Episode 077 – In 2004, after a year long chase across multiple U.S. States an unknown burglar, who’d proven quite a match fro even the best trackers, was cornered in Death Valley, near the ghost town of Ballarat, California. The chase first started there giving the perpetrator, and thorn in law enforcement’s side, his name: The Ballarat Bandit. Rather than face prison, when capture was imminent, the man took his own life. After nearly another two years the man was finally identified as 50-year-old George Robert Johnston, a Canadian, from Prince Edward Island. He was a beloved husband and father of four beautiful daughters. His true motives for the chase through the desert died with him. (Photo is Public Domain)
Episode 073 – In rural Prince Edward Island, on October 7, 1994 a car was found abandoned, away from the main road and in a field. The licence plates were missing and there appeared to be blood spatter on the windshield and throughout the vehicle’s interior. The car was found to belong to a 32-year-old mother of five named Shirley Anne Duguay. RCMP investigated and were told by Shirley’s family that she had not been seen in days. She’d disappeared, but thanks to evidence found by searchers, police believed that Shirley had been murdered.
Shirley’s body was found months later in a shallow grave. Douglas Leo Beamish, Shirley’s ex common-law spouse and father of three of her children, was arrested and charged with Shirley’s murder. Some of the evidence used against Beamish had never been utilized at trial before. This case from Canada’s tiny province would be precedent setting.