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The photo alone summons the horror and unspeakable events leading up to the horrific crime. Without even opening the book, the residents of the Lewiston-Auburn area were immediately shot back to October 27, —the tragedy is forever embedded in their memory.
The building still stands today, though it is now repainted in a softer, pastel hue. But its rear wall still retains the harsh, dark-mustard-colored paint. Elliott Epstein takes the reader through the shocking murder of the little girl. The unspeakable cruelty of how Angela died stunned the community and resonated worldwide.
It placed Auburn, Maine on the map as the horrific scene where John Lane savagely beat the four-year-old girl, then stuffed her in an oven, wedging the door shut with a chair, and turned it on as high as it would go, burning her to a crisp as she screamed for help. The deranged Lane said that Angela had turned into a devil, and he claimed he had to get rid of her. Calls came from across the nation and as far away as New Zealand.
Anger was even directed at those who were marginally associated with Lane and Palmer and later toward the defending attorneys. The trial was held in Bangor to avoid the potentially prejudicial effect of the extensive Auburn Maine girl publicity. Tight security was out in force.
Epstein was a young lawyer at the time, and he was deeply affected as he witnessed the trial proceedings. He knew at the time that he would one day write about it. Like so many others, he desperately wanted to know why such an atrocious tragedy could happen. Many years passed, and this story continued to haunt him—as it has with many of the people involved: fire fighters, policemen, first responders, doctors, nurses, tenants in the building, neighbors, friends, relatives, child welfare workers, psychiatrists, guards at the jail and so many others who were involved in the many angles of the case.
He wanted to tell the story from their perspective. Actual testimony from the court trial is included, as are excerpts from letters. The oven door was left ajar and a shelf protruded from the oven to allow the infant enough air to breathe. During his research, Epstein read extensively about child abuse, abused-women syndrome and why women stay with an abusive partner.
He wanted to highlight the problems of child abuse and abused-women syndrome. Elliott Epstein, Auburn Maine girl first-time author, has been a trial lawyer for over 30 years. He is active in several local organizations, including Museum L-A, which he founded inand now serves as board president. Epstein and his wife, Ellen, live in Auburn, and they have two adult children. Both of my parents were born and raised in Auburn, Maine and I still have family living there and visited for many years.
I always knew the tale behind this building and it always left me with an eerie feeling every time I passed by it. I was always amazed that building was still standing And it was still back in when I last visited, but not sure if it still is today. This is a good article and sheds some light on answers to questions I never thought to ask until recently.
The building…is, still there. Always amazed me, it was never taken down after that. How anyone can live in the building Amazes me more. She communicates with my friend thru the ghostbox. The building was torn down a few years ago. It makes me sick to my stomach to read, but it is part of my history. As of two years ago, my sons father moved into the building where this tradegy took place. Each and every time I went there, I had this gut wrenching feeling. The carpets, wallpaper and scent in the hallway is musty and original. They just recently re-sided the building this year, other than that — Auburn Maine girl bring you right back to that day.
I pray for her still. Almost 30 years later, us locals still see that building, and cannot fathom the horror that Angela endured. God bless. How does that work, for her? As for the Building, it should have been torn down, long ago. Never understand why it still stands.
Most of the others, are gone. What became of her? I was intrigued by the headline of this when I saw it posted on Facebook. I lived in this building when I was two years old. The winter of My aunt has the newspaper article still.
Everyone survived-my father got myself and my one year old sister out. She had smoke inhalation resulting in pneumonia. I used to live in that apartment for a short time back inand my brother lived their around the time of the murder. It has 6 tenements; 3 on each side stacked. It was built in the 50s and sits adjacent to the Androscoggin River at the time, a very poluted river due to the paper mills upstream. It has a very transitory feel to it. I wonder if Lane was doing acid when this happened. John was heavy, into drug use, at the time.
When the law got there, they thought it was Food burning in the oven. Low and behold…. Angela is my cousin, I was with her most of my first few years, then one day she was just gone. We were very close cousins and friends!!!!!! I miss her everyday and look at her picture on my living room wall and tears fall as I wonder if we would still be close. I love you Angie!!!!!!
Hug for you, and all that the Family has gone through since then. To have lived through that, even at the young age that she was, must have left a Hole in her heart. Sarah is an amaing person she was adopted my my grandfathers brother and his wife. Walter and Diane. I have know about this story forever and I have never once asked her about what she remembers. But once again she is an amaing women. Both her adoptive parents have passed but she will always be a wonderful part of our family.
She was born in Strong, Maine. Her father was Erville Palmer. I was living in Lewiston at the time with my wife and 3 young children. I felt the twin cities were getting out of hand with crime and this incident drove me to make the decision to move back to Canada.
I Auburn Maine girl moved into this aparment on the third floor. I was wondering if any one know what apartment this happened in? I googled it right away and was shocked. I was wondering why it was so cheap for such a big place! Now i know why. I heard it happened on the second floor? I am still in shock over this and very saddened since i have a young daughter myself. Just got the book. He John Lane is a jeaaus freak!!! Angela was a beautiful little girl. He needs the same.
It qas a horrible way to die!!! I remember that. Everytime, someone heard His name, they must have thought, he was Him. I read the book and everytime I drive by the apartment building on main St in auburn it Makes me sick. The building should be torn down. As a mother I cat believe how anyone can do such a thing. My heart goes out to the people involved and the little girl who lost her live due to sick parenting. I genuinely enjoy reading through on this site, it holds superb articles.Auburn Maine girl
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