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True crime, legends, folklore, dark history and other creepy topics from the perspective of real live Canadians.

Dark Poutine - True Crime and Dark History Curiouscast

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True crime, legends, folklore, dark history and other creepy topics from the perspective of real live Canadians.

    Creepy Creatures and Canadian Cryptids

    Creepy Creatures and Canadian Cryptids

    Episode 175: Like any other region, Canada has its share of stories of fantastical creatures that may or may not exist. Dark Poutine has covered a few of them. In episode 25 we learned of Swift Runner, believed to be possessed by the cannibalistic spirit known as Wendigo, we talked about, Ogopogo, the giant serpent in Okanagan Lake in episode 113 and of course, in episode 131 we gave you a primer on Sasquatch aka Bigfoot in Western Canada and the USA. In this episode, you will learn about some of Canada’s lesser-known cryptids, The Loup-Garou, The Thunderbird, The Toronto Tunnel Monster and The Giant Spider Bat. 

    [Loup-Garou | The Canadian Encyclopedia]
    [The Werewolf of Quebec City — CANADIANA]
    [Le loup-garou du Kamouraska (1766-1767) – Patrimoine, Histoire et Multimédia]
    [Les Loups-Garous du Québec – Werewolves of Quebec  | Julian Peters comics]
    [Thunderbird | New Cryptozoology Wiki | Fandom]
    [Thunderbird: a symbol of power, strength and nobility - Ecstatic Trance Postures]
    [Thunderbird- A Canadian Legend]
    [Toronto Tunnel Monster | Cryptid Wiki | Fandom]
    [The Toronto Tunnel Monster | Cryptozoology News Articles & Investigations]
    [Toronto Urban Legends: The Real Toronto Underground]
    [Strange Encounters with Bizarre Tunnel-Dwelling Monsters | Mysterious Universe]
    [A guide to the secret tunnels hidden beneath Toronto]
    [Little people (mythology) - Wikipedia]
    [What Lies Beneath: Toronto and The Tunnel Monster of Cabbagetown]
    [ParaResearchers Of Ontario - Toronto Tunnel Monster]
    [The Creepy Cabbagetown Monster Lurking in Toronto’s Underground]
    [Cryptids of Canada and Other Toronto Urban Legends We Bet You Didn’t Know About - Mary-am Suites]
    [C.H.U.D. (1984) - IMDb]
    [Myths & Monsters - DIBAAJIMOWIN]
    [memegwesi (na) | The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary]
    [Mysteries of Canada – Canada History and Mysteries]
    [Stranger Things: Four-in-Five Canadians believe]
    [Giant Canadian Spiderbat | Cryptid Wiki | Fandom]
    [North American House Hippo - YouTube]

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    • 49 min
    The Stopwatch Gang

    The Stopwatch Gang

    Episode 174 - Between 1974 and 1980, a group of three mask-wearing Canadian outlaws named Stephen Reid, Patrick (Paddy) Mitchell, and Lionel Wright, in well-planned, precisely timed and carefully executed heists, robbed at least 140 banks and armoured cars in Canada and the United States making off with a total of more than $15 million in cash, gold and other valuables.

    [The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang | The Atavist Magazine]
    [Stephen Reid fonds - Search Research Collections]
    [Inside Time by Jason Young - NFB]
    [Paddy Mitchell’s Blog - A blog behind bars]
    [Read This Bank Robber’s Life Online by Patrick Mitchell | Books - Scribd.com]
    [The Stopwatch Gang: notorious bank robber, celebrated author dies – RCI | English]
    [Lionel Wright | Today in Ottawa’s History]
    [Stephen Reid - ABC BookWorld]
    [Obituary: Stephen Reid - Ottawa Citizen]
    [Stephen Reid’s 10 toughest prisons in North America]

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    La Train d’Enfer - The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster

    La Train d’Enfer - The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster

    Episode 173 - On July 6, 2013, in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, an unattended 73-car freight train carrying crude oil rolled down a grade and derailed downtown, multiple tank cars exploded, resulting in a massive fire. More than 30 buildings in the town's core were destroyed, and, sadly, forty-seven people lost their lives.

    [Ville Lac-Mégantic - Une ville à coeur ouvert]
    [Déraillement mortel d’un train à Lac-Mégantic - Ville Lac-Mégantic]
    [Balado Découverte - Le Marcheur d’étoiles | Circuit touristique de Lac-Mégantic]
    [Cinq clés pour comprendre la tragédie de Lac-Mégantic | Radio-Canada.ca]
    [10 of Canada’s worst train accidents - Macleans.ca]
    [Firefighter watched ghost train barrel past him moments before Lac-Mégantic derailment | CBC News]
    [Rail at center of Quebec town tragedy and heart of its recovery | Reuters]
    [Lac-Megantic’s resilience tested after ‘le train d’enfer’ - CentralMaine.com]
    [Summary of Railway Investigation Report R13D0054 - TSB Canada]
    [Railway Investigation Full Report R13D0054 - TSB Canada]
    [Lac-Mégantic MMA Train Accident - 6 July 2013 - YouTube]
    [Audio: Train engineer and railway company talk as Lac-Mégantic burns - The Globe and Mail]
    [Lac-Mégantic engineer Thomas Harding’s firing ruled illegal - Montreal | Globalnews.ca]
    [YouTube - Angry Lac Megantic residents seek answers - Global News]
    [YouTube - Lac-Mégantic News Conference - Investigation Report Release]
    [YouTube - Lac-Mégantic engineer calls released]
    [YouTube - Tragédie Lac Mégantic - Pierre Duquet]
    [YouTube - Incendie à Lac-Mégantic - username Nitrof Taz]
    [Wayback Machine - Montreal Gazette - Lives lost: Remembering Lac-Mégantic’s victims]
    [Global News Search - Lac-Mégantic]
    [Lac-Mégantic rail disaster - Wikipedia]

