Episode 044 – On January 11, 2011 people walking along the road spotted a headless, bare torso floating in Cold Water Creek off Landslide Road in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. The man was later identified as 29-year-old Wesley Hallam. Three local men, well knonw to police, were quickly apprehended and charged with first degree murder and causing idignity to human remains. After over five years of hard fought investigation and lengthy criminal proceedings the case was ‘resolved’, but the ending horrified Wesley’s family, friends and many residents of The Soo, even the police.
Author: Mike Browne
Episode 043 – After over 6 years of apparent harassment and a number of, what appeared to be violent assaults, Cindy James, a 44-year old nurse, went missing in May of 1989. On June 8, 1989, two weeks later, Cindy’s family’s greatest fears were realized. She was found dead near an abandoned home in Richmond B.C., a suburb of Vancouver. She appeared to have been drugged and strangled, with her hands and feet tied behind her back. A medical inquest into the cause of Cindy’s death was inconclusive, leaving this one of the most talked about unsolved cases in Canadian history.
Episode 042 – The man the world came to know as Harry Houdini, stunt performer, illusionist, magician was obsessed with magic and illusion from an early age. That obsession and drive to be better led him to become the most famous person ever to have practiced the magical arts.
There was a darker thing driving Harry too. He wanted to prove the existence of an after life. This not only led him to years of heartache after the deaths of his parents. Harry made many enemies of would be spiritualists as he debunked them.
Episode 041 – In 2014 on a warm summer morning, Calgary mother, Jennifer O’Brien, went to pick up her 5-year-old son, Nathan, from his grandparents’. When she walked in the bloody scene she found, shocked even the most seasoned Calgary Police Service members.
Kathy and Alvin Liknes and their grandson were nowhere to be found. A suspect was quickly identified, Douglas Garland, of Airdrie, Alberta. The trio was never seen alive again, nor were their bodies recovered. Polce were certain they had been murdered.
The mountain of evidence linking Garland to the crime, however, revealed a conniving mind, seething with resentment. Garland, after being shutout of a partnership in a product that went nowhere, had been planning murder for years.
Episode 039 – On September 2, 1998 one of the worst air disasters in Canada’s history took place when SwissAir flight 111 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean just off Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia. Although local fisherman and authorities responded quickly, it was already too late. All 229 souls were lost during the tremendous impact. Once again, Nova Scotians showed their compassion and willingness to lend a hand when needed in their response to the disaster.
As we aren’t talking about a full case we’re calling this Bonus Episode 1. Mike and Scott chat about Mike’s recent cross country trip and Mike gives the Dark Poutine related details of his journey. The last half of the episode is Mike speaking with Jack Luna of Dark Topic about his show, podcasting, true crime and some tough life experiences. We’ll be back next week with our regular fare.
Episode 037: In early July, 2010, Lyle and Marie McCann, retirees, beloved grandparents and great-parents packed up their RV and SUV in St. Albert, Alberta to head west to BC and visit more family. They were never seen again. After the McCann’s were declared deceased a year later, 38-year-old, Travis Edward Vader was charged with their murder, but prosecuting him has not been easy. The whereabouts of Lyle and Marie’s remains continue to be a mystery.
Episode 036: Elisa Lam, a University student from Vancouver, BC was on a solo trip in California in January of 2013. When she disappeared, foul play was suspected. However, when she was found deceased more than two weeks later under odd circumstances there were far more questions than answers and much speculation as to what actually took place.