Trial and Error

The Outcry for Justice in the Dennis Dechaine Case

Even 27 years later, Dennis Dechaine’s supporters try for new trial

Jan 31, 2016

Bob McLaughlin’s obsession began on a spring night in 2004 outside his home, his gaze fixed on an intense glow that hung above the hillside.

McLaughlin, an advertising writer, had just bought a house on the edge of South Pond in Warren, a two-mile stretch of water surrounded by trees just west of Route 1. Looking over the pond, he could not help but see the halogen lights looming.

“It looked like a city,” said McLaughlin, now 71. “I said, ‘That must be the prison.’ ” Read more at

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