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

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

    The Life of the Grey Fox: Bill Miner, Train Robber

    The Life of the Grey Fox: Bill Miner, Train Robber

    Episode 314: Ezra Allen Miner, more commonly known as Bill Miner, was an infamous American stagecoach and train robber born in Michigan in 1846. Bill Miner's criminal career included an early arrest on April 3, 1866, for robbery, leading to a three-year sentence at San Quentin. Over thirty-five years, Miner was incarcerated for a cumulative total of nearly 30 years, experiencing two official releases and making five escapes from custody. He became infamous in Canada for robbing the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and securing his status as a legendary figure in Canadian outlaw lore, which included an escape from the B.C. Penitentiary in New Westminster.
    Known by nicknames such as “The Grey Fox” and the “Gentleman Bandit,” Miner was celebrated for his courteous demeanour during his heists. Furthermore, he is often credited with popularizing the now-iconic command during robberies, “Hands up!”; however, this may be hyperbole. Miner’s blend of politeness and notoriety helped cement his legacy in the annals of Canadian criminal folklore.
    Sources:
    This Week in History: 1906 - The legendary outlaw Bill Miner robs a train near Kamloops
    Bill Miner | Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine
    Bill Miner | The Canadian Encyclopedia
    The Grey Fox (1982 film) | The Canadian Encyclopedia
    "The Grey Fox" (1982) - Movie on Bill Miner - Western Stagecoach Robber | YouTube
    The Grey Fox: The True Story of Bill Miner - Last of the Old-Time Bandits
    Billy Miner Pie Recipe
    Billy Miner | Mission Museum
    Bill Miner | Historica Canada Education Portal
    Bill Miner | BC Penitentiary Collection
    Bill Miner – The Gentleman Outlaw – Golden BC Museum
    Bill Miner | NFB Vignette
    Old Bill Miner: Last of the Famous Western Bandits
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Murders in Meadowvale: Robert Grewal, Joseph Manchisi and Rene Charlebois

    Murders in Meadowvale: Robert Grewal, Joseph Manchisi and Rene Charlebois

    Episode 313: Douglas Donald Moore, known in Meadowvale, Ontario,  as a drug supplier for young teens, gained notoriety in Mississauga for killing three young men before taking his own life in his jail cell while awaiting trial on 11 charges for sexual assaults on three boys. Peel Regional Police assert that Robert Grewal, 22, of Meadowvale, and Giuseppe (Joseph) Manchisi, 20, of Milton, who were close friends, were killed in 2003 by Moore. After Moore’s death, he was named the prime suspect in the murders of Grewal and Manchisi. Additionally, police believe Moore was responsible for killing Rene Charlebois, 15, also of Meadowvale.
    All three victims disappeared in late 2003, and their bodies were discovered in spring 2004. Charlebois’ remains were found in an Orangeville landfill, while Grewal and Manchisi’s remains were located in wooded areas near Montreal. In 2005, Moore’s former common-law wife and an unidentified 16-year-old were convicted of accessory to murder after the fact. The teen assisted in disposing of evidence, including driving with Moore to Quebec to bury the bodies of Grewal and Manchisi. Moore believed the two men had stolen drugs and cash from him, but it was later revealed that the 16-year-old was responsible for the robbery. The police have never disclosed the motive behind the killing of Rene Charlebois.
    Sources:
    Mississauga | Canadian Encyclopedia
    History of Mississauga | MIssissauga.ca
    Canada's most notorious murder case happened in Mississauga in the 1970s
    Improbable Cause: The Harrison Family Murders
    Search: Douglas Donald Moore | Newspapers.com
    Youth appealing in Manchisi case
    Murder victim’s grieving mother still has questions
    Dad seeks slain son’s body parts | Toronto Star
    Douglas Donald Moore (1968-2004)
    Cold North Killers by Lee Mellor | Everand
    Douglas Donald Moore | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers
    Opinion: The horrifying path of Douglas Moore
    Ontario Newsroom | Coroner’s Inquest
    50TH ANNIVERSARY: Notorious Meadowvale serial killer left suicide note
    Didn't know killer's background, doctor testifies | The Star
    Spree killer feared dangerous-offender status | The Star
    `I'm sorry ... I'm finally free': Killer | The Star
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Moved by the Spirit: The Murder of Mercy Babcock Hall

    Moved by the Spirit: The Murder of Mercy Babcock Hall

    Episode 312: In a home in Shediac, New Brunswick, on February 13, 1805, Amos Babcock, driven by delusions of divine mission, subjected his family to a horrifying ordeal. He gathered his wife, children and sister, Mercy, instilling fear with his erratic behaviour and unsettling declarations. Spurred by imagined threats and seeing himself as an instrument of God, Amos prepared for a sacrificial act, treating his family with cruelty dressed up as a religious ritual. His deep descent into madness was evident as he inflicted violence upon his loved ones, sparing none from his erratic wrath. Babcock's final act of brutality saw him murder his sister, Mercy Babcock Hall, whom he saw as demonic, in a brutal frenzy of madness, bringing a tragic end to a night of unspeakable horror.
    Sources:
    Amos Babcock (1764-1805) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree
    Squash, Pumpkin Pie and Mercy… | Part 1
    Squash, Pumpkin Pie and Mercy… | Part 2
    New Brunswick — History and Culture
    The Babcock Tragedy, a Story of Madness and Murder
    Hellfire in Shediac
    Amos Babcock... Crazed Murderer, or...?
    Full text of "The New Brunswick magazine"
    Mar 08, 1939, page 14 - The Montreal Star at Newspapers.com
    Apr 13, 1939, page 15 - The Kingston Whig-Standard at Newspapers.com
    Jan 18, 1993, page 25 - The Leader-Post at Newspapers.com
    Apr 20, 2013, page 79 - National Post at Newspapers.com
    The Ballad of Jacob Peck by Debra Komar (Ebook)
    Great Awakening - First, Second & Definition
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Road Trip: Reckless Rust — The Death of Halyna Hutchins (Part 2)

