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Stories of some of the most heinous, controversial, heartbreaking and thought-provoking true crime cases, told by an Australian living in Canada. New episodes on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Episodes

  • 119 FLIGHT 108: The Sault-au-Cochon Tragedy

    01/08/2022 Duration: 01h16min

    QUEBEC  | The story of one of the first instances of in-flight bombing, one of the worst mass murders in Canadian history, and the last woman to hang.  In 1949, a passenger plane fell from the sky in the Sault-au-Cochon area of Quebec, killing everyone on board...Full list of resources and information sources and credits:See the page for this episode  at canadiantruecrime.caAD-FREE episodes are available via our Premium FeedsSign up via Apple Podcasts, Patreon or SupercastImagesThis long form piece has all the photos and great captions:(Spoilers!)Coupable! (Guilty) by Dave O'Malley on Vintage Wings of CanadaCredits:Research, writing, audio editing: Eileen MacfarlaneAdditional research, writing, sound design, audio production: Kristi LeeTheme by We Talk of DreamsDisclaimer voiced by the host of True See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • 118 The Death of Darcy Allan Sheppard—Part 6

    01/07/2022 Duration: 01h56min

    [ Part 6 of 6 ]  The conclusion. Review the evidence:WATCH: The Surveillance Footage at the mid-block pedestrian crosswayWATCH: Eyewitness statements and 911 call audioREAD:    Collision Reconstruction ReportREAD:    Transcript from May 25 2010 Court ProceedingMedia referenced in this episode:READ: Lost Boy: The death of Darcy Allan Sheppard, by Jennifer Wells, December 26, 2013WATCH: Michael Bryant's Ted X TalkREAD: 28 Seconds: A True Story of Addiction, Tragedy, and Hope by Michael Bryant, published by Viking, Toronto, 2012WATCH: Michael Bryant's interview with Amanda Lang on CBC  READ: Darcy's sister Chantel: "Daughter begs for help solving mom’s 2013 murder: ‘Our family needs answers’Canadian True Crime donates monthly to those facing injustice.This month we have donated to: Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund Full list of resources and information sources and credits:See the page for this episode  at canadiantruecrime.caCredits:Research and production a

  • 117 The Death of Darcy Allan Sheppard—Part 5 of 6

    22/06/2022 Duration: 01h20min

    [ Part 5 of 6 ] After the court proceeding comes to a close, things continue to snowball, leading Darcy Allan Sheppard's loved ones and supporters to press harder for the truth. Review the available evidence*:WATCH: The Surveillance Footage at the mid-block pedestrian crosswayMichael Bryant's book 28 Seconds states: "It was Darcy Sheppard who, moments later, drove within inches of my driver’s-side door, as our Saab was stopped a little farther west on Bloor Street at an intersection near Avenue Road. It was Darcy Sheppard who then pulled directly in front of our car and spun his bike around to confront us, sneering at me. “Now what’re ya gonna do?”WATCH: Eyewitness statements and 911 call audioREAD:   Collision Reconstruction ReportREAD:   Transcript from May 25 2010 Court Proceeding* Remember - none of it has been proven in court (crown or defence)Media referenced in this episode:WATCH: Michael Bryant's interview with Amanda Lang on CBC&nb

  • 116 The Death of Darcy Allan Sheppard—Part 4 of 6

    15/06/2022 Duration: 01h05min

    [ Part 4 of 6 ] The rest of Michael Bryant's version of events is provided to the court by the special independent prosecutor, as he explained his decision to withdraw the charges. At the time, the court heard that Bryant's version of events lined up with the evidence, but years later when documents containing details of a large amount of that evidence were publicly released, a different story emerges. Resources referenced:WATCH: Surveillance video released briefly by the mediaWATCH: Eyewitness statements and 911 call audioREAD:   Collision Reconstruction ReportREAD:   Transcript from May 25 2010 Court ProceedingFull list of resources and information sources and credits:See the page for this episode  at canadiantruecrime.caCredits:Research and production assistance: Haley GrayResearch, writing, sound design: Kristi LeeAudio editing: We Talk of DreamsTheme by We Talk of DreamsDisclaimer voiced by the host of True See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informa

