Study: Oakland County Child Killing Case Crippled by "Institutional Breakdowns"
It has taken some folks from another country to provide some clarity and sanity about the 36-year-old unsolved Oakland County Child Killing case.
Columnist Marney Rich Keenan of the Detroit News writes that detective named Michael Arntfield of London, Ontario, and his students at the Cold Case Investigative Society have analyzed the case and concluded that it's crippled by "a complete institutional breakdown."
"This case was frustrating just to read, before we even got involved," says Arntfield, a veteran homicide detective in London who teaches a class called The Serial Killer in the Media and Popular Culture at the University of Western Ontario. "Some of the stuff is just mind-boggling. At some point, somebody needs to step up to the plate and take ownership of this case."
Arntfield's course evolved into The Cold Case Investigative Society, which is comprised of undergrad and grad students.
Last Fall, Arntfield and the Society focused on the Oakland County case and went through piles of articles and police reports, interviewed victims' families and visited evidence scenes, the News columnist reported.
Now, they've turned over a 25-page analysis to the Michigan State Police that Rich-Keenan reports is "direct, succinct, and did not mince words."
Among the conclusions: Prime Suspect Christopher Bush, who died, would likely have gone on trial for at least one murder, and that others might have been involved as well.