Episode 054 – In this episode we find out that the iconic story by Dr Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is actually a true crime tale about a man living in the mountains above Squamish B.C. Mike and Scott dive into a thoughtful and serious break down of what may have motivated the man known only as “The Grinch” to commit such heinous acts as ripping off an entire town’s Christmas in the late 1950’s. 

Sources:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mike’s wacky head

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Episode 053 – In Thornhill Ontario, on a warm summer night in August of 2005 25-year-old Alicia Ross vanished from her family home without a trace. The intense search proved fruitless and foul play was expected early on. Alicia’s disappearance left a city in fear and her family and friends sick with worry. When someone came forward with news, it was the worst kind.

NOTE: Show co-hosted by temp co-host @carolbrowne as Scott is away in Australia.

Sources:
AliciaRoss.ca
R. v. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2007 CanLII 21124 (ON SC)
Wikipedia Article: Alicia Ross
America’s Most Wanted (archived) – Missing: Alicia Ross
Newspapers.com – Search for Alicia Ross
SeanHine.com
MyJewishLearning.com – Why Jews Hang a Mezuzah on the Doorpost

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Episode 052 – In 1845 an expedition led by experienced explorer, British Naval Rear Admiral, Sir John Franklin set off northward to conquer the fabled Northwest Passage. After a stop in Greenland the two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, with 129 crew aboard were never seen alive by European eyes again. Over the next 170 years, the fate of the ships andt their crews would finally be revealed, thanks to the help of the Inuit people and their oral traditions.

Sources:
Wikipedia Entry for Franklin’s Lost Expedition
Parks Canada Site – The Franklin Expedition
Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea by Sir John Franklin
Global News – Ships Gifted to Canada and New Artifacts
Cannibalism According to John Rae
Letter left at King William Island
List of provisions on Erebus and Terror
The book Dead Reckoning by Ken McGoogan

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Episode 051 – After a long stint of playing at home in Canada, this week we take you to Plainfield, Wisconsin where in the late 1950’s the entire town was shocked to find there was a depraved monster in their midst. Small in stature, shy, but somewhat odd, Ed Gein was the last person townsfolk would peg as a murderer, grave robber and necrophile. Gein’s horrific crimes went on to inspire writers to create some of the most memorable Hollywood villians of all time, namely Norman Bates in Psycho, Leatherface of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs and more.

** EXTREMELY GRAPHIC: LISTENER DISCRETION STRONGLY ADVISED **

Sources:
Wikpedia’s entry on Ed Gein
Harold Schecter’s book Deviant: The True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho
Robert Keller’s book Unhinged: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein
Ed Gein’s psychological profile
Articles on Ed Gein’s murders at newspapers.com
Generation Why’s blog post about Georgia Jean Weckler
Jewish Virtual Library article on Bitch of Buchenwald Ilse Koch
Documentarian Errol Morris talks about Ed Gein

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