Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What About Bob?

On the one hand, it's hard to imagine what possible gain the mysterious man named Bob could have in deliberately misleading and misrepresenting himself as the case-cracker of the Oakland County child killings from 1976-77.

On the other, there are plenty of whack jobs out there, so you never know.

I have written a few times about the killings, which took the lives of four children, ages 10 to 12. It's a case that fascinates me, not only because I was 12 when the killing started and 13 when they ended, but because it is a high-profile cold case---possibly one of the most notorious in Michigan history.

Bob has gotten back into the headlines again, having conducted a rather bizarre round of interviews with reporters from the law office of Paul Hughes. Of course, Bob was nowhere to be found; the interviews were conducted, one-by-one, via a telephone placed on a table in Hughes' office.

Bob suggests that he, along with some fellow investigators, have a bunch of very useful information about the killings---if someone would only give him access to certain key parts of the exhaustive investigation that's been conducted, off and on, since 1977.

On Monday, a 65-minute audio recording was released in which Bob puts forth his theories about the killings, which includes suggestions that the killers (there were at least five people involved, he says) may have committed the crimes on pagan holidays or coinciding with the lunar calendar.

The recording was made in October 2010 as Bob spoke, via speaker phone, with Chief Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor Paul Walton and Undersheriff Mike McCabe.

Bob has enthralled at least two of the victims' families, but he has hardly impressed prosecutors and other criminal investigators.

“He’s not going to give any information because he doesn’t have any information,” Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said Tuesday.

“The most bizarre and saddest thing is that anyone was buying any of this," she added.

Bob says the bodies may have been deliberately dumped in communities whose first letters were designed to spell out some sort of acronym, if arranged chronologically.

He says a lot, actually, but whether any of it is true is highly debatable. You can listen for yourself HERE

One thing should be certain, whether Bob is credible or not: his 15 minutes are up.



He claims to not be willing to name names or delve further into his theories, because he doesn't want to jeopardize the investigation, which is funny because he, at the same time, professes an utter distrust of the authorities who have conducted said investigation.

Bob's involvement is a side show of a $100-million lawsuit being filed by Hughes on behalf of Deborah Jarvis, mother of victim Kristine Mihelich, 10.

No one has met Bob in person---not even Jarvis, who says she's had "hundreds" of telephone conversations with him over the past several years.

Bob's 15 minutes are done. He needs to pee or get off the pot, so to speak. There certainly can be some common ground found, when it comes to disseminating his purported information in a way that doesn't jeopardize anything.

McCabe seems to be speaking common sense when he says, “It’s a pretty sad state of affairs that this thing has turned into a circus,” he said. “And that’s a huge disservice to the families and especially the victims.”

Enough of Bob's games. If he has tangible evidence that can bring closure to the victims' families, he needs to spill whatever beans he has.

If he doesn't, Bob, in a way, is no better than those who committed the horrible crimes some 35 years ago. He might even be worse.

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