Bear Brook Murders

ABC NEWS 20/20: BEAR BROOK TO BE FEATURED ON FRIDAY, MARCH 20 BROADCAST

ABC affiliates around the country are currently running promotional materials regarding a two-hour program on Bear Brook, a long-running investigation involving four murders near a New Hampshire state park. The program is set to air on ABC News’ news magazine program, 20/20, this Friday evening, March 20 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The program features NHPR’s Bear Brook podcast, and the work of our podcast host and reporter, Jason Moon.

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New Hampshire Public Radio covered thousands of stories in 2019. Some stories offered closure, while others still await a final chapter.

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Two victims in the Bear Brook murders case were laid to rest at a funeral in Allenstown on Saturday.

Marlyse Honeychurch and Marie Vaughn were found murdered just outside Bear Brook State Park in 1985. Despite the efforts of investigators, their identities went unknown for more than 30 years.

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Exciting news for listeners of NHPR’s popular Bear Brook podcast!

Jason Moon will appear on The Dr. Oz Show on Tuesday, September 17, as part of Dr. Oz’s continuing coverage of True Crime topics.

In the segment – taped in August – Jason discusses his reporting behind the long-running New Hampshire investigation involving four unidentified bodies found near Bear Brook State Park. He also offers personal insights on some of the key players affiliated with the investigation.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 7, 2019

Jun 8, 2019

We hear about the latest development in the Bear Brook cold case; genetic genealogy helped to identify the likely killer but the victims remain unknown. In a ruling that could have far reaching impacts, a  judge has called the state's current method for funding public schools is unconstitutional. And The Mount Washington Observatory and the Cog Railway are going to court over property rights on the summit of Mt. Washington. 

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Allie Gutierrez fo NHPR

New Hampshire law enforcement authorities today announced they have confirmed the identities of three victims in one of the state’s most notorious cold cases.

A woman named Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch and her two daughters, Marie Elizabeth Vaughn and Sarah Lynn McWaters, have been identified as victims in the case commonly referred to as the Bear Brook murders. Their bodies were found discarded in two barrels near Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown. 


Sara Plourde

New Hampshire Public Radio will launch its first podcast tour this spring when the team behind Bear Brook goes live onstage in five East Coast cities. 

The popular podcast focuses on four unsolved murders from the 1980s near Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire—cold cases that went warm after new investigative techniques came into play.

Bear Brook Podcast, Genetic Genealogy and Privacy

Nov 16, 2018

Two barrels. Four bodies. And the decades-long mystery that led to a serial killer. A podcast about a cold case that's changing how murders will be investigated forever.  D.N.A testing was crucial in identifying the victims and finding the killer, and has become a powerful new tool for crime investigators and law enforcement. But should we be concerned about privacy issues? 

A new podcast miniseries from NHPR begins today. It's called Bear Brook and it follows a cold case from right here in New Hampshire that's changing how murderers everywhere are being investigated. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley featured an excerpt of the first episode and spoke with reporter Jason Moon.

To learn more about the Bear Brook Podcast and listen to episodes, click here.

File photo of Denise Daneault

Manchester Police and FBI Agents are preparing to search a wooded area in Manchester in connection with a decades-old missing person’s case.

In June of 1980, 25 year-old Denise Daneault went missing after a night out in Manchester. Police are hoping to find clues about her disappearance with a search on Tuesday of a wooded area behind a public housing complex in Manchester. 

New Hampshire State Police

State police say they now know the true identity of the suspect in two high-profile New Hampshire cold cases.

State police say Terry Peder Rasmussen is the name of the man responsible for the murder of four still-unidentified people found in barrels near Bear Brook State Park. They say he is also responsible for the disappearance and presumed murder of Denise Beaudin from Manchester in 1981.