THE OAKLAND COUNTY CHILD KILLER, 1976–1977

STRANGER DANGER

Like any loving parents, those in Oakland County, Michigan, often told their children to stay away from strangers. These routine, everyday warnings were suddenly justified in the cruelest way possible.

The case of the so-called Oakland County Child Killer, named after the Michigan county in which four terrifying kidnappings and murders occurred, panicked parents throughout the Midwest. The details were baffling. The two male victims bore signs of sexual assault, but the two females did not. Three were suffocated or strangled, while one died of a shotgun blast to the head. All appeared to have been bathed at some point and were discovered neatly dressed.

THE FIRST VICTIM

Twelve-year-old ...

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