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English, Investigative journalism, 1 season, 328 episodes, 1 day, 6 hours, 20 minutes
True crime, legends, folklore, dark history and other creepy topics from the perspective of real live Canadians.
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Shadows of Deception (Part 2): The Murder of Laura Babcock

Episode 318: In the previous episode, we explored the shocking murder of Tim Bosma and the subsequent trial that brought two killers to justice. However, their trail of violence did not end there. In this second installment of our three-part series, we delve into the tragic case of Laura Babcock, 23, whose July 2012 disappearance from Toronto was eventually attributed to Dellen Millard and Mark Smich. We'll learn a bit about Laura’s life and examine the circumstances surrounding her vanishing and the painstaking yet unsuccessful search efforts to uncover her remains. You’ll hear disturbing details that emerged during the trial for her murder, shedding even more light on the twisted dynamics between Millard, Smich, and their unfortunate victim. This episode serves as a prelude to the final chapter, where we'll explore the most shocking revelation of all, that Dellen Millard also killed his father, Wayne, for his money. Sources: Search — Laura Babcock | Toronto Star Laura Babcock had an intense fear of death since childhood, court hears in murder trial for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich Laura Babcock had intense fear of death since childhood, court hears Toronto family receives death certificate years after daughter was murdered Who was Laura Babcock? A look into her life as the trial into her presumed death continues | CBC News Dellen Millard, Mark Smich found guilty of murder in Laura Babcock’s death What the jury didn't hear in the Laura Babcock murder trial Laura Babcock, horoscope for birth date 12 February 1989, born in Etobicoke, with Astrodatabank biography Dec 12, 2019, page A30 - Red Deer Advocate at Dec 07, 2017, page 2 - The Toronto Star at 2015 ONSC 6206 (CanLII) | R. v Millard and Smich | CanLII 2017 ONSC 7584 (CanLII) | R. v. Millard | CanLII R. v. Ward-Jackson, (2018) O.J. No. 163 | PDF | Sentence (Law) | Crime & Violence 2018 ONSC 178 (CanLII) | R. v. Ward-Jackson | CanLII 2018 ONSC 5602 (CanLII) | R. v. Millard | CanLII 2023 ONCA 418 (CanLII) | R. v. Millard | CanLII Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/20/20241 hour, 2 minutes
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Shadows of Deception (Part 1): The Murder of Tim Bosma

Episode 317: Tim Bosma, a 32-year-old family man from Ancaster, Ontario, went missing in May 2013 after taking two men for a test drive of his truck. The two men were later identified as Dellen Millard, a 27-year-old heir to a Canadian aviation empire, and Mark Smich, a 24-year-old drug dealer and aspiring rapper. This case would expose the disturbing reality of Millard and Smich's cold-blooded violence and web of deceit. The investigation into Bosma's disappearance was just the beginning of uncovering the harrowing events surrounding Millard and Smich. In 2012, before Bosma's murder, they had killed Millard's 23-year-old ex-girlfriend, Laura Babcock. Later that same year, they shockingly took the life of Dellen's father, Wayne Millard. As the details of the Tim Bosma case unfold, the stage is set for the equally horrific events of the murders of Laura Babcock and Wayne Millard to come to light in parts 2 and 3 of this true crime series. The disturbing stories of these two killers, Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, reveal a chilling trail of devastation left for the families and communities impacted by their callous acts of violence. Sources: Tim Bosma: A timeline of the police investigation and murder trial Cellphone records to play big role in Tim Bosma murder trial | CBC News The Murder of Tim Bosma : The Devil Had a Name | CBC News Kijiji Statement Millard roommate testifies about visiting hangar on day Bosma disappeared | CBC News Hundreds attend Tim Bosma memorial service Wife of Tim Bosma pleads for his safe return - Toronto Clairmont: Whatever it takes to find Tim Bosma Hamilton will always remember Tim Bosma Tim Bosma remembered: father, husband, son and friend | CBC News Everything We Learned at the Tim Bosma Murder Trial Tim Bosma: The beginning. and the end ‘We have waited for justice’: Tim Bosma’s widow speaks Millard, Smich guilty verdict | Watch News Videos Online Tim Bosma Found Dead | Global News | YouTube Bosma Murder Charge | Global News | YouTube Search: Dellen Millard | Canadian Legal Information Institute | CanLII 2015 ONSC 6206 (CanLII) | R. v Millard and Smich | CanLII Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/13/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 13 seconds
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Morning Run Cut Short: The Murder of Marguerite Telesford

Episode 316: On January 18, 1987, 20-year-old University of Victoria student Marguerite Telesford disappeared during a morning jog in Saanich, British Columbia. Her bloody earmuffs, bloodstains, a discharged shotgun shell, and a pry bar were found, suggesting foul play, but her body was never located. In 1989, Scott Ian MacKay was convicted of second-degree murder concerning Telesford's death despite maintaining his innocence. MacKay had a history of violent assaults on women. Recently, after serving a life sentence, MacKay was controversially granted day parole, raising concerns from the community and victim advocates about public safety risks and his lack of remorse. Sources: Marguerite Telesford - Mount Doug Alumni Association Archive dive: The 1987 murder of a UVic student who vanished on her morning run The 35th Anniversary of the Saanich Indian Territorial Declaration Neighbourhood History Tillicum "Marguerite Telesford" - Search -™ 1988 CanLII 2888 (BC SC) | B.C. (A.G.) v. Pac. Press Ltd. | CanLII 1992 CanLII 5990 (BC CA) | R. v. MacKay | CanLII Dead Ends: B.C. Crime Stories CANADA - Marguerite Telesford, Missing since January 18, 1987 from Saanich, Victoria, BC; 2nd degree murder conviction Jack Knox: Marguerite Telesford murder a story without end Jan 20, 1987, page 1 - The Vancouver Sun at Jan 20, 1987, page 3 - The Province at Jan 21, 1987, page 8 - The Leader-Post at Jan 22, 1987, page 4 - The Province at Jan 23, 1987, page 3 - Times Colonist at Apr 14, 1988, page 1 - Times Colonist at Apr 21, 1988, page 1 - Times Colonist at Jan 19, 1989, page 12 - The Province at Jan 19, 1989, page 1 - Times Colonist at Jan 19, 1989, page 9 - The Vancouver Sun at Jan 25, 1989, page 5 - The Province at Jan 25, 1989, page 13 - The Vancouver Sun at Jan 26, 1989, page 11 - Times Colonist at Jan 28, 1989, page 9 - The Vancouver Sun at Feb 02, 1989, page 3 - Times Colonist at Feb 04, 1989, page 3 - Edmonton Journal at Feb 05, 1989, page 8 - The Province at Feb 06, 1989, page 3 - Times Colonist at Feb 08, 1989, page 1 - Times Colonist at May 15, 1993, page 1 - Times Colonist at Jan 27, 1998, page 2 - The Province at Mar 17, 2024, page A4 - The Province at Man convicted of murdering UVic student 37 years ago gets day parole ‘Baffling’: B.C. murderer who killed university student granted day parole - BC High-risk offender to reside in Vancouver - Vancouver Police Department Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/6/202459 minutes, 1 second
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More than Meets the Eye: The Murder of Barbara Stoppel

Episode 315: Barbara Gayle Stoppel, a 16-year-old waitress, was tragically murdered on December 23, 1981, in the women's washroom of Ideal Donut Shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was strangled with a twine, and despite being found alive, she succumbed to her injuries after six days on life support. The murder case quickly became notorious not only due to its brutal nature but also because of the wrongful conviction of Thomas Sophonow, who was initially accused of the crime. Sophonow underwent three separate trials: the first ended with a hung jury, and the second and third led to convictions ultimately overturned by the Manitoba Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear a Crown appeal, leading to Sophonow's final acquittal. This case is frequently cited as a significant example of a miscarriage of justice involving flawed eyewitness identifications and police misconduct during the interrogation process. Despite Sophonow's exoneration, the actual perpetrator remained at large until a re-investigation of the case pointed to another suspect, Terry Arnold, who was already known to police for similar offences, having left a trail of depravity, sexual assaults and suspected murder in his wake. This revelation came too late to be pursued thoroughly, as Arnold died by suicide in 2005. The impact of this case has been profound, leading to public scrutiny over police procedures and the reliability of eyewitness testimony. It has also been the subject of several books and a public inquiry which sought to prevent such injustices in the future. Sources: Thomas Sophonow | Innocence Canada City of Winnipeg 1984 CanLII 2912 (MB CA) | R. v. Sophonow | CanLII 1984 CanLII 3811 (MB CA) | R. v. Sophonow (No.1) | CanLII 1986 CanLII 104 (MB CA) | R. v. Sophonow (No.2) | CanLII 1999 CanLII 6576 (BC SC) | R. v. Arnold | CanLII 2001 BCCA 374 (CanLII) | R. v. Arnold | CanLII 2005 BCCA 611 (CanLII) | R. v. Arnold | CanLII Body of suspect in Winnipeg killing found in Victoria Drifter Thomas Sophonow Inquiry Letter of Apology to Tom Sophonow 1bpm85fqb_903420 Stoppel Exclusive: Thirty years later, survivor details encounter with serial killer Terry Arnold Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/29/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Life of the Grey Fox: Bill Miner, Train Robber

Episode 314: Ezra Allen Miner, more commonly known as Bill Miner, was an infamous American stagecoach and train robber born in Michigan in 1846. Bill Miner's criminal career included an early arrest on April 3, 1866, for robbery, leading to a three-year sentence at San Quentin. Over thirty-five years, Miner was incarcerated for a cumulative total of nearly 30 years, experiencing two official releases and making five escapes from custody. He became infamous in Canada for robbing the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and securing his status as a legendary figure in Canadian outlaw lore, which included an escape from the B.C. Penitentiary in New Westminster. Known by nicknames such as “The Grey Fox” and the “Gentleman Bandit,” Miner was celebrated for his courteous demeanour during his heists. Furthermore, he is often credited with popularizing the now-iconic command during robberies, “Hands up!”; however, this may be hyperbole. Miner’s blend of politeness and notoriety helped cement his legacy in the annals of Canadian criminal folklore. Sources: This Week in History: 1906 - The legendary outlaw Bill Miner robs a train near Kamloops Bill Miner | Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine Bill Miner | The Canadian Encyclopedia The Grey Fox (1982 film) | The Canadian Encyclopedia "The Grey Fox" (1982) - Movie on Bill Miner - Western Stagecoach Robber | YouTube The Grey Fox: The True Story of Bill Miner - Last of the Old-Time Bandits Billy Miner Pie Recipe Billy Miner | Mission Museum Bill Miner | Historica Canada Education Portal Bill Miner | BC Penitentiary Collection Bill Miner – The Gentleman Outlaw – Golden BC Museum Bill Miner | NFB Vignette Old Bill Miner: Last of the Famous Western Bandits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/22/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 50 seconds
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Murders in Meadowvale: Robert Grewal, Joseph Manchisi and Rene Charlebois

Episode 313: Douglas Donald Moore, known in Meadowvale, Ontario,  as a drug supplier for young teens, gained notoriety in Mississauga for killing three young men before taking his own life in his jail cell while awaiting trial on 11 charges for sexual assaults on three boys. Peel Regional Police assert that Robert Grewal, 22, of Meadowvale, and Giuseppe (Joseph) Manchisi, 20, of Milton, who were close friends, were killed in 2003 by Moore. After Moore’s death, he was named the prime suspect in the murders of Grewal and Manchisi. Additionally, police believe Moore was responsible for killing Rene Charlebois, 15, also of Meadowvale. All three victims disappeared in late 2003, and their bodies were discovered in spring 2004. Charlebois’ remains were found in an Orangeville landfill, while Grewal and Manchisi’s remains were located in wooded areas near Montreal. In 2005, Moore’s former common-law wife and an unidentified 16-year-old were convicted of accessory to murder after the fact. The teen assisted in disposing of evidence, including driving with Moore to Quebec to bury the bodies of Grewal and Manchisi. Moore believed the two men had stolen drugs and cash from him, but it was later revealed that the 16-year-old was responsible for the robbery. The police have never disclosed the motive behind the killing of Rene Charlebois. Sources: Mississauga | Canadian Encyclopedia History of Mississauga | Canada's most notorious murder case happened in Mississauga in the 1970s Improbable Cause: The Harrison Family Murders Search: Douglas Donald Moore | Youth appealing in Manchisi case Murder victim’s grieving mother still has questions Dad seeks slain son’s body parts | Toronto Star Douglas Donald Moore (1968-2004) Cold North Killers by Lee Mellor | Everand Douglas Donald Moore | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers Opinion: The horrifying path of Douglas Moore Ontario Newsroom | Coroner’s Inquest 50TH ANNIVERSARY: Notorious Meadowvale serial killer left suicide note Didn't know killer's background, doctor testifies | The Star Spree killer feared dangerous-offender status | The Star `I'm sorry ... I'm finally free': Killer | The Star Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/15/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 2 seconds
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Moved by the Spirit: The Murder of Mercy Babcock Hall

Episode 312: In a home in Shediac, New Brunswick, on February 13, 1805, Amos Babcock, driven by delusions of divine mission, subjected his family to a horrifying ordeal. He gathered his wife, children and sister, Mercy, instilling fear with his erratic behaviour and unsettling declarations. Spurred by imagined threats and seeing himself as an instrument of God, Amos prepared for a sacrificial act, treating his family with cruelty dressed up as a religious ritual. His deep descent into madness was evident as he inflicted violence upon his loved ones, sparing none from his erratic wrath. Babcock's final act of brutality saw him murder his sister, Mercy Babcock Hall, whom he saw as demonic, in a brutal frenzy of madness, bringing a tragic end to a night of unspeakable horror. Sources: Amos Babcock (1764-1805) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree Squash, Pumpkin Pie and Mercy… | Part 1 Squash, Pumpkin Pie and Mercy… | Part 2 New Brunswick — History and Culture The Babcock Tragedy, a Story of Madness and Murder Hellfire in Shediac Amos Babcock... Crazed Murderer, or...? Full text of "The New Brunswick magazine" Mar 08, 1939, page 14 - The Montreal Star at Apr 13, 1939, page 15 - The Kingston Whig-Standard at Jan 18, 1993, page 25 - The Leader-Post at Apr 20, 2013, page 79 - National Post at The Ballad of Jacob Peck by Debra Komar (Ebook) Great Awakening - First, Second & Definition Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/8/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 7 seconds
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Road Trip: Reckless Rust — The Death of Halyna Hutchins (Part 2)

Episode 311: On October 21, 2021, a tragic accident occurred on the set of the low-budget old-west movie Rust, filmed on a New Mexico ranch. Wife, mother and Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot, and writer/director Joel Souza, 48, was injured. It was the lead actor and producer, Alec Baldwin, who was holding the prop gun that killed Hutchins and wounded Souza. Somehow, it contained a live round. Investigations also revealed other live rounds on set, which is never supposed to happen. Baldwin and the film’s inexperienced armourer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Dave Halls, 63, serving as the first assistant director on the film, entered a no-contest plea per a deal made with prosecutors, accepting responsibility for the misdemeanour offence of negligent use of a deadly weapon linked to the death of Halyna Hutchins. Numerous civil suits have also been filed, with accusations of negligence being levelled against several parties, including the production company, Hannah Gutierrez and actor Alec Baldwin. Sources: Halyna Hutchins | IMDb Joel Souza | IMDb Rust | Western | IMDb Alec Baldwin | IMDb Hannah Gutierrez Reed Probable Cause Statement | DocumentCloud Halyna Hutchins Post Mortem — 62fc0b327d166.pdf Alec Baldwin - Halyna Hutchins - FBI and Medical Examiner Reports (Aug 2022) American Cinematographer January 2022 Ac0122 | PDF | Pixel | Signal Processing The moment Alec Baldwin is told of the death of his colleague Halyna Hutchins The New Mexico Film Office Announces Rust is Currently Filming in New Mexico The day Alec Baldwin shot Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza Search warrant reveals grim details of 'Rust' shooting and Halyna Hutchins' final minutes A Timeline of the ‘Rust’ Shooting and Investigation 'Rust' timeline: Key events in the Alec Baldwin on-set shooting Rust trial: How events unfolded after fatal shooting on Alec Baldwin film set Raise Funds In Memory of Halyna Hutchins, organized by ICG Local 600 ‘Rust’ Camera Assistant on Safety Issues, Pay Irregularities and Producer Behavior on “Brutal” Set Bonanza Creek Ranch | About Gun in Fatal Rust Shooting Used in Target Practice that Morning FULL Alec Baldwin Police Interview About Rust Shooting Incident Bodycam Released in Alec Baldwin Set Shooting Alec Baldwin, ‘Rust’ producers reach settlement with slain cinematographer’s estate - National Video shows 'Rust' rehearsal, Baldwin speak to officers after shooting | NewsNation Halyna Hutchins’s Death on the Set of Rust Was “Not a Freak Accident” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/1/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 7 seconds
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Introducing... Crime Beat | Out of the dark

In the summer of 2006, a young Calgary woman was on top of the world. She had a supportive family, amazing friends and a great job. But life as she knew it came to an abrupt stop in the middle of the night on August 6, 2006. In this episode, Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares details of a violent attack- a story that’s every woman’s worst fear. - reference case # 06274598 Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: Email: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/28/202438 minutes, 52 seconds
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Away Game: Reckless Rust — The Death of Halyna Hutchins (Part 1)

Episode 310: On October 21, 2021, a tragic accident occurred on the set of the low-budget old-west movie Rust, filmed on a New Mexico ranch. Wife, mother and Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot, and writer/director Joel Souza, 48, was injured. It was the lead actor and producer, Alec Baldwin, who was holding the prop gun that killed Hutchins and wounded Souza. Somehow, it contained a live round. Investigations also revealed other live rounds on set, which is never supposed to happen. Baldwin and the film’s inexperienced armourer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Dave Halls, 63, serving as the first assistant director on the film, entered a no-contest plea in accordance with a deal made with prosecutors, accepting responsibility for the misdemeanour offence of negligent use of a deadly weapon linked to the death of Halyna Hutchins. Numerous civil suits have also been filed, with accusations of negligence being levelled against several parties, including the production company itself, Hannah Gutierrez and actor Alec Baldwin. In this first of two parts, you will learn about the tragic trail of events leading up to the shooting. Sources: Alec Baldwin "Rust" shooting: A timeline of events in Halyna Hutchins' death | CBS News Rust shooting incident Rust shooting ‘43rd fatal incident on US film set since 1990’ Film set fatalities rise in last decade as production booms On-set deaths from prop guns are rare — but not unheard of Safety for Sarah Directors Guild of Canada Safety Bulletins – Contract Services 01_safety_bltn_firearms 02_safety_bltn_live_ammunition Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/25/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 14 seconds
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Away Game: More to the Puzzle — Somerton Man Updates

Episode 309: In Mike's first book, Murder, Madness and Mayhem, he wrote about an unknown man whose body was found on Somerton Park beach near Adelaide, Australia, by two trainee jockeys who’d been out with their horses on the morning of December 1, 1948. Lying in peaceful repose, the man wore a suit, overdressed for the warm Australian summer, and had no wallet or identification. He was unknown to anyone locally. The labels of his clothing had been ripped out.  Some enigmatic leads proved fruitless, including the discovery of a book, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, believed to have belonged to the stranger. In that book, what appeared to be coded writing was found. Experts have yet to decrypt the supposed message. Some believe the man was a spy, possibly murdered for what he knew. Called by many Somerton Man, the stranger's identity has remained unknown for decades until recently, when two separate groups came forward claiming they had information about who he was, leading to further speculation and even more questions. Sources: Murder Madness and Mayhem by Mike Browne The Unknown Man by Gerald Feltus Archived Newspaper Articles | Trove Final Report/Thesis 2015 - Derek Abbott Code Cracking: Who Murdered the Somerton Man | Prof. Derek Abbott How to Solve Ciphers Cryptography Hints 2602UMSAU — The Doe Network ‘Truth to come out’: Fresh claims emerge on Somerton Man Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/18/202459 minutes, 9 seconds
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Apex Predator: The Murder of Kim Hallgarth

Episode 308: Kimberly Lynn Hallgarth was the 33-year-old mother of one and involved with former CFL football player Joshua Joseph Boden when. she was found brutally murdered at her residence in Burnaby, British Columbia, in March 2009. Her death was covered extensively in the media due to its connection with Boden, who had a long history of legal entanglements and was the main suspect in her killing. After years of awaiting a resolution, Kimberly’s family finally got a whiff of justice, when in 2018, Boden was charged with her murder. There had been a witness to the crime, and she was willing to testify. Sources: Kimberly Hallgarth (1975-2009) CSO - Search Traffic/Criminal By Participant Name Josh Boden | Global News, Videos & Articles 2011 BCPC 366 (CanLII) | R. v. Boden | CanLII 2012 BCPC 331 (CanLII) | R. v. Boden | CanLII 2014 BCSC 66 (CanLII) | R. v. Boden | CanLII 2021 BCSC 79 (CanLII) | R. v Boden | CanLII 2024 BCCA 6 (CanLII) | R. v. Boden | CanLII The Province 15 Aug 2008, page 19 The Province 17 Mar 2009, page 7 The Vancouver Sun 25 Sep 2009, page 4 The Vancouver Sun 03 Oct 2009, page 7 The Vancouver Sun 25 Sep 2009, page 4 The Vancouver Sun 05 Aug 2010, page 5 The Province 19 Dec 2010, page 12 The Province 05 Nov 2018, page A4 The Province 04 Nov 2020, page AS10 The Vancouver Sun 17 Jun 2022, page A7 St Vincent and the Grenadines — Government Murder of young mom still ‘unfathomable’ Woman found dead in Burnaby worked as escort Police ID woman found dead in Burnaby home | CBC News Former BC Lion Josh Boden handed 14-year minimum sentence for ex-girlfriend’s murder The Province 14 Jan 2024, page A3 Ex-girlfriend to testify via CCTV against former BC Lion accused in Burnaby murder Former BC Lion Joshua Boden found guilty of second-degree murder Josh Boden trial: Key Crown witness breaks down in tears during cross-examination Witness testifies about football player's alleged deadly attack on former girlfriend Former B.C. Lion Josh Boden's murder of ex-girlfriend was 'horrific and brutal' Former BC Lions player killed ex-girlfriend in Burnaby for ruining football career: Crown Court upholds murder conviction for ex-B.C. Lion Joshua Boden | SportseNet Court dismisses appeal of former B.C. Lions player convicted of ex-girlfriend's murder Josh Boden football Statistics on Joshua (Josh) Joseph Boden | Wikipedia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/11/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 32 seconds
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Three on the Tracks: Kenny Novak, David Burrows and Terry Burt

Episode 307: On Friday, July 10th, 1970, around 7 a.m., near Ludlow, Maine, 45 kilometres from the border with Canada, the crew aboard a northbound Bangor & Aroostook Railway train noticed something lying on the tracks ahead. They thought at first it might be trash but reacted quickly regardless. Despite the immediate application of the brakes, the locomotive, towing 19 heavy boxcars, could not stop in time to avoid a collision. The objects on the tracks were sleeping bags containing three young males. All appeared to be in their teens or early twenties. The bodies were found without official identification, and among them, they carried just over 5 dollars in Canadian cash. After a very brief investigation, the Aroostook County Sheriff, Darrell Crandall, said he considered the deaths either accidental or a group suicide pact. The young men were soon identified as Kenny Novak (fifteen) and David Burrows (seventeen), both from Sydney River and Terry Burt (twenty) of Whitney Pier, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. It was discovered that they had hitchhiked to the location, but they were a long way from home. Their families initially had no idea why they would cross the border. There were no indications that any of the three were suicidal. Why were they there? If their deaths were accidental, how had they not heard the train approaching? And why would they have chosen to sleep on the train tracks? Information soon came to light that there may have been a darker reason for their journey, leading to speculation that the three might have been murdered and placed on the tracks to make their deaths appear accidental. Their families and friends are still looking for answers. Sources: The Standard 11 Jul 1970, page 1 Death Notices — The Bangor Daily News 13 Jul 1970, page 26 Biddeford-Saco Journal 13 Jul 1970, page 10 The Bangor Daily News 19 Jul 1970, page 34 Remembering a Mysterious Summer of '70 Tragedy by Ken Jessome Who Killed the Three Cape Breton Boys on the Tracks? by Ken Jessome “An Unfortunate Mishap": Three Cape Breton Deaths by Ken Jessome "Sleeping Victims": A Cape Breton True Crime Story? By Ken Jessome QUEST FOR JUSTICE: The Cape Breton 3 (Interview with Lorne Novak) Cape Breton Three: The Boys on the Tracks — Murder, She Told: Maine & New England True Crime The Three Cape Breton Boys on the Tracks — Nighttime Podcast S1 E2 The Cape Breton Boys on the Track — Locating the Lost Federal Railroad Administration Rail-HwyGXing_Accidents-- DEC. 31, 1972 The Mysterious Deaths of Don Henry & Kevin Ives - Unsolved Mysteries SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS: the 1970 deaths of 3 Cape Breton Youth in Maine | Facebook Aroostook County Murder Mystery | Facebook Ingonish Beach and Freshwater Lake – Cape Breton Highlands National Park | Tourism Nova Scotia, Canada Petition to Re-Open the Investigation — Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/4/202457 minutes, 1 second
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The Tragic Death of Mark Harshbarger

Episode 306: This week, we discuss the shooting death of American Mark Harshbarger during a 2006 hunting trip to Newfoundland. The Meshoppen, Pennsylvania, man was shot by his wife, Mary Beth Harshbarger, who claims she thought he was a black bear. In 2010, Harshbarger was extradited to Newfoundland, where she stood trial for criminal negligence causing death. The prosecution cited insurance money as Mary Beth’s motive for the killing. After two weeks of hearings in September, the presiding judge found her not guilty.  The shooting death of Mark Harshbarger has been a source of controversy since it occurred. Some people believe that Mary Beth Harshbarger was guilty of first-degree murder, while others believe that she was justified in shooting her husband because she thought he was a bear. It is important to remember that this topic is very sensitive for many people. The family and friends of Mark Harshbarger are still grieving his death, and Mary Beth Harshbarger has gone through a great deal. Mark’s children have lost their father. We aim to be respectful of all parties involved when discussing this case. Sources: Hunting | The Canadian Encyclopedia Fur Trade in Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia Town of Buchans Newfoundland & Labrador Guide describes fatal shot in U.S. hunter's trial | CBC News Official Newfoundland Hunter Safety Course | Inside The Harshbarger Family Case | CBC — True Crime Canada Public Advisory: 2023-24 Hunting and Trapping Guide Available Online - News Releases Regulation Summaries - 2022-23 Hunting and Trapping Guide Mark Harshbarger (1963-2006) | Find-a-Grave 2010 NLTD 152 (CanLII) | R. v. Harshbarger | CanLII Another Fine Day Afield | Outdoor Canada Extradition looms for hunter who shot husband | Outdoor Canada Harshbarger's father speaks out about widow's upcoming shooting trial - News - The Times-Tribune Judge throws out PFA order that had been lodged against Mary Beth Harshbarger - News - Daily Review Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/26/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Crimes of Joseph LaPage, The French Monster

Episode 305: Joseph LaPage, a French-Canadian rapist and necrophile known as the French Monster, was tried and hung in 1878 for the brutal, sexually motivated murder of Josie A. Langmaid, 17, in Pembroke, New Hampshire, in 1875. LaPage was also the sole suspect in the 1874 murder of Marietta N. Ball, a girl from St. Albans, Vermont. He was arrested for that crime; however, insufficient evidence prevented a trial, but the night before his execution, LaPage confessed to Marietta’s murder. Only weeks after LaPage was hanged, two more murders perpetrated in 1867, that of Mrs. George Fountie and her 16-year-old daughter, Minnie, from Saint-Alexandre, Quebec, were also tied to LaPage. It is believed that Joseph LaPage, with a long history of violent behaviour, is one of Canada’s earliest misogynistic serial killers, predating even Jack the Ripper. Sources: 1878: Joseph LaPage, murderer of Josie Langmaid Joseph LaPage | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers Josie Langmaid-"The Murdered Maiden Student" The Trial of Joseph LaPage | CURIOSity Digital Collections The East Hill Murder (Marietta Ball, Part 1) The Suncook Town Tragedy (Marietta Ball, Part 2) Marietta Ball | Obscure Vermont Marietta N Ball (1854-1874) Josephine Ann “Josie” Langmaid (1857-1875) - Find... Josie Langmaid Monument The Murdered Maiden Student : A Tribute to the Memory of Miss Josie A. Langmaid by Rev. S. C. Keeler on James E. Arsenault & Company How a Clairvoyant Caught Josie Langmaid's Murderer in 1875 The New York herald. [volume] (New York [N.Y.]) 1840-1920, March 16, 1878 Green-Mountain freeman. [volume] (Montpelier, Vt.) 1844-1884, March 20, 1878 St. Johnsbury Caledonian. [volume] (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) 1867-1919, March 22, 1878 Burlington weekly free press. [volume] (Burlington, Vt.) 1866-1928, March 22, 1878 The New York herald. [volume] (New York [N.Y.]) 1840-1920, April 09, 1878 Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, April 09, 1878 The Boston Globe 09 Apr 1878 Memphis daily appeal. [volume] (Memphis, Tenn.) 1847-1886, March 23, 1878 Cold North Killers: Canadian Serial Murder SuncookTragedy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/19/202459 minutes, 29 seconds
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Unsolved: The Bizarre Case of Blair Adams

Episode 304: On the morning of July 11, 1996, police were called to the parking lot of a hotel under construction off Interstate 40 at 7471 Crosswood Boulevard in Knoxville, Tennesee. There, they found the body of a man, later identified as Robert Dennis Blair Adams, 31, a Canadian citizen from Surrey, B.C. Family and friends called him Blair. Scattered around his body were personal items belonging to Blair and almost $4000 in various currencies, including Canadian, American, and German money. A black fanny pack near Blair’s body was found to be filled with nearly 5 ounces of gold bars, as well as gold and platinum coins and jewelry. It was later determined that Blair had been beaten and left to die in the parking lot where he was discovered. It is unclear why Blair was in Tennessee, thousands of kilometres from home and in another country. His family later said Blair had been acting strangely and was suffering from insomnia. He told them he believed people were after him and wanted him dead. He had quit his job, emptied his bank account and safety deposit box and left home for good only two days before his body’s discovery. As Blair’s significant amount of cash and valuables lay untouched, the motive for his murder remains a mystery, as does the identity of his killer or killers. Sources: Half-nude with fanny pack of gold, Canadian's killing a Knox County mystery decades later Septemmber 11, 2017 | Knoxville News Sentinel | Wayback Machine Investigations – Cold Case – Homicides – Knox County Sheriff Website Investigations – Cold Case – Homicide – Robert Dennis Blair Adams – Knox County Sheriff Website Who killed a Canadian in Knox County but left his gold untouched? Blair Adams - Unsolved Mysteries Robert Dennis Blair Adams (1964-1996) - Find a... From the UnresolvedMysteries community on Reddit: The Mysterious Death of Blair Adams The Murder Of Blair Adams — And Why It Remains Unsolved Today CRIME HUNTER: Death far from home Appalachian Unsolved: Cross-country trip ends in Canadian's mysterious death in Knoxville Unexplained: The Story Of Blair Adam's Bizzarre Death Robert Dennis Blair Adams | Fact# 16244 | DOUBLE 'S' CEDAR HOMES Robert Dennis Blair Adams (1964-1996) - Find a Grave Memorial Blair Adams: A Bizarre Unsolved Mystery - Historic Mysteries From the UnresolvedMysteries community on Reddit: I think I might be able to explain the Blair Adams case with personal experiences The Continuum of Addiction and the Addictive Personality | Psychology Today Part 1: The Connection Between Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illness | National Institute on Drug Abuse Dry Drunk Syndrome: What Is It and Are You Experiencing It? | CCFA Dry Drunk Syndrome in Alcoholics - Shanti Ranganatha, 1985 The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction Brian Carr Update: ‘A long 35 years’: Murder charge laid in Canadian cold case thanks to genetic genealogy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/12/202458 minutes, 1 second
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Terror on the School Bus: The Chowchilla Kidnapping

Episode 303: The Chowchilla school bus hijacking and kidnapping, a notorious case that occurred in 1976, involved the abduction of a school bus carrying 26 children, nineteen girls and seven boys, ages 5 to 14, and their driver, Frank Edward ‘Ed’ Ray, who was 55. It was orchestrated by three young men from affluent families — brothers Richard Schoenfeld, 22, James Schoenfeld, 24, and their friend Frederick Newhall Woods IV, also twenty-four. The crime was motivated by a desire for ransom money and as a cure for their boredom. The kidnappers hid the bus and took its occupants to a buried truck trailer in a quarry in Livermore, California, intending to demand $5 million for their release. Remarkably, led by Ed Ray and Michael Marshall, 14, one of the older children, the victims managed to escape without any ransom being paid. Even though they all made it out alive, the victims suffered psychological scars that changed their lives and persist to the present day. This was the largest kidnapping in U.S. history, and it has a Canadian connection. After their hostages escaped, all three kidnappers went into hiding but were eventually apprehended and convicted, although one of the suspects, the mastermind behind the kidnapping, Frederick Woods, fled to Vancouver, British Columbia, before being arrested by the RCMP. Sources: Kidnapped! At Chowchilla — The School Bus Hijacking by Gail Miller and Sandra Thompkins Oroville Mercury Register 16 Jul 1976, page 1 The San Francisco Examiner 16 Jul 1976, page 3 The Fresno Bee 16 Jul 1976, page 25 ‘Major Break’ Expected in Mass Abduction (Published 1976) The Province 23 Jul 1976, page 1 The Vancouver Sun 30 Jul 1976, page 1 Merced Sun-Star 07 Aug 1976, page 1 Merced Sun-Star 07 Aug 1976, page 9 Chowchilla bus kidnapping: Rare photos from one of the largest abductions in U.S. history Chowchilla bus kidnapping survivor's lifelong fight to keep her captors behind bars Chowchilla bus kidnapper released from prison Chowchilla nightmares / 25 years later, kidnap victims still struggling to forget past Chowchilla bus kidnapping survivor's lifelong fight to keep her captors behind bars James Schoenfeld: Chowchilla Bus Kidnapper Paroled Almost 40 Years Later Chowchilla school bus kidnap victims file lawsuit 40 years after abduction Children of Chowchilla: a study of psychic trauma - PubMed The ballad of the Chowchilla bus kidnapping New Documentary Examines Kidnapping of School Bus Full of Children — and How They Miraculously Escaped Edward Ray - A Local Hero | Chowchilla, CA 1976 Bus Kidnapping | Chowchilla, CA Edward Ray Day in Chowchilla EDWARD... - City of Chowchilla, California (Government) Kent Morrill - Ballad Of Chowchilla Ray (1976 Bardel Records) Ballad Of Chowchilla Ray | Robert Goulet Survivors of Chowchilla kidnapping break silence in new documentary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/5/20241 hour, 55 seconds
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The Murder of RCMP Constable Thomas Brian King

Episode 302: On April 25, 1978, RCMP Constable Thomas (Brian) King, a 40-year-old father of three, pulled over a vehicle for a minor traffic offence at 12:35 AM on Highway 11, roughly a quarter mile (400 metres) north of the Saskatoon city boundary. Inside the car were two young men: 18-year-old Darrell Luke Crook and 19-year-old Gregory Michael Fischer. The pair had intentionally disabled the vehicle’s tail light to draw the attention of law enforcement. As the unsuspecting officer was checking Fisher’s driver’s licence, the two men overpowered, disarmed and manacled him with his service handcuffs.  The pair then forced the officer into their car and drove into Saskatoon, where they showed him off to friends. Afterward, Crook and Fisher drove to a secluded spot near the Saskatchewan River, where they beat and tortured the helpless constable. Then, they executed Brian King with his service revolver, shooting him twice and throwing his body into the river. Sources: A History of Winnipegosis RCMP Depot Division Royal Canadian Mounted Police Issues The Dark Side of the RCMP Star-Phoenix 25 Apr 1978, page 1 Star-Phoenix 27 Apr 1978, page 3 Star-Phoenix 27 Apr 1978, page 24 The Leader-Post 29 Apr 1978, page 1 Star-Phoenix 01 May 1978, page 3 1979 CanLII 2274 (SK CA) | R. v. Crook | CanLII 1980 CanLII 2130 (SK CA) | Radvanski v. Radwanski | CanLII 1991 ABCA 148 (CanLII) | R. v. Fischer | CanLII Faint Hope: Background Constable Thomas Brian King | Canadian War Memorial Thomas (Brian) King (1938-1978) | Find a Grave CBC News - Canada - In the line of duty: Deaths of RCMP officers CONSTA... - RCMP Quarterly / La Trimestrielle de la GRC Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/29/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 14 seconds
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Update: Stanley Park’s Babes in the Woods Identified

Episode 301: In episode thirteen of Dark Poutine, we covered the Babes in the Woods case, a tragic and long-unsolved mystery from Vancouver. In 1953, the skeletal remains of two children were discovered in Stanley Park, one of Vancouver's largest urban parks. What made this case, particularly haunting was that the children were found with a hatchet that appeared to have been used to end their lives. The identities of the two children remained unknown for almost 70 years until, in 2022, using DNA genealogy, the Vancouver Police were able to identify the boys believed to have died sometime in 1947. They were seven-year-old Derek and six-year-old David D'Alton. Their mother, Eileen Bousquet, who died in 1996, told relatives at the time that social services had taken the boys as she was unable to care for them. No one knows for sure what happened leading up to their deaths, and as so much time has passed, it is doubtful we ever will. At least they have their names back. Sources: Stanley Park — City of Vancouver Murder, Mystery and Intrigue in Review: Babes in the Woods 166: Hate Crime: The Murder of Aaron Webster – Dark Poutine – True Crime & Dark History Six Officers Plead Guilty To Stanley Park Beatings 2004 BCPC 1 (CanLII) | R. v. Cronmiller | CanLII Unsolved Stanley Park ‘Babes in the Woods’ case still haunts a city Interview with Brian Honeybourn 69UMBC — The Doe Network 68UMBC — The Doe Network VPD hopes genealogical testing can help solve cold case - Vancouver Police Department VPD identifies child victims in historic cold case murder - Vancouver Police Department Babes in the Woods: Vancouver police release identities, details about historic murders - VIA Identities of Stanley Park Babes in the Woods revealed almost 70 years later Who were the Babes in the Woods? Eileen Bousquet Archives — Cold Case BC by Eve Lazarus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/22/20241 hour, 48 seconds
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BONUS: Interview with Stacey Thur, Daniel’s mom — The Murder of Daniel Levesque — Part 2

As this is bonus content related to episode 300, we don’t have the usual show open. There are no loons. There’s no music. There’s no Mathew here for this. This episode is dedicated entirely to Daniel Jordan Levesque's memory and features my recent conversation with his mother, Stacey Thur, from her home in Revelstoke. B.C. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/15/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 58 seconds
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Lured by Lies — The Murder of Daniel Levesque — Part 1

Episode 300: In June 2011, twenty-year-old musician Daniel Jordan Levesque moved from his family home in Revelstoke, B.C., to Victoria, full of dreams to start a new life and advance his burgeoning musical career. On June 15, seeking work, Daniel went to a 7-Eleven store, where he met Joshua Tyler Bredo, the store’s Assistant Manager, who hired Daniel on the spot. Bredo presented himself as a good guy, a helpful friend, but in truth, he quickly became obsessed with Daniel sexually with nefarious motives in mind. Bredo began grooming Daniel, lying to him with promises of a more lavish lifestyle, plying him with drugs and alcohol while telling Daniel he saw him as a “little brother.” The coercion and lies continued until August 3, when Bredo lured Daniel to his apartment under the promise of an interview for Daniel at a non-existent law firm. It was there that Bredo killed Daniel and set up a scene to make it appear to be self-defence, later calling 911. Bredo was arrested that night and charged with Daniel’s murder. However, the case was not put to rest until after a mistrial in 2015, numerous other delays and a guilty plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter in 2017. Sources: 2016 BCSC 1843 (CanLII) | R. v Bredo | CanLII 2016 BCSC 2580 (CanLII) | R. v Bredo | CanLII 2016 BCSC 2701 (CanLII) | R. v Bredo | CanLII 2017 BCSC 2134 (CanLII) | R. v Bredo | CanLII Musician lured with lies, then killed; ‘Let me go. Just let me go.’ B.C. man in prison for killing friend with hammer released early ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! For all of ... Stacey Thur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/15/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 53 seconds
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Holiday 2023: Winnipeg’s Yuletide Bandit

Episode 299: In this episode, we explore a dark chapter of Winnipeg's criminal history, centred on the "Yuletide Bandit," notorious for his holiday-season robberies in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Michael David Syrnyk, known for targeting banks and armoured vehicles, executed his crimes with a reckless disregard for human life, often using firearms and viewing his victims merely as obstacles. His choice of the festive season for these heists added a cruel irony to his crimes, starkly contrasting with the spirit of joy and family. One notable incident was a shootout at Winnipeg’s Polo Park Mall, causing terror among Christmas shoppers. The dramatic end to his criminal spree came with a 12-hour standoff involving a former girlfriend, leading to his capture. This episode not only recounts Syrnyk's heinous acts but also underscores the lasting impact of his crimes on the victims and the broader community in Winnipeg. Dark Poutine will return on January 8th, 2024, ad-free on Amazon Music and in our regular feed on January 15. Sources: NATIONAL REPORT Gunfight at Winnipeg mall has shoppers ducking Red Deer Advocate 13 Dec 2000, page 14 The Winnipeg Sun 05 May 2002, page 3 The Winnipeg Sun 08 May 2002, page 1 23 years in the nick for Yuletide Bandit Waterloo Region Record 26 Dec 2002, page 5 North Bay Nugget 18 Dec 2002, page 9 The Kingston Whig-Standard 26 Dec 2002, page 48 The unlikely suspect in hostage-taking had hidden arsenal Hostage | 72 Hours S01E14 | True Crime "72 Hours: True Crime" Hostage — s01e14 | Documentary, Crime| Michael Syrnyk | News, Videos & Articles | Global News Apr 2016: Winnipeg's notorious 'Yuletide Bandit' makes first appearance before the parole board 'I could be dead': Security guard shot by 'Yuletide Bandit' frustrated by early parole | CBC News Michael Syrnyk was released from prison on Friday | CBC News The Yuletide Bandit: The Seven Year Search for a Serial Criminal by Mike McIntyre Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/25/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 29 seconds
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Chinese Exclusion from Canada. Part 2: Return of the Dragon

Episode 298: Last week, we learned how Chinese immigrants have significantly contributed to Western Canada's development since 1788, playing critical roles in trade, gold rushes, and railway construction. Despite their contributions, they faced severe discrimination and exploitation, particularly during the railway construction in the early 1900s. Post-railway completion, they suffered rights losses and were subject to a prohibitive head tax, escalating to $500, which failed to deter immigration. Enduring nativist racism and accusations of moral and social threats, their plight culminated in the dark chapter of Canadian history on July 1, 1923, as the Chinese Exclusion Act came into law. Sources: Federal Exclusion Act - Province of British Columbia Chinese Immigration Act, 1923 | Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Chinese Head Tax in Canada (Plain-Language Summary) 1872 - Indigenous and Chinese Peoples Excluded from the Vote When Chinese in Canada Were Numbered, Interrogated, Excluded What was the Chinese Exclusion Act in Canada? 3 things you might not know - Beyond Chinese Immigration records – Library and Archives Canada Blog Douglas Jung The Chinese head tax and the Chinese Exclusion Act | CMHR  Formal apology to Chinese Canadians Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/18/202352 minutes, 39 seconds
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Chinese Exclusion from Canada. Part 1: Enter the Dragon

Episode 297: The history of Chinese immigration to Canada is a story marked by adversity. Chinese labourers played a pivotal role in building the Canadian railway under harsh conditions, yet faced institutional discrimination, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1923, which limited immigration and separated families for years. Despite these challenges, the Chinese community's resilience has left an indelible mark on Canadian culture. Today, we honour their contributions and recognize the need to confront our history's shadows, striving for a more inclusive Canadian identity that values people of all backgrounds. Sources: Was 'old-stock Canadians' coded language — or a simple screw-up? | CBC News 1872 - Indigenous and Chinese Peoples Excluded from the Vote The Fraser River Gold Rush and the Founding of British Columbia Chinese Head Tax in Canada (Plain-Language Summary) Indigneous People Chinese Immigration Act, 1923 | Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Federal Exclusion Act - Province of British Columbia Sir John A. Macdonald – Dictionary of Canadian Biography Biography – CHU LAI – Volume XIII (1901-1910) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography Chinese Head tax: George Yee’s story Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/11/202353 minutes, 44 seconds
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Extreme Misogyny: The Montreal Massacre

Episode 296: On December 6, 1989, a tragic and profound event shook Canada and had a lasting impact. That evening, a gunman entered the École Polytechnique in Montreal, an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal. This act of violence was specifically targeted against women, marking it as a horrific instance of gender-based violence. The attacker, motivated by his hatred for feminists whom he blamed for his personal and professional failures, embarked on a rampage through the school. The consequences were devastating — in less than 20 minutes, 14 young women lost their lives. They were: Anne-Marie Edward, Sonia Pelletier, Geneviève Bergeron, Maryse Leclair, Barbara Daigneault, Maud Haviernick, Michèle Richard, Anne-Marie Lemay, Annie Turcotte, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Annie St-Arneault, Maryse Laganière and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz. Also, ten more women and four men were injured before the cowardly gunman ended his own life. The event, later known as the École Polytechnique Massacre or the Montreal Massacre, left a deep scar on Canadian society. It led to increased awareness and action against gender-based violence, prompting changes in gun control laws and police procedures. The date, December 6, was subsequently declared the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, serving as a sombre reminder of the need to combat gender-based violence and discrimination. Sources: Polytechnique Montréal | Polytechnique Montréal est l’un des plus importants établissements d’enseignement et de recherche en génie au Canada Women in Engineering Women in scientific occupations in Canada 30 years later Nathalie Provost The Montreal Massacre — The Target — Crime Library on Montreal_Coroners_Report Because They Were Women - The Montreal Massacre — Josée Boileau Aftermath — Monique Lepine Historical CBC Reports on the Massacre Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/4/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Black Friday Siege: The Murder of Detective Boyd Davidson

Episode 295: On the afternoon of December 20, 1974, a storekeeper in Calgary, Alberta, alerted the police about a customer, Philippe Laurier Gagnon, 26, who became aggressive after being denied the sale of airplane glue. The individual fled, and police pursued him to his residence two blocks away. When officers approached the suspect's residence, they were met with gunfire. Additional police, more than 130 officers, arrived to find the suspect armed with two rifles rifle in a garage. Gagnon refused to come out. A shootout ensued, resulting in the death of Detective Boyd Davidson, 43, after being shot in the neck. Six other officers were wounded by gunfire, and several others were injured.  After a military armoured car arrived, police gained the upper hand, smashed into the house and dislodged the gunman from his hideout. Gagnon, who had two rape convictions, a history of assault as well as a record of mental illness and drug abuse, also died at the scene in a hail of bullets as he charged at the officers.  Detective Davidson, a 23-year veteran of the police force and key figure in establishing the combined police and fire arson squad, left behind a wife and five children. His death and what was learned from the events led to the creation of the Calgary Police Service’s tactical team and changes to policing nationwide. Sources: Calgary Herald 21 Dec 1974, page 1 Edmonton Journal 24 Dec 1974, page 3 The Ottawa Journal 24 Dec 1974, page Page 2 The Vancouver Sun 28 Dec 1974, page 60 The Daily Herald-Tribune 30 Dec 1974, page 2 Black Friday: The day that changed policing in Canada Calgray Herald - 40 years ago Black Friday transformed Calgary policing Thugs, Thieves & Outlaws: A dark day for Calgary police Calgary Police Service | Facebook Tribute to fallen officers | Calgary Police About our Tactical Unit | Calgary Police Calgary's armoured rescue vehicle set to retire Calgary police unveil new armoured vehicle | CBC News Black Friday | YouthLinkYYC | YouTube PTSD among Police Officers: Impact on Critical Decision Making PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURIES Public Safety Personnel’s interpretations of potentially traumatic events Development of an Evidence-Informed Solution to Emotional Distress in Public Safety Personnel and Healthcare Workers: The Social Support, Tracking Distress, Education, and Discussion CommunitY (STEADY) Program Calgary Police Service officer joins somber list of members killed in line of duty - Calgary Driver in death of CPS officer sentenced to 12 years Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/27/202355 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Quakers and The Killers: The Murder of Peter Lazier

Episode 294: On the evening of December 21, 1883, near Bloomfield, Ontario, visitor Peter Lazier was murdered by two intruders at the farmhouse of Quakers Gilbert and Margaret Jones. The community, deeply affected, quickly organized a search. They traced footprints in the snow, leading to Joseph Thomset and the Lowder family's homes near West Lake. By the next day, Joseph Thomset and brothers David and George Lowder were arrested and charged with murder. The legal process moved rapidly. The coroner's inquest began the next day, followed by formal proceedings within a week. The trial, held at the Prince Edward County Courthouse in Picton just five months later, suggested the motive was robbery, aimed at stealing the $555 Gilbert Jones earned from selling hops. George Lowder and Joseph Thomset were found guilty of murder and hanged in June of 1884. Many felt justice was served, but others believed the law got it wrong, acting hastily without sufficient evidence. Sources: Prince Edward County The Canadian Encyclopedia | Quakers The Lazier Murder: Prince Edward County, 1884 — Robert J. Sharpe The Kingston Whig-Standard 24 Dec 1883, page 2 Ottawa Daily Citizen 24 Dec 1883, page 1 Manitoba Weekly Free Press 15 May 1884, page 2 The Lazier murder trial of 1884 – did they get the right men? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/20/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 55 seconds
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Cold Case Turned Hot: The Murder of Cathy Pozzobon