    Road Trip: Reckless Rust — The Death of Halyna Hutchins (Part 2)

    Episode 311: On October 21, 2021, a tragic accident occurred on the set of the low-budget old-west movie Rust, filmed on a New Mexico ranch. Wife, mother and Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot, and writer/director Joel Souza, 48, was injured. It was the lead actor and producer, Alec Baldwin, who was holding the prop gun that killed Hutchins and wounded Souza. Somehow, it contained a live round. Investigations also revealed other live rounds on set, which is never supposed to happen.
    Baldwin and the film’s inexperienced armourer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Dave Halls, 63, serving as the first assistant director on the film, entered a no-contest plea per a deal made with prosecutors, accepting responsibility for the misdemeanour offence of negligent use of a deadly weapon linked to the death of Halyna Hutchins. Numerous civil suits have also been filed, with accusations of negligence being levelled against several parties, including the production company, Hannah Gutierrez and actor Alec Baldwin.
    Sources:
    Halyna Hutchins | IMDb
    Joel Souza | IMDb
    Rust | Western | IMDb
    Alec Baldwin | IMDb
    Hannah Gutierrez Reed Probable Cause Statement | DocumentCloud
    Halyna Hutchins Post Mortem — 62fc0b327d166.pdf
    Alec Baldwin - Halyna Hutchins - FBI and Medical Examiner Reports (Aug 2022)
    American Cinematographer January 2022 Ac0122 | PDF | Pixel | Signal Processing
    The moment Alec Baldwin is told of the death of his colleague Halyna Hutchins
    The New Mexico Film Office Announces Rust is Currently Filming in New Mexico
    The day Alec Baldwin shot Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza
    Search warrant reveals grim details of 'Rust' shooting and Halyna Hutchins' final minutes
    A Timeline of the ‘Rust’ Shooting and Investigation
    'Rust' timeline: Key events in the Alec Baldwin on-set shooting
    Rust trial: How events unfolded after fatal shooting on Alec Baldwin film set
    Raise Funds In Memory of Halyna Hutchins, organized by ICG Local 600
    ‘Rust’ Camera Assistant on Safety Issues, Pay Irregularities and Producer Behavior on “Brutal” Set
    Bonanza Creek Ranch | About
    Gun in Fatal Rust Shooting Used in Target Practice that Morning
    FULL Alec Baldwin Police Interview About Rust Shooting Incident
    Bodycam Released in Alec Baldwin Set Shooting
    Alec Baldwin, ‘Rust’ producers reach settlement with slain cinematographer’s estate - National
    Video shows 'Rust' rehearsal, Baldwin speak to officers after shooting | NewsNation
    Halyna Hutchins’s Death on the Set of Rust Was “Not a Freak Accident”
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Introducing... Crime Beat | Out of the dark

    Introducing... Crime Beat | Out of the dark

    In the summer of 2006, a young Calgary woman was on top of the world. She had a supportive family, amazing friends and a great job. But life as she knew it came to an abrupt stop in the middle of the night on August 6, 2006. In this episode, Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares details of a violent attack- a story that’s every woman’s worst fear.
    www.calgarycrimestoppers.org - reference case # 06274598
    https://newsroom.calgary.ca/sexual-assault-case-from-2006-has-new-lead/
    Contact:
    Instagram: @nancy.hixt
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/
    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca
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    • 38 min
    Road Trip: Reckless Rust — The Death of Halyna Hutchins (Part 1)

    Road Trip: Reckless Rust — The Death of Halyna Hutchins (Part 1)

    Episode 310: On October 21, 2021, a tragic accident occurred on the set of the low-budget old-west movie Rust, filmed on a New Mexico ranch. Wife, mother and Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot, and writer/director Joel Souza, 48, was injured. It was the lead actor and producer, Alec Baldwin, who was holding the prop gun that killed Hutchins and wounded Souza. Somehow, it contained a live round. Investigations also revealed other live rounds on set, which is never supposed to happen.
    Baldwin and the film’s inexperienced armourer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Dave Halls, 63, serving as the first assistant director on the film, entered a no-contest plea in accordance with a deal made with prosecutors, accepting responsibility for the misdemeanour offence of negligent use of a deadly weapon linked to the death of Halyna Hutchins. Numerous civil suits have also been filed, with accusations of negligence being levelled against several parties, including the production company itself, Hannah Gutierrez and actor Alec Baldwin.
    In this first of two parts, you will learn about the tragic trail of events leading up to the shooting.
    Sources:
    Alec Baldwin "Rust" shooting: A timeline of events in Halyna Hutchins' death | CBS News
    Rust shooting incident
    Rust shooting ‘43rd fatal incident on US film set since 1990’
    Film set fatalities rise in last decade as production booms
    On-set deaths from prop guns are rare — but not unheard of
    Safety for Sarah
    Directors Guild of Canada
    Safety Bulletins – Contract Services
    01_safety_bltn_firearms
    02_safety_bltn_live_ammunition
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    • 1 hr 10 min

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