Episode 66 – This week we go back in time to 1878 in Amherst Nova Scotia. We learn about one of Canada’s most documented and as yet unexplained paranormal events. Esther Cox, an ordinary 18-year-old in the town was at the center of these horrific psychic attacks, some people believe to have been poltergeists. It began with the feeling of something under the bed, odd noises and Esther suffering a weird illness. The events went on for months, eventually led to items flying around the home and mysterious fires being set seemingly out of nowhere.

In the second half of the show we speak to paranormal investigator, author, teacher and media personality, Morgan Knudsen of entityseeker.ca. She gives us some insight into the case of Esther Cox as well as some others including those included in Blue Ant Media’s Paranormal 911 which can be seen here in Canada on Sunday nights at 8:00 pm Eastern.

Sources:
The Great Amherst Mystery – Wikipedia
A Critical Study of “The Great Amherst Mystery Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research
Walter Hubbell’s – The Great Amherst Mystery aka The Haunted House
Personal Experiences in Spiritualism

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Episode 65: On a cold night in January in 1983, after hearing strange noises coming from the property nearby a neighbour found a woman’s brutally bludgeoned body on the bloody floor of her open garage. She had also been shot once behind the ear.  The body was that of Joann Wilson, ex-wife of Colin Thatcher, Saskatchewan M.L.A. and former Energy Minister and son of the Province’s 9th premiere. The two had divorced bitterly only years before and suspicion fell on Colin right away. The ensuing investigation revealed the shocking facts of the case and led to Thatcher’s downfall.

Research & Writing:
Katherine Buchanan

Books:
A Canadian Tragedy by Maggie Siggins
Deny, Deny, Deny: The Rise and Fall of Colin Thatcher by Garrett Wilson.
Not Above The Law by Heather Bird

Other Sources:
newspapers.com
CBC Timeline
Supreme Court Judgment
Colin Thatcher on Revolvy
CourtTV Crime Library – Archived

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Episode 064 – In April of 1992 Ian and Nancy Blackburn did not show for a family get together near their recreational property in Caledon, Ontario. The couple were found murdered and stuffed into the trunk of Nancy’s car outside their home in Toronto. The number one suspect, had allegedly been breaking into properties in the Caledon area throughout the winter and his aberrant behaviour had been escalating toward the dangerous and bizarre.

Although identified as, David Alexander Snow, 37, an eccentric antiques dealer in Orangeville near Caledon, he eluded police. In Vancouver, BC, where he’d fled, Snow went on a two week crime spree of kidnapping, rape, robbery and violence, before being apprehended by North Vancouver RCMP on July 12, 1992.

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Research Assistance: Rebecca McNall

Sources:

Crime Seen by Kate Lines – book
Cold North Killers by Lee Mellor – book
A Friend of the Family by Alison Shaw – book
Canadian Monsters by Robert Keller – book
David Alexander Snow – murderpedia
David Alexander Snow | Crime Documentaries
MacLeans Magazine 1992 – A Twisted Case
R. v. Snow, 2000 BCCA 113 (CanLII) , http://canlii.ca/t/5363
R. v. Snow, 1996 CanLII 8398 (BC CA), http://canlii.ca/t/1wntx
R. v. Snow, 2004 CanLII 34547 (ON CA), http://canlii.ca/t/1j0sb

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Episode 063 – In the wee hours of September 5, 1970, after a binge of alcohol and possibly LSD, Dale Merle Nelson, 33, a logger and father of three snapped. In just over an hour he’d murdered 7 residents, including 4 children, of tiny Creston B.C. He had then absconded with another child into the local wilderness. That child, 8-year-old Cathy St. Amand, would also be found butchered where Nelson stated he’d left her, prior to his capture just a day after the massacre; one of the worst in Canadian history.

Sources:
Dale Merle Nelson at murderpedia
Dale Merle Nelson at Wikipedia
The Limits of Sanity by Larry Still – Book
Various articles at newspapers.com
Dale Merle Nelson manhunt photos by John Denniston

Update for episode 60: Thank you to physicist Dr.Camilla Moir for her hypothesis on what Granger Taylor may have been attempting the night he died. Link 1 & Link 2

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