A look at the theories of who the Oakland County Child Killer may have been
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In the years following the Oakland County child killings, tens of thousands of tips were investigated by law enforcement officials pertaining to the murders. While none proved fruitful, several credible leads emerged—some within the last few years—giving victims' families hope that the killer would be brought to justice. The murders remain unsolved.
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The Roommate On April 5, 1977, Detroit psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Danto received a letter from a man who said his name was Allen and that he lived with the child killer. Dr. Danto said the killer was driven to murder these young children because he had been traumatized in Vietnam and wanted to exact revenge on residents of affluent communities. Shortly after receiving the letter, Dr. Danto received a phone call from Allen, who offered to provide photographic evidence if authorities agreed not to prosecute him. The two agreed to meet at a gay bar in Detroit, where police were watching. But Allen never showed up, and Dr. Danton never heard from him again.
David Norberg Long considered a suspect in the slayings, Warren resident David Norberg lived just two streets away from Kristine Mihelich at the time of her death. He was killed in a car accident in Wyoming in 1981 and, following his death, jewelry believed to have belonged to some of the murdered children was found in his possession. In 1999, Norberg's body was exhumed and his DNA was compared to a strand of hair found on the body of one of the four young victims. The DNA did not match.
Theodore Lamborgine In March of 2007, officers from the Parma Heights, Ohio, Police Department arrested Theodore Lamborgine on counts of various degrees of criminal sexual conduct. Lamborgine was accused of running a pedophile ring in Detroit in the 1970s and 1980s. He was alleged to have sexually assaulted children as young as 11. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy called Lamborgine "our most promising suspect at this particular time."
The prosecutor offered Lamborgine plea deals that could have reduced his sentence, but would have required him to submit to a polygraph test regarding the four Oakland County deaths in exchange for dismissing 13 of the 15 sex charges. He refused, and instead pleaded guilty to all charges. His lawyer maintained that his client had no knowledge of the killings. Wayne County Circuit Judge Annette Berry minced no words when she sentenced Lamborgine.
"You are the classic predator," she said. "You don't look like a monster. You preyed upon our most vulnerable."
Michael Dean Grant In 2006, the son of a convicted child killer came forward to Action News, saying he believed his father was the Oakland County Child Killer. Chip St. Clair grew up in Southeast Michigan and said his father, Michael Dean Grant, had tried to kill him when he was young. Grant had a startling history of abusing children which began around 1970, when he served jail time in Indiana after he was convicted of savagely beating to death his girlfriend's 3-year-old son. Two years earlier, records show he was also the prime suspect in the death of another woman's 18-month-old son. Grant later escaped from prison and fled to Michigan with a new girlfriend. The couple had a son and lived on the run for 24 years before Grant was ultimately caught and sent back to an Indiana prison. At the time St. Clair came forward, detectives said they planned to question Grant about what, if anything, he knew about the murder of the four Oakland County children. He was never charged.