Episode 273: On August 15, 2009, the mutilated body of Jasmine Fiore, a 28-year-old Playboy model and aspiring actress, was found stuffed into a suitcase and discarded in a dumpster in Buena Park, California. The investigation quickly led to her husband, Ryan Jenkins, a Canadian real estate investor and former contestant on the reality TV show “Megan Wants a Millionaire.”

As the investigation progressed, a disturbing picture of domestic violence and jealousy emerged. It was revealed that Jenkins had a history of abusive behaviour towards Jasmine, and the couple had a tumultuous relationship. The motive for the murder appeared to be jealousy and control.

Ryan Jenkins fled to Canada, and an international manhunt was launched to apprehend him. However, on August 23, 2009, Jenkins was found dead in a Hope, British Columbia motel room. He had completed suicide by hanging himself.

This case generated widespread media coverage and sparked discussions about domestic violence, the dark side of reality TV, and the importance of raising awareness about toxic relationships. The tragic death of Jasmine Fiore served as a grim reminder of the dangers of domestic violence and the need for intervention and support for victims.

Sources:

Police: Violent Struggle Before Model’s Murder — YouTube

Ryan Jenkins | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers

Grim Reality: Jasmine Fiore and Ryan Jenkins — Introduction — Crime Library

Swimsuit Model’s Suspected Killer Husband Found Dead – ABC News

Friends of Murdered Model, Jasmine Fiore, Tell Her Story – ABC News

Friends mourn former swimsuit model, Bonny Doon native – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Jasmine Lepore Fiore (1981-2009) – Find a Grave Memorial

‘The Playboy Murders’: Model’s breast implants helped ID vic

Playboy model Jasmine Fiore’s reality TV millionaire husband Ryan Jenkins remains ‘on the run’ after her death | Daily Mail Online

Blood found in car of slain model, say police | CTV News

Ryan Jenkins’ Suicide Note: Love, Anger for Jasmine Fiore (Photos) – CBS News

The Playboy Murders: What happened to Jasmine Fiore?

Private memorial held in Calgary for Ryan Jenkins | CTV News

Police Discover Ryan Jenkins’ Suicide Note | Blog Archive | Vh1 Blog

Slain model’s ex-husband has assault record | CBC News

Thunderbird Motel

RCMP know woman who helped Jenkins – The Globe and Mail

Father of fugitive says he will talk | CTV News

Ryan Jenkins Death Rack/ Coat Rack (Item ID: 102251, End Time : N/A) – Ghouls Like Us

Wayback Machine — Collective Intelligence vs. Straightline International

Friends and family portray two very different Ryan Jenkins after murder, suicide – Red Deer Advocate

Reality TV contestant suspected of murdering his ex-wife found dead | US news | The Guardian

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Episode 272: Peter Vasilievich Verigin, also known as “Lordly,” was a highly respected and influential leader among the Doukhobors. These Doukhobors had migrated to Canada in 1899, seeking a new life and religious freedom. Verigin was pivotal in guiding and inspiring them to create a strong and united community based on their religious beliefs.

However, tragedy struck in 1924, casting a dark shadow over Verigin’s legacy. An explosion occurred on Car 1586 of the Kettle Valley Line, resulting in the loss of Verigin’s life, the life of his companion, and seven others. The devastating incident left people shocked and searching for answers. Some suspected that fanatics or government agents might have been responsible, while others believed that fellow Doukhobors or accidental causes played a role. The truth behind this tragic event remains a mystery, and the case remains unsolved.

Sources:

Home | Doukhobor Heritage

Doukhobor Discovery Centre – Home

The Kootenay-Columbia Fuel Supply Company at Nelson, BC | Doukhobor Heritage

Explosion on the Kettle Valley Line: The Death of Peter Verigin

Peter Vasilevich Verigin | The Canadian Encyclopedia

Doukhobors | The Canadian Encyclopedia

The River Press 05 Nov 1902, page 2 – Newspapers.com

Times Colonist 29 Oct 1924, page 1 – Newspapers.com

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Episode 271: In this episode, we’re providing updates on two historical shows that are now recently solved by way of updates to DNA technology and genetic genealogy. In the first half of this episode, we have recent updates to show 130, where we learned of the brutal rape and murder of a Montreal teen, Sharron Prior. We can finally answer the question posed in that episode’s title, “Who Killed Sharron Prior?”

In the second half, we go all the way back to episode 13, “Babes in the Woods – Stanley Park.” In that show, we learned that in 1953 in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, the skeletal remains of two young boys who were murdered around 1947 with a hatchet that was found near their bones. The boys’ identities remained a mystery until 2022, when their names were finally restored.

Sources:

Sharron Prior

Sharron Prior’s website

Sharron Prior website blog

Documentary: Don’t Rest in Peace | Crave.ca

Sharron Prior’s family relieved Longueuil police solve cold case 48 years later | Global News

Babes in the Woods

VPD identifies child victims in historic cold case murder | Vancouver Police Department

Vancouver police share details about Babes in the Woods case | Vancouver Is Awesome

Identities of Stanley Park Babes in the Woods revealed almost 70 years later | Globalnews.ca

Babes in the Woods officially identified, 75 years after their death | Vancouver Sun

Who are the Babes in the Woods found dead in Stanley Park? | Vancouver Is Awesome

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Episode 270: Having just set out from Quebec City the previous day, in the early hours of May 29, 1914, the passenger ship Empress of Ireland sank in the Saint Lawrence River near Rimouski, Quebec. She was on a return trip to Liverpool, England and due to heavy fog, the ship collided with the Norwegian collier SS Storstad. 

Just two years after the Titanic calamity in international waters off the coast of Nova Scotia came the deadliest shipwreck in Canadian history. The event was so significant it is number 11 on the list of deadliest all-time Canadian disasters, just behind number 10, the Halifax Explosion.

The collision occurred when most of the 1,057 passengers and 420 crew members were fast asleep. The aftermath was devastating; the liner plummeted beneath the waters in less than a quarter of an hour, resulting in the tragic loss of more than 1,000 lives.

Sources:

Commémoration Empress of Ireland 2014

ARCHIVED: Investigating the Empress of Ireland | Library and Archives Canada

The Empress of Ireland disaster | National Museums Liverpool

Into the Mist by Anne Renaud – Ebook | Scribd

Losing the Empress by David Creighton – Ebook | Scribd

Dark Descent by Kevin F. McMurray – Ebook | Scribd

Empress of Ireland, ‘Canada’s Titanic,’ finally getting its due after 100 years – The Globe and Mail

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