Episode 225: In our last episode we learned that in Saskatoon, on the morning of January 31, 1969, a 12-year-old girl on the way to school stumbled upon the body of Gail Miller, a 20-year-old nurse’s aide, lying in the snow in an alley. Gail had been raped, murdered and discarded in the snow by her killer. As there had been a number of sexual assaults in the city, police were under enormous pressure to solve the murder and soon their attention turned to 16-year-old David Edgar Milgaard. He’d been in the neighbourhood and at a home nearby the alley where Gail’s body lay on the morning of the murder. Witnesses later claimed he’d seen blood on David’s clothing and gave other incriminating information to police. Milgaard was subsequently arrested and charged with Gail’s murder.

Exactly a year after the murder, Milgaard was convicted of the murder and sentenced to a term of life in prison — justice, it appeared, had been served. We’ll find out, that was not the case at all. After serving 23 hellish years in prison, David Milgaard, who’d always maintained his innocence, was finally exonerated by DNA evidence that pointed to another man as Gail Miller’s killer, a man named Larry Earl Fisher.

Sources:

Saskatoon.ca |

INQUIRY CALLED INTO WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF DAVID MILGAARD | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Commission of the Inquiry Into the Wrongful Conviction of David Milgaard

David Milgaard – Innocence Canada

Reference re Milgaard (Can.) – SCC Cases

R. v. Milgaard, 1971 CanLII 792 (SK CA), < https://canlii.ca/t/g7c3z >

R. v. Fisher (L.E.), 1999 SKQB 88 (CanLII), < https://canlii.ca/t/g95sx >

Justice Miscarried by Helena Katz – Ebook | Scribd

Shrunk by J. Thomas Dalby, PhD, Editor, Lorene Shyba, PhD, Editor – Audiobook | Scribd

Wrongful Convictions in Canada | PDF | Miscarriage Of Justice | Law

David Milgaard – Wikipedia

David Milgaard was innocent of Gail Miller murder and rape – SaskToday.ca

Milgaard inquiry: Don’t judge us: Cops

Man convicted of notorious murder dies at Abbotsford prison – Abbotsford News

A Mother’s Story – Joyce Milgaard

Donald Marshall Jr. – Dark Poutine – True Crime & Dark History

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Episode 224: In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on the morning of January 31, 1969, a 12-year-old girl on the way to school stumbled upon the body of Gail Miller, a 20-year-old nurse’s aide, lying in the snow in an alley. Gail had been raped, murdered and discarded in the snow by her killer. As there had been a number of sexual assaults in the city, police were under enormous pressure to solve the murder and soon their attention turned to 16-year-old David Edgar Milgaard. He’d been in the neighbourhood and at a home nearby the alley where Gail’s body lay on the morning of the murder. Witnesses later claimed he’d seen blood on David’s clothing and gave other incriminating information to police. Milgaard was subsequently arrested and charged with Gail’s murder.

Exactly a year after the murder, Milgaard was convicted of the murder and sentenced to a term of life in prison — justice, it appeared, had been served. We’ll find out, that was not the case at all. After serving 23 hellish years in prison, David Milgaard, who’d always maintained his innocence, was finally exonerated by DNA evidence that pointed to another man as Gail Miller’s killer.

Sources:

Saskatoon.ca

INQUIRY CALLED INTO WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF DAVID MILGAARD | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Commission of the Inquiry Into the Wrongful Conviction of David Milgaard

David Milgaard – Innocence Canada

Reference re Milgaard (Can.) – SCC Cases

R. v. Milgaard, 1971 CanLII 792 (SK CA), < https://canlii.ca/t/g7c3z >

R. v. Fisher (L.E.), 1999 SKQB 88 (CanLII), < https://canlii.ca/t/g95sx >

Justice Miscarried by Helena Katz – Ebook | Scribd

Shrunk by J. Thomas Dalby, PhD, Editor, Lorene Shyba, PhD, Editor – Audiobook | Scribd

Wrongful Convictions in Canada | PDF | Miscarriage Of Justice | Law

David Milgaard – Wikipedia

David Milgaard was innocent of Gail Miller murder and rape – SaskToday.ca

Milgaard inquiry: Don’t judge us: Cops

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Episode 223: On Friday, February 20, 1976, while on vacation in Florida OPP Corporal Donald R. Irwin, 39, a father of three from Kitchener, Ontario, went on a ride along with his good friend Florida State Trooper, Philip Black, also 39-years-old. Irwin was in civilian clothing and unarmed. At around 7:15 a.m. they checked an old Camaro parked in a rest area on I-95, north of Pompano Beach, Florida. Moments later, both officers were dead, and the five people who’d been in the Camaro had fled in Black’s cruiser. 