  • 115 The Death of Darcy Allan Sheppard—Part 3

    08/06/2022 Duration: 01h13min

    TORONTO, ONTARIO[ Part 3 of 6 ] In this episode, the Collision Reconstruction experts determine what happened in the incident that led to Darcy's death, Michael Bryant finally reveals his side of the story, and more.Resources referenced:WATCH: Surveillance video released briefly by the mediaWATCH: Eyewitness statements and 911 call audioREAD: Collision Reconstruction ReportREAD: Transcript from May 25 2010 Court ProceedingFull list of resources and information sources and credits:See the page for this episode at www.canadiantruecrime.caAD-FREE episodes are available via our Premium FeedsSign up via Apple Podcasts, Patreon or SupercastCanadian True Crime donates monthly to help those facing injustice. This month we have donated to: Bicycle Messenger Emergency FundCredits:Research and production assistance: Haley GrayResearch, writing, sound design: Kristi LeeAudio editing: We Talk of DreamsTheme by We Talk of DreamsDisclaimer voiced by the host of True See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out inform

  • 114 The Death of Darcy Allan Sheppard—Part 2

    01/06/2022 Duration: 01h02min

    [ Part 2 of 4] Unravelling the aftermath of the incident that caused Darcy Allan Sheppard’s death—the twists and turns that came with each new day, and how investigators worked to get to the truth of exactly what happened.Important articles mentioned:Cyclist may have grabbed Bryant, wheel: police, uncredited, CBC News, September 2, 2009Spinning the first week of Michael Bryant’s new life, by Linda Diebel, September 5, 2009Michael Bryant’s spin class by Joe Friesen, September 18, 2009Michael Bryant and self-defence, uncredited, Ottawa Citizen Opinion, September 3, 2009-See full list of media articles  Podcast Recommendation:Law&Crime SidebarSubscribe on Apple PodcastsSubscribe on SpotifySubscribe to the YouTube channelAD-FREE episodes are available via our Premium FeedsSign up via Apple Podcasts, Patreon or SupercastCredits:Research: Haley GrayResearch, writing, sound design: Kristi LeeProduction assistance: Aviva LessardProduction assistance: Haley GrayAudio editing: We Talk of DreamsTheme by We

  • 113 The Death of Darcy Allan Sheppard—Part 1

    25/05/2022 Duration: 01h13min

    On a warm summer evening in 2009 there was a violent collision on a downtown Toronto street, an incident so unimaginable that it left bystanders shocked and confused. The evening’s events dominated the headlines and would be hotly debated for years to come but one thing was certain: the very different lives of the two men involved would never be the same.Release Schedule:Part 1 - May 25Part 2- June 1Part 3 - June 8Part 4 - June 15If you’re a subscriber on Apple Podcasts, Supercast and Patreon, look out for early release of ad-free episodes.Full list of resources, information sources and more:See the page for this episode at the Canadian True Crime websiteCredits:Research: Haley GrayResearch, writing, sound design: Kristi LeeProduction assistance, creative direction: Aviva LessardProduction assistance: Haley GrayAudio editing: We Talk of DreamsTheme by We Talk of DreamsDisclaimer voiced by the host of True See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Revisiting the Shell Lake Massacre

    15/05/2022 Duration: 01h14s

    Today in this special episode, we take a look back at one of the early Canadian True Crime episodes - the story of Saskatchewan’s worst mass murder. You'll hear a never-before-told story about why this episode was very different from the rest.Early one morning in 1967, 21-year-old Victor Hoffman was in the midst of a serious mental health crisis, a crisis that would have tragic consequences for an unsuspecting local family.Credits: Writer, researcher and narrator: Kristi LeeAudio production and original scoring: Erik KrosbyAdditional editing, mixing: Mike MigasMain resources and further reading:‘Schizophrenia, Mass Murder, and The Law’ by F.H. Kahan, Orthomolecular Psychiatry, Volume 2, Number 3, 1973, Pp. 127-146Marking 50 years since the Shell Lake murders, Canada's worst random mass killing by Bonnie Allan, CBC NewsRampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing by Lee MellorCasefile: True Crime Podcast They Walk Among Us: UK True Crime They Walk Among America Felon True Crime podcast See acast.com/pr

