A local podcast is heading to the BrickBox Theater in Worcester for a live conversation with Heather Bish about her sister, Molly Bish, who was kidnapped and killed in central Massachusetts over 20 years ago.
Pop It hosts Molly O’Connor and Sarah Connell Sanders hope to use the event to highlight recent developments in the Molly Bish case as well as raise the voice of Heather Bish. One of the goals of the podcast is to highlight the voices of women in the community. This is the podcast’s first live broadcast.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. on September 30 at the theater at 20 Franklin Street. Tickets are $ 6 online and there are 50 available. Doors open at 7 p.m. and there will be a cash bar. All profits will be donated to the Molly Bish Foundation.
The program is funded in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council.
More than two decades after the kidnapping of 16-year-old Molly Bish, authorities have not been able to say who is responsible for Molly’s murder. Molly was dropped off at Comins Pond in Warren on June 27, 2000, where she worked as a lifeguard. Although her disappearance sparked a massive search, she was nowhere to be found.
Three years later, Molly’s remains were discovered in a wooded area of Palmer known as Whiskey Hill, a few miles from the pond.
A major update to the case came in June when Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. announced that Francis Sumner Sr., a deceased sex offender who lived in Spencer, was a person of interest to murder. Since then, the district attorney’s office has received more than 75 tips.
Sanders and O’Connor grew up in Worcester and Auburn, respectively. Sanders said she remembered seeing Molly’s photo on the news and in the newspaper when she went missing. At the time, Sanders was about to begin lifeguard training. She worked as a lifeguard in high school and college.
“It was just this uplifting story with every training or new job. They were telling you the Molly Bish story and it got a lot more real to me when I brought in Magi Bish, Molly’s mom, as a guest speaker at one of my eighth grade English classes. year a few years ago. She was so honest and captivating with her story, ”said Sanders, a teacher.
Sanders said Heather Bish at the live event planned to take stock of the investigation and expand on her experience since Molly’s disappearance. They want to raise awareness of the case and recognize Heather Bish’s work in securing justice for her sister.
Heather Bish recently used the Tik Tok app to reach a wider audience with information about Molly and the investigation. Last month, on what would have been Molly’s 38th birthday, Heather posted a video featuring family photos and the song “You Should Be Here” by Cole Swindell.
Authorities have asked anyone with information about Molly’s kidnapping and death, or anyone with information about Sumner, to call the hotline at 508-453-7575.
After the live event, the discussion will be uploaded as a podcast to iTunes and Spotify. The event itself will require masks and either a vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours, Sanders said.