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.
R. v. Pratt, 2006 BCSC 1198 (CanLII),
R. v. Pratt, 2007 BCCA 206 (CanLII),...
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,...
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 -...
Episode 139: On September 27, 2017, when Dianna Mah-Jones failed to show up for her shift without calling in sick, her co-workers were concerned. Neither Dianna nor her husband, Richard Jones, was answering the phone. One of Dianna's colleagues went to the couple's home in Vancouver's Marpole neighbourhood and discovered what appeared to be a bloody crime scene. Dianna and Richard lay dead inside the house, brutally murdered.
After a complex and intense investigation police had their...
Episode 138 - On the afternoon of May 10, 1973, a stranger entered the CIBC branch on Main St in the small town of Kenora, Ontario. The man, claiming he had a bomb, demanded all the money in the bank. (Photo credit: Don Dutton, Toronto Star)
CJRL Covers the Kenora Bank Robbery 10 May 1973
Devil's Gap by Joe...
Episode 137 - At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 1914, the worst coal mining disaster in Canadian history occurred at Hillcrest, Alberta, in the Crowsnest Pass region of western Canada.
Episode written by Josina de Bree
Anderson, Frank. “Hillcrest Mine Disaster” (Triumph and Tragedy in the Crowsnest Pass. Diana Wilson, Heritage House Publishing, Surrey, BC, 2005)
Archival Holding PR0740. Provincial Archives...
Episode 136 - In July of 1998, Keith Scott Black went missing. He was a respected Taekwondo instructor who had three schools near Kelowna., B.C., where he taught with his wife, Rhonda Petra Black. Rhonda was saying Keith had abandoned her, but Keith's sister Sandy and the cops knew there was more to the story. After five long years the story came to a conclusion as the true story emerged as did Keith's remains.
R. v. Black, 2007 BCSC 1105 (CanLII),
R. v. Steadman, 2008 BCSC 1613...
Episode 135 - In the wee hours of Saturday, October 11, 2008, after an altercation with his cousin and one of two roommates, 21-year-old, Dylan Koshman, left the Edmonton home he shared and out into the night wearing only sneakers, jeans and a t-shirt. Dylan has not been seen since and what was thought to be a missing person case was upgraded to homicide in 2017 by the Edmonton Police Service. Dylan's mother, Melanie Alix, and his sister, Tara Koshman, were kind enough to share with us about...
Episode 134 - On the morning of October 22, 2014, an armed terrorist murdered Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, one of three honour guards at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario. Immediately after that, the man shot his way into the Parliament Buildings but was quickly neutralized by security service officers inside our nation's capital.
Further Reading and Sources:
Episode 133 - Throughout the 1970s and '80s serial pedophile Westley Allan Dodd molested dozens of children in the Pacific Northwest. Although caught for his crimes more than once Dodd never did any real prison time. Feeling invincible, Westley's fantasies became more violent and depraved until the fall of 1989 when he crossed the line between child predator to multiple murder. On Labour Day weekend in Vancouver, WA. park Westley murdered two brothers, 11- and 10-year-old Cole and William...
Episode 132: In this episode we take a look at a topic not spoken of often, slavery in colonial Canada and its aftermath. As well, we learn a little about the Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia and the shameful destruction of the community of Africville near Halifax, beginning in 1966.
Sources and further information:
[The story of Africville | CMHR]
[Remember Africville by - NFB]
[Transmopolis » Wild Reports » Eddie Carvery and Africville]
Episode 131 - For centuries, the indigenous peoples of the western Canada and in the forest along the west coast of the United States told tales of a an elusive massive, hair covered bipedal creature leaving giant footprints behind. Called Sasquatch by some, and Bigfoot by others, this giant man of the forest has been described as gentle but potentially dangerous. In this our inaugural episode on a massive topic Mike and Scott give listeners an overview of the legend, some examples of...
Episode 130 - On March 29, 1975, pretty and popular, 16-year-old Sharron Prior left her home in the Montreal, QC, neighbourhood where she lived with her mom and siblings. She was off to a pizza joint only 5 short blocks away. Sharron was found days later, raped and murdered in another neighbourhood across the river. Her murder has never been solved. Her mom, Yvonne, still holds hope that one day she will see Sharron's killer brought to justice.
Sources & Further...
Episode 129: In May of 1914, before the outbreak of WWI, a Japanese steamship called the Komagatu Maru anchored in Burrard Inlet in the Vancouver harbour. There were 376 people aboard led by a man named Baba Gurdit Singh Sirhali. Mostly from the Punjab area of India they dreamt of emigrating to Canada for a better life. Thanks to exclusionary Canadian immigration policies meant to prevent immigration form certain countries, including India, the ship was not allowed to dock. They sat in...
