Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In Maine, hope for answers in haunting death

Villagers fund autopsy on teen slain in 1980

East Millinocket, a quiet mill town on the edge of Maine's northern wilderness, has not been the same since it buried Joyce McLain 28 years ago.

The brutality of the slaying horrified residents in this close-knit hamlet of 1,800, where only one other homicide has been recorded since it was incorporated in 1907.
Worse, a killer was never found, and something seeped into the consciousness of the town.

"You just don't know, is that person still here?" said York, who is now a 60-year-old grandmother. "You could be passing by them any time of day. You could be talking to the person in the grocery store. You just don't know."