What Really Happened to Mary Catherine?

This is our first episode, and honestly? It kind of hurts. Join us as we delve into the cold case of Mary Catherine Olenchuk. The death of this sweet thirteen-year-old girl at a small coastal Maine town spurned many a conspiracy theory, but no arrests. We have all the sources at dudenopodcast.com and a bit of extra material at DUDE NO!

There is death and mentions of sexual assault as well as swearing in this episode.


Contact: Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit-South, One Game Farm Rd, Gray, ME. 04039 1-800-228-0857 (In State); (207)624-7076 (Out of State); (207)657-5748 (Fax)


Girl, 13, Missing From Ogunquit, Seen on Sunday, Bangor Daily News, 12 Aug 1970

Search Fails to Locate Young Girl, Bangor Daily News, 13 Aug 1970

Her Bicycle Left Behind, Bangor Daily News, 14 Aug 1970

Clues Scanty in Search, BDN

Find a Grave Memorial

Search On for Girl’s Slayer, BDN

Murders Probably Unrelated, BDN

A Killer Confesses, Repeatedly, Boston Globe

Murder May Remain Mystery

Search For Missing Girl In Ninth Day At Ogunquit, BDN

Dad rejects nerve gas, kidnap link, Pittsburgh Press

Cold Case Scene

Rambling in York County by Joe Donahue, Portsmouth Herald

Body of missing girl found dead in Maine barn, Boston Globe

Mystery Continues to Cloud Olenchuk Case BDN

The Mary Tanner Story

Lie detector test, rope, bible figure as evidence in Olenchuk case BDN

Several Suspects Found in Murder Investigation Bangor Daily News

Heroes of the Library

Slain Teenager Still Unidentified, Autopsy is Begun BDN

The Mystery of Mary Tanner, BDN

Police Press Search, BDN

Clairvoyant Says Olenchuk Girl in State, BDN

York County Coast Star

Charles Pierce, Murderpedia.org

Gen. Peter Olenchuk, Munitions Expert, Dies, Washington Post

Maine Unsolved Homicides

Nerve Gas Shipment, Park City Daily News, 07 Aug 1970

Jane Olenchuk Fiancee Joseph McCann, NYT

Farmington Residents Remain Restless After Girl’s Murder.

A Name Change to Protect the Innocent, NYT

Shout out!

The sounds in our podcast come from Daniel Simion via Sound Bible and you should check his awesome self out.

About the Author
I am the NYT and internationally-bestselling author of children's books, which include the NEED series, FLYING series, TIME STOPPERS series, DEAR BULLY and other books. I like hedgehogs and puppies and warm places. I have none of these things in my life.

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