Trial and Error

The Outcry for Justice in the Dennis Dechaine Case

Trial & Error Newsletter – December 23, 2015

Dec 23, 2015


Dear Supporters,

Jim Moore’s remarkable investigation established time-of-death as a central exculpatory element in Dennis’s case. In 2009 two renowned forensic pathologists, Dr. Cyril Wecht and Dr. Walter Hofman, after independently studying the autopsy report, crime scene photographs, meteorological records, and other related evidence, determined that time-of-death science ruled Dennis out as the killer. The Attorney General’s Office opposed allowing their findings to be considered in court, and Judge Bradford and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court agreed.

In October independent Maine filmmaker Richard Searls and two assistants traveled to Pennsylvania–Norristown near Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh–and filmed interviews with both Dr. Wecht and Dr. Hofman. Please click on the link below to view Dr. Wecht’s powerful interview. Dr. Wecht, who is both a physician and an attorney, has been the president of both the American Academy of Forensic Science and the American College of Legal Medicine, and currently has headed the board of trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine. He is also well-known for his involvement in a number of high-profile cases.

Please click to view the interview with Dr. Wecht, or you may view it on You Tube at this link

It would appear that the Attorney General’s calculated response to the time-of-death question has been to make no public statements but to attempt to mislead concerned citizens, politicians, journalists, and others by way of private conversations. Two of our board members have experienced this approach from Bill Stokes, former Deputy Attorney General. In both instances, Stokes quoted from the conclusion of a retired pathologist who was hired as a consultant by Jim Moore. What Stokes did not reveal was that this pathologist had mistakenly believed that the body had been preserved by having been buried in “cool earth,” which she mentioned half a dozen times. In fact the body was not buried, as Bill Stokes very well knew. It should be of considerable concern that a high state official would have so little regard for the truth. One can only speculate as to how many well-intentioned persons were deceived by this practice.

Our sincere thanks to Richard Searls for making this footage available, and to his assistants, Reggie and Bernie. And to those of you who helped fund the trip. More than ever, Trial and Error needs your contributions to continue the effort to exonerate Dennis. Even if it is only $10, please give now by check or use PayPal to securely complete your donation with just a few clicks. Or make out a check to ‘Trial and Error’ and send it to Carol Waltman, Trial and Error Dennis , P.O. Box 153, Madawaska, ME 04756.

Donations are tax-deductible under our 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.

And PLEASE send this message to others; the internet appears to be the only form of communication left likely to afford Dennis justice.

Sincere Thanks

Trial and Error

Carol Waltman, Pres.

Bill Bunting, V.P.

Bernie Huebner

Bob MacLaughlin

Don Dechaine

Steve Sandau

Eugenie Nakell

Nancy Farrin

Read the Book


Human Sacrifice: On the Altar of Injustice
Soft-cover edition
available at $15
Kindle edition for download now $4.99

State Secrets

state secrets

What the jury didn’t know
Download now for free
Also now included in Human Sacrifice