Episode 237: On a fall evening in 1991, police discovered the bodies of Alfred Critchley, 75, and Virginia Critchley, 73, in the Chatham, Ontario residence they shared with their son and his family. The couple had been brutally stabbed. Alfred was unconscious but alive and Virginia was barely alive. Virginia died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and Alfred died later in the hospital having never regained consciousness. After a brief search, the couple’s grandson, Jasen Pangburn, 19, was discovered partially buried in a nearby ravine. Jasen had been executed with a single gunshot to the chest from a .22 calibre firearm. Thanks to Virginia’s dying words, suspicion fell on two youths, who’d been acquaintances of Jasen Pangburn’s, Jason Shawn Cofell, 18, and a 15-year-old accomplice we’ll call C.B.

Sources:

2007 CanLII 76511 (ON SC) | R. v. Cofell | CanLII

The Essex and Kent Scottish – Canada.ca

Chatham triple-murderer granted parole after almost 25 years in prison | CBC News

Teenage triple-murderer whose killings rocked Chatham, region gets parole after decades in prison

Search — Jason Shaw Cofell — Newspapers.com

Cofell, Jason – Canadian Crimeopedia

Chatham-Kent, ON Crime Rates & Map

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Episode 236: In our last episode, we heard about the murder of 61-year-old retiree, and beloved mother, grandmother and recent great-grandmother, Diana Russell. On February 22, 2002, after her car was found abandoned, in out-of-the way Boston Bar, her family became concerned. Diana was not answering her phone and no one knew where she was.

She was later found by police in the basement of Kelowna ,B.C. townhome. Diana had been beaten, hogtied, raped and then strangled. The number one suspect was no stranger to the family. He was Ronald Leal Fowler, an ex-boyfriend of Diana’s eldest daughter, Michele, and father to that daughter’s two-year-old son, Brandon. 

After killing Diana, Fowler had fled in her car, but after it became hopelessly stuck after a freak winter mud and snow slide he’d hitchhiked to Vancouver. Fowler was arrested there after the truck driver who’d dropped him off in the Lower Mainland called police about the sketchy guy who’d ridden with him.

Fowler, who’d illegally walked away from half-way house in which he’d been living, claimed amnesia due to drug and alcohol binge at the time. He denied responsibility for Diana’s murder and maintains that position to this day.

Diana’s remaining family was left to pick of the pieces of their broken lives. This crime is still a painful wound for them, ripped open by Fowler’s every appeal and applications for parole. In the second part of this episode we hear from Collin Lucksinger, Diana Russell’s grandson, as he shares with us his feelings about the his grandmother and the crime.

Sources:

Facebook — Biography of Diana Russell

Search Castanet News – Ronald Fowler

2006 BCSC 1215 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII

2006 BCSC 1214 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII

2005 BCSC 1876 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII

2005 BCSC 1875 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII

2005 BCSC 1874 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII

CN BC: Drug Experts Differ Over Blackouts – Rave.ca

Femicide

RamsReef — Twitch

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Episode 235: On February 22, 2002, a vehicle was found in the ditch off the Trans-Canada highway near Boston Bar, B.C.

The car was registered to 61-year-old mother, grandmother and recent great-grandmother, Diana Russell, who was nowhere around the car. RCMP obtained a key to Diana’s Kelowna townhouse and went inside finding the woman partially clothed body underneath some mattresses and furniture. She’d been hogtied, raped, beaten and strangled.

Police quickly determined that Ronald Leal Fowler, 31, was a person of interest in the murder. Fowler, father of one of Diana’s grandchildren after a brief relationship with Diana’s eldest daughter, Fowler was later dramatically captured in Vancouver. He was then charged and in 2006 was convicted of first degree murder.

Diana Russell’s daughter Valerie MacPherson kindly shared her writings about her family’s pain around the time of the murder and the twenty years since. In part 2 we will hear from Diana’s grandson, Collin Lucksinger, as he shares first hand his thoughts and feelings around Diana’s murder.

Sources:

Facebook — Biography of Diana Russell

Search Castanet News – Ronald Fowler

2006 BCSC 1215 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII

2006 BCSC 1214 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII

2005 BCSC 1876 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII

2005 BCSC 1875 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII

2005 BCSC 1874 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII

CN BC: Drug Experts Differ Over Blackouts – Rave.ca

Femicide

RamsReef — Twitch

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