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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.

    Tragedy x2: Gail Miller and David Milgaard (Part 1)

    Tragedy x2: Gail Miller and David Milgaard (Part 1)

    Episode 224: In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on the morning of January 31, 1969, a 12-year-old girl on the way to school stumbled upon the body of Gail Miller, a 20-year-old nurse’s aide, lying in the snow in an alley. Gail had been raped, murdered and discarded in the snow by her killer. As there had been a number of sexual assaults in the city, police were under enormous pressure to solve the murder and soon their attention turned to 16-year-old David Edgar Milgaard. He’d been in the neighbourhood and at a home nearby the alley where Gail’s body lay on the morning of the murder. Witnesses later claimed he’d seen blood on David’s clothing and gave other incriminating information to police. Milgaard was subsequently arrested and charged with Gail’s murder.

    Exactly a year after the murder, Milgaard was convicted of the murder and sentenced to a term of life in prison — justice, it appeared, had been served. We’ll find out, that was not the case at all. After serving 23 hellish years in prison, David Milgaard, who’d always maintained his innocence, was finally exonerated by DNA evidence that pointed to another man as Gail Miller’s killer.




    Commission of the Inquiry Into the Wrongful Conviction of David Milgaard

    David Milgaard - Innocence Canada

    Reference re Milgaard (Can.) - SCC Cases

    R. v. Milgaard, 1971 CanLII 792 (SK CA),

    R. v. Fisher (L.E.), 1999 SKQB 88 (CanLII),

    Justice Miscarried by Helena Katz - Ebook | Scribd

    Shrunk by J. Thomas Dalby, PhD, Editor, Lorene Shyba, PhD, Editor - Audiobook | Scribd

    Wrongful Convictions in Canada | PDF | Miscarriage Of Justice | Law

    David Milgaard - Wikipedia

    David Milgaard was innocent of Gail Miller murder and rape - SaskToday.ca

    Milgaard inquiry: Don’t judge us: Cops

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Blurred Justice: The Murders of Corporal Irwin and Trooper Black

    Blurred Justice: The Murders of Corporal Irwin and Trooper Black

    Episode 223: On Friday, February 20, 1976, while on vacation in Florida OPP Corporal Donald R. Irwin, 39, a father of three from Kitchener, Ontario, went on a ride along with his good friend Florida State Trooper, Philip Black, also 39-years-old. Irwin was in civilian clothing and unarmed. At around 7:15 a.m. they checked an old Camaro parked in a rest area on I-95, north of Pompano Beach, Florida. Moments later, both officers were dead, and the five people who’d been in the Camaro had fled in Black’s cruiser. 

    Walter Norman Rhodes Jr., 26, 29-year-old, Jesse Joseph Tafero, Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs, 28, Tafero’s wife and two children, Jacobs’ 9-year-old son, Eric, and the couple’s 10-month-old daughter, Christina, were apprehended at a road block after having kidnapped another man, and stolen his Cadillac from a retirement home after abandoning Black’s cruiser. Rhodes’ life was spared as he pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the other two. Jacobs and Tafero were both sentenced to die in Florida’s electric chair, but was justice really served. The case eventually unravelled but not before Tafero had his date with Old Sparky in 1990.

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    21 Feb 1976, Page 1 - Fort Lauderdale News at Newspapers.com

    Killer of 2 Police Officers Executed in Florida - The New York Times

    Ontario Police Memorial Foundation — Donald R. Irwin

    FHP MEMORIAL — Phillip A. Black (1936-1976)

    In the Blink of an Eye - Essay


    Jesse Tafero - Case Chart - Grassroots Investigation Project by Claudia Whitman Sponsored by Equal Justice USA

    Jesse Tafero - Case Summary - Innocence Project by Claudia Whitman sponsored by Equal Justice USA

    Jesse Tafero - Wikipedia

    Exoneree, Center on Wrongful Convictions: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

    Tafero v. State, 223 So. 2d 564 | Casetext Search + Citator

    Jesse Tafero | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers

    Jesse Tafero - Wikipedia

    Jessie Joseph Tafero, Petitioner-appellant, v. Louie L. Wainwright, Respondent-appellee, 796 F.2d 1314 (11th Cir. 1986) :: Justia

    Home - The Sunny Center

    The Joys of Forgiveness on Death Row | Sunny Jacobs | TEDxGalway — YouTube

    ‘Exonerated’ blurs facts about death penalty case

    Former death row couple: ‘Life turned out beautifully’ | Family | The Guardian


    Fugitive’s prosthetic leg gives him away | The Seattle Times


    Rhodes v. Fla. Parole Comm’n, CASE NO. 8:13-cv-1424-T-36AEP | Casetext Search + Citator

    Phillip Black and Donald Irwin murders 2/20/1976 Broward County, FL *Shot to death by Walter Rhodes, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; It is, actually, a complicated case* | Bonnie’s Blog of Crime

    Sunny Jacobs: Life Beyond

    Stretch of I-95 honors 2 fallen troopers


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Murder on the Island: Who Killed Byron Carr?

