STATE OF MAINE 42-YEAR COVER-UP OF

MIKE COCHRAN MURDER

FEBRUARY 18, 1981

INDEX
Mike with nephew,
Jamie Michael
 

One Mother's Fight for Justice
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PHOTOS OF MIKE'S LIFE
School Days
His years with Linda
With his Family
His World

MY SON
PHOTOS AFTER MIKE'S MURDER
Cottage before Arson/Murder
Cottage after Arson/Murder
Memorial Service
VIDEO DEPOSITION OF FIRE INSPECTOR  WILBUR RICKER
Fire Inspector Wilbur Ricker
video deposition #1
Fire Inspector Wilbur Ricker
video deposition #2
Fire Inspector Wilbur Ricker
video deposition #3
VIDEO DEPOSITION OF FIRE CHIEF NORMAN HERRIN
Fire Chief Norman Herrin's
video deposition  #1
Fire Chief Norman Herrin  shows where he saw a man fleeing into the woods away from the murder scene.  #2
NEWS ARTICLE
This is my struggle
18 February 2019
WVII Channel 7

Mom talks about 1981 Dedham homicide
My many years of trying to get justice for my son, Mike.
1980 - 2022

 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: My Son Mike---11
Chapter 2: Last Months of Mike's Life---29
Chapter 3: Body Discovered in Rubble of Arson Fire--- 43
Chapter 4: No Accident - Mike was murdered---61
Chapter 5: D.A. Cox & our murdered Son's Bail Bond---71
Chapter 6: I Continue to Search for What Happened to Mike---83
Chapter 7: Three Men Indicted for Mike's Murder---91
Chapter 8: State's Arson/Murder Case Has Problems---105
Chapter 9: Contact From Man Who Solicited Mike's Murder---113
Chapter 10: Paul Pollard Returns to Maine to Testify---125
Chapter 11: Men Indicted for Mike's Murder Offer Documents---143
Chapter 12: DEA/MSP 1981 Cochran Murder Investigation---155
Chapter 13: DEA/MSP 1981 Cochran Murder Investigation---185
Chapter 14: Richard's Discovery Documents & Cassette Tapes---211
Chapter 15: Paul Pollard Returns to Maine to Testify again---225
Chapter 16: Defense Attorney Martha Harris's Motion---257
Chapter 17: I Search for Pollard's Crimes---265
Chapter 18: The danger in Using Criminals During DEA Drug Stings---287
Chapter 19: Court Documents & Drug Trial Transcripts---293
Chapter 20: Maine State Police Detective Accused of Perjury---307-
Chapter 21: I find Paul Pollard---317
Chapter 22: First News Report on My Struggle for Justice---325
Chapter 23: FBI Investigates Maine State Police DEA Agents---331
Chapter 24: I contact Paul Pollard again and Owen Pollard---349
Chapter 25: I stay in Contact With the Sargent Brothers---355
Chapter 26: I File Suit Against Paul Pollard ET AL---371
Chapter: 27: Sargent Brother's Feud---377
Chapter 28: I Refile My Lawsuit---391
Chapter 29: Fire Chief Norman Herrin's Deposition---397
Chapter 30: Homicide Group Established - AG's office forces me out--405
Chapter 31: Paul Pollard's Deposition---437
Chapter 32: Owen Pollard's Deposition---455
Chapter 33: Linda Gray's Deposition---471
Chapter 34: Fire Inspector Wilbur Ricker's Deposition---479
Chapter 35: Deputy Medical Examiner Ronald Roy's Deposition---503
Chapter 36: Trial Preparation---519
Chapter 37: Trial---531
Chapter 38: I Continue to Fight for Justice for Mike ---545
Chapter 39: A New MSP Detective Assigned Mike's Murder Case---553
Chapter 40: My Fight for Justice Continues---475
Chapter 41: Letters to One of the Men who Took Mike's Life---583
Chapter 42: New Detective (Gerald Coleman) Walks Away---589
Chapter 43: More Struggles in My Fight for Justice for Mike---591
Chapter 44: The Last Years---597
Reviews
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 read it.