Episode 293: During the evening of Friday, October 13 and the early hours of October 14, 1978, a group of teens and young adults attended a gathering in a rural area of Maple Ridge, B.C. That night, 16-year-old Catherine Emma Pozzobon went missing from the event. Her partially clothed remains were discovered on the afternoon of October 15, not far from the location of the party. Investigations revealed the presence of seminal fluid in her mouth, throat, and on her clothing, as well as a tuft of human hair grasped in her hand. The case was treated as a homicide by law enforcement, but without adequate evidence to pinpoint a suspect, the inquiry was eventually suspended. Two decades later, in 1998, the case was reopened with the advancement of DNA profiling as a key tool for forensic investigation. Police tested the DNA profiles of the male party attendees against the evidence found on Cathy’s body, and there was a match. Twenty years after she was murdered, Cathy’s family finally saw justice. Sources: 2001 BCSC 597 (CanLII) | R. v. Larsen | CanLII OBITUARY: The Province 18 Oct 1978, page 38 Police Seek Clues: The Vancouver Sun 20 Oct 1978, page 6 No New Leads: Surrey Leader 01 Nov 1978, page 16 10 Suspects: Times Colonist 07 Nov 1978, page 14 Unsolved: The Vancouver Sun 18 Apr 1981, page 10 The Vancouver Sun 01 May 2001, page 11 Maple Ridge — Official Website Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/13/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 48 seconds
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Introducing... Uncharted: Crime and Mayhem in the Music Industry | The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash | 1

The old days of air travel were quite risky…compared to today, the chances of your flight going down were far greater …every airport had kiosks and coin-operating vending machines where you could buy life insurance before you headed to the gate—you know, just in case you thought you weren’t going to make it to your final destination… 1977 was one of the worst years for accidents in aviation history…in addition to several violent hijackings every month—sometimes with fatal results—There were also passenger plane crashes with great loss of life…including the worst aviation disaster of all time when two 747s planes collided on a runway in the Canary Islands, killing 583 people. Frank Sinatra’s mother, the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, and all but one member of the University of Evansville basketball team died in crashes… But then there were the events of October 20, 1977, when a rickety chartered plane went down in a swamp in Mississippi…on board were members of Lynyrd Skynyrd…six of the 24 passengers died, including singer Ronnie Van Zandt, guitarist Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines, and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick…both pilots also died… What happened? Have I got a story for you... Like what you hear? You can find and follow Uncharted: Crime and Mayhem in the Music Industry on your favourite podcast app or by clicking here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/11/202330 minutes, 43 seconds
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Remembrance Day 2023: The One-Eyed Ghost — Leo Major

Episode 292: In the annals of military history, few figures stand as singularly remarkable as Léo Major, a French-Canadian soldier whose audacious feats in World War II and the Korean War etched his name in the pantheon of military legends. During World War II, he served with the Régiment de la Chaudière, participating in the D-Day landings and embarking on a series of extraordinary exploits that culminated in the single-handed liberation of the Dutch town of Zwolle from Nazi occupation. Unfazed by injuries and fueled by a relentless drive, he refused to be sidelined, resolutely continuing his service. Major's saga did not conclude with the end of World War II; he reenlisted to serve in the Korean War, where he would once again defy the odds and solidify his legacy. His story is a captivating tale of bravery, resilience, and a steadfast commitment to justice, offering an inspiring testament to the power of individual courage in the face of overwhelming adversity. Some have called him Quebec’s Rambo. He is the only Canadian to have received the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) twice for his actions in two different wars. Sources: Have you heard of Léo Major, the liberator of Zwolle? A One-Eyed Québécois ‘Rambo’ Captures Imaginations in Canada (Published 2018) D-Day-the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division: 6 June 1944 Le Régiment de la Chaudière mag-decembre2008 Léo Major Cpl Léo Major Léo Major Leo Major - TRF Léo Major Leo Major Liberates Zwolle Léo Major – A Quebec Military Hero Pte. Leo Major, 87: Decorated hero Leo Major Obituary (2008) - Legacy Remembers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/6/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 21 seconds
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Introducing... Black and Blue: Behind the Badge | Catching Hell

It’s 1986 and Michael Morrison is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to leave his life of poverty in Newark and start afresh. It’s a job offer he can’t afford to refuse. Michael has no idea what this new job has in store. But he soon realizes: he’s just joined ‘the biggest gang in America’. Join Seren Jones to hear Michael’s story and find out what it means to be both Black and Blue. Want to hear more? You can follow along on your favourite podcast app here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/4/202336 minutes, 32 seconds
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Spooktober 5: The Story of Jack Fiddler, Wendigo Killer

Episode 291: Jack Fiddler was a chief and shaman among the Anishinaabe in northwestern Ontario. Born around 1839, he became renowned for his abilities in white magic, particularly his claimed power to defeat the Wendigo, a cannibalistic spirit. Fiddler asserted that he had vanquished fourteen Wendigos during his lifetime. Some of these were believed to be sent by enemy shamans, while others were individuals from his community who developed an uncontrollable craving for human flesh. Families often asked him to euthanize a gravely ill loved one to prevent them from becoming Wendigo. In 1907, the North-West Mounted Police arrested Jack and his brother Joseph Fiddler for the alleged murder of a woman believed to have turned Wendigo. The arrest was part of a broader effort to impose Canadian law on Indigenous communities. The story garnered significant media attention, with many newspapers sensationalizing the events. Jack Fiddler died by suicide while in custody, and although Joseph went to trial and was convicted, he passed away in 1909, shortly before an order for his release arrived. Sources: Killing the Shamen : Fiddler, Thomas | Internet Archive Windigo | The Canadian Encyclopedia Wendigo Lore by Chad Lewis and Kevin Lee Nelson Canadian Mysteries of the Unexplained by John Marlowe - Ebook Dangerous Spirits: The Windigo in Myth and History - Ebook Biography – ZHAUWUNO-GEEZHIGO-GAUBOW – Volume XIII (1901-1910) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography Biography – PEEMEECHEEKAG – Volume XII (1891-1900) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography (PDF) Wendigo Psychosis The Windigo in the Material World on JSTOR The Power to Punish: Conflicts of Authority in the Case of Jack Fiddler | Deborah Rose Peña | The Hypocrite Reader Windigo of First Nations oral tradition — fearsome and loathsome creature Free Press Prairie Farmer 23 Oct 1907, page 8 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/30/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Spooktober 4: Fact or Fiction? Jacko the Ape-Boy from Yale, BC

On July 3, 1884, the Daily Colonist newspaper in Canada reported the capture of "Jacko," described as a human-like creature resembling a gorilla near Yale, British Columbia. Some Bigfoot enthusiasts later cited this story as evidence for Sasquatch's existence. The tale gained prominence and drew much speculation from only a single story reprinted in numerous newspapers. Jacko’s story has been featured in various books, documentaries and television shows. Other articles from 1884 dismiss the story as a probable hoax, yet some continue to believe he did exist. Sources: The Daily British Colonist, July 3, 1884 The Mainland Guardian, July 9, 1884 The British Columbian, July 12, 1884 Yale & the Strange Story of Jacko the Ape-boy by Christopher L. Murphy and Barry G. Blount Abominable Snowmen, Legend Come To Life : Ivan T. Sanderson | Internet Archive Strange Creatures from Time and Space by John A. Keel | Goodreads Sasquatch in BC: A Chronology of Incidents… by Christopher L. Murphy | Goodreads Remembering John Green's indelible footprint Kilby Historic Site The Parker Road Phantom | Saltwire rr_2009_july_protecting_elusive_sasquatch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/23/20231 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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Spooktober 3: More on Canadian UFOs and The Charlie Red Star Sightings

First, we look at a little more about the history of UFO sightings in Canada and elsewhere. These are not a new phenomena. In the show’s second half, we learn about a series of UFO sightings that occurred in the 1970s in Manitoba, particularly around Carman. The sightings garnered significant attention because of their frequency and because many credible individuals, including police officers and other professionals, witnessed them. The name “Charlie Red Star” was given to the object due to its bright red hue and was often described as a glowing, pulsating, and sometimes changing shape. Sightings of the object frequently mentioned its ability to move at incredible speeds and make sudden maneuvers that seemed beyond the capability of conventional aircraft of that era. The phenomenon of Charlie Red Star drew many UFO enthusiasts, reporters, and investigators to the area in the hope of witnessing or gaining some understanding of the mysterious object. While there were numerous speculations and theories regarding the nature of Charlie Red Star, including secret military projects, extraterrestrial craft, or atmospheric phenomena, the true identity and nature of the objects remain unexplained. The events surrounding Charlie Red Star have since become a notable chapter in the annals of UFO lore. Sources: The Big Book of UFOs — Chris A. Rutkowski Search Results: Carman, MB - Canada's UFOs: The Search for the Unknown - Library and Archives Canada Charlie Red Star: True Reports of One of North America's Biggest UFO Sightings by Grant Cameron The Canadian UFO Report: The Best Cases Revealed by Chris A. Rutkowski Canada's UFOs: Declassified by Chris A. Rutkowski The Calgary Albertan 17 May 1975, page 12 Star-Phoenix 18 Jun 1975, page 17 The Brandon Sun 18 Nov 1975, page Page 1 THE SANDRA LARSON INCIDENT Schumer, Rounds Introduce New Legislation To Declassify Government Records Related To Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena & UFOs – Modeled After JFK Assassination Records Collection Act – As An Amendment To NDAA | Senate Democratic Leadership Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/16/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 33 seconds
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Spooktober 2: More Canadian Ghost Stories

Episode 288: In this, the second episode of our five-part Spooktober series, we dive into three ghostly tales from coast to coast or, to coin a phrase, ghost to ghost. First, we’re off to northern New Brunswick to learn about the ghostly Fire Ship of Chaleur Bay, said to sail the waters of the bay intermittently terrifying mariners. Next, we head to Wallaceburg, Ontario, where, in the 1830s, violent poltergeist activity known as the Baldoon Mystery occurred. Last, we come back west to B.C., where in a small museum in Quesnel resides Mandy the haunted doll. Sources: City of Bathurst | | Heritage & Culture | The Legend of the Phantom Ship Le Vaisseau de Feu de la Baie des Chaleurs Lost at Sea: Ghost Ships and Other Mysteries | Goss, Michael | Internet Archive The Burning Ship of Northumberland Strait: Some Notes on That Apparition on JSTOR The Baldoon Mystery Baldoon Mystery | Psi Encyclopedia The Baldoon Mystery | Skeptoid Baldoon mystery | Wierd and Startling | McDonald, Neil T | Internet Archive “A History of Wallaceburg and Vicinity 1804 to the Present.” pp. 20–22 Biography – TROYER, JOHN – Volume VII (1836-1850) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography Mandy | Quesnel & District Museum and Archives Calgary Herald 04 Apr 1999, page 31 Quesnel Cariboo Observer 28 Apr 1999, page 12 The Paranormal Road Trippers (@theparanormalroadtrippers) | Instagram Canada's Most Haunted Doll!! | The Paranormal Road Trippers | YouTube Meet Mandy the Doll, Canada's Most Evil Antique Forget Annabelle. Meet Mandy the Haunted Doll Mandy the Haunted Doll | The Paranormal Guide Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/9/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 9 seconds
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Spooktober 1: More Legendary Canadian Creatures

Episode 287: Canada, the second-largest country in the world, is a vast land of dense forests, expansive tundras, and rugged coastlines. Our diverse landscapes are home to folklore, legends, and tales of mysterious creatures. These elusive beings have captured the imaginations of locals, researchers, and enthusiasts for generations. In this, the first of five spookier-themed episodes for October, let’s explore a few of Canada's most intriguing legendary creatures. We’ll learn about a weird giant frog in Coleman, New Brunswick, a mythical people-eating creature in B.C., grumpy fairies in Quebec, and a few mythical and often terrifying creatures from the indigenous lore of Canada’s north. Sources: The Coleman Frog Jump Into History With the Coleman Frog It’s Something | Coleman Frog Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) Book of Creatures | Baxbakwalanuxsiwae Le bonhomme sept-heures The Social Organization & Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl by Franz Boas | Internet Archive Intellectual culture of the Hudson Bay Eskimos : Rasmussen, Knud | Internet Archive A Book of Creatures | Canada .: INUIT MYTHOLOGY:. | Mahaha Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/2/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Mind Reader and the Murderer: The Booher Farm Massacre

Episode 286: On July 9, 1928, the Alberta Provincial Police were alerted to a mass murder at the Booher farm in Mannville, Alberta. Upon arrival, they discovered the bodies of Rose Booher, her oldest son Fred, and two hired hands, Gabriel Grombey and Bill Rozak, all shot dead.  The younger son, Vernon Booher, was unharmed. He’d been out in the fields working that evening and, after hearing shots, ran back to the house to his mother and brother dead. It was he who’d sounded the alarm. Two Booher daughters were in town during the incident. The father of the family, Henry, also away during the killings, was devastated.  Vernon displayed little emotion and soon became the number one suspect in the slayings. He denied involvement, and the murder weapon, a rifle, was missing. Dr. Adolph Maximilian Langsner, an Austrian criminologist and psychiatrist who claimed he could read brainwaves, was brought in to assist. He claimed he read Vernon’s mind, and confirmed he was the killer. Langsner also directed police to the missing firearm, claiming he’d drawn a map taken from Vernon’s thoughts. Presented with the formerly missing rifle, Vernon confessed, stating he killed his mother over her disapproval of his girlfriend and then eliminated witnesses. But his confession was disallowed. Why? His defence attorneys claimed Dr. Langsner had coerced him into it through hypnotism. Sources: 1928 CanLII 342 (AB KB) | Rex v. Booher | CanLII 2007 SCC 6 (CanLII) | R. v. Trochym | CanLII 2009 CanLII 40558 (ON SC) | R. v. Trochym | CanLII Hypnotism and its Legal Import Times Colonist 19 Jul 1928, page 10 Edmonton Journal 24 Jul 1928, page 1 Langsner on the Stand: The Vancouver Sun 26 Sep 1928, page 1 Edmonton Journal 29 Apr 1996, page 1 Edmonton Journal 29 Apr 1996, page 7 Hypnotically Enhanced Testimony in Criminal Proceedings Book: Strange Days: Amazing Stories From Canada's Wildest Decade by Ted Ferguson Book: The Big Book of Canadian Hauntings by John Robert Colombo Book: Murder: Twelve True Stories of Homicide in Canada by Edward Butts Detective Maximilian Langsner and the Murderer's Mind Part 1 Detective Maximilian Langsner and the Murderer's Mind Part 2 After 17 years, Stephen Trochym admits slaying Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/25/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 49 seconds
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Away Game: The Trial of the Pendle Witches

Episode: 285: The 1612 Lancashire trials of the accused Pendle witches, one of the most notorious witchcraft trials in English history, took place during the reign of King James I. Twelve individuals from the area around Pendle Hill in Lancashire were accused of practicing witchcraft and brought to trial at Lancaster Assizes. Of these, ten were found guilty and hanged, one was found not guilty, and another died in prison. The trial is particularly remembered for the testimonies of the accused, especially that of the young girl, Jennet Device, whose evidence played a significant role in the convictions. While the immediate aftermath of the Pendle trials saw heightened witch paranoia, the extremity of the trials and the nature of the evidence also sowed seeds of skepticism. Over time, as more and more trials took place, some segments of society began to question the validity of witchcraft accusations and the reliability of the testimony of children and confessions obtained under pressure. It's believed that from the early 15th to the early 18th centuries, the total number of executions from English witch trials was just under 500. Sources: The Lancashire Witches: A Romance of Pendle Forest by William Harrison Ainsworth Discovery of Witches by active 1612-1618 Thomas Potts Daemonologie. by King of England James I The Pendle Witches, a famous witch trial in Lancashire The History Press: The Pendle Witches The Demonology of King James I by Donald Tyson - Ebook Malleus Maleficarum Index The mark of the Devil: Medical proof in Witchcraft Trials by Sarah Dunn The Pendle Witches | Lancashire Witch Trials | English Witchcraft Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/18/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Murder of Gladys Wakabayashi

Episode 284: On the evening of June 24, 1992, after she failed to pick her daughter up from school, 41-year-old Gladys Wakabayshi’s estranged husband, Shinji and her daughter, Elisa, discovered her body in the hallway of their home in Shaughnessy, a posh Vancouver neighbourhood. Gladys had been brutally slashed and bled out on the floor.  Early on, after uncovering an affair between Derek James, a long-time family friend, and Gladys Wakabayashi, Jean Ann James, 52, Derek’s wife, became the number one suspect in the murder. Jean Ann refused to talk, leaving the police without enough physical evidence to lay charges. The crime would go unsolved for more than 15 years before Jean Ann James was arrested after she confessed to the murder of her friend during an intricate Mr. Big sting. Sources: 2013 BCCA 11 (CanLII) | R. v. James | CanLII 2012 BCCA 162 (CanLII) | R. v. James | CanLII Search — Gladys Wakabayashi Woman confessed to killing husband's mistress with box cutters, court told Jean Ann James | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers Not So Sleepy Jean Accused Killer Seen in Victim's Bedroom 2 Days Before Murder 'Volatile' elderly killer loses bid for private visits with cheating husband | CBC News The “Mr. Big” Police Tactic in Canada Leads to False Confessions… 华人女富豪被割喉家中 血贱温西豪宅 - 温哥华专栏 - The case of Nelson Hart: 2 girls, 3 years and a mystery 'Mr. Big' No New Friends: A Look at the Law Relating to Mr. Big in R. v. Hart : Royle Law | Criminal and DUI Lawyers Toronto Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/11/202357 minutes, 33 seconds
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Private Acts and Public Health: HIV Non-Disclosure in Canada

Episode 283: In this episode, we venture into a controversial and tragic chapter of Canada's legal history. It intertwines public health, personal relationships, and the weight of the law. We're talking about the history of HIV non-disclosure cases in Canada. Part of our journey takes us to the early 2000s, zeroing in on Johnson Aziga, a Ugandan-born Canadian resident. His name would soon become synonymous with a landmark legal battle challenging the boundaries of consent, deception, and responsibility. Aziga was diagnosed with HIV in 1996, but his numerous subsequent relationships would cast him into the national spotlight. Two women, specifically, would become central to his story: both entered into relationships with Aziga, and HIV-related complications tragically took both. The women’s names are protected under publication bans, so we cannot speak to their biographies. Regardless, their untimely deaths would raise a storm of questions about trust, disclosure, and the duty one owes to their intimate partners. Aziga was convicted of murder and deemed a dangerous offender, but argued that his race and status as an immigrant weighed against him. In 2023, the murder convictions were overturned and replaced with manslaughter charges substituted in their place. NOTE: In this podcast, the names of survivors will be kept confidential, and initials or aliases will be used instead. Sources: A history of HIV/AIDS HIV 101: The History of HIV & AIDS in Canada - Freddie Magazine The legacy of the HIV/AIDS fight in Canada R v Cuerrier After Cuerrier | Publications - Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network African immigrant damnation syndrome: The case of Charles Ssenyonga 2006 CanLII 42798 (ON SC) | R. v. Aziga | CanLII 2007 CanLII 38 (ON SC) | R. v. Aziga | CanLII 2011 ONSC 4592 (CanLII) | R. v. Aziga | CanLII Canada: HIV “murderer” Aziga now also a “dangerous offender,” locked up for life HIV-positive man convicted of murder apologizes to victims 2014 HRTO 144 (CanLII) | Aziga v. Ontario (Community Safety and Correctional Services) | CanLII 2014 HRTO 1465 (CanLII) | Aziga v. Ontario (Community Safety and Correctional Services) | CanLII Court overturns murder convictions against Ontario man who gave two women HIV, killing them 2023 ONCA 12 (CanLII) | R. v. Aziga | CanLII Update — Canada: Murder convictions for HIV transmission reduced to manslaughter HIV Criminalization Criminal HIV Transmission Canada: Ontario leads the world in the over-criminalization of HIV non-disclosure Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/4/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Child Martyr: Aurore Gagnon

Episode 282: Aurore Gagnon is probably one of the most tragic figures in twentieth-century Canadian history. She was only ten years old when she died of exhaustion and blood poisoning in her hometown of Sainte-Philomène-de-Fortierville, Quebec, on February 12, 1920. An autopsy revealed at least 54 wounds on her body, presumably inflicted over time by her stepmother Marie-Anne Houde and her father, Télesphore Gagnon. Both were later convicted for their roles in the little girl’s death. Aurore Gagnon’s story has left a lasting impact on Quebec's cultural memory, inspiring plays, films, and discussions about child abuse and children's rights in the province. Sources: Aurore! The Mystery of the Martyred Child HISTORY OF SAINTE-PHILOMÈNE Fortierville, Quebec, Canada: Church of Saint Philomena of Fortierville Fortierville GAGNON, AURORE – Volume XIV (1911-1920) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography Généalogie Aurore Gagnon Centre d'interprétation de Fortierville | Église Ste-Philomène de Fortierville Monument funéraire d'Aurore Gagnon - Répertoire du patrimoine culturel du Québec Marie-Aurore-Lucienne “Aurore” Gagnon (1909-1920)... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/28/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 8 seconds
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Beaver Lake Tragedy: The McKenzie Murders

Episode 281: On the night of Saturday, October 25th, 1857, in Beaver Lake, a part of Simond’s Parish in St John County, a heinous crime was committed unlike anything ever seen in New Brunswick up to that point. Sure, there had been murders and arsons, but those were often the result of heated arguments or drunken brawls. But this crime was different. It’s hard to believe that anyone in New Brunswick would coldly and calculatedly murder a man named Robert McKenzie, his wife, and his four helpless children, all for the sake of money, and then burn down their property to destroy the evidence. The perpetrators, three Irish Catholics, Hugh Breen and Patrick Slavin Sr. and Slavin’s teenage son, Patrick Jr., targeted the protestant Mackenzie family, robbing and murdering them. This crime, committed on that fateful Saturday night, was, to that point, unprecedented in New Brunswick. Some still feel the crime rivals the worst in the province’s history. Sources: The Beaver Lake tragedy | Internet Archive The Victorian Era Crime That Shocked New Brunswick: The Beaver Lake Tragedy McKenzie Murders | Cases | Crime and Punishment | Projects | Faculty of Arts | UNB Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/21/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 1 second
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They Walked Away — The Murder of Martin Payne

Episode 280: In the early morning hours of July 8, 2019, Vancouver Island RCMP launched a manhunt for two inmates who had escaped from William Head, a minimum security federal institution in Metchosin, south of Victoria. The two men, James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage had walked away from William Head the day before. The fugitives were arrested on July 9 after an off-duty RCMP officer spotted them in Esquimalt. On July 12, RCMP found the body of 60-year-old Martin Keith Payne, who had not shown up for work, at his home on Brookview Drive, in the community of Metchosin. Payne's suspicious death initiated an 11-month investigation led by the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit, involving several police agencies. On June 12, 2020, an RCMP news release reported that the escapees, Busch and Armitage, had been charged with first-degree murder concerning Martin Payne’s death. This event sparked serious debate about the decision-making process that led to these two individuals, both with histories of violent crime, being housed in a minimum-security facility. How had they simply walked away from their incarceration to murder Martin Payne? Sources: RCMP in British Columbia - Two men arrested and charged in the 2019 Martin Payne homicide investigation Metchosin The behind-the-scenes story of how ignored warnings at William Head allowed a killer to escape William Head Rd · Metchosin, BC Correctional Service on Twitter The Province 09 Jul 2019, page A13 | CAPTURED - Prisoners who escaped from William Head Institution now in police custody | Suspicious Death Investigation Continues in Metchosin | Persons of interest identified in the murder of Martin Payne Victim died of multiple stab wounds and blunt force injuries, murder trial hears Woman sentenced for role in murder | CBC News Metchosin seeks permission to use emergency alerts for prison breaks Globe and Mail | Inmate tells B.C. court he ‘felt like dying’ while in solitary confinement Loved ones remember joyous Metchosin man as his killer is sentenced Family of murdered Metchosin man speaks as killer sentenced to life in prison Paul Bernardo transfer to a medium-security prison was ‘sound’: review - National CSC staff ‘worried the circus would begin’ before Bernardo transfer: emails - National ‘My father could have been anyone’: Daughters of murder victim speak out July marks 4 years since inmates escaped William Head prison, murdered Metchosin man 2019 BCPC 311 (CanLII) | R. v. Armitage | CanLII 2022 BCSC 1407 (CanLII) | R. v Armitage & Busch | CanLII Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/14/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 25 seconds
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Repeat Offender: The Murders of Chantale Deschesnes and Marylène Levesque

Episode 279: In Quebec City, on October 21, 2004, Dario Gallese got an alarming phone call from his younger brother, Eustachio Gallese. In the call, Eustachio admitted to killing his girlfriend, Chantale Deschesnes, 32, and, following his brother's advice, contacted the police to report the crime. Eustachio was arrested, charged, and convicted of the second-degree murder of Chantale. In late 2006, Eustachio was sentenced to life in prison without parole eligibility for 15 years.  In 2019, Eustachio was placed into a halfway house on day parole. In September, in what would be a controversial decision, his case management team allowed Eustachio Gallese to visit sex workers to have his sexual needs met, as long as he was ‘transparent’ with his case management team about these visits.  On the night of January 22, 2020, Eustachio Gallese walked into a Quebec City police station and admitted to having murdered another woman, a 22-year-old masseuse named Marylène Levesque, whom he’d become obsessed with. Marylène’s body was found in the Sainte-Foy (Sant-Fwa) hotel room where Gallese said she would be. She’d been stabbed 30 times. A month later, Eustachio Gallese, then 51, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. After a public outcry inciting parliamentary debate, the Correctional Service of Canada and the Parole Board of Canada announced a joint investigation into Gallese’s release. Sources: 2004 CanLII 56627 (QC CS) | R. c. Gallese | CanLII 2009 QCCA 1071 (CanLII) | Gallese c. R. | CanLII Meurtre de Marylène Lévesque: une vigile contre les féminicides Meurtre à Sainte-Foy: «C’était prévisible», dénonce la fille de la victime Debates (Hansard) No. 14 - February 4, 2020 (43-1) - House of Commons of Canada Stigma and Criminalization of Sex Work Facilitated the Murder of Marylène Levesque Correctional services missed signs leading up to Marylène Levesque murder, says report | CBC News Warning signs were missed prior to murder of Marylène Lévesque: report | Watch News Videos Online Internal investigation into the murder of Marylène Lévesque: Pierre Paul-Hus calls for the immediate reopening of the internal investigation | Pierre Paul-Hus Joint National Board of Investigation: Correctional Service of Canada - Parole Board of Canada Enforcing prostitution laws could have saved Marylène Lévesque | The Star Marylène Lévesque - Investigation Report | PDF Capitalism Is Killing My Fellow Sex Workers How Canada’s sex work laws put lives at risk | CityNews Quebec City man sentenced to life with no parole for 25 years for 1st-degree murder of sex worker | CBC News Correctional Service Canada takes concrete actions in response to Board of Investigation results Why Sex Work Should Be Decriminalized Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/7/20231 hour, 1 minute, 13 seconds
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Murder in Richmond Hill: The Crimes of Grace Marks and James McDermott

Episode 278: In this episode, we plunge into the perplexing saga of Grace Marks and James McDermott. Their story, a blend of mystery and controversy, revolves around the savage murders of wealthy Richmond Hill farmer Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in 1843. This tale continues to ignite debates about guilt, innocence, and the essence of criminality. We'll lay out a tangled web of facts and speculations surrounding these infamous figures and their crimes. We journey through Grace's life, from her hazardous upbringing in Ireland to her immigration to Canada and her involvement in one of the 19th century's most notorious crimes. We also delve into James McDermott's role and his complex relationship with Grace Marks, a subject of relentless speculation. Sources: Grace Marks | The Canadian Encyclopedia Life in the Clearings versus the Bush by Susanna Moodie - Free Ebook The trials of James McDermott and Grace Marks | Digital Archive | Toronto Public Library An Historical Enigma: the real Grace Marks and Alias Grace | Anna Mazzola Is ‘Alias Grace’ a True Story? Separate Fact vs. Fiction Beyond Grace: Criminal Lunatic Women in Victorian Canada The Trial and Testimony of Grace Marks, Murderess: Gender Performance in a Colonial Courtroom, Upper Canada 1843 by Ashley Banbury Early Days in Richmond Hill Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/31/20231 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
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The Alexander Family Tragedy

Episode 277: On January 26, 2012, Jo Anne Alexander called 911 from her residence in Richmond, B.C., pleading for help and mentioning that she had ingested sleeping pills. Upon arrival, police found Jo Anne and her husband, John Alexander, in their bed with their deceased family dog. John was dead and had suffered blunt-force injuries. His death was ruled a homicide. Jo Anne was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was arrested after a conversation with police and subsequently charged with second-degree murder. A B.C. Supreme Court jury found Jo Anne Alexander guilty of the second-degree murder of her husband in March. She was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 11 years. The court heard that the couple had been in severe financial distress, living off the proceeds from the sale of their home and borrowing from friends and family. In a letter to her family, Jo Anne, apparently suicidal, said the couple was facing "financial ruin" and that her husband didn't understand. John and Jo Anne's son, David, will share his experiences over the past 11 and a half years since his father died in the next part of this episode. The following episode includes talk of suicide. If you need help, you can contact a crisis responder to get help without judgement, twenty-four / seven, 365 days a year at 1-833-456-4566. For more information, please go to You matter and are deserving of help.  Sources: Get Help | Talk Suicide Canada 2014 BCSC 293 (CanLII) | R. v. Alexander | CanLII 2014 BCSC 1306 (CanLII) | R. v. Alexander | CanLII Richmond woman, 63, gets 11-year prison term for murder of ailing husband - Richmond News Richmond woman charged with murdering invalid husband of 40 years | Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/24/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Shooting of Jacob Sansom and Morris Cardinal

Episode 276: On March 27, 2020, Jacob Sansom, 39, and his uncle, Maurice Cardinal, 57, both Métis, went hunting in Glendon, Alberta. They later began driving along Range Road 484, where they were mistakenly suspected of planning a burglary by Roger Bilodeau, a white property owner. Bilodeau, 58, and his 16-year-old son, Joseph, gave chase, reaching speeds up to 150 km/h. Another son, Anthony Bilodeau, 33, was called to join during the chase. He did and brought a gun.  After a confrontation at an intersection near Glendon, Alberta, Anthony shot and killed both Sansom and Cardinal. The Bilodeaus fled the scene, offering no aid, nor did they contact authorities. The victims’ bodies were discovered by a passerby hours later. Sources: Justice for Jacob and Morris Obituary of Jacob Christoper Sansom | Northern Lights Funeral Chapel Obituary of Maurice David Cardinal | Northern Lights Funeral Chapel Justice For Jake and Morris | Facebook Métis National Council 2022 ABQB 576 (CanLII) | R v Bilodeau | CanLII 2023 ABKB 13 (CanLII) | R v Bilodeau | CanLII Global News | Search: Jacob Sansom and Morris Cardinal Métis hunters’ families reacts to Anthony Bilodeau’s sentence | APTN News Surveillance footage shows Metis hunters’ deaths | Toronto Star | YouTube Alberta father and son both guilty in killing of two Métis hunters | The Star Metis hunter in Alberta says threats not new in province | APTN News Experiences of discrimination among the Black and Indigenous populations in Canada, 2019 History of Racism in Canada - Anti-Racism Learning Toolkit - Library and Academic Services at RRC Polytech White Canadian man found guilty of murder of two Indigenous hunters | Canada | The Guardian Edmonton Journal | Jacob Sansom and Morris Cardinal Murdered Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/17/202358 minutes, 55 seconds
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Introducing... Deadman's Curse: Slumach's Gold

This historical, true crime podcast hosted by Kru Williams from History Television's hit original series Deadman’s Curse: The Legend of the Lost Gold investigates the curse and legend surrounding the lost gold mine of Pitt Lake. On their quest they're joined by members of the Stó:lō and Katzie First Nations, historians and cultural experts of diverse backgrounds, as they sort fact from fiction and give Slumach a voice from the other side of the veil. You'll hear about how an Indigenous prospector, accused of murder set a curse on anyone who searched for his hidden gold just before he was hanged. Over a century later, a prospector, a mountaineer, a truth-seeker and a way-shower band together to walk the same paths of those who went looking for Slumach’s cursed gold and never returned find how a single bullet was the catalyst for a 150-year-old mystery. Click here to find it on your favourite podcast app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/14/202326 minutes, 23 seconds
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The 1984 Quebec National Assembly Shooting

Episode 275: On May 8, 1984, a man with a beard, dressed in Canadian Forces camouflage attire and wearing a beret, entered the studios of CJRP, a radio station in Quebec City. Employees at the station noticed the man had a knife secured to his leg. The man approached the assistant to radio host André Arthur’s assistant, presented her with an envelope while introducing himself as “Mr. D.” and promptly left. The man was later identified as Denis Lortie, a 25-year-old disgruntled Canadian Forces corporal who then entered the Citadelle de Quebec to commit a mass shooting of members of the National Assembly of Quebec. He opened fire, killing three unelected legislature employees, Georges Boyer, 61, Camille Lepage, 54, and Roger Lefrançois, 57. He injured thirteen others before being apprehended, thanks to the heroism of René Marc Jalbert, a retired Canadian Forces officer and the sergeant-at-arms of the National Assembly of Quebec. Lortie’s actions shocked the nation and prompted discussions on security measures and political extremism. Jalbert’s earned him the Cross of Valour, Canada’s highest civilian bravery award. Sources: Home - La Citadelle de Québec – Musée Royal 22e Régiment This is the story of how one lock and key, unlocked terror. | Dramatic video: 30th Anniversary of National Assembly shootings | “Mr. D.” - TIME The Père-version of the Political in the Case of Denis Lortie Canadian Parliamentary Review - Article Il y a 20 ans, la fusillade de l’Assemblée nationale | Le Soleil > Itinéraire d’un tueur 1990 CanLII 3485 (QC CA) | R. c. Lortie | CanLII 1986 CanLII 7293 (QC CA) | Lortie v. R. | CanLII Lortie, Re, 1985 CanLII 3637 (QC CA) | Lortie Re. | CanLii Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing by Dr. Lee Mellor | Scribd Mr. René Marc Jalbert | The Governor General of Canada Canadian Parliamentary Review - Article Lortie Released | The Canadian Encyclopedia Plaque to honour victims of 1984 National Assembly shooting unveiled | Montreal Gazette J’étais la femme du tueur: le récit de Lise Levesque, épouse du caporal Denis Lortie: Dominique Fournier: 9782920839052: Books - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/10/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Unsolved Murder of Trina Hunt

Episode 274: Trina Hunt, a 48-year-old woman from Port Moody, B.C., was reported missing on the evening of January 18, 2021. Her husband, Iain Hunt, claimed to have seen her at her home that morning. Her whereabouts remained unknown for weeks despite extensive search efforts by authorities and volunteers. Tragically, Trina’s body was discovered near Hope, B.C., South of Silver Creek on March 29, 2021. Her death was determined a homicide.  The investigation into her murder is ongoing, and her killer has yet to be apprehended. Sources: 40 Hawthorn Drive - 40 Hawthorn Drive, Port Moody, BC 38 Hawthorn Drive, Port Moody, BC - 5 Beds for sale for $1,950,000 For sale: 38 HAWTHORN DRIVE, Port Moody, British Columbia V3H0A4 - R2732834 | Missing Person - Port Moody Police Department Family of missing Port Moody woman Trina Hunt makes a statement | GlobalNews Trina Hunt’s family speaks out following the identification of her body | GlobalNews Trina Hunt $50,000 Reward Offered | YouTube IHIT - Trina Hunt investigation continues IHIT - IHIT appeal to the public on the two-year anniversary of Trina Hunt investigation Vancouver Sun | It has been two years since Trina Hunt was killed, and still no charge in the case Facebook Page | Justice For Trina Hunt | Port Moody BC JUSTICE FOR TRINA HUNT (@justicefortrina) | Instagram GoFundMe | JUSTICE FOR TRINA Unofficial Reddit Sub | r/MissingTrinaHunt Twitter | @findtrina The Murder Of Trina Hunt | Unofficial Facebook Discussion Group Man arrested in connection with Trina Hunt killing released without charges | Death of Chilliwack’s Shaelene Bell classified as ‘undetermined’: coroner - Hope Standard Pinterest | Iain Hunt Reddit | r/MissingTrinaHunt | Iain confronted at Dairy Queen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/3/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bitter Reality: The Murder of Jasmine Fiore

Episode 273: On August 15, 2009, the mutilated body of Jasmine Fiore, a 28-year-old Playboy model and aspiring actress, was found stuffed into a suitcase and discarded in a dumpster in Buena Park, California. The investigation quickly led to her husband, Ryan Jenkins, a Canadian real estate investor and former contestant on the reality TV show “Megan Wants a Millionaire.” As the investigation progressed, a disturbing picture of domestic violence and jealousy emerged. It was revealed that Jenkins had a history of abusive behaviour towards Jasmine, and the couple had a tumultuous relationship. The motive for the murder appeared to be jealousy and control. Ryan Jenkins fled to Canada, and an international manhunt was launched to apprehend him. However, on August 23, 2009, Jenkins was found dead in a Hope, British Columbia motel room. He had completed suicide by hanging himself. This case generated widespread media coverage and sparked discussions about domestic violence, the dark side of reality TV, and the importance of raising awareness about toxic relationships. The tragic death of Jasmine Fiore served as a grim reminder of the dangers of domestic violence and the need for intervention and support for victims. Sources: Police: Violent Struggle Before Model’s Murder — YouTube Ryan Jenkins | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers Grim Reality: Jasmine Fiore and Ryan Jenkins — Introduction — Crime Library Swimsuit Model’s Suspected Killer Husband Found Dead - ABC News Friends of Murdered Model, Jasmine Fiore, Tell Her Story - ABC News Friends mourn former swimsuit model, Bonny Doon native - Santa Cruz Sentinel Jasmine Lepore Fiore (1981-2009) - Find a Grave Memorial ‘The Playboy Murders’: Model’s breast implants helped ID vic Playboy model Jasmine Fiore’s reality TV millionaire husband Ryan Jenkins remains ‘on the run’ after her death | Daily Mail Online Blood found in car of slain model, say police | CTV News Ryan Jenkins’ Suicide Note: Love, Anger for Jasmine Fiore (Photos) - CBS News The Playboy Murders: What happened to Jasmine Fiore? Private memorial held in Calgary for Ryan Jenkins | CTV News Police Discover Ryan Jenkins’ Suicide Note | Blog Archive | Vh1 Blog Slain model’s ex-husband has assault record | CBC News Thunderbird Motel RCMP know woman who helped Jenkins - The Globe and Mail Father of fugitive says he will talk | CTV News Ryan Jenkins Death Rack/ Coat Rack (Item ID: 102251, End Time : N/A) - Ghouls Like Us Wayback Machine — Collective Intelligence vs. Straightline International Friends and family portray two very different Ryan Jenkins after murder, suicide - Red Deer Advocate Reality TV contestant suspected of murdering his ex-wife found dead | US news | The Guardian Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/26/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 44 seconds
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Kettle Valley Train Explosion: The Death of Peter Verigin

Episode 272: Peter Vasilievich Verigin, also known as “Lordly,” was a highly respected and influential leader among the Doukhobors. These Doukhobors had migrated to Canada in 1899, seeking a new life and religious freedom. Verigin was pivotal in guiding and inspiring them to create a strong and united community based on their religious beliefs. However, tragedy struck in 1924, casting a dark shadow over Verigin’s legacy. An explosion occurred on Car 1586 of the Kettle Valley Line, resulting in the loss of Verigin’s life, the life of his companion, and seven others. The devastating incident left people shocked and searching for answers. Some suspected that fanatics or government agents might have been responsible, while others believed that fellow Doukhobors or accidental causes played a role. The truth behind this tragic event remains a mystery, and the case remains unsolved. Sources: Home | Doukhobor Heritage Doukhobor Discovery Centre - Home The Kootenay-Columbia Fuel Supply Company at Nelson, BC | Doukhobor Heritage Explosion on the Kettle Valley Line: The Death of Peter Verigin Peter Vasilevich Verigin | The Canadian Encyclopedia Doukhobors | The Canadian Encyclopedia The River Press 05 Nov 1902, page 2 - Times Colonist 29 Oct 1924, page 1 - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/19/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 56 seconds
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Case Updates: Sharron Prior and The Babes in the Woods

Episode 271: In this episode, we’re providing updates on two historical shows that are now recently solved by way of updates to DNA technology and genetic genealogy. In the first half of this episode, we have recent updates to show 130, where we learned of the brutal rape and murder of a Montreal teen, Sharron Prior. We can finally answer the question posed in that episode’s title, “Who Killed Sharron Prior?” In the second half, we go all the way back to episode 13, “Babes in the Woods - Stanley Park.” In that show, we learned that in 1953 in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, the skeletal remains of two young boys who were murdered around 1947 with a hatchet that was found near their bones. The boys’ identities remained a mystery until 2022, when their names were finally restored. Sources: Sharron Prior Sharron Prior’s website Sharron Prior website blog Documentary: Don’t Rest in Peace | Sharron Prior’s family relieved Longueuil police solve cold case 48 years later | Global News Babes in the Woods VPD identifies child victims in historic cold case murder | Vancouver Police Department Vancouver police share details about Babes in the Woods case | Vancouver Is Awesome Identities of Stanley Park Babes in the Woods revealed almost 70 years later | Babes in the Woods officially identified, 75 years after their death | Vancouver Sun Who are the Babes in the Woods found dead in Stanley Park? | Vancouver Is Awesome 68UMBC 69UMBC Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/12/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Empress of Ireland Disaster

Episode 270: Having just set out from Quebec City the previous day, in the early hours of May 29, 1914, the passenger ship Empress of Ireland sank in the Saint Lawrence River near Rimouski, Quebec. She was on a return trip to Liverpool, England and due to heavy fog, the ship collided with the Norwegian collier SS Storstad.  Just two years after the Titanic calamity in international waters off the coast of Nova Scotia came the deadliest shipwreck in Canadian history. The event was so significant it is number 11 on the list of deadliest all-time Canadian disasters, just behind number 10, the Halifax Explosion. The collision occurred when most of the 1,057 passengers and 420 crew members were fast asleep. The aftermath was devastating; the liner plummeted beneath the waters in less than a quarter of an hour, resulting in the tragic loss of more than 1,000 lives. Sources: Commémoration Empress of Ireland 2014 ARCHIVED: Investigating the Empress of Ireland | Library and Archives Canada The Empress of Ireland disaster | National Museums Liverpool Into the Mist by Anne Renaud - Ebook | Scribd Losing the Empress by David Creighton - Ebook | Scribd Dark Descent by Kevin F. McMurray - Ebook | Scribd Empress of Ireland, ‘Canada’s Titanic,’ finally getting its due after 100 years - The Globe and Mail Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/5/20231 hour, 1 minute, 33 seconds
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The Murder of Pamela Gail Bischoff

Episode 269: On April 12, 1991, a group of teens attended a woodland party near Oromocto, New Brunswick, involving alcohol and drugs, including LSD. Pamela Gail Bischoff, 14, and William Wayne Dale (Billy) Stillman, 17, left the gathering together, marking the last sighting of Pamela Bischoff alive. Stillman returned home later, wet from the thighs down, cold, shaking, and sporting a cut above his eye with mud and grass on his pants. Six days later, Pamela’s body was discovered in the Oromocto River, a short distance from the party site. The time of death correlated to the evening she had left with Billy Stillman. Eyewitnesses confirmed seeing a male accompanying Pamela near the discovery site, and Stillman was seen departing the area, his pants muddied. An autopsy showed that Pamela’s death resulted from head wounds, and there was evidence of sexual assault, which included semen inside her body. Billy Stillman was arrested, released, arrested again and eventually charged and convicted in Pamela’s murder. Stillman’s appeals were based on alleged inappropriate conduct by the RCMP officers collecting important DNA evidence. This resulted in the case being heard and decided in Canada’s highest court in 1997, and a new trial was ordered. Sources: 1995 CanLII 5579 (NB CA) | R. v. Stillman | CanLII R. v. Stillman (W.W.D.) (1997), 192 N.B.R.(2d) 298 (TD | vLex Justis 1997 CanLII 384 (SCC) | R. v. Stillman | CanLII Pamela Gail Bischoff – Life Through My Eyes Pamela Gail Bischoff 1976-1991 - Ancestry® The Constitution Act, 1982, Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c 11 | Federal Statutes Oromocto — Deer Park The Vancouver Sun 21 Mar 1997, page 7 - The New Brunswick Telegraph Journal 22 Sep 1992, page 3 - YouTube — What Happened To 14-Year-Old Pamela Bischoff? | Dark Waters Of Crime | Real Crime ARCHIVED - Kingsclear Investigation Report | Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP ROBERT FREDERICK BISCHOFF: obituary and death notice on InMemoriam Criminal AND Civil LAW Assignment - Regina vs. Stillman Criminal and Civil Law - Case Law Assignment - StuDocu Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/29/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 47 seconds
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Long Time Gone: The Murders of Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook

Episode 268: On November 18, 1987, Jay Cook, 20, and Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, a young couple from Vancouver Island, went on a road trip to Seattle, Washington. Unfortunately, they were never seen alive again. Their bodies were discovered weeks later in separate locations. Tanya had been raped, shot, and left in a ditch in Skagit County. Jay was found strangled in the woods near Monroe, about 60 miles away. The case went unsolved for over three decades until 2018, when authorities were able to use genetic genealogy to identify a suspect. He was arrested and charged with the murders. The man pleaded not guilty. In 2021, after his trial, the man was the first to be convicted using genetic genealogy. The couple’s killer was subsequently sentenced to life behind bars. Sources: The Murder of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg - Unsolved Mysteries The disappearance of Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook: Following a decades-old cold case - CBS News Sheriff’s Office Seeks Information for Unsolved 1987 Murders | Snohomish County, WA Sheriff’s Office Detectives Seek the Public’s Help to Identify Suspect in 1987 Double Homicide Cold Case | Snohomish County, WA Arrest Made in 1987 Double Homicide Cold Case | Snohomish County, WA 2018 Annual Report | Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Suspect arrested in 1987 deaths of a young couple from BC | My cousin, the killer: Her DNA cracked a 1987 double murder - Victoria News Parabon NanoLabs: Engineering DNA for Next-Generation Nanotech, Analytics, and Forensics GENSCO | Home Chelsea Rustad | AMA : IAmA How DNA Expert CeCe Moore Solved 109 Cold Cases Is murder in your DNA? - The Fifth Estate season premiere - YouTube Killer of Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook Sentenced | CBC News Life in prison for 1987 killer of young Canadian couple | Seattle Weekly Man convicted in the murder of Saanich couple left DNA on zip tie in 1987 – Victoria News Man appealing genetic genealogy murder conviction was a violent child, his family told police | CBC News State Of Washington, Respondent V. William Earl Talbott II Conviction for 1987 murders of Tanya van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook overturned | CBC News) Guilty verdict in 1987 killings of Saanich couple restored | CTV News The Forever Witness by Edward Humes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/22/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Canadian Caper: Canada’s Role in the Iran Hostage Crisis

Episode 267: On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants attacked the US embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking 66 diplomats and staff members hostage. Remarkably, six diplomats managed to slip away unnoticed. These individuals were Robert Anders, Cora Lijek, Mark Lijek, Joseph Stafford, Kathleen Stafford, and Lee Schatz. Schatz sought refuge at the Swedish embassy, while the others went to the British embassy. However, upon nearing the embassy, they encountered a large crowd of protestors obstructing their path. Consequently, they decided to take shelter at Anders’ residence and devise their next steps. After six harrowing days, the six American diplomats sought refuge at the Canadian embassy.  The Canadian Ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, and his team provided shelter to the American diplomats and false Canadian passports. The Canadian government played a critical role in the mission to rescue them. The then-Canadian Prime Minister, Joe Clark, approved the operation and fully supported Ambassador Taylor and his team.  The rescue mission, known as the “Canadian Caper,” involved the creation of a fake movie production company called “Studio Six” and the production of a fake science fiction film called “Argo.” The Canadian embassy staff, along with the American diplomats, managed to escape from Iran using a combination of air travel and ground transportation. They were safely evacuated from Iran on January 28, 1980. The role played by Canada in the hostage crisis was highly appreciated by the US government and earned Canada international recognition for helping resolve the crisis. Sources: How the Shah’s Cancer May Have Changed History The Iranian Revolution — A timeline of events Ken Taylor and the Canadian Caper Our Man In Tehran by Robert Wright — Ebook | Scribd The Canadian Caper — Pelletier, Jean | Internet Archive Ken Taylor and the “Canadian Caper” | The Canadian Encyclopedia Canada history: Jan 27, 1980 — The famous “Canadian Caper” rescue – RCI | English What you won’t see in Argo — Argo, F**k Yourself: Iran and the Oscars – The Diplomat ‘We lost a true hero’: Ken Taylor, 1934-2015 - Tony Mendez, former CIA officer and inspiration for ‘Argo,’ dies at 78 - National | Ken Taylor satisfied with Affleck’s shoutout to Canada during Oscar speech | Canada and Iran U.S. Relations With Iran - United States Department of State Iran - The CIA World Factbook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/15/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hollow Man — The Crimes of Mark Twitchell (Part 2)

In October 2008, the friends and family of 38-year-old Johnny Altinger were worried. Although emails and social media messages had indicated Johnny had run away on the spur of the moment with an unknown woman he’d just met, things didn’t add up. The messages did not have the same feel as Johnny’s typical fare, and he wasn’t known for his spontaneity. Police had already spoken with the tenant at the Edmonton garage that Johnny was directed to on the night he disappeared. They’d seen some things that concerned them, but there was no sign of Johnny. Something seemed off with the 29-year-old filmmaker Mark Andrew Twitchell, the man they’d spoken to. Little did the police know that only a week before Johnny vanished, another man, Gilles Tetreault, had suffered a bizarre attack at Twitchell’s hands after being lured to the same garage. NOTE: This is part two of an updated, two-part expanded REDO of an earlier episode with which we thought we could have done better. We plan to update several more historical episodes to provide a better listener experience, more in line with the tone of our show. Sources: 2010 ABQB 693 (CanLII) | R. v. Twitchell | CanLII Edmonton Journal | Mark Twitchell’s First Statement To Police | Scribd Edmonton Sun | Twitchell Agreed Statement 1 | Scribd Edmonton Sun | Second Agreed Statement of Facts in Twitchell Case | Scribd Edmonton Sun | Garage and Evidence Photos Edmonton Sun | Video Evidence of Garage | YouTube A Transcript of Police Interview with Mark Twitchell From Oct. 20, 2008 | Scribd Alleged Diary from Mark Twitchell’s Computer | Scribd Twitchell DNA Report | Scribd Live Blog of Twitchell Trial | Scribd  Edmonton Journal | E-Mail Exchange Between Mark Twitchell & a Facebook Friend | Scribd Edmonton Journal | Mark Twitchell’s Notice of Appeal | Scribd Mark Twitchell case: Inside the mind of “The Dexter Killer” - CBS News Gilles Tetreault | Author | The One Who Got Away Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/8/202349 minutes, 43 seconds
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Hollow Man — The Crimes of Mark Twitchell (Part 1)

Episode 265: In October 2008, 38-year-old Johnny Altinger was looking for love online and, thinking he’d found it, was lured to his death in a dingy south Edmonton, Alberta garage. Johnny believed he would meet the girl of his dreams, but a Star Wars and Dexter-Morgan-obsessed serial killer wannabe and 29-year-old amateur filmmaker named Mark Andrew Twitchell awaited him in the garage’s darkness. NOTE: This is part one of an updated, two-part expanded REDO of an earlier episode with which we thought we could have done better. We plan to update several more historical episodes to provide a better listener experience, more in line with the tone of our show. Sources: 2010 ABQB 693 (CanLII) | R. v. Twitchell | CanLII Edmonton Journal | Mark Twitchell’s First Statement To Police | Scribd Edmonton Sun | Twitchell Agreed Statement 1 | Scribd Edmonton Sun | Second Agreed Statement of Facts in Twitchell Case | Scribd Edmonton Sun | Garage and Evidence Photos Edmonton Sun | Video Evidence of Garage | YouTube A Transcript of Police Interview with Mark Twitchell From Oct. 20, 2008 | Scribd Alleged Diary from Mark Twitchell’s Computer | Scribd Twitchell DNA Report | Scribd Live Blog of Twitchell Trial | Scribd  Edmonton Journal | E-Mail Exchange Between Mark Twitchell & a Facebook Friend | Scribd Edmonton Journal | Mark Twitchell’s Notice of Appeal | Scribd Mark Twitchell case: Inside the mind of “The Dexter Killer” - CBS News Gilles Tetreault | Author | The One Who Got Away That Taxi Podcast | a podcast by Thomas & Taxi David Edmonton Journal | Johnny Altinger BIO Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/1/202355 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Burning of Montreal: Angélique and the Fire of 1734

Episode 264: In Montreal, Quebec on the evening of April 10, 1734, a fire broke out in the home of Madame de Francheville on Rue Saint-Paul and quickly spread throughout the city. Raging for hours, it destroyed over 46 buildings, primarily residential homes, and the Hôtel-Dieu, a hospital that provided medical care to soldiers and people who were too poor to care for at home. There were rumours that Madame de Francheville’s Portuguese-born black enslaved woman, Marie-Josèphe dite Angélique, started the fire as an act of rebellion on learning she was to be sold and sent away from her lover, a white man and salt trafficker named Claude Thibault. Angélique was arrested and subsequently tortured until she confessed to setting the fire. She was then convicted of arson and hanged on June 21, 1734. The fire significantly impacted Montreal’s development and created new building codes and fire prevention measures. The event remains integral to Montreal’s cultural and historical heritage and yet another dark spot in Canada’s history. Some have called Angélique a heroine, others a scapegoat. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is lost to time. Sources: Torture and Truth: Angélique and the Burning of Montreal The Hanging Of Angelique by Afua Cooper - Ebook | Scribd Marie-Josèphe-Angélique | Mémoires des Montréalais Le procès de Marie-Josèphe-Angélique | Mémoires des Montréalais A Canadian Slavery Story — CANADIANA web series Biography – MARIE-JOSEPH-ANGÉLIQUE — Dictionary of Canadian Biography Biography – POULIN DE FRANCHEVILLE, FRANÇOIS — Dictionary of Canadian Biography Marie-Joseph Angélique | The Canadian Encyclopedia The role of seigneur in New France — The French-Canadian Genealogist Old Montreal fire: Questions raised about safety of building | Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/24/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 17 seconds
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The History of Canada’s Drug Laws: Racism, Moral Panic and Refer Madness

Episode 263: Approaching the week of 4/20, cannabis enthusiasts worldwide are preparing for a unique celebration. However, it’s essential to acknowledge the dark history of cannabis prohibition in Canada and the USA. The criminalization of cannabis wasn’t based on scientific evidence of its harmful effects or widespread health concerns but was fuelled by moral panic, racism, and xenophobia. It served as a tool to maintain a rigid social hierarchy, where those in power and privilege oppressed and marginalized those considered inferior. The ‘war on drugs’ transformed into a ‘war on cannabis,’ ultimately becoming a war on minorities in both countries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/17/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Hamilton Torso Murder: How Could You, Mrs. Dick?

