Mrs. Cochran has done a masterful job of detailing her
37 year quest for justice in the horrific murder of her son
Mike. It is obvious from the beginning of the investigation
that there was never going to be any real push from the
Maine State Police or other Maine law enforcement officials
to discover what happened to Mike. Because Mrs. Cochran
noticed they weren't doing their job, she took it upon
herself to solve her son's murder and was treated in the
most vile manner by these supposed seasoned investigators
and other Maine officials. It's amazing that what happened
to Mike and the Cochran family has been allowed to go on in
the land of the "free and the brave" where "truth and
justice" are supposed to prevail.
Mrs. Cochran backs her 37 years of research with facts:
court documents, recorded phone conversations, letters
exchanged, witness statements, etc. This book isn't just the
thoughts of a grieving mother, it is an incredibly intimate
look at how the Maine law enforcement community operates and
should raise a huge red flag at their tactics and motives.
There's no doubt that Mike's murder has been covered up and
his murderers protected. The question is why? Why would the
Maine State Police, the Maine Attorney General's Office,
etc. act in such a manner? Why would the Bangor Daily News
be used as a tool to smear Mike days before court
proceedings involving one of Mrs. Cochran's suspects? Why
would three innocent men be arrested and charged with the
murder? Why was Maine State Police Det. Barry Shuman so
protective of Paul Pollard? Why were people that should
obviously have been questioned, not? Why, indeed???
This is a tragic story that should never have happened.
Sadly, Mrs. Cochran is not alone in her journey. Many Maine
families with a murdered or missing loved one have similar
stories. There are so many of them that they have formed a
group not only for support, but for action. It is a terrible
situation we find ourselves in when families have to do
their own investigations into their loved one's
murder/missing persons case because those who are tasked to
do so do not.
Mrs. Cochran's book is powerful and I encourage everyone to