    Murder on the Island: Who Killed Byron Carr?

    Episode 222: On Sunday, November 12,1988 beloved 36-year-old high school teacher named Byron Carr was found by his family dead in the bedroom of his home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He’d been strangled to death and stabbed. Byron’s wallet had been stolen, and ominously on his wall, written in pen, were the words “I will kill again.” Investigators revealed that Byron was a closeted gay man, and had been involved in a consensual sexual encounter with an as yet unidentified man prior to his death. It is presumed that it was this man who killed Byron. No one has ever been brought to justice in Byron’s death.

    Anyone with any information regarding this crime, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is asked to call the  Bell Aliant sponsored Byron Carr Hot Line 1-877-566-3952 or PEI Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS.

    Promo:Crimes from the East


    Homicides | Charlottetown Police Services

    PEI Crime Stoppers - Homicides

    Charlottetown police reopen 1980s murder case | CBC News

    Skimpy underwear connected to 1988 murder | CBC News

    Charlottetown police release sketch of possible Byron Carr killer | SaltWire

    Byron Carr murder accomplice identified by police | CBC News

    2013, John Carr interview | CBC.ca

    ‘Give this family closure’: Police still working to solve 30-year-old Byron Carr murder | CBC News

    Unsolved Case Files Canada: Murder of Byron Carr After Sexual Encounter With Another Male

    Cold case, warm memories: Byron Carr’s friends, family want his 1988 P.E.I. murder solved | SaltWire

    On the hunt | SaltWire

    Brad MacConnell Named New Chief of Police | Charlottetown Police Services

    r/PEI: Byron Carr

    r/UnresolvedMysteries: Byron Carr

    CANADA — Canada — Byron Carr, 36, Schoolteacher — Nov’ 88 | Websleuths

    Reader’s Digest: Canada’s Most Notorious Cold Cases

    Public Attitudes toward Homosexuality — Tom W. Smith

    TIMELINE | Same-sex rights in Canada | CBC News

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia

    LGBT+ Pride 2021 Global Survey points to increasingly positive attitudes in Canada toward LGBT+ individuals | Ipsos

    R. v. MacDonald, 2004 CanLII 9284 (ON CA),

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Murder on the Isle of Dogs: The Execution of Auguste Neel

    Murder on the Isle of Dogs: The Execution of Auguste Neel

    Episode 221: On the morning of December 31, 1888, in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, friends found 61-year-old fisherman François Coupard dead in his fishing shack. Someone had brutally slain Coupard and had mutilated his body horribly after his murder. A quick investigation led to two men, Auguste Neel and Louis Ollivier, trying to flee to Newfoundland on a stolen fishing boat. The pair later admitted their roles in the murder and were tried and convicted. Ollivier was sentenced to 10 years at hard labour, while Neel, against whom the evidence was more solid, received a death sentence, which was carried out on August 24, 1889. This execution was the first and last in North America using a guillotine to do the deed.


    ExecutedToday.com » auguste neel

    19/02/1930 : Affaire NEEL Auguste et OLLIVIER Louis – Saint-Pierre et Miquelon : Ephémérides

    affaire néel - Histoire des îles St Pierre et Miquelon

    Saint Pierre and Miquelon - Wikipedia

    L’Île-aux-Marins - Wikipedia

    Canada’s top court says voluntary extreme intoxication a defence in violent crimes | Globalnews.ca

    R. v. Brown, 2022 SCC 18 (CanLII),

    the dive spell: Saint Pierre Island: site of the only guillotine execution in north america

    La Veuve de Saint-Pierre

    History of the Guillotine

    8 Things You May Not Know About the Guillotine - HISTORY

    The Paris Review - The Bloody Family History of the Guillotine

    Louis XVI - Wikipedia

    Does the head remain briefly conscious after decapitation (revisited)? - The Straight Dope

    Exploring The French Instrument Of Death: The Guillotine | Thought Catalog

    Guillotine by Robert Frederick Opie - Ebook | Scribd

    Execution by Geoffrey Abbott - Ebook | Scribd

    The Widow of Saint-Pierre - Wikipedia

    St. Pierre, a Tiny Pin Point of France and Al Capone’s Prohibition Haunt: Canadian Odyssey on the Looney Front — Part 10 | HuffPost Life

