1983

It was a day or so before 1983 Labor Day weekend when I called the Maine State Police Barracks in Orono and spoke with Shuman. I had finally found the courage to contact the homicide detectives again. It was now two and a half years since my last contact with them. Mike’s murder was now five months short of three years old and I hadn’t heard a word from the homicide detectives. The only contact I’d had with them was when I initiated the contact. And during my last meeting their attitude toward me let me know that they were not interested in solving Mike’s murder. But since they were assigned Mike’s case, I had nowhere else to go for help.
     When I spoke with Shuman I told him I couldn't understand why Pinkham had told me what he did and then denied it. He said I could ask him when I came to the meeting, but I only met with Shuman. This meeting was at the Maine State Police Barracks, where I had first met Pinkham.
    During our meeting Shuman admitted that Percy Cote was working for them the night Mike was murdered. He said that there were times when they had to work that way—use criminals to catch criminals. He also admitted that Percy Sargent did send a call to have Mike "taken care of," but said that it had nothing to do with the February 17–18, 1981 DEA undercover drug sting that occurred less than four hours before Mike was murdered.
     He said the reason Percy had Mike killed was because of a $20,000 rip-off he and Mike had planned and when Percy was arrested he feared Mike would tell about the rip-off.  He said he didn’t know who Percy contacted to have Mike killed, and he didn’t think Mike’s murder would ever be solved because it was drug-related and no one would talk.
     After leaving the meeting, I contacted Mike's attorney to ask him if he would help me find out what happened to Mike. His advice was to “stay away from that, Mrs. Cochran.”
 
1984