Episode 262: In early March of 1946, John Dick, a 39-year-old streetcar conductor in Hamilton, Ontario, disappeared. Weeks later, five local children found John’s torso on the city’s outskirts — his head and limbs were missing. Suspicion soon fell on John’s wife, Evelyn, who was arrested and charged with the murder. The pair had had a whirlwind courtship and had been married only months before John turned up dead.  During the investigation, police discovered the body of a newborn encased in concrete in Evelyn Dick’s father’s attic. At her trial, evidence emerged of her volatile relationship with her husband, multiple extramarital affairs, and allegations of other criminal activities, including involvement in the alleged murder of her child. Despite her claims of innocence, Evelyn was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Her story was not close to over. Sources: 1947 CanLII 12 (ON CA) | R. v. Dick | CanLII 1947 CanLII 116 (ON CA) | Rex v. Dick | CanLII Evelyn Dick Photos | Digital Archive: Toronto Public Library The Evelyn Dick Files – A second look at the post-war trials of Evelyn Dick Evelyn Dick (nee MacLean) (@evelyndick1946) | Instagram John J. Robinette by George D. Finlayson - Ebook | Scribd Evil Wives Fully Illustrated: Deadly Women Whose Crimes Knew No Limits Fully Illustrated | Scribd Documentary: The Notorious Mrs. Dick by Reel-to-Reel films for CTV | YouTube Evelyn Dick | The Canadian Encyclopedia Canada: ONTARIO: The Dick Affair - TIME Story of murderer Evelyn Dick enthralled and enraged Hamilton | 75 years later: The endless fascination with Evelyn Dick | How Could You, Mrs. Dick? | Steel City History Forgotten Rebels - Mrs. Evelyn Dick, live @ Lee’s Palace in Toronto. Nov 22, 2014 | YouTube Mark McNeil — Song: Evelyn Dick | YouTube YouTube Search Results: Evelyn Dick - ProQuest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/10/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Vanishing of Brianne Wolgram

Episode 261: On September 5th, 1998, between 11:00 and 11:30 pm, Brianne Ruth Wolgram was last seen at the 7-11 store in Revelstoke, BC., in the company of three young females whose identities are unknown. Five days later, Brianne’s abandoned car was discovered 30 km south of Revelstoke, towards the Akolkolex Falls & River, on Echo Lake Road. Inside the car was her wallet, driver’s license and $200, but there was no sign of Brianne. Nearly 25 years later, Brianne’s family and friends are left wondering whatever became of the shy 19-year-old. Police have not ruled out foul play in her disappearance. If you have any information on Brianne Wolgram’s disappearance or whereabouts, please email the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) at [email protected] or contact Crimestoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477) or the Revelstoke RCMP non-emergency number at 250-837-5255. You can also leave an anonymous message through the contact page at You can also email [email protected], and we will pass the information to the proper authorities. Sources: The History of Revelstoke — Revelstoke Museum & Archives Find Brianne Wolgram Cold Case BC - MISSING: Brianne Wolgram | Facebook Reddit: Breanne Wolgram MCSC - Home Brianne Wolgram | Missing Children Society of Canada | Archived 287. Use of Hypnosis—Purpose | JM | Department of Justice Hypnosis Decision SCC: 2007 SCC 6 (CanLII) | R. v. Trochym | CanLII Sotirios Konstantinos Kaviris - California Missing Person Directory Second person, Allan Ellsworth, reported missing in Beaton area - Revelstoke Mountaineer Public help sought as Revelstoke RCMP search for missing man - Okanagan | The Ghost Story Guys Podcast A Strange Little Place: The Paranormal Secrets of Revelstoke, British Columbia by Storr, Brennan | Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/3/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Cold War in Canada: Spies, Bunkers & Nukes, Oh My!

Episode 260: Canada played an important role in the Cold War, a period of intense geopolitical tension and rivalry between the Western powers and the Soviet Union that lasted from the end of World War II in 1945 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. As a member of the Western Bloc and a close ally of the United States, Canada was involved in a wide range of Cold War activities, including the establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the construction of a network of radar stations in the Canadian Arctic known as the DEWline, and the creation of a series of underground emergency government bunkers known as Diefenbunkers. The Cold War also had a significant impact on Canadian society, shaping public attitudes toward issues such as national security, nuclear weapons, and international relations. Sources: Gouzenko Affair - Canada’s Human Rights History Spies, Lies, and a Commission by Dominque Clément Did the Cold War Start in Canada? – All About Canadian History The Gouzenko Affair - The Historical Society of Ottawa Parks Canada - Gouzenko Affair National Historic Event Canada and the Cold War | The Canadian Encyclopedia NATO - Declassified: Canada and NATO - 1949 The Red Scare Sound of SPUTNIK-1 | YouTube DEWLine Museum – HOME – The Distant Early Warning Radar Line, the Coldest Part of the Cold War. The Distant Early Warning Line and the Canadian Battle for Public Perception - Canadian Military Journal The Distant Early Warning Line: An Environmental Legacy Project - Diefenbunker Museum Blog – Canada’s Cold War Museum Blog Top Secret: The Lives of Employees at CFS Carp Canadian Nuclear Weapons by John Clearwater - Ebook | Scribd Underground Structures of the Cold War by Paul Ozorak - Ebook | Scribd Cold War Secret Nuclear Bunkers by Nick McCamley - Ebook | Scribd NORAD and the Soviet Nuclear Threat by Gordon A.A. Wilson - Ebook | Scribd Now You Know Canada by Doug Lennox - Ebook | Scribd Canada and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization North American Defence | PDF Canadian Military Journal Vol. 12, No. 1 Current Time - 2023 - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/27/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 17 seconds
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Twisted: The Murders of Jessica Grimard, Christine Speich and Anna Lisa Cefali

Episode 259: After she’d been missing only one day, on the evening of May 7th, 2002, the body of 14-year-old Jessica Grimard was discovered by her father in a stream within a wooded area near her home in Rivière-des-Prairies, a suburban borough on the eastern tip of the city of Montreal, Quebec. As her killer had placed Jessica in the water, washing away evidence, there was not much for the cops to go on. At first, police considered that Jessica had been killed by someone known to her. However, thanks to a few strange twists, the case would head in a new direction, eventually capturing a known sexual predator and suspected serial killer who had bragged about his crimes. The boasting included confessions of responsibility for two other 1993 deaths around Montreal, initially ruled accidental, that of 12-year-old Christine Speich and 20-year-old Anna Lisa Cefali. The killer had used water and fire to cover his crimes. Sources: Angelo Colalillo | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers Une marche pour commémorer le triste événement | TVA Nouvelles Meurtre de Jessica Grimard: un an plus tard, la douleur reste vive | TVA Nouvelles Grimard (Jessica) - La Mémoire du Québec 2000 CanLII 6067 (QC CQ) | R. c. Paccione | CanLII 2003 CanLII 10002 (QC CQ) | R. c. Chalfoun | CanLII 2005 CanLII 49803 (QC CS) | R. v. Colalillo | CanLII 2005 CanLII 49804 (QC CS) | R. v. Colalillo | CanLII 2006 QCCS 274 (CanLII) | R. c. Colalillo | CanLII 2006 QCCS 7903 (CanLII) | R. c. Colalillo | CanLII Search - Angelo Colalillo The Man Behind the Letters | Letters to be examined in Chalfoun trial | CBC News Colalillo laisse derrière lui son testament criminel | TVA Nouvelles Colallilo (Angelo) - La Mémoire du Québec West Island man who sexually assaulted about 20 women denied parole | Montreal Gazette Cold Careers and Occupational Hazards: The Occupational Preferences of Canadian Serial Killers Accused Quebec serial killer dies in hospital | CBC Quebec murder suspect took own life: report | CBC News The sudden death of a man ‘like a wolf amongst the lambs’ - The Globe and Mail The Murderer Who Used Water To Hide His Trace | Real Stories |YouTube Cold North Killers: Canadian Serial Murder | Scribd Angelo Colalillo (1964-2006) - Find a Grave Memorial Lifeless in a Stream | Real Crime | By Real Crime Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/20/20231 hour, 5 seconds
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The Tragic Tale of Janice and Clayton Johnson

Episode 258: On the morning of February 20, 1989, stay-at-home mother of two Janice Faye Johnson was found unconscious, gravely injured and barely clinging to life at the foot of a flight of basement stairs in the Shelburne, Nova Scotia home she shared with her family, Clayton Norman Johnson and daughters Darla and Dawn. Even though she was still alive when she was found by a neighbour, who called for an ambulance immediately, Janice died in the hospital just after noon that day. More than three years after her death, police arrested Janice’s husband, Clayton, a high school industrial arts teacher, and charged him with first-degree murder. Consistently maintaining his innocence throughout subsequent proceedings, on May 4, 1993, Clayton was found guilty of the first-degree murder of his wife. He was later sentenced to life in prison — his appeals, citing spurious forensic evidence, were rejected. He spent the next five years in prison. Sources: Clayton Johnson - Innocence Canada Crown Halts Clayton Johnson Murder Prosecution - Government of Nova Scotia, Canada Clayton Johnson Settlement - Government of Nova Scotia, Canada Clayton Johnson: Innocent man convicted by so-called experts Clayton Johnson walks as Crown balks at new trial | CBC News Shelburne man, wrongly convicted of wife’s murder, dies | CBC News 1998 NSCA 14 (CanLII) | R. v. Johnson | CanLII 1994 NSCA 79 (CanLII) | R. v. Johnson | CanLII Clayton Johnson - Wrongful Conviction - Pyzer Criminal Lawyers Clayton Johnson: obituary and death notice on InMemoriam Clayton Johnson wrongful murder conviction: Tide of Suspicion (1998) - The Fifth Estate — YouTube Wrongly convicted man cleared in wife’s death - The Globe and Mail Accident or Murder? | Forensic Files Wiki | Fandom “Forensic Files” Accident or Murder? (TV Episode 1999) - Reference View - IMDb Obituary | Clayton Norman Johnson of Barrington, Nova Scotia | H.M. Huskilson’s Funeral Home Scribd | Justice Miscarried: Inside Wrongful Convictions in Canada  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/13/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 12 seconds
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Unknown Monster: The Murder of Agnes Bings

Episode 257: In Victoria, B.C., on the rainy evening of Friday, September 29, 1899, on her way home from work alone, forty-four-year-old Agnes Bings walked across a railroad bridge, cutting through the Songhees Reserve as she did every other night without incident. This night, however, would be her last. Someone took her life somewhere during the 20-minute walk between her bakery on Store Street and the Bings family home on Russell Street. The next morning, Agnes Bing’s body was discovered. She’d been strangled, and her body mutilated. Her slaying has never been solved, although there have been a few suspects, interestingly including the world’s most famous serial killer, Jack the Ripper, whose 1888 crimes also remain unsolved. Sources: HISTORY OF DOWNTOWN VICTORIA | LIVE SITE Home | Victoria Canada’s Jack the Ripper Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Records Relating To The Murder of Agnes Bings | PDF Historical police records give a glimpse into Victoria’s seamier side | Times Colonist The British Colonist 1858-1961 Agnes Bings (1855-1899) - Find a Grave Memorial Murder & Mutilation In Victoria - Jack The Ripper Forums - Ripperology For The 21st Century Unlocking the Dark Secrets of Victoria - Monday Magazine Coroner Inquests in BC around the time of Agnes Bings’ Murder Seeing Dead People E23 — Mrs. Bings Meets a Madman The History of Garrick’s Head Pub | Victoria, BC, Canada Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/6/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Killing of Colten Boushie

Episode 256: Colten Boushie was a 22-year-old Indigenous man from the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada, who was shot and killed on a farm near Biggar, Saskatchewan, on August 9, 2016. His death received widespread attention and led to a national conversation in Canada about systemic racism and the treatment of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system. The trial and acquittal of the farmer who was charged with Boushie’s death, a man named Gerald Stanley, also sparked controversy and led to calls for reforms in the Canadian justice system. Sources: Red Pheasant Cree Nation – A prospering Nation 2017 SKQB 366 (CanLII) | R v Stanley | CanLII 2017 SKQB 367 (CanLII) | R v Stanley | CanLII 2018 SKQB 27 (CanLII) | R v Stanley | CanLII Colten’s friend Eric talking about the shooting | Twitter Victim, friends needed help with flat tire before farmyard shooting: witness | 650 CKOM DocumentCloud | FSIN Media Release The night Colten Boushie died | The Globe and Mail The Legal Trial of Gerald Stanley - a second look at the case through the lens of law | CanLII Connects CRCC Final Report on the Death of Colten Boushie ‘Have to keep talking about it,’ says Boushie’s mother, five years after Stanley acquittal | Star Phoenix Colten Boushie, Gerald Stanley and a case that’s hard to defend | The Star Read ‘The Rodney King of Western Canada’: Killing of Indigenous Man Heads to Trial Online Who was Colten Boushie? | CBC News Colten Boushie Archives - APTN News ‘White Lives Matter’ signs show up in North Battleford Saskatchewan Debbie Baptiste | Canada’s National Observer: News & Analysis Brad Wall - Racism has no place in Saskatchewan. | Facebook We Will Stand Up | CBC Docs POV |YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/27/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Murder of Natsumi Kogawa

Episode 255: On September 28, 2016, a police dog discovered the nude and decomposing body of a young woman on the grounds of Gabriola House, a famous and, at that time, abandoned mansion on Davie Street in Vancouver’s West End. The body was that of Natsumi Kogawa, 30, a Japanese woman who’d been in Canada on a Visa to study English since May that year. Natsumi’s friends and family had not heard from her since September 8, and she’d been officially listed as a missing person four days after that.  On the same day as discovering Ms. Kogawa’s body, police arrested William Victor Schneider, a man from Vernon, B.C. Schneider’s brother Warren turned him into the police after William had told him where he’d put Natsumi’s body and that he ‘done something bad.’ Warren also recalled to police about overhearing a phone conversation during which he said he’d thought William had admitted to having killed Natsumi. The legal proceedings that followed dragged on into the fall of 2022. Sources: Hirosaki – Travel guide at Wikivoyage Tonari Gumi - Japanese Community Volunteers Association - Vancouver, Canada FIND Natsumi Kogawa/古川夏好さん捜索情報 — Facebook Search for Natsumi Kogawa - TokyoReporter Japanese woman missing in Canada - Japan Today Vancouver Shinpo - 古川夏好さん三回忌しめやかに Vancouver Shinpo - その三十五 古川夏好(こがわなつみ)さんの一周忌 古川さん殺害、終身刑の男が控訴 | 日加トゥデイ/JC Today Police Looking for Missing Woman | Vancouver Police Department Update: Body of Missing Woman Found | Vancouver Police Department EXCLUSIVE: Friends of murdered Japanese student, Natsumi Kogawa, speak out - BC | A look at the troubled life of William Schneider, the killer of Natsumi Kogawa - Vernon News - ‘It’s my fault,’ court hears accused tell police in murder trial of Japanese student | The Star Man gets life in prison for killing Japanese woman in Canada | The Japan Times ‘People listened’: Mother of murdered Japanese student grateful for guilty verdict | CBC News New trial ordered for man found guilty of murdering Japanese student Natsumi Kogawa | Murder conviction of B.C. man who killed exchange student restored: Supreme Court of Canada | ‘People listened’: Mother of murdered Japanese student grateful for guilty verdict | CBC News 1523 Davie St, Vancouver, BC • Vancouver Heritage Foundation | Vancouver Heritage Site Finder YOU SHOULD KNOW: About The History Of “The Gabriola Mansion” In The West End – Scout Magazine 2021 BCCA 41 (CanLII) | R. v. Schneider | CanLII 2022 SCC 34 (CanLII) | R. v. Schneider | CanLII Supreme Court of Canada - SCC Case Information - Docket - 39559 Supreme Court of Canada - 39559 Supreme Court of Canada - SCC Case Information - Webcast of the Hearing on 2021-12-10 - 39559 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/20/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 55 seconds
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Failed Justice: The Murder of Brigitte Grenier

Episode 254: On Saturday, June 23, 1990, three teenagers, Brigitte Grenier, 16, Kyle Unger, 19, and Timothy Houlahan, 17, all separately attended a music festival at a ski resort near Roseisle, Manitoba. The following morning, Brigette was discovered dead in a creek in a heavily forested area within the resort. She’d been sexually assaulted, beaten, tortured and strangled to death. As both had been seen with the victim during the hours before her death, police quickly targeted Kyle Unger and Timothy Houlahan as suspects in Brigette’s slaying.  Forensic evidence pointed to Houlahan, and he, in turn, pointed to Kyle Unger as Brigette’s murderer, but Kyle was adamant he’d had nothing to do with Brigette’s death. The physical evidence against Kyle Unger was a single strand of hair found on Brigette’s sweatshirt. RCMP needed more, so they turned to their tried and true Mr. Big technique and, sure enough, acquired a confession from Kyle Unger. In February of 1992, both Unger and Houlahan were convicted of first-degree murder. Both appealed. Houlahan’s appeal was successful, and in July 1993, the Manitoba Court of Appeal ordered a new trial for him. Tim Houlahan completed suicide before his second trial. Kyle Unger’s conviction was upheld. Did the justice system get it right? Unfortunately, we will see that it did not, at least not right away. Sources: Historic Sites of Manitoba: Roseisle Pioneer Monument (Roseisle, RM of Dufferin) 1992 CanLII 13202 (MB KB) | R. v. Unger (K.W.) and Houlahan (T.L.) | CanLII 1993 CanLII 4409 (MB CA) | R. v. Unger | CanLII Kyle Unger settles wrongful murder conviction | CBC News Kyle Unger — Innocence Canada Kyle Unger | News, Videos & Articles — Global News Real Justice: A Police Mr. Big Sting Goes Wrong: The Story of Kyle Unger by Richard Brignall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/13/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 8 seconds
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AWAY: Girl Gone: The Closs Family Tragedy

Episode 253: At 12:53 am on the morning of October 15, 2018, a frantic, garbled 911 came in from the Closs Family just west of the City of Barron, Wisconsin, U.S.A. There is screaming throughout the 45 seconds of the call from what seems to be two different females. Police arrived shortly after 911 was placed. Inside the home were the bodies of James and Denise Closs. They’d both been shot to death. It was soon discovered that the Closs couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Lynn, was missing. Sources: JAYME CLOSS — FBI FBI Milwaukee (@FBIMilwaukee). State of Wisconsin v. Jake T Patterson Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Evidence logs. Case 1831604. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Police report. BNSO 1831604 Primary, Closs/Patterson. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Barron County SO 911 call.mp4. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Erik Sedani squad video.mp4. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of James Pressley squad video 1.mp4. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of James Pressley squad video 2.mp4. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of James Pressley squad video 3.mp4. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick squad video 1.mp4. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick squad video 2.mp4. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Erik Sedani body camera video 1 audio only.wav. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Erik Sedani body camera video 2 audio only.wav. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of James Pressley body camera video 1 audio only.wav. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of James Pressley body camera video 2 audio only.wav. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick body camera video 1 audio only.wav. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick body camera video 2 audio only.wav. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick body camera video 3 audio only.wav. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick body camera video 4 audio only.wav. 2018.  Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick body camera video 5 audio only.wav. 2018.  Douglas County Sheriff’s Office — Report for case 19DC00130. 2018.  Douglas County Sheriff’s Office — Douglas County SO 911 call.mp4. 2018. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office — 140202_001-Patterson transport w919.mp4. 2018. Wisconsin Department of Justice — Division of Criminal Investigation. Case Master Report 18-7648. Wisconsin Department of Justice — Department of Transport footage. 18-7648.  Wisconsin Department of Justice — Interview of Kyle Jaenke-Annis.  Associated Press. “Statement of Jayme Closs at Sentencing for Abductor.” 24 May 2019 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/6/202356 minutes, 40 seconds
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Tormented: The Death of Amanda Todd

Episode 252: Starting when Amanda Michelle Todd was just 11 years old, a person began a campaign of sexual extortion, relentless harassment and cyberbullying. Over the next three years, Amanda endured constant pressure from the man who used 22 online aliases on four different social media platforms to coerce and lure her into performing pornographic cam shows for him. On September 7, 2012, Amanda posted a now-famous video on YouTube in which she used a series of flashcards to tell her experience of being blackmailed into exposing her breasts via webcam, which later led to her being bullied and physically assaulted. The video gained global attention when it went viral after Amanda completed suicide at her family home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a month before her 16th birthday on October 10th, 2012. As of this writing, the video, still up on YouTube, is just about to crack 15 million views. Amanda’s mother, Carol Todd, was driven by grief of her daughter’s loss to become an activist. She established the Amanda Todd Trust at the Royal Bank of Canada, which receives donations to support anti-bullying awareness education and programs for young people with mental health problems. In 2014, a Dutch-Turkish man, Aydin Coban, in his 30s when the abuse of Amanda Todd began, was identified as the man who’d been harassing her and at least 39 other young girls and young gay males in the Netherlands, U.K., and Canada. After legal proceedings in the Netherlands wrapped up, Coban was imprisoned there. Although charged with five offences related to Amanda Todd here in Canada, Amanda’s family would have to wait for justice for her. In June 2022, almost ten years after Amanda’s death, after being extradited to Canada, Aydan Coban stood trial in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. On August 5, 2022, the jury found Coban guilty of all five of the charges he was facing. Sources: Amanda Todd Legacy Society Official Site - Home My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, self-harm | YouTube The Story of Amanda Todd | The New Yorker 2022 BCSC 1810 (CanLII) | R. v Coban | CanLII Dutch man Aydin Coban convicted of sexually extorting B.C. teen Amanda Todd | CBC News Amanda Todd - Transcript of video - Amanda Michelle “Manda” Todd (1996-2012) - Find a Grave Memorial Get help & support for suicide - Google Search Help Canadian Association For Suicide Prevention International Association for Suicide Prevention Amanda Todd Legacy - Staying Strong Carol Todd’s Snowflakes | My Name is Amanda Todd | Life Reflected | National Arts Centre ‘She shared everything with me’: Amanda Todd’s mother talks about her life with her daughter (with video) Timeline of the Amanda Todd cyberbullying case | Vancouver Sun Timeline: Amanda Todd investigation | CTV News Amanda Todd blackmailer Kody Maxson outed another pedophile blackmailer Cyberbullying trial: Closing arguments in B.C. | CTV News Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/30/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 5 seconds
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Canada’s First Mass Murder: The Easby Family

Episode 251: In the rural area known as Drummond Township, near Perth, Ontario, about a mile north of the village of Balderson’s Corners, in the early morning hours of December 10, 1828, what appeared to be an accidental fire resulted in the deaths of Thomas Easby’s wife and four eldest children. Only a month later, it was the word of Thomas’s only surviving son that painted a different, more sinister picture. Thomas was arrested, charged with the murders and tried. Easby’s trial was brief, he was convicted and sentenced to hang for what has been called Canada's first mass murder. Sources: Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing The Thomas Easby Murders in 1829 — Foulest Ever in Lanark County | lindaseccaspina Perth & District Historical Society - Perth, Ontario, Canada THE DEVIL VISITS DRUMMOND TOWNSHIP Thomas Easby Murders « Arlene Stafford Wilson A Matter of Honour: And Other Tales of Early Perth - Susan Code - Google Books The Early History of Balderson’s Corners Historic Lanark County Documents from the Perth Courier Uncovering the Secrets of the Perth Museum Archives: A Q&A with Debbie Sproule - Lanark County Tourism A History of Drummond Township - John C. Ebbs - Google Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/23/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Sinking of the Queen of the North

Episode 250: At 8:00 PM on the evening of March 21, 2006, the B.C. Ferries-operated motor vessel Queen of the North departed Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The long-haul passenger and vehicle ferry, making the 18-hour overnight trip to *Port Hardy* on the Northern end of Vancouver Island, was carrying 22 vehicles, 101 people, 59 passengers and 42 crew. Many passengers were asleep when, at 12:21 A.M., at 17.5 knots, the ferry struck an underwater ledge on the northeast side of Gil Island in Wright Sound. The damage to the hull was catastrophic; it tore holes in the starboard side and took out the propellers. The ferry lost propulsion and began drifting and taking on water. Upon realizing the ferry was lost, the crew and passengers loaded into lifeboats to take them safely away from the foundering vessel, which sank in 430 m of water only 80 Minutes later. Sadly, two of the passengers, Shirley Rosette and Gerald Foisy, both of 100 Mile House, British Columbia, were unaccounted for and, as they’ve never been found, they have since been declared dead. Investigations by B.C. Ferries and the Canadian Transportation Safety Board determined that the sinking was due to human error on the part of the ferry’s navigational crew, and the RCMP undertook a criminal investigation. Helmswomen Karen Briker was fired, as was Captain Colin Henthorne, rightfully in his cabin at the time. But the blame for the incident fell squarely on the shoulders of another man, the ship’s fourth officer. On March 16, 2010, the Crown charged *Karl-Heinz Arthur Lilgert* with two counts of criminal negligence, causing death. Lilgert was subsequently convicted of both charges and sentenced to four years in prison. Sources: Connecting the Coast | BC Ferries Marine Investigation Report M92W1057 - Transportation Safety Board of Canada Marine Investigation Report M06W0052 - Transportation Safety Board of Canada Skidegate Band Council Home | City of Prince Rupert Divisional Inquiry | BC Ferries - British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. 2013 BCSC 1329 (CanLII) | R. v. Lilgert | CanLII Navigator was either fighting or having sex with former lover on bridge of B.C. ferry the night it sank, Crown tells court | National Post Queen of the North, the Captain’s story - North Island Gazette The Queen of the North Disaster by Colin Henthorne - Ebook | Scribd Family asked to prove loved ones died at ferry sinking trial | CTV News Family of two victims testify at B.C. ferry sinking trial | CBC News Ferry passenger believes she saw couple before crash, thinks they went overboard | Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/16/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 39 seconds
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Christmas 2022: Safe Cracking Santa & his Murderous Elf

Episode 249: As this is our special Christmas episode. It is our tradition to tell a Yuletide-themed yarn. This one is about a duo of bandits who burglarized various shopping malls across the United States and Canada year after year during the holidays. Their insidious M.O. was to work from the inside. The group’s leader, a safe cracker named Willie Thomas Soke and his sidekick, a little person of colour called Marcus Skidmore, would acquire jobs inside the department store. Soke, a foul-mouthed, chronic alcoholic and sex addict, would play the store’s Santa Claus, and Skidmore, his evil sidekick, would be one of Santa’s elves. Finally, after the murder of the head of a mall security manager named Johnny ‘Gin’ Calhoun at a Phoenix, Arizona, shopping complex, the pair were brought to justice in 2003. This was thanks partly to the unwitting help of a Canadian-born 10-year-old boy, Thurman Merman, who was living in Phoenix with his grandmother. Sources: Achondroplasia | Johns Hopkins Medicine City of Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ - song and lyrics by Charley Pride | Spotify Simon Fraser University The University of British Columbia ‘Documentary’: Bad Santa Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/19/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 39 seconds
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Away Game: The Murder of John Lennon

Episode 248: In New York City on the 8th of December, 1980, the world was rocked by the murder of influential rock and roll icon, artist, sometimes controversial activist and dad John Lennon. After an evening recording session at the Record Plant, John Lennon and his wife, artist Yoko Ono returned to their Central Park West apartment building, The Dakota. As John and Yoko approached the entrance to the building, they passed a man for whom, only hours earlier, Lennon had signed an autograph. The man, Mark David Chapman, 25, watched the couple walk by and then pulled a .38 special from his coat and unloaded on John Lennon, shooting him in the back four times. The deadly hollow point bullets tore through the former Beatle, mortally wounding him. He was pronounced dead at Roosevelt Hospital later. When police arrived, they found Chapman patiently reading his book, Catcher in the Rye.  Sources: JOHN LENNON. GIMME SOME TRUTH. The Beatles This Is: The Beatles | Spotify Playlist This is: John Lennon | Spotify Playlist John Lennon’s “bigger than Jesus” quote | Slate 23 December 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau | The Beatles Bible The Catcher in the Rye | Summary, Analysis, Reception, & Facts | Britannica Two Marks — Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon — Crime Library BBC NEWS | Entertainment | John Lennon killer ‘wanted fame’ BBC ON THIS DAY | 8 | 1980: John Lennon shot dead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/12/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Caledonia Mills Poltergeist

Episode 247: In January of 1922, the first of a series of fires broke out on a farm in the small rural community of Caledonia Mills in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. The family who lived at the farm, Alexander, 70, and sixty-nine-year-old Janet MacDonald, 69, and their 15-year-old adopted daughter Mary-Ellen, claimed the unexplained blazes, 30 in all, had begun in rapid succession in places not close to either wood stove. The fires and other terrifying occurrences that drove them out of the home, they believed, were caused by a malicious poltergeist bent on their destruction and focused around Mary-Ellen. News of the events brought renowned international investigators of things paranormal, even catching the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Sources: Caledonia Mills: The Mary Ellen Spook Farm Case Fire Spook by Monica Graham - Ebook | Scribd Ghost Stories of Canada by John Robert Colombo, Jillian Hulme Gilliland - Ebook | Scribd The Mary Ellen Spook Folklore | Visit Antigonish Caledonia Mills - Wikipedia Folklore of Nova Scotia by Mary L. Fraser Antigonish Heritage Museum - The Old Train Station News - Newsletter 8, Oct 2009 Hobgoblin - Wikipedia Apparitions Of Black Dogs Black Shuck: The Legendary Devil Dog Of The English Countryside Investigating the Antigonish Fire Spook Haunting PSICAN - Paranormal Studies and Inquiry Canada - Caledonia Mills Fire Spook American Society for Psychical Research A look back at the mysterious haunting of an Antigonish County farm, 100 years later | CBC News More Canadian Poltergeists The Mysterious Fire Spook of Caledonia Hills Phantoms and Monsters - Real Cryptid Encounter Reports - Fortean Researcher Lon Strickler Seeks Ghosts: Poltergeist: Fire Spook, Part l Dark Visions: Personal Accounts of the Mysterious in Canada - John Robert Colombo - Google Books Le cas curieux de la ferme Mary Ellen Spook - PREUVES DU PARANORMAL poltergeist | Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained - Credo Reference | Glossary | Lexscien: Library of Exploratory Science Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/5/202257 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Murder of John Ruffolo

Episode 246: John Ruffolo, 36, an employee of Brinks Canada at Butler Crescent location in Saanichton, British Columbia, was due to start a night shift at 10:30 PM on October 19, 2003. He was an ATM technician and an armoured car driver. When John didn’t show up, the rest of the armoured car crew waited 30 minutes before calling John’s home. A woman answered the phone, telling John’s co-worker, Jason Amos, that John had left for work some time ago. The crew waited a few more minutes before calling in a replacement. John’s wife, Ruby Ann Ruffolo, reported her husband missing on October 20th. His car turned up outside a local pub in Victoria two days after that. On October 25, 2003, a hiker walking near Humpback Road in Langford, 15 kilometres from his Victoria home, found John Ruffolo’s body in a culvert and called the police. John’s body was uninjured except for puncture wounds, believed to be needle marks, on both arms. Six months after John Ruffolo died, police arrested Ruby Ann Ruffolo and charged her with first-degree murder in her husband’s death. John’s surviving family had to wait seven long years for justice in a case beset by numerous delays, some initiated by the defendant and her lawyers, but also included a judge’s death and a mistrial.  Sources: John RUFFOLO Obituary (2003) - The Times Colonist 2010 BCSC 1630 R. v. Ruffolo 2012 BCCA 325 R. v. Ruffolo 826 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC — Google Maps Routes from 994 Tulip Ave to 6721 Butler Crescent — Google Maps Heroin | HealthLink BC Amitriptyline - Oral | HealthLink BC Nortriptyline - Oral | HealthLink BC Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative CN BC: Judge’s Death Puts Cases In Jeopardy Woman killed cheating husband with overdose of heroin | CTV News Family furious over convicted killer’s release | CBC News Murder victim’s family responds to Ruffolo’s release - Saanich News Ruby Ann Ruffolo Guilty of First Degree Murder - YouTube Ruby Ann Ruffolo loses last appeal of conviction for murdering husband in 2003 - Victoria Times Colonist KidSport Canada | So all kids can play Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/28/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders

Episode 245: Between 1926 and 1928, a sinister darkness was afoot on a small chicken ranch in Wineville, California. When he was only 19, Gordon Stewart Northcott, a Canadian, had abducted, raped, tortured and murdered at least three and as many as 20 others. His victims were predominantly prepubescent boys. He sexually assaulted and released numerous others. When a portion of the truth came out, much of it was told by Northcott’s nephew, 13-year-old Sanford Clark. Northcott had brought Sanford with him from Canada two years before.  Northcott viciously raped and beat Clark numerous times before tiring of him as he aged. Afterward, through fear and intimidation, Northcott coerced his nephew into assisting him in committing and covering up the murders of his victims. Even Northcott’s mother, Sarah Louise Northcott, helped in some of the crimes to keep her son out of jail.  Sources: The Road Out of Hell : Flacco, Anthony : Internet Archive Nothing is Strange with You : Paul, James Jeffrey Internet Archive Cold North Killers : Canadian Serial Murder : Mellor, Lee : Internet Archive Beyond Evil by Robert Keller - Ebook | Scribd Gordon Northcott | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers 10 Notorious Serial Killers Who All Suffered Childhood Head Injuries Healdsburg Tribune 20 September 1928 — California Digital Newspaper Collection Gordon Stewart Northcott’s handwritten confession, Riverside, 1928 - UCLA Library Digital Collections People v. Northcott, 209 Cal. 639 | Casetext Search + Citator Gordon Stewart Northcott Archives - Deranged LA Crimes ®Deranged LA Crimes ® Gordon Stewart Northcott (1906-1930) - Find a Grave Memorial Clark, chief witness in `20s child murders led exemplary life – Whittier Daily News The Puzzling Disappearance Of Walter Collins | BuzzFeed Unsolved Wiki | Fandom Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/21/202258 minutes, 51 seconds
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What Happened to Tom Thomson?

Episode 244: On the morning of the 8th of July 1917, thirty-nine-year-old Tom Thomson, a renowned Canadian painter and skilled outdoorsman, set off well-supplied for a day-long fishing excursion in his canoe on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park in Whitney, Ontario. A canoe, later identified as Thomson’s, was found floating upside down in the lake later on the same day. When Tom did not return from his fishing trip the next day, his friends became concerned. Eight days after Thomson first set out, Dr. G. W. (Goldwyn) Howland, a cottager from Toronto, spotted Tom’s bloated and decomposed body floating in the lake. An examination of Thomson’s body uncovered a large bruise on the right side of his head, and blood had come out of his right ear. Thomson’s death was quickly ruled an accident, and no police investigation occurred. Thomson was laid to rest in Mowat Cemetery near Canoe Lake, where he’d died. However, Thomson’s older brother George demanded the body be exhumed. Two days later, Tom’s grave was re-opened, the casket removed, and he was re-interred on July 21 in the family plot beside the Leith Presbyterian Church in what is now the Municipality of Meaford, Ontario. Officially the matter was closed, but mythology has grown around Thomson’s death. In the intervening years since Thomson’s death, investigations by sleuths, amateur and professional, have come to various conflicting conclusions. Some agree with the initial findings that Thomson died due to accidental drowning. Others, however, suggest that Tom Thomson was murdered. Sources: Death on a Painted Lake: The Tom Thomson Tragedy Algonquin Provincial Park | Ontario, Canada | The Friends of Algonquin Park Tom Thomson | The Canadian Encyclopedia The Group of Seven – Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933 Canada’s History Books - Canada’s History The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson, Canadian Painter – alexanderadamsart Tom Thomson: The Silence and the Storm by David Silcox, Harold Town - Ebook | Scribd Tom Thomson by Joan Murray - Ebook | Scribd Who Killed Tom Thomson? by John Little - Ebook | Scribd The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson by Gregory Klages - Ebook | Scribd The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson by George A. Walker - Ebook | Scribd Tom Thomson’s Last Paddle by Larry McCloskey - Ebook | Scribd Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/14/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 50 seconds
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Remembrance Day 2022: Disaster at Dieppe

Episode 243: Eighty years ago, on August 19, 1942, in Operation Jubilee began as the Allies attacked the French port of Dieppe on the English Channel Coast. Of the more than 6100 troops involved, five thousand were soldiers of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division and a thousand British, many commandos, with a handful of others including Americans. The hope was to gain a foothold in Europe, breaching Hitler’s heavily-fortified Atlantic Wall. But unfortunately, the Germans were ready for them, and things did not go as planned.  After nine excruciating hours of brutal fighting along the shore, the allied force retreated. Almost 1000 Allied troops lay dead, and at least 2000 more were prisoners of war, making this one of Canada’s darkest days ever in a time of war. Sources: Dieppe - Veterans Affairs Canada The Dieppe Raid - Historical Sheet - Second World War - History - Veterans Affairs Canada - Democracy at War - Dieppe Raid, 19 August 1942 - Operations Dieppe: a German Learning Experience - James Shelley - King’s College London WWII: The Dieppe Raid - Canada at War The Dieppe Raid : Juno Beach Centre Cpt. Romuald Nalecz Tyminski, Polish Canadian Hero PATRICK PORTEOUS VC CBC - Dieppe Prisoner of War: A Story from Dieppe : Juno Beach Centre HyperWar: Six Years of War: The Army in Canada, Britain and the Pacific Chapter 11 HyperWar: Six Years of War: The Army in Canada, Britain and the Pacific Chapter 12 DIEPPE: “They Didn’t Have To Die!” - Legion Magazine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/7/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 9 seconds
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Fallen Four: The Mayerthorpe Tragedy (Part 2): The Shooting & Aftermath

Episode 242: On March 3, 2005, a contingent of RCMP constables, attended the property of James Michael Roszko, 46 in Rochfort Bridge, near Mayerthorpe, Alberta. The members were there to serve a search warrant for stolen property and a marijuana-growing operation on the farm, discovered the day before. Roszko, knowing the police would be arriving soon, armed himself with the help of a couple friends, Shawn Hennessey and Dennis Cheeseman, and then he laid in wait for the RCMP. When four of the officers, Anthony Gordon, Lionide “Leo” Johnston, Brock Myrol and Peter Schiemann, walked into a quonset hut on the farm. Roszko, hidden inside the building, opened fire on the four members, killing them and then himself before the other RCMP members on site could come to their aid.  In the last episode we learned of the life of the murderer leading up to the day of the slaying of the four RCMP members. In this episode you’ll hear about the crime and its aftermath. Sources: Town of Mayerthorpe: Home CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE STATISTICS - Darkness to Light Report to the Attorney General : public inquiry into the deaths of Cst. Anthony Gordon, Cst. Lionide Johnston, Cst. Brock Myrol, Cst. Peter Schiemann and Mr. James Roszko - Open Government Report to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General Public Fatality Inquiry - PDF Fallen Four | Home Fallen Four Memorial Park & Visitor Information Centre | Facebook Line of Fire by Edward Butts - Ebook | Scribd James Roszko | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers RCMP Tribute to Five Officers Mayerthorpe Tragedy - Wikipedia 2008 ABQB 242 (CanLII) | R. v. Hennessey | CanLII 2008 ABQB 282 (CanLII) | R. v. Cheeseman | CanLII 2009 ABQB 60 (CanLII) | R. v. Hennessey | CanLII 2010 ABCA 274 (CanLII) | R. v. Hennessey | CanLII Murder charge approved in Burnaby RCMP officer’s killing | CTV News Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/31/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 34 seconds
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Fallen Four: The Mayerthorpe Tragedy (Part 1): Offender History

Episode 241: On March 3, 2005, a contingent of RCMP constables attended the property of James Michael Roszko, 46, in Rochfort Bridge, near Mayerthorpe, Alberta. The members were there to serve a search warrant for stolen property and a marijuana-growing operation on the farm, discovered the day before. Roszko, knowing the police would be arriving soon, armed himself with the help of a couple of friends, Shawn Hennessey and Dennis Cheeseman, and then he lay in wait for the RCMP. When four of the officers, Anthony Gordon, Lionide “Leo” Johnston, Brock Myrol and Peter Schiemann, walked into a quonset hut on the farm. Roszko, hidden inside the building, opened fire on the four members, killing them and then himself before the other RCMP members on-site could come to their aid.  This episode covers the life of the murderer and leads us up to the slaying of the four RCMP members. Next week in part 2, you’ll hear about the crime and its aftermath. Sources: Town of Mayerthorpe: Home CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE STATISTICS - Darkness to Light Report to the Attorney General : public inquiry into the deaths of Cst. Anthony Gordon, Cst. Lionide Johnston, Cst. Brock Myrol, Cst. Peter Schiemann and Mr. James Roszko - Open Government Report to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General Public Fatality Inquiry - PDF Fallen Four | Home Fallen Four Memorial Park & Visitor Information Centre | Facebook Line of Fire by Edward Butts - Ebook | Scribd James Roszko | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers RCMP Tribute to Five Officers Mayerthorpe Tragedy - Wikipedia 2008 ABQB 242 (CanLII) | R. v. Hennessey | CanLII 2008 ABQB 282 (CanLII) | R. v. Cheeseman | CanLII 2009 ABQB 60 (CanLII) | R. v. Hennessey | CanLII 2010 ABCA 274 (CanLII) | R. v. Hennessey | CanLII Murder charge approved in Burnaby RCMP officer’s killing | CTV News Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/24/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 37 seconds
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The History of Wartime Internment in Canada

Episode 240: Canada has had a long and embarrassing history of race relations, starting with the indigenous peoples who’d lived here for thousands of years prior to the arrival of European colonizers.  Our nation has also facilitated the mass internment of people perceived as threats to our national security during war time. As World War I raged in Europe, internment camps were set up to house Ukranians, Germans, Turks and Bulgrians. Of the more than 8500 detainees involuntarily held in camps across the country, a small percentage were women and children, the dependants of the men being held. Other internees included homeless people, conscientious objectors, and members of outlawed cultural and political associations.  At the outset of World War II, a number of Canadian citizens of German and Italian decent, as well as Jews who were immigrating to Canada, fleeing Europe were rounded up and put into internment camps. After the Japanese attack on the United States in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, on 7 December, 1941, North Americans were afraid. The Second World War had come far too close to home. Just over a month after the Pearl Harbour attack, a process began which saw the mass internment of Japanese Canadians from 1942 until 1949. Many of the detainees, including women and children, had been born in Canada. The country they’d grown up to love had uprooted them from their homes, seized their properties and taken away their rights and freedoms. Dark Poutine is sponsored by BetterHelp. Sources: Internment in Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia Internment of Japanese Canadians | The Canadian Encyclopedia The Canadian Race Relations Foundation — Legalized Racism Japanese Canadian History – The Politics of Racism Hastings Park Internment Centre - vancouvertraces Japanese Canadian Historic Sites in BC: Journeys of Home | Super, Natural BC Hastings Park 1942 | Internment at Hastings Park Tashme: A forgotten internment camp remembered - Fraser Valley Current Tashme | Historical Project Canada’s Internment Camps – Canadian History Ehx “Enemy Aliens” - The Internment of Ukrainian Canadians | Canada and the First World War From Racism to Redress: The Japanese Canadian Experience Japanese Canadian internment and the struggle for redress | CMHR Japanese Internment Japanese Canadian Historic Places - Heritage BC HOME PAGE – Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre Internment in Canada: WW1 vs WW2 – All About Canadian History Vanishing B.C. Japanese-Canadian internment sites in the Slocan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/17/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 20 seconds
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Introducing... Driven By Her: Unsung Heroines

The episode you're about to hear is a sample of the "Driven By Her" series from the Ongoing History of New Music presented by Porsche Canada. On this 5 episode series host Alan Cross explores the amazing contributions some of the most talented women on the planet have made to Modern Music. From Women who made the 90's rock to guitar heroes to the stories of some of the most talented songwriters and producers on the planet making the biggest hit we all know the words to...​ On the sample you're about to hear you'll learn about more than a dozen women that have changed music forever but have been given little to no credit, and Alan wants to fix that as he shines a spotlight on Trixie Smith, Ma Rainey, Memphis Minnie and more. You'll be surprised to find that behind the rock and roll... the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd ALL have women to thank for their contributions to music history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/12/202227 minutes, 57 seconds
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Delayed Justice — Part 2: The Murder of Monica Jack

In our last episode we heard of the murder of eleven-year-old Kathryn-Mary Herbert in Abbotsford, B.C. The 1975 murder went unsolved for nearly 40 years.  Less than a year after Kathryn-Mary was killed, another girl from Abbotsford, Theresa Hildebrandt, 15, also went missing. Her body turned up in 1980, she’d been murdered. Two years after that and more than 200 kilometres from Abbotsford, another girl, Monica Jack, 12, went bike riding near Merritt, B.C. and was never again seen alive. Her remains were not found until 1995 near Nicola Lake, she too had been murdered.  Police believed that all three murders were connected. They had only circumstantial evidence on one suspect they presumed had committed all three killings.  Sources: 2015 BCSC 1023 (CanLII) | R. v Handlen | CanLII 2018 BCSC 1330 (CanLII) | R. v Handlen | CanLII 2022 BCCA 304 (CanLII) | R. v. Handlen | CanLII Garden Of Tears~Garden Of Hope 36 years later, Chilliwack woman believes daughter’s killer will be caught New details emerge on alleged child killer’s history | CTV News Are Kamloops and area murders linked to deceased American suspect? - Kamloops This Week Family Of Theresa Hildebrandt Lives Four Decades Without Answers In Her Murder | Abbotsford News Garry Handlen’s ‘Mr. Big’ Confession Could Have Been Fabricated, Judge Says | Abbotsford News Garry Handlen convicted in Monica Jack killing: What the jury didn’t hear Garry Taylor Handlen, accused child killer, evaded charges for 39 years | CBC News Crown Proceeds by Direct Indictment in R. v. Handlen Vancouver Sun — Handlen’s confession to murder of second B.C. girl not heard at trial UBCIC Stands with Family of Monica Jack as her Murderer Appeals Conviction - UBCIC B.C. court dismisses appeal of man convicted of 1978 murder of 12-year-old Monica Jack | CBC News B.C. man convicted in young girl’s murder in 1978 loses appeal - Surrey Now-Leader GRAPHIC CONTENT: Confession of Garry Taylor Handlen to the murder of Monica Jack | Vancouver Sun — YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/10/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 14 seconds
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Delayed Justice — Part 1: The Murders of Kathryn-Mary Herbert & Theresa Hildebrandt