    Sept. 10, 1977: Heads Roll for the Last Time in France | WIRED

    5 really cool things about Saint-Pierre and Miquelon - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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    • 1 hr
    Set Up: The Bombing that Never Was

    Set Up: The Bombing that Never Was

    Episode 220: 

    The attention grabbing headline of the the article in The Province newspaper on the morning of July 3, 2013 screamed, “RCMP foil Canada Day bomb plot”, the subheading read, “VICTORIA: Two British Columbians allegedly hatch scheme to blow up legislature.” Since March of that year, RCMP had been engaged in what they called Project Souvenir, a complex and expensive sting operation to gather evidence against two Surrey residents, John Stuart Nuttall, 38, and his common-law wife, Amanda Marie Korody, 29. The RCMP alleged that the pair were Islamist extremist bent on blowing up BC’s legislature buildings in Victoria and killing as many innocent Canadians as possible on Canada Day that year. On the morning of July 1, the couple had apparently placed three pressure cooker bombs strategically near concrete planters on the west and east sides of the Provincial legislature buildings. 

    The pair were taken into custody in the hallway of a hotel in Delta, B.C. where they had used a room, wired by cops for video and sound, where they had built their bombs and spoken openly about their plot to kill Canadians. But, as the truth came out, evidence revealed that Nuttall and Korody were not even remotely the devious threats to national security they’d been said to be and that the RCMP had in fact, according to court findings, entrapped the pair. The bombs had been inert, made using intentionally flawed designs and materials handed to the couple by the RCMP themselves during the more than one million dollar operation to bust them.


    John Nuttall | ReverbNation

    R. v. Nuttall, 2016 BCSC 1404 (CanLII),

    R. v. Nuttall, 2018 BCCA 479 (CanLII),

    Korody v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 FC 1398 (CanLII),

    Friends of John Nuttall say he was a great friend, but was also troubled | Globalnews.ca

    3 Jul 2013, 4 - The Province at Newspapers.com

    3 Jul 2013, 3 - Times Colonist at Newspapers.com

    4 Jul 2013, 4 - The Vancouver Sun at Newspapers.com


    Vancouver Sun — Raw: Alleged terrorists Nuttall, Korody talk about Canada Day plot

    Vancouver Sun — Raw: John Nuttall, accused in B.C. terror case, speaks with undercover officer

    You searched for korody - BC Civil Liberties AssociationBC Civil Liberties Association

    Vancouver Sun — An alleged terrorist’s Surrey suite is revealed 97a Ave

    Canadian Press — B.C. couple walk free after entrapment ruling in terror case

    BC Terror Trial Reveals Gong Show RCMP Investigation

    Exclusive W5 interview: Terror plotters claim they were groomed by Mounties and were relieved bombs were fake

    W5: Undercover RCMP anti-terror investigation — YouTube

    Surrey Suite, BB TV — YouTube

    Terror trial video shows second thoughts — YouTube

    Canada Day crowd at B.C. legislature was target in thwarted bomb plot, police say — Victoria Times Colonist

    Nuttall and Korody, couple accused in Victoria legislature bomb plot, remain free after B.C. Court of Appeal ruling - BC | Globalnews.ca

    RCMP spent $1M on Victoria terror plot investigation, including $90K on Nuttall and Korody - BC | Globalnews.ca

    RCMP entrapment of B.C. couple in legislature bomb plot was ‘travesty of justice,’ court rules | CBC News

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    UFOs Part 2b - BONUS - Listener Stories of UFO Encounters & Area 51

    UFOs Part 2b - BONUS - Listener Stories of UFO Encounters & Area 51

    Episode 219 BONUS: In this episode we hear from several Dark Poutine listeners, and in one case, a family member of a listener, who are sharing their experiences and feelings around their own UFO encounters. Mike also shares his own experience as a youth, and at the end of the show Mike and Mathew talk about their recent visit to The Extraterrestrial Highway, Rachel, Nevada and the back Gate of Area 51.

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    • 1 hr 17 min

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Love the show, found it a few months ago. I spend a lot of time on the road as an Industrial Paramedic Field Supervisor and Dark Poutine keeps me company and entertained on my many Kms of Alberta hwy and back roads. Although some of the stories have me checking my rear view and gives me heeby-jeebies on those roads, especially in the dark lol. Keep up the great work. Can’t wait to get caught up to the recent shows ( atm working through 2020)

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