Blaine Pardoe discusses ‘Secret Witness’ on ‘It’s a Crime’

by Brianne Johnson on October 24, 2012

As described by Margaret McLean, host of “It’s a Crime,” Blaine Pardoe is “dredging up the past, stirring the pot, and revisiting — reopening — wounds by discussing a controversial case that rocked the small town of Marshall, Michigan” in Secret Witness: The Untold Story of the 1967 Bombing in Marshall, Michigan. In the interview (which starts at the 48-minute mark of the podcast), Pardoe discusses the “remarkable” forensic investigation that was conducted in an effort to find out who killed a well-liked woman with a mail bomb “in the days pre-CSI [and] pre-DNA-testing; done with hands-on police work.”

Secret Witness, which Publishers Weekly compared to a Grace Metalious novel, brings to light startling new evidence and freshly uncovered facts to address questions that, to this day, surround one of Michigan’s most brutal murders. The crime took place on the morning of August 18, 1967, when Nola Puyear was working downtown at the Tasty Cafe; she received a package, opened it, and was instantly killed in a fiery explosion. Based on extensive interviews with surviving prosecutors, police, and witnesses, Pardoe re-creates the investigation and examines the pivotal role played by the Secret Witness program, an initiative by the Detroit News that offered rewards for anonymous tips related to violent crimes.

Listen to the podcast here.

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