Four children were murdered in Oakland County, Michigan in 1976-1977. The small rural county was paralyzed with fear as a killer preyed upon their children. Folklore has that in the 1970’s the Walled Lake Child Killer would kidnap children from the Walled Lake Amusement park pictured above.
He or she then allegedly took the children to the tree at night where he murdered them, tossed their shoes up in the tree, and buried the bodies in a nearby field. The tale is reportedly an urban legend, but the fact remains that there was a shoe tree and the deaths have never been solved. The killer was never captured. Perhaps he or she moved on to another town.
Yes, I know that these shoe tree posts are a bit of an odd departure for #ThePhilFactor, but stick with me and the mystery will soon be revealed.