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Over 13 months in 1976­-1977, four children were abducted in the Detroit suburbs, each of them held for days before their still-warm bodies were dumped in the snow near public roadsides. The Oakland County Child Murders spawned panic across southeast Michigan, triggering the most extensive manhunt in US history. Yet after less than two years, the task force created to find the killer was shut down without naming a suspect. 

The case “went cold” for more than 30 years, until a chance discovery by one victim’s family pointed to the son of a wealthy General Motors executive: Christopher Brian Busch, a convicted pedophile, was freed weeks before the fourth child disappeared. 

Veteran Detroit News reporter Marney Rich Keenan takes the listener inside the investigation of the still-unsolved murders - seen through the eyes of the lead detective in the case and the family who cracked it open - revealing evidence of a decades-long cover-up of malfeasance and obstruction that denied justice for the victims.

©2020 Marney Rich Keenan (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Trump16
  • 11-10-2020

A very well written book that shows great compassion for the families

I was born around the time these murders took place. I remember my family talking about it in the early 80’s and my dad explaining why he would not let me ride my bike into town alone and how awful things can happen as we lived near the area these things happened.

This book sadly reveals how Lady Justice in not blind as we have been told and there are two different tiers of the justice system — one is in place to protect those in high positions.

As hard as this was to hear, the book was laid out and told so well, Witt great compassion for the victims families.

There really is no such thing as closure but I think this book tells the truth about who did it. May God give grace and peace to families.

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  • WJD
  • 29-09-2020

Repetitive somewhat but excellent Detail

Some serious corruption! We must end Electoral College so the people who get put in office actually represent the popular votes and we get some honest, decent, respectable individuals who do not exclude the middle class and the poor and who are non racist people in office. So many government agencies are controlled by politically corrupt elite, especially in law enforcement!

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  • Nicole
  • 29-01-2021

Riveting and Heartwrenching Story

Disclosure: I was 14 when this nightmare was happening and living a stones throw from Oakland County. It was a very frightening time to be a kid - it was my first time knowing that evil existed and it could be around any corner. I was too young to know all the details, or even understand them had I known them, so this book filled in many many gaps in my knowledge.

Narration: It was good, it took a little getting used to at first but after a chapter or two the narration was not a thing - the story took over everything. Yes the narrator mispronounces several cities - one frequently - but as I said after a couple chapters you just move on to concentrating on the story.

Story: Wow! What a gripping whodunit told from a reporters point of view. I enjoyed all the angles,politics, and especially the backgrounds of the victims and the numerous suspects. What I didn't particularly care for was the way the "story" was laid out to the reader/listener. Wish she had laid out first the victims and the crimes in minute detail - then each suspect and how each of them tie back into one or more of the crime details and then hit with a conclusion. That would have been a lot easier to follow. That said, there were so many tangents as you follow the investigation (which was kinda cool actually cause you felt like a detective with the frustration of a detective) but there were so many things that seemed liked good witness accounts/leads that just never was sewn up by the author - I have so many more questions now that I have the details. It's going to drive me crazy. This story was all engrossing and I do recommend it as a very good account of the murder and the times.
Nothing is perfect and this is no exception, like I said I didn't like how the author introduced intriguing things and then just left it hanging. But, I did like the personal detail of those involved - from the victims to the survivors, to the investigators and their bosses - it was just enough without bogging down the story.

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  • Miked9746
  • 06-10-2020

Good book... hard to follow, though.

The book was good. Besides the cringe worthy mispronunciations, the narrator was awesome. The book is PACKED with characters, so it was a little difficult to keep up with who was who, but I would recommend it, none the less.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-05-2021

Wow

Very in depth. Definitely worth the read, especially if you are from Metro Detroit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-2021

Sad

Very sad story but intriguing. I wish there was a better outcome. Hopefully someday there will be peace for the families. .

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  • Éjien Verzhíerik
  • 18-03-2021

Good Book: Helps Connect the Dots

This is a book documenting the search for a killer of children. All the information was in hand. Yet, no arrests were made. This book explains why. Bonus points if, after reading this, you understand how large is the issue at play here.

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  • SeanO
  • 08-02-2021

A Great Mystery

It's impossible to give an honest review without spoiling the story for others. I liked it because I once lived in that area. If you're familiar with the case this is a complete and updated telling. No buyer's remorse here.

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  • Mary Mc
  • 26-01-2021

Astonishing. Complex. Riveting to the point of

disbelief. Maddening to the point of distraction.
Unforgivable at long last, and justice must be had!

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  • Ed Jones
  • 18-09-2020

Laborious

This book offers a seemingly endless recitation of the manner in which children were sexually violated. I gave up halfway through after becoming weary of slogging through an over abundance of details that never moved the story forward.

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  • Mrs
  • 28-01-2021

Very well researched.

Unlike many true crime books which simply skim through the details,this book goes into the crime in depth. It’s so refreshing to see this kind of approach. Very well researched and presented.

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  • JT
  • 10-09-2020

Fantastic, gripping review of this terrible case.

I've been waiting for a book like this on this awful case for years. This I can honestly say is it. HIGHLY recommended.

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