Christine Young, a veteran news reporter who published a book about the case last year, said that Tuesday’s announcement should be followed by apologies.

“I hope the Maine State Police are going to apologize to Daniel Bondeson’s sister, Norma Bondeson, for the persecution she endured after they went around insisting she was involved,” Young said Tuesday afternoon. “Instead of conducting an intelligent investigation, the police fueled the town’s hysteria and made Norma a pariah.”

Young, a former reporter with the Lewiston Sun Journal and WMTW-TV, is the author of “A Bitter Brew,” a retelling and analysis of the poisoning. In the book, Young contended that Daniel Bondeson acted alone, even as police suggested otherwise.

“A lot of people at Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church also owe Norma an apology,” Young wrote Tuesday. “She lost her brother and, instead of acting like Christians, they put her through holy hell. That church was not a house of God – it was a snake pit.”

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