Episodes
Episode 163: In New Brunswick, in the fall of 1922 a convicted double murderer named Bennie Swim was hanged for the murder of the woman he loved, his first cousin Olive and her husband, Harvey Trenholm. Bennie didn’t die the first time, so the authorities hanged him again. Co-host: Carol Browne Promo:Murderish Sources: The Ballad of Benny Swim (original) - Mike Q - YouTube Hanged Twice_Benny Swim Bennie Swim | Cases | Crime and Punishment | Projects | Faculty of Arts |...
Published 02/22/21
Episode 162: In July of 2013, on a busy summer night in downtown Toronto, police received several calls about a man on a streetcar brandishing a knife and threatening passengers and the transit operator. After an encounter with police lasting only 50 seconds, 18-year-old Sammy Yatim had been shot nine times and later died from his wounds. As videos of the incident surfaced, many people were outraged, claiming that the police had used excessive force and calling for the head of the officer who...
Published 02/15/21
Episode 161 - On a warm July day in 1986, 11-year-old Alison Parrott was lured from her Toronto home by a man on the phone claiming to be a sports photographer who wanted to take photos of the young athlete. Two boys discovered Alison’s body in a heavily wooded section of Kings Mill Park two days later. She had been bound, raped and strangled to death. It would take a decade before science caught up to the point where her killer could be brought to justice. Co-Host: Carol Browne Sources: R....
Published 02/08/21
Episode 160 - Elena Tchoudakova was a beautiful, outgoing and vibrant 23-year-old Russian woman attending Interior Design at Toronto’s Ryerson University. In January of 1995 Elena was discovered in her apartment, she’d been brutally beaten to death and left in her bathub. There were a number of suspects with means and motive but only one with opportunity. Co-host: Carol Browne Sources: [The Russian Princess Case: MacDonald, Bruce: Amazon.ca: Kindle Store] R. v. Ho, 1999 CanLII 3823 (ON CA),...
Published 02/01/21
Episode 159: In the early 1980s near the small town of Rulo, Nebraska a white-supremacist cult leader named Michael Wayne Ryan and his band of followers took over a local farm essentially stealing it from the property owner. They burglarized nearby businesses and residences to fund their survival after the upcoming battle of Armageddon prophesied in the Books of Revelations. Ryan, a proponent the Christian Identity movement’s doctrines with links to an anti-government group called Posse...
Published 01/25/21
Episode 158 - Twenty-three-year-old nurse and former beauty queen, Alexandra Wiwrachuk, thought the warm spring night in 1962 would be perfect for a walk down by the river before her midnight shift at Saskatoon’s City Hospital. Alexandra did not show up for work that night, and it was not until thirteen days later that children stumbled upon her broken body in a shallow grave. Someone had savagely beaten the young woman, brutally raped her and then buried her alive, leaving her to die. Nearly...
Published 01/18/21
Episode 157 - From the late 1920s until after the Second World War, Lila and William Young ran the Ideal Maternity Home and Sanitarium for Unwed Mothers at East Chester, Nova Scotia. The pair have been referred to as ‘baby farmers’ who sold healthy newborns to wealthy couples with the means to pay and left the less viable to die of starvation. Estimates are that more than 100 and as many as 400 to 600 babies may have died in their care. Many of these deceased infants were quietly buried in...
Published 01/11/21
Episode 156 - In 2006, Thomas George Svekla, 38, a man who’d been in and out of trouble since 16, became the focus of a murder investigation lead by the Project KARE task force. Svekla was a suspect in as many as twelve murders. He was only ever charged with two slayings, that of Theresa Innes and Rachel Quinney, but was designated a dangerous offender for his long history of violent offences. Co-host: Carol Browne Sources: R. v. Svekla, 2007 ABQB 557 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2009 ABQB 181...
Published 01/04/21
Episode 155: The holidays can be a notoriously hard time for people who either miss loved ones or have a hard time being around them so much. For those reasons, we take a break from all the murder and mayhem and try to bring you a little holiday cheer with a bit of a dark edge. This year, for our fourth Christmas, themed episode, we learn about the global depictions of Santa Claus, some dark Christmas traditions from around the world, and Krampus, the Christmas Demon. See you in the new...
Published 12/21/20
Episode 154 - Twenty-three year old Gordon Adrian Kralt had been the caretaker for a Bible camp on Vancouver Island when he went missing on Halloween in 1970. Gordon was found two weeks later, he had been brutally slain. Tracking down Gordie’s killer uncovered a career psychopath who was believed to have killed before. Co-host: Carol Browne Written by: Josina De Bree Sources: Regina v. Stewart, 1972 CanLII 1445 (BC CA), Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/darkpoutine See...
Published 12/14/20
Episode 153 - Between 2002 and 2005, Charles Eli Kembo, a refugee from Malawi, murdered four people, his business partner, Arden Samuel, his stepdaughter, Rita Yeung, his girlfriend, Sui Yin Ma, and his wife, Margaret Kembo, whose body has never been found. He set up elaborate schemes to steal their identities, set up false bank accounts, insurance claims, and run up credit in his victims’ names.  Sources: R. v. Kembo, 2010 BCSC 914 (CanLII),...
Published 12/07/20
Episode 152: In November of 1992, a twenty-four-year-old woman came forward to Kipling, Saskatchewan RCMP, accusing a respected local doctor, John Schneeberger, of sexual assault. After years of ridicule from other Kipling residents who refused to believe her claims, the young woman finally found some justice. When the truth saw the light, it uncovered one of the strangest and most devious criminals in Canadian history.  Co-host: Carol Browne Promo:True Crime Island Sources: Canada...
