In 1976 and 1977, four children were murdered in the Detroit area that were linked to the same killer or killers. This case has become known as the Oakland County Child Killer case. You may also see it labeled as the Babysitter Killer case. This case is still unsolved. My friend Carol S is certain that her father was the Oakland County Child Killer.
Recently the Golden State Killer was found due to a DNA sample submitted to a Florida geneology website GEDMATCH.COM. This is big news because police agencies may have found a new resource for closing a lot of cold case files.
It is also a potential problem due to DNA donors wanting privacy. I think the police should be able to use this info as the good it would do in providing closure to the victim's families and the police investigators is immeasurable.
Back in 2013 a woman emailed me one night to tell me that John Dahlinger had been murdered. John Dahlinger was the illegitimate son of Henry Ford and his mistress Evangeline Cote-Dahlinger. This John Dahlinger had died back in the 1970's. I didn't know he had a son and this son was murdered in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The woman who emailed me, who's name I had never revealed, had dated JD Jr and knew him to be involved in all sorts of bad things...We reported on that case together and became friends ever since. Carol S is the name we will be using for this article.
Carol S. sent the following email to the GEDMATCH admins:
Hello. How can I be assured my gedmatch DNA profile is public? It has to be set to public, as I want Law Enforcement to be able to utilize my DNA if they choose too.
My father was an admitted serial killer (dead now) and I want them to be able to solve as many cold case crimes as possible. His victims deserve closure.
I have been working to help victim's families find closure for over 12 years now. I did actually help in one case.
The girl my father murdered in 1963 was named Connie K Crossland in Michigan. She was 14 years old.
Her family never knew who killed her, but my family knew. My father took my mother to the bridge where he dumped her body and threatened my mother should she ever tell.
Law Enforcement also had my mother demonstrate how he tied cords around her neck and how he tied us children up, as the knot was quite complicated.
DB Cooper and My Father Sonny Stanislaw (look at those ears!)
My father eventually killed my grandfather (his father) in 1979. While my grandfather lay dying, my father positioned his body in a chair and took polaroid pictures of him.
My dad’s name was Stephen Stanislaw (Jr.) He passed away in 2013. Gary Miller of Oakland County Sheriff Department contacted her sister, Linda Crossland Stevens to notify her that my dad was her killer.
He flew under the radar because DNA was not advanced during his very violent crime sprees. He was known around the Detroit area as “Sonny” and they would periodically take him to jail, but most of the time they would send him to the nearest VA hospital.
this zodiac drawing looks just like my dad when he was young
Carol S has shared a ton of information with me about the crimes she is certain her father committed. What she would like to do is share her DNA profile with Michigan Law Enforcement and the Law Enforcement Agencies still researching the Zodiac Killer.
TIMELINE OF SERIAL KILLINGS
1963 - CONNIE CROSSLAND (FIRST OAKLAND COUNTY CHILD KILLING)
1966-1971 - ZODIAC KILLINGS
1972-1975 - ? SANTA ROSA HITCHHIKER KILLINGS/OREGON/WASHINGTON (Dan Cooper Hijacking)
1976-1979 - CONTINUATION OF THE OAKLAND COUNTY CHILD KILLINGS AUTHORITIES HAVE PROVEN FOUR WERE CONNECTED.
1979 - MURDERED- STEPHEN STANISLAW, HIS FATHER.
1981 - SENT TO A STATE MAXIMUM SECURITY HOSPITAL AFTER BEING FOUND NOT-GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY FOR MURDERING HIS FATHER.