"THE MURDERED CANNOT CRY OUT FOR JUSTICE IT IS A DUTY OF THE LIVING TO DO SO FOR THEM"
A quote by Lois McMaster Bujold
 
   
Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are the rights listed in the Declaration of Independence for each of us; except if you are murdered you no longer have any rights. Someone took those rights and now their rights are protected. My son Mike cannot cry out for Justice. But I, as his mother, working on his behalf have cried out to the State of Maine for more than thirty-six years for justice for my son, but my cries have fallen on deaf ears. My belief is that the people who took Mike's life and his rights have been protected by the State of Maine for thirty-seven-years. I am now 81 years old and I realize that the only justice there will ever be for my son Mike is for me to tell about my struggle to find justice for him and the insensitive way I was used by Maine's law officials.   
    
36 YEARS LATER, SHE'S STILL LOOKING FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT HER SON'S HOMICIDE   
36-years-later    
    
  
   
December 28, 1986,  John Lovell, a reporter with the Maine Sunday Telegram in Portland, Maine did a lengthy article on my struggle to find out what had happened to my son, Mike, five-years previous at that time.    
   
   
December 3, 2017, thirty-one-years later, Eric Russell, a reporter with Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram did another lengthy article on my nearly thirty-seven-year struggle for justice for my son, Mike.  He wrote "Leola Cochran, shown in November [2017] in her Batesville, Indiana, home, believes she knows who killed her son and is still investigating Micheal's murder. Photo by AJ Mast    
     
    
    
CHAPTER 1
My son Mike
  
CHAPTER 2
The last months of Mike's
life
  
CHAPTER 3
Notified that Mike's body was found in a pile of six-day-old fire rubble - Told it was an accidental fire - He just didn't make it out - I search newpapers for answers to what happened to my son
  
CHAPTER 4
One month later I was told that the fire was no accident - Mike was murdered - I contact Maine State Police - I am threatened with charges
  
CHAPTER 5
DA Cox wants bonds on our murdered son
  
CHAPTER 6
I search for answers - Fearing the Maine State Police I contact the fire chief and fire Marshal
  
CHAPTER 7
Three innocent men arrested for Mike's murder
  
CHAPTER 8
State's only wtness was a criminal heading to jail- She admitted that she had committed perjury
  
CHAPTER 9
Contact from convict who solicited Mike's murder
  
CHAPTER 10
Murderer testifies against his cohorts at armed robbery trial
   
CHAPTER 11
I attend armed robbery trial and meet 3 men falsly arrested for Mike's murder - They give me their discovery
documents
   
CHAPTER 12
MSP DET. Barry Shuman's 1981 Cochran murder investigation
  
CHAPTER 13
MSP DET. Ralph Pinkham's 1981 Cochran murder investigation
  
CHAPTER 14
MSP 1984 Cochran murder investigation
  
CHAPTER 15
Richard Sargent's discovery
  
CHAPTER 16
Murderer goes on trial for armed robbery - I attend the trial and learn many things - Pollard had a .357 on him the night he fled the murder scene
  
CHAPTER 17
Cormier's defense attorney Martha Harris submits motions - In one motion Harris wants to question Pollard's defense attorney about stolen rifles, shotguns, & dynamite that the Pollard's transported across 3 state line and unloaded in this attorney's car. The Bangor Police then unloaded the attorney's car and no charges were filed agaist Pollards'
  
CHAPTER 18
I search for all Paul Pollard's crimes
  
CHAPTER 19
DEA drug sting trials - DA uses dangerous criminals to catch other criminals
  
CHAPTER 20
Det. Shuman commits perjury
  
CHAPTER 21
Five years later, I find Paul Pollard
  
CHAPTER 22
1986 Bangor Daily News reports mother haunted
  
CHAPTER 23
1987 FBI investigate MSP for sex with informants and coerceing them to lie in court
  
CHAPTER 24
1987 Richard Sargent sues Maine State Police
  
CHAPTER 25
1988 Richard Sargent sues Penobscot DA and Det. Shuman
  
CHAPTER 26
1988 I file suit pro se against Paul Pollard in Cumberland County
  
CHAPTER 27
Brothers Richard and Percy Sargent feud - Richard tells me Percy sent call to have Mike taken care of
  
CHAPTER 28
1989 I borrow $30,000 against my home and hire an attorney to refile my lawsuit in Bangor Federal Court
  
CHAPTER 29
1989 Fire Chief Norman Herrin's deposition - He saw Pollard fleeing into the woods when he arrived at the murder scene - tracks showed he was picked up on the highway
  
CHAPTER 30
1989 Paul Daniel Cormier Pollard deposition - He admitted to many crimes he had committed
  
CHAPTER 31
1989 deposition of Paul Pollard's pseudo father taken - He lies to protect Paul Cormier Pollard - Years later he is murdered
  
CHAPTER 32
1989 Mike's girlfriend's deposition was taken - She was with Mike the night he was murdered but she remembers nothing - She claims her mind is just all black
  
CHAPTER 33
1990 Fire Marshal Wilbur Ricker's deposition - He disputes the story Detections Shuman and Pinkham accepted as truth from Pollard - He said Mike was on floor before the fire was set and was willing to fight over that fact with detectives
  
CHAPTER 34
1990 Deputy Medical Examiner Ronald Roy's deposition - Mike was not identified when his body was returned for cremation - State still had Mike's jaw bones - 21 years later they are returned
  
CHAPTER 35
1990 we prepare for trial - Attorny General's Office hires my attorney - He walks out on me 11 days before trial - I am left with an attorney not familiar with my case
  
CHAPTER 36
1990 We go to trial - Det. Shuman arrives to testify for Pollard - Takes him in side room during breaks - I lose my lawsuit - Foreman of jury claims Pollard is guilty but my attorney didn't give them what they needed to find him guilty
  
CHAPTER 37
1991 - 2001 years
  
CHAPTER 38
New detective on Mike's case from 2002- 2005 - He believes if he had had the case in 1981 he would have solved it on day 1 - While investigating Mike's case he starts tracking Lionel Cormier (Paul Pollard's half-brother) and finds that since he was released from prison he is again robbing drug dealers - He is tried in Cumberland County Federal Court - It is brought out in closing arguments that he killed Mike. Cormier is found guilty of armed robbery and gets 34 years in prison
  
CHAPTER 39
I continue to fight for justice for Mike - There are two murderers still walking free
  
CHAPTER 40
2007 My oldest son and I write Cormier hoping, since he is dying, that he will tell on the other two murderers - But that was invain - Cormier died in 2009
  
CHAPTER 41
Det. Coleman walks away from Mike's murder something he promised he would not do - But I will always have great respect for Det. Coleman for the work he did on Mike's murder and putting Cormier back behind bars
  
CHAPTER 42
2012 - 2015