Episode 044 – On January 11, 2011 people walking along the road spotted a headless, bare torso floating in Cold Water Creek off Landslide Road in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. The man was later identified as 29-year-old Wesley Hallam. Three local men, well knonw to police, were quickly apprehended and charged with first degree murder and causing  idignity to human remains. After over five years of hard fought investigation and lengthy criminal proceedings the case was ‘resolved’, but the ending horrified Wesley’s family, friends and many residents of The Soo, even the police.

Sources:

Sources: http://canlii.ca/t/gt2v7 http://canlii.ca/t/gn040 http://canlii.ca/t/flt1r http://canlii.ca/t/fwsm6 http://canlii.ca/t/g8k9s https://youtu.be/d2kqgX2KjTY Steel Town Down – Vice and W5 documentary http://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oid=458790 http://northernhoot.com/murder-wesley-hallam-getting-away-murder/ http://northernhoot.com/release-looming-hallam-family-untold-truth/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvbU0Bl0i-0 Press Conference http://northernhoot.com/remembering-wesley-hallam-if-when-you-wake-up-in-the-morning/ https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/details-of-wesley-hallams-death-emerge-as-three-sentenced-to-jail-346246 https://globalnews.ca/news/2875716/ontario-mother-receives-sons-remains-more-than-five-years-after-his-killing/ https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/mitchell-apologizes-mearow-and-jocko-dont-346489 https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/eric-mearow-to-stand-trial-on-weapons-charges-1017453 https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/anatomy-of-a-knife-fight-346637

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Episode 043 – After over 6 years of apparent harassment and a number of, what appeared to be violent assaults, Cindy James, a 44-year old nurse, went missing in May of 1989. On June 8, 1989, two weeks later, Cindy’s family’s greatest fears were realized. She was found dead near an abandoned home in Richmond B.C., a suburb of Vancouver. She appeared to have been drugged and strangled, with her hands and feet tied behind her back. A medical inquest into the cause of Cindy’s death was inconclusive, leaving this one of the most talked about unsolved cases in Canadian history.

Sources:

http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Cindy_James http://thetroublewithjustice.com/2014/07/05/who-killed-nurse-cindy-james/ http://melaniehack.blogspot.ca/2007/02/imagine-my-surprise-when-i-recently.html http://callingfoundation.org/blenheim-lodge/ http://melaniehack.com/ https://www.vancourier.com/news/vancouver-s-creepiest-unsolved-mysteries-1.1261787 https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/57463c/cindy_james_is_found_dead_in_1989_after_6_12/ https://web.archive.org/web/20140831003619/http://allthingscrimeblog.com/2014/01/08/who-killed-nurse-cindy-james/ https://youtu.be/ljymSSBqflU Inquest Reporting https://youtu.be/sbrAggQE2EA More reporting with Cindy Audio Father Audio, Ozzie Kaban https://youtu.be/KPZ-G5bFEek A Current Affair https://unsolved.com/gallery/cindy-james/ http://vancouvertrueborns.com/post/150657118691/perhaps-the-most-disturbing-story-related-to-the https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.1555492,-123.1365998,3a,75y,270h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sdPhy_f0fpau1uXVElN_szg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo0.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DdPhy_f0fpau1uXVElN_szg%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D353.5272%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656

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Episode 042 – The man the world came to know as Harry Houdini, stunt performer, illusionist, magician was obsessed with magic and illusion from an early age. That obsession and drive to be better led him to become the most famous person ever to have practiced the magical arts.

There was a darker thing driving Harry too. He wanted to prove the existence of an after life. This not only led him to years of heartache after the deaths of his parents. Harry made many enemies of would be spiritualists as he debunked them.

Some say this is what led to the events in a Montreal dressing room that eventually caused the Great Houdini’s demise.

