162. Francis Drake and the West Coast: mystery, hoaxes & lies

How did a simmering lead-up to war between England and Spain, a 16th-century government coverup, fake news about piracy, a likely hoax by a college professor, dismissal of indigenous culture, early American white Christian nationalism and misogyny (of course) influence California history and short- change Oregon? Our sister Liz, the college professor, guest-hosts to discuss the mystery behind Francis Drake’s 1579 visit to the West Coast. More than 350 years later, the questions about the location of Drake’s “fair and pleasant harbor” are still stirring the pot.

Liz also gives the NNW treatment to the Max documentary Six Schizophrenic Brothers

161. Was Patricia Wing’s murder ever solved?

When Everett Savage staggered out of the woods of Fairfield, Maine, on a June day in 1958, the Augusta businessman had been missing for two days and had quite a story to tell. But it took a while for him to get to the lead – that mother of five Patricia Wing, who’d also been missing for two days, from her Oakland home, was dead in the backseat of his car.

What really happened? We’ll tell you.

Also, Rebecca gives NNW treatment to the Hulu documentary Brats.

160. What made Stephen Marshall kill?

In the early morning hours of Easter in 2006, Joseph Gray was shot through the window of his living room in Milo, Maine. Several hours later, William Elliott was shot when he answered the door of his home in Corinth, Maine. What drove Stephen Marshall to kill two men he never met? The question spurred much bigger questions in Maine and beyond about the sex offender registry and more. Rebecca presents.

Also, Maureen gives the NNW treatment to the Netflix doc How to Rob a Bank.

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If you’re interested in checking out Maureen’s Bernadette “Bernie” O’Dea mystery novels, click here. [You can also ask your local book store or library to order them if that’s your preference – they’re available through Ingram as well].

159. Lori Jane Kearsey mystery partially solved after 41 years

Many members of Lori Jane Kearsey’s family didn’t consider her lost, even though they hadn’t heard from her since November 1983. But the 21-year-old left behind a daughter when she “joined the witness protection program” eight months after marrying into the powerful Massachusetts Angiulo crime family. It turns out that there was much more to her going away than anyone realized. We discuss.

Also, Rebecca gives the NNW treatment to the movie Poor Things.

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If you’re interested in checking out Maureen’s Bernadette “Bernie” O’Dea mystery novels, click here. [You can also ask your local book store or library to order them if that’s your preference – they’re available through Ingram as well].

158. Kenneth Eugene Smith: Troublesome justice

There’s no doubt that Kenneth Eugene Smith, along with another man, killed Elizabeth Sennett in Alabama in 1988, a murder paid for by her husband, Charles Sennett. But the long road to Smith’s execution, which took place in January 2024 by a new method, nitrogen hypoxia, raises troubling questions about the death penalty, how it’s administered and what justice actually is. We discuss.

Maureen does an NNW review of the book “Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System,” by M. Christopher Fabricant.

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If you’re interested in checking out Maureen’s Bernadette “Bernie” O’Dea mystery novels, click here. [You can also ask your local book store or library to order them if that’s your preference – they’re available through Ingram as well].

157. Who is really the a-hole?

We explore the age-old question, “Am I the asshole?” with situations curated by Rebecca from the sub-Reddit world.

Maureen also does an NNW on the Max docuseries Onision In Real Life.


156. Charles Terry, Shirley Coolen, and the Boston Strangler

Charles Terry wasn’t a good guy, especially when it came to women. He liked to beat, rape and strangle them. He was convicted for several attacks and just out of prison in 1951 when Shirley Coolen, a Brunswick, Maine, single mother was found dead, strangled in a yard on the town’s fancy Park Row. But did he do it? And how about the Boston Strangler murders? He was a suspect in those, too. We discuss.

Rebecca gives the NNW treatment to the Kristin Hannah book “The Women.”

155. ‘Justified’ injustice II: Katherine Hegarty, murdered by cops

In our third episode looking at the “justified” killings of Maine citizens by the state’s law enforcement agencies, we go back to one that spurred a lot of changes over the past decade, but also — spoiler! — not some of the things that really matter. Katherine Hegarty, shot in her remote Maine cabin by three officers from two different agencies on May 15, 1992. We’ll tell you what happened.

Also, Rebecca gives an NNW review to the HBO series “True Detectives: Night Country.”

