Dark Downeast

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Dark Downeast: Maine and New England's True Crime Podcast digs into the decades-old and modern day cases that prickle the history of Vacationland and beyond – the unsolved homicides, undetermined deaths, unexplained disappearances and other dark stories of New England. Investigative journalist and storyteller Kylie Low gets straight to the story with a mix of narrated episodes and documentary style production featuring interviews with surviving family and friends and insight on the investigations from detectives and sources who know these cases best. This is heart-centered, ethical true crime, bringing light to stories you’re not hearing on other podcasts. It is Dark Downeast's mission to honor the legacy of the humans at the heart of each story and bring new attention to the cases still awaiting justice.

  • 38 minutes 4 seconds
    The Disappearance of April Dawn Pennington (Connecticut)

    When a 15-year-old girl snuck out of her bedroom window one night in May of 1996, it was like she vanished right into thin air with no leads. Years later unsealed court documents revealed that police had a theory and a suspect from the earliest days of the case, but it would take over a decade to build a case strong enough for an arrest. 

    View source material and photos for this episode at: darkdowneast.com/aprildawnpennington

     

    Dark Downeast is an audiochuck and Kylie Media production hosted by Kylie Low.

     

    23 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 44 minutes 42 seconds
    The Murder of Ada Bean (Massachusetts)

    In a one month span during the winter of 1969, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts was set on edge after two violent attacks on women while they slept in their beds challenged the very sense of safety residents thought they had in their own homes. 

    Nearly 50 years later, one of those cases was finally solved, but the second, very similar homicide is still waiting for answers. The case file for the homicide of Ada Bean shows that the investigation uncovered numerous leads and tons of evidence at the time, but none of it led to an arrest. After more than five decades, this story is long overdue for an ending.

    • Anyone with information relating to the unsolved homicide of Ada Bean can contact the Massachusetts State Police detective assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Cold Case Unit at (781) 897-6600.
    • I also invite you to contact the District Attorney’s Office and ask about the status of Ada Bean’s case. Copy and paste the message below into the contact form here.
    • District Attorney Marian Ryan, I am writing to request an update on the investigation into the 1969 homicide of Ada Bean in Cambridge. Specifically, I’d like to ask about any ongoing or forthcoming DNA testing, Y-STR analysis, or genetic genealogy efforts concerning evidence recovered at the scene and other recent investigative efforts. Your prompt attention to this matter is greatly appreciated, and I eagerly anticipate your response. Thank you.
       

    View source material and photos for this episode at: darkdowneast.com/adabean

    Dark Downeast is an audiochuck and Kylie Media production hosted by Kylie Low.

    16 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 5 minutes 31 seconds
    NEW SEASON: CounterClock Season 6

    Since the release of CounterClock Season 1, Delia has received hundreds of requests from families of victims of violent crime. In November 2022, one message in her inbox stood out from the rest. It was from a middle-aged woman asking for Delia's help investigating the mysterious death of her 27-year-old brother from 1991. The message stood out for one big reason. The man's mangled body was found in an all-too familiar place to Delia. Eastern North Carolina.

    Thirty-three years after Douglas Wagg, Jr. turned up on a lone stretch of railroad tracks in the middle of the night in rural Martin County and over a year since Delia took on the case the scope of what was really going on in the area during the 1990's has come into view. Who was Doug? How did he end up so far from home? Who was he last seen with? Was the train really what killed him? Why was his case never investigated?

    The journey to find the answers to those questions has revealed a web of small town secrets that feel like fiction, except they're not. Over the course of the Season 6 investigation Delia has interviewed more than 45 people, spoken with convicted murderers in prison, and traced the origins of a disturbing pattern of behavior within local law enforcement that may have resulted in a decades-long cover up of multiple deaths. The investigation into what happened to Doug Wagg appears to be just the tip of a very large, very complicated iceberg that someone has worked hard to keep hidden for more than three decades.

     

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    10 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 47 minutes 48 seconds
    The Murders of Malcolm, Elizabeth, and Page Jennings Part 2 (New Hampshire)

    When investigators in Alachua County, Florida discovered the remains of two people among the charred ruins of a burned down shack and a letter in a nearby car that seemed to explain the entire scene, police in two states thought they were on the brink of closing a multiple murder case that started all the way north in New Hampshire. But as experts attempted to identify the two people found in that shack, doubt started to poke glaring holes in the case.

    If you haven’t already, go back one episode and listen to Part 1 of this series. You’ll want to hear where this case all began in Jackson, New Hampshire. 

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    View source material and photos for this episode at: darkdowneast.com/malcolmelizabethandpagejenningspart2

     

    Dark Downeast is an audiochuck and Kylie Media production hosted by Kylie Low.

    9 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 41 minutes 44 seconds
    The Murders of Malcolm, Elizabeth, and Page Jennings Part 1 (New Hampshire)

    When a fire destroyed the home of respected local innkeepers, leaving it in ruins and revealing the horrifying aftermath of a double murder, the close-knit community of Jackson, New Hampshire faced an unthinkable tragedy. As detectives looked into the lives of the victims, they discovered years of conflict caused by the older man their daughter had fallen in love with.

    This story begins in New England, but it ends almost 1500 miles away in Florida with two more deaths. But did it really end? Doubts lingered among some of the original investigators, casting skepticism over the closure of the case and the true fate of the suspect. 

