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True crime, legends, folklore, dark history and other creepy topics from the perspective of real live Canadians.

330 Episodes

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 13 May 2024

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 - Newspapers.com™ 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 Newspapers.com Jan 20, 1987, page 3 - The Province at Newspapers.com Jan 21, 1987, page 8 - The Leader-Post at Newspapers.com Jan 22, 1987, page 4 - The Province at Newspapers.com Jan 23, 1987, page 3 - Times Colonist at Newspapers.com Apr 14, 1988, page 1 - Times Colonist at Newspapers.com Apr 21, 1988, page 1 - Times Colonist at Newspapers.com Jan 19, 1989, page 12 - The Province at Newspapers.com Jan 19, 1989, page 1 - Times Colonist at Newspapers.com Jan 19, 1989, page 9 - The Vancouver Sun at Newspapers.com Jan 25, 1989, page 5 - The Province at Newspapers.com Jan 25, 1989, page 13 - The Vancouver Sun at Newspapers.com Jan 26, 1989, page 11 - Times Colonist at Newspapers.com Jan 28, 1989, page 9 - The Vancouver Sun at Newspapers.com Feb 02, 1989, page 3 - Times Colonist at Newspapers.com Feb 04, 1989, page 3 - Edmonton Journal at Newspapers.com Feb 05, 1989, page 8 - The Province at Newspapers.com Feb 06, 1989, page 3 - Times Colonist at Newspapers.com Feb 08, 1989, page 1 - Times Colonist at Newspapers.com May 15, 1993, page 1 - Times Colonist at Newspapers.com Jan 27, 1998, page 2 - The Province at Newspapers.com Mar 17, 2024, page A4 - The Province at Newspapers.com 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 6 May 2024

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: barbstoppel.com 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 April 2024

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 April 2024

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 | MIssissauga.ca Canada's most notorious murder case happened in Mississauga in the 1970s Improbable Cause: The Harrison Family Murders Search: Douglas Donald Moore | Newspapers.com 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 15 April 2024

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 Newspapers.com Apr 13, 1939, page 15 - The Kingston Whig-Standard at Newspapers.com Jan 18, 1993, page 25 - The Leader-Post at Newspapers.com Apr 20, 2013, page 79 - National Post at Newspapers.com The Ballad of Jacob Peck by Debra Komar (Ebook) Great Awakening - First, Second & Definition Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 8 April 2024

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

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. www.calgarycrimestoppers.org - reference case # 06274598 https://newsroom.calgary.ca/sexual-assault-case-from-2006-has-new-lead/ Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 March 2024

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 March 2024

Road Trip: 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 March 2024

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

Road Trip: 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

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 StatsCrew.com Joshua (Josh) Joseph Boden | Wikipedia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 March 2024

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 — Change.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 March 2024

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 | HunterCourse.com 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 26 February 2024

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 19 February 2024

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 | FactRepublic.com 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 12 February 2024

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 | FactRepublic.com 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 12 February 2024

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 February 2024

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 January 2024

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 — evelazarus.com Cold Case BC by Eve Lazarus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 January 2024

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 15 January 2024

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 15 January 2024

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 December 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 December 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 December 2023

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 truTV.com 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 December 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 27 November 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 20 November 2023

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 https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/101800177/catherine-emma-pozzobon Maple Ridge — Official Website Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 13 November 2023

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: https://link.chtbl.com/uncharted-rssdrop Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 November 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 6 November 2023

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: https://link.chtbl.com/blackandblue-rssdrop Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 November 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 30 October 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 23 October 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 16 October 2023

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 | Bathurst.ca | 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 9 October 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 2 October 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 September 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 September 2023

Road Trip: 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 September 2023

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 — Newspapers.com: 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 - Vansky.com 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 September 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 September 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 August 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 21 August 2023

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 Archive.org | CAPTURED - Prisoners who escaped from William Head Institution now in police custody Archive.org | Suspicious Death Investigation Continues in Metchosin Archive.org | 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 August 2023

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 https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/quebec-wants-answers-on-how-moderate-risk-murder-suspect-made-parole 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 August 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 July 2023

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 talksuicide.ca. 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 | Globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 24 July 2023

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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 17 July 2023

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