Episode 1: Three decades later, Desiree Michaud's friends and family still seek closure

News story from The Day's front page dated April 8, 1984, one day after Desiree Michaud was discovered dead in a Groton motel room.
News story from The Day's front page dated April 8, 1984, one day after Desiree Michaud was discovered dead in a Groton motel room.
Annual art show in the Hygienic Restaurant, 1983. (The Day)
Annual art show in the Hygienic Restaurant, 1983. (The Day)
Banners for the annual Hygienic art show over Bank Street in 1987. (The Day)
Banners for the annual Hygienic art show over Bank Street in 1987. (The Day)
Interior of the Hygienic Restaurant, unknown date. (The Day)
Interior of the Hygienic Restaurant, unknown date. (The Day)

Case Unsolved: The Story of Desiree Michaud retells the story of the murder of an 18-year-old prostitute in New London. At an early age she had been deemed artistically gifted. She hoped her painting ability would help her walk away from the streets for good. New London in the '80s, too, had big dreams: That artists and musicians could bring new life to the old port city.

In 1984, Desiree's chances for a better life ended tragically, and her unsolved murder, some say, represented a sense of dashed hope for New London.

The Day newsroom spent months digging into the life and death of Desiree. Using old school reporting — combing through yellowed newspaper clips, talking to law enforcement sources and knocking on the doors of those who knew her — we have produced a compelling narrative told through modern-day digital storytelling.

The story of Desiree Michaud will be told in three episodes on successive Wednesdays. Podcasts on other unsolved murders will follow. You can listen to the podcast at www.caseunsolvedpodcast.com or wherever you listen to podcasts. To get regular updates, join the Case Unsolved Facebook page.

Read The Day's original reporting about Desiree Michaud's murder on Google News archives:

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