Episode 246: John Ruffolo, 36, an employee of Brinks Canada at Butler Crescent location in Saanichton, British Columbia, was due to start a night shift at 10:30 PM on October 19, 2003. He was an ATM technician and an armoured car driver. When John didn’t show up, the rest of the armoured car crew waited 30 minutes before calling John’s home. A woman answered the phone, telling John’s co-worker, Jason Amos, that John had left for work some time ago. The crew waited a few more minutes before calling in a replacement.

John’s wife, Ruby Ann Ruffolo, reported her husband missing on October 20th. His car turned up outside a local pub in Victoria two days after that. On October 25, 2003, a hiker walking near Humpback Road in Langford, 15 kilometres from his Victoria home, found John Ruffolo’s body in a culvert and called the police. John’s body was uninjured except for puncture wounds, believed to be needle marks, on both arms.

Six months after John Ruffolo died, police arrested Ruby Ann Ruffolo and charged her with first-degree murder in her husband’s death. John’s surviving family had to wait seven long years for justice in a case beset by numerous delays, some initiated by the defendant and her lawyers, but also included a judge’s death and a mistrial. 

Sources:

John RUFFOLO Obituary (2003) – The Times Colonist

2010 BCSC 1630 R. v. Ruffolo

2012 BCCA 325 R. v. Ruffolo

826 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC — Google Maps

Routes from 994 Tulip Ave to 6721 Butler Crescent — Google Maps

Heroin | HealthLink BC

Amitriptyline – Oral | HealthLink BC

Nortriptyline – Oral | HealthLink BC

Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative

CN BC: Judge’s Death Puts Cases In Jeopardy

Woman killed cheating husband with overdose of heroin | CTV News

Family furious over convicted killer’s release | CBC News

Murder victim’s family responds to Ruffolo’s release – Saanich News

Ruby Ann Ruffolo Guilty of First Degree Murder – YouTube

Ruby Ann Ruffolo loses last appeal of conviction for murdering husband in 2003 – Victoria Times Colonist

KidSport Canada | So all kids can play

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Episode 245: Between 1926 and 1928, a sinister darkness was afoot on a small chicken ranch in Wineville, California. When he was only 19, Gordon Stewart Northcott, a Canadian, had abducted, raped, tortured and murdered at least three and as many as 20 others. His victims were predominantly prepubescent boys. He sexually assaulted and released numerous others. When a portion of the truth came out, much of it was told by Northcott’s nephew, 13-year-old Sanford Clark. Northcott had brought Sanford with him from Canada two years before. 

Northcott viciously raped and beat Clark numerous times before tiring of him as he aged. Afterward, through fear and intimidation, Northcott coerced his nephew into assisting him in committing and covering up the murders of his victims. Even Northcott’s mother, Sarah Louise Northcott, helped in some of the crimes to keep her son out of jail. 

Sources:

The Road Out of Hell : Flacco, Anthony : Internet Archive

Nothing is Strange with You : Paul, James Jeffrey Internet Archive

Cold North Killers : Canadian Serial Murder : Mellor, Lee : Internet Archive

Beyond Evil by Robert Keller – Ebook | Scribd

Gordon Northcott | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers

10 Notorious Serial Killers Who All Suffered Childhood Head Injuries

Healdsburg Tribune 20 September 1928 — California Digital Newspaper Collection

Gordon Stewart Northcott’s handwritten confession, Riverside, 1928 – UCLA Library Digital Collections

People v. Northcott, 209 Cal. 639 | Casetext Search + Citator

Gordon Stewart Northcott Archives – Deranged LA Crimes ®Deranged LA Crimes ®

Gordon Stewart Northcott (1906-1930) – Find a Grave Memorial

Clark, chief witness in `20s child murders led exemplary life – Whittier Daily News

The Puzzling Disappearance Of Walter Collins | BuzzFeed Unsolved Wiki | Fandom

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Episode 244: On the morning of the 8th of July 1917, thirty-nine-year-old Tom Thomson, a renowned Canadian painter and skilled outdoorsman, set off well-supplied for a day-long fishing excursion in his canoe on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park in Whitney, Ontario. A canoe, later identified as Thomson’s, was found floating upside down in the lake later on the same day. When Tom did not return from his fishing trip the next day, his friends became concerned. Eight days after Thomson first set out, Dr. G. W. (Goldwyn) Howland, a cottager from Toronto, spotted Tom’s bloated and decomposed body floating in the lake. An examination of Thomson’s body uncovered a large bruise on the right side of his head, and blood had come out of his right ear. Thomson’s death was quickly ruled an accident, and no police investigation occurred. Thomson was laid to rest in Mowat Cemetery near Canoe Lake, where he’d died. However, Thomson’s older brother George demanded the body be exhumed. Two days later, Tom’s grave was re-opened, the casket removed, and he was re-interred on July 21 in the family plot beside the Leith Presbyterian Church in what is now the Municipality of Meaford, Ontario.

Officially the matter was closed, but mythology has grown around Thomson’s death. In the intervening years since Thomson’s death, investigations by sleuths, amateur and professional, have come to various conflicting conclusions. Some agree with the initial findings that Thomson died due to accidental drowning. Others, however, suggest that Tom Thomson was murdered.

Sources:

Death on a Painted Lake: The Tom Thomson Tragedy

Algonquin Provincial Park | Ontario, Canada | The Friends of Algonquin Park

Tom Thomson | The Canadian Encyclopedia

The Group of Seven – Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933

Canada’s History Books – Canada’s History

The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson, Canadian Painter – alexanderadamsart

Tom Thomson: The Silence and the Storm by David Silcox, Harold Town – Ebook | Scribd

Tom Thomson by Joan Murray – Ebook | Scribd

Who Killed Tom Thomson? by John Little – Ebook | Scribd

The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson by Gregory Klages – Ebook | Scribd

The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson by George A. Walker – Ebook | Scribd

Tom Thomson’s Last Paddle by Larry McCloskey – Ebook | Scribd

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Episode 243: Eighty years ago, on August 19, 1942, in Operation Jubilee began as the Allies attacked the French port of Dieppe on the English Channel Coast. Of the more than 6100 troops involved, five thousand were soldiers of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division and a thousand British, many commandos, with a handful of others including Americans. The hope was to gain a foothold in Europe, breaching Hitler’s heavily-fortified Atlantic Wall. But unfortunately, the Germans were ready for them, and things did not go as planned. 

After nine excruciating hours of brutal fighting along the shore, the allied force retreated. Almost 1000 Allied troops lay dead, and at least 2000 more were prisoners of war, making this one of Canada’s darkest days ever in a time of war.

Sources:

Dieppe – Veterans Affairs Canada

The Dieppe Raid – Historical Sheet – Second World War – History – Veterans Affairs Canada

WarMuseum.ca – Democracy at War – Dieppe Raid, 19 August 1942 – Operations

Dieppe: a German Learning Experience – James Shelley – King’s College London

WWII: The Dieppe Raid – Canada at War

The Dieppe Raid : Juno Beach Centre

Cpt. Romuald Nalecz Tyminski, Polish Canadian Hero

PATRICK PORTEOUS VC

CBC – Dieppe

Prisoner of War: A Story from Dieppe : Juno Beach Centre

HyperWar: Six Years of War: The Army in Canada, Britain and the Pacific Chapter 11

HyperWar: Six Years of War: The Army in Canada, Britain and the Pacific Chapter 12

DIEPPE: “They Didn’t Have To Die!” – Legion Magazine

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