Episode 064 – In April of 1992 Ian and Nancy Blackburn did not show for a family get together near their recreational property in Caledon, Ontario. The couple were found murdered and stuffed into the trunk of Nancy’s car outside their home in Toronto. The number one suspect, had allegedly been breaking into properties in the Caledon area throughout the winter and his aberrant behaviour had been escalating toward the dangerous and bizarre.

Although identified as, David Alexander Snow, 37, an eccentric antiques dealer in Orangeville near Caledon, he eluded police. In Vancouver, BC, where he’d fled, Snow went on a two week crime spree of kidnapping, rape, robbery and violence, before being apprehended by North Vancouver RCMP on July 12, 1992.

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Sources:

Crime Seen by Kate Lines – book
Cold North Killers by Lee Mellor – book
A Friend of the Family by Alison Shaw – book
Canadian Monsters by Robert Keller – book
David Alexander Snow – murderpedia
David Alexander Snow | Crime Documentaries
MacLeans Magazine 1992 – A Twisted Case
R. v. Snow, 2000 BCCA 113 (CanLII) , http://canlii.ca/t/5363
R. v. Snow, 1996 CanLII 8398 (BC CA), http://canlii.ca/t/1wntx
R. v. Snow, 2004 CanLII 34547 (ON CA), http://canlii.ca/t/1j0sb

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Episode 063 – In the wee hours of September 5, 1970, after a binge of alcohol and possibly LSD, Dale Merle Nelson, 33, a logger and father of three snapped. In just over an hour he’d murdered 7 residents, including 4 children, of tiny Creston B.C. He had then absconded with another child into the local wilderness. That child, 8-year-old Cathy St. Amand, would also be found butchered where Nelson stated he’d left her, prior to his capture just a day after the massacre; one of the worst in Canadian history.

Sources:
Dale Merle Nelson at murderpedia
Dale Merle Nelson at Wikipedia
The Limits of Sanity by Larry Still – Book
Various articles at newspapers.com
Dale Merle Nelson manhunt photos by John Denniston

Update for episode 60: Thank you to physicist Dr.Camilla Moir for her hypothesis on what Granger Taylor may have been attempting the night he died. Link 1 & Link 2

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Episode 062 – On the morning of February 28, 1997, two heavily armed men entered the Bank of America Branch on Laurel Canyon Blvd in the North Hollywood area of Los Angeles. Over 44 minutes in a futile attempt at escape, the two men held off police and terrified a neighbourhood with automatic gunfire, all caught live on TV.

Sources:
northhollywoodshootout.com Archived
North Hollywood Shootout Wikipedia entry
Criminal Minds Wiki
Scanner Audio Part 1 YouTube
Scanner Audio Part 2 YouTube
Scanner Audio Part 3 YouTube
Scanner Audio Part 4 YouTube
LAPD 1998 Medal of Valor Recipients
Telemundo Coverage YouTube
Live TV News helicopter coverage YouTube

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Episode 061 – In the spring of 1985, 17-year-old Elizabeth Gail Tucker went missing when hitchhiking from Dartmouth to Southwestern, Nova Scotia. Tucker was the first of many murder victims, from a very diverse pool, of one of Canada’s coldest and most outspoken serial killers, Michael Wayne McGray. McGray was convicted of 7 murders, one of which happened after years in custody. McGray remorselessly admits to as many as 10 more murders and claims, given the chance, he would do it again and again.

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Research Assistance:
Rebecca McNall

Sources:
Michael Wayne McGray WikipediaSerial Killer Michael Wayne McGray Crime Documentary – YouTube
Michael Wayne McGray Case | The Canadian Encyclopedia
Michael Wayne McGray | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers
Global News audio clips
Newspapers.com
BC Cornoner’s Verdict on in custody death of Jeremy Michael Phillips (PDF)
Serial killer describes killing cellmate | CBC News

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Episode 060 – On a stormy evening in November of 1980, Granger Taylor disappeared without a trace. Granger was a shy, gentle giant and eccentric mechanic who had become obsessed with outer space and UFO’s. Leaving all his possessions behind a note was found stating he was off to walk aboard an alien spacecraft for a 42 month long journey. Although, what was assumed to be some of Granger’s remains were found 6 years later, more questions still haunt his friends and family. What happened to Granger?

As well we chat with Jennifer Horvath from Toronto based Alibi Entertainment who Executive Producer of Spaceman, a documentary about Granger’s odd life and disappearance now available, streaming in Canada only, on CBC Gem.

