Episode 98: The stupid senseless death of Charlie Howard

When a friend asked Charlie Howard why he didn’t protect himself from harassment by acting “a little less gay,” he said told the friend he wasn’t going to be a participant in his own oppression. A few days later, three teenage boys threw Howard, 23, to his death off a Bangor, Maine, bridge. The 1984 killing of a man, just because he was gay, still resonates today.

Also, a Maine mini on the death of Rhonda Pattelena, a domestic violence attack that happened in front of dozens of witnesses on York Beach, Maine; updates on Ghislaine Maxwell, and, wait for it… the never-going-away Episode 29, Wicked Bad Chemistry.

Episode 97: Sarah Everard and reclaiming the night

Sarah Everard was walking home from a friend’s house in south London on the night of March 3. She never got there. What happened next reopened wounds festering in the UK, and around the world, since the Yorkshire Ripper case more than 40 years before. And it once again raises the question, when is male violence against women going to become a men problem instead of a women problem?

Also, Maureen talks about the latest Acadia National Park fatal hiking trip and Rebecca gives an update on Maine wife-killer Noah Gaston, as well as an NNW rating to the HBO docuseries “Murder in Middle Beach”

Episode 96: Just who WAS Shaun Harrison?

For years, Shaun Harrison, a minister and youth counselor was the go-to guy for the Boston press when they needed quotes on gang violence, youth with guns and more. That is, until, he was arrested for shooting a teenager.

Maureen also does an NNW rating for the Netflix doc “Made you Look.”

Episode 95 Justice for Johnetta Carr a long time coming

Johnetta Carr was 16 and going places, but the Louisville, Kentucky, police department had other plans for her. Looking to hang a murder charge on someone, they picked her and her friends, and through a series of false statements, doctored reports, intimidation and more, they “made their case.” Now, 15 years and a wrongful conviction later, she’s beginning to find some justice.

UPDATES: Maureen updates the Alaska murder charges against Steven Downs (Episode 67), and Rebecca updates the rape charges against Ivan Keith (Episode 92).

REVIEWS: Rebecca also gives an NNW rating to the Netflix series “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel,” and we revisit “The Lady and the Dale.”

Episode 94: Who shot Sonny Grotton?

When Sonny Grotton returned to his Belfast, Maine, home on a cold Friday night in December after working all week in Rhode Island, someone shot him dead in his dooryard. His crime would go unsolved for 17 years, until someone spoke. Three were arrested, only one was found guilty.

Rebecca and Maureen also discuss the falacious origins of “Stockholm Syndrome,” the podcasts “Dead Eyes” and “Bed of Lies,” and Maureen gives an NNW rating to the HBO docuseries “The Lady and the Dale.”

Fun!

Episode 93: The unfortunate wives of Dennis Larson

Kathy Frost was lonely and looking for someone to share her life with when she answered the classified ad from a man looking for a longterm relationship. Things happened fast, but it turns out the relationship wasn’t that long-term after all…

And she wasn’t the first wife of Dennis Larson to meet an “accidental death.”

Also, Rebecca NNW rates the podcast Bed of Lies; and the sisters talk about the HBO doc Baby God.

Lots of fun to be had!

Episode 92: You can run to Maine, but you can’t hide

Two totally different men in different decades think they can escape Massachusetts rape charges by taking off for Maine. Maybe it takes one decade, or maybe it takes three, but they’re gonna get ya.

Also, Maureen NNW rates the podcast “Dead Eyes.”

Episode 91: The Murder of Jodi Parrack Part 2

After seven years DNA from a man who tried to assault a 10-year-old girl matches that found on Jodi Parrack. And it’s not Ray McCann’s, who police have been after for seven years. So that’s the end of it, right? Wrong. Pard 2 of this troubling story.

Also, an update on Episode 77 that looks at the police raid on Anjanette Young, and our millionth update to Episode 29, the Boston drug lab scandal.

To top it off, a due NNW rating of Netflix’s four-part series “The Ripper.”