  • 112 The Murder of Helen Betty Osborne—Part 3

    15/04/2022 Duration: 01h09min

    [Part 3 of 3]  In 1971, Indigenous high school student Helen Betty Osborne was abducted  and brutally murdered near The Pas, Manitoba.When Betty’s body was found hours later at nearby Clearwater Lake, it was clear she had been the victim of a heinous crime. But it would take many, many years for the truth of what really happened to Betty to come to light—ultimately exposing the depths of racial injustice in the small town.Crisis Line for Indian Residential School SurvivorsFor CRISIS SUPPORT 24/7 call 1-800-721-0066Current unsolved #MMIWG cases from The Pas and surrounding areas:Amanda Sophia Bartlett, 18Elizabeth Mae Dorion, 44Josephine Martin, 58Kendara Ballantyne, 18Also: Morris Linklater, 18 year old male went missing in September of 2020Take Action - No More Stolen SistersRead the 2021 campaign guideMore resourcesReport of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of ManitobaRead the full reportKey sections: Historical Overview, Treaty Rights, Helen Betty OsborneCanadian True Crime donates monthly to help

  • 111 The Murder of Helen Betty Osborne—Part 2

    08/04/2022 Duration: 51min

    Manitoba | In 1971, Indigenous high school student Helen Betty Osborne was abducted and brutally murdered near The Pas, Manitoba.When Betty’s body was found hours later at nearby Clearwater Lake, it was clear she had been the victim of a heinous crime. But it would take many, many years for the truth of what really happened to Betty to come to light—ultimately exposing the depths of racial injustice in the small town.Crisis Line for Indian Residential School SurvivorsFor CRISIS SUPPORT 24/7 call 1-800-721-0066Report of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of ManitobaRead the full reportKey sections: Historical Overview, Treaty Rights, Helen Betty OsborneCanadian True Crime donates monthly to help those facing injustice.This month we have donated to:Indian residential school survivors societyTrue Crime Podcast Festival 2022Dallas, Texas, August 26-28. Learn more and buy tickets AD-FREE episodes are available via our Premium FeedsSign up via Apple Podcasts, Patreon or SupercastCredits:Research and writ

  • 110 The Murder of Helen Betty Osborne—Part 1

    01/04/2022 Duration: 52min

    [ Part 1 of 3 ] In 1971, Indigenous high school student Helen Betty Osborne was abducted and brutally murdered near The Pas, Manitoba.When Betty’s body was found hours later at nearby Clearwater Lake, it was clear she had been the victim of a heinous crime. But it would take many, many years for the truth of what really happened to Betty to come to light—ultimately exposing the depths of racial injustice in the small town.Release schedule:Part 2: Available to everyone April 8*Part 3: Available to everyone April 15** Ad-free versions will be available slightly early via our premium feeds on Apple Podcasts, Patreon and SupercastCrisis Line for Indian Residential School SurvivorsFor CRISIS SUPPORT 24/7 call 1-800-721-0066Report of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of ManitobaRead the full reportKey sections: Historical Overview, Treaty Rights, Helen Betty OsborneCanadian True Crime donates monthly to help those facing injustice.This month we have donated to:Indian residential school survivors societyCredits:Resear

  • 109 The Beatle Bandit—Part 2

    22/03/2022 Duration: 49min

    [ Part 2 of 2 ] The shocking conclusion to this historical Canadian crime saga. AD-FREE episodes are available via our Premium FeedsSign up via Apple Podcasts, Patreon or Supercast Full list of credits and information sourcesSee the applicable page for each episode at canadiantruecrime.ca/episodes. Research and writing: Kristi LeeTheme song, audio editing and production: We Talk of Dreams Disclaimer: voiced by the host of True Website and social medias:Website: www.canadiantruecrime.caFacebook: facebook.com/CanadianTrueCrimeTwitter: @CanadianTCpodInstagram: @CanadianTrueCrimePod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • 108 The Beatle Bandit — Part 1