Episode 128 - On the 15th of July, 2019, just outside Liard Hot Springs, B.C., the bodies of an innocent couple, Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, NC, and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, were found shot to death beside their 1986 Chevy van. Police had no idea who had done this, or why.
Four days later, a burning truck, registered to a young Vancouver Island man was found burning near Dease Lake, B.C. As police were attending to that scene, they were notified of another man found...
Episode 127 - On the morning of October 20, 2003, in North York, a quiet neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Raymond Zhang and Sherry Xu awakened to find their only child, 9-year-old, Cecilia was missing. She had clearly been abducted. There were no ransom demands or clear motives for her kidnapping. All efforts to find the girl were fruitless, until a Scarborough man stumbled across a body in a ravine late in March 2004.
Sources and further reading:
Agreed Statement of Facts (PDF)
Episode 126 - On the morning of June 18, 1906, on the trail on the west side of the Two-Mile House, a drinking establishment outside Hazelton, B.C., the body of local tough guy, Alex McIntosh, was found. He had been ambushed and shot through the back. A short time later on the trail to the east of the Two-Mile House, the body of a labourer, Max Leclair, was discovered. He'd died in exactly the same manner. As McIntosh and an indigenous business man named Simon Peter Gunanoot had had a brutal...
Episode 125 - On cold December night just before Christmas in 1974, the 14-year-old son of Moncton, NB restauranteur, Cy Stein was kidnapped from the family home by two masked gunman. By just before 5:00am the kidnapping came to and end, but two city of Moncton police officers had then gone missing. Their fate would not be known for two more days, and the outcome was not positive.
Regina v. Hutchison, 1975 CanLII 1280 (NB CA)
Ambrose v. The Queen, 1976 CanLII 201 (SCC),  2 SCR...
Episode 124 - Women and girls, many indigenous have been going missing in the area of Northern British Columbia's Highway 16 since 1969. The route has become known as the Highway of Tears. Many have been found deceased and still others have just vanished. In this episode we cover the murders of Jill Stuchenko, Natasha Montgomery, Cynthia Maas and Loren Leslie. All four were killed over a span of 14 months by a violent and cold blooded monster with a baby face, a serial killer named Cody Alan...
Episode 123 - Born during the Great Depression, Ken Leishman was a stylish, good looking guy with a Clark Gable moustache. A married father of 7, he was adventurous, smart, charismatic, creative and enterprising. He used his skill as a small aircraft pilot to earn cash first as a fly in mechanic on prairie farms, then as a king cookery salesman.
Ken was also deeply in debt, his sales business was failing and he craved an even more lavish lifestyle. To get what he wanted Ken wasn't above...
Episode 122 - This is for or the deceased victims, the injured, the families, the friends and Bluenosers everywhere who are hurting after the shooting rampage that shook the little province of Nova Scotia to its core on April 18 and 19, 2020.
This is not who Nova Scotians are. This will not define us.
The deceased are:
Greg Blair & Jamie Blair
Peter Bond & Joy Bond
John Zahl & Elizabeth Joanne Thomas
Dawn Madsen & Frank Gulenchyn
Episode 121: In this episode we examine 3 different Canadian legends. First we look at Demon Isle a phantom island somewhere in or near the Gulf of St Lawrence. This is where French noblewoman Marguerite de Roberval was marooned by an evil uncle to star in her very own tale of demons, love, loss and survival in New France in the 1500's.
Then we're off to Moncton, New Brunswick, one of the most haunted cities in the Maritimes, and the the story of Rebecca's Grave, the resting place of a...
Episode 120 - For ages people have been drawn to Niagara Falls, the most famous group of waterfalls in North America, and maybe the world. As many as 20 million people per year visit to view the awesome power of nature as tens of millions of liters of water spectacularly pour over the falls every minute. There have been many accidental deaths, but there have been many drawn to the torrents for other darker reasons. Some come to end their own lives and others, the daredevils, to try to prove...
Tina Michelle Fontaine was an Indigenous girl who had a tough go right from the beginning. As she had run away before when 15-year-old Tina disappeared on August 9, 2014 the authorities did not treat it with much urgency at all. Tina’s family was worried sick and wanted more activity. It was not until it was too late that the investigation began in earnest. Tina’s body was found wrapped in a duvet and floating in Winnipeg's Red River more than a week later.
Her death and the subsequent...