255: The Murder of Natsumi Kogawa

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.


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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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