The Trail Went Cold – Episode 78 – Rena Paquette

February 3, 1964. Manchester, New Hampshire. The burned body of 54-year old Rena Paquette is discovered inside a pigsty on her family’s farm. Even though there are no containers for flammable substances at the scene, investigators believe that Rena set herself on fire and rule her death to be a suicide. However, many people suspect that Rena’s death was connected to the recent murder of a local teenage girl named Pamela Mason, as Rena believed she knew the killer’s identity and shared it with the police. While Pamela’s killer is soon caught, Rena’s death remains unsolved. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles a story with a number of twists and turns, including the involvement of the United States Supreme Court and the unexpected murder of Rena Paquette’s son.

Additional Reading:

“Our Little Secret: The True Story of a Teenage Killer and the Silence of a Small New England Town” by Kevin Flynn & Rebecca Lavoie

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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