Episode 238: In Abbotsford, B.C., on the evening of September 24, 1975, Kathryn-Mary Herbert, age 11, was abducted while on her way home from a friend’s home. Last seen The girl’s body was discovered almost two months later on the Matsqui Indian Reserve north of Abbotsford. Investigators determined that she was likely murdered on the day she’d disappeared. In May 1976, Theresa Hildebrandt, 15, vanished without a trace from her Aldergrove, B.C. home. F Police believed she might be a runaway, but her family felt otherwise. or nearly four years no one knew what had become of Theresa. In March of 1980, her skeletal remains were found in a shallow grave off Downes and Mt. Lehman roads.  Almost exactly two years after Theresa’s disappearance, in early May 1976, 12-year-old Monica Jack was riding her bicycle near Merritt, B.C. when she disappeared. As Monica was of indigenous heritage, her disappearance fell under Project E-PANA, the RCMP’s initiative to solve the multitude of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls along B.C.’s infamous Highway of Tears. In June of 1995, Monica’s remains were discovered off a logging road on Swakum Mountain, to the west of Nicola Lake and several kilometres from where she was last seen. Families of the victims had their suspicions about suspects and worked hard to hold police on task, to solve the murders of their girls.  Due to similarities in the cases, police believed them all, potentially, linked. After years of running down tip after tip, a man with a history of sexual assault convictions and had been living in B.C. during all three killings fell under suspicion of investigators. After a long operation which involved the employment pf their infamous Mr. Big technique to get their suspect to talk, RCMP arrested 67-year-old Garry Taylor Handlen, and charged him with the murders of Kathryn-Mary Herbert and Monica Jack in 2014, more than 36 years after the murder of Monica Jack. He was later convicted of first-degree murder. Sadly, in regards to Theresa Hildebrant’s murder, no one has yet been charged in her killing, and 46 years later, her family has yet to receive any official answers about Theresa’s death. Sources: 2015 BCSC 1023 (CanLII) | R. v Handlen | CanLII 2018 BCSC 1330 (CanLII) | R. v Handlen | CanLII A Garden of Tears: The murder of Kathryn-Mary Herbert | CBC: Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women — Monica Jack Kathryn-Mary Herbert | Theyaremissing Blog A garden of tears (2009) | ridgenfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/3/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 20 seconds
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Murder in Chatham: Virginia & Alfred Critchley and Jasen Pangburn

Episode 237: On a fall evening in 1991, police discovered the bodies of Alfred Critchley, 75, and Virginia Critchley, 73, in the Chatham, Ontario residence they shared with their son and his family. The couple had been brutally stabbed. Alfred was unconscious but alive and Virginia was barely alive. Virginia died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and Alfred died later in the hospital having never regained consciousness. After a brief search, the couple’s grandson, Jasen Pangburn, 19, was discovered partially buried in a nearby ravine. Jasen had been executed with a single gunshot to the chest from a .22 calibre firearm. Thanks to Virginia’s dying words, suspicion fell on two youths, who’d been acquaintances of Jasen Pangburn’s, Jason Shawn Cofell, 18, and a 15-year-old accomplice we’ll call C.B. Sources: 2007 CanLII 76511 (ON SC) | R. v. Cofell | CanLII The Essex and Kent Scottish - Chatham triple-murderer granted parole after almost 25 years in prison | CBC News Teenage triple-murderer whose killings rocked Chatham, region gets parole after decades in prison Search — Jason Shaw Cofell — Cofell, Jason – Canadian Crimeopedia Chatham-Kent, ON Crime Rates & Map Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/19/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Murder of Diana Russell (Part 2)

Episode 236: In our last episode, we heard about the murder of 61-year-old retiree, and beloved mother, grandmother and recent great-grandmother, Diana Russell. On February 22, 2002, after her car was found abandoned, in out-of-the way Boston Bar, her family became concerned. Diana was not answering her phone and no one knew where she was. She was later found by police in the basement of Kelowna ,B.C. townhome. Diana had been beaten, hogtied, raped and then strangled. The number one suspect was no stranger to the family. He was Ronald Leal Fowler, an ex-boyfriend of Diana’s eldest daughter, Michele, and father to that daughter’s two-year-old son, Brandon.  After killing Diana, Fowler had fled in her car, but after it became hopelessly stuck after a freak winter mud and snow slide he’d hitchhiked to Vancouver. Fowler was arrested there after the truck driver who’d dropped him off in the Lower Mainland called police about the sketchy guy who’d ridden with him. Fowler, who’d illegally walked away from half-way house in which he’d been living, claimed amnesia due to drug and alcohol binge at the time. He denied responsibility for Diana’s murder and maintains that position to this day. Diana’s remaining family was left to pick of the pieces of their broken lives. This crime is still a painful wound for them, ripped open by Fowler’s every appeal and applications for parole. In the second part of this episode we hear from Collin Lucksinger, Diana Russell's grandson, as he shares with us his feelings about the his grandmother and the crime. Sources: Facebook — Biography of Diana Russell Search Castanet News - Ronald Fowler 2006 BCSC 1215 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII 2006 BCSC 1214 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII 2005 BCSC 1876 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII 2005 BCSC 1875 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII 2005 BCSC 1874 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII CN BC: Drug Experts Differ Over Blackouts - Femicide RamsReef — Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/12/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Murder of Diana Russell (Part 1)

Episode 235: On February 22, 2002, a vehicle was found in the ditch off the Trans-Canada highway near Boston Bar, B.C. The car was registered to 61-year-old mother, grandmother and recent great-grandmother, Diana Russell, who was nowhere around the car. RCMP obtained a key to Diana’s Kelowna townhouse and went inside finding the woman partially clothed body underneath some mattresses and furniture. She’d been hogtied, raped, beaten and strangled. Police quickly determined that Ronald Leal Fowler, 31, was a person of interest in the murder. Fowler, father of one of Diana’s grandchildren after a brief relationship with Diana’s eldest daughter, Fowler was later dramatically captured in Vancouver. He was then charged and in 2006 was convicted of first degree murder. Diana Russell's daughter Valerie MacPherson kindly shared her writings about her family's pain around the time of the murder and the twenty years since. In part 2 we will hear from Diana's grandson, Collin Lucksinger, as he shares first hand his thoughts and feelings around Diana's murder. Sources: Facebook — Biography of Diana Russell Search Castanet News - Ronald Fowler 2006 BCSC 1215 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII 2006 BCSC 1214 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII 2005 BCSC 1876 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII 2005 BCSC 1875 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII 2005 BCSC 1874 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII CN BC: Drug Experts Differ Over Blackouts - Femicide RamsReef — Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/5/202254 minutes, 17 seconds
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Heaven’s Gate — UFO Death Cult

Episode 234: On March 26, 1997, police found the bodies of 39 members of a religious UFO cult known as Heaven’s Gate in an 830 square-metre (9,000 square foot) home in Rancho Santa Fe, California, a San Diego suburb. All, including the group’s leader, Marshall Applewhite Jr., had died in a ritualistic act of mass suicide. The headline on the cult’s website, which remains online today, stated, “Hale-Bopp brings closure to Heaven’s Gate.” Over the following weeks, as investigators probed what happened in the home, the story of the Heaven’s Gate cult emerged, each detail weirder than the next.  I wrote about this story in my first book, Murder Madness and Mayhem. I have always wanted to cover this on Dark Poutine. I have expanded on what I wrote, especially toward the end of the story, I get into more detail about the victims. The medium of a podcast also allows for other content, including audio clips from individuals involved in the case and other details I was otherwise unable to convey in the book involving Canadian connections which includes one of the victims, Erika Ernst, 40, who was from Calgary, Alberta. That’s right, this is not an away game.  Sources: Get Help | Talk Suicide Canada Heaven’s Gate — How and When It May Be Entered YouTube — Heaven’s Gate Cult Initiation Tape Part 1 Heaven’s Gate : Federal Bureau of Investigation — Internet Archive Video Anonymous Heaven’s Gate caller who directed police to mansion, 25 years after tragedy - ABC News Heaven’s Gate, 25 Years Later: Remembering Lives Lost in Cult CNN - Some members of suicide cult castrated - Mar. 28, 1997 Heaven’s Gate Survivor Lost His Soulmate to Suicide Cult Facilitating You! – You are the love you have been looking for. Erika Ernst (1956-1997) - Find a Grave Memorial Cult Test | Cult Escape | Are you In A Religious Cult? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/29/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 9 seconds
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Falling Stars: The Belcher Island Murders

Episode 233: During the harsh winter of 1941, as World War II raged elsewhere, closer to home, a tragedy occurred on the remote, ice-covered island archipelago in Hudson Bay called the Belcher Islands. After witnessing a dramatic meteor shower, a tribal group of Inuit people believed the world was ending. Inspired by a copy of the New Testament Bible translated into Inuit syllabics by Anglican missionaries, 27-year-old Charlie Ouyerack, self-professed shaman of the tribe, claimed he was the second coming of Jesus Christ. Charlie determined his friend, Peter Sala, a skilled hunter and navigator, to be God. Their cult, Charlie, Peter, Peter's sister Mina and their followers, labelled any deniers as satanic heretics, eventually leading to the brutal murders of nine people within the group. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/22/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 34 seconds
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Washed Away: The 1929 Newfoundland Tsunami

Epidsode 232: The strongest earthquake ever recorded in eastern Canada, measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale, occurred at 5:02pm Newfoundland time on the 18 of November in 1929. It was felt as far west as Ottawa and as far south as New York City. The quake, centred around 250 km south of Newfoundland along the southern edge of the Grand Banks caused a massive sub-ocean landslide. Two and a half hours after the quake a series of tsunami waves smashed into Newfoundland’s isolated Burin Peninsula devastating property, upending the fishery and causing 28 deaths. Sources: The Tsunami of 1929 The 1929 Magnitude 7.2 “Grand Banks” earthquake and tsunami 1883 Rossi-Forel Scale of Earthquake Intensity Report a felt earthquake View of The Newfoundland Tsunami of November 18, 1929: An Examination of the Twenty-eight Deaths of the “South Coast Disaster” | Newfoundland & Labrador Studies 90 years later, a tsunami in southern Newfoundland still brings vivid memories | CBC News A disastrous tsunami’s lethal legacy in Newfoundland - 1929 Grand Banks earthquake - Wikipedia The Wake by Linden MacIntyre - Ebook | Scribd Newfoundland Tsunami - Water - SOS! Canadian Disasters - Library and Archives Canada CBC News Indepth: The South Shore disaster: Newfoundland’s Tsunami GEOSCAN Search Results: Fastlink Get prepared for an earthquake - Province of British Columbia THE ASSESSMENT OF GEOLOGICAL HAZARDS AND DISASTERS IN NEWFOUNDLAND: AN UPDATE Dominion of Newfoundland - Wikipedia Newfoundland and Labrador - Wikipedia Welcome to Newfoundland and Labrador - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada History of Nova Scotia, Jan 1920 - Dec 1939 Get prepared for an earthquake - Province of British Columbia Surviving A Tsunami—Lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/15/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 49 seconds
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Die by the Sword: The Life and Murder of Gerald Bull

Episode 231: Gerald Vincent Bull was a smart cookie from North Bay, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto at 20, got a master’s degree at age 21, and at 22 earned a Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering from the University of Toronto’s newly created Institute of Aerodynamics. Magazines touted him the ‘boy rocket scientist’. Nations sought him for his innovative ideas regarding long range artillery, ballistics and other military related endeavours. He was charged several times with breaching arms embargoes, even spending time in prison, a sore spot for the proud scientist. Eventually he became involved in Iraq’s ‘Project Babylon’ in which he was asked personally by then Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to build a Supergun which would launch weapons into space, giving Hussein the capability of bombing targets 1000’s of kilometres away. This obviously worried Iraq’s neighbours in the Middle East. Before the project was completed Gerald Bull was assassinated, shot five times outside his apartment building in Brussels, Belgium. A lot of nations hated Gerald Bull and some, no doubt, wanted him dead, but it remains a mystery who was behind his killing. It isn’t clear who actually pulled the trigger in the murder of Gerald Bull, most likely it was someone either within, or acting on behalf of, one of those governments who’d felt threatened by Bull’s activities and alliances. Sources: Gerald Bull - Wikipedia Gerald Bull | The Canadian Encyclopedia The tragic tale of Saddam Hussein’s ‘supergun’ - BBC Future Superguns 1854–1991 by Steven J. Zaloga, Jim Laurier - Ebook | Scribd Bull’s Eye: The Assassination and Life of Supergun Inventor Gerald Bull eBook : Adams, James: Kindle Store Strange Crime by Editors of Portable Press - Ebook | Scribd Three in the Back, Two in the Head by Jason Sherman - Ebook | Scribd Ready the Cannons! by William Gurstelle - Ebook | Scribd Who Killed Gerald Victor Bull | PDF | Mossad | Central Intelligence Agency Gerald Bull │ Super Gun │ History Documentary │ YouTube NYT — Gerald Bull — Wayback Machine Israel to kill in U.S., allied nations - Doomsday Gun (TV Movie 1994) - IMDb CBC Archives — Who killed Gerald Bull? Gerald Bull The Man Behind Iraq’s Supergun - The New York Times Dr. Gerald Bull: Scientist, Weapons Maker, Dreamer - People - CBC Archives THE GUNS OF SADDAM - The Washington Post A Brief History of the HARP Project Gerald Bull, 62, Shot in Belgium; Scientist Who Violated Arms Law - New York Times Remarks by President Biden on a Successful Counterterrorism Operation in Afghanistan | The White House The Mossad Mossad | History & Functions | Britannica Was Gerald Bull murdered by the Mossad? | Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/8/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Chambermaid Murders - Belva Russell, Jane Woolley and Edith Authier

Episode 230: Over a period of 22 months, between January 1969 and January 1971, 3 women in Southwestern Ontario were brutally murdered in 3 different towns. These women’s names were Isobella “Belva” Russell, Edith Authier, and Jane Wooley. Police solved the case of the third victim, Belva Russell, a matter of weeks after the crime. The perpetrator, Gerald Thomas Archer was convicted and imprisoned. There were obvious similarities between all three crimes. For several reasons the initial investigators on the cases missed them. Gerald Thomas Archer got his freedom in 1985, when he was 65. He was a drifter and passed away in 1995. Five years after Archer’s death, his family made police aware of new information. Through DNA, were police able to connect him to the murders of Edith Authier, and Jane Wooley.  Gerald Thomas Archer, had been a serial killer and had walked free for the last ten years of his life. Promo:  Evidence Locker Podcast Sources: The home of Hugh Smith in 1971. 53 Wellington Street, Chatham. The downtown Chatham Hotel in 1935. Where Belva Russell worked in 1971. The Rankin Hotel in 1965. Where Belva and Reginald first stopped for a drink on the fateful night.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/1/202254 minutes, 56 seconds
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Lonely Monster: Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen (Part 3)

Episode 229: In our last episode we learned about the life and first two murders of British serial murderer Dennis Andrew Nilsen. He was arrested after police discovered human remains he’d flushed down the toilet at 23 Cranley Gardens in Muswell Hill, a Suburb of North London. In this episode we’ll learn about Nilsen’s next twelve murders, what happened after his arrest and the aftermath of his crimes. A number of Nilsen’s victims remain unidentified to this day. As Dennis Nilsen was a necrophile, some of the information we are about to share are intense and may be very disturbing to some. Listener discretion is strongly advised. Sources: How Serial Killers “Cool Off” Between Murders | Psychology Today Canada Dennis Nilsen’s house where he dismembered and cooked victims sold with gruesome warning - Mirror Online Strangled, chopped up and burnt: The Sheffield man slayed by evil serial killer Dennis Nilsen | Doncaster Free Press Sheffield man’s brutal murder to feature in new TV drama about serial killer Dennis Nilsen | The Star The Real ‘Des’: The Dennis Nilsen Story: what happened to Carl Stotter? | HELLO! - Memoires of a Heroinhead - Dennis Nilsen - Wikipedia Dyno-Rod Local Drains & Plumbing Experts | Fixed-Price | 24/7 Killing For Company: Masters, Brian: Kindle Store Dinner, Drinks & Death ; The True Story of Dennis Nilsen by Alan R. Warren - Ebook | Scribd A Plague of Murder by Colin Wilson, Damon Wilson - Ebook | Scribd Watch Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes | Netflix Official Site The Real Des: The Dennis Nilsen Story Reddit — Dennis Nilsen Spotify Playlist - Nilsen's Favourite Tunes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/25/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 16 seconds
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Lonely Monster: Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen (Part 2)

Episode 228: In our last episode we learned about the final killing and capture of British serial murderer Dennis Andrew Nilsen after police discovered human remains he’d flushed down the toilet at 23 Cranley Gardens in Muswell Hill, a Suburb of North London, England. After his capture, the enigmatic Muswell Hill Murderer, or Kindly Killer, as he would come to be called, was more than happy to discuss his crimes. In this episode we’ll learn more about the killer’s life, his other crimes and what possibly led to the murders of 15 young men and boys, one of them a young Canadian student, Kenneth Ockendon Jr. Sources: Dennis Nilsen - Wikipedia Dyno-Rod Local Drains & Plumbing Experts | Fixed-Price | 24/7 Killing For Company: Masters, Brian: Kindle Store Dinner, Drinks & Death ; The True Story of Dennis Nilsen by Alan R. Warren - Ebook | Scribd A Plague of Murder by Colin Wilson, Damon Wilson - Ebook | Scribd Watch Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes | Netflix Official Site The Real Des: The Dennis Nilsen Story Reddit — Dennis Nilsen Dennis Nilsen – Nick Davies Tommy - Album by The Who | Spotify Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen And His Career In The Army I Struck Up a Friendship with the Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen. Then I Edited His Memoirs. The Argus — Serial killer Dennis Nilsen’s impact on Brighton survivor A murderer among us: I was Dennis Nilsen’s boss | The Spectator Dennis Nilsen and Bleep: What Really happened to Des’ dog? The Big Read: Dennis Nilsen - The Scottish nobody who became the archetypal serial killer | HeraldScotland An honest lack of answers | The Psychologist Psychopathic Serial Killers – Dennis Nilsen – Psychopaths In Life Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/18/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 59 seconds
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Lonely Monster: Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen (Part 1)

Episode 227: On the 8th of February, 1983, complaints about the plumbing at 23 Cranley Gardens in Muswell Hill, a suburb in London, England led to the discovery of human remains. The remains were traced to the flat of a tenant in the home named Dennis Andrew Nilsen, 37, a civil servant, former police officer and veteran of the British military. In Nilsen’s home police found grisly evidence of many more murders. The enigmatic Muswell Hill Murderer, or Kindly Killer, as he would come to be called, is believed to have killed 15 young men and boys, one of them a Canadian named Kenneth Ockendon Jr.  Listener discretion is strongly suggested Sources: Dennis Nilsen - Wikipedia Dyno-Rod Local Drains & Plumbing Experts | Fixed-Price | 24/7 Killing For Company: Masters, Brian: Kindle Store Dinner, Drinks & Death ; The True Story of Dennis Nilsen by Alan R. Warren - Ebook | Scribd A Plague of Murder by Colin Wilson, Damon Wilson - Ebook | Scribd Watch Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes | Netflix Official Site The Real Des: The Dennis Nilsen Story Reddit — Dennis Nilsen Dennis Nilsen – Nick Davies Tommy - Album by The Who | Spotify Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen And His Career In The Army I Struck Up a Friendship with the Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen. Then I Edited His Memoirs. The Argus — Serial killer Dennis Nilsen’s impact on Brighton survivor A murderer among us: I was Dennis Nilsen’s boss | The Spectator The Big Read: Dennis Nilsen - The Scottish nobody who became the archetypal serial killer | HeraldScotland An honest lack of answers | The Psychologist Psychopathic Serial Killers – Dennis Nilsen – Psychopaths In Life Mike Browne's - Dennis Nilsen Spotify playlist Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/11/202259 minutes, 42 seconds
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Blueprint for Murder, and the Architecture of Grief

On a hot, sunny Saturday afternoon on the 15th of August 1914, in a house near Spring Green, Wisconsin one of the worst mass killings in the state’s history occurred when 7 people were axed to death, immolated, and the house they were in burnt down. It was a case that on its own would have made headlines - but it wasn’t just any house that was burnt - it was the world-famous architectural treasure named Taliesin that was left in rubble, a house created by the internationally renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The victims were Wright’s partner Martha Borthwick, and two children, her 9-year-old Martha, and 11-year-old John. Also slain were gardener David Lindblom, draftsman Emil Brodell, builder Thomas Brunkner, and Bruckner's 13-year-old son Ernest. Promo: True Consequences Sources:  Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/4/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 31 seconds
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Tragedy x2: Gail Miller and David Milgaard (Part 2)

Episode 225: In our last episode we learned that in Saskatoon, on the morning of January 31, 1969, a 12-year-old girl on the way to school stumbled upon the body of Gail Miller, a 20-year-old nurse’s aide, lying in the snow in an alley. Gail had been raped, murdered and discarded in the snow by her killer. As there had been a number of sexual assaults in the city, police were under enormous pressure to solve the murder and soon their attention turned to 16-year-old David Edgar Milgaard. He’d been in the neighbourhood and at a home nearby the alley where Gail’s body lay on the morning of the murder. Witnesses later claimed he’d seen blood on David’s clothing and gave other incriminating information to police. Milgaard was subsequently arrested and charged with Gail’s murder. Exactly a year after the murder, Milgaard was convicted of the murder and sentenced to a term of life in prison — justice, it appeared, had been served. We’ll find out, that was not the case at all. After serving 23 hellish years in prison, David Milgaard, who’d always maintained his innocence, was finally exonerated by DNA evidence that pointed to another man as Gail Miller’s killer, a man named Larry Earl Fisher. Sources: | INQUIRY CALLED INTO WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF DAVID MILGAARD | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan Commission of the Inquiry Into the Wrongful Conviction of David Milgaard David Milgaard - Innocence Canada Reference re Milgaard (Can.) - SCC Cases R. v. Milgaard, 1971 CanLII 792 (SK CA), R. v. Fisher (L.E.), 1999 SKQB 88 (CanLII), Justice Miscarried by Helena Katz - Ebook | Scribd Shrunk by J. Thomas Dalby, PhD, Editor, Lorene Shyba, PhD, Editor - Audiobook | Scribd Wrongful Convictions in Canada | PDF | Miscarriage Of Justice | Law David Milgaard - Wikipedia David Milgaard was innocent of Gail Miller murder and rape - Milgaard inquiry: Don’t judge us: Cops Man convicted of notorious murder dies at Abbotsford prison – Abbotsford News A Mother’s Story - Joyce Milgaard Donald Marshall Jr. – Dark Poutine – True Crime & Dark History Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/27/20221 hour, 33 minutes, 56 seconds
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Tragedy x2: Gail Miller and David Milgaard (Part 1)

Episode 224: In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on the morning of January 31, 1969, a 12-year-old girl on the way to school stumbled upon the body of Gail Miller, a 20-year-old nurse’s aide, lying in the snow in an alley. Gail had been raped, murdered and discarded in the snow by her killer. As there had been a number of sexual assaults in the city, police were under enormous pressure to solve the murder and soon their attention turned to 16-year-old David Edgar Milgaard. He’d been in the neighbourhood and at a home nearby the alley where Gail’s body lay on the morning of the murder. Witnesses later claimed he’d seen blood on David’s clothing and gave other incriminating information to police. Milgaard was subsequently arrested and charged with Gail’s murder. Exactly a year after the murder, Milgaard was convicted of the murder and sentenced to a term of life in prison — justice, it appeared, had been served. We’ll find out, that was not the case at all. After serving 23 hellish years in prison, David Milgaard, who’d always maintained his innocence, was finally exonerated by DNA evidence that pointed to another man as Gail Miller’s killer. Sources: INQUIRY CALLED INTO WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF DAVID MILGAARD | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan Commission of the Inquiry Into the Wrongful Conviction of David Milgaard David Milgaard - Innocence Canada Reference re Milgaard (Can.) - SCC Cases R. v. Milgaard, 1971 CanLII 792 (SK CA), R. v. Fisher (L.E.), 1999 SKQB 88 (CanLII), Justice Miscarried by Helena Katz - Ebook | Scribd Shrunk by J. Thomas Dalby, PhD, Editor, Lorene Shyba, PhD, Editor - Audiobook | Scribd Wrongful Convictions in Canada | PDF | Miscarriage Of Justice | Law David Milgaard - Wikipedia David Milgaard was innocent of Gail Miller murder and rape - Milgaard inquiry: Don’t judge us: Cops Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/20/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 39 seconds
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Blurred Justice: The Murders of Corporal Irwin and Trooper Black

Episode 223: On Friday, February 20, 1976, while on vacation in Florida OPP Corporal Donald R. Irwin, 39, a father of three from Kitchener, Ontario, went on a ride along with his good friend Florida State Trooper, Philip Black, also 39-years-old. Irwin was in civilian clothing and unarmed. At around 7:15 a.m. they checked an old Camaro parked in a rest area on I-95, north of Pompano Beach, Florida. Moments later, both officers were dead, and the five people who’d been in the Camaro had fled in Black’s cruiser.  Walter Norman Rhodes Jr., 26, 29-year-old, Jesse Joseph Tafero, Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs, 28, Tafero’s wife and two children, Jacobs’ 9-year-old son, Eric, and the couple’s 10-month-old daughter, Christina, were apprehended at a road block after having kidnapped another man, and stolen his Cadillac from a retirement home after abandoning Black’s cruiser. Rhodes’ life was spared as he pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the other two. Jacobs and Tafero were both sentenced to die in Florida’s electric chair, but was justice really served. The case eventually unravelled but not before Tafero had his date with Old Sparky in 1990. Promo: Podcast by Proxy Sources: 21 Feb 1976, Page 1 - Fort Lauderdale News at Killer of 2 Police Officers Executed in Florida - The New York Times Ontario Police Memorial Foundation — Donald R. Irwin FHP MEMORIAL — Phillip A. Black (1936-1976) In the Blink of an Eye - Essay Jesse Tafero - Case Chart - Grassroots Investigation Project by Claudia Whitman Sponsored by Equal Justice USA Jesse Tafero - Case Summary - Innocence Project by Claudia Whitman sponsored by Equal Justice USA Jesse Tafero - Wikipedia Exoneree, Center on Wrongful Convictions: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Tafero v. State, 223 So. 2d 564 | Casetext Search + Citator Jesse Tafero | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers Jesse Tafero - Wikipedia Jessie Joseph Tafero, Petitioner-appellant, v. Louie L. Wainwright, Respondent-appellee, 796 F.2d 1314 (11th Cir. 1986) :: Justia Home - The Sunny Center The Joys of Forgiveness on Death Row | Sunny Jacobs | TEDxGalway — YouTube ‘Exonerated’ blurs facts about death penalty case Former death row couple: ‘Life turned out beautifully’ | Family | The Guardian TIPS LEAD TO CAPTURE OF PAROLED MURDERER – Sun Sentinel Fugitive’s prosthetic leg gives him away | The Seattle Times WALTER RHODES JR v. HARDEE CI WARDEN FLORIDA PAROLE COMMISSION SECRETARY FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS | FindLaw Rhodes v. Fla. Parole Comm’n, CASE NO. 8:13-cv-1424-T-36AEP | Casetext Search + Citator Phillip Black and Donald Irwin murders 2/20/1976 Broward County, FL *Shot to death by Walter Rhodes, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; It is, actually, a complicated case* | Bonnie’s Blog of Crime Sunny Jacobs: Life Beyond Stretch of I-95 honors 2 fallen troopers   TRANSLATE with x English ArabicHebrewPolish BulgarianHindiPortuguese CatalanHmong DawRomanian Chinese SimplifiedHungarianRussian Chinese TraditionalIndonesianSlovak CzechItalianSlovenian DanishJapaneseSpanish DutchKlingonSwedish EnglishKoreanThai EstonianLatvianTurkish FinnishLithuanianUkrainian FrenchMalayUrdu GermanMalteseVietnamese GreekNorwegianWelsh Haitian CreolePersian TRANSLATE with COPY THE URL BELOW Back EMBED THE SNIPPET BELOW IN YOUR SITE Enable collaborative features and customize widget: Bing Webmaster Portal Back Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/13/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 45 seconds
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Murder on the Island: Who Killed Byron Carr?

Episode 222: On Sunday, November 12,1988 beloved 36-year-old high school teacher named Byron Carr was found by his family dead in the bedroom of his home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He’d been strangled to death and stabbed. Byron’s wallet had been stolen, and ominously on his wall, written in pen, were the words “I will kill again.” Investigators revealed that Byron was a closeted gay man, and had been involved in a consensual sexual encounter with an as yet unidentified man prior to his death. It is presumed that it was this man who killed Byron. No one has ever been brought to justice in Byron’s death. Anyone with any information regarding this crime, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is asked to call the Bell Aliant sponsored Byron Carr Hot Line 1-877-566-3952 or PEI Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS. Promo: Crimes from the East Sources: Homicides | Charlottetown Police Services PEI Crime Stoppers - Homicides Charlottetown police reopen 1980s murder case | CBC News Skimpy underwear connected to 1988 murder | CBC News Charlottetown police release sketch of possible Byron Carr killer | SaltWire Byron Carr murder accomplice identified by police | CBC News 2013, John Carr interview | ‘Give this family closure’: Police still working to solve 30-year-old Byron Carr murder | CBC News Unsolved Case Files Canada: Murder of Byron Carr After Sexual Encounter With Another Male Cold case, warm memories: Byron Carr’s friends, family want his 1988 P.E.I. murder solved | SaltWire On the hunt | SaltWire Brad MacConnell Named New Chief of Police | Charlottetown Police Services r/PEI: Byron Carr r/UnresolvedMysteries: Byron Carr CANADA — Canada — Byron Carr, 36, Schoolteacher — Nov’ 88 | Websleuths Reader’s Digest: Canada’s Most Notorious Cold Cases Public Attitudes toward Homosexuality — Tom W. Smith TIMELINE | Same-sex rights in Canada | CBC News Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia LGBT+ Pride 2021 Global Survey points to increasingly positive attitudes in Canada toward LGBT+ individuals | Ipsos R. v. MacDonald, 2004 CanLII 9284 (ON CA), Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/6/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 40 seconds
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Murder on the Isle of Dogs: The Execution of Auguste Neel

Episode 221: On the morning of December 31, 1888, in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, friends found 61-year-old fisherman François Coupard dead in his fishing shack. Someone had brutally slain Coupard and had mutilated his body horribly after his murder. A quick investigation led to two men, Auguste Neel and Louis Ollivier, trying to flee to Newfoundland on a stolen fishing boat. The pair later admitted their roles in the murder and were tried and convicted. Ollivier was sentenced to 10 years at hard labour, while Neel, against whom the evidence was more solid, received a death sentence, which was carried out on August 24, 1889. This execution was the first and last in North America using a guillotine to do the deed. Sources: » auguste neel 19/02/1930 : Affaire NEEL Auguste et OLLIVIER Louis – Saint-Pierre et Miquelon : Ephémérides affaire néel - Histoire des îles St Pierre et Miquelon Saint Pierre and Miquelon - Wikipedia L’Île-aux-Marins - Wikipedia Canada’s top court says voluntary extreme intoxication a defence in violent crimes | R. v. Brown, 2022 SCC 18 (CanLII), the dive spell: Saint Pierre Island: site of the only guillotine execution in north america La Veuve de Saint-Pierre History of the Guillotine 8 Things You May Not Know About the Guillotine - HISTORY The Paris Review - The Bloody Family History of the Guillotine Louis XVI - Wikipedia Does the head remain briefly conscious after decapitation (revisited)? - The Straight Dope Exploring The French Instrument Of Death: The Guillotine | Thought Catalog Guillotine by Robert Frederick Opie - Ebook | Scribd Execution by Geoffrey Abbott - Ebook | Scribd The Widow of Saint-Pierre - Wikipedia St. Pierre, a Tiny Pin Point of France and Al Capone’s Prohibition Haunt: Canadian Odyssey on the Looney Front — Part 10 | HuffPost Life Sept. 10, 1977: Heads Roll for the Last Time in France | WIRED 5 really cool things about Saint-Pierre and Miquelon - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/30/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 5 seconds
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Set Up: The Bombing that Never Was

Episode 220:  The attention grabbing headline of the the article in The Province newspaper on the morning of July 3, 2013 screamed, “RCMP foil Canada Day bomb plot”, the subheading read, “VICTORIA: Two British Columbians allegedly hatch scheme to blow up legislature.” Since March of that year, RCMP had been engaged in what they called Project Souvenir, a complex and expensive sting operation to gather evidence against two Surrey residents, John Stuart Nuttall, 38, and his common-law wife, Amanda Marie Korody, 29. The RCMP alleged that the pair were Islamist extremist bent on blowing up BC’s legislature buildings in Victoria and killing as many innocent Canadians as possible on Canada Day that year. On the morning of July 1, the couple had apparently placed three pressure cooker bombs strategically near concrete planters on the west and east sides of the Provincial legislature buildings.  The pair were taken into custody in the hallway of a hotel in Delta, B.C. where they had used a room, wired by cops for video and sound, where they had built their bombs and spoken openly about their plot to kill Canadians. But, as the truth came out, evidence revealed that Nuttall and Korody were not even remotely the devious threats to national security they’d been said to be and that the RCMP had in fact, according to court findings, entrapped the pair. The bombs had been inert, made using intentionally flawed designs and materials handed to the couple by the RCMP themselves during the more than one million dollar operation to bust them. Sources: John Nuttall | ReverbNation R. v. Nuttall, 2016 BCSC 1404 (CanLII), R. v. Nuttall, 2018 BCCA 479 (CanLII), Korody v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 FC 1398 (CanLII), Friends of John Nuttall say he was a great friend, but was also troubled | 3 Jul 2013, 4 - The Province at 3 Jul 2013, 3 - Times Colonist at 4 Jul 2013, 4 - The Vancouver Sun at CKNW — NUTTALL & KORODY Video Vancouver Sun — Raw: Alleged terrorists Nuttall, Korody talk about Canada Day plot Vancouver Sun — Raw: John Nuttall, accused in B.C. terror case, speaks with undercover officer You searched for korody - BC Civil Liberties AssociationBC Civil Liberties Association Vancouver Sun — An alleged terrorist’s Surrey suite is revealed 97a Ave Canadian Press — B.C. couple walk free after entrapment ruling in terror case BC Terror Trial Reveals Gong Show RCMP Investigation Exclusive W5 interview: Terror plotters claim they were groomed by Mounties and were relieved bombs were fake W5: Undercover RCMP anti-terror investigation — YouTube Surrey Suite, BB TV — YouTube Terror trial video shows second thoughts — YouTube Canada Day crowd at B.C. legislature was target in thwarted bomb plot, police say — Victoria Times Colonist Nuttall and Korody, couple accused in Victoria legislature bomb plot, remain free after B.C. Court of Appeal ruling - BC | RCMP spent $1M on Victoria terror plot investigation, including $90K on Nuttall and Korody - BC | RCMP entrapment of B.C. couple in legislature bomb plot was ‘travesty of justice,’ court rules | CBC News Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/23/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 4 seconds
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UFOs Part 2b - BONUS - Listener Stories of UFO Encounters & Area 51

Episode 219 BONUS: In this episode we hear from several Dark Poutine listeners, and in one case, a family member of a listener, who are sharing their experiences and feelings around their own UFO encounters. Mike also shares his own experience as a youth, and at the end of the show Mike and Mathew talk about their recent visit to The Extraterrestrial Highway, Rachel, Nevada and the back Gate of Area 51. Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/16/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 3 seconds
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UFOs Part 2a - UFOlogist Chris Rutkowski Interview

Episode 219: In the first of two episodes released this week, Mike interviews Chris Rutkowski. Chris A. Rutkowski is a science writer who has devoted much time to investigating and studying reports of UFOs, writing about case investigations, and offering his insights into the broad UFO phenomenon publishing the annual Canadian UFO Report. Chris has authored numerous books on UFOs and two of his previous books, Abductions and Aliens and The Canadian UFO Report, were national bestsellers. He was recently referred to in a 2021 report to the Canadian Minister of Defense on UFOs in Canada as the person to which the government hands over reports of UFOs. He lives just outside Winnipeg. Sources: The Canadian UFO Survey Twitter - Chris Rutkowski Facebook Page - Chris Rutkowski, Writer Blog - Chris Rutkowski  Report a UFO in Canada - The Canadian UFO Survey Report a Canadian UFO Sighting — The Nighttime Podcast The Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System (CADORS) UFO sightings: Canada’s defence minister briefed | CTV News Thematic Guides - Unidentified Flying Objects - Library and Archives Canada What does Canada do with reports of UFO sightings? — The Big Story Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/16/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 38 seconds
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UFOs Part 1 — Canadian Reports, Research & Disclosure

Episode 218: The history of humanity is rife with stories of unexplained things in the skies above us. Handed down first verbally and pictographically by way of depictions painted on cave walls and then in written accounts, there are scores of stories about strange lights and objects in the sky. Throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, as human technology has improved, we have been able to better document and disseminate information about these sightings. Over the next two episodes, we have a look at unidentified flying objects, more commonly called UFOs. In this first episode we’ll take a brief look at the phenomena itself, the stigma surrounding it and recent admissions by governmental officials of the existence of these objects. As well, we will peek at some of the stories from right here in Canada that we haven’t already covered. I have had to pick and choose some of the more interesting and detailed reports, as there are more than 1000 reports per year and the database of reports in Canada alone is massive.  Sources: Chris Hadfield on exploring Mars and the growing conversation about UFOs | CBC Radio Former Arizona Governor says he saw a UFO during the 1997 Phoenix Lights - Wikinews, the free news source The Canadian UFO Report by Chris A. Rutkowski, Geoff Dittman - Ebook | Scribd ParaResearchers Of Ontario - Welcome To Our Space On The Web Simeon Perkins Records UFO sighting October 12, 1796 | Queens County Museum Canadian DND Report: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Canada’s UFOs: The search for the unknown - Library and Archives Canada Wilbert Smith on UFOs Project Magnet and his Contacts with the Boys from Topside — YouTube Pentagon UFO videos - Wikipedia Documents | NAVAIR - FOIA Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System — CADORS: Report 2016P1783 Credible UFO Reports Are Being Ignored, Declassified Canadian Government Documents Reveal UFO sightings: Canada’s defence minister briefed | CTV News List of artificial objects leaving the Solar System - Wikipedia US10144532B2 — Craft using an inertial mass reduction device — Google Patents Walker ‘stunned’ to see ship hovering high above sea off Cornwall | Science | The Guardian NINA HAGEN 1985 “Gods Of Aquarius” (English) IN EKSTASY — YouTube Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/9/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Mysterious Death of Holly Bartlett

Episode 217: In the early hours of March 27, 2010, Holly Bartlett, 31, was found unconscious and badly injured under the A. Murray MacKay bridge in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 350 metres away from her home. She died the next day in a Halifax Hospital. Holly, a grad student at Dalhousie University, was fiercely independent despite her disability. She had been completely blind since she was thirteen years old. Holly’s autopsy indicated she’d imbibed alcohol and that she had sustained “blunt force injury to the head (…) attributable to a fall” and that the manner of death was accidental. Police did a brief investigation determining that after cabbing home from a night out with a friend, Holly became disoriented and lost due to the combination of her alcohol consumption and her blindness. Somehow, Holly had wandered down two steeply graded streets away from her home and toward the harbour, had made her way through a hole in a chain link fence, down a steep embankment, and fell 7 metres off a concrete abutment under the bridge across Halifax harbour. They called Holly’s death accidental. Holly’s family and friends in the Justice for Holly group were not satisfied and pressed for further investigation into her death.  Sources: What Happened to Holly Bartlett? | CNIB Documentary What Happened to Holly Bartlett Seasons | Accessible Media Inc. Podcast What Happened to Holly Bartlett Podcast | Accessible Media Inc. Sights Unseen — YouTube Holly Elizabeth Bartlett 1978-2010 - Holly Bartlett witness changes key details in death investigation | CBC News Review to be held into blind woman’s death: Halifax police | External review confirms 2010 death of Holly Bartlett was accidental - Halifax | Police handling of Holly Bartlett’s death criticized in review | CBC News Review of Investigation Into The Death of Holly Bartlett | PDF | Polygraph | Victimology Holly Bartlett’s unlikely journey | City | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST Police announce independent review into Holly Bartlett’s death | News | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST Telling Holly’s Bartlett’s story, again | Arts + Culture | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST Holly Bartlett’s family is angry with Halifax police What happened to Holly Bartlett? : UnresolvedMysteries Holly Bartlett: Autopsy & Clothing - Album on Imgur Imgur: Map, based on police report Home | CNIB NEADS - Financial Aid Directory JAWS® – Freedom Scientific Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/25/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Legend of La Corriveau

Episode 216: In Quebec, on April 15, 1763, after a supposed confession and hasty trial by an English military tribunal, 30-year-old Marie-Josephte Corriveau was convicted of murdering in brutal fashion her second husband, Louis-Étienne Dodier, and was sentenced to death. She was hanged with haste, three days later. Her body was then put on display in a form-fitting metal cage and placed at a crossroad where for the next five weeks, she stood as a warning to others considering domestic homicide as an answer to an unhappy marriage. When her cage disappeared locals believed that the Devil himself had come and taken Marie-Josephte to hell. It said that La Corriveau's spectre haunts the crossroads still.Sources: Marie-Josephte Corriveau - Wikipedia Uncertain Justice by F. Murray Greenwood, Beverley Boissery - Ebook | Scribd Killing Women by Wilfrid Laurier University Press - Ebook | Scribd The History of Gibbeting by Samantha Priestley - Ebook | Scribd La destinée de la Corriveau « Histoire du Québec Légende de la Corriveau – Voyage à travers le Québec Les anciens Canadiens - Philippe Aubert de Gaspé Il était cent fois La Corriveau : anthologie : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive - Macabre Discovery Canadian Mysteries of the Unexplained: Investigations Into the Fantastic, the Bizarre and the Disturbing Biography – CORRIVEAU, MARIE-JOSEPHTE, La Corriveau – Volume III (1741-1770) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography The Legend of La Corriveau: Québécois Folklore and The Politics of Nation-Making in Canada by Leslie Savath La Corriveau: A woman victim of Society? by Isabelle Parent View of From Vilified to Victorious: Reconceiving La Corriveau in Anne Hébert’s La Cage | Studies in Canadian Literature La Corriveau | The Canadian Encyclopedia The Hanging Cage That Held An Infamous Québec Murderess - Atlas Obscura Canadian Urban Legends: La Corriveau of Quebec City | NUVO A Shrine for Marie-Josephte Corriveau and for all women who are victims of domestic violence - UBC Library Open Collections A Shrine for Marie-Josephte Corriveau - KooZA/rch Classic French-Canadian Folktales: Volume I (English Edition; Annotated) eBook : Beaugrand, Honore, Frechette, Louis-Honore, Peters, Hammerson: Kindle Store Cage of la Corriveau on display in Lévis | CBC News La Corriveau: The Gibbet of Quebec — YouTube French Mourning in the 1700s - Geri Walton Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/18/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ghost Ship: The Tale of the Mary Celeste

Episode 215: Mary Celeste, formerly Amazon, was an American registered, Nova Scotia built brigantine that was found abandoned on December 4, 1872, some 740 km off the Azores, Portugal. The fate of the 10 people aboard remains a mystery almost 150 years later. Sources: Fisherman’s Memorial | Lunenburg NS Sable Island | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (text of 1834) by… | Poetry Foundation The Mystery of the Mary Celeste. Part One: The Facts - Daily Nautica The Mystery of the Mary Celeste. Part Two: Theories - Daily Nautica The Mystery of the Mary Celeste. Part Three: the Rediscovery of the Cursed Ship - Daily Nautica Solved: The Mystery of the Mary Celeste | UCL News - UCL – University College London Mary Celeste - The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia Mary Celeste Monument – Diligent River, Nova Scotia - Atlas Obscura Mary Celeste | The Canadian Encyclopedia Mary Celeste - Wikipedia 6 Famous Unsolved Mysteries That Have Totally Been Solved | Weetabix Mary Celeste — YouTube The story of the “Mary Celeste” : Fay, Charles Edey : Internet Archive Ghost ship : the mysterious true story of the Mary Celeste and her missing crew : Hicks, Brian, 1966 : Internet Archive Phantom Ship , The : Henry Passmore : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive The Galley of Count Arnaldos, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Colossal Squid ~ MarineBio Conservation Society   Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/11/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 54 seconds
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Innisfail Bombing: The Murder of Vicky Shachtay

Episode 214: On November 25, 2011, neighbours around the four-plex at 51st Avenue and 47th Street in the town of Innisfail, Alberta heard a bang which shook their homes. Some said sounded like a gunshot, others said it sounded like someone dropping a heavy pile of wood. The dining room window of one the corner suites had been blown outward, glass was strewn throughout the yard. Police were called to the scene by a bystander inside the home and found a horrific scene. The home was full of smoke and debris. There at the dining room table, still in her wheelchair, first responders discovered the body of 23-year-old, Victoria (Vicky) Shachtay who’d died in what appeared to have been an explosion.Sources: Innisfail | The Canadian Encyclopedia R v Malley, 2015 ABCA 213 (CanLII), R v Malley, 2017 ABCA 186 (CanLII), Malley (Re), 2014 IIROC 10 (CanLII), Malley (Re), 2014 IIROC 29 (CanLII), Blast that killed Vicky Shachtay was a ‘targeted attack’: police | National Post Stepfather told victim not to open Christmas gift that turned out to be bomb | CTV News Friends, family gather to remember Vicky Shachtay - Disabled woman killed by parcel bomb — YouTube A defining case | Royal Canadian Mounted Police Bombing suspect arrested, police hold conference — YouTube Brian Malley loses last appeal chance - Pipe bomb - Wikipedia The pipe bomb: a modern terrorist weapon - PubMed GUILTY - Canada - Vicky Shachtay, 23, paraplegic, killed by bomb, Innisfail, AB, 25 Nov 2011 Financial advisor found guilty in blast that killed disabled woman — Bomb that killed paraplegic Innisfail mom Vicky Shachtay disguised to look like Christmas presents, Red Deer court told | Edmonton Sun Friends, family gather to remember Vicky Shachtay - Charges laid in bombing murder of Vicky Shachtay - Victoria Shachtay’s caregiver testifies about moments before fatal explosion Mysterious package killed Alberta mother | CBC News Canada ‘extremely lucky’ to face few bomb threats, attacks: RCMP - iPolitics Presentation to Finance Committee Re: Disability Tax Credit Regarding Bill C-462 | Council of Canadians with Disabilities Vicky Shachtay’s step-dad issues statement about her murder | CTV News Investment Executive: Brian Malley Articles Global News: Victoria Shachtay | News, Videos & Articles Red Deer Advocate: Vicky Shacktay Articles Victoria-Shachtay | National Post Unsolved Murders. Help us solve a crime today. Home A machinist in rural Ontario flipped the switch on a flashlight that arrived in the mail. Then it exploded | The Star 16 years later, police still don’t know who killed Paavo Henttonen | News | Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/4/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Mystery of the Missing Millionaire: Ambrose Small

Episode 213: Toronto theatre magnate and enigmatic millionaire Ambrose J. Small disappeared without a trace on December 2, 1919, only a day after having made a lucrative deal to sell his ownership interests in his chain of theatres including the Grand Opera House in Toronto. People interested in the case suspected one of two theories were the most likely for the tycoon’s abrupt disappearance — either Small had run off and had into hiding under his own steam, or someone had abducted and very likely killed him. This case has become one of Canada’s oldest mysteries as more than 100 years later, there is yet no answer as to Small’s ultimate fate.Sources: Ambrose Small Case | The Canadian Encyclopedia Canada West | The Canadian Encyclopedia $1,750,000 in 1919 → 2022 | Inflation Calculator Biography – SMALL, AMBROSE JOSEPH – Volume XIV (1911-1920) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography Disappearance of Ambrose Small - Wikipedia The Doe Network: Ambrose Small - 1891DMON The Mysterious Disappearance of Ambrose J. Small | Grand Theatre London What Really Happened to Ambrose Small? | Maclean’s | January 15, 1951 How the mystery of Ambrose Small became Toronto’s most captivating cold case | The Star The Mystery Of Ambrose J. Small, The Missing Millionaire - Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ambrose Small, Toronto’s most sensational mystery The Grand Mystery of Ambrose Small Ambrose Small, The Ghost of the Grand Theatre Investigations following the finding of these human bones near Humber… News Photo - Getty Images AMBROSE SMALL: CANADA’S COLDEST CASE CLOSED! The Missing Millionaire by Katie Daubs | Penguin Random House Canada Canadian Mysteries of the Unexplained: Investigations Into the Fantastic, the Bizarre and the Disturbing Wild Talents by Charles Fort - Ebook | Scribd Mysteries of Ontario by John Robert Colombo - Ebook | Scribd Ghost Stories of Canada by John Robert Colombo, Jillian Hulme Gilliland - Ebook | Scribd Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/28/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 4 seconds
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Breaking the Oath: The Murder of Sian Simmonds

