Episode 017: In the late 60’s a sadistic serial murderer named Wayne Boden stalked and killed at least 3 women in Montreal, Quebec. He was given the nickname the Vampire Rapist due to his penchant for brutally biting his victims during the commission of his heinous crimes. By the time he was caught in Calgary a fourth woman was dead. His trial included the first testimony in forensic odontology in Canada; setting legal precedents.
Episode 016: In March of 1982 the small community called Bangs Falls, just outside of Liverpool, Nova Scotia made national news after the local bully, Billy Stafford, was found minus his head in his pick up truck along the side of the road. Someone had ended his reign of terror with a single blast of a 12 gauge shotgun. Billy’s death was news in itself, but who did the deed was even more newsworthy – his long suffering, regularly brutalized common-law wife Jane Hurshman. BONUS: Mike’s personal connections to the area, one of the officers involved with Billy Stafford and Jane Hurshman’s lawyer.
Episode 015: Gilbert Paul Jordan, a.k.a. the Boozing Barber, loved to drink and carouse with women. Between 1965 and 1987 nine women died of acute alcohol poisoning while in his company, while four others came close. Although police knew about Jordan’s involvement in their deaths. his prey were the down on their luck indigenous women from Vancouver’s downtown East Side. Cops tended believed him when he told them he found them that way, even though he was a violent and sadistic career criminal. Women like that die every day down town. He was only ever charged with one murder and how that turned out was shocking too.
Episode 014: In keeping with the rules of Dark Poutine, this episode is about famed Canadian wrestler and infamous murderer Chris Benoit, also known as the Canadian Crippler. Benoit murdered his second wife Nancy and their seven year old son, Daniel over a three day lost weekend at the end of June in 2007. Benoit then committed suicide himself. Much speculation followed as to Benoit’s motives for the horrific crimes.
Episode 013: In this episode we tackle a popular unsolved case here in the Lower Mainland of BC. In 1953 two skeletons were found in Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park. More than 65 years later, the murders of what turned out to be two children remain unsolved. Bonus: Scott does a hacky job of profiling a murderer.
Episode 012: The crimes we’re looking at in took place in Moncton, New Brunswick on June 4. 2014. In just over twenty minutes, 3 members of the local RCMP lay dead and another two had been shot. The community was terrified as a massive manhunt took place over the next 29 hours for the gunman who was still on the loose. Bonus: Listen to Mike mispronounce French surnames.
Episode 011 is about the disappearance and murder of 8-year-old Mindy Tran of Kelowna, BC in 1994. Mindy was found under strange circumstances almost three months later. The ensuing search for Mindy’s killer, the RCMP investigation, arrest and trial of a suspect and shocking aftermath still haunt the people who remember the case.
Episode 010 has been a tough one for us to get out. This is Mike’s personal story of what happened to him one summer night in 1981 and how one event effected him to this day. He hopes that in the telling of his story, others will feel safe enough to share their own and unburden themseleves of a secret. Thanks to Jami from the MURDERISH podcast for this week’s intro. Jami’s recent episode, A Stranger in my Bedroom, helped us get over the hump to telling this story.
This is a weird one. I’m not sorry. We needed a break from the murder.
In Episode 009, we ask you to take a trip with us to Hollywood Hospital in New Westminster, BC, to meet Acid Al Hubbard the Johnny Appleseed of LSD who turned on Timothy Leary and facilitated psychedelic experiences for everyone, from philosophers and religious leaders, every day folks who were struglling in their lives, to musicians and actors. Cary Grant had many experiences with Acid Al.
In Episode 008, we meet Peter Woodcock, Canada’s youngest serial killer, who at the age of 17, killed three children from 1956 to 1957 in Toronto, Ontario. After spending 34 years in confinement he killed again, on his first day out.