Five years ago, I sat in the office of one of my bosses and told a story about a serial killer that stalked children in the city where I grew up in Michigan. I started with the abduction of Mark Stebbins in February 1976 and ended with Tim King’s death in March 22, 1977. Tim was the youngest brother of a friend of mine and he was one of my own brother-in-law’s best friends.
The monster that became known as the Oakland County Child Killer scarred the lives of all the people who lived in Oakland County, Michigan from those at “ground zero” to those who watched these horrors unfold on tv. The killer was never found.
As I told this story out loud from the abductions to the theories, possible suspects and my own personal involvement, my boss leaned back in his chair and said, “I see a great piece of fiction to be written.” I scoffed. I was MAD. No way, I said, could I ever turn this disturbing time of so many lives into fiction.
Well, a few days ago, I published my next book, “No Such Thing”, a fictional story about child abduction and murder. While not about the real killer or murders, it employs many of the same events and theories, weaving a story of what could have happened. The real story takes remarkable twists and turns. The book streamlines many of those twists into one story.
I would never attempt to diminish the lives of Mark Stebbins, Jill Robinson, Kristine Mihelich or Tim King; their lives were far more important. Their deaths forever changed my life.
With the blessing of Tim’s sister and brother, I wrote and published this novel and hope that when it finds its audience, it keeps these kids in the public eye until the real killer has been caught.
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