First Officer on Scene

Episode 14 of the podcast, First Officer on Scene, is up on iTunes and YouTube. As the title suggests, we discuss the transcript of the interview that Officer Cecil Smith did for the Oxygen show. The transcript was obtained via a Right-to-Know request, and is posted here. Of course no one’s memory is going to be perfect after thirteen years. However, from my perspective, there are a disproportionate number of statements in Smith’s interview that are contradicted either by direct evidence (i.e. dispatch logs), other witness accounts, or basic common sense. Some of those apparent contradictions include: 1.) Smith claims to have been on the 3 PM – 11 PM shift that evening, however in the dis

Cecil Smith's Interview Transcript

This is the transcript of Art and Maggie’s interview with former Haverhill, NH police officer, Cecil Smith, which was obtained via a public “Right-to-Know” request to NH’s Cold Case Unit. Again, I want to acknowledge that if it weren’t for Oxygen and the Texas Crew, we would not have this information. This is only my opinion, but I think there are a few things to keep in mind before reading Smith’s interview transcript. First, the interview was conducted thirteen years after Maura’s disappearance. I think it would be unreasonable to expect anyone’s memory about any event to be perfect after more than a decade has passed. Moreover, during the interview, Smith admits that he was aware of th