Episode 256: Colten Boushie was a 22-year-old Indigenous man from the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada, who was shot and killed on a farm near Biggar, Saskatchewan, on August 9, 2016. His death received widespread attention and led to a national conversation in Canada about systemic racism and the treatment of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system. The trial and acquittal of the farmer who was charged with Boushie’s death, a man named Gerald Stanley, also sparked controversy and led to calls for reforms in the Canadian justice system.

Sources:

Red Pheasant Cree Nation – A prospering Nation

2017 SKQB 366 (CanLII) | R v Stanley | CanLII

2017 SKQB 367 (CanLII) | R v Stanley | CanLII

2018 SKQB 27 (CanLII) | R v Stanley | CanLII

Colten’s friend Eric talking about the shooting | Twitter

Victim, friends needed help with flat tire before farmyard shooting: witness | 650 CKOM

DocumentCloud | FSIN Media Release

The night Colten Boushie died | The Globe and Mail

The Legal Trial of Gerald Stanley – a second look at the case through the lens of law | CanLII Connects

CRCC Final Report on the Death of Colten Boushie

‘Have to keep talking about it,’ says Boushie’s mother, five years after Stanley acquittal | Star Phoenix

Colten Boushie, Gerald Stanley and a case that’s hard to defend | The Star

Read ‘The Rodney King of Western Canada’: Killing of Indigenous Man Heads to Trial Online

Who was Colten Boushie? | CBC News

Colten Boushie Archives – APTN News

‘White Lives Matter’ signs show up in North Battleford Saskatchewan

Debbie Baptiste | Canada’s National Observer: News & Analysis

Brad Wall – Racism has no place in Saskatchewan. | Facebook

We Will Stand Up | CBC Docs POV |YouTube

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Episode 255: On September 28, 2016, a police dog discovered the nude and decomposing body of a young woman on the grounds of Gabriola House, a famous and, at that time, abandoned mansion on Davie Street in Vancouver’s West End. The body was that of Natsumi Kogawa, 30, a Japanese woman who’d been in Canada on a Visa to study English since May that year. Natsumi’s friends and family had not heard from her since September 8, and she’d been officially listed as a missing person four days after that. 

On the same day as discovering Ms. Kogawa’s body, police arrested William Victor Schneider, a man from Vernon, B.C. Schneider’s brother Warren turned him into the police after William had told him where he’d put Natsumi’s body and that he ‘done something bad.’ Warren also recalled to police about overhearing a phone conversation during which he said he’d thought William had admitted to having killed Natsumi.

The legal proceedings that followed dragged on into the fall of 2022.

Sources:

Hirosaki – Travel guide at Wikivoyage

Tonari Gumi – Japanese Community Volunteers Association – Vancouver, Canada

FIND Natsumi Kogawa/古川夏好さん捜索情報 — Facebook

Search for Natsumi Kogawa – TokyoReporter

Japanese woman missing in Canada – Japan Today

Vancouver Shinpo – 古川夏好さん三回忌しめやかに

Vancouver Shinpo – その三十五 古川夏好(こがわなつみ)さんの一周忌

古川さん殺害、終身刑の男が控訴 | 日加トゥデイ/JC Today

Police Looking for Missing Woman | Vancouver Police Department

Update: Body of Missing Woman Found | Vancouver Police Department

EXCLUSIVE: Friends of murdered Japanese student, Natsumi Kogawa, speak out – BC | Globalnews.ca

A look at the troubled life of William Schneider, the killer of Natsumi Kogawa – Vernon News – Castanet.net

‘It’s my fault,’ court hears accused tell police in murder trial of Japanese student | The Star

Man gets life in prison for killing Japanese woman in Canada | The Japan Times

‘People listened’: Mother of murdered Japanese student grateful for guilty verdict | CBC News

New trial ordered for man found guilty of murdering Japanese student Natsumi Kogawa | Globalnews.ca

Murder conviction of B.C. man who killed exchange student restored: Supreme Court of Canada | Globalnews.ca

‘People listened’: Mother of murdered Japanese student grateful for guilty verdict | CBC News

1523 Davie St, Vancouver, BC • Vancouver Heritage Foundation | Vancouver Heritage Site Finder

YOU SHOULD KNOW: About The History Of “The Gabriola Mansion” In The West End – Scout Magazine