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Prohibition: Canadian Rum Runners & Bootleggers

    Prohibition: Canadian Rum Runners & Bootleggers

    Episode 172 - To curtail social ills like alcoholism, family violence, and other unsavoury behaviours, religious and puritanical proponents of the Temperance Movement demonized alcohol throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    After numerous U.S. states had become ‘dry’ outlawing the production and sale of alcohol in the years prior, in 1919, the United States ratified the 18th amendment to their constitution, which banned the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within the country’s borders. As hoarded supplies quickly began to run dry over the next ten years, Americans looked outside their borders to keep the liquor flowing into the country. 

    Scores of Canadians stepped up, flouting the laws to move alcohol across the 49th parallel. Many were entrepreneurs with a daredevil spirit, a means of transportation and a desire to make a quick buck, but others were psychopathic, dangerous, mob-connected killers. We’ll talk about a couple of them here.

    Mike Browne's new book, MURDER, MADNESS, AND MAYHEM: Twenty-Five Tales of True Crime and Dark History, is available this November from Harper Collins Canada! You can pre-order your copy now: https://bit.ly/3oSnKXS

    [Prohibition: An Interactive History – Mob Museum]
    [Women Led the Temperance Charge – Prohibition: An Interactive History]
    [Captain Jack Randell]
    [Captain Jack Randell - Classic Sailboats]
    [The Sinking of The I’m Alone]
    [Heaving To Is a Valuable Skill for All Sailors]
    [Story of the I’m Alone | Decora-chan | Prince Edward Island]
    [Ernest Hemingway - Biographical - NobelPrize.org]
    [The Whisky King - Trevor Cole - eBook]
    [Molls of a mobster | Maclean’s | OCTOBER 5, 1987]
    [Biography – STARKMAN, BESHA (Tobin)]

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Tangled Web: The Shootings of Alfred and Rosemary Podgis

    Tangled Web: The Shootings of Alfred and Rosemary Podgis

    Episode 171 - Rosemary Podgis, 56, and her husband Alfred, 58, were found in a Pennsylvania Ravine. They had been fatally shot in their Loch Arbour, New Jersey home over the Fourth of July weekend in 1982. The apparent perpetrators arrested by police 5 days later were two 18-year-olds: Scott Robert Franz, Rosemary’s son from a previous marriage, and Scott’s Canadian friend Bruce Anthony Curtis, who had been Scott’s classmate at King’s Edgehill private school in Nova Scotia where the pair had just graduated.

    The events leading up to the deaths of Rosemary and Alfred Podgis would be extremely important in establishing what led two teens, both with promising futures ahead of them, to kill Scott Franz’s mother and stepfather. Was it cold-blooded murder or, as Bruce would later claim, a tragic accident caused by a faulty firearm?

    [Blood Knot: The Trial and Conviction of Bruce Curtis by David Hayes]
    [State v. Curtis :: 1984 :: New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division :: Justia]
    [Two 18-year-olds, one from Nova Scotia, were held today… - UPI Archives]
    [A disputed killing in New Jersey | Maclean’s | APRIL 16, 1984]
    [Curtis’s long trip home | Maclean’s | MARCH 7, 1988]
    [National Film Board of Canada - Journey Into Darkness: The Bruce Curtis Story]
    [Dalhousie - The Gazette - Volume 117, Number 22 - February 21, 1985]
    [Canadians Mount Campaign To Obtain Man in New Jersey Prison]
    [YouTube - Deadly Betrayal: The Bruce Curtis Story - 1992 NBC Sunday Night Movie]
    [Crime-Sep-24-1989-947717 | NewspaperArchive]
    [Scott Franz’s Home - GoogleMaps]
    [Bruce Curtis and Scott Franz case - MemoryNS]
    [Shootings of Alfred and Rosemary Podgis - Wikipedia]

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Slippery as an Eel: The Tale of Ernest Cashel

    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.

    [The Case of Ernest Cashel | Maclean’s | December 1st 1930]
    [Ernest Cashel - Wikipedia]
    [2 Feb 1904, Page 1 - Vancouver Daily World at Newspapers.com]
    [Ernest Cashel Hanged at Calgary - Newspapers.com]
    [Scoundrels and Scallywags: Characters from Alberta’s Past by Brian Brennan]
    [The Pursuit of Ernest Cashel by MJ Malcolm]
    [14 Dec 1929, 39 - The Province at Newspapers.com]
    [Ernest Cashel Hanged - page 3 - Newspapers.com]
    [Hanged - Edmonton Journal (archived)]
    [Ernest Cashel on way to trial, Calgary, Alberta - Photo]
    [Ernest Cashel Story - Glenbow.org - January 30 - February 5]
    [Biography – NOLAN, PATRICK JAMES – Volume XIV (1911-1920)]

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    • 1 hr 10 min

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