Episode 212: On the afternoon of January 27, 1993, the day before her 20th birthday, Sian Simmonds, a student who was working he way through school, was found dead in her basement suite in the Guildford neighbourhood of Surrey, B.C. She had been shot and bludgeoned. Neighbours had heard screams coming from her suite. Only days later, a man named David Schlender was arrested. Already on bail for the attempted murder of one of his cocaine dealers the year before, Schlender told police he’d been hired by another man, Brian West, to commit the murder in exchange for wiping an outstanding drug debt. The investigation of Brian West led to another man, Josephakis Charalambous, the Simmonds’ family doctor who had hired West to murder Sian. Eighteen months before her murder, Sian and her older sister Katie had filed grievances with the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons alleging sexual assault by Charalambous. Rather than face censure by the College and risk losing his substantial annual income, Charlambous had sought to silence the girls. As the truth came out about the doctor, his carefully constructed facade of the community minded healer came tumbling down revealing an ugly pattern of violence and predatory behaviour toward young women and girls. Sources: Betrayal of trust | Maclean’s | DECEMBER 12, 1994 R. v. West, 1997 CanLII 3157 (BC CA), R. v. Charalambous, 1997 CanLII 3363 (BC CA), Mountie Seduced My Wife. I Want a New Trial — Charalambous v. Canada (Attorney General), 2009 FC 1082 (CanLII), Charalambous v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 FC 1045 (CanLII), Charalambous v. Canada (Attorney General), 2016 FCA 177 (CanLII), Charalambous v. Attorney General of Canada, 2017 CanLII 1337 (SCC), Doctor denied day parole 27 years after hiring hitman to kill teen | Vancouver Sun Scandalous Case had Public Riveted — Documentary pays tribute to parents of murdered children - New West Record Family Physician Hired a Hit Man to Silence Her…Permanently - Medical Bag Serving Life 25-One Guard’s Story — Scribd Dr. Death M.D. by David Pietras - Ebook | Scribd Doctors Who Kill by Carol Anne Davis - Ebook | Scribd Fatal Prescription: A Doctor without Remorse by John Griffiths | Goodreads Medical Ethics | The Canadian Encyclopedia About CAVEAT Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/21/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 41 seconds
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Murder in Bear River: The Slaying of Annie Kempton

Episode 211: On January 27, 1896, in the tiny community of Bear River, Nova Scotia, popular fourteen-year-old Annie Kempton was brutally murdered in her home while her parents were out of town. The crime, papers said, was the worst ever seen in the province up to that point and there was an outcry for swift justice on the heels of the slaying. Two days after the crime, Peter David Wheeler, 26, an immigrant, was arrested and charged with the murder. In July of that year, Wheeler was found guilty of the crime and after his trial, made a confession that some have come to see as coerced. He was hanged less than 8 months after the murder in the middle of the night as a crowd was allegedly on their way from Bear River to lynch him. Sources: Nova Scotia Archives - Admiral Digby Museum Place-names of the Province of Nova Scotia : Brown, Thomas J : Internet Archive In search of justice for Peter and Annie | The Chronicle Herald Bear River Historical Society | Nova Scotia, Canada Peter Wheeler, Murder of Annie… - Admiral Digby Museum | Facebook Justice Denied - Atlantic Books Stories of our Local Characters The Lynching of Peter Wheeler by Debra Komar - Ebook | Scribd Maritime Murder: Deadly Crimes from the Buried Past eBook : Vernon, Steve: Kindle Store Graveyard Tour | Fall For Bear River Annie Kempton (1881-1896) - Find a Grave Memorial Folksongs from Southern New Brunswick : Creighton, Helen, 1899- : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive Bear River tragedy retold in ‘Annie Kempton’ | SaltWire Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/14/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Murder of Ardeth Wood

Episode 210: In the summer of 2003, Ardeth Wood, a 27-year-old PhD candidate studying philosophy at the University of Waterloo, was enjoying a well needed break at her parent’s home in the Orleans neighbourhood of Ottawa. In the early afternoon of August 6, 2003, wanting to take advantage of a beautiful, warm summer day Ardeth borrowed her brother’s bike to go for a ride. Ardeth never came home. Ardeth’s disappearance triggered one of the largest searches in Ottawa’s history up to that point covering the almost 200 kilometres of bike paths around the capital city and its suburbs. Five days later, Ardeth’s body was discovered. She’d been drowned on purpose and then hidden by her killer in a densely wooded area along the banks of Green’s Creek. Police had no suspects. Fearing for their own safety, many of the residents of Ottawa were terrified to use the parks and bike paths for some time even with increased police patrols. It would be more than two years before charges were laid against the man accused of Ardeth’s murder. Sources and Further Reading: The Disappearance of Ardeth Wood An Anthology of True Crime by Pete Dove - Ebook | Scribd Ardeth Wood - Wikipedia Murder She Solved - The Pathway Predator - Dailymotion Video Ardeth WOOD | Obituary | Ottawa Citizen Ardeth Mary Margaret Wood (1975-2003) - Find a Grave Memorial The value of virginity? « University of Waterloo — September 10, 2003: Scholarship remembers murdered grad A Mother’s Grief – The Healing Power of Forgiveness | Nourished Motherhood Blog Archived Ardeth Remembered Archived A death that touched an entire city Ardeth Wood murder resonates 10 years later | CBC News Interview with Colum Wood — YouTube Global study on homicide Kristen Gilchrist (2010) “Newsworthy” Victims?, Feminist Media Studies, Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/7/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 54 seconds
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MMIW: The Murder of Daleen Kay Bosse

Episode 209: Daleen Kay Bosse, was a 26-year-old, wife and mother of Cree heritage and member of the Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan near Saskatoon. On May 18, 2004, after a night out with friends Daleen did not return home. Her family grew worried. When she still hadn’t come home the next day Jeremiah, Daleen’s husband, contacted police, who, initially did not respond with much enthusiasm, telling Jeremiah and Daleen’s concerned parents to wait; that she would probably either come home or check in soon. Daleen’s family organized searches themselves and two weeks later Daleen’s car was found abandoned, but there was no sign of the missing woman. It would be more than four years later that Daleen’s family would find out what had happened to their missing loved one. Daleen had been murdered by a man named Douglas Richard Hales, who, during a Mr. Big sting, had admitted to killing the woman and the led police to Daleen’s charred remains. Sources: Onion Lake – Cree Nation The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan | Details — Treaty 6 The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan | Details — Frog Lake Massacre Frog Lake Massacre - Wikipedia SACP | Missing Persons Database Daleen Bosse Obituary (2008) - Saskatoon StarPhoenix NWAC - Daleen’s Story Family hires investigator to help locate daughter MMIWG & Violence Prevention • Native Women’s Association of Canada Home Page - Final Report | MMIWG R v Hales, 2014 SKQB 411 (CanLII), Highlights from the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, 2015 | CanLII Man says he killed woman because she laughed when he couldn’t perform sexually | Philippine Canadian Inquirer Douglas Hales guilty of 2nd degree murder of Daleen Bosse | CBC News GUILTY - Canada - Daleen Bosse, 26, Saskatoon, Sask, 18 May 2004 Muskego Family Gets Some Closure - First Nations Drum Newspaper Mother recalls trauma of daughter’s disappearance, murder Daleen Bosse | News, Videos & Articles Kristen Gilchrist (2010) “Newsworthy” Victims?, Feminist Media Studies, The Different Stories of Cree Woman, Daleen Kay Bosse (Muskego) and Dakota-Sioux Woman, Amber Tara-Lynn Redman: Understanding Their Disappearances and Murders through Media Re-Presentations and Family Members’ Narratives News camera allowed in Saskatchewan court for first time - J-Source Saskatchewan man found guilty of killing Onion Lake Cree Nation woman, 25 - APTN News Karina Wolfe case echoes Daleen Bosse murder | 650 CKOM Finding Dawn by Christine Welsh - NFB Douglas Hales’ appeal decision, Nov 23 2015 — YouTube Hales appeal dismissed. - Free Online Library Tasha Beeds – Walking With Our Sisters 2021 National Action Plan Home • National Family and Survivors Circle Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/28/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Donnelly Family Massacre

Episode 208: On Feb 4, 1880, just past midnight 5 members of the Donnelly family (A mother and father, two sons, and a niece) we brutally murdered by a mob in their homes just outside of Lucan, Ontario, in Biddolph township. A crime that happened 142 years ago this month, but it is one that had its roots in the distant past, and that has echoed into the future in Canada right up to today. The family and their story became legendary, and often shocks people into the realization of how dark, and unforgiving life in early Canada could be. Numerous books, songs, tv shows, plays, and films have been made about the murders. There is even a Craft Beer brand in Ontario called The Black Donnelly’s Brewing Company, will illustrations of the family on their bottles. If you grew up in Ontario the massacre was actually part of the school curriculum. This is a case of victim blaming on a huge scale. Myths and legends sprung up about the family — perhaps somewhat to appease the guilty conscience of society. Even up to the early 1980’s if you went to Lucan people would say ‘we don’t talk about the Donnellys’ Sources: [The Vigilante Massacre | Maclean’s | June 1, 1950] [Heaven and Hell on Earth: The Massacre of the”Black Donnellys”] [Black Donnellys - Wikipedia] [History | Lucan Museum] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/21/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bad Apples: Edwin Alonzo Boyd and his Gang

Episode 207: After World War II, Canada’s economy rose. Work was much easier to come by than during the depression. Even though he’d been able to secure decent employment, family man and world war veteran with movie star good looks, Edwin Alonzo Boyd, was bored. He’d had his share of trouble already and was feeling the itch again. In the fall of 1949, he robbed his first bank. This crime kicked off events that would lead to one of the most infamous Canadian criminal gangs of the era. Over just a few years, The Boyd Gang, named for their charismatic de facto leader, Edwin, robbed numerous banks broke out of one of Canada’s toughest prisons, not once but twice. To some, they were folk heroes. However, public sentiment turned firmly against them after members of the gang, Steve Suchan and Lennie Jackson, murdered Toronto Police Department Sergeant of Detectives Edmund “Eddie” Tong and severely wounded his partner Roy Perry.Sources: Regina v. Boyd, 1953 CanLII 88 (ON CA), Edwin Alonzo Boyd: Life and Crimes of Canada’s Master Bank Robber by Nate Hendley Fatal Intentions by Barbara Smith - Ebook | Scribd Line of Fire by Edward Butts - Ebook | Scribd John J. Robinette by George D. Finlayson - Ebook | Scribd The Desperate Ones by Edward Butts - Ebook | Scribd Now You Know Canada’s Heroes by Doug Lennox - Ebook | Scribd Lost Rivers — Don Jail Historicist: Titillating and Terrorizing Toronto - Torontoist — Archived Geocities — BOYD GANG Toronto’s Infamous ‘Boyd Gang’ - CBC Archives CBC Archives — Suchan and Jackson hanged back to back Edwin Alonzo Boyd | The Canadian Encyclopedia Toronto Feature: The Boyd Gang | The Canadian Encyclopedia WHAT THE BOYD GANG FIASCO CAN TEACH US — Macleans Magazine — 1952 » 1952: Lennie Jackson and Steve Suchan, of the Boyd Gang Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/14/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 47 seconds
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MMIW: Nanaimo Girl Gone — Lisa Marie Young

Episode 206: Starting on the evening of June 29 and going into the early morning of June 30, 2002, Lisa Marie Young, a 21-year-old indigenous woman, was celebrating with friends in her hometown, Nanaimo, B.C. It was not only Canada Day long weekend, but also her friend Dallas’s birthday. The group went to several nightclubs and then attended a pair of house parties outside the city. Lisa left the party with a man the group had met just that evening. There were several frantic texts from Lisa shortly after her departure indicating she was afraid. Lisa Marie Young has not been heard from since. The man she was seen with while leaving the party was later identified as a local 27-year-old man named Christopher William Adair. Adair now refuses to speak to police and has left the country. Nanaimo RCMP presume Lisa has been murdered and her remains have never been found. In the days before the recording of this podcast, an anonymous donor contacted advocates for Lisa offering $50,000 reward to locate her remains. It’s time to bring Lisa home. Someone knows where she is. Maybe you can help. When she went missing, Lisa Marie Young was 21 years old. She was 5’4” (163 cm) tall and weighed 115 pounds (52 kg). She had long dark brown hair, brown eyes. Lisa has a tattoo of a band of flowers with a heart in the middle that circles her upper right arm. She was wearing a black skirt, black top, black high boots and a silver hoop necklace.If you have any tips or information regarding Lisa Marie Young’s disappearance, please call RCMP Corporal Markus Muntener directly at 250-754-2345 #BringLisaHomePromoDealing Justice - Podcast Sources & Further Reading Disappearance of Lisa Marie Young - Wikipedia Native Women’s Association of Canada — Lisa’s Story Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) YouTube — Lisa Marie Young — Nanaimo Crime Stoppers McColl Magazine - Lisa Marie Young, Missing Women Lisa Marie Young Help Find Lisa Missed by family and loved ones from Nanaimo+ Since June 30, 2002 Lisa’s Song by Allison Crowe — MP3 Island Crime Podcast Lisa Marie Young: Reward offered for location of missing Nanaimo woman | CTV News Lisa Marie Young — Facebook Group Main | Lil’ Red Dress Project Final Report | MMIWG MMIWG2S Inquiry — Master List of Report Recommendations MMIW — Calls for Justice Family seeks closure 10 years after daughter’s disappearance | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper Case 26: Lisa Marie Young - Casefile: True Crime Podcast The Disappearance of Lisa Marie Young — True Crime Files The Disappearance of Lisa Marie Young - Part I - Canada Day Weekend : UnresolvedMysteries The Disappearance of Lisa Marie Young - Part II - The Man in the Red Jaguar : UnresolvedMysteries The Disappearance of Lisa Marie Young - Part III - The City Without Pity - Conclusion : UnresolvedMysteries CSO - Search Traffic/Criminal By Participant Name — Christopher William Adair Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/7/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 4 seconds
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Away Game: The Butcher of Hanover — Fritz Haarmann

Episode 205: In this Away Game we are off to post World War One Germany where in the early 1920s, a brutal serial killer, Fritz Haarmann, killed at least 27 young men and boys. Many of his crimes, it appears, were committed to impress his lover, a man named Hans Grans. Although Haarmann admitted it was he who murdered and dismembered the victims, he claimed that ultimately, in a few cases, it was Grans who chose who was to die.Sources: Weimar Republic - HISTORY List of German serial killers - Wikipedia Author & Radio Host | Alan R. Warren Butcher of Hanover: Fritz Haarmann by Alan R. Warren Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/31/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 49 seconds
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Mind Control at Ravenscrag: The MK ULTRA Experiments in Canada

Episode 204: Between 1957 and 1964 in Montreal, Quebec, experiments were undertaken that compromised and invaded people’s minds, their agency to make decisions for themselves removed and their brains mucked about in, both physically and psychologically. These barbaric, Orwellian experiments often involved mind expanding drugs like LSD, sensory deprivation, shock treatments and periods of sleep induced for weeks at a time as well as other treatments that could easily be called torturous. They were sponsored by the most notorious branch of the United States government, the CIA, the Canadian government as well as other shadowy organizations with funding coming even from the Rockefellers. The goals behind the research, it seems were to develop brainwashed, zombie-like ‘recruits’ who would do the bidding of these groups without question or conscience getting in the way and to develop new methods of psychological torture to aid in enemy interrogation. All of it took place right here in Canada. The research was overseen by Dr. Donald Ewen Cameron, an eminent and well-respected psychiatrist at McGill University’s, Allan Memorial Institute with unwitting Canadian psychiatric patients used as Guinae pigs. The project was called MK-ULTRA. Sources: D. Ewen Cameron, M.D., F.R.C.P.C. Donald Ewen Cameron Donald Ewen Cameron | The McClaughry’s Blog CIA MKULTRA / Mind Control Collection - The Black Vault MKULTRA files : Free Texts : Free Download, Borrow and Streaming : Internet Archive The Most Dangerous Game : Josh Shore, Paul Shore : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive The Curious Career of Dr. Ewen Cameron Psychological Warfare | RAND Mind Control & MK-ULTRA MK Ultra Project - Commission on Assisted Dying George Cooper Report Ewen Cameron, 1986 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive MK Ultra: CIA mind control program in Canada (1980) - The Fifth Estate — YouTube Brainwashed: The Secret CIA Experiments in Canada - The Fifth Estate — YouTube CIA Mind Control Survivors Seek Restitution From Canadian Government SAAGA — Survivors Against Government Abuse Brainwashed | CBC Podcasts | CBC Listen Ravenscrag, Montreal - Wikipedia Allan Memorial Institute - Wikipedia Project MKULTRA - McGill Declassified: Mind Control at McGill | The McGill Tribune Reader CIA Brainwashing McIntosh Montreal MKULTRA Experiments | The Canadian Encyclopedia The toxic legacy of Canada’s CIA brainwashing experiments: ‘They strip you of your soul’ | Canada | The Guardian Victims of CIA’s MKUltra Mind Control Program Are Fighting Back | Gaia Mind Wars by Marie D. Jones | Goodreads The Search for the Manchurian Candidate: The CIA & Mind Control by John D. Marks | Goodreads Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control by Stephen Kinzer | Goodreads Maisonneuve | Distant Relatives Trudeau government gag order in CIA brainwashing case silences victims, lawyer says | CBC News Brainwashed: The echoes of MK-ULTRA | CBC News Social Media and the Brain US claims Russia planning ‘false-flag’ operation to justify Ukraine invasion | Russia | The Guardian Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/24/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Sydney River McDonalds Shooting

Episode 203: On May 7, 1992, after the McDonald’s restaurant on Kings Road near Keltic Drive in Sydney River, Nova Scotia, closed for the night and the overnight crew was coming in and the evening crew was leaving. Three young men, armed with a shovel handle, knives and a .22 calibre pistol robbed the establishment. They beat, stabbed and shot 4 of the restaurant workers, killing three, Jimmy Fagan, 27, Donna Warren, 22, and Neil Burroughs Jr., 29, and critically wounding 20-year-old, Arlene MacNeil, who was permanently disabled both physically and mentally, requiring round the clock care until her death in 2018. The crime’s brutality brought unwelcome international media attention to the small town, especially when the truth came out. To almost everyone’s surprise, days after the murders, it quickly became evident that the brutal crime had been committed by three, fairly well-liked young men from the area. They’d robbed the place for its cash, making off with a tiny fraction of what they had assumed would be in the restaurant’s safe. Sources: Sydney River McDonald’s murders - Wikipedia R. v. Muise, 1992 CanLII 4046 (NS SC), R. v. MacNeil, 1993 CanLII 4442 (NS SC), R. v. MacNeil, 1993 CanLII 4449 (NS SC), R. v. Wood, 1993 CanLII 4535 (NS SC), R. v. Muise (No. 1), 1993 CanLII 4555 (NS SC), R. v. Muise, 1994 NSCA 198 (CanLII), R. v. Wood, 1994 NSCA 239 (CanLII), R. v. MacNeil, 1995 NSCA 10 (CanLII), Twenty years of heartache | The Chronicle Herald N.S. McDonald’s killer granted full parole | CBC News McDonald’s killer Darren Muise ‘financially secure’ and ‘living a good life’ on parole: documents - Halifax | McDonald’s murderer ‘financially secure’ and ‘living a good life’: parole documents | CTV News Derek Wood, convicted in McDonald’s murders, denied day parole | CBC News Wood v Warden (Atlantic Institution), 2017 CanLII 67340 (NB CA), Derek Anthony Wood and the Sydney River McDonald’s Murders - Christopher di Sydney River McDonald’s killer loses appeal | SaltWire One of three men convicted in McDonald’s murders awarded unescorted absences   - Halifax | 24 Sep 2000, 28 - The Winnipeg Sun at Murder at McDonald’s: The Killers Next Door eBook : Jessome, Phonse: Kindle Store Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/17/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 59 seconds
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Mad or Malingering? The Crimes of Mathew Charles Lamb

Episode 202: Mathew Charles Lamb was a troubled and disturbed youngster. He was born in Windsor, Ontario, unwanted, to a teenage mother and bounced from one relative’s home to another, never having close relationships with any of them. To him they were merely his keepers. The rules they laid out for him to follow were bothersome to him. Young Matt was incorrigible. He became violent early on, many of the other kids in his family and in the neighbourhood were terrified of him. After a number of run ins with local police and several violent incidents involving firearms, one including a shootout with police, Mathew Lamb was jailed  in the Kingston Pen for the first time — he was just 16. At 18 years old, only days after an early release, Mathew Charles Lamb, went on a shooting spree in Windsor, killing two strangers and wounding two more.Sources: City Of Windsor Canada’s Most Dangerous Places 2020 - The Windsor Star - Google News Archive Search Mathew Charles Lamb | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers Read Watching the Devil Dance Online by William Toffan | Books Mathew Charles Lamb - Wikipedia House of Commons Debates, 30th Parliament, 2nd … - Canadian Parliamentary Historical Resources New Book Documents Canada’s First Spree Killer and Windsor Native Matthew Lamb | 519 Magazine Book - The Psychopath Test About: Mathew Charles Lamb   Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/10/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Tragic Death of Robert Dziekanski

Episode 201: On October 14, 2007, after a gruelling 20-hour journey from Poland, Robert Dziekanski, arrived at the YVR airport’s international terminal in Richmond, B.C. Dziekanski, who spoke nor read any English, was unable to read the signs directing him to what he should do next or where he should go. The confused man spent ten hours in the airport wandering around the secure customs area. His mother was waiting for him with a friend only a few meters away in the public waiting area. Had the two been able to connect this story would have had a very different conclusion, but they did not. She left the airport, frustrated, hours before her son’s final moments. Sources: Commissioner’s Statement - Incident at Vancouver Airport - Report Following a Public Interest Investigation into a Chair-Initiated Complaint Respecting the Death in RCMP Custody of Mr. Robert Dziekanski | Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP Braidwood Inquiry Braidwood Commission Report Vancouver Sun — YVR Robert Dziekanski 2007 Taser incident — YouTube Vancouver Airport Tragedy - Canada — YouTube (song) Rundel v. British Columbia – Braidwood Commission, 2009 BCSC 814 (CanLII), Taser International, Inc. v. British Columbia, 2010 BCSC 1120 (CanLII), R. v. Bentley, 2013 BCSC 1125 (CanLII), R. v. Bentley, 2013 BCSC 1364 (CanLII), R. v. Millington, 2014 BCSC 756 (CanLII), R. v. Millington, 2015 BCSC 143 (CanLII), R. v. Bentley, 2015 BCCA 251 (CanLII), R. v. Robinson, 2015 BCSC 433 (CanLII), R. v. Millington, 2015 BCSC 515 (CanLII), R. v. Rundel, 2015 BCSC 1090 (CanLII), R. v. Millington, 2015 BCSC 1380 (CanLII), R. v. Millington, 2015 BCSC 1426 (CanLII), R. v. Robinson, 2015 BCSC 1535 (CanLII), R. v. Millington, 2016 BCCA 293 (CanLII), R. v. Robinson, 2017 BCCA 6 (CanLII), Criminal Law: Perjury | CanLII Connects Final report from Braidwood Commission finds Taser use unjustified Osoyoos First Nation Mountie still trying to clear his name 12 years after the Robert Dziekanski died - APTN News Mother of Robert Dziekanski dies during visit to Poland | Watch News Videos Online Blamed and Broken: The Mounties and the Death of Robert Dziekanski eBook : Petrovich, Curt: Kindle Store CBA British Columbia - In Memoriam: Thomas Braidwood Coroner’s Report Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/3/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 24 seconds
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2021 Holiday Special — Kevin McCallister & The Wet Bandits

Episode 200: The story we are about to tell is a harrowing tale of child neglect that leaves a young boy badly scarred for life. In December of 1990, after being overlooked by his family who were on their way to Paris for a Christmas visit, Kevin McCallister is left on his own in the family’s large Winnetka, Illinois home. There the 7-year-old not only has to care for himself, but has to do his best fend off two serial burglars, a team known as the Wet Bandits, attempting to break into the McCallister residence. Leaving Kevin McCallister with lifelong issues due to the effects of post traumatic stress, and later problems with addiction. Sources: An inaccurate Film Dramatization of Actual Events 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093 -® Bill Breakdown: How Much Kevin McCallister’s Dad Spent In Home Alone | Sideshow Collectibles All Injuries Sustained In Home Alone - Assessed By A Real Doctor - Thrillist Home Alone | Home Alone Wiki | Fandom Kevin McCallister | Home Alone Wiki | Fandom Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/20/20211 hour, 26 minutes, 56 seconds
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Canadian Black Widow: Melissa Ann Shepard

Episode 199: In all the recent photos I could find of Melissa Ann Shepard, she looks like an ordinary, little old lady. But Melissa, Millie to some, has a criminal record a mile long, including convictions for fraud, impersonation and forgery. But, she is best known for, luring men via the internet, drugging them and taking control of all aspects of their lives. Melissa also caused the death of one of her husbands in Nova Scotia, was suspected in another’s death and at least two more men came close to dying. Sources: Melissa Ann Shepard - Wikipedia CBC News Indepth: Melissa Ann Friedrich Melissa Friedrich | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers HRP News — High Risk Offender Notification | Internet Black Widow Melissa Ann Shepard arrested in Halifax | CBC News The internet black widow: Is this Canada’s most dangerous woman? - BBC News How a smitten man came face to face with the ‘Internet Black Widow’ - The Globe and Mail This 80-year-old ‘Black Widow,’ who lured lonesome old men to horrible fates, is out of prison again - The Washington Post National Film Board of Canada — Why Women Kill ‘Internet Black Widow’ Melissa Ann Weeks charged with attempted murder in N.S. | ‘Black Widow’s’ ex-boyfriend warns men as she gets out of prison: ‘Watch out’ | P.E.I.’s infamous ‘Black Widow’ facing attempted murder charges | SaltWire Victims of ‘Internet Black Widow’ concerned over her release in N.S. | CTV News Prison for Women’s Invisible Minority | Journal of Prisoners on Prisons Unknown Gender History: Melissa Friedrich (Weeks), “The Internet Black Widow” of Nova Scotia - 2012 Unknown Gender History: Black Widow Serial Killers Alex Strategos: ‘Millie Weeks’, AKA Melissa Friedrich, The Internet Black Widow - Inquisitr Melissa Ann Shepard : Internet Black Widow (2012) - the fifth estate — YouTube Melissa-Ann-Shepard | National Post Read Webs of Black Widows Online by Pete Katz | Books Read Lady Killers Online by Tori Telfer | Books Read The Craigslist Killer Online by Crystal Majkowski | Books True Crime: Canadian Monsters: 25 Horrific Canadian Serial Killers eBook : Keller, Robert: Kindle Store Raw Video: ‘Internet Black Widow’ appears in court — YouTube Online Dating and Dating App Safety Tips | RAINN Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/13/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 3 seconds
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Wild West Canadians: The Lady Bandit — Pearl Hart

Episode 198: If you’ve had any interest in the Wild West, you’ve no doubt heard of a many of the storied gunmen and bandits from the era like Butch Cassidy, Jesse James and Billy the Kid. You probably also think of the United States, but Canada has its own legends and colourful characters from the era on both sides of the border. For example, legendary gunslinger and lawman, Bat Masterson, was was born in Henryville, Quebec. Sometimes the outlaws were women, like one notorious Canadian-born, lady bandit and the subject of this episode, whose most famous alias was Pearl Hart. After a rough life with criminal exploits that started during her troubled childhood, Pearl got herself into big trouble in Arizona in 1899 and was finally taken into custody after robbing a stage coach. Sources: Pearl Hart - Wikipedia Pearl Hart – Lady Bandit of Arizona – Legends of America Bandit Pearl Hart holds up an Arizona stagecoach - HISTORY The life and times of Pearl Hart, Ontario’s cigar-smoking, Wild West superstar | The Star Pearl Hart: The Amazing Life of The Bandit Queen Female bandit Pearl Hart: “I shall not be tried under a law in which my sex had no voice in making” The wild life and death of Old West feminist bandit Pearl Hart Pearl Hart - ‘Bandit Queen’ of the Old West - WednesdaysWomen Pearl Hart, the Last Lady Outlaw - HeadStuff Wild Women of the Wild West: Pearl Hart ~ Lady Bandit of Arizona Listen to Wildcat Audiobook by John Boessenecker The Encyclopedia of Lawmen, Outlaws, and Gunfighters - Leon Claire Metz - Google Books The Cosmopolitan — Volume 27 — Google Play Books Pearl Hart: Smooth-talking card shark led Pearl’s slide to perdition | Local news | Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/6/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 43 seconds
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Without Honour — The Crimes of Russell Williams — Part 2

Episode 197: In our last episode we learned a bit about the life and depraved, early crimes of David Russell Williams, a 46-year-old decorated colonel and commander of the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) in Trenton, Ontario - one of the largest and busiest air force bases in Canada. The Canadian military’s rising star also had some dark secrets. Williams had been involved in dozens of instances of break, enter and theft of women’s undergarments in the communities in which he lived. The homeowners and police were unaware that many of these crimes had taken place. Many of the women presumed that their underwear had simply gone missing. They had no clue that they had been taken by someone who’s fantasy life had taken a very dark turn. Williams felt powerful in the homes, taking photos as he pleasured himself with the most private possessions of women he didn’t know. Russell would take their underwear home where, sexually aroused once again, he would take photos of himself as he modelled the items recalling his time in the homes of the women. The continued use of the garments thrilled Russell Williams and gave him a feeling of complete control. In September 2009, Russell’s insatiable cravings for yet another sexual thrill demanded he take things a step further. Williams sexually assaulted two Tweed women, forcibly confining them, fondling them as he snapped multiple photos of the terrified women after removing their clothes. While those events had been exciting for Williams, they were dry runs for what he would do next. In November, 2009, Russell Williams committed his first murder, that of Marie-France Comeau. Month's later, he killed Jessica Lloyd, but his inattention to the little details, eventually got him caught.Sources: Book, ”Camouflaged Killer” by David A. Gibb Read Beyond Suspicion: Russell Williams A Canadian Serial Killer Online by Alan R Warren | Books A New Kind of Monster by Timothy Appleby Jim Van Allen | ISN Inc Russell Williams Case | The Canadian Encyclopedia Read Snakes in Suits Online by Dr. Paul Babiak and Dr. Robert D. Hare | Books The dark, depraved side of Russell Williams revealed in court - CPL Marie-France Comeau (1972-2009) - Find A Grave Memorial 252 Raglan Street, Brighton, Ontario, Canada | Housecreep Jessica Elizabeth Lloyd (1982-2010) - Find A Grave Memorial Jessica Lloyd Obituary - Belleville, Ontario | John R. Bush Funeral Home Lloyd, Jessica – Canadian Crimeopedia Belleville honours Jessica Lloyd | CBC News 62 Cosy Cove Lane, Tweed, Ontario, Canada | Housecreep Russell Williams’s wife knew he was a predator: victim - Col. Russell Williams timeline | CBC News “Russell Williams - Above Suspicion” episode from CBC program The Fifth Estate Russell Williams Case | The Canadian Encyclopedia Russell Williams | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers David Russell Williams: The Kinky Killer Colonel — Obsession — Crime Library [Russell Williams (criminal) - Wikipedia]( YouTube — The Russell Williams Arrest Press Conference Russell Williams - Full Murder Confession Russell Williams Confession Part 1 Russell Williams Confession Part 2 Russell Williams Confession Part 3 Russell Williams interview transcript Demi-victoire pour Laurie Massicotte contre Russell Williams | Laurie Massicotte settles $7M lawsuit against convicted sex killer Russell Williams | CBC News Massicotte v. Williams, 2014 ONCA 792 (CanLII), M.E.H. v. Williams, 2012 ONCA 35 (CanLII), Family, friends of Jessica Lloyd mark decade since Russell Williams received life sentence | Marie-France Comeau | News, Videos & Articles Marie-France Comeau news, opinion and analysis - Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/29/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 20 seconds
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Without Honour — The Crimes of Russell Williams — Part 1

Episode 196 - In September of 2009, in Cosy Cove, a quiet, rural neighbourhood near Tweed, Ontario, an anonymous young woman sleeping in her home was brutally sexually assaulted by an unknown assailant who’d broken into her home. During the violent, two-hour sexual assault, as her 8 week old daughter slept in another room, the rapist snapped photos of the woman, before escaping into the night. Two weeks later, in the same small neighbourhood, the creeper struck again, sexually assaulting another woman, Laurie Massicotte. Her rapist also photographed her before fleeing. A neighbour Laurie’s, was suspected in the assault but he denied any involvement. He was later cleared when his DNA was not a match to that of the Laurie’s attacker. Police suspected the two sexual assaults were somehow connected as they were both so similar.Two months later, there was a murder. A year after that, another. When police discovered the identity of the perpetrator, the whole country was shocked.Sources: Book, ”Camouflaged Killer” by David A. Gibb Read Beyond Suspicion: Russell Williams A Canadian Serial Killer Online by Alan R Warren | Books A New Kind of Monster by Timothy Appleby Jim Van Allen | ISN Inc Russell Williams Case | The Canadian Encyclopedia Read Snakes in Suits Online by Dr. Paul Babiak and Dr. Robert D. Hare | Books The dark, depraved side of Russell Williams revealed in court - CPL Marie-France Comeau (1972-2009) - Find A Grave Memorial 252 Raglan Street, Brighton, Ontario, Canada | Housecreep Jessica Elizabeth Lloyd (1982-2010) - Find A Grave Memorial Jessica Lloyd Obituary - Belleville, Ontario | John R. Bush Funeral Home Lloyd, Jessica – Canadian Crimeopedia Belleville honours Jessica Lloyd | CBC News 62 Cosy Cove Lane, Tweed, Ontario, Canada | Housecreep Russell Williams’s wife knew he was a predator: victim - Col. Russell Williams timeline | CBC News “Russell Williams - Above Suspicion” episode from CBC program The Fifth Estate Russell Williams Case | The Canadian Encyclopedia Russell Williams | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers David Russell Williams: The Kinky Killer Colonel — Obsession — Crime Library [Russell Williams (criminal) - Wikipedia]( YouTube — The Russell Williams Arrest Press Conference Russell Williams - Full Murder Confession Russell Williams Confession Part 1 Russell Williams Confession Part 2 Russell Williams Confession Part 3 Russell Williams interview transcript Demi-victoire pour Laurie Massicotte contre Russell Williams | Laurie Massicotte settles $7M lawsuit against convicted sex killer Russell Williams | CBC News Massicotte v. Williams, 2014 ONCA 792 (CanLII), M.E.H. v. Williams, 2012 ONCA 35 (CanLII), Family, friends of Jessica Lloyd mark decade since Russell Williams received life sentence | Marie-France Comeau | News, Videos & Articles Marie-France Comeau news, opinion and analysis -   Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/22/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 36 seconds
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Death of a Saint: The Murder of Hanna Buxbaum

Episode 195: Hannah Buxbaum was found dead July 5, 1984 on a highway near London, Ontario after having been shot by roadside bandits three times in the head as her husband Helmuth Buxbaum and their young nephew, Roy, in town from Vancouver for a visit watched helplessly. The bandits sped off with Hanna’s purse and police were called. No one could figure out why anyone would want to murder Hanna Buxbaum, who was as close to being a living saint that anyone could find.  The press initially labelled the case ‘The Good Samaritan Murder’ until the true story unfolded. This story has so many twists and turns and crazy elements. The Buxbaums being millionaire owners of several nursing homes there were huge sums of money, cocaine, sex addiction, sex workers, double crossing, nuclear bunkers filled with tobacco and alcohol, people being dangled by their feet off 14th floor balconies, worries of rocket launcher attacks and courtroom spectacles. No less than a motley crew of 7 people were charged in the killing of the earnest, salt of the earth woman, until, finally, the truth came out. Sources: A cruel case of murder | Maclean’s | DECEMBER 2, 1985 After 30 years, a son comes to terms with his father?s murder of his mother | Chatham Daily News The killer I knew | National Post Helmuth Buxbaum, convicted in 1980s murder, dies in jail | CBC News Edward Greenspan - Wikipedia Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/15/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 45 seconds
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Remembrance Day 2021: Canada in the Korean War & Family Stories

Episode 194: On June 25, 1950,  after months of increasing tension, the Korean War or what has been called Canada’s forgotten war, began when North Korean troops invaded South Korea. Countries, including Canada, belonging to the newly formed United Nations jumped in quickly to defend democratic South Korea from the the communist forces from the north. Canada contributed the third largest number of soldiers among UN countries to the war. More than 26,000 Canadians served in the conflict on land, at sea and in the air. Over the next three years of the conflict there were 516 Canadians killed, another 1042 were wounded, 33 became prisoners of war and 16 soldiers are still missing in action. Lest we forget.Sources: Veterans Affairs Canada — Land of the Morning Calm What is The Memory Project? — The Memory Project Seeking the families of Canadian Army soldiers missing in Korea — Register to find your missing military family member — “We really didn’t think we would survive,” Mike Czuboka, Korean War “Extraordinary Hero” award recipient shares his story - 580 CFRA - Gerald Edward Gowing - Veterans Affairs Canada The Kims: Leaders’ Biographies - North Korea: Introductory Sources - LibGuides at Cornell University Read Korea Online by John Melody and John M. Rockingham | Books Read Deadlock in Korea Online by Ted Barris | Books Read Triumph at Kapyong Online by Dan Bjarnason | Books Read The Korean War Online by Michael Hickey | Books Read Reluctant Neighbor: Canada, the U.S.A. and the Korean Crisis Online by Darryl Hurly | Books Read Everyday Heroes Online by Jody Mitic | Books Read Canadian Foreign Policy: 1945-2000 Online by Arthur E. Blanchette | Books Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/8/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 27 seconds
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MMIWG — What Happened to Hilary Bonnell?

Episode 193: On September 5, 2009, Hilary Bonnell, 16, disappeared from Esgenoopetitj formerly known as, Burnt Church, in the Miramichi region of New Brunswick. Over the next several months her mother, stepfather, family and friends pulled out all the stops searching for the teen. Despite their tireless efforts, during which they utilized the media and a widespread poster campaign, they could not find Hilary. On Sunday, November 8, 2009, Curtis Wayne Bonnell, Hilary’s first cousin, was arrested by the R.C.M.P. on an unrelated sexual assault allegation. In custody, Curtis began talking. He admitted he had knowledge of what had happened to Hilary Bonnell.Sources: Esgenoopetitj First Nation “Burnt Church” - Home | Facebook R v Bonnell, 2011 NBQB 246 (CanLII), R v Bonnell, 2011 NBQB 349 (CanLII), R v Bonnell, 2012 NBQB 24 (CanLII), R v Bonnell, 2012 NBQB 289 (CanLII), R v Bonnell, 2012 NBQB 309 (CanLII), R v Bonnell, 2012 NBQB 321 (CanLII), Bonnell v. R., 2015 NBCA 6 (CanLII), Global News — Search: Hilary Bonnell Bonnell admits he killed cousin Hilary after sex | CBC News Mother of Hilary Bonnell, allegedly killed by cousin, testifies at murder trial | YouTube — Hilary Bonnell murder — family reaction Curtis Listens to family’s pain – sentenced to life in prison : Miramichi Online Mother of slain teen girl vents grief during New Brunswick man’s sentencing | ‘It doesn’t end when you bury your child’: Families of MMIWG speak of their pain in Moncton | MMIWG Testimony — Moncton Public Vol 44(b) Fillier — Pamela and Fred Fillier (Hilary Bonnell) Final Report | MMIWG Hilary Bonnell’s family continues to face adversity 11 years after her murder | CBC News Facebook Group — In Loving Memory of HILARY BONNELL Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/1/20211 hour, 1 minute, 16 seconds
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HALLOWEEN 2021 — Death, the Afterlife and Things in Between

Episode 192:  If you’re willing to look you’ll see that human culture and all other endeavors are shot through with one predominant and frightening idea, that one day everything, including us, must come to an end. One day we will die. Human beings are, as far as we know, the only animal capable of understanding that inevitably every one of us, good eggs and bad apples alike, will expire. Hopefully, a long time from now, we will pass away, be sleeping with the fishes, or, if you like, have met our maker. Promo Supernatural Circumstances Podcast Sources: BOOK — The Denial of Death BOOK — The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life BOOK — Egyptian Book of the Dead BOOK — On Death and Dying 29 Best Death Metaphors & Idioms (2021) Don’t Pay The Ferryman - song by Chris de Burgh | Spotify The Supernatural | Canada Stamp Series Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Quotes (Author of On Death and Dying) Ring Around the Rosie: Metafolklore, Rhyme and Reason | Folklife Today Does a Dying Person Know They Are Dying? The book of death: weighing your heart What Physically Happens to Your Body Right After Death Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/25/20211 hour, 30 minutes, 41 seconds
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Horror on Bus 1170 — The Death of Tim McLean

Episode 191: On the evening of July 30, 2008, Tim McLean, a 22-year-old Canadian carnival barker was returning home to Winnipeg riding a Greyhound bus when he was viciously stabbed, beheaded, and cannibalized by another passenger about 18 km west of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. After arriving on scene, RCMP watched for hours as the perpetrator, Vince Li, 40, desecrated Tim’s body inside the bus after the driver and remaining passengers had fled, powerless to stop the man’s frenzy. Less than a year later, Vince Li was found not criminally responsible (NCR) for Tim McLean’s slaying, but held in a Manitoba psychiatric institution from which he was released just 6 years later.Sources: Cold Facts of the Case – Tim’s Law YouTube — R.I.P Tim McLean - July 30, 2008 Greyhound Bus Tragedy YouTube — TIMOTHY MCLEAN KILLING (CAROL DE DELLEY INTERVIEW) AFTERMATH OF MURDER: SURVIVOR STORIES Justice served with the absolute discharge of Vince Li – The Manitoban BOOK: Shrunk — Crime and Disorders of the Mind by Lore Proceed with Extreme Caution: The Not Criminally Responsible Defence | CanLII Vincent Li found not criminally responsible for murder - Winnipeg Free Press DocumentCloud — Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board decision Timeline of decisions in the case of Vince Li - Winnipeg | Vince Li Archives - Dying Words YouTube — Vince Li — “Please, kill me.” YouTube — The Fifth Estate — Bus 1170 : Vince Li and the Greyhound Bus Murder (2011) Killing of Tim McLean - Wikipedia Vince Li | News, Videos & Articles | Looking back at the Greyhound bus beheading a decade down the road | Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act (backgrounder) — Canada News Centre Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act Talk:Killing of Tim McLean - Wikipedia How to Be a Juggalo: 12 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow Fun A Conversation With Vince Li - Vince Li, man who beheaded Greyhound bus passenger, seeks absolute discharge | CBC News R.I.P Tim McLean — Facebook Group MCLEAN TIMOTHY - Obituaries - Winnipeg Free Press Passages Timeline to the Greyhound bus killing | CBC News Vince Weiguang Li | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/18/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 42 seconds
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Anything But the Truth: The Murder of Mike Todor

Episode 190: Old Mike Todor’s body was found in his east end Regina home in the spring of 1955. He’d lain there for more than 14 months and had been beaten to death. Someone had killed him, but who? Elizabeth “Tootsie” LaFleche, Mike’s 30-something-year-old wife, who’d been living with a friend for months, was telling a lot of stories about what had become of Mike. None of the tales made a lot of sense. After police found Mike’s body, a number of arrests were made, charges were laid and several trials held, but thanks to Tootsie’s lies, the real facts of the case may never be known.Sources: R. v. Dyck, 1956 CanLII 197 (SK CA), BOOK — Trail of blood: A Canadian Murder Odyssey by Frank Jones History of the Death Penalty in Canada Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/11/20211 hour, 1 minute, 54 seconds
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The FLQ: Seven Years of Terror and the October Crisis

Episode 189: Starting in 1963 and stretching over the next seven years, a militant French separatist group called the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) terrorized La Belle Province. Their aim was to overthrow the Quebec government and leave Canada creating an independent Marxist- Leninist Quebec state. By 1970 the group had committed more than 200 violent criminal and terroristic acts including, bombings and high profile kidnappings. The group’s activities ultimately claimed the lives of eight people, including a Quebec provincial cabinet minister, and injured many more, before then Prime Minister, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, finding himself out of options, enacted the 1914 War Measures act to stem the violence of the October Crisis of 1970.Sources: Timeline of the Front de libération du Québec - Wikipedia CBC Archives — What is the FLQ? Web Archive | — October Crisis 1970 October Crisis - Canada’s Human Rights History FLQ (FRONT DE LIBERATION DU QUEBEC) - SEVEN YEARS OF TERRORISM | Office of Justice Programs The Making of the October Crisis: Canada’s Long Nightmare of Terrorism at the Hands of the FLQ by D’Arcy Jenish Read Hostages Online by Gordon Kerr | Books Read Terror Threat Online by Dwight Hamilton and Kostas Rimsa | Books Read The Night Canada Stood Still Online by Robert Wright | Books Read Trudeaumania Online by Robert Wright | Books Read October Crisis: 50 Years After A Bloody Spasm That Nearly Tore Canada Apart DEMOCRACY VERSUS TERRORISM: FLQ TERRORISM IN QUEBEC, A CASE STUDY on JSTOR The Terrorist Activities of the Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ) - The Beginning of a New Era Pierre Vallières (1937-1998) - The Beginning of a New Era Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) | The Canadian Encyclopedia THE FLQ: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION by Lorne Weston The FLQ Crisis – VALOUR CANADA Summary · Task Force on Kidnapping: The Department of External Affairs’ Files on the October Crisis · Canada Declassified « Front de libération du Québec (FLQ)» : tous nos articles | Le Devoir Pierre Laporte - Wikipedia James Cross - Wikipedia François Schirm — Wikipédia Edmond Guénette — Wikipédia Commission of Inquiry Concerning Certain Activities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Royal Commission of Inquiry into Certain Activities of the RCMP - Wikipedia October Crisis: Who was Pierre Laporte, really? | Montreal Gazette La police connaissait les ravisseurs de Cross et Laporte | Global News — Search: FLQ Canada - The Trudeau years, 1968–84 | Britannica Regina v. Vallieres, 1969 CanLII 1000 (QC CA), Regina v. Vallieres, 1973 CanLII 1418 (QC CA), R. v. Cossette-Trudel, 1979 CanLII 2876 (QC CQ), The Quiet Revolution Chronology of the October Crisis, 1970, and its Aftermath - Quebec History Message of the FLQ to the Nation 1963 YouTube — Trudeau: Just watch me Just watch me - Wikipedia Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/4/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Order of the Solar Temple

Episode 188: In early October of 1994, during a bizarre, nearly simultaneous sequence of murder / suicides, in Quebec, and across the Atlantic in Switzerland, 53 members of the Order of the Solar Temple were found dead in burned out buildings. The deaths fulfilled what the cult’s leaders claimed was the group’s “final transit” or return to Unity with God required before the impending end of the world. Even though it appeared to be over, more cult members were yet to die. Over a year later, in December of 1995, sixteen members of the cult died in France. More than a year after that, in march 1997, another five cult members died in Quebec bringing the death toll to 74.  The cult’s two founders, Luc Jouret and Joseph Di Mambro, were among the dead in 1994, however, some fear there may be future related mass murder / suicides by followers still practicing in secret.Sources: Cult Education Institute :: The Order of the Solar Temple Order of the Solar Temple - Wikipedia 12 Disturbing Secrets Of The Order Of The Solar Temple Cult The Cult of the Sun and the Cult of the Dead in Egypt on JSTOR Read Doomsday Cults: The Devil’s Hostages Online by Alan R. Warren | Books Read Killer Cults Online by Stephen Singular | Books Read Cults that Kill Online by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe Agsar | Books Read Rampage Online by Lee Mellor | Books Glass: Akhnaten - Album by Philip Glass, Dennis Russell Davies | Spotify “Our terrestrial journey is coming to an end”: the last voyage of the Solar Temple (PDF) The Magic of Death: The Suicides of the Solar Temple | Massimo Introvigne - CBC Archives — The madness begins for the Solar Temple cult CBC Archives — Solar Temple cult leader Joseph Di Mambro confirmed dead Michel Tabachnik - Wikipedia Swiss conductor acquitted of sect killings - SWI Joseph Di Mambro | Article about Joseph Di Mambro by The Free Dictionary History Canada: October 4,1994: An international cult tragedy begins – RCI | English Cult Intervention :: Cult Education Institute Homeopathy | HealthLink BC   Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/20/202155 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Mad Slasher of Strathroy

Episode 187: Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rapes and murders took place in and around the small town of Strathroy, in South Western Ontario, perpetrated by Christian Herbert Harold Magee. He sexually assaulted and murdered 3 women, and raped two others. Written by: Mathew StocktonSources:R. v. Magee, 1997 CanLII 2431 (ON CA), Mental Health Centre, Penetanguishene v. Magee, 2006 CanLII 16077 (ON CA), Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/13/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 58 seconds
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Canadians and the September 11, 2001 Attacks

Episode 186: Twenty years ago, on the morning of September 11, 2001, as the world watched in horror, 19 radical Islamist al-Qaeda terrorists launched a group of coordinated attacks using four commuter planes as weapons, hitting several preplanned targets in the eastern United States. Two of the airliners were flown deliberately into each of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane smashed into the U.S. Pentagon. A fourth plane believed to have been bound for the U.S. Capitol building crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers aboard the flight fought back against the terrorists who’d taken over the flight. Among the 2977 people who died as a direct result of the attacks, 24 of those were Canadian. As with many other countries, Canada stepped up to help in the immediate aftermath. What follows are details of the initial attacks and then some of the stories from that day and its aftermath. Sources and Further Reading: National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States Not a drill – Canada’s air force on 9/11 | Operation Support - Wikipedia Operation Yellow Ribbon - Wikipedia Casualties of the September 11 attacks - Wikipedia Public Safety Canada — Remembering September 11th The Government of Canada’s response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 CANADA AND 9/11: BORDER SECURITY IN A NEW ERA THE VIEWS OF CANADIAN SCHOLARS ON THE IMPACT OF THE ANTI-TERRORISM ACT The Cost of 9/11 The Day Canadians Opened Their Homes To Americans The Anti-Terrorism Act and Security Measures in Canada: Public Views, Impacts and Travel Experiences Halifax airport employee remembers ‘grateful’ passengers and crew stranded on 9/11 | New York thanks Gander, NL for help on 9/11 with piece of World Trade Center | 9/11 Canadian victims | Brian Williams Memory September 11: Why Our Memory May Change | Time RCMP officer kept stranded air passengers safe on 9/11 | Royal Canadian Mounted Police Front row for history: Doc reveals fates of the ‘9/11 Kids’ at school with George W. Bush | 9/11 and Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia ‘Global National’ celebrates 20 years in TV special: ‘Disruption: 20 Years of Global National’ - National | Can Watching Media Cause Symptoms of Trauma or PTSD? — Counselling & Therapy Services - The Juniper Center Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/6/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 4 seconds
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She Told Me To: The Blackman Family Tragedy