    This is part 1 of 2. The Murders of Malcolm, Elizabeth, and Page Jennings, Part 2 will be released on May 9, 2024. 

    View source material and photos for this episode at: darkdowneast.com/malcolmelizabethandpagejenningspart1

    Dark Downeast is an audiochuck and Kylie Media production hosted by Kylie Low.

    2 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 40 minutes 56 seconds
    The Murders of George and Catherine Peacock (Vermont)

    When an elderly couple was found murdered inside their Danby, Vermont home in the fall of 1989, it had residents of the small town looking over their shoulders and double-checking their door locks at night. 

     

    State Police identified a suspect early on in the investigation, but the evidence they had against this person was largely circumstantial, and the physical evidence, a single drop of blood, wasn’t enough to point to a suspect. And so, the double murder sat unsolved for over thirty years until 2020, when the case was reopened with the hope that new forensic DNA analysis could finally shine a light on long-concealed answers.

    • This episode is released in collaboration with Season of Justice in recognition of National DNA Day. You can Text DARK to 53555 to support Season of Justice today. Together, we can solve cold cases.
       

     

    View source material and photos for this episode at: darkdowneast.com/georgecatherinepeacock

    Dark Downeast is an audiochuck and Kylie Media production hosted by Kylie Low.

    25 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 45 minutes 30 seconds
    The Suspicious Death of Christine Cole (Rhode Island)

    When a 10-year-old girl didn’t come back from a quick trip to the store on a cold January night in 1988, her family and the Pawtucket, Rhode Island community searching for her feared the worst. Then weeks later when her body was found miles away, those fears were confirmed… and the questions just started stacking up.

    What happened to Christine Cole? Investigators have considered multiple persons of interest and suspects over the last 30-plus years and even made an arrest, but the evidence crumbled as allegations of misconduct rose to the surface.

    • If you have any information about the 1988 unsolved case of Christine Cole in Pawtucket, Rhode Island or the 1988 unsolved murder of Michelle Norris in Central Falls, Rhode Island, please call 1-877-RI-SOLVE.
       

    View source material and photos for this episode at: darkdowneast.com/christinecole
     

    Dark Downeast is an audiochuck and Kylie Media production hosted by Kylie Low.

    18 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 40 minutes 38 seconds
    The Murder of Rita St. Peter (Maine)

    On the night of July 4, 1980, an evening of celebrations in the rural town of Anson, Maine ended in the murder investigation of a young local mother. Tire tracks at the scene raised suspicion and rumor, but despite the evidence and apparent confidence of investigators, years passed without any movement in the case. 

    By the time it went to trial, Rita St. Peter’s case would be the longest standing unsolved homicide in the state of Maine. Yet the person believed to be responsible for her violent death had been at the top of the suspect list from the very first day of the investigation. 

    This story is proof that even decades later, cold cases can be solved.

    View source material and photos for this episode at: darkdowneast.com/ritastpeter

     

    Dark Downeast is an audiochuck and Kylie Media production hosted by Kylie Low.

    11 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 32 minutes 17 seconds
    The Suspicious Death of Ashley Turniak (Massachusetts)

    16-year-old Ashley Turniak died on the side of the highway in Massachusetts during a busy weekday morning commute. Was it a terrible accident or an intentional act? 

    Despite the numerous drivers passing by who likely witnessed the final moments of her life, more than 25 years later investigators are still trying to determine what exactly happened to the teenage girl, and who, if anyone, is responsible. 

    • If you have information that could help investigators continue their work on Ashley’s case, please call the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit at 413-505-5993.
       

    View source material and photos for this episode at: darkdowneast.com/ashleyturniak

     

    Dark Downeast is an audiochuck and Kylie Media production hosted by Kylie Low.

    4 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 36 minutes 5 seconds
    The Murder of Rhonda & Cor’an Johnson (Connecticut)

    When a young mother and her 6-month-old son were found dead in their car one September night in 1996, no one could fathom the senselessness of ending two young lives with still so much ahead of them. 

    Who would have the motive to kill a mother and her baby? Despite the suspicion that continues to surround an individual connected to the little boy, police in Stamford, Connecticut are still struggling to build a case against anyone almost 30 years later.

    • If you have information about the homicides of Rhonda and Cor’an Johnson, please contact the Connecticut Cold Case tip line toll-free at 1-866-623-8058.

    View source material and photos for this episode at: darkdowneast.com/rhondacoranjohnson

     

    Dark Downeast is an audiochuck and Kylie Media production hosted by Kylie Low.

    28 March 2024, 7:00 am
  • 30 minutes 44 seconds
    The Disappearance of Ralph Robbins (Massachusetts)

    When Ralph Robbins went missing in 1993, his disappearance seemed to be forgotten almost as soon as it was reported. Now over 30 years later, his daughter is searching for answers, but more than anything, she wants closure. 

    • If you have any information about the 1993 disappearance of Ralph “Roby” Robbins, please contact Massachusetts State Police Lt. Ann Marie Robertson at (508) 961-1918.
       

    View source material and photos for this episode at darkdowneast.com/ralphrobbins

     

    Dark Downeast is an audiochuck and Kylie Media production hosted by Kylie Low.

    21 March 2024, 7:00 am
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