slayings. In an emotional television appeal, Timothy's father, Barry King, begged the abductor to release his son unharmed. In a letter printed in the Detroit News, Marion King wrote that she hoped Timothy could come home soon so she could serve him his favorite meal, Kentucky Fried Chicken. In the late evening hours of March 22, 1977, two teenagers in a car spotted his body in a shallow ditch alongside Gill Road, about 300 feet south of Eight Mile Road in Livonia, just across the county line in Wayne County. His skateboard was placed next to his body. His clothing had been neatly pressed and washed. He had been suffocated and sexually assaulted with an object. The postmortem showed that Timothy had eaten fried chicken before he was slain.[2]


There were other abductions and murders around the Oakland County area within the same period. These are not specifically tied to the four victims above due to variations in the cases.

i saw this
Debbie Jarvis · Petoskey, Michigan wrote:
Debbie Jarvis · Petoskey, Michigan

This is Debbie Jarvis and I am the mother of Kristine Mihelich who was the third victim of the Oakland County Child Killers. I was present at the most recent meeting with reporters when this information was disclosed.
include: Mark Stebbins, Jane Allen, Jill Robertson, Kristine Mihelich, Timothy King, Patricia Spencer, Pamela Hobley, Donna Serra, Laura Wilson, Cynthia Cadieux, Sandra Butler, Kimberly King, Kim Larrow, and Kellie Brownlee. These are the names of the known victims of the American Legion Serial Killers identified so far.

Here's links and information about some of those other victims though.

Patricia Spencer, one of the possible victims.


Pamela Hobley


Laura Wilson


I think this is the Sandra Butler case Debbie Jarvis is mentioning. But she wasn't from Michigan.


An article on the Kim Larrow case. She was found along with a second unidentified body.

Body not likely that of Canton teen

Bones and teeth are from someone 20 to 30 years old, probably not those of girl missing since 1981.

Kelly Brownlee


Most believe Jane Allen to be a victim of the OCCK. She was found dumped in the water across state lines in Ohio. Her arms were bound behind her back and it was impossible to tell if she was sexually assaulted. Her death is listed as carbon monoxide poisoning, though she could have been killed by other means since her body was decomposing.

Kimberly King is also a likely victim, however her body has never been found. She was kidnapped when she walked from her friend's house to use a pay phone.

Donna Serra is also another possible victim. She was kidnapped, and held captive for several days before turning up strangled on the side of the road. She had also been sexually assaulted.


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Post by yk robert on Thu May 29, 2014 7:18 pm

i am interested in all cases before 1995-6--- i don't know must about the occk--topix has a thread on it, but i avoided it because of all the spam and what not there
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Post by redpill on Thu May 29, 2014 8:24 pm

yk robert wrote:i am interested in all cases before 1995-6--- i don't know must about the occk--topix has a thread on it, but i avoided it because of all the spam and what not there

i'm glad i wasn't a kid in michigan in 60s-70s pretty dangerous.

which cases "i am interested in all cases before 1995-6" ?

it is "Debbie Jarvis · Petoskey, Michigan

This is Debbie Jarvis and I am the mother of Kristine Mihelich who was the third victim of the Oakland County Child Killers."

her personal belief that one or more serial killers were responsible for all those missing/dead children in michigan area

as much as i love linking i am doubtful -

k wrote:

t was Nov. 10, 1972. Laura Wilson, a shy teenager from the Herman Gardens housing project on Detroit's west side, walked to a nearby convenience store to buy a carton of Oleo and two bottles of Pepsi for her mother.

She had pleaded to go alone.

Nine days later, her body was found in some bushes just blocks away from home. She'd been raped and beaten. Her head was smashed in with a brick.

Nearly four decades later, her family still has no answers.

Short of a confession, it's likely they'll never know who killed the 16-year-old because all of the evidence was destroyed or lost.

Her bloodstained clothing was ordered destroyed in 1977; the Pepsi bottle followed in 1978. A brick and a chunk of concrete marked with blood and hair strands were destroyed in 1984. The fingernail scrapings and rape evidence -- swabs taken during the autopsy -- are nowhere to be found.

Her story illustrates what legal experts say is a pervasive problem nationwide -- the mishandling of criminal evidence largely because of a lack of uniform standards for retaining evidence.

Law enforcement doesn't track how often evidence gets lost or destroyed, but experts concede it's not uncommon.

"It happens," said Joe Latta, executive director of the International Association for Property and Evidence, who helps oversee 18,000 police departments nationwide. "I track all the headlines. Missing guns, money and narcotics. If it's your son or daughter, it's a huge deal."
A confession is family's only hope in solving a 1972 murder after evidence was destroyed

Merry Wilson was just 11 years old when her sister was murdered in Detroit in 1972 -- one of more than 600 homicide victims in the city that year.

It was 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, 1972, when 16-year-old Laura Wilson left her home in the projects to walk to a nearby convenience store. She was wearing her flared, blue-and-brown-striped Wrangler jeans, a tan coat with fur trim, purple turtleneck and white sneakers with her name written in the soles.

She had 63 cents in food stamps with her.

She never returned.

Her case is among more than 19,000 unsolved homicides in the city, dating to 1917. In the past decade, the city's homicide clearance rate has averaged from 35% to 45%, but climbed to 54% in 2010.

Short of a confession, the Wilsons will likely never find Laura's killer because the evidence was ordered destroyed and some remains missing.

Evidence but no solid leads

Nine days after she disappeared, Laura's partially nude body was found in some bushes at 8426 Mettetal St. on the city's far west side. She had been raped, and her head was smashed with a brick, almost beyond recognition. Her body was found by a group of boys playing football.

"It didn't look real," recalled Lowell Murdoch, who was 15 when he, his brother and a friend found Laura's body. "It was shocking. At first we were scared. Luckily, we knew the guy who lived next door, and he got help."

Police collected evidence: a brick and a chunk of concrete that had blood stains and hair strands on it; a prayer book that was found near Laura's body, also stained with blood, and her clothing. They also recovered the items she got at the store -- margarine, a bottle of pop and the receipt.

They had numerous tips, including several reports that Laura got into a red car. And police had suspects.

According to a 183-page police file on Laura's case, which the Free Press obtained from the family, one man was arrested following a traffic stop, but was released when his alibi was confirmed.

Laura's boyfriend also came under suspicion, but police never questioned him. According to police records, the boyfriend, who drove a maroon car, was arrested on the morning that Laura went missing for driving without a license. He was jailed overnight.

"This would kind of negate him as the assailant," police wrote in their report. "However, our interest was in the maroon car (could have let a friend use it while he was incarcerated)."

Police ultimately went to the boyfriend's apartment. They found it had been vacated. They interviewed his family members and ruled him out.

The case went cold.

For years, Merry Wilson and Linda Patterson, the eldest of the Wilson sisters, called police to check on their sister's case. Each time, they got the same response: no new leads.

Since Laura's death, at least two of the officers who investigated the case have died. So have her parents.

i love linking but this is not OCCK's MO/signature from the 4 cases.

i do wonder how girls who walk to stores like this girl did and the 4 mentioned above end up being abducted in public in broad daylight and then beaten and killed.

i suppose if were widely known how then there would be a lot more missing kids.

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