Episode 185: RCMP officers arrived at the Blackman family residence on Spuraway Avenue in Coquitlam, B.C.’s Ranch Park subdivision in the early morning hours of January 18th, 1983. A neighbour had called 911after hearing screams and then witnessing what appeared to be a domestic argument next door that escalated into a shooting. Inside the eerily silent home as the cold winter rain fell, the responding officers found a horrific and bloody scene; six members of the Blackman family were dead. The deceased were Richard Blackman, 50, his wife, Irene Blackman, 49, their daughter, Roberta Lynn Davies, 28, Roberta’s husband, John Iowerth Davies, 39, Karen Dale Rhodes, 25, another of the Blackman’s daughters, and the youngest of the Blackman children, 16-year-old son, Rick Blackman. Just outside the home, police had detained a young man, 22-year-old, Bruce Alfred Blackman, another of Irene and Richard’s sons. Bruce, who’d been picked up as police arrived, was acting bizarrely, telling the RCMP officers that he was the Antichrist and that the world was going to end on January 31.Sources: Blackman v. British Columbia (Review Board), 1995 CanLII 3437 (BC CA), Blackman v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 1993 CanLII 2620 (BC CA), British Columbia Review Board - Decision on Bruce Alfred Blackman Violence and Schizophrenia by Heidi J. Wehring and William T. Carpenter Correlates of Future Violence in People Being Treated for Schizophrenia | American Journal of Psychiatry Schizophrenia: Warning Signs of Violence | HealthLink BC A Voice out of Nowhere eBook : Booth, Janice Holly: Kindle Store Bruce Alfred Blackman | Amok Wiki | Fandom Police layed six charges of first-degree murder Tuesday against… - UPI Archives Author Janice Holly Booth — Book: A Voice out of Nowhere Little Known Details Behind Mass Murder Case Revealed in New Book, A Voice out of Nowhere Someone I love has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. How can I help? | Here to Help Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/30/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 59 seconds
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Monster in Mississauga: The Murders of Candace Dickey and Neda Novak

Episode 184: In Mississauga, Ontario in 1973 and early 1974, the discoveries of the murdered bodies of two young women, Constance Dickey, 19, and Neda Novak, 18, only months apart, left the community shaken. Both women, it appeared, had been abducted, sexually assaulted, then murdered and dumped by a yet unknown killer. On August 19, 1974, after being sexually assaulted and left for dead, a sixteen-year-old girl, Julia Sheldon, identified a twenty-four-year-old, married father of two named Henry Robert Williams as the man who’d brutally assaulted her. It soon became clear that Williams had also committed the two previous murders.Sources: Read Cold North Killers Online by Lee Mellor | Books Henry Robert Williams | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers “The Chemical Castration of Recidivist Sex Offenders in Canada: A Matte” by Matthew R. Kutcher The Castration Alternative | Canadian Journal of Criminology and Corrections Federal Probation - Google Play The Medium — Sept. 11th marks 30th anniversary of UTM’s only murder by Adrian Barek Police still looking for Oakville woman’s killer nearly 45 years later | The dark echoes of Adele Komorowski’s murder linger 45 years later | 5 Worst Crimes Committed in Mississauga | “It’s insanity” to free serial killer who assaulted girl in prison: Ex-detective – Cancrime Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/23/202157 minutes, 12 seconds
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Sins of the Father — The Delorme Affair

Episode 183 - Early on a cold morning on January 7, 1922, two Montreal city Public Works Department employees, on their way to their works shed, discovered the body of a man laying on the frozen ground near the corners of Coolbrook and Snowden Street. The man, who’d been shot was later identified by a Catholic Priest named Adélard Delorme as his half-brother, Raoul Delorme. When police investigated they were surprised that their evidence pointed to one, very unusual suspect. This case would become important, not only for the oddity of its perpetrator and the groundbreaking forensics used to break the case but also for its shocking outcome.Sources: My version of the Delorme case : Farah-Lajoie, Georges Delorme v. Sisters of Charity of Quebec, 1922 CanLII 656 (QC CQ) 1868-1996 - The Delorme Affair - Interactive Investigator L’affaire Delorme — On ne juge pas un prêtre Acquittement de l’abbé Joseph-Adélard Delorme d’une accusation de meurtre Georges Farah-Lajoie — Wikipédia — Search: Adelard Delorme L’affaire Delorme 1922: un procès qui souleva les passions - Instantanés Georges Farah-Lajoie | Mémoires des Montréalais History of Forensic Science in Canada | Famous Canadian Crimes: The Delorme Affair Rigorous Science - Canada’s History Cassock and the Crown: Canada’s Most Controversial Murder Trial - Jean Monet - Google Books Scribd | For I Have Sinned Online by John Glatt | Books La soutane et la couronne : le procès du siècle : l’affaire Delorme : Monet, Jean, 1932 Biographie – DEROME, WILFRID (baptisé Joseph-Wilfrid) – Volume XVI (1931-1940) – Dictionnaire biographique du Canada Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/16/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 2 seconds
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Sundown — The Death of John Belushi

Episode 182: This is a story of two talented people whose final interaction would lead to the death of one of comedy’s rising stars and a notorious place in Hollywood history for the other. On March 5, 1982, after an all too brief but stellar career in film and television, actor and comedian John Belushi, 33, was found dead in his bungalow at the infamous Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Investigators soon discovered that a Canadian woman, Catherine Evelyn or Cathy Smith, was the last person with the star and had been the person who had supplied and shot him up with the fatal overdose that killed him. Sources: United States of America and Smith, Re, 1984 CanLII 3510 (ON SC), Re United States of America and Smith, 1983 CanLII 1817 (ON SC), 1984 CanLII 1913 (ON CA) | Re United States of America and Smith | CanLII ‘I Killed John Belushi’ — Secrets Of Tragic Comic’s Star-Studded Death! Chasing Dragon by Smith Cathy, Signed - AbeBooks Wired: The Short Life & Fast Times of John Belushi Online by Bob Woodward | Books Read California Babylon Online by Kristan Lawson and Anneli Rufus | Books The Death of John Belushi at the Chateau Marmont Gone 25 years, Belushi’s impact still felt Cathy Smith - Wikipedia Cathy Smith, who admitted to killing John Belushi, was a woman of mystery - The Globe and Mail Gordon Lightfoot here. Singer/songwriter for over 50 years whose work has been performed by everyone from Elvis to Barbra. AMA! : IAmA The Tragic Real-Life Story Of John Belushi The Weight - Remastered - song by The Band | Spotify Sundown - song by Gordon Lightfoot | Spotify High and Dry - song by Gordon Lightfoot | Spotify Flash Of Fire - song by Hoyt Axton | Spotify Addictions Treatment Helplines in Canada | Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/9/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Headless Men of the Nahanni Valley

Episode 181 - The region in the South Nahanni River played host to several unexplained and disturbing occurrences in the first half of the twentieth century. Between1905 and 1945, in the remote and rugged wilderness in the lower west corner of Mackenzie Mountains in the Northwest Territories and other unexplained events, there were at least 44 people who went missing under mysterious circumstances. Most unsettling of all were the four bodies that were found during that time in three separate incidents. All of the corpses had been decapitated, and their heads were never recovered, earning the area the ominous nickname, the Valley of the Headless Men. No one knows who was responsible for these horrific mutilations or what became of the other missing people. Sources: Secrets of the Nahanni: The Valley of Headless Men – The Outdoor Journal The Lore Behind the Mystery of Canada’s Nahanni National Park The Valley of Headless Men. The spectacular scenery of the Nahanni… | by L Hall | Chameleon | Medium Nahanni National Park Reserve - Wikipedia Valley of Mystery — Pierre Berton | Maclean’s | March 15, 1947 Parks Canada — Nahanni National Park Reserve Mysteries of the Nahinni Park Reserve in Canada — Did giants roam Canada’s Northwest Territories — or do they still? | CBC News The Valley of the Headless Men: UnresolvedMysteries Legends of the Nahanni Valley Legends of the Nahanni Valley by Hammerson Peters Serial Killer Quarterly Vol.1 No.3 “Unsolved in North America” — Scribd Read The Dangerous River Online by R. M. Patterson | Books | Scribd Read Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Weird Canada Online by Bathroom Readers’ Institute | Books | Scribd Read Strange but True Online by John Robert Colombo | Books | Scribd The Strangest Northerns: The Valley of the Beasts - Dark Worlds Quarterly The Willows, The Wendigo, and Other Horrors: The Best Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood: Annotated and Illustrated Tales of Murder, Mystery, Horror, and Hauntings eBook: Blackwood, Algernon, Kellermeyer, M., Kellermeyer, M.: Kindle Store Canada is a huge country. Most of it is unfit for human habitation. - Vox This Is How Empty Canada Really Is (PHOTOS) | HuffPost Canada News Geography | The Canada Guide Largest Countries in the World by Area - Worldometer Table 24.1 Population, by province and territory, selected years, 1861 to 2009 Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/2/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 38 seconds
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Renfrew County Rampage: Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam

Episode 180 - On September 22, 2015, in Renfrew County, Ontario, 66-year-old Carol Culleton was murdered in her home by her one-time handyman. The man, who’d become obsessed with the recent widow before killing her, then stole Culleton’s car and drove to the home of an ex-girlfriend, Anastasia Kuzyk, 36, and shot Anastasia there with a shotgun as her sister fled the home. However, the killer was not done settling the scores he had cooked up in his head and then drove to the home of another ex-girlfriend, Nathalie Warmerdam, 48. As Nathalie’s son ran from their home, in fear of his life, he heard the gunshot that ended his mother’s life. The killer, Basil Borutski, 58, a former millwright, then fled, and a brief search ensued that ended in Borutski being taken into police custody. Later on, in a 5-hour long taped police interview, the killer admitted to what he’d done, laying the blame for his spree squarely on his victims.Sources: Ontario Provincial Police - What we do Borutski’s history from 1977 to 2011 - Infogram Borutski’s history with Kuzyk and Warmerdam - Infogram Borutski’s history with Culleton - Infogram Murder Sites — Driving Route YouTube - Basil Borutski full police interview YouTube - Basil Borutski and the Wilno Murders: Circle of Fear - The Fifth Estate YouTube - Secrets of… Why Didn’t We Know? Basil Borutski & The Wilno Murders (podcast) - the fifth estate Marchers say Basil Borutski guilty verdict was too little, too late | CBC News What the courts knew about Basil Borutski before he murdered 3 women | CBC News Search: Basil Borutski — Basil Borutski | News, Videos & Articles — GlobalNews TOPIC: BASIL BORUTSKI TRIAL — R. v. Borutski, 2011 ONSC 3536 (CanLII) Borutski v. Borutski, 2011 ONSC 7099 (CanLII) R. v. Borutski, 2017 ONSC 7748 (CanLII) R. v. Basil Borutski, 2017 ONSC 7762 (CanLII) The Meaning of Life: A Study of the Use of Parole Ineligibility for Murder Sentencing | CanLII BBC Partners — Outlook: Singing for my murdered sister helps me heal Ending Violence Association of Canada Psychology Today — Dark Triad Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/26/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 56 seconds
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Tragedy in the Amazon: The Ayahuasca Murders

Episode 179 - On April 19, 2018, in the village of Victoria Gracia, a community close to Pucallpa in Peru’s central Amazon region of Ucayali, a man got off his motorcycle. He walked toward the home of Olivia Arevalo Lomas, an 81-year-old shaman and respected elder in her community. The man was irate over a debt owed to him by the woman’s son. After firing a warning shot that drew a crowd of neighbours, the elderly healer came out of her house. After a bit of yelling back and forth, the man gunned the woman down with two shots from his pistol, killing her in broad daylight. The man, later identified as Sebastian Paul Woodroffe, a 41-year-old British Columbian in Peru as an Ayahuasca researcher, was pursued by villagers who publicly lynched him. A cellphone recorded his killing, and the user later posted the video to Facebook. Woodroffe’s body was buried in a shallow grave. Two Peruvian men were later arrested for Woodroffe’s slaying. What led this man, known to his friends as a gentle, helpful soul, to such a brutal crime?Sources:[Descent into darkness | CBC News][Blurred Vision: A Shaman’s Murder Exposes the Dark Side of Ayahuasca][The Cull of Personality Ebook - Kevin Tucker — Black and Green Press][Preparing for Ayahuasca Ceremony - The Uncensored Guide][Ayahuasca, dimethyltryptamine, and psychosis: a systematic review of human studies][Sebastian Woodroffe — YouTube Channel][Sebastian Woodroffe — Facebook][Improving  On Addiction Help | Indiegogo — Sebastian Woodroffe][Sebastian Woodroffe - VICE][Global News — SEARCH: Sebastian Woodroffe][Sebastian Woodroffe video |][YouTube — Murder investigation in the jungle - The Fifth Estate][Hallucinogenic Plants and Their Use in Traditional Societies - An Overview | Cultural Survival][(PDF) 📄 The Consumption of Psychoactive Plants in Ancient Global and Anatolian Cultures During Religious Rituals: The Roots of the Eruption of Mythological Figures and Common Symbols in Religions and Myths][Ayahuasca Retreat Peru, Traditional Retreat Center in the Amazon of Peru][Tragedy in Pucallpa: the Death of Maestra Olivia Arévalo - Temple of the Way of Light][Peruvian mob kills Canadian man accused of killing respected shaman | Daily Mail Online][Terence McKenna - Self Transforming Elf Machines - YouTube][“Machine Elves” or “DMT Elves”: A Spirit World Journey | DoubleBlind Mag][Canadian lynched in Peru after being accused of shaman’s death | Peru | The Guardian][All evidence shows B.C. man lynched in Peru had shot and killed Indigenous healer: prosecutor | CBC News][Woodroffe remembered by neighbours as ‘spiritual, loving, kind and polite’ – Comox Valley Record][Briton Unais Gomes killed by Canadian Joshua Andrew Freeman Stevens in Peru | Daily Mail Online][The Canadian Man Who Killed a British Guy at an Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru Speaks Out] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/19/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Quebec City Mosque Massacre & Islamophobia in Canada

Episode 178: On the evening of January 29, 2017, a young man, armed with a pistol and a rifle concealed inside a guitar case, entered the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of the historic city. Just over 40 people were inside the mosque at the time. Just before 8:00 pm, the man entered the prayer hall and began firing and, within two minutes, had killed 6 and seriously injured 5 other worshippers. After the shootings, the killer walked out of the building, hopped into his car and drove off. Less than 20 minutes later, the perpetrator, a 27-year-old, Canadian-born student of anthropology and political science at Laval University, surrendered to police, admitting he was the shooter. The motive? Islamophobia.Sources:[CCIQ – Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec]R. c. Bissonnette, 2019 QCCS 354 (CanLII), Bissonnette c. R., 2020 QCCA 1585 (CanLII), [YouTube - Alexandre Bissonnette’s interrogation (en Français)][YouTube - Alexandre Bissonnette’s FULL interrogation (en Français) 3 hour 8 minute][YouTube - La déclaration des parents d’Alexandre Bissonnette][Les parents d’Alexandre Bissonnette jugent sa peine très sévère |][Alexandre Bissonnette’s parents speak out about their son | Global News][Open Letter From Raymond Bissonnette | Murder | Criminal Justice][‘I had to do something’: Mosque shooter said he acted to prevent terrorism | Montreal Gazette][Remembering the Québec City mosque attack: Islamophobia and Canada’s national amnesia][Court reduces sentence for Quebec City mosque attacker | Courts News | Al Jazeera][Alexandre Bissonnette: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know |][Alexandre Bissonnette’s parents ask Prime Minister to stop calling their son a terrorist | CTV News][][Islamophobia: Understanding Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the West][Islamophobia in Canada - Wikipedia][Read Fear of a Muslim Planet Online by Arsalan Iftikhar | Books][Cyber Racism and Community Resilience: Strategies For Combating Online Race Hate | Scribd][Naming The Gunman Glorifies His Crimes, Not Naming Him Could Undermine The Truth : NPR Public Editor : NPR][NO NOTORIETY]()[What is the government doing about Islamophobia in Canada? Here’s what we know - National |][Pourquoi les peines consécutives font-elles débat? |][Quebec City mosque shooting - Wikipedia][London, Ontario truck attack - Wikipedia] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/12/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Jacques Cartier Bridge Murders: Chantal Dupont and Maurice Marcil

Episode 177: On July 3, 1979, a pair of typical Montreal teenagers, Chantal Dupont, 15 and her friend, Maurice Marcil, 14, went missing as they walked home from a concert. Their loved ones had no idea what had happened to them. A week later they heard the news they dreaded. The bodies of Chantal and Maurice were discovered in different spots along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. The details of how the pair ended up in the water and the events leading up to their murders are horrifying.Sources:R. v. Guerin, 1984 CanLII 3533 (QC CA), R. c. Guérin, 1987 CanLII 1063 (QC CA), [ - Normand Guérin et Gilles Pimparé][ - Bridge Murders Timeline][Pillar 111 – The 1979 murders of Maurice Marcil and Chantal Dupont | WHO KILLED THERESA?][The Bridge Murders – To Err is Human, to Forgive, Divine –   Crime Website][La force du pardon | Michèle Ouimet | La Presse - Archived][La Rage | Michèle Ouimet | La Presse - Archived][L’innocence perdue | Michèle Ouimet | La Presse - Archived][Le deuil | La Presse | Michèle Ouimet | La Presse][Même après 38 ans, le meurtrier Gilles Pimparé restera en prison |][Le Pardon (film) — Wikipédia][Dossier de presse][Dupont (Chantal) - La Mémoire du Québec][La force du pardon - La Presse+][Montreal killer asks for parole for the sixth time][L’un des pires criminels du Québec veut sa liberté | TVA Nouvelles][Pimparé «est encore dangereux», selon le frère d’une victime | TVA Nouvelles][Dossier de presse - *Ces parents qui ont pardonné l’impardonnable*][Coolopolis: The unspeakably horrific Jacques Cartier Bridge murders][Le pont du suicide Jacques-Cartier - Blogue de Montréal hanté][Le Pardon de Denis Boivin – Voyage à travers le Québec][Ideomotor phenomenon - Wikipedia] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/5/202159 minutes, 15 seconds
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AWAY GAME: The Defeo Family Murders - Horror in Amityville

Episode 176: On the night of November 13, 1974, In the sleepy community of Amityville on the coast of Long Island, New York, a 23-year-old man named Ronald (Butch) DeFeo Jr. came running into a local bar. He was distraught and claiming his whole family, his mother and father and 4 siblings, had been murdered in their home, a large Dutch Colonial house located at 112 Ocean Avenue. However, it was later determined it was Butch himself who’d annihilated his family. A year later, Butch was convicted on six counts of second-degree murder and received an equal number of sentences of 25 years to life in prison for slaughtering his family as they slept. A month after Butch DeFeo’s conviction, the Lutz family, Kathy, George and their three kids moved into the property having purchased it for a steal, $80,000. But, after only 28 days in the house, the Lutz family fled. They claimed they’d been chased out by relentless psychic torture inflicted on them by some unseen presence; they thought demonic, who’d made life in the house impossible. A 1977 book on the case by author Jay Anson titled The Amityville Horror, and subsequent film in 1979 introduced the story to an international audience and has become one of the most well-known, most covered and at the same time, controversial tales of hauntings and demonic possession in history.Sources:[The Amityville Horror Website: Hosted By George Lutz - ARCHIVED][The Amityville Murders—The Story Behind the Haunted House and Murders - ARHIVED][The Real Amityville Horror: The Tragic Murder of the Ronald De Feo Family - ARCHIVED][The Amityville Files - America’s Most Famous Haunted House Controversy][Ronald DeFeo: The Original 911 Call Transcripts of the Murders][The Real ‘Amityville Horror’: Chilling Facts About the Crime and Haunted House - Biography][Slain Family Drugged, Police on L:I..Report - The New York Times][Ronald DeFeo - Murders, Movie & Family - Biography][Reel or Real? The Truth Behind Two Hollywood Ghost Stories | Skeptical Inquirer][Inside the ‘Amityville Horror’ house today, Long Island’s most notorious mansion - New York Post][Morgan Knudsen - Entityseeker Paranormal Research & Teachings] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/28/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 46 seconds
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Creepy Creatures and Canadian Cryptids

Episode 175: Like any other region, Canada has its share of stories of fantastical creatures that may or may not exist. Dark Poutine has covered a few of them. In episode 25 we learned of Swift Runner, believed to be possessed by the cannibalistic spirit known as Wendigo, we talked about, Ogopogo, the giant serpent in Okanagan Lake in episode 113 and of course, in episode 131 we gave you a primer on Sasquatch aka Bigfoot in Western Canada and the USA. In this episode, you will learn about some of Canada’s lesser-known cryptids, The Loup-Garou, The Thunderbird, The Toronto Tunnel Monster and The Giant Spider Bat. Source:[Loup-Garou | The Canadian Encyclopedia][The Werewolf of Quebec City — CANADIANA][Le loup-garou du Kamouraska (1766-1767) – Patrimoine, Histoire et Multimédia][Les Loups-Garous du Québec – Werewolves of Quebec  | Julian Peters comics][Thunderbird | New Cryptozoology Wiki | Fandom][Thunderbird: a symbol of power, strength and nobility - Ecstatic Trance Postures][Thunderbird- A Canadian Legend][Toronto Tunnel Monster | Cryptid Wiki | Fandom][The Toronto Tunnel Monster | Cryptozoology News Articles & Investigations][Toronto Urban Legends: The Real Toronto Underground][Strange Encounters with Bizarre Tunnel-Dwelling Monsters | Mysterious Universe][A guide to the secret tunnels hidden beneath Toronto][Little people (mythology) - Wikipedia][What Lies Beneath: Toronto and The Tunnel Monster of Cabbagetown][ParaResearchers Of Ontario - Toronto Tunnel Monster][The Creepy Cabbagetown Monster Lurking in Toronto’s Underground][Cryptids of Canada and Other Toronto Urban Legends We Bet You Didn’t Know About - Mary-am Suites][C.H.U.D. (1984) - IMDb][Myths & Monsters - DIBAAJIMOWIN][memegwesi (na) | The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary][Mysteries of Canada – Canada History and Mysteries][Stranger Things: Four-in-Five Canadians believe][Giant Canadian Spiderbat | Cryptid Wiki | Fandom][North American House Hippo - YouTube] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/21/202152 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Stopwatch Gang

Episode 174 - Between 1974 and 1980, a group of three mask-wearing Canadian outlaws named Stephen Reid, Patrick (Paddy) Mitchell, and Lionel Wright, in well-planned, precisely timed and carefully executed heists, robbed at least 140 banks and armoured cars in Canada and the United States making off with a total of more than $15 million in cash, gold and other valuables.Sources:[The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang | The Atavist Magazine][Stephen Reid fonds - Search Research Collections][Inside Time by Jason Young - NFB][Paddy Mitchell’s Blog - A blog behind bars][Read This Bank Robber’s Life Online by Patrick Mitchell | Books -][The Stopwatch Gang: notorious bank robber, celebrated author dies – RCI | English][Lionel Wright | Today in Ottawa’s History][Stephen Reid - ABC BookWorld][Obituary: Stephen Reid - Ottawa Citizen][Stephen Reid’s 10 toughest prisons in North America] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/14/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 35 seconds
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La Train d’Enfer - The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster

Episode 173 - On July 6, 2013, in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, an unattended 73-car freight train carrying crude oil rolled down a grade and derailed downtown, multiple tank cars exploded, resulting in a massive fire. More than 30 buildings in the town's core were destroyed, and, sadly, forty-seven people lost their lives.Sources:[Ville Lac-Mégantic - Une ville à coeur ouvert][Déraillement mortel d’un train à Lac-Mégantic - Ville Lac-Mégantic][Balado Découverte - Le Marcheur d’étoiles | Circuit touristique de Lac-Mégantic][Cinq clés pour comprendre la tragédie de Lac-Mégantic |][10 of Canada’s worst train accidents -][Firefighter watched ghost train barrel past him moments before Lac-Mégantic derailment | CBC News][Rail at center of Quebec town tragedy and heart of its recovery | Reuters][Lac-Megantic’s resilience tested after ‘le train d’enfer’ -][Summary of Railway Investigation Report R13D0054 - TSB Canada][Railway Investigation Full Report R13D0054 - TSB Canada][Lac-Mégantic MMA Train Accident - 6 July 2013 - YouTube][Audio: Train engineer and railway company talk as Lac-Mégantic burns - The Globe and Mail][Lac-Mégantic engineer Thomas Harding’s firing ruled illegal - Montreal |][YouTube - Angry Lac Megantic residents seek answers - Global News][YouTube - Lac-Mégantic News Conference - Investigation Report Release][YouTube - Lac-Mégantic engineer calls released][YouTube - Tragédie Lac Mégantic - Pierre Duquet][YouTube - Incendie à Lac-Mégantic - username Nitrof Taz][Wayback Machine - Montreal Gazette - Lives lost: Remembering Lac-Mégantic’s victims][Global News Search - Lac-Mégantic][Lac-Mégantic rail disaster - Wikipedia] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/7/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 55 seconds
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Prohibition: Canadian Rum Runners & Bootleggers

Episode 172 - To curtail social ills like alcoholism, family violence, and other unsavoury behaviours, religious and puritanical proponents of the Temperance Movement demonized alcohol throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. After numerous U.S. states had become ‘dry’ outlawing the production and sale of alcohol in the years prior, in 1919, the United States ratified the 18th amendment to their constitution, which banned the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within the country’s borders. As hoarded supplies quickly began to run dry over the next ten years, Americans looked outside their borders to keep the liquor flowing into the country.  Scores of Canadians stepped up, flouting the laws to move alcohol across the 49th parallel. Many were entrepreneurs with a daredevil spirit, a means of transportation and a desire to make a quick buck, but others were psychopathic, dangerous, mob-connected killers. We’ll talk about a couple of them here. Mike Browne's new book, MURDER, MADNESS, AND MAYHEM: Twenty-Five Tales of True Crime and Dark History, is available this November from Harper Collins Canada! You can pre-order your copy now:[Prohibition: An Interactive History – Mob Museum][Women Led the Temperance Charge – Prohibition: An Interactive History][Captain Jack Randell][Captain Jack Randell - Classic Sailboats][The Sinking of The I’m Alone][Heaving To Is a Valuable Skill for All Sailors][Story of the I’m Alone | Decora-chan | Prince Edward Island][Ernest Hemingway - Biographical -][The Whisky King - Trevor Cole - eBook][Molls of a mobster | Maclean’s | OCTOBER 5, 1987][Biography – STARKMAN, BESHA (Tobin)] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/31/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 14 seconds
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Tangled Web: The Shootings of Alfred and Rosemary Podgis

Episode 171 - Rosemary Podgis, 56, and her husband Alfred, 58, were found in a Pennsylvania Ravine. They had been fatally shot in their Loch Arbour, New Jersey home over the Fourth of July weekend in 1982. The apparent perpetrators arrested by police 5 days later were two 18-year-olds: Scott Robert Franz, Rosemary’s son from a previous marriage, and Scott’s Canadian friend Bruce Anthony Curtis, who had been Scott’s classmate at King’s Edgehill private school in Nova Scotia where the pair had just graduated. The events leading up to the deaths of Rosemary and Alfred Podgis would be extremely important in establishing what led two teens, both with promising futures ahead of them, to kill Scott Franz’s mother and stepfather. Was it cold-blooded murder or, as Bruce would later claim, a tragic accident caused by a faulty firearm?Sources:[Blood Knot: The Trial and Conviction of Bruce Curtis by David Hayes][State v. Curtis :: 1984 :: New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division :: Justia][Two 18-year-olds, one from Nova Scotia, were held today… - UPI Archives][A disputed killing in New Jersey | Maclean’s | APRIL 16, 1984][Curtis’s long trip home | Maclean’s | MARCH 7, 1988][National Film Board of Canada - Journey Into Darkness: The Bruce Curtis Story][Dalhousie - The Gazette - Volume 117, Number 22 - February 21, 1985][Canadians Mount Campaign To Obtain Man in New Jersey Prison][YouTube - Deadly Betrayal: The Bruce Curtis Story - 1992 NBC Sunday Night Movie][Crime-Sep-24-1989-947717 | NewspaperArchive][Scott Franz’s Home - GoogleMaps][Bruce Curtis and Scott Franz case - MemoryNS][Shootings of Alfred and Rosemary Podgis - Wikipedia] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/24/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 44 seconds
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Slippery as an Eel: The Tale of Ernest Cashel

Episode 170 - In November of 1902, a rancher named Issac Belt from Haynes Creek near Red Deer, Alberta, had gone missing. Investigating officers had gone to Belt’s ranch to question a young man calling himself Bert Ellsworth, who was suspected of horse theft, who had been lending a hand there. That young man and Belt were both missing.  Police discovered the man claiming to be Ellsworth at a camp on the outskirts of Calgary. Some of Belt’s personal belongings were in Cashel's possession, and Cashel was wearing Issac's clothes. In reality, his name was Ernest Cashel, a 21-year-old American. He was on the run from U.S. and Canadian authorities for forgery and other crimes, including escaping from custody several times.  Cashel was arrested and charged with theft and later charged with Isaac Belt’s murder, convicted and sentenced to hang. Cashel escaped one last time, only days before he was to be executed, and was on the run for more than a month before being recaptured and sent to see his maker via the hangman.Sources:[The Case of Ernest Cashel | Maclean’s | December 1st 1930][Ernest Cashel - Wikipedia][2 Feb 1904, Page 1 - Vancouver Daily World at][Ernest Cashel Hanged at Calgary -][Scoundrels and Scallywags: Characters from Alberta’s Past by Brian Brennan][The Pursuit of Ernest Cashel by MJ Malcolm][14 Dec 1929, 39 - The Province at][Ernest Cashel Hanged - page 3 -][Hanged - Edmonton Journal (archived)][Ernest Cashel on way to trial, Calgary, Alberta - Photo][Ernest Cashel Story - - January 30 - February 5][Biography – NOLAN, PATRICK JAMES – Volume XIV (1911-1920)] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/17/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 6 seconds
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Worst Case Scenario: The Murders of Chloe and Aubrey Berry (BC)

Episode 169: On the evening of Christmas Day in 2017, upon gaining access to an Oak Bay, British Columbia apartment, police discovered a bloody crime scene. In the suite were the bodies of six-year-old Chloe Berry and her four-year-old sister, Aubrey Berry. They had been murdered in their beds. First responders also discovered Andrew Berry, Chloe and Aubrey’s father, naked, seriously injured and bleeding in the apartment's bathtub. He had penetrating injuries to his left chest and throat. First responders took Andrew by ambulance to Victoria General Hospital for treatment. He’d eventually have a rather tall tale to tell about what had taken place that day.Sources:R. v Berry, 2019 BCSC 2362 (CanLII), [Global News - SEARCH - Andrew Berry][Oak Bay News - SEARCH - Andrew Berry][Search Results | Times Colonist - Andrew Berry][Oak Bay Police Note - Twitter][Photo exhibits from Andrew Berry murder trial - BC |][Mom of slain Oak Bay sisters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act  |][Chloe & Aubrey Berry Bursary Fund - Victoria Foundation] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/10/202158 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Murder of Nadine Anne Taylor

Episode 168 - On the evening of July 28, 2010, Nadine Anne Taylor, a 29-year-old woman in Halifax, Nova Scotia, left the Convoy Avenue apartment in Fairview she shared with her boyfriend, Gene. Nadine, who did not have a telephone, told Gene she needed to make a call, left her home and walked a nearby payphone to make a call. She was never seen alive again. Sources and Further Reading:[CANADA - Canada - Nadine Taylor, 29, Halifax NS, 28 July 2010][Police locate human remains | Halifax]R. v. Laffin, 2013 NSSC 135 (CanLII), R. v. Laffin, 2013 NSSC 136 (CanLII), [Global News SEARCH: Steven Elliot Laffin][Steven Laffin | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers][Obituary of Nadine Anne Taylor | J Albert Funeral Home][Fears grow for missing Halifax woman | CBC News][Fact Sheet - Prostitution Criminal Law Reform: Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act][Stepping Stone Nova Scotia | Sex Worker Support][51 Weyburn Road - Dartmouth, NS - Google Maps][Luminol - Wikipedia][R.I.P Nadine Taylor - Facebook Group] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/3/202158 minutes, 10 seconds
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Did They Get it Right? The Rafay Family Murders

Episode 167: On July 13, 1994, just after 2:00 am, police responded to a 911 call from Sebastian Burns, 18. Sebastian and his friend, Atif Rafay, also 18, claimed they had discovered ‘some kind of break in’ and multiple deaths at  Atif’s family home in Bellevue, Washington. A bloody crime scene awaited the first responders. All three of the victims, Tariq and Sultana, Atif’s parents and his sister, Basma, had been bludgeoned to death. Right away, something felt off to the Bellevue Police, who focused their attention on the pair of young men who’d reported the crime. But did they get it right?Sources:United States of America v. Burns, 1997 CanLII 3271 (BC CA), United States v. Burns, 2001 SCC 7 (CanLII), [2001] 1 SCR 283, [168 Wn. App. 734, STATE V. RAFAY][Rafay Burns Appeal Site][Sebastian Burns 911 Call - YouTube][On the Margins of Freedom | The Walrus][Written In Blood - CBS News][Confessions of Murder ; Exposing the False Confessions Created from the Mr. Big Stings by Alan R. Warren | eBooks - Scribd][The wrongful convictions of Sebastian Burns and … - En Vero][Give Them Enough Rope - Shawn Blore][YouTube - Sebastian Burns Pre-Sentence Statement Part 1 of 6] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/26/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 46 seconds
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Hate Crime: The Murder of Aaron Webster

In the early morning hours of November 17, 2001, officers from the Vancouver Police were dispatched to the Second Beach area of Stanley Park. Several callers to 911 indicated that there had been some kind of  altercation and a group of man had badly beaten another man. Two VPD constables arrived at the Second Beach parking lot within minutes of being called to find a distraught man frantically providing CPR to a bloodied man on the ground. The man on the ground was naked except for socks and shoes. Police assessed the man’s condition and immediately called for an ambulance. The paramedics from the BC Ambulance Service arrived quickly, but determined that it was too late. Aaron Zane Donald Webster, 42-year-old and a  member of Vancouver’s gay community, was dead. He had been brutally beaten with a blunt instrument and his killers had skittered off into the night leaving Aaron to die. Aaron’s death would be come to be recognized as Canada’s most well-known and notorious cases of ‘gay bashing’. Guest Host: Mathew Stockton (Steve the dog's dad) Sources:R. v. J.S., 2003 BCPC 442 (CanLII), R. v. A.C., 2003 BCPC 508 (CanLII), R. v. Cran and Rao, 2004 BCSC 1635 (CanLII), R. v. Cran, 2005 BCSC 171 (CanLII), R. v. J.S., 2005 BCPC 556 (CanLII), R. v. Cran, 2006 BCCA 464 (CanLII), [Wright, N. (2011). Murder in the park : civic identity-making and space in Vancouver. University of British Columbia.][Aaron Webster | Xtra Magazine][The murder that changed us | Xtra Magazine][Ten Years After Aaron Webster’s Death, What’s Changed? | The Tyee][Stanley Park Rawlings Trail, Gay Vancouver Cruising Areas][Stanley Park | City of Vancouver][Search - Aaron Webster - 2001 -][Aaron Webster - CHF BC][Aaron Webster Housing Co-operative – Original Site – Community Land Trust][QMUNITY — BC’s Queer, Trans, and Two-Spirit Resource Centre][Pflag Canada] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/19/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 59 seconds
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Dark Poutine Returns April 19 2021

It’s 2021. It’s been a hell of a year and Dark Poutine is still ticking along. That said, I need a quick break for my sanity and to do some behind the scenes work to freshen up some of the elements the show. Dark Poutine will be returning on April 19, 2021, with the same level of careful research and compassionate, personal story telling with new guest hosts, a shiny new logo and some new music. See you in a month, so until then, don’t forget to be a good egg and not a bad apple. Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/15/20211 minute, 20 seconds
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Frenzy: The Killing of Traci Lynch (PE)

Episode 165: On the afternoon of July 24, 2015, the RCMP were called by the residents of 192 Pleasant Grove Road, outside of Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island. They said that the night before there had been a fight between a man, Joel Lawrence Clow, 46, and a woman, Clow’s 40-year-old on an off-again girlfriend and mother of one, Traci Lynn Lynch. Responding officers knew they would be investigating a domestic dispute, they’d dealt with Traci and Joel before. Things became more serious when cops discovered Traci, deceased on Clow’s property.Sources: R v. Clow, 2017 PESC 9 (CanLII), R v. Clow, 2017 PESC 10 (CanLII), R v. Clow, 2017 PESC 12 (CanLII), R v Clow, 2019 PECA 5 (CanLII), Trial - Day 1 Trial - Day 2 Trial - Day 3 Trial - Delay Trial - Day 4 Trial - Day 5 Trial - Day 6 Trial - Day 7 Trial - Day 7b Trial - Day 8 How This P.E.I. Program Helps Women Take Back Control After Leaving Abusive Relationships | CBC News | Ethical Editor Belvedere Funeral Home - Traci Lynch Obituary Clow / Lynch Timeline - CBC Why People Stay - The Hotline Ending Violence Association of Canada Domestic Violence and Abuse - Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/8/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 24 seconds
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On the Run: Triple Murderer Kevin Louis Vermette

Episode 164: On July 12, 1997, in the town of Kitimat, British Columbia, after months of tension, tempers boiled over, and a violent altercation took place between a mad man and four young men. Three of the men, Michael Mauro and Mark Teves, both 20 and 21-year-old David Nunes were dead, and another, 20-year-old Donny Oliveira, was barely clinging to life after a local man named Kevin Louis Vermette allegedly blasted away at the group with a sawed-off shotgun before disappearing into the brush. He is still on the loose almost 24 years later. Co-host: Carol Browne Sources: Suspected BC murderer: Vermette still on the loose | Dawson Creek Mirror $25,000 reward in Kitimat triple murder cold case set to expire  | Wanted by the RCMP: Kevin  Louis  Vermette | Royal Canadian Mounted Police B.C. town rescinds $25,000 reward for info on 1997 triple-murder. Some donors want their money back | National Post A hockey game gets rowdy, and other Kitimat police files this week – Kitimat Northern Sentinel Wanted man who fled B.C. city 16 years ago may be alive: RCMP - The Globe and Mail Experienced outdoorsman flees into forest after killing 3 young adults and injuring another with a shotgun. Police believe he may still be alive. : UnresolvedMysteries Fifteen years on, the questions remain – Terrace Standard America’s Most Wanted Fans - Kevin Vermette KEVIN LOUIS VERMETTE | Wanted For Murder (July 1997, Kitimat, BC) Wanted by the RCMP - Kevin Louis VERMETTE CANADA’S MOST WANTED: These killers are on the run; have you seen them? | Toronto Sun America’s Most Wanted - Season 22 Episode 32: May 23, 2009 - Metacritic Community Profile - District of Kitimat Unsolved Mysteries - Board With Everything | Kevin Vermette - Fugitive Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/1/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 8 seconds
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Twice Hanged: The Life and Crimes of Bennie Swim

Episode 163: In New Brunswick, in the fall of 1922 a convicted double murderer named Bennie Swim was hanged for the murder of the woman he loved, his first cousin Olive and her husband, Harvey Trenholm. Bennie didn’t die the first time, so the authorities hanged him again. Co-host: Carol BrownePromo: MurderishSources: The Ballad of Benny Swim (original) - Mike Q - YouTube Hanged Twice_Benny Swim Bennie Swim | Cases | Crime and Punishment | Projects | Faculty of Arts | UNB » 1922: Benny Swim, “dead as a door-nail” (or not) The Carleton County Man Who Was Hung Twice ”Benny Swim” Benny “Bennie” Swim (1899-1922) - Find A Grave Memorial The Life of a Screw - Douglas E. Arch Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada: Poplak, Lorna - Harvey Dixon Trenholm (1883-1922) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree Olive M (Swim) Trenholm (1905-1922) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree Benny Swim (1899-1922) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree William Guy Carr - Wikipedia This Week in New Brunswick History Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/22/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 12 seconds
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Death on the 505: The Shooting of Sammy Yatim

Episode 162: In July of 2013, on a busy summer night in downtown Toronto, police received several calls about a man on a streetcar brandishing a knife and threatening passengers and the transit operator. After an encounter with police lasting only 50 seconds, 18-year-old Sammy Yatim had been shot nine times and later died from his wounds. As videos of the incident surfaced, many people were outraged, claiming that the police had used excessive force and calling for the head of the officer who had pulled the trigger.Co-host: Carol BrownePromo: Ignorance Was BlissSources:Global News | Search - Sammy YatimToronto Police shoot Sammy Yatim on TTC streetcar - Markus Grupp YouTubeEnhanced audio/video - Shooting of Sammy Yatim by Toronto Police Const. Forcillo on July 27, 2013 - YouTubeTTC surveillance camera 1 - YouTubeTTC surveillance camera 2 - YouTubeTTC surveillance camera 3 - YouTubeTTC surveillance camera 4 - YouTubeThe Killing of Sammy Yatim | Toronto LifeSammy’s Fight Back for Justice - Home | FacebookShooting of Sammy Yatim - WikipediaSpecial Investigations Unit — News ReleaseJames Forcillo bail decision | Bail | AppealReasons for the sentence of James Forcillo | Murder | Crime & ViolenceJames Forcillo parole decision | Parole | Probation OfficerPolice Encounters With People in Crisis 2014 | Emergency Department | Mental Health Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/15/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Murder of Alison Parrott

Episode 161 - On a warm July day in 1986, 11-year-old Alison Parrott was lured from her Toronto home by a man on the phone claiming to be a sports photographer who wanted to take photos of the young athlete. Two boys discovered Alison’s body in a heavily wooded section of Kings Mill Park two days later. She had been bound, raped and strangled to death. It would take a decade before science caught up to the point where her killer could be brought to justice.Co-Host: Carol BrowneSources:R. v. Roy, 2003 CanLII 4272 (ON CA), [Exhibit A - Killer in a Box][Alison Parrott: Leader of the pack  |][YouTube - Crime Beat TV Show - Alison Parrott][Murder of Alison Parrott - Wikipedia][The horror of child murders | Maclean’s | AUGUST 11, 1986][Parrott’s Killer Convicted | The Canadian Encyclopedia][ - Alison May Campbell Parrott][GIRL FOLLOWED RULES, BUT KILLER WON GAME - Chicago Tribune][Jury convicts Roy in Alison Parrot murder | CBC News][News Article - Toronto Star Ottawa Bureau][Staring down evil - The Globe and Mail][Why millions in Crime Stoppers rewards go unclaimed | The Star][Girls who went missing in Ontario: Solved and unsolved cases | The Star][Colin Pitchfork - Wikipedia][Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System | Royal Canadian Mounted Police][What is ViCLAS – What is ViCLAS][Stay Alert Stay Safe PSA#3 - YouTube] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/8/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Murder of Elena Tchoudakova

Episode 160 - Elena Tchoudakova was a beautiful, outgoing and vibrant 23-year-old Russian woman attending Interior Design at Toronto’s Ryerson University. In January of 1995 Elena was discovered in her apartment, she’d been brutally beaten to death and left in her bathub. There were a number of suspects with means and motive but only one with opportunity.Co-host: Carol BrowneSources:[The Russian Princess Case: MacDonald, Bruce: Kindle Store]R. v. Ho, 1999 CanLII 3823 (ON CA), [50 Cambridge Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Housecreep][Tchoudakova : Toronto Public Library][Interactive: Toronto homicides since 1990 | The Star][Can a theatre program help rehabilitate Ontario prisoners? | The Star] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/1/202159 minutes, 57 seconds
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AWAY GAME: Cult of Revolution: The Posse

Episode 159: In the early 1980s near the small town of Rulo, Nebraska a white-supremacist cult leader named Michael Wayne Ryan and his band of followers took over a local farm essentially stealing it from the property owner. They burglarized nearby businesses and residences to fund their survival after the upcoming battle of Armageddon prophesied in the Books of Revelations. Ryan, a proponent the Christian Identity movement’s doctrines with links to an anti-government group called Posse Comitatus spewed antisemitic views, the supremacy of the white race and planned to take down the government. In 1982 Ryan was arrested for the torture and murder of, Luke Stice, the 5-year-old son of the property’s former owner and the torture killing of one of his followers, 27-year-old, James Thimm.Co-host: Carol BrowneSources:[Michael Wayne Ryan | Murderpedia][Michael W. Ryan - Wikipedia][Christian Identity and Religions of America (Joseph Baker)][Evil Harvest: The True Story of Cult Murder in the American Heartland][Nebraska Inmate Details][Cult Education Institute :: Group Information Archives][Christian Identity | Extremism in America | ADL][ROSS] Facts[NIGHTMARE IN RULO - Chicago Tribune][State v. Ryan :: 1989 :: Nebraska Supreme Court Decisions :: Justia][Dennis Ryan | Omaha Magazine][ Identity Crisis][Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville Timeline][PolitiFact | Donald Trump’s ‘very fine people on both sides’ remarks (transcript)][Rick Ross, Executive Director] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/25/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Girl in Saskatoon: Who Murdered Alexandra Wiwcharuk?

Episode 158 - Twenty-three-year-old nurse and former beauty queen, Alexandra Wiwrachuk, thought the warm spring night in 1962 would be perfect for a walk down by the river before her midnight shift at Saskatoon’s City Hospital. Alexandra did not show up for work that night, and it was not until thirteen days later that children stumbled upon her broken body in a shallow grave. Someone had savagely beaten the young woman, brutally raped her and then buried her alive, leaving her to die. Nearly sixty years later, no one has ever been brought to justice in Alexandra Wiwcharuk’s murder.Co-host: Carol BrowneSources:https://justiceforalex.com Girl In Saskatoon - Doc Johnny Cash - The Girl in Saskatoon  SASKATOON POLICESaskatoon Police [email protected] SASKATOON CRIME STOPPERSCrime Stoppers1-800-222-8477 THE NIECES OF ALEXANDRANieces Official [email protected]   (toll free)All calls private and confidential! Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/18/20211 hour, 1 minute, 4 seconds
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The Ideal Maternity Home: Butterbox Babies

Episode 157 - From the late 1920s until after the Second World War, Lila and William Young ran the Ideal Maternity Home and Sanitarium for Unwed Mothers at East Chester, Nova Scotia. The pair have been referred to as ‘baby farmers’ who sold healthy newborns to wealthy couples with the means to pay and left the less viable to die of starvation. Estimates are that more than 100 and as many as 400 to 600 babies may have died in their care. Many of these deceased infants were quietly buried in wooden butter boxes at various sites around the area, while it is believed that others may have been disposed of in the nearby Atlantic Ocean.Co-host: Carol BrowneSources: Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/11/202156 minutes, 49 seconds
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Canadian Boogeyman – Dangerous Offender, Thomas Svekla

Episode 156 - In 2006, Thomas George Svekla, 38, a man who’d been in and out of trouble since 16, became the focus of a murder investigation lead by the Project KARE task force. Svekla was a suspect in as many as twelve murders. He was only ever charged with two slayings, that of Theresa Innes and Rachel Quinney, but was designated a dangerous offender for his long history of violent offences.Co-host: Carol BrowneSources:R. v. Svekla, 2007 ABQB 557 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2009 ABQB 181 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2009 ABQB 187 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2009 ABQB 193 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2010 ABQB 370 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2010 ABCA 390 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2011 ABCA 154 (CanLII), Edmonton Journal - June 8, 2008 - Tom Svekla's Secret Life Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/4/202158 minutes, 23 seconds
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Christmas 2020: Santa Claus, Ghost Stories and Krampus, the Christmas Cryptid

Episode 155: The holidays can be a notoriously hard time for people who either miss loved ones or have a hard time being around them so much. For those reasons, we take a break from all the murder and mayhem and try to bring you a little holiday cheer with a bit of a dark edge. This year, for our fourth Christmas, themed episode, we learn about the global depictions of Santa Claus, some dark Christmas traditions from around the world, and Krampus, the Christmas Demon. See you in the new year!Co-host: Carol BrowneSources: Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/21/202056 minutes, 23 seconds
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Dirty Dr. Stewart: The Murder of Gordon Kralt

Episode 154 - Twenty-three year old Gordon Adrian Kralt had been the caretaker for a Bible camp on Vancouver Island when he went missing on Halloween in 1970. Gordon was found two weeks later, he had been brutally slain. Tracking down Gordie’s killer uncovered a career psychopath who was believed to have killed before. Co-host: Carol BrowneWritten by: Josina De BreeSources:Regina v. Stewart, 1972 CanLII 1445 (BC CA), Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/14/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 59 seconds
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Serial Killer: The Life and Crimes of Charles Eli Kembo

Episode 153 - Between 2002 and 2005, Charles Eli Kembo, a refugee from Malawi, murdered four people, his business partner, Arden Samuel, his stepdaughter, Rita Yeung, his girlfriend, Sui Yin Ma, and his wife, Margaret Kembo, whose body has never been found. He set up elaborate schemes to steal their identities, set up false bank accounts, insurance claims, and run up credit in his victims’ names.  Sources:R. v. Kembo, 2010 BCSC 914 (CanLII), Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/7/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 18 seconds
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Bloody Lies: The Crimes of Dr. John Schneeberger

Episode 152: In November of 1992, a twenty-four-year-old woman came forward to Kipling, Saskatchewan RCMP, accusing a respected local doctor, John Schneeberger, of sexual assault. After years of ridicule from other Kipling residents who refused to believe her claims, the young woman finally found some justice. When the truth saw the light, it uncovered one of the strangest and most devious criminals in Canadian history. Co-host: Carol BrownePromo: True Crime IslandSources:Canada v. Schneeberger, 2003 FC 970 (CanLII), [2004] 1 FCR 280, Midazolam aka VersedTown of Kipling, SKWikipedia - John SchneebergerHBO's Autopsy 7: Dead Men TalkingForensic Files - Bad Blood - Season 6 Episode 13ForensicFilesNow - What Happened to Dr. John Schneeberger?Justice Denied: Extraordinary miscarriages of justiceTime Magazine - A Brief History of DNA TestingThe endless nightmare of Lisa Dillman5 Ways to Recover From Being Cheated, Lied to or ManipulatedSexAssault.caWAVAW.caBC Victim Services & Violence Against Women Program Directory Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/30/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bathtub Girls - The Murder of Linda Anderson

Episode 151 - On January at 10:30 p.m., a 911 operator took a call from a seemingly distraught sixteen-year-old girl. When Peel Police arrived at the Mississauga, Ontario home two teenage girls, Sandra, 16, and Beth, 15, led them upstairs to the bathroom where their mother, Linda Andersen, 43, lie face down, deceased in the tub. For almost a year the police believed Linda's death was a tragic accident, but they learned differently from a young man who could not keep a secret any longer.NOTE: Aliases used to protect the identities of young Carol Brownepromo: Minds of MadnessSources:R. v. K.(C.)1 and K. (C.)2, 2005 ONCJ 462 (CanLII), R. v. K.(Cr.) and K.(Ct.), 2006 ONCJ 283 (CanLII), R. v. J.F., 2011 ONCA 220 (CanLII), R. v. J.F., 2013 SCC 12 (CanLII), [2013] 1 SCR 565, Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/23/20201 hour, 57 seconds
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The Shag Harbour UFO Incident

Episode 150: Beginning at 7:19 pm Atlantic Daylight Time, on the evening of October 4, 1967, an airline pilot reported seeing an unidentified flying object heading east over Southern Quebec. About 30 minutes later, calls began coming into local authorities reporting strange lights in the sky over the Atlantic Ocean along Nova Scotia’s South Shore. The multiple sightings continued until 11:20 pm that evening when something large crashed into the water just off Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia. The mysterious and odd events of that evening are one of Canada’s most enduring and well-documented UFO sightings.Sources:,_Nova_Scotia Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/16/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 4 seconds
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Remembrance Day 2020 – Canada’s Flying Ace, Billy Bishop

Episode 149: William Avery (Billy) Bishop was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, on February 8, 1894. When the First World War broke out, as with many young men of his day, Billy was off to Europe to do his part. By the end of the war, Bishop claimed he had survived more than 170 air battles and said he had shot down seventy-two German aircraft. This number left Bishop only three behind René Fonck of France and eight behind The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, who had 80 kills. These numbers made Bishop the top Canadian and British Empire flying ace of the war and Canada’s most storied veterans. But Billy’s story does come with some controversy.Sources: Classic WW1 Fighters Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/9/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 20 seconds
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Halloween 2020 – Spiritualism in Canada: Seances, Mediums and Spirits, Oh My!