 

Episode 90: The Murder of Jodi Parrack Part 1

Police said only a monster could have killed 11-year-old Jodi Parrack, and they were going to find him. In a relentless investigation that spanned seven years, they kept telling the public the tips were piling up, the DNA would reveal the killer, new technology was going to make happen. But when they made an arrest, it wasn’t because of tips, DNA or new technology, but a very very old method…

Also, Rebecca gives an NNW rating to the audio version of “Dear Child.”

Episode 89: Paul Dwyer and the Paris, Maine, murders

Paul Dwyer, of Paris, Maine, was 18 when he was found asleep in a car with Maine plates that didn’t belong to him, in Arlington, N.J., on an October day in 1937. Dwyer wasn’t alone in the car — there were also the murdered bodies of Dr. James Littlefield and his wife, Lydia. What followed was a twisted tale that took decades to resolve.

Maureen also does her NNW rating on the HBO Max documentary “The Mystery of DB Cooper.”

Happy fourth anniversary of this show! We appreciate all the listeners who’ve stuck with us for this long, as well as the new ones who’ve found us along the way.

Episode 88: Sex, lies and the topless coffee shop Part 2

The sordid tale of sex, lies, arson, toplessness and more in central Maine continues with the trial.

We also update Maura Murray (Episode 8) and the NNW rating is a duo stab at the doc “An American Murder: The Family Next Door.”

Episode 87: Sex, lies and the topless coffee shop Part 1

When a topless coffee shop — yup, exactly what it sounds like — opened in Vassalboro, Maine, in February 2009, it caused international titters. But four months later, when it burned down, things got serious.

We also update Martha Moxley (Episode 17), Breonna Taylor (Episode 77), Ghislaine Maxwell (Episode 78), and, of course, the Massachusetts Drug Lab Scandal (Episode 29).

Rebecca also rates the documentary “Class Action Park.”

Episode 86: No justice for Helen Jewett

Helen Jewett was smart, attractive, savvy and ambitious. Unfortunately, it was the 1830s and, born Dorcas Doyon and raised as an orphan servant girl in Augusta, Maine, she didn’t have a lot of options. And the lack of options all came crashing down when she was murdered in her bed in New York City in 1836. While it happened nearly two centuries ago, as the story plays out, it could’ve easily been yesterday.

We also have the latest on the Breonna Taylor case, including what the grand jury heard.

And Maureen goes off the NNW charts on a documentary that… just didn’t live up to her standards.

Episode 85: Kathleen McLean, the surgeon and diagnosis murder

We’ve wicked had it with people looking at some accomplished white guy and saying “a guy like that wouldn’t kill his wife (or family).” No, this isn’t about Jeffrey MacDonald, though Mo does give an impassioned defense of Joe McGinnis and “Fatal Vision,” and then, yes, we look at another case where a guy “who couldn’t have done something like that,” roared right through a lot of red flags, and another beautiful and loving woman is dead.

We have another quick Breonna Taylor update (Episode 77), and we also update the Aela Mansmann “school bullying” case (Episode 71).

In our NNW ratings, Rebecca takes on “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” the documentary (though she hasn’t finished watching it…)

Episode 84: Bianca Devins wasn’t murdered by the internet

It’s easy to blame the internet for teenager Bianca Devins’ murder in Utica, N.Y. in 2019. After all, like most kids her age, she was all over it — on social media, on gaming sites. Meeting people, many of them predatory. But what it really comes down to is good old-fashioned toxic masculinity, misogyny and people around her and her killer not seeing the huge red flags hitting them in the face.

We also update Episode 77 with the Breonna Taylor settlement, and Mo takes on the documentary “Outcry” in our NNW ratings.

Episode 83: The blood cold Walker family murders

On December 19, 1959, the Walker family — dad Cliff, mom Christine, 4-year-old Jimmy and 2-year-old Debbie — were found murdered in their remote Osprey, Florida, house. Some 61 years later, no one has been charged. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some very interesting suspects…

Also, we update the Breonna Taylor case (Episode 77) and Rebecca does an NNW rated of the book she read for her Episode 82 topic. Taking away a point…

Episode 82: Mark Hoffman, forging murder

Mark Hoffman seemed like a nice guy, and as a collector of, and dealer in, historic documents, particularly those relating to the LDS church, he really had a knack for finding just the right pieces. Then the bombings started…

We also look at domestic violence stats and myths in a Maine-ish mini, and Mo shreds, um reviews, “Blood Runs Cold.”

