Episode 252: Starting when Amanda Michelle Todd was just 11 years old, a person began a campaign of sexual extortion, relentless harassment and cyberbullying. Over the next three years, Amanda endured constant pressure from the man who used 22 online aliases on four different social media platforms to coerce and lure her into performing pornographic cam shows for him.

On September 7, 2012, Amanda posted a now-famous video on YouTube in which she used a series of flashcards to tell her experience of being blackmailed into exposing her breasts via webcam, which later led to her being bullied and physically assaulted. The video gained global attention when it went viral after Amanda completed suicide at her family home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a month before her 16th birthday on October 10th, 2012. As of this writing, the video, still up on YouTube, is just about to crack 15 million views.

Amanda’s mother, Carol Todd, was driven by grief of her daughter’s loss to become an activist. She established the Amanda Todd Trust at the Royal Bank of Canada, which receives donations to support anti-bullying awareness education and programs for young people with mental health problems.

In 2014, a Dutch-Turkish man, Aydin Coban, in his 30s when the abuse of Amanda Todd began, was identified as the man who’d been harassing her and at least 39 other young girls and young gay males in the Netherlands, U.K., and Canada. After legal proceedings in the Netherlands wrapped up, Coban was imprisoned there. Although charged with five offences related to Amanda Todd here in Canada, Amanda’s family would have to wait for justice for her.

In June 2022, almost ten years after Amanda’s death, after being extradited to Canada, Aydan Coban stood trial in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. On August 5, 2022, the jury found Coban guilty of all five of the charges he was facing.


Amanda Todd Legacy Society Official Site – Home

My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, self-harm | YouTube

The Story of Amanda Todd | The New Yorker

2022 BCSC 1810 (CanLII) | R. v Coban | CanLII

Dutch man Aydin Coban convicted of sexually extorting B.C. teen Amanda Todd | CBC News

Amanda Todd – Transcript of video – Pastebin.com

Amanda Michelle “Manda” Todd (1996-2012) – Find a Grave Memorial

Get help & support for suicide – Google Search Help

Canadian Association For Suicide Prevention

International Association for Suicide Prevention

Amanda Todd Legacy – Staying Strong

Carol Todd’s Snowflakes | http://amandatoddlegacy.org/


My Name is Amanda Todd | Life Reflected | National Arts Centre

‘She shared everything with me’: Amanda Todd’s mother talks about her life with her daughter (with video)

Timeline of the Amanda Todd cyberbullying case | Vancouver Sun

Timeline: Amanda Todd investigation | CTV News

Amanda Todd blackmailer Kody Maxson outed another pedophile blackmailer

Cyberbullying trial: Closing arguments in B.C. | CTV News

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Episode 251: In the rural area known as Drummond Township, near Perth, Ontario, about a mile north of the village of Balderson’s Corners, in the early morning hours of December 10, 1828, what appeared to be an accidental fire resulted in the deaths of Thomas Easby’s wife and four eldest children. Only a month later, it was the word of Thomas’s only surviving son that painted a different, more sinister picture. Thomas was arrested, charged with the murders and tried. Easby’s trial was brief, he was convicted and sentenced to hang for what has been called Canada’s first mass murder.


Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing

The Thomas Easby Murders in 1829 — Foulest Ever in Lanark County | lindaseccaspina

Perth & District Historical Society – Perth, Ontario, Canada


Thomas Easby Murders « Arlene Stafford Wilson

A Matter of Honour: And Other Tales of Early Perth – Susan Code – Google Books

The Early History of Balderson’s Corners

Historic Lanark County Documents from the Perth Courier

Uncovering the Secrets of the Perth Museum Archives: A Q&A with Debbie Sproule – Lanark County Tourism

A History of Drummond Township – John C. Ebbs – Google Books

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Episode 250: At 8:00 PM on the evening of March 21, 2006, the B.C. Ferries-operated motor vessel Queen of the North departed Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The long-haul passenger and vehicle ferry, making the 18-hour overnight trip to *Port Hardy* on the Northern end of Vancouver Island, was carrying 22 vehicles, 101 people, 59 passengers and 42 crew. Many passengers were asleep when, at 12:21 A.M., at 17.5 knots, the ferry struck an underwater ledge on the northeast side of Gil Island in Wright Sound. The damage to the hull was catastrophic; it tore holes in the starboard side and took out the propellers. The ferry lost propulsion and began drifting and taking on water. Upon realizing the ferry was lost, the crew and passengers loaded into lifeboats to take them safely away from the foundering vessel, which sank in 430 m of water only 80 Minutes later. Sadly, two of the passengers, Shirley Rosette and Gerald Foisy, both of 100 Mile House, British Columbia, were unaccounted for and, as they’ve never been found, they have since been declared dead.

Investigations by B.C. Ferries and the Canadian Transportation Safety Board determined that the sinking was due to human error on the part of the ferry’s navigational crew, and the RCMP undertook a criminal investigation. Helmswomen Karen Briker was fired, as was Captain Colin Henthorne, rightfully in his cabin at the time.

But the blame for the incident fell squarely on the shoulders of another man, the ship’s fourth officer. On March 16, 2010, the Crown charged *Karl-Heinz Arthur Lilgert* with two counts of criminal negligence, causing death. Lilgert was subsequently convicted of both charges and sentenced to four years in prison.


Connecting the Coast | BC Ferries

Marine Investigation Report M92W1057 – Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Marine Investigation Report M06W0052 – Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Skidegate Band Council

Home | City of Prince Rupert

Divisional Inquiry | BC Ferries – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.

2013 BCSC 1329 (CanLII) | R. v. Lilgert | CanLII

Navigator was either fighting or having sex with former lover on bridge of B.C. ferry the night it sank, Crown tells court | National Post

Queen of the North, the Captain’s story – North Island Gazette

The Queen of the North Disaster by Colin Henthorne – Ebook | Scribd

Family asked to prove loved ones died at ferry sinking trial | CTV News

Family of two victims testify at B.C. ferry sinking trial | CBC News

Ferry passenger believes she saw couple before crash, thinks they went overboard | Globalnews.ca

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