Episode 147: Canada has a long history of folks who have attempted to communicate with the dead - a practice is known as Spiritualism. Some of these have claimed that they can connect directly with those on the other side. Here we will give a bit of history, tell some of their stories and give a how-to primer for entertainment purposes only. We do not recommend, dear listeners, that you make attempts to commune with the beyond using the methods we will speak about later. If you do so and incur negative consequences, we bear no responsibility for your decision to proceed.Co-host: Carol BrowneInterview with: Morgan KnudsenSources:The Fox SistersThe Canadian Spiritualist Movement and Sources for its Study Wikipedia - The Fox SistersTalking Nonsense (thesis)GlobalNews - MacKenzie King Spiritualist AllianceBuckland’s Book of Spirit CommunicationsMary Melville, The Psychic by Flora MacDonaldLearnReligions - How To Hold a Sé Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/26/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 48 seconds
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Introducing... Crime Beat - Season 3

Ride along with 25 year veteran Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt, from Global News, on her award winning podcast Crime Beat as she takes you through some of Canada’s most high-profile criminal cases. Real People, Real Crimes, Real Journalism. Each episode takes you deep inside cases she has worked to give you detail you didn't hear on the news. Season 3 is available NOW - LISTEN​ Crime Beat is the 2020 winner of the Edward R. Murrow Podcast Award (RTDNA). Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/21/202013 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Redpath Mansion Mystery

Episode 146: On June 13th 1901, Ada Mills Redpath and her son Jocelyn Clifford Redpath were killed in their mansion in on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal. Ada had been shot to the back of the head. Clifford has a gunshot wound to his the temple. The police were not called. A coroner’s inquest the next day declared the deaths a murder-suicide. Ada and Clifford were buried June 15th without any further investigation.Written By: Josina De BreeSources: Denton A, Tellez-Zenteno JF. A patient with epilepsy charged with kidnapping, unlawful confinement, and assault causing bodily harm after seizures: Deficiencies in the legal system. Epilepsy Behav Rep. 2020;13:100361. Published 2020 Mar 21. doi:10.1016/j.ebr.2020.100361 Dougall, L. (2019) The Summit House Mystery; Or, The Earthly Purgatory. Good Press. Original work published 1905.  Reuber M, Mackay RD. Epileptic automatisms in the criminal courts: 13 cases tried in England and Wales between 1975 and 2001. Epilepsia. 2008 Jan;49(1):138-45. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2007.01269.x. PMID: 17727668. Shih JJ, LeslieMazwi T, Falcao G, Van Gerpen J. Directed aggressive behavior in frontal lobe epilepsy: video-EEG and ictal spect case study. Neurology. 2009;73(21):1804-1806. doi:10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181c2933f Devinsky, Orrin. “Postictal psychosis: common, dangerous, and treatable.” Epilepsy currents vol. 8,2 (2008): 31-4. doi:10.1111/j.1535-7511.2008.00227.x Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/19/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 3 seconds
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Lust, Greed and Anger: The Slaying of Gang Yuan

Episode 145: This episode contains disturbing and graphic details of the 2015 murder of Chinese millionaire, Gang Yuan, in West Vancouver at the hands of his soft-spoken cousin Li Zhao. The crime’s unthinkable and twisted aftermath is horrendous.Sources:Pre-Trial Voire DireR. v Zhao, 2020 BCSC 1322 (CanLII), BC v. Child 3, 2019 BCCA 171 (CanLII), Mother 1 v Solus Trust , 2019 BCSC 200 (CanLII), 963 King Georges Way, West Vancouver | Dana Inman - 360hometours.ca961 King Georges Way - Real Estate tour video (renumbered address)961 King Georges Way - Realtor Listing 3333 The CrescentPym IslandNY Times ArticleNational Post Article 2014HBICtv: Ultra Rich Asian Girls - WikipediaHBICtv: YouTubeGlobalNews - Conviction Article Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/12/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 17 seconds
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Perseverance, Prosecution & Peace: The Murder of Paula Gallant

Episode 144: On the evening of December 27, 2005, in my home province of Nova Scotia, Jason McCrae, husband of a beloved educator, artist, sister and mother named Paula Anne Gallant, reported her missing. Paula failed to return to her home in Timberlea after a shopping trip to nearby Halifax. The next day, Paula’s body was found locked in the trunk of her car in the parking lot of the school where she taught the third grade. The cause of Paula’s death was not immediately evident, nor was it apparent how she had come to be in the trunk of her vehicle.Sources: Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/5/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 24 seconds
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No Justice for Rebecca Middleton

Episode 143: On the island paradise Bermuda in the early morning hours of July 3, 1996, a group of friends were riding in a car headed toward Ferry Reach Park, on the northeastern edge of the island. The vehicle’s occupants were startled when the car’s headlights illuminated a form lying in the middle of the dark and isolated road. They pulled the car over and got out to investigate. The group presumed at first it was an injured dog, but as they approached, they realized that this was a nearly naked and bloodied teenage girl. She was seventeen-year-old, Rebecca Middleton from Belleville, Ontario. Although alive when the strangers found her, Rebecca died from her injuries before authorities could get to her. Rebecca's story and aftermath have become the basis for one of the darkest moments in Bermuda's history.Sources:  ID Documentary Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/28/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Murder of Grant De Patie

Episode 142: On a chilly, cloudy winter night in early 2005 at a gas station in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, a 24-year-old gas station attendant named Grant de Patie was brutally slain by a callous young man over just $12 and 30 cents worth of gas.Sources:R. v. Pratt, 2006 BCSC 1198 (CanLII), R. v. Pratt, 2007 BCCA 206 (CanLII), Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/21/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 30 seconds
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Dangerous Offender: The Crimes of Jake Green (SK)

Episode 141 - In late June 1993, police were called to a possible stabbing at a residence in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In one of the bedrooms, Kenneth John Ladubec, 46, lay dead in a massive pool of blood. His killer was Jacob Leroy Andrew Green, 16, the son of Kenneth's live-in girlfriend. Green was tried as a young offender and found guilty of manslaughter. After Jake's release, all seemed relatively okay. Underneath his cool exterior simmered a rage that would surface again in 1999 when, after a breakup, Jake stabbed his ex-girlfriend, Lesli Yaremko and her parents, Sharon and Terry.Sources: To Moose Jaw - Canada's Most Notorious City R. v. G. (J.L.), 1994 CanLII 4627 (SK CA), R. v. J.L.A.G., 2002 SKQB 289 (CanLII), Dangerous Offender Application 2004 Appeal Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/14/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 19 seconds
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The 2018 Danforth Shooting

Episode 140: On July 22, 2018, at around 10:00 pm, calls flooded Toronto's 911 call centre. There was a man on Danforth shooting at people in the streets and in the restaurants and cafes in Greektown. After the 16-minute rampage, 13 people were wounded, 10-year-old Julianna Kozis and 18-year-old Reese Fallon had been killed and the gunman had completed suicide. Even after two intensive investigations, one question remains - Why?Sources:| Trigger Warning: Shooting Video Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/7/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Marpole Murders: Dianna Mah-Jones and Richard Jones

Episode 139: On September 27, 2017, when Dianna Mah-Jones failed to show up for her shift without calling in sick, her co-workers were concerned. Neither Dianna nor her husband, Richard Jones, was answering the phone. One of Dianna's colleagues went to the couple's home in Vancouver's Marpole neighbourhood and discovered what appeared to be a bloody crime scene. Dianna and Richard lay dead inside the house, brutally murdered. After a complex and intense investigation police had their suspect. He was an odd man, with an odder name and an ever more odd explanation for what he had done.Sources:R. v Kam, 2020 BCSC 893 (CanLII),  Complete Vancouver police interrogation of Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam | Vancouver Sun2017 Health Care Hero Vancouver Coastal: Dianna Mah Jones - BC Health Care Awards Thrill KillingUBC MemoriamGlobal News - Marpole MurdersCrime Scene Evidence Photos Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/31/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 39 seconds
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The 1973 Kenora Bank Robbery Mystery (ON)

Episode 138 - On the afternoon of May 10, 1973, a stranger entered the CIBC branch on Main St in the small town of Kenora, Ontario. The man, claiming he had a bomb, demanded all the money in the bank. (Photo credit: Don Dutton, Toronto Star)Sources:CJRL Covers the Kenora Bank Robbery 10 May 1973Devil's Gap by Joe Ralko  (gore warning) Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/24/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Hillcrest Mining Disaster

Episode 137 - At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 1914, the worst coal mining disaster in Canadian history occurred at Hillcrest, Alberta, in the Crowsnest Pass region of western Canada.Episode written by Josina de BreeSources:Anderson, Frank. “Hillcrest Mine Disaster” (Triumph and Tragedy in the Crowsnest Pass. Diana Wilson, Heritage House Publishing, Surrey, BC, 2005)www.crowsnest.bc.cawww.crowsnest-highway.cawww.hillcrestminedisaster.comArchival Holding PR0740. Provincial Archives of Alberta. Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/17/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 52 seconds
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Love & Dishonour: The Murder of Keith Black (BC/AB)

Episode 136 - In July of 1998, Keith Scott Black went missing. He was a respected Taekwondo instructor who had three schools near Kelowna., B.C., where he taught with his wife, Rhonda Petra Black. Rhonda was saying Keith had abandoned her, but Keith's sister Sandy and the cops knew there was more to the story. After five long years the story came to a conclusion as the true story emerged as did Keith's remains.Sources:R. v. Black, 2007 BCSC 1105 (CanLII),  R. v. Steadman, 2008 BCSC 1613 (CanLII),  Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/10/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 40 seconds
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What Happened to Dylan Koshman? (AB/SK)

Episode 135 - In the wee hours of Saturday, October 11, 2008, after an altercation with his cousin and one of two roommates, 21-year-old, Dylan Koshman, left the Edmonton home he shared and out into the night wearing only sneakers, jeans and a t-shirt. Dylan has not been seen since and what was thought to be a missing person case was upgraded to homicide in 2017 by the Edmonton Police Service. Dylan's mother, Melanie Alix, and his sister, Tara Koshman, were kind enough to share with us about Dylan's disappearance and their years long search for him.DOB/Age: 21 at the age of disappearanceEPS File #:08-136304 Dylan went missing on October 11, 2008 from the residence at 10404-33 Avenue.The circumstances of his disappearance are very suspicious and he has not been heard or seen since that date. There is a reward of up to $40,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this homicide. If you have any information on this or any other crime, please contact the Edmonton Police Service Complaint Line at 780-423-4567 or the Edmonton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your tip online. Please reference the EPS file number when possible.Sources and Further Reading: Disappearance of Dylan Koshman - The Fifth EstateEPS open hotline in Dylan Koshman case Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/3/20201 hour, 49 minutes, 25 seconds
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Terror on Parliament Hill: The Murder of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo (ON)

Episode 134 - On the morning of October 22, 2014, an armed terrorist murdered Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, one of three honour guards at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario. Immediately after that, the man shot his way into the Parliament Buildings but was quickly neutralized by security service officers inside our nation's capital. Further Reading and Sources:Nathan Cirillo GLOBAL: Ottawa Shooting: Who tried to save Nathan Cirillo's life? GLOBAL: Nathan Cirillo's family delivers statement on his tragic death and AUDIO 3 cameras Gunfire EXCLUSIVE: Parliament Hill gunman shot 31 times How Kevin Vickers managed to subdue Ottawa gunman Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers receives a standing ovation RAW Ottawa shooting aftermath Ottawa shooting: CCTV shows suspect arriving at parliament - BBC NewsRadicalization Information Shooter Video made by Parliament Hill shooter Related Information,_Ottawa Rushing to Cpl. Cirillo's aid Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/27/20201 hour, 35 minutes, 48 seconds
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AWAY GAME: Stranger Danger - Westley Allan Dodd

Episode 133 - Throughout the 1970s and '80s serial pedophile Westley Allan Dodd molested dozens of children in the Pacific Northwest. Although caught for his crimes more than once Dodd never did any real prison time. Feeling invincible, Westley's fantasies became more violent and depraved until the fall of 1989 when he crossed the line between child predator to multiple murder. On Labour Day weekend in Vancouver, WA. park Westley murdered two brothers, 11- and 10-year-old Cole and William Neer and nonchalantly walked out of the park undetected. Not satisfied with a single victim, Westley craved another kill and on October 29, 1989, he murdered 4-year-old Lee Iseli after kidnapping him from a Portland OR. playground. The Vancouver Child Killer's ultimate undoing was his still unchecked desire for yet another victim.Sources and Further Reading:Dodd's Uncensored Diary Driven to Kill by Gary C. King  Allan Dodd – Last Interview before Execution Most Evil – Westley Allan Dodd Real Detectives - Season 1, Episode 2 "Malice" Serial Murder and Media Circuses by Dirk C. Gibson Serial Murderers and their Victims TIME: Lessons of the Gruesome Case Behind One of America's Last Legal Executions by Hanging When You Meet a Stranger by Westley Allan Dodd Dodd, Westley Allan - Dr. Mike Aamodt - Radford University Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/20/20201 hour, 31 minutes, 49 seconds
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A Brief History: Slavery in Canada and Africville

Episode 132: In this episode we take a look at a topic not spoken of often, slavery in colonial Canada and its aftermath. As well, we learn a little about the Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia and the shameful destruction of the community of Africville near Halifax, beginning in 1966.Sources and further information:[Africville Museum][Africville][The story of Africville | CMHR][Remember Africville by  - NFB][Transmopolis  » Wild Reports   » Eddie Carvery and Africville][2020 Honouree: the community of Africville | NS Heritage Day][Nova Scotia Archives - Gone but Never Forgotten][Black History in Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia][Black History in Canada Education Guide | Canadian Encyclopedia][CDC: Black Loyalists][Code Noir - Wikipedia][Africville: A Community Destroyed | CBC Radio][Stolen From Africville - Broken Homes, Broken Hearts - Documentary][Remembering Black Loyalists - Who were Black Loyalists?][The story of slavery in Canadian history | CMHR][The Atlantic slave trade: What too few textbooks told you - | TED-Ed][Slave Voyages][The transatlantic slave trade: introduction][Heritage Minutes: Underground Railroad — YouTube][Africville — Children’s Book Reading — YouTube][Africville |][Africville sources | Source Guide | Halifax][HRM: Africville - Apology][Fundraiser: Eddie Carvery - 50 Years of Africville Activism] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/13/20201 hour, 26 minutes, 22 seconds
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Introduction to Sasquatch

Episode 131 - For centuries, the indigenous peoples of the western Canada and in the forest along the west coast of the United States told tales of a an elusive massive, hair covered bipedal creature leaving giant footprints behind. Called Sasquatch by some, and Bigfoot by others, this giant man of the forest has been described as gentle but potentially dangerous. In this our inaugural episode on a massive topic Mike and Scott give listeners an overview of the legend, some examples of encounters and some of the theories. Special Guest Dave Scott of Spaced Out Radio tells of his own run ins with the creature. Happy Canada Day!! Sources & Further Reading: more than 900 sightings at CanadianSasquatch.com Bigfoot Sightings MONSTER of the WOODS the John Green interview 1999 John Green - Sasquatch Summit Bigfoot Man or Beast 1972 Patterson-Gimlin 16mm film Robert Morgan documentary full movie Sasquatch Discovering Bigfoot - movie Patterson Gimlin film Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/29/20201 hour, 45 minutes, 41 seconds
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Who Killed Sharron Prior? (QC)

Episode 130 - On March 29, 1975, pretty and popular, 16-year-old Sharron Prior left her home in the Montreal, QC, neighbourhood where she lived with her mom and siblings. She was off to a pizza joint only 5 short blocks away. Sharron was found days later, raped and murdered in another neighbourhood across the river. Her murder has never been solved. Her mom, Yvonne, still holds hope that one day she will see Sharron's killer brought to justice.Sources & Further Reading Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/22/20201 hour, 23 minutes, 7 seconds
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EXCLUDED: The Komagatu Maru Incident

Episode 129: In May of 1914, before the outbreak of WWI, a Japanese steamship called the Komagatu Maru anchored in Burrard Inlet in the Vancouver harbour. There were 376 people aboard led by a man named Baba Gurdit Singh Sirhali. Mostly from the Punjab area of India they dreamt of emigrating to Canada for a better life. Thanks to exclusionary Canadian immigration policies meant to prevent immigration form certain countries, including India, the ship was not allowed to dock. They sat in harbour, without adequate food and water for more than two and half months awaiting court challenges. They were deported in late July and led out of the harbour under naval escort. On returning to India they were diverted away from Calcutta, and when they finally landed a riot broke out with British forces during which 29 unarmed passengers were shot, 20 of whom died.Sources and Further Reading: Full Trudeau Speech Canada Apologizes for Racist Incident 100 Years After Rejecting Komagata Maru Ship of 370 Immigrants The Sikh Formations journal article, GHADAR MOVEMENT: A LIVING LEGACY by Nishant Upadhyay Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/15/20201 hour, 26 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Murders of Chynna Deese, Lucas Fowler & Leonard Dyck

Episode 128 - On the 15th of July, 2019, just outside Liard Hot Springs, B.C., the bodies of an innocent couple, Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, NC, and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, were found shot to death beside their 1986 Chevy van. Police had no idea who had done this, or why. Four days later, a burning truck, registered to a young Vancouver Island man was found burning near Dease Lake, B.C. As police were attending to that scene, they were notified of another man found murdered only two km from the burning truck. This 64-year-old botanist and UBC lecturer, named Leonard Dyck. His Toyota RAV4 was missing, along with the two young men, who quickly became suspects in the murders, sparking a manhunt that took police through four Provinces and one Territory, ending in Manitoba, thousands of kilometres from where it began. Sources:[B.C. RCMP - Overview of Fort Nelson and Dease Lake Homicide Investigation][RCMP say northern B.C. murder suspects admitted to murders on video - YouTube][B.C. RCMP investigate double homicide of tourists along Alaska Highway][Here’s an updated timeline of the northern B.C. murders and manhunt][Breyer Schmegelsky’s father speaks out - YouTube][Former classmate of Bryer Schmegelsky speaks out] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/8/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 10 seconds
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Little Girl Gone - Cecilia Zhang

Episode 127 - On the morning of October 20, 2003, in North York, a quiet neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Raymond Zhang and Sherry Xu awakened to find their only child, 9-year-old, Cecilia was missing. She had clearly been abducted. There were no ransom demands or clear motives for her kidnapping. All efforts to find the girl were fruitless, until a Scarborough man stumbled across a body in a ravine late in March 2004.Sources and further reading:Agreed Statement of Facts (PDF)Raymond Zhang - Victim Impact Statement (PDF)Sherry Xu - Victim Impact Statement (PDF)CBC Zhang Case BackgroundCBC Zhang Case Background (more)Cecilia Zhang search at Newspapers.com - ceciliazhang.orgGlobe and Mail - RIP Cecilia, Happy Birthday Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/1/20201 hour, 28 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Legend of Simon Gunanoot (BC)

Episode 126 - On the morning of June 18, 1906, on the trail on the west side of the Two-Mile House, a drinking establishment outside Hazelton, B.C., the body of local tough guy, Alex McIntosh, was found. He had been ambushed and shot through the back. A short time later on the trail to the east of the Two-Mile House, the body of a labourer, Max Leclair, was discovered. He'd died in exactly the same manner. As McIntosh and an indigenous business man named Simon Peter Gunanoot had had a brutal fight only hours prior, suspicion fell on Gunanoot. When the posse went to arrest him he had already taken off into the wilderness and would lead police on the most expensive manhunt in B.C. history. Gunanoot managed to evade capture for over a decade and was not brought in until he was ready to turn himself in.Sources:[Simon Gunanoot - Chasing Shadows by Monty Bassett][Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada][Kispiox Band Site][Gitxsan Nation Site][Emily Carr paintings near Kispiox - Contact Sheet][Simon Gunanoot - Wikipedia][ search - Simon Peter Gunanoot in Canada][Echoes of British Columbia by Robert Budd -][My Country by Pierre Berton -][100 years since the surrender of Simon Gunanoot – BC Local News][The man who stayed invisible for thirteen years | Maclean’s | JULY 5, 1958][ - Simon Gun-an-noot’s Grave] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/25/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 29 seconds
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Cold December: Cst. O’Leary and Cpl. Bourgeois (NB)

Episode 125 - On cold December night just before Christmas in 1974, the 14-year-old son of Moncton, NB restauranteur, Cy Stein was kidnapped from the family home by two masked gunman. By just before 5:00am the kidnapping came to and end, but two city of Moncton police officers had then gone missing. Their fate would not be known for two more days, and the outcome was not positive.Sources:Regina v. Hutchison, 1975 CanLII 1280 (NB CA)Ambrose v. The Queen, 1976 CanLII 201 (SCC), [1977] 2 SCR 717 More sources and further reading at Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/18/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 24 seconds
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Highway of Tears – Jill, Natasha, Cynthia & Loren (2009 – 2010)

Episode 124 - Women and girls, many indigenous have been going missing in the area of Northern British Columbia's Highway 16 since 1969. The route has become known as the Highway of Tears. Many have been found deceased and still others have just vanished. In this episode we cover the murders of Jill Stuchenko, Natasha Montgomery, Cynthia Maas and Loren Leslie. All four were killed over a span of 14 months by a violent and cold blooded monster with a baby face, a serial killer named Cody Alan Legebokoff of Prince George, B.C. Sources and Further Reading:[2013 BCSC 2178 (CanLII) | R. v. Legebokoff | CanLII][2014 BCSC 315 (CanLII) | R. v. Legebokoff | CanLII][2014 BCSC 1636 (CanLII) | R. v. Legebokoff | CanLII][2014 BCSC 1746 (CanLII) | R. v. Legebokoff | CanLII][2016 BCCA 386 (CanLII) | R. v. Legebokoff | CanLII][Legebokoff interview 2 by PGCitizen | Free Listening on SoundCloud][ - Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmid][Global News - SEARCH: Legebokoff][Legebokoff Trial | Prince George Citizen][Legebokoff evidence | Prince George Citizen][Who is Cody Alan Legebokoff?  |][Families of Legebokoff victims give emotional statements at sentencing hearing][][Home - Highway of Tears Film][“Knocking on Heaven’s Door” (cover) by Natasha Montgomery - YouTube] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/11/20201 hour, 23 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Flying Bandit - Ken Leishman (MB)

Episode 123 - Born during the Great Depression, Ken Leishman was a stylish, good looking guy with a Clark Gable moustache. A married father of 7, he was adventurous, smart, charismatic, creative and enterprising. He used his skill as a small aircraft pilot to earn cash first as a fly in mechanic on prairie farms, then as a king cookery salesman. Ken was also deeply in debt, his sales business was failing and he craved an even more lavish lifestyle. To get what he wanted Ken wasn't above stealing it, but often got caught going back for more. After flying all the way to Toronto to rob banks on two separate occasions Ken was dubbed the Flying Bandit after getting caught during his second failed bank robbery.After Ken's release, he had an even more elaborate heist in mind - making off with a few hundred pounds of gold bullion in what would be the greatest gold theft in Canadian history.Sources:[Bandit - A portrait of Ken Leishman by Wayne Tefs] [Lost: Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian Aviation by Shirlee Smith Matheson] [In the Mind of a Mountie - Google Play][This Was Manitoba: Kenneth Leishman - The Flying Bandit (UPDATED)][Ottawa Citizen - Ken Leishman - Google News Archive Search][ search - Ken Leishman + Canada][Ken Leishman: The Flying Bandit - video dailymotion][Ken Leishman: The Flying Bandit - YouTube][Court Briefing for 1966 trial of Ken Leishman et al, Winnipeg Gold Heist][The Flying Bandit - Winnipeg Free Press][Canada history: Mar.1, 1966: the Great Winnipeg Gold Heist – RCI | English][The Flying Bandit - Winnipeg Free Press][The ‘flying bank robber’ died hard | Maclean’s | DECEMBER 29, 1980] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/4/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 33 seconds
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Connections: Nova Scotian Heartbreak (NS)

Episode 122 - This is for or the deceased victims, the injured, the families, the friends and Bluenosers everywhere who are hurting after the shooting rampage that shook the little province of Nova Scotia to its core on April 18 and 19, 2020.  This is not who Nova Scotians are. This will not define us. #NovaScotiaStrong The deceased are:Lisa McCullyGreg Blair & Jamie BlairPeter Bond & Joy BondJohn Zahl & Elizabeth Joanne ThomasDawn Madsen & Frank GulenchynJolene Oliver, Aaron Tuck & Emily TuckCorrie EllisonSean McLeod & Alanna JenkinsTom BagleyLillian HyslopHeather O’BrienKristen Beaton & baby BeatonRCMP Cst. Heidi StevensonJoey WebberGina Goulet Call the Nova Scotia RCMP tip line at 902-720-5959 with any information you have that can assist. Leave a detailed voicemail and an investigator will return your call. [Share your condolences  - Government of Nova Scotia, Canada][Stronger Together NS Public Group | Facebook][RCMP, Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) | Twitter][GLOBAL NEWS - Nova Scotia shooting | News, Videos & Articles][RCMP release detailed timeline of 13-hour shooting rampage - YouTube][Nova Scotia Remembers - YouTube] Official list of sites to donate to help the families of the fallen:[Heart Colchester – Heart Colchester] Other Links:[Familiar Stranger - YouTube][Caribbean Baseball Goodwill Tours] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/27/20201 hour, 30 minutes, 3 seconds
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Canadian Legends: Demons, a Witch and a Flying Canoe

Episode 121: In this episode we examine 3 different Canadian legends. First we look at Demon Isle a phantom island somewhere in or near the Gulf of St Lawrence. This is where French noblewoman Marguerite de Roberval was marooned by an evil uncle to star in her very own tale of demons, love, loss and survival in New France in the 1500's. Then we're off to Moncton, New Brunswick, one of the most haunted cities in the Maritimes, and the the story of Rebecca's Grave, the resting place of a supposed witch who was executed, buried upside down and concrete was poured over her tomb.Finally we hear the story of Chasse-Galerie in, or in English The Flying or Witched Canoe, one of the most famous Québecois folktales. Isle of Demons[Tales of the Enchanted Islands of the Atlantic Index][Dale Gilbert Jarvis: Marguerite de Roberval and The Isle of Demons][Stranded on the Isle of Demons | Mysterious Universe][Phantom island - Wikipedia][Mystery of the phantom islands solved: Lands that disappeared on ancient maps are explained as mistakes, mirages and myths | Daily Mail Online][How to Put a Fake Island on the Map - Atlas Obscura][Dale Gilbert Jarvis: The Phantoms of Fishot Island, on Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula] Rebecca Lutes, The Moncton Witch[Rebecca’s Concrete Grave][NB - Haunted Locations][Rebecca Lutes Gravesite - YouTube][New Brunswick’s 7 Most Haunted Places - Huddle][Local Haunts – The Greater Moncton Paranormal Society][Rebecca’s Grave | Flickr][Do you know the story of Rebecca’s Grave? | Bobsroom Dot Com][GCR0WN Haunted Tour of Moncton (Unknown Cache) in New Brunswick, Canada created by Energizer Bunny][Great Canadian Ghost Stories: Legendary Tales of Haunting from Coast to Coast: Smith, Barbara: 9781771512794: Books -][Rebecca’s Grave Investigation - YouTube] Flying Canoe in Quebec[French Canadian Legends - The Witched Canoe][The Century Magazine, August 1892, pp. 496-501][Chasse-galerie - Wikipedia][Forteresse: Chasse Galerie][Histoire Canada - Histoire Canada][La légende du canot d’écorce par Robert Doucet - ONF][Claude Dubois-  Chasse-galerie - YouTube] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/20/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 19 seconds
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Over the Edge: Death and Daring at Niagara Falls (ON)

Episode 120 - For ages people have been drawn to Niagara Falls, the most famous group of waterfalls in North America, and maybe the world. As many as 20 million people per year visit to view the awesome power of nature as tens of millions of liters of water spectacularly pour over the falls every minute. There have been many accidental deaths, but there have been many drawn to the torrents for other darker reasons. Some come to end their own lives and others, the daredevils, to try to prove their ingenuity and courage can beat the falls. Some have failed in the attempt.NOTE: There will be talk of suicide in this episode.Sources and more information:[Niagara: A History of the Falls by Pierre Berton][The River of Lost Souls: What We Might Learn From Niagara Falls Suicides by Michael Clarkson][Welcome to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada | City of Niagara Falls, Canada][Niagara Falls,  Ontario,   Canada - World Waterfall Database][Niagara Falls - Niagara Falls Tourism Information][Facts About Niagara Falls | Live Science][Niagara Falls Facts & Information][On the Meaning  of Niagara -][Daredevil Exhibit - Things to do | Niagara Falls Canada][Daredevils of Niagara Falls][List of objects that have gone over Niagara Falls - Wikipedia][Niagara Falls without water, 1969][Sounds of Niagara Falls • Niagara Whirlpool • Horseshoe Falls • American Falls • Bridal Veil Fall - YouTube][WNED PBS Documentaries | Daredevils of Niagara Falls | PBS][Daredevils of Niagara Falls][Niagara River - Life & Death on the river: Accidents & Rescues][Ed Delahanty Obituary][Stunters & Daredevils] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/13/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 52 seconds
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MMIW - No Justice - The Murder of Tina Fontaine (MB)

Tina Michelle Fontaine was an Indigenous girl who had  a tough go right from the beginning. As she had run away before when 15-year-old Tina disappeared on August 9, 2014 the authorities did not treat it with much urgency at all. Tina’s family was worried sick and wanted more activity. It was not until it was too late that  the investigation began in earnest. Tina’s body was found wrapped in a duvet and floating in Winnipeg's Red River more than a week later. Her death and the subsequent acquittal of the only suspect in Tina’s slaying are cited by some as catalysts for the national inquiry that was called to look into the massive amount of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada.Sources and more information:R. v. Cormier, 2010 ABCA 162 (CanLII), [Red River Girl: The Life and Death of Tina Fontaine by Joanna Jolly][Public Reports – Manitoba Advocate]Place Where it Feels Like Home: The Story of Tina Fontaine - PDF[Global News SEARCH: Tina Fontaine][ search: Tina Fontaine][CBC news topic tag Raymond Cormier trial][21 Feb 2018, N3 - The Gazette at][27 Aug 2014, 10 - National Post at][26 Sep 2014, 7 - National Post at][BBC World Service - Assignment, Canada’s Red River Murders][Tina Fontaine’s 911 call |][Tina Fontaine | Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women -][Cormier speaks of last time he saw Fontaine in video shown to court - YouTube][Tina Fontaine: The life and the legacy | APTN InFocus - YouTube][Raymond Cormier found not guilty in death of Tina Fontaine  |][Bear Clan Patrol Inc - Home | Facebook][Drag The Red! Public Group | Facebook][Red River Women - BBC News][Pair sentenced to 9 years in beating death of Tina Fontaine’s dad | CBC News][Raymond Cormier spoke of wanting to have sex with Tina Fontaine days before her death, Crown tells court | CBC News][Tina Fontaine, 15, found in bag in Red River | CBC News][MMIW Final report] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/6/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 40 seconds
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Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash - Green Shirt Day (SK)

In a tragedy that shook Canada and the rest of the hockey playing world, just before 5:00pm on April 6, 2018, the team bus of the Humboldt Broncos Junior Hockey team smashed into a semi that had just blown through a stop at the intersection of Saskatchewan highways 35 and 335. Of the the 29 people on the bus that day, only 13 survived. The truck driver walked away unharmed, and was later charged with and convicted of 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 more counts of dangerous driving causing injury.  One player, 21-year-old defenseman Logan Boulet, had signed his donor card only 5 weeks before the crash and his death. His thoughtful gift saved the lives of six organ recipients. Logan’s selfless actions led droves of other Canadians to sign their donor cards, creating what has been called the #LoganBouletEffect. This remains the largest number of donors pledging their organs from a single event; 100,000 in the first three weeks. To keep the effect going his family helped to create Green Shirt Day in 2019, observed on April 7, the anniversary of Logan’s passing.  Sources and Further Reading:[Humboldt Broncos][Humboldt Broncos bus crash - Wikipedia][9 Apr 2018, NP1 - The National Post at][Home - Green Shirt Day][Green Shirt Day - Home | Facebook][Green Shirt Day (@GreenShirtDay) | Twitter][Green Shirt Day (@greenshirtday) • Instagram photos and videos][Report On Intersection Review | Government of Saskatchewan][ER doctor recalls Humboldt Broncos crash response - YouTube][Rod Stewart pays tribute to Humboldt Broncos |][Logan Boulet taken off life support, organs donated  |][COVID-19 forcing Green Shirt Day campaign changes | Global News][Agreed statement of facts - Humboldt Broncos bus crash][Guilty plea in Humboldt Broncos bus crash  |][Driver in Humboldt crash wasn’t distracted | CBC News][Adam Herold Legacy Foundation][SEARCH: Global News Humboldt - YouTube][Swift Current Broncos bus crash - Wikipedia]R v Sidhu, 2019 SKPC 19 (CanLII), Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/30/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 23 seconds
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Away Game: The Hollow Earth - Fact or Fiction?

Episode 117 - In this away game Mike and Scott explore the wacky world of the origins of Hollow Earth movement. We hear about Captain John Cleves Symmes Jr's desires for an expedition to the hole in the North Pole, Cyrus Reed Teed's Hollow Earth cult in Florida and Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd's supposed secret journey into the hidden world filled with fanatical creatures and advanced aliens within the Antarctic continent. NOTE: Scott's audio is a little wonky as he had to record on location to maintain social distance. In crisis? Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text.In the US text 741741, in Canada text 686868 or 741741, and in the UK text 85258. Sources and Further Reading:[Flat-Earth martyr or victim? ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies in DIY rocket crash - National |][At the Earth’s Core (novel) - Wikipedia][Journey to the Center of the Earth - Wikipedia][ - Hollow Earth: by David Standish][Hollow Earth - Wikipedia][The Philosophical transactions of the Royal society of London, from their commencement in 1665, in the year 1800][King Koresh | Sun | Stars][Fantastically Wrong: The Legendary Scientist Who Swore Our Planet Is Hollow | WIRED][Cyrus Reed Teed (1839-1908) - Find A Grave Memorial][John Cleves Symmes Jr. - Wikipedia][The Project Gutenberg eBook of Symmes’s Theory Of Concentric Spheres, by A Citizen of the United States.][The Earth is Hollow][Symzonia, Voyage of Discovery Index][Phantom of the Poles Index][Richard E. Byrd - Wikipedia][Admiral Richard B. Byrd’s, Diary Feb. Mar. 1947][Real footage of Admiral Richard E Byrd’s secret expedition part 2 the Russian leaks][Admiral Byrd’s North Pole Flight to “Agartha” (diary audiobook) - YouTube][The Inner Earth Realm of Agartha | Compass | Earth][The Hollow Earth Is Filled With Giants, Germans, and A Little Sun - Atlas Obscura][World Top Secret - Our Earth is Hollow !!! Decrypt | North Pole | South Pole][ADMIRAL BYRD’S SECRET JOURNEY BEYOND THE-POLES (Tim R. Swartz)] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/23/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 21 seconds
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Close to Home - The Murder of Heather Thomas (BC)

Episode 116 - The last time Heather Thomas's dad Pat saw his ten year old daughter alive was on the afternoon of October 1, 2000 when she went outside to play around their Cloverdale, BC, townhouse complex. After one the largest searches in RCMP history to that point, it was a hitchhiker who found Heather's body floating facedown in Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Park. Heather had been murdered and the community was shocked when they found out it had been one of their own who had done the terrible deed.Sources and Further Reading: R. v. Ertmoed, 2006 BCCA 365 (CanLII), R. v. Ertmoed, 2002 BCSC 806 (CanLII), R. v. Ertmoed, 2002 BCSC 1848 (CanLII), [vLex - R. v. Ertmoed (S.R.), (2006) 229 B.C.A.C. 168 (CA)][vLex]- R. v. Ertmoed (S.R.), [2002] B.C.T.C. 1847 (SC)] [Ertmoed gets life for murdering little girl - The Globe and Mail][The Cloverdale Market | Your Weekly Treasure Hunt][Resources & Research: Abducted then Murdered Children –]  “Heather” by Pete Cross from the Behind the Yellow Tape blog [5 Oct 2000, 20 - The Vancouver Sun at][6 Oct 2000, 3 - Surrey Leader at][23 Oct 2000, 1 - The Province at][30 Oct 2000, 21 - The Province at][4 Nov 2000, 1 - The Vancouver Sun at][5 Nov 2000, 12 - The Province at][7 Nov 2000, 1 - The Vancouver Sun at][7 Nov 2000, 19 - The Windsor Star at][8 Nov 2000, 3 - Surrey Leader at][17 Nov 2000, 5 - Surrey Leader at][30 Aug 2002, 6 - The Province at]() [The Life of a Curious Girl: Heather Thomas][Surrey child killer applies for early parole under faint-hope clause that has since been repealed – Surrey Now-Leader] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/16/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Homicidal Sleepwalker (ON)

Episode 115 - On the morning of May 24, 1987, 23-year-old Kenneth Parks walked into a police department covered in blood that was not just his own. Kenneth was disoriented and bleeding profusely from wounds to both his hands which were badly cut. Kenneth said “Oh my God, I just killed someone”; “I've just killed two people”. Kenneth was referring to his in-laws Barbara and Denis Woods of Scarborough. Police found Barbara deceased at the scene and Denis was severely injured, but survived. There was no question Kenneth had done it, but was he responsible? In a precedent setting case his defence team would claim that as Kenneth was sleepwalking when he committed the crime, he should not be held accountable.Come see us at CrimeCon in Orlando from May 1-3, 2020. For 10% off your purchase please use POUTINE2020 when buying your tickets. Sources & Further Reading[Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker][Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman]R. v. Parks (C.A.), 1990 CanLII 6954 (ON CA)R. v. Parks, 1992 CanLII 78 (SCC), [1992] 2 SCR 871[CanLII Connects - R v Parks Case Brief][Sleep Driving and Sleep Killing | Psychology Today][Sleepwalking Killers—And What They Tell Us About Sleep | Psychology Today][The Curious Case of Kenneth Parks - YouTube][(PDF) Homicidal Somnambulism: A Case Report][(PDF) Pushing the Margins of Responsibility: Lessons from Parks’ Somnambulistic Killing][Home - Canadian Sleep Society (CSS)][Sleepwalking Disorder Causes & Solutions - National Sleep Foundation][While You Were Sleepwalking][Automatism legal definition of automatism][Sleepwalking - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic][The Sleepwalker Killing (TV Movie 1997) - IMDb][MACBETH, Act 5, Scene 1][2 Jul 1988, 90 - The Ottawa Citizen at][25 Apr 1997, 48 - Star-Phoenix at][6 Sep 1992, Page 11 - The Sydney Morning Herald at][5 Jan 1991, 77 - The Gazette at][22 Jun 2006, 17 - The Windsor Star at][4 Jul 1988, 21 - Edmonton Journal at][31 May 1988, 44 - Star-Phoenix at][31 May 1988, 5 - The Ottawa Citizen at][26 May 1988, 3 - The Ottawa Citizen at][24 Nov 1990, 22 - The Leader-Post at][Homicidal sleepwalking - Wikipedia] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/9/202058 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Murder of Cst. Catherine Campbell - Sex, Lies and Surveillance Video (NS)

Episode 114 - On the morning of September 11, 2015, off-duty Truro, Nova Scotia police constable, Catherine Campbell, went to a Halifax bar to wind down after a tough work week. She was looking forward to a visit with an old friend that weekend but never got to see her. Catherine was murdered that night and left underneath a Halifax bridge by her killer. Come see us at CrimeCon in Orlando from May 1-3, 2020. For 10% off your purchase please use POUTINE2020 when buying your tickets. R. v. Garnier, 2016 NSPC 86 (CanLII), R. v Garnier, 2017 NSSC 102 (CanLII), R. v Garnier, 2017 NSSC 238 (CanLII), R. v Garnier, 2017 NSSC 239 (CanLII), R. v Garnier, 2017 NSSC 259 (CanLII), R. v Garnier, 2017 NSSC 338 (CanLII), R. v Garnier, 2017 NSSC 339 (CanLII), R. v Garnier, 2017 NSSC 341 (CanLII), R. v Garnier, 2018 NSSC 196 (CanLII), TIMELINE [A complete look at the Crown’s case against Christopher Garnier  |][Catherine Campbell: obituary and death notice on InMemoriam][Catherine Campbell death a homicide | Local | News | SaltWire][Truro Police Service - Home | Facebook][Stellarton Fire Department - Our Crew][Home - Stellarton][Goodreads - Roll Up the Rim by Leo McKay Jr.][Stellarton - Wikipedia][HRP News |][Holland College | Atlantic Police Academy][Christopher Garnier Court Exhibit 2 | Watch News Videos Online][Christopher Garnier Court Exhibit 1 | Watch News Videos Online] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/2/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Okanagan Oddity - Ogopogo (BC)

Episode 113 - This week Mike and Scott present some lighter fare in the form of a mystery that has persisted for generations surrounding a mysterious creature said to inhabit the waters of Lake Okanagan. Sightings of the serpent like cryptid called Opopogo or in Salish, n'ha-a-itk, continue to this day without an accepted scientific explanation for the phenomenon.Come see us at CrimeCon in Orlando from May 1-3, 2020. For 10% off your purchase please use POUTINE2020 when buying your tickets. Sources and Further Reading:[Okanagan Nation Alliance – ałi kwu_swiwi-numtax, ałi kwu_suknaqinx, ałi axa/ L/tmxwula/xw.][Is Ogopogo real?  Incredible sightings in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada!][Extended interview with legend hunter about Ogopogo | Watch News Videos Online][‘It was like a giant snake’: Did Kelowna man capture video of Ogopogo?  |][RAW VIDEO: David Halbauer says he saw Ogopogo | Watch News Videos Online]2011 [Possible Ogopogo sighting? - YouTube]2018 [OGOPOGO SIGHTING July 10, 2018 cryptid - YouTube][Ogopogo - Wikipedia][Ogopogo: Canada’s Loch Ness Monster | Live Science][Cryptomundo » Ogopogo Photo Reward][Kelowna, BC, Canada - Ogopogo Lake Monster][The legendary Ogopogo lake monster, caught on video | Fox News][Lake Monsters: Ogopogo, Canadian Lake Monster][Ogopogo - Mythical Cryptid Lake Monster |][Stories of Ogopogo][Ogopogo the Chameleon | Skeptical Inquirer][Videos – Red Earth Uncovered][Legend of Ogopogo in the Okanagan Valley | Tourism Kelowna][Ogopogo – Okanagan Okanogan][36 Times Ep.32 East Meets West | Podbean][ogopogo | Mysterious Universe][Buy Canada #1292 - Ogopogo  (1990) 39¢ | Arpin Philately][Susan Louisa Moir Allison - Wikipedia][A Pioneer Gentlewoman in British Columbia: The Recollections of Susan Allison by Margaret A. Ormsby][People are Seeing Something: A Survey of Lake Monsters in the United States and Canada eBook: Denver Michaels: Kindle Store][Syilx - Wikipedia][“The Ogo-Pogo” Harry Fay (as George Berry) YouTube][Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra [Ogo Pogo - YouTube][Legendary giant sturgeon caught on British Columbia’s Fraser River | Watch News Videos Online][Beyond Loch Ness aka “Loch Ness Terror”][Beyond Loch Ness trailer - YouTube][“Ogopogo” Now Has a Price in His Head][Ogopogo protector passes on | News |] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/24/20201 hour, 23 minutes, 43 seconds
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Sins of the Father - The McGuigan Murders (PE)

Episode 112 - On a dark rural PEI road on November 19, 1970, the Vuozzo family, of nearby Montague had their lives changed forever. A drunk driver, named Herb McGuigan, ran a stop sign and hit the Vuozzo's fan, killing 9-year-old Kathy Vuozzo. Kathy's parents and Little Alfred Guy Vuozzo Jr, who was only two years old at the time of the crash, survived with minor injuries as did the drunk driver. Alfred Jr. grew up hating the McGuigans, exacting revenge for his sister's death almost 44 years later. With drunk driver long since deceased, he murdered the man's son, Brent McGuigan, 68, and Brent's son, Brendon McGuigan, 39; two people completely innocent of the crime.Come see us at CrimeCon in Orlando from May 1-3, 2020. For 10% off your purchase please use POUTINE2020 when buying your tickets.Sources and further reading:R v. Vuozzo, 2015 PESC 14 (CanLII), [Brent McGuigan: obituary and death notice on InMemoriam][Brendon McGuigan: obituary and death notice on InMemoriam][Alfred Guy Vuozzo Sr's Obituary][The night Kathy Vuozzo died - YouTube][PEI Double Homicide Act of Family Revenge – NJN Network][Father-Son Killer Alfred Vuozzo Shows No Remorse | HuffPost Canada][Murder location - Google My Maps][Alfred Vuozzo made ‘inculpatory statement’ in double murder | CBC News][McGuigan father and son, shooting victims, laid to rest  | CBC News][Alfred Vuozzo, homicide victims had family links to fatal crash | CBC News][Montague in shock after double homicide of father and son | CBC News]([MapFight - Nova Scotia vs Prince Edward Island size comparison][After dad and husband killed in double murder, Canadian family lives out his Islanders dream in New York - New York Daily News][One year later: hearts ache Innocent men pay price for misplaced revenge | The Eastern Graphic |] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/17/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 4 seconds
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Murdered on Duty - Cst. John Davidson (BC)

Episode 111 - Near noon on November 6, 2017, reports of multiple shots fired in the parking lot of a busy Abbotsford, B.C. strip mall brought a swarm of Abby PD officers racing toward the scene. The first to arrive  was Cst. John Davidson, 53-years-old, a 24 year veteran of policing and well respected in the city for his kindness, passion for helping the community's youth and dedication to his work. On leaving his vehicle in response to the reported situation, the unsuspecting officer was gunned down; shot from behind in cold blood by Albertan, Oscar Ferdinand Arfmann. who'd been on a crime spree, stealing two cars over three days from local dealerships.John Davidson was a beloved husband and father to three adult children. Come see us at CrimeCon in Orlando from May 1-3, 2020. For 10% off your purchase please use POUTINE2020 when buying your tickets. Sources and further reading:R. v Arfmann, 2019 BCSC 1618 (CanLII), R. v Arfmann, 2020 BCSC 56 (CanLII), R. v Arfmann, 2020 BCSC 110 (CanLII), [Abbotsford Police Department - Home | Facebook][Abbotsford Police Department][Cst. John Davidson Was Such An Exemplary Police Officer That Even The People Who Had Been Pulled Over By Him Are Grieving - The Lynda Steele Show -][Tourism Abbotsford – Handmade & Homegrown][Operation X “The Straight Goods on “E.” - YouTube][Remembering Const. John Davidson - YouTube] - CBC coverage of Cst. John Davidson’s Celebration of Life on November 19, 2017[“We just want to say a few things about our dad”: John Davidson | Global News][Cellphone video captures Abbotsford police incident | Watch News Videos Online][Man who killed Abbotsford police constable hears victim impact statements | Global News] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/10/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 57 seconds
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MMIW - The Unsolved Murder of Amber Tuccaro (AB)

