Since Assistant AG Thomas Goodwin had told the BDN in June of 1985 “The investigation into the case will continue ... the investigation ... is far from being over,” there had not been one thing more mentioned about the investigation of Mike’s murder until Oct. 2, 1986.  On that date, I noticed a small article by A. Jay Higgins that said Cochran Case Warms Up. I eagerly began to read the article thinking that something positive was happening concerning Mike’s murder, since it said the case was warming up. But my hopes were absolutely dashed since all it did was smear Mike. 
New information has surfaced in the five-year-old investigation of the Micheal Cochran murder case, but a state prosecutor said Wednesday [Oct. 1, 1986] that Maine State Police do not anticipate any arrests in the near future.
     Thomas Goodwin, an assistant attorney general, said he could not elaborate on the specific nature of the information received by the police nor could he speculate on the likelihood of a breakthrough in the lengthy investigation. ‘We are still actively involved in this case" said Goodwin. "Our investigation has never been closed out.’
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     In their investigation of the case, state police uncovered evidence that Cochran was associating with other drug traffickers during his fugitive period and that he may have been involved in some plans to steal quantities of cash and drugs from other narcotics dealers.
     As I laid the newspaper down, I was shaking. Those dirt bags! What were Shuman and Goodwin trying to do now—connect Mike to Cormier and Pollard’s armed robberies? Mike was in court on November 26, 1980, to answer to a charge of having 2 pounds of marijuana, 350 amphetamine tablets and 150 LSD tablets in an apartment he was sharing with two other tenants when the first armed robbery of Charles Dolan occurred. And he was dead on March 27, 1981 when Lionel Cormier, Paul Pollard, and Robert Smith carried out the second armed robbery. Percy Sargent, Lionel Cormier, and Paul Pollard had killed him in February.
     I thought of all the crimes that I had just found that Pollard had been involved in. Forgery; armed robberies; shooting up a family’s residence, and transporting a load of firearms, shotguns, and deteriorating dynamite stolen during burglaries and transported from Massachusetts to Bangor, Maine Police Department where officers carried it all into the police station — while it was all taken care of by the law officials who were slandering Mike. 
     Was it a coincidence that Goodwin gave this information to the BDN shortly after I contacted Dr. Ryan, and Deputy AG LaRochelle trying to find out if Mike was shot? Goodwin’s slanderous statement against Mike brought back what Shuman told me the fall of 1983 (when Pinkham hid behind the door) when I visited him at the Maine State Police barracks to ask if they had any new information about Mike’s murder. Shuman told me that Percy did have Mike killed because he and Mike had planned a $20,000 rip-off (the amount taken in the first Dolan armed robbery) and when Percy was arrested he feared Mike would tell about the rip-off (that never happened) and had him killed. He said they didn't know who Percy contacted to have Mike killed  and because Mike’s murder was drug related, he didn’t think it would ever be solved.
     The first time I met Shuman at DA Cox’s office in March of 1981 he threatened me with charges. He said for knowing Mike’s whereabouts and not reporting it. I told him if I had known where Mike was I wouldn’t have left him lying under a pile of burned fire rubble for six days. Shortly after my meeting with Shuman, DA Cox found us in default on our murdered son’s bail bonds which was our home.
      Each time I contacted the authorities concerning Mike’s murder it seemed like they tried to punish me. October 2, 1986 was only 34 days after Cormier’s trial ended. What really was the purpose of Goodwin releasing to the public that Cochran’s case warms up if the State Police did not anticipate any arrests in the near future. I believe  the only purpose of the article was to smear Mike, the victim. They refused to do an investigation of Mike’s violent murder, but they could smear him after he was murdered and wasn’t able to answer their slander. I believe that Shuman and Goodwin knew what they were doing when they released slanderous statements like this to the public against Mike. Who would care if the unsolved murder of this fugitive (he had tried to turn himself in to the authorities but was rejected), who was planning to rob drug dealers, ever got solved? And I believe they intended to make it as difficult as they could for me to find out what had happened to Mike.
     Richard Sargent gave me a copy of a recorded telephone conversation he had with his brother Percy Sargent on April 14, 1986 while Percy was incarcerated at Maine State Prison for rape and the Feb. 18, 1981 drug trafficking charge. During the conversation Percy told Richard, “Well, they [Pollard and Cormier] were robbing drug dealers in town... Cochran wasn’t much for it. He kept telling me that he didn’t want any part of it.... Cochran told me that he just didn’t want no part of it. He didn’t like the idea. He just wanted to get out the State of Maine.”
      Det. Shuman and Assistant AG Goodwin never told the news that Lionel Cormier, Paul Pollard, or Percy Sargent may have been involved in Mike’s murder. And there was no may-have-been about the crimes the three men committed - Percy Sargent SBI Lionel Cormier SBIPaul Pollard SBI.  And the news had  never reported that it was Pollard who fled the murder scene leaving Mike to lie under a pile of burned fire rubble for six days and told no one.
     In 1985 Pollard told Shuman that he, Cormier, and Percy Sargent went back to the murder scene before Mike's body was found and kicked around in the rubble trying to uncover Mike’s body but that information was disregarded by Shuman.
     Det. Shuman and Assistant AG Thomas Goodwin protected Pollard while they smeared Mike. The October 2, 1986 BDN article also said, “Various theories have been offered concerning the circumstances leading up to Cochran’s death, including the possibility that he was knocked unconscious, and locked inside the camp before it was set ablaze.
     I was mentioned in Higgins disturbing article. He said that I had spent the last five years “attempting to determine who was responsible for [my] son’s murder.”
     It is now thirty-six-years since A. Jay's 1986 article and I know who is responsible for my son’s murder and it is not from the homicide detectives who blocked me from every direction.