    15/03/2022 Duration: 53min

    [ Part 1 of 2 ] The unbelievable but true story of a bizarre-looking bank robber who terrorized 1964 Toronto as Beatlemania was gripping the nation. One heist went terribly wrong, ending in a wild shootout that sparked a national debate around gun control, mental health and the death penalty.Part 2 available to everyone March 22Get it ad-free, right now on one of our Premium Feeds: Apple Podcasts, Patreon or SupercastBook Recommendation:This series was written by Nate Hendley for Canadian True Crime based on his new book, The Beatle Bandit: A Serial Bank Robber’s Deadly Heist, a Cross Country Manhunt, and the Insanity Plea that Shook the Nation.ABOUT NATE: Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker, and author of many books.PURCHASE: The Beatle Bandit is available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook formats at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters-Indigo Credits:Primary research and writing: Nate HendleyCreative direction, additional research, writing, editing: Kristi LeeSound design: Kristi

  • 107 Alberta Naked Kidnappings

    01/03/2022 Duration: 33min

    In 2017, a bizarre incident occurred near Nisku, Alberta when five people - four of them naked - decided to kidnap their neighbours. The story that unravelled would make international headlines.Podcast recommendation:Connections: The Podcast by We Talk of DreamsUkrainian aid:Donate to Red Cross Thanks for supporting our sponsors!See the special offer codes here Ad-free episodes:All episodes, ad-free and often early on Patreon and Supercast.Credits:Research and writing: Kristi LeeAudio editing and production: Erik Krosby, Kristi LeeDisclaimer voiced by the host of TrueTheme Song: We Talk of Dreams  All credits and information sources can be found on the page for this episode at canadiantruecrime.ca/episodes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • 106 The Gakhal Family Massacre

    15/02/2022 Duration: 01h13min

    BRITISH COLUMBIA | In 1996, a family in Vernon, BC were preparing for a large wedding—but unbeknownst to them, a man was waiting in the sidelines to ruin it all. This is the tragic story of Canada’s third-largest mass shooting and the many lost opportunities that may have prevented it.Podcast recommendationDealing Justice - a podcast about cold cases featured on decks of cardsCanadian True Crime donates monthly. This month we have donated to:Archway Community Services (Formerly Abbotsford Community Services)Archway Society for Domestic Peace  (Formerly Vernon Women’s Transition SocietyThanks for supporting our sponsors!See the special offer codes here Ad-free episodes:All episodes, ad-free and often early on Patreon and Supercast.Credits:Research: Gemma HarrisAdditional research and writing: Kristi LeeAudio editing and production: We Talk of DreamsDisclaimer voiced by the host of True Website and social medias:Website: www.canadiantruecrime.caFacebook: facebook.com/CanadianTrueCrimeTwitter: @

  • 105 The Murder of Liu Qian

    01/02/2022 Duration: 01h10min

    Sometime after midnight in 2011, 23 year old York University student Liu Qian was chatting to an old friend via webcam as she studied in her tiny basement dorm room in Toronto.But there was a knock at her door—and her friend on the other side of the computer screen would be the only witness to the terror that would unfold.Further information:Open Letter, Artworks and Photos of Liu Qian from her father Liu Jianhui, translated by Professor Charles Burton and published by the Toronto StarCanadian Universities are Failing Students on Sexual Assault, by Zane Schwartz, published in Macleans 2018Thanks for supporting our sponsors!See the special offer codes here Ad-free episodes:All episodes, ad-free and often early on Patreon and Supercast.Credits:Research: Gemma HarrisAdditional research and writing: Kristi LeeAudio editing and production: We Talk of Dreams Disclaimer voiced by the host of TrueAll credits and information sources can be found on the page for this episode at canadiantruecrime.ca/episodes.

