Trial and Error

The Outcry for Justice in the Dennis Dechaine Case

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As Others See Him

  • Inmate turned college professor
  • Former federal agent
  • Visitor
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Dennis's Timeline

October 29, 1957
Dennis John Dechaine is born.

His mother, Julia, died when Dennis was 9 years old.

His father Donald (Donat in French), died when Dennis was 14 years old.

May 5, 1976
Sarah Cherry is born to Debra Cherry and Gilbert Austin.

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Video Interviews with Dennis

Since his incarceration in Maine State Prison in 1988, Dennis Dechaine has been interviewed by the media many times. Some of those interviews were videotaped. In 2004, he talked with independent  filmmaker Richard Searls about his upbringing in Madawaska, his family, marriage, arrest, conviction and life in prison. In 2010, he was interviewed by Trevor Maxwell, then a reporter for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. Clicking on the link to Maxwell’s interview will also take you to a comprehensive series of articles he wrote about the case for the papers.

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