154. ‘Justified’ injustice: Ambroshia Fagre and Kadhar Bailey

Ambroshia Fagre was just 18 and likely an innocent bystander when she was killed by police in Maine in February 2017, along with Kadhar Bailey, 25, who police suspected of an armed home invasion. The two were among 13 people shot by police in Maine that year, nine of whom died. Maine police have shot to death nearly 200 people since 1990. Like all those before, and all those after — every police shooting in Maine since 1990 — the officers who shot Ambroshia and Kadhar were found to be justified by the state’s attorney general’s office.

We take a look at what happened that day and Maine’s narrow review system that has yet to find a law enforcement officer unjustified in a fatal shooting. Maureen presents.

Rebecca also has an NNW review of The Running Grave, the latest Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) CB Strike mystery novel.


153. A double tragedy for the McKenna family

One of Maine’s 2022 homicides was Drew McKenna, 24, accidentally shot by his older brother Shay. In 2023, the McKenna family suffered a second tragedy when the lost Shay, who was shot by police.

We also update the 2023 homicide list — it’s up to 54 now, and talk about the texts dismissed by police that warned police that Robert Card was going to do a mass shooting.

152. Maine 2023 Homicide List: 51 and counting

We bring you our annual Maine homicide list with 2023’s 51 homicides, a record year and more than twice the average annual number. Even without the Lewiston shootings that killed 18, it was the worst year for homicide in Maine in decades.

The list wasn’t yet available from the Maine Department of Public Safety, but that wasn’t going to stop use. We compiled it ourself and got all 51, with some others still pending information from investigators.

Guns tell the tale this year, with 39 homicides by gun, including two mass shootings that accounted for 22 gun victims. Nine of the state’s 15 domestic homicides were also by gun, five of which were murder-suicides with the woman killed by a male partner or former partner (the suicide end is not counted in the overall tally).

Once again, the facts show the narrative of out-of-state drug dealers coming in and causing trouble is simply not true. Homicide in Maine is a Maine-grown problem.

Special holiday greeting and some recommendations

Enjoy the figgy pudding, fireworks, airing of grievances, or however else you celebrate! Here are some recommendations on what to watch to get you through until our next episode in two weeks.

Happy holidays!

151. Miriam Stoltz: When memory is murdered

Miriam Stoltz was found shot in the head on a cold February afternoon in the woods in New Hampshire, where she’d lain for 15 hours before being found by a runner. The next day, Roger Whittemore was found dead in Miriam’s Windham, New Hampshire, backyard, shot, stabbed and beaten. Miriam wasn’t expected to recover, but she did. And her memories of what happened the horrific night of February 15, 1989, would lead to an arrest and two trials. But there would be no justice for Miriam and Roger. Maureen, who as a young reporter worked with the man charged with the crimes, tells the story.

Rebecca gives the Netflix documentary Escaping Twin Flames the NNW treatment.

Episode 150: The Berwind, mutiny or just plain murder?

Racial injustice on the high seas and in the courts plays out in a 1905 mass murder on a cargo ship, the Harry A. Berwind. Captain ER Rumill and three other crew members, all but one of them white, are killed, leaving just black crew members Henry Scott, Arthur Adams and Robert Sawyer to explain. The case ultimately involved two presidents and the U.S. Supreme Court. Rebecca tells the tale.

Also, an update on Episodes 117 and 118, the murder of Amy Fitzgerald, and what happened when her husband and killer, Greg Fitzgerald, came up for parole.

And Maureen gives the NNW treatment to the Netflix doc series Exposed: The Ghost Train Fire.

149. Lessons learned from the Logan Clegg murder trial

Presumption of guilt. Consciousness of guilt. The magical shell casing. Testilying. Giving the dogs credit. These are just some of the lessons learned as we wrap up discussion on the Logan Clegg murder case after Maureen spent more than three weeks in the courtroom covering it as a journalist.

We also disscus the latest mass shooting in the U.S., which happened right here in our backyard of Lewiston, Maine, and the giant huge honking red flags that were ignored before Robert Card II shot 18 people to death and seriously injured 13 more on Oct. 25.

Also, Rebecca gives NNW treatment to the Megan vs. Tory documentary on Discovery+

148. Can you murder someone from 3,000 miles away?

Andrew Denton had made it clear he wanted to die. Sidney Kilmartin, living in Manchester, Maine, 3,000 miles away from Denton’s home in England, was determined to make sure that would happen. In December 2011, Kilmartin mailed Denton a deadly dose of cyanide. What happened next tangled up the legal system for years. Rebecca tells the story.