  • 104 Karen and Krista Hart—Part 2

    22/01/2022 Duration: 01h13min

    [ Part 2 of 2 ] The conclusion of this case of a murder investigation that forever changed the face of the Canadian justice system. Further reading:Mr. Big: The Investigation into the Deaths of Karen and Krista Hart by Colleen Lewis and Jennifer Hicks Podcast recommendation:Casefile - Daniel Morcombe episode 54  Credits:Research and writing: Emily G. Thompson and Eileen MacfarlaneContent advice: Aja RomanoAudio editing and production: We Talk of Dreams Sound design, additional research and writing: Kristi LeeDisclaimer voiced by the host of True The full list of credits and information sources can be found on the page for this episode at canadiantruecrime.ca/episodes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!See the special offer codes here Ad-free episodes:All episodes, ad-free and often early on Patreon and Supercast. Website and social medias:Website: www.canadiantruecrime.caFacebook: facebook.com/CanadianTrueCrimeTwitter: @CanadianTCpodInstagram: @CanadianTrueCrimePo

  • 103 Karen and Krista Hart—Part 1

    15/01/2022 Duration: 57min

    [ Part 1 of 2 ] On August 4, 2002, Nelson Hart took his three-year-old twin daughters, Karen and Krista to play by Gander Lake. They both ended up in the water, and the decisions Nelson made in the aftermath baffled everyone—including the RCMP. This is the shocking case of a murder investigation that forever changed the face of the Canadian justice system. Part 2 will be released on Saturday January 22, and it's available now, ad-free on Supercast and Patreon. Podcast recommendation:Voices for Justice - a true crime podcast hosted by Sarah Turney. Canadian True Crime donates monthly. This month we have donated to:Black Lives Matter Canada Credits: Research and writing: Emily G. Thompson and Eileen MacfarlaneContent advice: Aja RomanoSound design, additional research and writing: Kristi LeeAudio editing and production: We Talk of Dreams Disclaimer voiced by the host of True The full list of credits and information sources can be found on the page for this episode at cana

  • 102 The Crimes of Noel Winters

    15/12/2021 Duration: 01h19min

    NEW BRUNSWICK  | In 1984, human remains were found in garbage bags in a dump in New Brunswick. The story that would unravel would shock locals and leave a lasting legacy on the province.Resources referenced:Review of “Bodies in the Backyard” - by Rachel M Friars on True Crime Index - Twitter: @TrueCrimeIndex Email: truecrimeindex@gmail.comBodies in the Backyard by Brian O’NeillMontreal’s Irish Mafia: The True Story of the Infamous West End Gang by Darcy O’Connor Thanks for supporting our sponsors!See the special offer codes here Ad-free episodes:All episodes, ad-free and often early on Patreon and Supercast. Credits: Research: Haley GrayAdditional research and writing: Kristi LeeSpecial thanks to Rachel M Friars for help with local knowledgeAudio editing and production: We Talk of Dreams Disclaimer voiced by the host of TrueAll credits and information sources can be found on the page for this episode at canadiantruecrime.ca/episodes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out

  • 101 The Ryan Family Crossbow Murders

    01/12/2021 Duration: 55min

    TORONTO | In 2016, a disturbance on a quiet street in Scarborough would decimate a family, leaving three dead and another injured. And then, within hours, a bomb squad would be called to an upmarket, waterfront condo in downtown Toronto, revealing a complex web of lies. When a person’s unsettling past catches up with them, what lengths will they go to to prevent the truth from coming out?Further reading - long-form features on this case:The Crossbow Killer - Toronto Life feature by Mark MannThe Untold Story of accused ‘crossbow killer’ Brett Ryan’s robbery spree - Toronto Star feature by Wendy GillisCanadian True Crime donates monthly. This month we have donated to:First Nations Child and Family Caring SocietyThanks for supporting our sponsors!See the special offer codes here Premium Feeds - Ad-free episodes:All episodes, ad-free and often early on Patreon and Supercast.Credits: Research and primary writing: Emily G. Thompson of Morbidology PodcastAdditional writing, sound design, mixing and masteri

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