Richard Robison was a successful advertising executive who often dealt with investors. His wife, Shirley, was a homemaker, and together with their four children, they lived in Lathrup Village in Detroit. According to Up North Live, in June 1968, the entire family planned to spend the entire summer season in their cabin at the Blisswood Resort in Good Hart. The home was in a secluded spot surrounded by trees, and it was an ideal spot for rest and relaxation.
After the Robisons’ arrival at their cabin, the patriarch visited the caretaker, Monty Bliss, to offer his condolences and pay his respects to his family, as his son had just died in a motorcycle accident, as noted by History by Day. During the visit, Richard also told the caretaker that he and his family would be heading to Florida, and they would be back to the cabin in July. No one saw the Robisons in the following weeks, but it was expected since Richard said they would be away for a few weeks. It wasn’t until the neighbor noticed the foul smell that the cabin was inspected.