Walter Norman Rhodes Jr., 26, 29-year-old, Jesse Joseph Tafero, Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs, 28, Tafero’s wife and two children, Jacobs’ 9-year-old son, Eric, and the couple’s 10-month-old daughter, Christina, were apprehended at a road block after having kidnapped another man, and stolen his Cadillac from a retirement home after abandoning Black’s cruiser. Rhodes’ life was spared as he pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the other two. Jacobs and Tafero were both sentenced to die in Florida’s electric chair, but was justice really served. The case eventually unravelled but not before Tafero had his date with Old Sparky in 1990.

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Sources:

21 Feb 1976, Page 1 – Fort Lauderdale News at Newspapers.com

Killer of 2 Police Officers Executed in Florida – The New York Times

Ontario Police Memorial Foundation — Donald R. Irwin

FHP MEMORIAL — Phillip A. Black (1936-1976)

In the Blink of an Eye – Essay

https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/stories/i-had-nothing-the-world-i-left-no-longer-existed

Jesse Tafero – Case Chart – Grassroots Investigation Project by Claudia Whitman Sponsored by Equal Justice USA

Jesse Tafero – Case Summary – Innocence Project by Claudia Whitman sponsored by Equal Justice USA

Jesse Tafero – Wikipedia

Exoneree, Center on Wrongful Convictions: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Tafero v. State, 223 So. 2d 564 | Casetext Search + Citator

Jesse Tafero | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers

Jesse Tafero – Wikipedia

Jessie Joseph Tafero, Petitioner-appellant, v. Louie L. Wainwright, Respondent-appellee, 796 F.2d 1314 (11th Cir. 1986) :: Justia

Home – The Sunny Center

The Joys of Forgiveness on Death Row | Sunny Jacobs | TEDxGalway — YouTube

‘Exonerated’ blurs facts about death penalty case

Former death row couple: ‘Life turned out beautifully’ | Family | The Guardian

TIPS LEAD TO CAPTURE OF PAROLED MURDERER – Sun Sentinel

Fugitive’s prosthetic leg gives him away | The Seattle Times

WALTER RHODES JR v. HARDEE CI WARDEN FLORIDA PAROLE COMMISSION SECRETARY FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS | FindLaw

Rhodes v. Fla. Parole Comm’n, CASE NO. 8:13-cv-1424-T-36AEP | Casetext Search + Citator

Phillip Black and Donald Irwin murders 2/20/1976 Broward County, FL *Shot to death by Walter Rhodes, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; It is, actually, a complicated case* | Bonnie’s Blog of Crime

Sunny Jacobs: Life Beyond

Stretch of I-95 honors 2 fallen troopers

 

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Episode 222: On Sunday, November 12,1988 beloved 36-year-old high school teacher named Byron Carr was found by his family dead in the bedroom of his home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He’d been strangled to death and stabbed. Byron’s wallet had been stolen, and ominously on his wall, written in pen, were the words “I will kill again.” Investigators revealed that Byron was a closeted gay man, and had been involved in a consensual sexual encounter with an as yet unidentified man prior to his death. It is presumed that it was this man who killed Byron. No one has ever been brought to justice in Byron’s death.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is asked to call the Bell Aliant sponsored Byron Carr Hot Line 1-877-566-3952 or PEI Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS.

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Sources:

Homicides | Charlottetown Police Services

PEI Crime Stoppers – Homicides

Charlottetown police reopen 1980s murder case | CBC News

Skimpy underwear connected to 1988 murder | CBC News

Charlottetown police release sketch of possible Byron Carr killer | SaltWire

Byron Carr murder accomplice identified by police | CBC News

2013, John Carr interview | CBC.ca

‘Give this family closure’: Police still working to solve 30-year-old Byron Carr murder | CBC News

Unsolved Case Files Canada: Murder of Byron Carr After Sexual Encounter With Another Male

Cold case, warm memories: Byron Carr’s friends, family want his 1988 P.E.I. murder solved | SaltWire

On the hunt | SaltWire

Brad MacConnell Named New Chief of Police | Charlottetown Police Services

r/PEI: Byron Carr

r/UnresolvedMysteries: Byron Carr

CANADA — Canada — Byron Carr, 36, Schoolteacher — Nov’ 88 | Websleuths

Reader’s Digest: Canada’s Most Notorious Cold Cases

Public Attitudes toward Homosexuality — Tom W. Smith

TIMELINE | Same-sex rights in Canada | CBC News

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia

LGBT+ Pride 2021 Global Survey points to increasingly positive attitudes in Canada toward LGBT+ individuals | Ipsos

R. v. MacDonald, 2004 CanLII 9284 (ON CA), <https://canlii.ca/t/1h09c>

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