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Sources: https://www.thegreatharryhoudini.com/ https://www.wildabouthoudini.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Houdini https://ladailymirror.com/2015/06/01/harry-houdini-an-interview-by-marcet-haldeman-julius-october-1925/ http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/42723 The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin by Harry Houdini https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imprisoned_with_the_Pharaohs https://blogs.loc.gov/inside_adams/2014/10/harry-houdinis-rare-magic-books/ https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/death-of-houdini/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r8qr-p9z5g straitjacket escape https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQfWw1m1Qos The Greatest: Houdini (1999) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ9lNRAjTQM How Houdini Died https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItDbVyT85kw Discovery Channel – Houdini https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onG-ktpHiDM How Did Houdini Actually Die? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D50yh3WV-OQ Harry Houdini’s Voice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IczEq22-rPU The Final Houdini Seance (Full Audio) https://www.amazon.ca/Secret-Life-Houdini-Americas-Superhero-ebook/dp/B000MGAU66/ Book: The Secret Life of Houdini https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/search/index?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keywords=houdini# https://librivox.org/author/4549?primary_key=4549&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results https://archive.org/search.php?query=1920%27s&and%5B%5D=mediatype%3A%22audio%22&page=2 https://archive.org/stream/pdfy-bDUVAOt69erDtFOJ/The%20Original%20Houdini%20Murder%20Theory_djvu.txt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mina_Crandon http://www.houdinifile.com/

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Episode 041 – In 2014 on a warm summer morning, Calgary mother, Jennifer O’Brien, went to pick up her 5-year-old son, Nathan, from his grandparents’. When she walked in the bloody scene she found, shocked even the most seasoned Calgary Police Service members. 

Kathy and Alvin Liknes and their grandson were nowhere to be found. A suspect was quickly identified, Douglas Garland, of Airdrie, Alberta. The trio was never seen alive again, nor were their bodies recovered. Polce were certain they had been murdered.

The mountain of evidence linking Garland to the crime, however, revealed a conniving mind, seething with resentment. Garland, after being shutout of a partnership in a product that went nowhere, had been planning murder for years.

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Episode 040 – On the morning of Sunday, June 28, 1959,RCMP made a grisly discovery in the garage adjacent to a small home in Stettler, Alberta. Raymond Cook, his wife, Daisy Mae and their five children were found dead and stuffed into a homemade grease pit. Raymond’s son from a previous marriage, Robert Raymond Cook, was the only suspect. He went on to become Alberta’s last man hanged in November of 1960.

Sources:
http://www.rcmpgraves.com/buffalo/mysterybutnomercy.htmlhttp://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/hanged/cook.htmlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=yNn2j9kJit0https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Raymond_Cookhttp://robertcook.ca/http://legalarchives.ca/project/last-man-hanged/http://murderpedia.org/male.C/c/cook-robert-ray.htmhttps://www.pressreader.com/canada/edmonton-journal/20130628/281569468307256http://amok.wikia.com/wiki/Robert_Raymond_Cookhttps://www.reddeeradvocate.com/uncategorized/cook-shouldnt-have-been-hanged-documentarian/http://www.fortsaskatchewanrecord.com/2014/11/06/notorious-hangings-in-the-forthttp://provincialarchives.alberta.ca/how-to/explore-learning-and-education/discovering-albertas-court-records/interesting-cases/criminal-regina-cook.htmlhttps://mysteriesandmore.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-work-of-justice-trials-of-robert.htmlhttp://mysteriesandmore.blogspot.com/2018/01/robert-raymond-cook-facing-execution.htmlhttps://edmontonsun.com/2015/09/26/alberta-filmmaker-questioning-capital-punishment-after-making-doc/wcm/35e8b61d-6cfa-43f2-8820-97b135426fe4https://www.reddeerexpress.com/columns/robert-cook-murders-recounted-in-play/https://www.amazon.ca/The-Boy-ebook/dp/B00CLVLIZW/oolibook-20https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/the-boy-by-betty-jane-hegerat/article599379/https://www.stettlerindependent.com/community/stettler-students-hear-story-of-cooks-infamous-hanging/https://www.therichest.com/shocking/15-psychos-who-punished-their-siblings-in-unimaginable-ways/