Episode 110 - In Nisku, Alberta, on August of 2010 the family of 20-year-old Amber Alyssa Tuccaro became concerned when a phone call with her brother ended abruptly and she she stopped answering texts and calls after that. She’d been hitchhiking into the close by city of Edmonton and was planning to be back soon. She never returned. After a botched police investigation, Amber’s remains were found in 2012 south of where she’d last been seen in Leduc County. Her case remains unsolved despite the RCMP having audio of the possible perpetrator by way of Amber’s last phone call, that had been recorded. Come see us at CrimeCon in Orlando from May 1-3, 2020. Use POUTINE2020 when buying your tickets. Sources and further reading:[Amber Tuccaro recording - YouTube][Amber Tuccaro’s unsolved murder - YouTube][RCMP Project KARE confirms identity of human remains | CTV News][RCMP looking into Amber Tuccaro case tip but caution against ‘erroneous information’ - Edmonton |][WAYBACK MACHINE: January 2014 - Project Kare - HOME][‘A pain you can’t describe’: New tip has Amber Tuccaro’s family fearing false hope | The Star][Historical Homicide Files - Royal Canadian Mounted Police][Police investigating man’s claim that his father may be responsible for several missing persons, including Amber Tuccaro][‘Not our best work’: RCMP apologize for handling of Indigenous woman’s death][The Murder of Amber Tuccaro | Hue and Cry][Justice for AMBER Tuccaro - Home | Facebook][Amber Tuccaro | RED POWER MEDIA][][Report says RCMP investigation into Amber Tuccaro’s disappearance was ‘wholly inadequate’ - APTN NewsAPTN News][Ending Violence Against Native Women | Indian Law Resource Center][Amber Tuccaro’s unsolved murder: Do you recognize this voice? | CBC News][MMIW — Native Womens Wilderness][Sacred MMIWG / FFADA sacrées - Home | Facebook][The Truth Sharing Podcasts (Partage des vérités)][Home Page - Final Report | MMIWG][Background on the inquiry][Experience Fort Chipewyan | Fort McMurray Tourism][Missing persons | Royal Canadian Mounted Police][Tip received on Amber Tuccaro’s homicide file | Royal Canadian Mounted Police][Remains of Amber Alyssa Tuccaro located  |][RCMP lacked ‘urgency and care’ searching for Amber Tuccaro - APTN NewsAPTN News][Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women][RCMP Edmonton - Police Locate Human Remains of Corrie OTTENBREIT near Leduc - Gateway Gazette] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/3/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 20 seconds
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Earle Leonard Nelson - The Dark Strangler (MB)

Episode 109 - In a 16 month span over 1926 and 1927, in nine U.S. states and one Canadian province, 21 women and an infant were murdered by a sadistic serial predator and necrophile that became known as the Dark Strangler. The monster, named Earle Leonard Nelson, seemed to move too fast for police to catch up to. Eventually one of history's most notorious killers was apprehended and and brought to justice in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Come see us at CrimeCon in Orlando from May 1-3, 2020. Use POUTINE2020 when buying your tickets. Sources and further reading:[Harold Schecter's, Bestial -][Michael Newton's, The Dark Strangler -][Winnipeg Police Service - The Strangler][Earle Leonard Nelson | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers][Meet Earle Nelson, The “Gorilla Man,” Once America’s Worst Serial Killer][Beastly man began landlady killing spree in SF – The San Francisco Examiner][Congenital Syphilis - NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders)][15 Facts About The Gorilla Man, Earle Nelson | TheRichest][The Grisly Gorilla Man Murders of Earle Leonard Nelson] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/27/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 43 seconds
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Carol King - From Missing to Murdered (SK)

Episode 108 - On August 6, 2011, Carol Nora King went missing from her home in the tiny village of Herschel, Saskatchewan. That same day she was to make an official statement to Rosetown, SK., about ongoing harassment and stalking she had been suffering at the hands of her former boyfriend, Joseph 'David" Caissie. King was found dead in an abandoned farmyard three weeks later, but it was not until an undercover RCMP sting, 5 years later, that her killer was finally caught.  Come see us at CrimeCon in Orlando from May 1-3, 2020. Use POUTINE2020 when buying your tickets. Sources and further reading:R. v Caissie, 2018 SKQB 279 (CanLII), R v Caissie, 2019 SKQB 3 (CanLII), [Closing arguments at David Caissie murder trial focus on reliability | Saskatoon StarPhoenix][Watch: A timeline of the Joseph ‘David’ Caissie trial | The Province][Joseph ‘David’ Caissie appeals 1st-degree murder conviction in Carol King’s death - Saskatoon |][Joseph ‘David’ Caissie guilty of killing Carol King in 2011 - Saskatoon |][How do Mr. Big sting operations work - Saskatoon |][Conflicting testimony at Joseph ‘David’ Caissie’s murder trial | Country 104][Mr. Big sting admissibility ruling to come down in Joseph ‘David’ Caissie’s murder trial | Country 105][‘She feared for her life’: sister details events leading up to Carol King’s death  |][‘Everywhere we went he was behind us’: Accused murderer harassed Carol King month before she died, sister says  | CTV  News][Carol King Obituary - Herschel, Saskatchewan |][R v B (KG) - Wikipedia] [KGB Statement - Recanting domestic assault charges] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/20/20201 hour, 1 minute, 36 seconds
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The Murder of Brenda Young (NL)

Episode 107 - In June of 1993, 9-year-old Cindy Young found her mother, Brenda, deceased on the floor of their St. John’s, Newfoundland apartment. Brenda Marie Young, 26, and a mother of two was brutally murdered while her children slept. Almost immediately, police had focused on a suspect, Brenda’s boyfriend, 28-year-old Randy Druken. But, in this case, things are not always as simple as they first appear. Come see us at CrimeCon in Orlando from May 1-3, 2020. Use POUTINE2020 when buying your tickets. End of episode promo for Deadly Misadventures hosted by Justin from Generation Why and Tyler from The Minds of Madness.Sources and Further Reading:[Police interviewing children tend to ask ‘largely inappropriate’ questions which could lead to wrongful convictions: study | National Post][Randy Druken says he's innocent - CBC] R. v. Druken (R.J.), 1995 CanLII 10478 (NL SC), R. v. Druken (R.J.), 1994 CanLII 10500 (NL SC), R. v. Druken (R.J.), 1995 CanLII 10537 (NL SC), [The Lamer Report] [#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Randy Drunken - Toronto Defence Lawyers][Randy Druken - Innocents Database of Exonerations][3 Nov 1994, 4 - The Gazette at][Randy Druken back in St. John’s court today | Provincial | News | SaltWire][Fisherman’s Road: ‘What kind of sick bastard would kill and rape their mother’][ - Drug Addict Wins 2M in Wrongful Conviction Case] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/13/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Crimes of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream (QC/ON)

Episode 106 - This week we take on the case of a morphine addicted, syphilitic, Scottish Canadian physician with a lust for murder and a blackmail. Dr. Thomas Neill Cream used his intelligence, medical training, relative good looks and higher station to leave a trail of death in Canada, the United States and Victorian London. Only years after Jack the Ripper's reign of terror mysteriously ended, Dr. Cream picked up Jack's mantle poisoning at least four more sex workers in the poorest area of London. The Lambeth Poisoner may have gotten away with the crimes were it not for his own big mouth.Come see us at CrimeCon in Orlando from May 1-3, 2020. Use POUTINE2020 when buying your tickets. Sources and Further Reading:[Dr Thomas Neil Cream - Crime Library on][Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Dr. Thomas Neill Cream][Murder by Gaslight: The Lambeth Poisoner][Canada’s History - The Evil Deeds of Dr. Cream][Dr. Thomas Neill Cream | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers][The CRIMES OF DR. CREAM | Maclean’s | September 15, 1931][The Lambeth Poisoner | Crime Magazine][The Lambeth Poisoner: London’s Deadly Doctor][Metropolitan Police letter and photographs of Dr Neill Cream, England, 1890-1907 | Science Museum Group Collection][Doctor death - New York Daily News][The man who would be Jack the Ripper - The Scotsman][The gentleman from Chicago - Cashman, John - Internet Archive][History of tuberculosis - Wikipedia][A Prescription for Murder: The Victorian Serial Killings of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream][Monsters of Medicine] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1/6/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 39 seconds
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Away Game: Christmas Eve Incident at Nakatomi Plaza

Episode 105 - Holiday Special - On Christmas Eve in 1988, after killing two security guards, gunmen burst into the Los Angeles offices of the Nakatomi Corporation in Century City at the newly opened Nakatomi Plaza building. The 30 plus hostages were all attendees of the Nakatomi Christmas party happening on the 30th floor. What at first appeared to be a terrorist incident was found out to be FAKE NEWS. Iit was actually an elaborate heist, led by German born criminal mastermind Hans Grüber. What Grüber and his group did not count on was the heroism of one partygoer, John McLane, who almost singlehandedly foiled the plan. The whole thing comes off like the plot of an action movie   Sources and Further Reading:[Breaking News - Shots Fired at Nakatomi Plaza][Hans Gruber - Wikipedia][John McClane - Wikipedia][Fox Plaza (Los Angeles) - Wikipedia][Nakatomi Plaza][Timeline of Events] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/23/20191 hour, 22 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Rallo Family Murders (ON)

Episode 104 - On August 18, 1976 two boys found the body of a 5-year-old girl in a duffle bag floating in a waterway between St Catharines and Hamilton, Ontario. That same day, 29-year-old Sandra Rallo and her two children, Jason, 6, and Stephanie, 5, were reported missing by Sandra's father, Doug Pollington. The evidence pointed directly at Sandra's husband and father to the children, Hamilton City Hall manager, Jon George Rallo. Although Rallo claimed innocence, the evidence mounted against him, resulting in three charges of first degree murder for the senseless slayings of his family.Sources and Further Reading:Regina v. Rallo, 1978 CanLII 2427 (ON CA), [SECRETS: Jon Rallo revealed |][ - Jon Rallo / 1976-2019 / Canada][Debates (Hansard) No. 96 - June 4, 2014 (41-2) - House of Commons of Canada][Hansard Transcripts 1996-Apr-18 | Legislative Assembly of Ontario][August 1976: Hamilton’s Rallo family murdered |][Clairmont: Victims’ family struggling to keep killer Lovie away |][Opinion | Hamilton murderers Jon Rallo, George Lovie sharing a house together][Killer Jon Rallo to get day parole  |][David Sweet Column: Helping victims find peace - David Sweet][Blast Furnace Canada Blog: John Rallo FREE?] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/16/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Mystery of The Mad Trapper of Rat River (NT)

Episode 103 - In this episode we're heading to the Inuvik area of the Northwest Territories, near Fort McPherson. Along the Rat River in the summer of 1931 a stranger was first seen by two indigenous men canoeing on the river. He was a stranger who, save for a short visit to town for supplies, kept to himself. The man was later accused of interfering with the traps of other hunters and trapping without a license. When RCMP went to investigate hell broke loose, culminating in attempted murder of one RCMP constable and the murder of another at the hands of the man. The man, known by the alias Albert Johnson, lead RCMP on a six week chase across the frozen tundra before he was taken down. His true identity remains a mystery. Sources:[The Hunt For The Mad Trapper – Myth Merchant Films][The Mad Trapper of Rat River by Nash Neary][ - The Mad Trapper of Rat River by Dick North][Who was the Mad Trapper of Rat River? | Maclean’s | OCTOBER 1 1955][ - The Mad Trapper: Unearthing a Mystery by Barbara Smith][NWT and Y History project - may.htm][The RCMP Hunt for the Mad Trapper – The Wop May Chronicles][Constable Millen’s Cairn – PWNHC | CPSPG][CBC - Mad Trapper not a Canadian, scientific tests discover][GlobalTV - Northern Mysteries- The Mad Trapper Albert Johnson][Albert Johnson, “The Mad Trapper of Rat River” | The Canadian Encyclopedia][Mackenzie River][The RCMP Hunt for the Mad Trapper – The Wop May Chronicles] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/9/20191 hour, 16 minutes, 30 seconds
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Murder in Shell Lake: The Peterson Family Slayings (SK)

Episode 102 - On the morning of August 15, 1967, in what was one of the most heinous random crimes ever to have happened in Canada, 9 members of the Peterson family of Shell Lake Saskatchewan were found gunned down in their modest farmhouse. Jim and Evelyn Peterson and 7 of their 9 children lay dead with no rhyme or reason for the crime. A madman was on the loose on the prairies. Sources & Further Reading:[ search - Canada / 1967-2019 / Shell Lake]Marking 50 years since the Shell Lake murders, Canada’s worst random mass killing[Victor Ernest Hoffman | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers][CBC Player | Shell Lake Mass Murder][Newsroom : Inquest in the death of Victor Hoffman announced][Madera Tribune 21 August 1967 — California Digital Newspaper Collection][Shell Lake murders | Revolvy][After their release, most mentally ill offenders left unchecked - The Globe and Mail][Shell Lake Massacre - Phyllis Peterson - ExtraOrdinary Lives - YouTube][Goodreads - Shell Lake Massacre by Peter Tadman][Village of Shell Lake » Oasis of the Parklands][Veterans’ Land Act | The Canadian Encyclopedia][What is ECT?][A Brief History of Electroconvulsive Therapy | Psychology Today Canada] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/2/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 20 seconds
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Who Killed Dana Bradley? (NL)

Episode 101 - On the evening of December 14, 1981, 14-year-old, St. John's, Newfoundland, resident and grade 9 student, Dana Bradley, disappeared while hitchhiking home from a friend's house close to Village Mall. She was seen getting into a car with an unknown male, that drove off. She was found dead in woods outside the city 4 days later. She'd been sexually assaulted and murdered. To this day Dana's murder has not been solved and her case remains open. Anyone with information about Dana’s murder should contact the  [RCMP] at 709-772-5400 or call the anonymous  [Crime Stoppers] tip line at 1-800-222-8477.Promo from Crime Machine PodcastSources and further reading:[CBC - 2016 - New DNA Evidence]  [Newfoundland and Labrador - Wikipedia][Man claims he witnessed Dana Bradley murder | The Western Star][An Alternate History of the Dana Bradley Murder Investigation — The Indy][Hitching a Ride: Darrin Mcgrath: 9781894463447: Books -][Murder of Dana Bradley | Revolvy][Group Looking for Evidence - The Telegram][Some Dana Bradley murder suspects cleared with new DNA | The Telegram][Dana Bradley Murder - Original CBC Report from  1982 - YouTube][The Unresolved Murder of Dana Bradley : UnresolvedMysteries][Breaking their silence | Provincial | News | Truro News][The Telegram - St. John’s Newspaper - Dana Bradley Series][No justice for Dana | Local | News | The Telegram][Civilians dig up Dana Bradley cars, no evidence inside say RCMP] [ - RCMP opens up on Dana Bradley Bradley case][Search: dana Bradley | The Telegram][Dana Bradley’s face a constant reminder | The Compass][Justice for Dana Bradley - Home | Facebook][St. John’s missing women cases shrouded in mystery, more than 3 decades later][The Ghost Of Dana Bradley - YouTube] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/25/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 10 seconds
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Live in Vancouver: The Disappearance of Madison Scott (BC)

Episode 100 - This episode was recorded live at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver on November 9, 2019 as part of 2019 Vancouver Podcast Festival. In front of a packed house of energetic Dark Poutine listeners Mike and Scott went through a brief retrospective of some highlights from some of the most popular of the first 99 shows. The case covered in the second half of the show is the disappearance of Madison Scott, from Vanderhoof B.C. on the morning of May 28, 2011. Madison attended a party with friends and opted to stay alone in her tent at the Hogsback Lake Recreation Area after everyone else had gone. Madison was gone the next morning with her cellphone and keys, but her tent, truck and personal belongings were still there. She's not been seen or heard form since. Purchase Mitzi Szereto's book containing Mike's story the Beast of BC right here.Sources:[Help Find Madison Scott][Telegraph Wilderness Trail, Vanderhoof, British Columbia, Canada, BC][Disappearance of Maddy Scott - Wikipedia][The Mysterious disappearance of Madison Scott - UnresolvedMysteries][R. v Charlie, 2017 BCSC 2187 (CanLII)][Madison Scott’s Mother Comments on BrainScratch Searchlight - YouTube][FRO’s b-day][][Recreation Sites and Trails BC - Hogsback Lake][Help find Maddy - YouTube] Somebody knows something - audio clip Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/18/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 7 seconds
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Remembrance Day 2019: Ardenne Abbey Massacre

Episode 99 - Only days after the D-Day invasion 18 Canadians were taken as prisoners of war by the fanatical nazis in the 12 SS Panzer Division. The were led back to Abbaye d'Aredene in Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, France, a complex of structures that have stood since 1766. Over two days, June 7 and 8, 1944, 18 Canadian POW's, belonging to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and the Sherbrooke Fusiliers  were murdered by men reporting to Waffen-SS Brigadeführer Kurt "Panzer" Meyer, who was later charged and convicted of war crimes for his hand in these and other murders of Canadian POWs at the hands of his troops. Sources:[Ardenne Abbey massacre - Wikipedia][Abbaye d’Ardenne - Veterans Affairs Canada][12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend - Wikipedia][(PDF) Kurt Meyer on Trial: A Documentary Record][D-Day veteran’s harrowing tale of advancing deep behind Nazi lines - YouTube][WarHistoryOnline  - The Ardenne Abbey Massacre][The 1942 Dieppe Raid - Veterans Affairs Canada][  - A Chronology of Canadian Military History - Canada at D-Day, 1944][Grenadiers: The Story of Waffen SS General Kurt “Panzer” Meyer][The 12th SS by Hubert Meyer][World War II: 12th SS Hitlerjugend Panzer Division Fought in Normandy][Guerres et violences à l’abbaye d’Ardenne] Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/11/20191 hour, 19 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Legend of Bloody Jack Krafchenko (MB)

Episode 98 - After a life long career as a notorious thief, safe cracker, international bank robber and jail break artist in 1913, charismatic Bloody Jack Krafchenko made his final score; the bank in his home town of Plum Coulee, Manitoba. During the daytime robbery the bank's manager, H.M. Arnold was shot once and killed by the fleeing bandit. After a few days Krafchenko was apprehended in nearby Winnipeg. Before he was to  go on trial for his life, he escaped from prison again, using his as yet undiscovered cache of riches as leverage to bribe his own lawyer, a prison guard and two other men into assisting him.Sources:R. v. Krafchenko, 1914 CanLII 618 (MB QB), R. v. Hagel, 1914 CanLII 769 (MB QB), R. v. Lakes, 1988 CanLII 3343 (BC SC), Manitoba History: The Story of “Bloody Jack” KrafchenkoMemorable Manitobans: John “Bloody Jack” Krafchenko (1881-1914)Winnipeg Police Service - Bloody JackSettling the West: Immigration to the Prairies from 1867 to 1914 | Pier 21 Finding ‘Bloody Jack’ beyond the perimeter  – Spectator Tribune West End Dumplings: The Toronto Street hideout of “Bloody Jack” is for sale! John Larry “Bloody Jack” Krafchenko (1881-1914) - Find A Grave Memorial Self-incrimination - Wikipedia Canada Evidence Act Bloody Jack: Dennis Cooley, Douglas Barbour: 9780888643919: Books - Amazon.caBen Bertram Full text of “Vulcan Advocate” Running With Dillinger: The Story of Red Hamilton and Other Forgotten Canadian Outlaws Catalog / Sears, Roebuck and Company. Spring 1910 (no.120) Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/4/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 32 seconds
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Halloween History & Canadian Ghost Stories

Episode 097 - In this, the second anniversary episode of Dark Poutine, the guys talk about origins of some Hallowe'en traditions and history, personal Hallowe'en tales and ghost stories from every Canadian Province and Territory. Live Show Tickets Contest - CanadaLlewellyn’s Sabat Essentials: SamhainThe Book of Halloween 1919 by Ruth Edna - Soul CakesSoul Cakes - RecipeTrick or Treating OriginsHallowe'en in CanadaUNICEFHaunted HalifaxCanada Post - Ghostly StampsMcLean's - Ghost StoriesSmithsonian - Lake MinnewankaThe Young TeazerStingy Jack Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/28/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 42 seconds
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Broken Arrow: Bomber 075 & the Lost Nuke (BC)

Episode 096 - Just before midnight of Valentine's Day 1950, a Convair B36 bomber on maneuvers was lost somewhere over British Columbia. Twelve of the 17 crew survived. Also aboard was a Mark IV nuclear weapon, aka a Fat Man, just like the one dropped on Nagasaki Japan. Although, the bomb itself was jettisoned, it is unclear what became of the lead box containing the plutonium core to make the weapon active. This core, which would still be deadly today, may still lay on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean or in the wilds of BC, near where the plane was eventually found, if it exists at all. Dark Poutine Live ShowNovember 9, 2019 at 10:00pm in Vancouver at the Rio Theatre: tickets hereShout to to Jess Huey PotterySources: Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/21/20191 hour, 22 minutes, 17 seconds
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NCR: The Death of Brian Smith & Life of Jeffrey Arenburg (ON/NS)

Episode 095 - On a summer evening in 1995 sportscaster and former NHL hockey player Brian Smith, 54, was shot by a stranger as he exited the CJOH studios in Ottawa, Ontario after a day's work. The two me had never met, but the gunman, a man named Jeffrey Arenburg from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia was convinced that the murder of the beloved sportscaster would bring attention to his plight, and perhaps, put a stop to his thoughts being stolen and broadcast by Smith's TV station. Arenburg, who'd suffered from paranoid delusions for years, and had been in and out of court and hospitals, was found NCR, not criminally responsible, for the murder. Sources:Brian Smith - WikipediaJeffrey Arenburg - WikipediaOttawa Citizen Articles about Jeffrey Arenburg at Newspapers.comNot Criminally Responsible : Jeffrey Arenburg - The Fifth Estate (YouTube)Not Criminally Responsible assessments - lawfacts.caStats on verdicts of not criminally responsible in CanadaThe Legacy of a Story: Double-Narrative of Jeffrey Arenburg and Brian SmithUNITED STATES v. ARENBURGBill 68 2000 in memory of Brian SmithNot Criminally Responsible Reform Act 2014CBC - What does NCR mean?Jeffrey Arenburg, killer of sportscaster Brian Smith, dead of heart attackBrian's Law ruled constitutionalCome see Dark Poutine's live show at the Vancouver Podcast Festival at the RIO Theatre at 10:00pm on November 9, 2019! Get your tickets here! Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/14/20191 hour, 28 minutes
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Part 2 - Murder Most Pointless - Lynn Duggan & Patti Ducharme (BC)

Episode 094 - Part 2 of 2: After the murder of Lynn Duggan in her North Vancouver apartment, to escape the heat, prime suspect, an ex-VPD officer, Brock Graham ran away to Campbell River, B.C. He moved in with mother of four Patti Ducharme, in late 1995. All seemed well at first but soon the cracks in Brock's personality began to show. In March of 1996, Brock brutally murdered Patti Ducharme after an argument. He ran back to the Lower Mainland where he was apprehended, charged and convicted for Patti's killing. Brock continued to refuse to acknowledging that he'd killed Lynn Duggan even while in jail for Patti's murder with nothing to lose. In 2004, Brad Duggan, Lynn and Cheryl's brother, had the first of two restorative justice meetings with Brock Graham. This is where the case to solve Lynn's murder finally takes a turn. Sources:More Cheryl Duggan Interviews - © Dark Poutine 2019The Duggan family private files and archives on the caseR. v. Graham, 1998 CanLII 5116 (BC CA), (searches for Brock Graham, Lynn Duggan and Patti Ducharme)Cop: Forty-Three Years In The Royal Canadian Mounted Police by Bill SharpPhoto © Mike Browne Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/7/20191 hour, 19 minutes, 7 seconds
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Part 1 - Murder Most Pointless - Lynn Duggan & Patti Ducharme (BC)

Episode 093 - Part 1 of 2: On the evening of June 17, 1993, after a day of worry, Cheryl Duggan, went to her 34-year-old twin sister Lynn's apartment in North Vancouver, BC. Cheryl soon discovered a grisly crime scene, and Lynn Duggan was never again seen alive again. The prime suspect, an ex-VPD officer, named Brock Graham who Lynn had dated only 3 times, was the main suspect  from day one in the minds of the Duggan. Eventually the police came to agree, but Graham was not talking. In 1996, before the Duggan family could find justice for Lynn, Brock Graham, would kill again. This time in Campbell River, BC, where a mother of four named Patti Ducharme, who happened to be Brock's live in girlfriend was found brutally murdered in her home in much the same way authorities believed Lynn Duggan had been. Sources:Cheryl Duggan Interviews - © Dark Poutine 2019The Duggan family files and archives on the caseR. v. Graham, 1998 CanLII 5116 (BC CA), Newpapers.comCop: Forty-Three Years In The Royal Canadian Mounted Police by Bill SharpPhoto © Mike Browne Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/30/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 58 seconds
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Collateral Damage - The Bombing of Flight 108 (QC)

Episode 092 - On the morning of September 9, 1949, a DC-3 Canadian Pacific passenger plane, CP Flight 108, on a routine small hop flight up the St. Lawrence River crashed into the remote forest of Sault-au-Cochon, Quebec. All 23 aboard, 19 passengers and 4 crew, were killed instantly. Thanks to eyewitness reports of an explosion and first responders reporting the odour of dynamite, it was quickly determined that the crash was the result of sabotage. A Quebec City jeweller, J. Albert Guay quickly became the main suspect, his wife, Rita Morel, had been on the plane and determined to be the sole target. She'd recently discovered his affair with the teenage beauty Marie-Ange Robitaille. Guay also took a $10,000 travellers insurance policy out on his wife the day he bought her plane ticket to the ill fated flight. The other 22 killed were merely collateral damage so one man could get what he wanted. Guay was quickly picked up with his two unlikely accomplices, a wheelchair bound watchmaker and his 44 year old sister, who'd been smitten with Guay. They were charged with multiple counts of murder. As the three were tried a story of betrayal, infidelity and greed emerged shocking the nation. All three were hanged for their participation in what was, up to that point, the third worst air disaster in Canadian history.Sources:Crash of a Douglas C-47-DL near Saint Joachim: 23 killedCBC: To murder his wife, he killed 22 more: The Sault-au-Cochon plane crash of 1949Roger Lemelin in MacLeans Magazine - My Friend Guay 1951Douglas DC-3C (CF-CUA c/n 4518) Canadian Pacific AirlinesVICE She Was the Last Woman Executed In Canada. She May Have Been InnocentNew Yorker 1953 article by EJ Kahn - It Has No search for Albert Guay Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/23/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 36 seconds
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The .410 Murders - Denean Worms & Brenda Hughes (BC)

Episode 091 - In early October 1984, Denean Worms, 19, went missing after a night out with friends. Denean's nude body was found 6 different ays later in a nearby gravel pit. She'd been raped, shot twice in the head with a .410 shotgun and tossed aside. There were no real suspects until late December 1984. Brenda Hughes, just 16, was found raped and murdered in her own home by her family returning from church. She too had been shot twice in the head by a .410 shotgun. A 22-year-old local man, Terrance Wayne Burlingham, was arrested and tried for the heinous crimes. Convicting him was not a straight forward undertaking.Sources:R. v. Burlingham, 1990 CanLII 484 (BC CA), R. v. Burlingham, 1991 CanLII 2146 (BC CA), R. v. Burlingham, 1993 CanLII 6884 (BC CA), R. v. Burlingham, 1995 2 SCR 206, 1995 CanLII 88 (SCC), Sinclair and the Scope of the Right to CounselRobert D. Keppel's Signature Murders: A Report of the 1984 Cranbrook, British Columbia - - - search for Terrance Wayne BurlinghamContest Giveaway thanks to Eve Lazarus Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/16/20191 hour, 23 minutes, 21 seconds
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Miscarried Justice – The Murder of Sandy Seale & Conviction of Donald Marshall Jr. (NS)

Episode 090 - On evening in late May of 1971 police responded to reports of a young black male, Sandy Seale, having been stabbed in Sydney, Nova Scotia's Wentworth Park. A 17-year-old indigenous man, named Donald Marshall Jr., son of the Mi'kmaq Grand Chief who'd been at the scene, and injured himself, was later charged with the crime. After spending almost 12 years in prison Marshall was exonerated by a fresh RCMP investigation after new evidence was presented to Marshall by a friend. Donald Marshall Jr. was freed and the real killer, Roy Ebsary, was eventually convicted, and one of the largest inquiries into a wrongful conviction in Canadian history was launched.Photo: provided by Marshall Family to the Canadian EncyclopediaSources:Regina v. Marshall, 1972 CanLII 1345 (NS CA), R. v. Ebsary, 1984 CanLII 3507 (NS CA), R. v. Ebsary, 1986 CanLII 4648 (NS CA), Wikipedia - Donald Marshall JrMi’Kmaw Culture - OverviewJustice Denied: The Law Versus Donald Marshall by Michael HarrisReal Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq: The story of Donald Marshall Jr.Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr Prosecution - PDFGlobal News: N.S. introduces policy ensuring fair treatment of Indigenous Peoples in courtsDocumentary - The Donald Marshall Jr. Story Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/9/20191 hour, 20 minutes, 9 seconds
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Billionaire’s Daughter: The Kidnapping of Cynthia Kilburn (BC)

Episode 089 - Four days before Christmas in 1990 a North Vancouver woman named Cynthia Kilburn was kidnapped from her home. A threatening ransom note asking for $8.5 million was found pinned to the door of her home; her two children, 4-year-old twins, were found bound, but unharmed, in an upstairs bathroom. Unknown to most of her neighbours, Cynthia is the daughter of the philanthropic BC billionaire businessman and Canada's fourth richest man, Jim Pattison. The kidnappers knew who they had, but their poorly thought out scheme did not go as planned.Sources:Dead Ends: BC Crime Stories by Paul WilcocksR. v. Mulvahill, 1992 CanLII 347 (BC SC)Seven Arrested After KidnappingKidnap victim picked for judges' committeeWhat happened to Kataoka - Vancouver SunNewspapers.comJim Pattison Group Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9/2/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 33 seconds
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Away Game: Burke and Hare - The Anatomy Murderers

Episode 088 - Over a ten month period, starting in late 1827, a pair of Irish born serial killers William Burke and William Hare killed 16 people, for fun and for profit in Edinburgh, Scotland. The corpses of their victims, twelve women, three men and one child, were taken to Surgeon's Square and sold off to anatomist Dr. Robert Knox, for use in his anatomy classes. Sources:BurkeandHare.comThe Anatomy Murders by Lisa RosnerDr. Heinrich Von Staden’s The Discovery of the BodySanjib Kumar Ghosh’s Human Cadaveric DissectionThe Diary of a Resurrectionist - 1811-1812 by James Blake Bailey on Gutennburg.orgMental Floss: The Era of the Body SnatchersMortsafes - The Vintage NewsBurke and Hare: Serial Killing for Science (Ghastly Tales of Scotland) | DocumentaryBroadside regarding the Burke and Hare trialsThe History of Burke and Hare - 1884 by George MacGregor Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/26/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Murder of Amber Kirwan (NS)

Episode 087 - On the morning of October 9, 2011, 19-year-old Amber Kirwan failed to show up for an arranged ride home after leaving a local billiards hall in New Glasgow, N.S. After a massive search for almost a month Amber's body was found in a shallow grave in the nearby village of Heathbell. The man eventually charged and convicted of the crime had a surprising background. Should he have been in the community at all? Sources:R. v. Falconer, 2016 NSCA 22 (CanLII) County Advocate - archivesObituary of Amber Donna KirwanTimeline of Events in Amber Kirwan’s murder - Cape Breton PostSurveillance Video at Dooly's - The AdvocateMurder of Taxi Driver - Robert Gerald LeBlancThe song Taxi Phone by Dave Gunning Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/19/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Altona School Shooting of 1902 (MB)

Episode 086 - In October of 1902 the small, quiet Mennonite community of Altona, Manitoba was shaken by violent events at the hands of one of their own. The teacher at their one room school opened fire on three school trustees after an argument, wounding all three. He then returned to the school and shot three students, all daughters of the trustees he'd shot earlier.Sources:Spectator Tribune ArticleNewspapers.comSchool Shootings in Canada at WikipediaA Pictorial History of AltonaWinnipeg Free Press ArticleMurder and Madness in a Mennonite Village Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/12/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 3 seconds
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Date with Death - The Murder of James Shannon (BC)

episode 085 - The day before Valentines Day in 2008, James Shannon, a nurse from Port Alberni, BC, met up with another man he'd met on the web site, Plenty of Fish. Although James was looking for love, the man he brought into his home brought something much more sinister. Days later, after not showing up for multiple shifts at work, James Shannon was found brutally murdered in his home. The man who committed the act, Kim Winslow Rothgordt, was claiming he'd been raped and was too intoxicated at the time to know what happened. The truth was nowhere near his claims.Photo credit: Phil Smith on Flickr per CC licenceSources:R. v. Rothgordt, 2014 BCSC 1215 (CanLII)Port Alberni on WikipediaMacLeans Magazine - Canada’s Most Dangerous Places 2018Port Alberni ‘a safe place to be’ despite crime rate, says RCMPThunder Bay Podcast - CANADALANDB.C. man convicted in second-degree murder of nurse in 2008 gets new trialGay Panic Defense on WikipediaBC judge says gay panic defence no longer valid Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8/5/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 14 seconds
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Emanuel Jaques - The Shoeshine Boy Murder (ON)

Episode 084 - July 28, 1977 was a hot summer day on the corner of Yonge and Dundas streets in what was then Toronto's seedier area. Three boys were shining shoes of passersby for change. After a day of work with little profit a tall, friendly stranger arrived with two pairs of shoes he needed shined. Claiming he had more lucrative work elsewhere he lured one to the younger boys, 12-year-old Emanuel Jaques, away. Emanuel was never seen alive again and the horrifying circumstances around his death divided the city. Sources:Book - OUTRAGED, by Robert J HoshowskyNewspaper.comWikipedia - Emanuel JaquesGlobal News - 40 years LaterCourt Case - R. v. Woods, 1980 CanLII 2928 (ON CA)Court Case - Regina v. Betesh, 1975 CanLII 1451 (ON CJ)Facts about child molestation Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/29/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 22 seconds
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Dark Poutine - Trailer

True crime, legends, folklore, dark history and other creepy topics from the perspective of real live Canadians. Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/26/20191 minute, 14 seconds
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The Minto Murders - Verna Decarie & Fred Fulton (NB)

Episode 083 - The village of Minto, New Brunswick was rocked by the events occurring in April 2005 when a grisly murder scene was discovered at 358 Slope Road. Edlerly but active residents, Fred Fulton, known for his love of playing and listening to country music and his kind, wife Verna Decarie lay dead, butchered in their small rural home.The village got it’s second blow when it became clear that one of their own, a 22-year-old neighbour of Fred and Verna’s, named Gregory Allen Despres was sought as a person of interest in the murders. He was on the run. Bringing justice to this case would not prove an easy task in spite of a heap of evidence.Sources:R. v. Despres, 2008 NBQB 99 (CanLII) v. Despres, 2007 NBQB 154 (CanLII) - Gregory DespresSFGate ArticleGlobal News articles about Shepody Healing Centre in NB Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/22/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 37 seconds
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Domestic Horror - The Murder of Donna Jones (ON)

Episode 082 - On the morning of December 6, 2009, Ottawa paramedics and police responded to what sounded like a frantic 911 call placed by a man at a residence in the Bayshore area. The man was screaming that his wife was not breathing. Upon arriving they found the owner of the home, 33-year-old Donna Jones, deceased on a makeshift mattress on the basement floor. Donna's injuries and her time of death did not match the story that her husband Mark Peter Hutt was telling. Investigators would uncover a brutal history of abuse and torture ultimately leading to a heinous murder. WARNING: This podcast includes graphic descriptions of violent domestic abuse and murder.Sources:R. v. Hutt, 2013 ONSC 2267 (CanLII)CBC - Mark Peter Hutt police - Trial - More Trial CoveragePsychology Today - How the brain works against abuse victimsOttawa Citizen - Articles by Chloe Fedio and Andrew SeymourDomestic Abuse Resources in Canada:http://endingviolencecanada.orgCanada's Department of JusticeCanada's Treatment Programs for Men Who Abuse Their Partners Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/15/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Cult of Brother XII and his Treasure (BC)

Episode 081 - in the late 1920 and early 1930's a group called the Aquarian Foundation, led by a self-professed spiritual guru who called himself Brother XII set up just south  of Nanaimo B.C. Brother XII drew wealthy followers to his cult with his promises of salvation through a coming apocalypse. As we've seen many times since the lust for power, sex and money corrupted the group, who, after scandals and cruel treatment turned on Brother XII. He and a female follower, he claimed to be his wife, absconded with some of the treasure that the group had amassed. However, many believe there are still millions of dollars worth of Brother XII's gold hidden somewhere in the area. Photo from the collection of Melody Wilson-ClaridgeSources:Wikipedia - Brother XII and De Courcy IslandThe Brother XII AffairBooks by Brother XII on  and the book Brother XII by John OliphantCBC - The Dream of Brother XIIGlobal - Brother XII's GoldAtlas Obscura entry about Brother - About TheosophyBook - Canadian Mysteries of the UnexplainedDocumentary - The Canadians: Brother Twelve Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/8/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Weird World of William Lyon Mackenzie King

Episode 080 - The tenth Prime Minister of Canada, William Lyon MacKenzie King, was instrumental in Canada's growth from a mere British colony to an independent nation within the Commonwealth. He saw the country through World War 2 and helped to create some of the social policies that continue to make Canada one of the greatest countries in the world to live. MacKenzie King had his dark side too as is evidenced in his extensive diaries. His government oversaw the internment of 22,000+ who were either Canadians with Japanese heritage or Japanese nationals. His thoughts and decisions based on racial ideals will be shocking to some. King's beliefs in the after life and spiritualist practices are probably the most bizarre. Driven by loneliness, Canada's longest serving Prime Minister believed he was able to communicate with the spirits of dead relatives, in particular his mother. He also claimed to have interacted with the spirits of other dead politicians, Leonardo da Vinci and even his own deceased dog. Photo Credit / Mention de source :Paul Horsdal. Library and Archives Canada, C-055544 Sources:Wikipedia - William Lyon MacKenzie KingLibrary and Archives Canada - Diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie KingDiary Entry - MacKenzie King meets Adolph HitlerHarper Memorial (Sir Galahad)Video - From the Diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie King (2017)OpenTextBC article on Japanese Internment in CanadaJapanese Canadian Internment | Narrated by David SuzukiMental Floss - Was Canada's Longest-Serving PM Also Its Strangest?Book - King: William Lyon Mackenzie King: A Life Guided by the Hand of DestinyBook - Unbuttoned: A History of Mackenzie King's Secret Life Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/1/20191 hour, 1 minute, 36 seconds
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What Happened to Jodi Henrickson? (BC)

Episode 079 - Jodi Henrickson, 17, was last seen in the company of her ex-boyfriend on the roadside near Miller's Landing on Bowen Island, BC on the morning of June 20, 2009. Her ex-boyfriend said that he walked away from Jodi after an argument. She has not been seen since. At the time of her disappearance, Jodi Henrickson was 17-year-old Caucasian female with long dark brown hair, a small build and stood approximately 5'3". She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, black long sleeve shirt, and blue jeans.Jodi's friends and family want to know what happened to her. If you have any information the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) tip line number is 1-877-551-IHIT(4448). The team’s email is [email protected]. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or tips can be shared through A cash reward of up to $2000.00 will be paid for any information which leads to an arrest and charge. Sources:Facebook Group: Let's Find Jodi Henrickson!Global News: Crime Stoppers video about Jodi HenricksonGlobal News: IHIT takes over caseGlobal News: Ex-boyfreind charged with unrelated sex offensesCTV News -  New Charges Bring HopeVancouver Magazine article by Neil Boyd: Where's Jodi Henrickson?CBC: Court ordered ex-boyfriend to stay away from JodiCBC: Father Denies Son's Involvement in DisappearanceThe Province: Gavin's mother speaks outPiqueNews ArticleSquamish Reporter: What Happened to Jodi?Squamish Reporter: Ten years of searchingUnsolved Canada - Jodi HenricksonReddit Article - Contains links to court documents obtained by CBC Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/24/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 51 seconds
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Joseph Galfy Jr. & Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker (AB)

Episode 078 - In May of 2013 police in New Jersey found respected, 73-year-old Lawyer, Joseph Galfy Jr. dead in the bedroom his home wearing only socks and underwear. Investigators were quickly onto a suspect who turned out to be a well known drifter. Three months before, the suspect, 24-year-old, Canadian born Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, had become a internet celebrity, known as Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker. He was interviewed by Jessob Reisbeck for Fox News in Fresno California. In the interview Caleb, using another name, described coming to the aid of people who were being attacked by a large man who he'd been riding with only moments before. Using a hatchet from his backpack, Caleb had cleaved the man's skull allowing bystanders and later police to subdue him. McGillvary was apprehended days later, but only tried for the murder in May of 2019, 6 years later. Although convicted, he maintains his innocence claiming he killed Galfy in self-defence.Photo Credit: Jessob Reisbeck/YouTube/ screen grabSources: Wikipedia - Kai the Hatchet Wielding HitchhikerCourt Documents - People v McbrideFull Interview - Kai, Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker, Amazing Interview w/ Jessob ReisbeckKai's Legal Support Fundrazr PageKai's Legal Support Facebook PageKai's Jimmy Kimmel AppearanceSongify This! - Smash, Smash SMASH Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/17/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Ballarat Bandit (PE)

Episode 077 - In 2004, after a year long chase across multiple U.S. States an unknown burglar, who'd proven quite a match fro even the best trackers, was cornered in Death Valley, near the ghost town of Ballarat, California. The chase first started there giving the perpetrator, and thorn in law enforcement's side, his name: The Ballarat Bandit. Rather than face prison, when capture was imminent, the man took his own life. After nearly another two years the man was finally identified as 50-year-old George Robert Johnston, a Canadian, from Prince Edward Island. He was a beloved husband and father of four beautiful daughters. His true motives for the chase through the desert died with him. (Photo is Public Domain)Sources:Wikipedia - The Ballarat BanditCBC: Fugitive ID'd as PEI ManPahrump Valley Times ArticleJason Kersten's - The Ballarat Bandit (PDF)TV Episode: The Investigators - Lone Fugitive Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/10/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots - 1994 and 2011 (BC)

Episode 076 - The beautiful city of Vancouver has a surprisingly dark history of rioting over the years. Some have been politically and racially motivated, others have been music or sport related. The two we tackle in this episode are a couple of the most recent and most memorable. The NHL's Vancouver Canucks made the Stanley Cup finals twice in a span of 17 years. After both series, coming on the heels of game 7 losses, bad apples tore up our fair city. Sources:Wikipedia 1994 RiotSTANLEY CUP RIOT, the real story 94 VideoPediaGlobal: Time Line of 1994 RiotBerntt v. The City of Vancouver et alWikipedia 2011 RiotGlobal: Full Executive Summary on 2011 RiotArchives: Global’s breaking news coverage of the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot100 Things Canucks Fans Should Know & Do Before They DieNOTE: Photo used for cover art is © Mike Browne from 2011's game 4 in a fan zone in downtown Vancouver. It shows disappointed Canucks fans and does not show people involved in the riots after game 7. Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/3/20191 hour, 18 minutes, 56 seconds
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Away Game - The Tunguska Event

Episode 075 - In the summer of 1908 a huge explosion levelled over 2000 square kilometres in Siberia. The event happened near the remote Tunguska river. It created the loudest sound ever heard by human ears and was visible through Europe and Asia. Locals reported seeing a large fireball rumbling across the sky before the blast. To this day, almost 111 years later, the exact cause of Tunguska Event remains a mystery.Sources:Russian Site on the Event - photos, investigation and first hand accounts100 Wonders: The Tunguska Event - Atlas Obscura - VideoNASA article on TunguskaThe Tunguska Event at WikipediaNuclear Secrecy - NukemapLeonid KulikNoctilucent CloudsCornell article on Mirror Matter Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/27/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Julie Stanton Story (ON)

Episode 074 - In April of 1990, 14-year-old Julie Ann Stanton disappeared near her Pickering, Ontario home. Right away investigators suspected, Peter John Stark, a neighbour and father of Julie's best, in Julie's disappearance. After 4 years, the police and Crown finally had enough to go arrest Stark, who turned out to be a serial predator with a very dark past. NOTE: This week's guest host, Johanna Hemenway, went to the same high school and was in the same grade as Julie Stanton. She and some of her friends provided more insight around their experience with the crime and memories of the victim for the episode. Sources:R. v. Stark, 2000 CanLII 3503 (ON CA)CBC The Detectives - Project HitchhikerYork Police Cold Cases - Marie WoodsCP24 - Killer dies in prison Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/20/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Murder of Shirley Duguay (PE)

Episode 073 - In rural Prince Edward Island, on October 7, 1994 a car was found abandoned, away from the main road and in a field. The licence plates were missing and there appeared to be blood spatter on the windshield and throughout the vehicle's interior. The car was found to belong to a 32-year-old mother of five named Shirley Anne Duguay. RCMP investigated and were told by Shirley's family that she had not been seen in days. She'd disappeared, but thanks to evidence found by searchers, police believed that Shirley had been murdered.Shirley's body was found months later in a shallow grave. Douglas Leo Beamish, Shirley's ex common-law spouse and father of three of her children, was arrested and charged with Shirley's murder. Some of the evidence used against Beamish had never been utilized at trial before. This case from Canada's tiny province would be precedent setting.Sources:R. v. Beamish, 1999 CanLII 4537 (PE SCAD)Douglas Leo Beamish at MurderpediaForensic Files - Season 7, Ep 7: Purr-fect MatchThe New Detectives - Season 8, Ep 3: Material WitnessWikpedia - The Murder of Shirley DuguayThe Guardian - Parole DeniedTears of the Cheetah by Dr. Stephen J. O'Brien Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/13/201958 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Klaus Family Murders (AB)

Episode 072 - On a freezing December morning the Castor Volunteer Fire Department braved the icy Alberta roads to attend a structure fire at a farm a few kilometers outside town. When the firefighters arrived there were red flags evident immediately. The family dog lay dead in the driveway from an apparent gunshot wound, two 9mm casings were nearby as was a partially full gas can which lay only meters away from the front door of the home, now almost burned to the ground. Three people, Sandra and Gordon Klaus, and their adult daughter Monica, had been at home at the time of the unsurvivable inferno. The only member of the immediate family left alive was the couple’s eldest son and Monica’s brother, Jason, who lived in a trailer nearby. Who could have committed horrific acts and why? As the investigation unfolded a bizarre coverup story emerged consisting of communication with the spirits of the deceased.Sources:R v Klaus, 2018 ABQB 6 (CanLII), R v Klaus, 2018 ABQB 97 (CanLII),  R v Klaus, 2017 ABQB 537 (CanLII), R v Klaus, 2017 ABQB 689 (CanLII),  R v Klaus, 2017 ABQB 720 (CanLII),  R v Klaus, 2017 ABQB 721 (CanLII),  After the Fire: Murder, Lies and a Missing Deer HeadKlaus Family ObituaryJason Klaus Police InterviewJoshua Frank Confession Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/6/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Story of Samantha Walsh (NL)

Episode 071 - It's been a long time coming, but this is our first episode taking place entirely in Newfoundland. On the night of February 6, 2000 nearly the entire population of the tiny town of Fleur de Lys was out looking for 13-year-old Samantha Walsh. She'd gone missing on a three minute walk between her grandmother's house and her own home in weather that was -25 °C. As the weeks wore on with no verified signs of Samantha suspicions fell on a local 16-year-old boy dividing the small community. Many did not believe that one of their own could hurt a child.Guest co-host: Carol Browne Sources:Into the Night: The Story of Samantha Walsh by Gordon WalshSaltwater Joys as sung by 10-year-old Samantha WalshArticle about Fleur De - Iceberg ViewingThe Story of Samantha Walsh - Telegram ArticleGlobe and Mail Article - Murder charge devastates remote hamlet Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/29/201955 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Murder of Taylor Van Diest (BC)

Episode 070 - In the quiet city of Armstrong B.C. on Halloween night 2011, Taylor Van Diest, 18, left her house dressed as a zombie. She was excited to meet up with her pals to go trick or treating one last time before they were 'too old'. Taylor stopped responding to text messages just over ten minutes into her short walk to her friend's home. She was found badly beaten and clinging to life two hours later by friends and family frantically searching. The fun loving girl with no known enemies died in hospital the next morning. It would take good old fashioned police work coupled with forensic DNA evidence to bring her killer to justice. Sources:Taylor Van Diest FacebookTaylor Van Diest Press Conference (Nov.4/11)Van Diest Suspect DNA (video)RCMP Taylor Van Diest murder suspect (video)R. v. Foerster, 2017 BCCA 105 (CanLII), Killer's Videotaped ConfessionFoerster Pleads Guilty to Earlier AttacksFoerster Sr. gets three years for enabling murderer's escape Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/22/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 9 seconds
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Roch Theriault and the Ant Hill Kids (ON)

Episode 069 - On August 14, 1989 an emaciated woman favouring the stump of a recently severed arm emerged from the woods near the tiny town of Burnt River, Ontario. She was known to police as a member of the Ant Hill Gang, a religious cult, run by the charismatic and enigmatic Roch Theriault, who'd changed his name to Moses. As the woman's story came out, so did other tales of violence, sexual abuse, torture and murder at the hands of Roch and others in the group who were doing his bidding. Note: There are extremely graphic depictions of violence in this episode that may be disturbing to some listeners. Disclaimer by: Tyler Allen of The Minds of Madness PodcastSources:Savage Messiah by Paul Kaihla and Ross LaverRoch Theriault wikipediaMacleans Magazine - The Ant Hill Kids (1993)cvltnation.comCults That Kill by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe AgasrInfoSect - Examples of Problematic Group FunctioningCult Leader Roch Thériault aka The Deadly Messiah (Crime Documentary)New York Daily NewsGlobal News: Notorious Cult Leader Found Dead in Prison Support the show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/15/20191 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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The Murder of Reena Virk (BC)

Episode 068 - Troubled 14-y