168 episodes

We’re two Maine sisters fascinated by crime who like a good story. Maureen, a long-time journalist, is a mystery novelist. Rebecca is an artist, kitchen designer and mom. We live in Maine, and often focus on our home state (how can we not?), but also tell stories from all over. Some topics may be familiar, but we're research hounds with distinct points of view, and the stories are uniquely ours. Sure, we're not professional broadcasters -- we're more fun. It's like popping a beer or pouring a glass of wine, settling on our couch, and listening to a good yarn. It's the podcast you’d do if you had nothing better to do!

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    • 4.3 • 72 Ratings

We’re two Maine sisters fascinated by crime who like a good story. Maureen, a long-time journalist, is a mystery novelist. Rebecca is an artist, kitchen designer and mom. We live in Maine, and often focus on our home state (how can we not?), but also tell stories from all over. Some topics may be familiar, but we're research hounds with distinct points of view, and the stories are uniquely ours. Sure, we're not professional broadcasters -- we're more fun. It's like popping a beer or pouring a glass of wine, settling on our couch, and listening to a good yarn. It's the podcast you’d do if you had nothing better to do!

    157. Who is really the a-hole?

    157. Who is really the a-hole?

    We explore the age-old question, “Am I the a*****e?” with situations curated by Rebecca from the sub-Reddit world.

    Maureen also does an NNW on the Max docuseries Onision In Real Life.

    Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    156. Charles Terry, Shirley Coolen, and the Boston Strangler

    156. Charles Terry, Shirley Coolen, and the Boston Strangler

    Charles Terry wasn’t a good guy, especially when it came to women. He liked to beat, rape and strangle them. He was convicted for several attacks and just out of prison in 1951 when Shirley Coolen, a Brunswick, Maine, single mother was found dead, strangled in a yard on the town’s fancy Park Row. But did he do it? And how about the Boston Strangler murders? He was a suspect in those, too. We discuss.

    Rebecca gives the NNW treatment to the Kristin Hannah book “The Women.”

    • 1 hr 50 min
    155. ‘Justified’ injustice II: Katherine Hegarty, murdered by cops

    155. ‘Justified’ injustice II: Katherine Hegarty, murdered by cops

    In our third episode looking at the “justified” killings of Maine citizens by the state’s law enforcement agencies, we go back to one that spurred a lot of changes over the past decade, but also — spoiler! — not some of the things that really matter. Katherine Hegarty, shot in her remote Maine cabin by three officers from two different agencies on May 15, 1992. We’ll tell you what happened.

    Also, Rebecca gives an NNW review to the HBO series “True Detectives: Night Country.”

    • 2 hr 20 min
    154. ‘Justified’ injustice: Ambroshia Fagre and Kadhar Bailey

    154. ‘Justified’ injustice: Ambroshia Fagre and Kadhar Bailey

    Ambroshia Fagre was just 18 and likely an innocent bystander when she was killed by police in Maine in February 2017, along with Kadhar Bailey, 25, who police suspected of an armed home invasion. The two were among 13 people shot by police in Maine that year, nine of whom died. Maine police have shot to death nearly 200 people since 1990. Like all those before, and all those after — every police shooting in Maine since 1990 — the officers who shot Ambroshia and Kadhar were found to be justified by the state’s attorney general’s office.

    We take a look at what happened that day and Maine’s narrow review system that has yet to find a law enforcement officer unjustified in a fatal shooting. Maureen presents.

    Rebecca also has an NNW review of The Running Grave, the latest Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) CB Strike mystery novel.

     

    • 1 hr 48 min
    153. A double tragedy for the McKenna family

    153. A double tragedy for the McKenna family

    One of Maine’s 2022 homicides was Drew McKenna, 24, accidentally shot by his older brother Shay. In 2023, the McKenna family suffered a second tragedy when the lost Shay, who was shot by police.

    We also update the 2023 homicide list — it’s up to 54 now, and talk about the texts dismissed by police that warned police that Robert Card was going to do a mass shooting.

    • 1 hr 50 min
    152. Maine 2023 Homicide List: 51 and counting

    152. Maine 2023 Homicide List: 51 and counting

    We bring you our annual Maine homicide list with 2023’s 51 homicides, a record year and more than twice the average annual number. Even without the Lewiston shootings that killed 18, it was the worst year for homicide in Maine in decades.

    The list wasn’t yet available from the Maine Department of Public Safety, but that wasn’t going to stop use. We compiled it ourself and got all 51, with some others still pending information from investigators.

    Guns tell the tale this year, with 39 homicides by gun, including two mass shootings that accounted for 22 gun victims. Nine of the state’s 15 domestic homicides were also by gun, five of which were murder-suicides with the woman killed by a male partner or former partner (the suicide end is not counted in the overall tally).

    Once again, the facts show the narrative of out-of-state drug dealers coming in and causing trouble is simply not true. Homicide in Maine is a Maine-grown problem.

    • 2 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

rdsox23 ,

Love the sisters , they feel like friends

I am a former Mainer living in Maryland and a true crime fan so I have found a perfect match. I find the podcasts very interesting and love the unpretentiousness of the Milliken sisters. My kids will only let me listen to this show in the car because they think it is funny. “Their sarcasm and profanity sound just like how Mommy talks” (I agree). I also feel closer to home listening to them and enjoy learning about a lot of Maine history as well as crimes. While I don’t always agree with some of their opinions regarding religion, politics, and race I respect them speaking honestly and like the banter between them. True crime with some humor, movie and show reviews, news, and hot topics rolled into one podcast.

Elizabeth Brentwood ,

Refreshing and Genuine Takes

Maureen and Rebecca Milliken bring grown sibling energy to this engaging podcast. There are many true crime podcasts out there, but these sisters offer a fresh approach: down-to-earth, well sourced narratives. They cover famous and current crime stories but also lesser known cases, often tied to Maine in some way. I adore the way they allow themselves to be authentic, commenting on obscure details, bad reporting, and darkly humorous aspects. Favorite episodes include the 2-parter about Maine’s topless coffee shop (#87 and #88);the one (#45)about Brenda Spencer, the notorious sniper made famous by The Boomtown Rats’ “I Don’t Like Mondays;” and episode #35, about Carol Jenkins, a victim of a racially motivated murder in 1968. Finally, one of the distinguishing aspects of this true crime podcast is that the Millikens start each episode with follow ups on previously covered cases. You’re never left wondering. Overall, such a great find in the sea of true crime pods.

Kp1957 ,

Thank you

100th episode was wonderful.

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