210: The Murder of Ardeth Wood

Episode 210: In the summer of 2003, Ardeth Wood, a 27-year-old PhD candidate studying philosophy at the University of Waterloo, was enjoying a well needed break at her parent’s home in the Orleans neighbourhood of Ottawa. In the early afternoon of August 6, 2003, wanting to take advantage of a beautiful, warm summer day Ardeth borrowed her brother’s bike to go for a ride. Ardeth never came home.

Ardeth’s disappearance triggered one of the largest searches in Ottawa’s history up to that point covering the almost 200 kilometres of bike paths around the capital city and its suburbs. Five days later, Ardeth’s body was discovered. She’d been drowned on purpose and then hidden by her killer in a densely wooded area along the banks of Green’s Creek. Police had no suspects. Fearing for their own safety, many of the residents of Ottawa were terrified to use the parks and bike paths for some time even with increased police patrols. It would be more than two years before charges were laid against the man accused of Ardeth’s murder.

Sources and Further Reading:

The Disappearance of Ardeth Wood An Anthology of True Crime by Pete Dove – Ebook | Scribd

Ardeth Wood – Wikipedia

Murder She Solved – The Pathway Predator – Dailymotion Video

Ardeth WOOD | Obituary | Ottawa Citizen

Ardeth Mary Margaret Wood (1975-2003) – Find a Grave Memorial

The value of virginity? « knitnut.net

University of Waterloo — September 10, 2003: Scholarship remembers murdered grad

A Mother’s Grief – The Healing Power of Forgiveness | Nourished Motherhood Blog

Archived Ardeth Remembered

Archived A death that touched an entire city

Ardeth Wood murder resonates 10 years later | CBC News

Interview with Colum Wood — YouTube

Global study on homicide

Kristen Gilchrist (2010) “Newsworthy” Victims?, Feminist Media Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2010.514110

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