170 – Slippery as an Eel: The Tale of Ernest Cashel

Episode 170 – In November of 1902, a rancher named Issac Belt from Haynes Creek near Red Deer, Alberta, had gone missing. Investigating officers had gone to Belt’s ranch to question a young man calling himself Bert Ellsworth, who was suspected of horse theft, who had been lending a hand there. That young man and Belt were both missing. 

Police discovered the man claiming to be Ellsworth at a camp on the outskirts of Calgary. Some of Belt’s personal belongings were in Cashel’s possession, and Cashel was wearing Issac’s clothes. In reality, his name was Ernest Cashel, a 21-year-old American. He was on the run from U.S. and Canadian authorities for forgery and other crimes, including escaping from custody several times. 

Cashel was arrested and charged with theft and later charged with Isaac Belt’s murder, convicted and sentenced to hang. Cashel escaped one last time, only days before he was to be executed, and was on the run for more than a month before being recaptured and sent to see his maker via the hangman.

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156 – Canadian Boogeyman – Dangerous Offender, Thomas Svekla

Episode 156 – In 2006, Thomas George Svekla, 38, a man who’d been in and out of trouble since 16, became the focus of a murder investigation lead by the Project KARE task force. Svekla was a suspect in as many as twelve murders. He was only ever charged with two slayings, that of Theresa Innes and Rachel Quinney, but was designated a dangerous offender for his long history of violent offences.

Co-host: Carol Browne

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135 – What Happened to Dylan Koshman? (AB/SK)

Episode 135 – In the wee hours of Saturday, October 11, 2008, after an altercation with his cousin and one of two roommates, 21-year-old, Dylan Koshman, left the Edmonton home he shared and out into the night wearing only sneakers, jeans and a t-shirt. Dylan has not been seen since and what was thought to be a missing person case was upgraded to homicide in 2017 by the Edmonton Police Service. Dylan’s mother, Melanie Alix, and his sister, Tara Koshman, were kind enough to share with us about Dylan’s disappearance and their years-long search for him.

DOB/Age: 21 at the age of disappearance
EPS File #:08-136304

Dylan went missing on October 11, 2008, from the residence at 10404-33 Avenue. The circumstances of his disappearance are very suspicious and he has not been heard or seen since that date.

There is a reward of up to $40,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this homicide.

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134 – Terror on Parliament Hill: The Murder of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo (ON)

Episode 134 – On the morning of October 22, 2014, an armed terrorist murdered Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, one of three honour guards at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario. Immediately after that, the man shot his way into the Parliament Buildings but was quickly neutralized by security service officers inside our nation’s capital.

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131 – Introduction to Sasquatch (BC, AB, YT)

Episode 131 – For centuries, the indigenous peoples of the western Canada and in the forest along the west coast of the United States told tales of a an elusive massive, hair covered bipedal creature leaving giant footprints behind. Called Sasquatch by some, and Bigfoot by others, this giant man of the forest has been described as gentle but potentially dangerous. In this our inaugural episode on a massive topic Mike and Scott give listeners an overview of the legend, some examples of encounters and some of the theories. Special Guest Dave Scott of Spaced Out Radio tells of his own run ins with the creature. Happy Canada Day!!

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041 – The Murders of Nathan O’Brien and Kathy and Alvin Liknes

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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040 – The Cook Family Massacre & Alberta’s Last Man Hanged

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.

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037 – The Murders of Marie and Lyle McCann

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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025 – Swift Runner and the Wendigo

Episode 025: Swift Runner was a well respected Cree hunter and trapper outside Edmonton in the 1800’s. In the 1870’s his family, as were many others, began to go hungry. Swift Runner turned to alcohol to drown his frustrations and his personality quickly changed. He also began speaking of encountering Wendigo, an evil cannibalistic spirit, taunting him. Swift Runner’s eventual crimes were shocking to all. BONUS: Rick Gibson eats a tesitcle or two.

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