Published 11/30/20
Episode 151 - On January at 10:30 p.m., a 911 operator took a call from a seemingly distraught sixteen-year-old girl. When Peel Police arrived at the Mississauga, Ontario home two teenage girls, Sandra, 16, and Beth, 15, led them upstairs to the bathroom where their mother, Linda Andersen, 43, lie face down, deceased in the tub. For almost a year the police believed Linda's death was a tragic accident, but they learned differently from a young man who could not keep a secret any longer. NOTE:...
Published 11/23/20
Episode 150: Beginning at 7:19 pm Atlantic Daylight Time, on the evening of October 4, 1967, an airline pilot reported seeing an unidentified flying object heading east over Southern Quebec. About 30 minutes later, calls began coming into local authorities reporting strange lights in the sky over the Atlantic Ocean along Nova Scotia’s South Shore. The multiple sightings continued until 11:20 pm that evening when something large crashed into the water just off Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia. The...
Published 11/16/20
Episode 149:William Avery (Billy) Bishop was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, on February 8, 1894. When the First World War broke out, as with many young men of his day, Billy was off to Europe to do his part. By the end of the war, Bishop claimed he had survived more than 170 air battles and said he had shot down seventy-two German aircraft. This number left Bishop only three behind René Fonck of France and eight behind The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, who had 80 kills. These numbers made...
Published 11/09/20
Episode 148 - In November of 2011, a man out for a walk discovered 27-year-old Cristina Kathleen Cline’s body just off the trail in a Dartmouth, Nova Scotia park. The number of wounds and blood at the scene indicated a brutal and violent attack. It would take Dartmouth police more than a year of intense investigation before they could arrest and charge the two responsible for the slaying of the mother of three. Sources: Agreed statement of facts in Dustin Hales case - Chronicle Herald...
Published 11/02/20
Episode 147: Canada has a long history of folks who have attempted to communicate with the dead - a practice is known as Spiritualism. Some of these have claimed that they can connect directly with those on the other side. Here we will give a bit of history, tell some of their stories and give a how-to primer for entertainment purposes only. We do not recommend, dear listeners, that you make attempts to commune with the beyond using the methods we will speak about later. If you do so and...
Published 10/26/20
Ride along with 25 year veteran Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt, from Global News, on her award winning podcast Crime Beat as she takes you through some of Canada’s most high-profile criminal cases. Real People, Real Crimes, Real Journalism. Each episode takes you deep inside cases she has worked to give you detail you didn't hear on the news. Season 3 is available NOW - LISTEN​ Crime Beat is the 2020 winner of the Edward R. Murrow Podcast Award (RTDNA). Support the show:...
Published 10/21/20
Episode 146: On June 13th 1901, Ada Mills Redpath and her son Jocelyn Clifford Redpath were killed in their mansion in on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal. Ada had been shot to the back of the head. Clifford has a gunshot wound to his the temple. The police were not called. A coroner’s inquest the next day declared the deaths a murder-suicide. Ada and Clifford were buried June 15th without any further investigation. Written By: Josina De...
Published 10/19/20
Episode 145: This episode contains disturbing and graphic details of the 2015 murder of Chinese millionaire, Gang Yuan, in West Vancouver at the hands of his soft-spoken cousin Li Zhao. The crime’s unthinkable and twisted aftermath is horrendous. Sources: Pre-Trial Voire Dire R. v Zhao, 2020 BCSC 1322 (CanLII), BC v. Child 3, 2019 BCCA 171 (CanLII), Mother 1 v Solus Trust , 2019 BCSC 200 (CanLII), 963 King Georges Way, West Vancouver | Dana Inman - 360hometours.ca 961 King Georges Way -...
Published 10/12/20
Episode 144: On the evening of December 27, 2005, in my home province of Nova Scotia, Jason McCrae, husband of a beloved educator, artist, sister and mother named Paula Anne Gallant, reported her missing. Paula failed to return to her home in Timberlea after a shopping trip to nearby Halifax. The next day, Paula’s body was found locked in the trunk of her car in the parking lot of the school where she taught the third grade. The cause of Paula’s death was not immediately evident, nor was it...
Published 10/05/20
Episode 143: On the island paradise Bermuda in the early morning hours of July 3, 1996, a group of friends were riding in a car headed toward Ferry Reach Park, on the northeastern edge of the island. The vehicle’s occupants were startled when the car’s headlights illuminated a form lying in the middle of the dark and isolated road. They pulled the car over and got out to investigate. The group presumed at first it was an injured dog, but as they approached, they realized that this was a...
Published 09/28/20
Episode 142: On a chilly, cloudy winter night in early 2005 at a gas station in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, a 24-year-old gas station attendant named Grant de Patie was brutally slain by a callous young man over just $12 and 30 cents worth of gas. Sources: R. v. Pratt, 2006 BCSC 1198 (CanLII), R. v. Pratt, 2007 BCCA 206 (CanLII),...
Published 09/21/20
Episode 141 - In late June 1993, police were called to a possible stabbing at a residence in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In one of the bedrooms, Kenneth John Ladubec, 46, lay dead in a massive pool of blood. His killer was Jacob Leroy Andrew Green, 16, the son of Kenneth's live-in girlfriend. Green was tried as a young offender and found guilty of manslaughter. After Jake's release, all seemed relatively okay. Underneath his cool exterior simmered a rage that would surface again in 1999 when,...
Published 09/14/20
Episode 140: On July 22, 2018, at around 10:00 pm, calls flooded Toronto's 911 call centre. There was a man on Danforth shooting at people in the streets and in the restaurants and cafes in Greektown. After the 16-minute rampage, 13 people were wounded, 10-year-old Julianna Kozis and 18-year-old Reese Fallon had been killed and the gunman had completed suicide. Even after two intensive investigations, one question remains -...
Published 09/07/20