Episode 81: From Yoga Twins to Ghislaine, we’ve got updates

That’s right, listeners! Time for one of our classic summer update episodes. We catch you up on the Yoga Twins, our Episode 1 stars, all the way through Ghislaine Maxwell, with lots in between including some impassioned rants, as always.

And check out our new logo!

Episode 80: Susan Taraskiewicz, murdered by the glass ceiling

Susan Taraskiewicz was working at her dream job, one she had to fight to get, as ramp crew supervisor at Boston’s Logan Airport. But there were other people who weren’t so happy about it. Then one night, she left to get sandwiches for the crew and never came back. Her beaten and stabbed body was found the next morning in the trunk of her car. That was 1992 and now, 28 years later, her killer still hasn’t been brought to justice.

And in our Negative Nellies reviews, Rebecca takes on “I Know This Much is True,” and Maureen tries to grapple with why she’s hate-reading a mystery series.

Episode 79: Don’t mess with Maine State Trooper Vicki Gardner

When Steven Fortin attacked Maine State Trooper Vicki Gardner on a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, he couldn’t have known that it would lead him being convicted for the murder of Melissa Padilla, in New Jersey.

Also, the new “Unsolved Mysteries.” How does it stack up to the old one? We give it the NNW rating treatment.

Episode 78: Ghislaine Maxwell, why NOT New Hampshire?

Maybe the world is shocked that socialite predator fugitive Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire, but we’re not. Not even a little bit. The Granite State has a long history of real-life fugitives heading thinking they can hide there. So while the world says, “Why New Hampshire?” we say, “How coul dit not have been?”

We also update Noah Gaston’s prison sentence and have the latest on Breonna Taylor.

And Rebecca reviews a show that Maureen would rather stick white-hot pokers through her eyes than watch. Fun!

Episode 77: Say her name – the police war on Black women

From Breonna Taylor to Atatiana Jefferson to Eleanor Bumpurs and more, the number of Black women killed by police is mind-blowing, particularly those killed in their own homes. It’s all for no good reason. We try to at least take a look at the tip of the iceburg and shine a ittle light on it.

Our Negative Nellie Reviews this epiosde continue the conversation, about race, white privilege and what really happens when the police burst into someone’s home, with the documentaries “The Rachel Divide,” and “Peace Officer.”

Episode 76: Norman Horton couldn’t help himself

It was the 1950s, Norman Horton was gay, couldn’t tell anyone, he lived in small-town upstate New York, wasn’t doing well his first year at college and his father wouldn’t get off his back. So there was only one thing he could do about it…

Also, we update the case of Nancy Crampton Brophy (Episode 55, you remember, she wrote a blog post about how to murder your husband, and a few years later, her husband ends up murdered). The Negative Nellies Watching review “Trial by Media” and “Obsessed With Abducted in Plain Sight.”

Episode 75: Louise’s Chaput’s short hike to death

Louise Chaput planned to spend a November long weekend hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. She’d barely gotten out of her car when she was dead, brutally murdered in the woods off a lonely trail. Nearly two decades later, the crime is still unsolved.

We also update Jans Soering (belatedly), from Episode 48; Dan Gellers, from Episode 41; and the Negative Nellies rate “How to Fix a Drug Scandal,” which was also the topic of our most. updated. episode. ever. Episode 29 (wicked bad chemistry!)

Episode 74: Homicide and the other Jack & Jackie

No one in their Maine town was very fond of Jack, but they liked his wife, Jackie, who owned a popular waterfront restaurant in the beautiful coastal town. Then Jack was killed. And Jackie did it…

We also give a brief update to the case of Nancy Crampton Brophy [Episode 55] and inflict our NNW rating on the book “If You Tell,”