Comments for: Reward boosted to $60,000 for information on 4-year-old County homicide

Posted March 24, 2012, at 3:28 p.m.
Last modified March 25, 2012, at 5:12 p.m.

WOODLAND | Over the past four years, Maine State Police detectives have followed up on countless leads in the case of a 56-year-old man who was killed inside the sawmill he operated adjacent to his home. Despite diligent work, none of the tips have led to the killer. But …

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  • Anonymous

    “Open Secret?” It seems as if people don’t want to get involved. What a shame.

  • Anonymous

    If its an open secret, and no one’s come forward, then the killer is someone that everyone is afraid of.. local crimelord or kingpin?

    • Anonymous

      I’ve lived near the Smith’s home for years and knew Darrel and can honestly say that I can’t think of anyone that fits the description of a crimelord/kingpin/or bully. And, the open secret theory  must be more secret then open because I’ve never heard a word. RIP Darrel and take care Barb.

  • Guest

    More of the ‘Stop Snitching’ baloney? That’s been on a serious decline in Boston, but things change slowly in the County.  (I’m a native)

  • Anonymous

    The person may be “known” but the police need that piece of evidence that connects the individual to the crime. To proceed without that evidence could lead to a not guilty verdict and once not guilty is rendered in a trial you cannot be tried again for the same offense. The Maine State Police will solve this case.

  • Anonymous

    If you know, say.

  • Anonymous

    We all know, hearsay is exactly that, hearsay.  HOWEVER, there are people that know precisely what happened that afternoon.  How they function, day after day, is beyond me.  I don’t think I would call it an ‘open secret’.  As with all ‘rumor mills’, there are bits and pieces that there are truth in.   I do believe that the SP have that much figured out.  But, as MikeCInMaine said, there are certain individuals involved that I feel, others may be afraid of.  To have done something as heinous as this act, who’s to say that any accomplices family members or friends may have been threatened with harm, if said accomplices came forward?  (which is part of my belief) Having witnessed or been part of this act, you ARE hurting so many innocent people with your silence.    Wouldn’t it be better to come forward?  Our family, friends and community would finally have some closure and feel a little more secure.  Your conscience(s) will be freed and no harm would come to any other innocent people.  YOUR family and friends included!    So please, if you even remotely think you know anything or heard anything, tell the SP and let them do their job and check it out.  It may or may not be something they have heard before, we don’t know that.  It may just be what is needed to bring this full circle and hold those responsible, accountable.   Lastly, thank you to Jen Lynds for your talented writing.  I hope the next piece you write will be the capture of those responsible!

  • Tim

    There’s a difference between open speculation and open secret. If people knew, they would say because Darrel was a good guy who never hurt anyone. I hope thet catch the scum and hang him by the balls over an open fire.   

  • this is a terrible burden to carry for all this time.A thing like that must of changed the person or persons who  know who it is.I will pray that God will work His miracle of love and conviction on the person or persons.It will be a terrible thing to take it to your grave to think of  for eternity!

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