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Episode 039 – On September 2, 1998 one of the worst air disasters in Canada’s history took place when SwissAir flight 111 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean just off Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia. Although local fisherman and authorities responded quickly, it was already too late. All 229 souls were lost during the tremendous impact. Once again, Nova Scotians showed their compassion and willingness to lend a hand when needed in their response to the disaster.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9rVKWsMv_g
Fifth Estate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJyPWrjRgNM
SwissAir 111 ATC Recording https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swissair_Flight_111http://www.tailstrike.com/020998.htmhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR2h62yheI4
Investigation https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/swissair-flight-111-crash-20th-anniversary-1.4806166
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/swissair-flight-111-anniversary-friendships-forces-after-disaster-1.4806159
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/swissair-flight-111-diamonds-treasure-hunters-1.4804585 Diamonds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASbP7J133d0 trailer
http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2130067299 Aug 2011 Information
https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/families-first-responders-honoured-at-swissair-20th-anniversary-service-1.4077353
https://globalnews.ca/news/4418260/first-responders-swissair-flight-111-tragedy/
http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1463855-q-a-with-author-thomas-juby
http://www.transcom.org/swissair/passagiere.htm passenger list
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt_Wpcj2iIo aftermath scramble
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql16ggFvc_g&t=265s Nat Geo Mayday
http://forums.swissair111.org/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/322103945/m/8561049834 tapes discussion http://www.tailstrike.com/020998.htm transcript
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/recovery+bodies+from+plane+tragedy+scarred+strathmore+woman/9619793/story.html
https://globalnews.ca/news/4418365/swissair-flight-111-how-tragedy-unfolded/ Dr Butt’s audio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjs9qWmbivw victims families visit
https://globalnews.ca/news/4424321/swissair-flight-111-20th-anniversary/ 20th Memorial 

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Episode 038 –  The small town of Berwick in the beautiful Annapolis Valley is known as Nova Scotia’s Apple Capital. The town prides themselves on their sense of community, a strong work ethic yet laid back pace. The idilic little town was shaken when they woke up on the morning of October, 23, 2013 to find a local homeless man, Harley Lawrence, had burned to death overnight in the bus shelter on their main street. The circumstances surrounding Harley’s death were even more horrendous. He’d been murdered in cold blood.

Sources:
http://www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/83274 (Obituary)
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/harley-lawrence-s-murderers-decided-together-to-get-the-bum-court-told-1.3052106
http://www.thevanguard.ca/news/regional/timeline-the-night-harley-lawrence-was-murdered-37239/ (Timeline and Gas Station video)
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1283152-men-who-killed-harley-lawrence-sentenced-to-life (Ron Lawrence Audio)
https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:_HzMLYfkH10J:https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/10/25/berwick-asks-where-rcmp-w_n_4165178.html+&cd=17&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&client=firefox-b-ab (where were RCMP)
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/harley-lawrences-murder-disturbing-details-154744657.html
http://www.pentictonherald.ca/news/national_news/article_b91f50bb-e641-558b-8ee0-03646fc25af2.html
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1162326-rcmp-investigate-homeless-man-s-death-in-berwick-bus-shelter-blaze
https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/04/25/harley-lawrence-death-arrests_n_5212301.html
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1165577-harley-lawrence-s-family-eager-for-police-report
http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2414589905http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2414219228 Witness to fire
https://globalnews.ca/video/1293002/two-men-accused-of-murdering-homeless-man Charges
https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/death-of-homeless-nova-scotia-man-highlights-need-to-help-those-battling-mental-illness-1.1580060 about Harley

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As we aren’t talking about a full case we’re calling this Bonus Episode 1. Mike and Scott chat about Mike’s recent cross country trip and Mike gives the Dark Poutine related details of his journey. The last half of the episode is Mike speaking with Jack Luna of Dark Topic about his show, podcasting, true crime and some tough life experiences. We’ll be back next week with our regular fare.

Shout outs to:
https://darktopicpodcast.com/
https://www.nighttimepodcast.com/
https://canadiantruecrime.ca/
http://trailwentcold.com/
http://www.insightpod.com/
https://mindsofmadnesspodcast.com/
https://www.truecrimegarage.com/
http://www.alreadygonepodcast.com/
https://36times.podbean.com/
http://leftbehind.blubrry.net/
https://thespoopfiles.podbean.com/
http://themarblegarden.libsyn.com/
http://thesaltycanadian.libsyn.com/
https://crime709.podbean.com/

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Episode 037: In early July, 2010, Lyle and Marie McCann, retirees, beloved grandparents and great-parents packed up their RV and SUV in St. Albert, Alberta to head west to BC and visit more family. They were never seen again. After the McCann’s were declared deceased a year later, 38-year-old, Travis Edward Vader was charged with their murder, but prosecuting him has not been easy. The whereabouts of Lyle and Marie’s remains continue to be a mystery.

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Episode 036: Elisa Lam, a University student from Vancouver, BC was on a solo trip in California in January of 2013. When she disappeared, foul play was suspected. However, when she was found deceased more than two weeks later under odd circumstances there were far more questions than answers and much speculation as to what actually took place.

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