Maureen does an NNW review of the Netflix doc series “I am a stalker.”

Something suddely came up. But now Groovy Tube podcast is back.

We’ll have Episode 148 of Crime & Stuff up shortly. But in the meantime, we have some exciting news! After a nearly four-year hiatus, our other podcast Groovy Tube: The Crimes of the Brady Bunch, is returning Nov. 6. Haven’t listened? Nows the time to catch up.

147. Gay panic: No justice for Frederic Spencer

No one knows why Fred Spencer was in his friend and apartment-mate’s room on the afternoon of April 28, 1973. One thing quickly became clear — he didn’t come out alive. The outcome of the University of Maine graduate student’s case would have widespread tragic implications for decades to come. Maureen presents.

Also, Rebecca does a Negative Nellies Watching review of the hit film “Barbie.”

146. Amber Cummings: A special justice

No one in Belfast, Maine, who knew James Cummings liked him very much. But was it OK for his wife, Amber, to shoot him to death as he slept? Turns out, it very well may have been.

Rebecca explains.

Maureen gives an NNW review to the audio version of the book “Vanished in Vermillion,” by Lou Raguse.

145. Amie Riley Unfinished Justice

When Amie Riley disappeared from a Manchester, New Hampshire, bar on August 15, 2003, her boyfriend, mother and friends were frantic, but police weren’t. Not even a little bit. Eight months later, when her remains were found, the investigation led to an imperfect justice. In fact, you could say someone got away with murder. Maureen presents.

Rebecca also gives NNW treatment to the Netflix doc The Perfect Bid.

144. James Cameron the worst kind of criminal

When police visited James Cameron’s house in Maine in 2007 and took his computer, among other things, most people figured there was just one crime he was likely being investigated for. And they were right – child porn. That was the beginning of a long legal circus orchestrated by the man who until his arrest was one of the state’s top drug prosecutors. And his conviction wasn’t even the end of it. Rebecca tells the story.

Maureen also NNW’s the book “The Real Lolita.”

143. Gerald Goodale Part 2: Janet Brochu

In June 2021, we brought you Gerald Goodale Part 1, the 1988 murder of Geraldine Finn. At the time her killer, Goodale, had just been arrested for the 1987 murder of Janet Brochu. His case has finally gone to court, so we we bring you Goodale’s first murder, one that could’ve been solved before he went on to kill Geraldine Finn.

Rebecca has an update on Shaun Harrison, the topic of Episode 96, and why he’s racked up some more prison time.

Also, Rebecca has no beef with the Netflix doc “Beef.” She gives it the NNW treatment.

142. The forgotten murder of Lillian MacDonald

Lillian MacDonald was just doing her job, passing out the pay envelopes on July 12, 1930, when she disappeared from her Portland, Maine, place of employment. Her grisly murder wasn’t the only injustice that happened to her as the case unfolded. Rebecca presents.

We also share some feedback from “Old Growth Murder” documentarian Tom Olsen, after we did an NNW review of his film in Episode 139.

And, this episode, Maureen NNWs the Netlfix docuseries “Meltdown: Three Mile Island.”

141. The sad tale of Rosie Ruiz

People will say that in 1980, Rosie Ruiz “came out of nowhere” to win the women’s race in the Boston Marathon. But it soon became clear she came out of the crowd a half mile from the finish line.

In the week that followed, it was revealed she also didn’t finish the October 1979 New York Marathon, despite her recorded 2:56.31 finishing time. As more revelations followed, Ruiz became the poster girl for cheating, and is still vilified online to the this day. But the story was a lot more complicated in that, some of it rooted in the stodgy culture of the Boston Marathon in that era and the misogyny that still colored it in 1980, eight years after women were finally allowed to run. Maureen tells the story.

Rebecca also gives NNW treatment to “My Cat from Hell.”

140. Metal Mayhem and Murder

Norway’s Black Metal music scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s brought together young men who, giving themselves nicknames like Necro Butcher and Hell Hammer, aimed to shock and act out more than make music, But the hijinks gave way to arson, suicide and murder, with the band Mayhem and its pschopathic leader Euronymous at the center of the storm. Rebecca tells the story.

Also, Maureen gives the NNW treatment to the 27-hour audio version of the book “Monster,” by Steve Jackson.