We spoke in great detail (July-Aug-Sept-Oct) about the horrific impact these crimes had on my small home town of Ypsilanti, Michigan. We also delved into the unsolved cases and the possibility of finding new DNA evidence regarding these murders.
John Norman Collins and his infamous motorcycle
Detectives at the Dawn Basom crime scene on Gale Rd
Today Frank's John Norman Collins/Michigan Murders article hit the web and it is really good. The article is in 4 parts including Evidence Locker which has some never before seen crime scene photos.
Frank and his team did a fantastic job updating this crime story. xK
Here is the link to part one of Frank's article.
Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press
4:55 a.m. EST Nov. 8, 2019
Never-before-published letters, interviews offer clues in infamous Michigan murders
Eight women and girls were slain in the late 1960s. New details shed more light on the crimes and John Norman Collins, who never fit anyone's image of a killer...Read More Here
PART 2 Murders of Michigan women still unsolved 50 years later
PART 3 NEW DNA! Letters, interviews reveal dark side
EMAIL TO FRANK WITSIL FROM JOHN COLLINS
The "ONLY" reason I am responding to your e-mail is out of RESPECT for Neil Fink. A while back I was contacted by Neil Fink's wife, Ms. Kimberley Stout, and she told me of his death to Cancer back in 2016. She also mentioned they had a son by the name of Wade who followed in his fathers, and his mother, footsteps and became an attorney. Of course, his Dear Mother said that he was a VERY GOOD ATTORNEY!
Then you also mentioned Wade in your e-mail, so I felt somewhat obliged to at least give you a brief response since you have been kind of a "PAIN IN THE ASS" with your persistence. lol
You brought up those "TWO LETTERS" that I sent to my cousin, John Chapman, who in turn, GAVE THEM TO greg.f. I must admit that I didn't think they would become such a "FOCAL POINT" after 50 years, BUTT, knowing greg's ENORMOUS "EGO" for MEDIA ATTENTION I knew that he would want to CAPITALIZE on ANYTHING he could gather up on ME. His "ENORMOUS EGO" rivals the GRAND CANYON, BUTT his 'BIG MOUTH' manages to surpass that.
He's been 'USING ME' as a Catalyst to LURE unsuspecting women into his "PRIVATE CHAT ROOM" in hopes of 'SCORING' with them. This comes from WOMEN that have told me about how he likes to take PHOTO'S with all the women so that he can put his arm around them.
One woman, in particular, said that she felt that he was "CREEPY" with his advances & touching. Anyhow, greg ran his ENORMOUS MOUTH to someone that I was friends with and this person told me that greg was BRAGGING about having my cousin in Canada writing me so that THEY could dig-up some dirt on me, etc. When I found out about that I was UPSET that my cousin would do something like that to me. So I thought to myself, TWO can play this "GAME!"
I knew that WHATEVER I wrote to my cousin would end up in greg's lap. So I wrote those TWO LETTERS to my cousin, which included some "PARTIAL FACTS", BUTT, Heavy on the "FICTION!" My cousin was just a "PAWN" in greg's chess game & greg even wrote and told me how "EASY" it was to manipulate John.
I have ALL my cousin's letters & e-mails and what he's told YOU "DO NOT" match what he's said to me. I have "NO" control over what people say about ME and that is WHY I have chosen to REFUSE interviews of any kind.
I've been deceived too many times in the past. When you see/hear from greg - AND YOU WILL BECAUSE HIS EGO IS SO ENORMOUS - Please tell him that because of his EGO & BIG MOUTH that he got "PLAYED" by me. lol
An Attorney has told me that I have a "Legal Expectation of Privacy" concerning those letters so my cousin & greg should be careful. As for my cousin...he got "DUPED" by greg and STILL doesn't realize it. If I chose to, I could easily bring up some very PAINFUL issues about John C., BUTT, I elect to take the proverbial "High Road" & NOT discuss our DIRTY LAUNDRY with the public. I like to believe that I still have some "INTEGRITY."
As for Sgt. E. Schroeder, I liked him and thought well of him. I heard that he was having some HEALTH ISSUES. If you ever come in contact with him again kindly tell him that I wish him nothing BUTT Good Health the rest of his retired years. I think he is a good man. He kept his "Word" to me and that ALWAYS means something to me. In here, all you have is your "WORD!"
Well, Frank, I've spent much more time with you than I had anticipated. You can say whatever you want about me, BUTT, if You have any "INTEGRITY" at all you will leave my Dear Mother out-of-this. She's NOT here to defend herself from all the "LIES" that have already been told about her by Keyes, my cousin etc. People that never even knew her. I will ALWAYS Love her! She was a Kind & Loving person to all that knew her.
Now I hope that you will simply leave me alone. Peace, John
Thanks Kim for sharing this article and posting updates. Growing up in Ypsi and experiencing what was happening and the uncertainty during this time has stayed with me. I hitchhiked so many times..hung out at the EMU campus so the fear was real. Cool that you were mentioned
Thanks, Kim for sending me this!I was just speaking about it with a friend a few days ago!
Thank you for posting this. Hard to see again. I felt the weirdness of the murders growing up in Ann Arbor and going to EMU. I've been haunted since I read the Michigan Murders book so long ago. To find out I lived so close to the murder sites has never left my psyche. I used to drive by the sites on my way home at night and I always felt something. In 2001, I tried to put something together for my final speech class at EMU. It seemed to me that I was presenting something nobody knew about? The new evidence of another killer in that strange time frame just freaks me out more...
The whole reason the subject came up again for me is a Facebook friend posted yesterday about how she was reading Helter Skeleter. (yawn). Since Manson has been so played out and rehashed over the decades that I’d be fine with never seeing/reading/hearing about it ever again, I had to recommend to her the Michigan Murders. I think the fact that it all happened so close to home makes it more compelling for me, too. Another thing I found odd is that JDC was an extremely handsome, wholesome looking dude! (Unlike Manson, who had crazy written all over him.) Also, more attractive (and not emanating nearly as much crazy) as Ted Bundy. (Everyone always says how dashing and normal Bundy appeared but I don’t agree.) JDC on the other hand, not someone you’d expect at all. (Which would help explain why he wasn’t caught for so long..) And the way he toyed with the cops like the whole thing was a game. Fascinating.
Anyway, my folks went to Redford Union (class of ‘67 and ‘68) but my mom (who, like JNC, was born in Windsor) has told me she remembers back then how freaked out she and all her girlfriends were when it was going on. (They made it a point not to come hang out around Ypsi/Ann Arbor area.) Also, right around the time (maybe a little before) my folks got married and moved out to California (Monterey) he still hadn’t been caught, took a road trip and allegedly murdered some chick out there. (Her body was found about 4 miles from where they lived.)
I’m sure you’ve seen this. In a body building mag no less. (Under a fake name.) 😳 Such a shame. What a waste.
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