2021 BCCA 41 (CanLII) | R. v. Schneider | CanLII

2022 SCC 34 (CanLII) | R. v. Schneider | CanLII

Supreme Court of Canada – SCC Case Information – Docket – 39559

Supreme Court of Canada – 39559

Supreme Court of Canada – SCC Case Information – Webcast of the Hearing on 2021-12-10 – 39559

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Episode 254: On Saturday, June 23, 1990, three teenagers, Brigitte Grenier, 16, Kyle Unger, 19, and Timothy Houlahan, 17, all separately attended a music festival at a ski resort near Roseisle, Manitoba. The following morning, Brigette was discovered dead in a creek in a heavily forested area within the resort. She’d been sexually assaulted, beaten, tortured and strangled to death. As both had been seen with the victim during the hours before her death, police quickly targeted Kyle Unger and Timothy Houlahan as suspects in Brigette’s slaying. 

Forensic evidence pointed to Houlahan, and he, in turn, pointed to Kyle Unger as Brigette’s murderer, but Kyle was adamant he’d had nothing to do with Brigette’s death. The physical evidence against Kyle Unger was a single strand of hair found on Brigette’s sweatshirt. RCMP needed more, so they turned to their tried and true Mr. Big technique and, sure enough, acquired a confession from Kyle Unger. In February of 1992, both Unger and Houlahan were convicted of first-degree murder. Both appealed. Houlahan’s appeal was successful, and in July 1993, the Manitoba Court of Appeal ordered a new trial for him. Tim Houlahan completed suicide before his second trial. Kyle Unger’s conviction was upheld.

Did the justice system get it right? Unfortunately, we will see that it did not, at least not right away.

Sources:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Roseisle Pioneer Monument (Roseisle, RM of Dufferin)

1992 CanLII 13202 (MB KB) | R. v. Unger (K.W.) and Houlahan (T.L.) | CanLII

1993 CanLII 4409 (MB CA) | R. v. Unger | CanLII

Kyle Unger settles wrongful murder conviction | CBC News

Kyle Unger — Innocence Canada

Kyle Unger | News, Videos & Articles — Global News

Real Justice: A Police Mr. Big Sting Goes Wrong: The Story of Kyle Unger by Richard Brignall

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Episode 253: At 12:53 am on the morning of October 15, 2018, a frantic, garbled 911 came in from the Closs Family just west of the City of Barron, Wisconsin, U.S.A. There is screaming throughout the 45 seconds of the call from what seems to be two different females. Police arrived shortly after 911 was placed. Inside the home were the bodies of James and Denise Closs. They’d both been shot to death. It was soon discovered that the Closs couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Lynn, was missing.

Sources:

JAYME CLOSS — FBI

http://www.facebook.com/barroncountysheriff

FBI Milwaukee (@FBIMilwaukee).

State of Wisconsin v. Jake T Patterson

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Evidence logs. Case 1831604. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Police report. BNSO 1831604 Primary, Closs/Patterson. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Barron County SO 911 call.mp4. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Erik Sedani squad video.mp4. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of James Pressley squad video 1.mp4. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of James Pressley squad video 2.mp4. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of James Pressley squad video 3.mp4. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick squad video 1.mp4. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick squad video 2.mp4. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Erik Sedani body camera video 1 audio only.wav. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Erik Sedani body camera video 2 audio only.wav. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of James Pressley body camera video 1 audio only.wav. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of James Pressley body camera video 2 audio only.wav. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick body camera video 1 audio only.wav. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick body camera video 2 audio only.wav. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick body camera video 3 audio only.wav. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick body camera video 4 audio only.wav. 2018. 

Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Transcription of Jon Fick body camera video 5 audio only.wav. 2018. 

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office — Report for case 19DC00130. 2018. 

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office — Douglas County SO 911 call.mp4. 2018.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office — 140202_001-Patterson transport w919.mp4. 2018.

Wisconsin Department of Justice — Division of Criminal Investigation. Case Master Report 18-7648.

Wisconsin Department of Justice — Department of Transport footage. 18-7648. 

Wisconsin Department of Justice — Interview of Kyle Jaenke-Annis. 

Associated Press. “Statement of Jayme Closs at Sentencing for Abductor.” 24 May 2019

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