Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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When he was paroled in 1976, he headed home to Oakland.
A month after Baxter was killed, Cochran’s girlfriend, Pauline Rourke, disappeared. She’s never been found. Her case remains on the Maine State Police cold case list.
After Murphy, Baxter and Rossignol were killed, newspapers quoted area residents saying they were afraid to go outside.
When Rossignol was killed, Colby’s security was questioned. College President William Adams said there was little the school could have done differently. That’s true.
When murders like that happen, there are always people quoted in the newspaper or on TV saying they can’t believe it would happen here. But of course it can happen here. It’s not so much that nowhere is safe, but that nowhere has a better class of human beings than any other place.
And while Colby College could have done little to prevent Rossignol’s death, Maine’s homicide statistics prove that the young women strolling around Colby’s idyllic campus — as well as those walking down Main Street in Waterville at midnight — are safer than a woman who is involved with the wrong man.
As horrific as Gordon and Lake’s murders were, no one said they didn’t think it could happen here. No one said they were afraid to go outside.
The good news is we can do a lot more to prevent those types of murders than we can about Rossignol, Baxter and Murphy’s.
Maureen Milliken is news editor of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kennebec Tales is published the first and third Thursday of the month.