070 – The Murder of Taylor Van Diest (BC)

Episode 070 – In the quiet city of Armstrong B.C. on Halloween night 2011, Taylor Van Diest, 18, left her house dressed as a zombie. She was excited to meet up with her pals to go trick or treating one last time before they were ‘too old’. Taylor stopped responding to text messages just over ten minutes into her short walk to her friend’s home. She was found badly beaten and clinging to life two hours later by friends and family frantically searching. The fun loving girl with no known enemies died in hospital the next morning. It would take good old fashioned police work coupled with forensic DNA evidence to bring her killer to justice.

Sources:
Taylor Van Diest Facebook
Taylor Van Diest Press Conference (Nov.4/11)
Van Diest Suspect DNA (video)
RCMP Taylor Van Diest murder suspect (video)
R. v. Foerster, 2017 BCCA 105 (CanLII), <http://canlii.ca/t/h0b5z>
Killer’s Videotaped Confession
Foerster Pleads Guilty to Earlier Attacks
Foerster Sr. gets three years for enabling murderer’s escape

2 thoughts on “070 – The Murder of Taylor Van Diest (BC)

  1. Hey guys,
    Just listened to Taylor’s episode. You did an excellent job as always. Was going to write in Yumberyard but this really hit me hard. You said Matt will be eligible for parole after 17 years but he’s not likely going to be…….dangerous to women, believe and hope they don’t let him out. Hate to remind you….Karla Holmoka. It happens. I grew up the same age as Kristen, I knew Leslie and I was born and raised in Hamilton. Right between where both girls lived, well I’m sure I don’t need to remind you of the details. But it does happen.
    Sorry to end on a downer.
    I don’t get on here often so I want to say again keep up the great podcast, I appreciate you and I will continue to spread the word.
    Take care,
    Roberta Chabot.

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