Sources:
Vice Article: [The Man Who Went to Space and Disappeared]
Times Colonist: [The vanishing of Granger Taylor]
Henry McKay Audio: [UFO hovers outside hospital 1970 British Columbia]
Podcast Promo: [One Eye Open Podcast]

 

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Episode 059 – In a bit of a palate cleansing episode after two of our most brutal, Mike and Scott bring listeners up to speed with a show primer, answering burning questions like, “What is a toque?” and “What’s in a Nanaimo bar?”. We spend some time debunking myths about Canada and then take on listener questions via write in and phone.

Sources:
Favourite Canadian Horror Movies: The Fly and The Changeling
Favourite Non-True Crime Podcasts we like: Gilbert Gottfried, Joe Rogan, Varmints, Canadaland
Official Nanaimo Bar Recipe
Minds of Madness Podcast

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Episode 058 – The murders of 7 children had taken place between November 1980 and mid July of 1981. Although evidence had yet to be uncovered, police began to look at one suspect intensely. His name was Clifford Robert Olson Jr. Although surveillance was supposed to be in place, Olson managed to murder 4 more children in the Lower Mainland over the span of just 7 days.

After captured Olson made a ‘cash for bodies’ deal with police, which became one of the most discussed deals with a criminal in Canadian history. Even after conviction, Olson’s behaviour continued to hurt others, especially the families of the victims.

Sources:
Clifford Olson – Wikipedia
Vancouver Police Museum: Beast of BC – Part 1and Part 2
Newspapers.com
BCTV Archives thanks to Global News
MacLeans Magazine Archives
Crime Library – Clifford Olson
Book: Where Shadows Linger
Book: Final Payoff by Ian Mulgrew
Book: Predator by Peter Worthington
Book: Clifford Olson: The Beast of British Columbia by Elizabeth Broderick
Poem written and narrated by David Thorvold Olson – Postcards from Gravelly Beach

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Episode 057 – Starting in November of 1980 children between the ages of 9 and 18 years old began to go missing in Surrey, Burnaby and Coquitlam. A few were found sexually assaulted and brutally murdered, others were written off as runaways, some think due to systemic classism within local police departments. No real connections were made in cases until 7 kids were gone by late July of 1981, almost 9 months later. Police began to look at one suspect intensely, a man named Clifford Robert Olson Jr. But they didn’t have enough hard evidence to arrest him and he was not done killing.

We will cover his next 4 murders, eventual capture and aftermath in next week’s episode.

Sources:
Clifford Olson – Wikipedia
Vancouver Police Museum: Beast of BC – Part 1 and Part 2
Newspapers.com
BCTV Archives thanks to Global News
MacLeans Magazine Archives
Crime Library – Clifford Olson
Book: Where Shadows Linger

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Episode 056 – In the summer of 1973, 32-year-old, Austrian born model turned wife and mother, Christine Demeter, was found deceased in the garage on the family home in Mississauga, ON. Early on, suspicion fell on Peter Demeter, Christine’s husband and Hungarian born multi-millionaire, jet-setting Toronto real estate developer. The truth uncovered a calculated plan concocted by psychopathic mind, that was just getting started.

Sources:

Regina v. Demeter, 1975 CanLII 685 (ON CA), <http://canlii.ca/t/g14jp> R. v. Demeter, 1975 CanLII 50 (ON CA), < http://canlii.ca/t/1vln3 > Demeter v. R., [1978] 1 SCR 538, 1977 CanLII 25 (SCC), <http://canlii.ca/t/1tx3n>
I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses (1978) – Full Movie Murderpedia – Peter Demeter
Andrea Demter – PTSD CBC Article
News Article – Mississauga’s Most Notrious Muder Case
Book – By Persons Unknown, George Jonas and Barbara Amiel Wikipedia – Peter Demeter

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Epsiode 055 – In Victoria BC, on March 24, 1991, Crystal and Bruce Dunahee were worried when their four year old son Michael Wayne Dunahee went missing without a trace from a playground in broad daylight. The Dunahee’s were metres away and away for mere minutes when MIchael disappeared. He has not been seen since. For the last 28 years the Dunahee family, with the help of Victoria PD, continues to do what they can to keep hope alive, in what has become one of the most well known missing person cases in Canadian history.

Sources:
michaeldunahee.ca
missingkids.ca
Facebook Page: We Will Never Forget Michael Dunahee
Global News Archive
Multiple articles found on Newspapers.com
Crime Seen by Kate Lines
doenetwork case

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