Don’t talk to Strangers – The Oakland County Child Murders is a limited run podcast focused on nine child murders that took place in and around south Oakland County between January 1, 1976 and March 16, 1977. Four of these murders appear to be the work of an as yet unidentified serial killer known as the Oakland County Child Killer.
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Nina and fellow researcher Andy Berthiaume discuss the patterns and problems in the Oakland County child murders based on information found in this document. (Note: this is a 250 page PDF. Specific page numbers are mentioned in the episode)
Document Link Url: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/53805NCJRS.pdf
September 1, 1978, 23 year old James Lossing of Mt Clemens commits an unspeakable crime against a child. Macomb County officials were asking - Could Lossing be the long sought after Oakland County Child Killer?
In September 1977, Birmingham Michigan has it's third murder in less than two years. Authorities are quick to point out that this murder "was not related to the Oakland County Child Killer"
Who murdered art dealer and reverend John McKinney? His business but him in contact with OCCK victim Timothy King. Could McKinney have knowledge of the child killings? Or was it all a coincidence? #murder #art #unsolved #execution
The final chapter of Timothy King's abduction and murder.
https://catherinebroad.blog/2013/12/03/act-of-kindness/ (the track suit)
https://catherinebroad.blog/2018/07/15/more-from-2009/. (Dead or institutionalized)
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On February 2, 1977 10 year old Valerie Bishop was beaten, raped, murdered and left in the snow next to an abandoned house. While an arrest was made, the charges were dismissed.
Despite her murder happening in the middle of the Oakland County Child Killings, the task force declined to work on her case.
This is the mid-season finale of Don't Talk to Strangers. The Robinson family thought leaving Detroit for the suburbs would keep them safe. Not long after the move Jill Robinson begins having nightmares, horrific dreams of being shot. Until days before Christmas when she disappears, and the day after Christmas Jill is found murdered, shot in the head. Coincidence or premonition?
In the summer of 1976, 13 year old Jane Allan is abducted. Local media reports on her as a runaway who met an unfortunate end, but Jane had not run away when she was abducted. Local media used Jane's history as a former runaway and her tragic death to strike fear in children and spread the message that bad things happen to you if you run away from home.
Explore the disappearance and murder of 12-year-old Mark Stebbins. While his death is the first case attributed to the Oakland County Child Killer, the smothering death of Mark Stebbins remains unsolved.
The “Babysitter Murders” is a series of three murders, one in Wayne County, one in Macomb County and one in Oakland County.
Two of the victims were babysitting young children when they were assaulted and murdered.
Law enforcement would go on to close all three cases.
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