episodes

024 – Rene Castellani – The Milkshake Murderer

Episode 024: In 1965 Rene Castellani was the promotional manager for Vancouver’s premiere radio station CKNW. Castellani, a local celebrity, was well known for his on air pranks and stunts, earning him the nickname, “the dizzy dialer”. Castellani was also having an affair with a receptionist from the radio station. When his wife Esther challenged him Castellani denied the affair. Shortly after that Esther became very sick and doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her. In July of 1965, Esther was dead.

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Sources:

https://www.amazon.ca/Dead-Ends-B-C-Crime-Stories/dp/0889773483/ Paul Willcocks Dead Ends : BC Crime Stories 

https://www.amazon.ca/Irrefutable-Evidence-History-Forensic-Science-ebook/dp/B009D173F2/ Irrefutable Evidence, A History of Forensic Science – Michael Kurland 

http://evelazarus.com/the-sensational-murder-of-esther-castellani/ 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/radio-star-kills-wife-aresenic-laced-milkshakes-article-1.2249428 

http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listing_and_histories/radio/cknw-am 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CKNW 

http://www.pressreader.com/canada/vancouver-sun/20141004/281505044452227 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsenic 

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http://canlii.ca/t/1xd5m 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BowMac_sign 

https://www.straight.com/life/1051491/homeless-vancouver-bowmac-sign-faces-demolition-when-west-broadway-toys-r-us-shuts-down 

https://www.whitespot.ca/ 

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https://www.straight.com/life/1051491/homeless-vancouver-bowmac-sign-faces-demolition-when-west-broadway-toys-r-us-shuts-down