168 episodes

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.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 2.9K Ratings

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.

    The Disappearance of April Dawn Pennington (Connecticut)

    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.

    • 38 min
    The Murder of Ada Bean (Massachusetts)

    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.

    • 44 min
    NEW SEASON: CounterClock Season 6

    NEW SEASON: CounterClock Season 6

    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?

    • 5 min
    The Murders of Malcolm, Elizabeth, and Page Jennings Part 2 (New Hampshire)

    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.

    • 47 min
    The Murders of Malcolm, Elizabeth, and Page Jennings Part 1 (New Hampshire)

    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.

    • 41 min
    The Murders of George and Catherine Peacock (Vermont)

    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.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

FraFrazier82 ,

Thoughtful, we’ll-paced and intriguing

I’m a huge fan of all things audiochuck and subscribed to Dark Down East after Ashley Flowers announced it was being added to the audiochuck podcast family. Like any true Crime Junkie, I’m a binger, so I started from thee beginning of Kylie’s catalogue and I’m working my way to the latest episodes. I’m so impressed with the thoughtfulness of the writing, the pacing of the episodes and the details of the cases. It’s easy to tell Kylie cares about the victims, which makes this show a perfect fit for audiochuck. Excited to keep listening 🦞 Update: Just listened to the Jon Pownall episode, and Kylie’s description at the end of what it was like to lose her mother hit me hard. “Like a warm blanket I never knew I had wrapped around me was ripped away and I’ll never feel quite as warm ever again.” I don’t think I could describe better the feeling of losing my dad. Hearing it put into words like that helped me understand my own feelings better than ever about that loss. Kylie is truly a gifted writer. And I’m so thankful she’s using that gift to share these victims’ stories with such compassion and honesty. ❤️

PHG79 ,

Solid show, but some episodes are empty

Overall, this is a really good show that tells the story without the editorial commentary other podcasts add that I hate. Kylie has a great speaking voice, and the material seems well researched. My only complaint is sometimes, there’s clearly not a lot of information on case, so to fill the time, Kyle interviews families, talks about organizations started as a result of the case, and gives long biographies of the victim. Now, I understand the inclination to humanize and not make someone the sum of what happened to them, but this is a true crime podcast, so we want the details of the crime and subsequent investigation. If there’s not a lot to be said about the case, don’t cover the case. Otherwise, I truly do like this show a lot.

motivated human 2.5 ,

The new speech pattern is tough to hear

I loved this show for many reasons but now that it’s become big, it seems like you are trying to change your speech pattern. Maybe to sound cooler? Or more professional or something? It’s tough to listen to. You were better before. You don’t need to change the way you talk.

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