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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

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

    Murder in Chatham: Virginia & Alfred Critchley and Jasen Pangburn

    Murder in Chatham: Virginia & Alfred Critchley and Jasen Pangburn

    Episode 237: On a fall evening in 1991, police discovered the bodies of Alfred Critchley, 75, and Virginia Critchley, 73, in the Chatham, Ontario residence they shared with their son and his family. The couple had been brutally stabbed. Alfred was unconscious but alive and Virginia was barely alive. Virginia died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and Alfred died later in the hospital having never regained consciousness. After a brief search, the couple’s grandson, Jasen Pangburn, 19, was discovered partially buried in a nearby ravine. Jasen had been executed with a single gunshot to the chest from a .22 calibre firearm. Thanks to Virginia’s dying words, suspicion fell on two youths, who’d been acquaintances of Jasen Pangburn’s, Jason Shawn Cofell, 18, and a 15-year-old accomplice we’ll call C.B.
    Sources:
    2007 CanLII 76511 (ON SC) | R. v. Cofell | CanLII
    The Essex and Kent Scottish - Canada.ca
    Chatham triple-murderer granted parole after almost 25 years in prison | CBC News
    Teenage triple-murderer whose killings rocked Chatham, region gets parole after decades in prison
    Search — Jason Shaw Cofell — Newspapers.com
    Cofell, Jason – Canadian Crimeopedia
    Chatham-Kent, ON Crime Rates & Map
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Murder of Diana Russell (Part 2)

    The Murder of Diana Russell (Part 2)

    Episode 236: In our last episode, we heard about the murder of 61-year-old retiree, and beloved mother, grandmother and recent great-grandmother, Diana Russell. On February 22, 2002, after her car was found abandoned, in out-of-the way Boston Bar, her family became concerned. Diana was not answering her phone and no one knew where she was.
    She was later found by police in the basement of Kelowna ,B.C. townhome. Diana had been beaten, hogtied, raped and then strangled. The number one suspect was no stranger to the family. He was Ronald Leal Fowler, an ex-boyfriend of Diana’s eldest daughter, Michele, and father to that daughter’s two-year-old son, Brandon. 
    After killing Diana, Fowler had fled in her car, but after it became hopelessly stuck after a freak winter mud and snow slide he’d hitchhiked to Vancouver. Fowler was arrested there after the truck driver who’d dropped him off in the Lower Mainland called police about the sketchy guy who’d ridden with him.
    Fowler, who’d illegally walked away from half-way house in which he’d been living, claimed amnesia due to drug and alcohol binge at the time. He denied responsibility for Diana’s murder and maintains that position to this day.
    Diana’s remaining family was left to pick of the pieces of their broken lives. This crime is still a painful wound for them, ripped open by Fowler’s every appeal and applications for parole. In the second part of this episode we hear from Collin Lucksinger, Diana Russell's grandson, as he shares with us his feelings about the his grandmother and the crime.
    Sources:
    Facebook — Biography of Diana Russell
    Search Castanet News - Ronald Fowler
    2006 BCSC 1215 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII
    2006 BCSC 1214 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII
    2005 BCSC 1876 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII
    2005 BCSC 1875 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII
    2005 BCSC 1874 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII
    CN BC: Drug Experts Differ Over Blackouts - Rave.ca
    Femicide
    RamsReef — Twitch
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    The Murder of Diana Russell (Part 1)

    The Murder of Diana Russell (Part 1)

    Episode 235: On February 22, 2002, a vehicle was found in the ditch off the Trans-Canada highway near Boston Bar, B.C.
    The car was registered to 61-year-old mother, grandmother and recent great-grandmother, Diana Russell, who was nowhere around the car. RCMP obtained a key to Diana’s Kelowna townhouse and went inside finding the woman partially clothed body underneath some mattresses and furniture. She’d been hogtied, raped, beaten and strangled.
    Police quickly determined that Ronald Leal Fowler, 31, was a person of interest in the murder. Fowler, father of one of Diana’s grandchildren after a brief relationship with Diana’s eldest daughter, Fowler was later dramatically captured in Vancouver. He was then charged and in 2006 was convicted of first degree murder.
    Diana Russell's daughter Valerie MacPherson kindly shared her writings about her family's pain around the time of the murder and the twenty years since. In part 2 we will hear from Diana's grandson, Collin Lucksinger, as he shares first hand his thoughts and feelings around Diana's murder.
    Sources:
    Facebook — Biography of Diana Russell
    Search Castanet News - Ronald Fowler
    2006 BCSC 1215 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII
    2006 BCSC 1214 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII
    2005 BCSC 1876 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII
    2005 BCSC 1875 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII
    2005 BCSC 1874 (CanLII) | R. v. Fowler | CanLII
    CN BC: Drug Experts Differ Over Blackouts - Rave.ca
    Femicide
    RamsReef — Twitch
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    • 54 min
    Heaven’s Gate — UFO Death Cult

    Heaven’s Gate — UFO Death Cult

    Episode 234: On March 26, 1997, police found the bodies of 39 members of a religious UFO cult known as Heaven’s Gate in an 830 square-metre (9,000 square foot) home in Rancho Santa Fe, California, a San Diego suburb. All, including the group’s leader, Marshall Applewhite Jr., had died in a ritualistic act of mass suicide. The headline on the cult’s website, which remains online today, stated, “Hale-Bopp brings closure to Heaven’s Gate.” Over the following weeks, as investigators probed what happened in the home, the story of the Heaven’s Gate cult emerged, each detail weirder than the next. 
    I wrote about this story in my first book, Murder Madness and Mayhem. I have always wanted to cover this on Dark Poutine. I have expanded on what I wrote, especially toward the end of the story, I get into more detail about the victims. The medium of a podcast also allows for other content, including audio clips from individuals involved in the case and other details I was otherwise unable to convey in the book involving Canadian connections which includes one of the victims, Erika Ernst, 40, who was from Calgary, Alberta. That’s right, this is not an away game. 
    Sources:
    Get Help | Talk Suicide Canada
    Heaven’s Gate — How and When It May Be Entered
    YouTube — Heaven’s Gate Cult Initiation Tape Part 1
    Heaven’s Gate : Federal Bureau of Investigation — Internet Archive
    Video Anonymous Heaven’s Gate caller who directed police to mansion, 25 years after tragedy - ABC News
    Heaven’s Gate, 25 Years Later: Remembering Lives Lost in Cult
    CNN - Some members of suicide cult castrated - Mar. 28, 1997
    Heaven’s Gate Survivor Lost His Soulmate to Suicide Cult
    Facilitating You! – You are the love you have been looking for.
    Erika Ernst (1956-1997) - Find a Grave Memorial
    Cult Test | Cult Escape | Are you In A Religious Cult?
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Falling Stars: The Belcher Island Murders

    Falling Stars: The Belcher Island Murders

    Episode 233: During the harsh winter of 1941, as World War II raged elsewhere, closer to home, a tragedy occurred on the remote, ice-covered island archipelago in Hudson Bay called the Belcher Islands. After witnessing a dramatic meteor shower, a tribal group of Inuit people believed the world was ending. Inspired by a copy of the New Testament Bible translated into Inuit syllabics by Anglican missionaries, 27-year-old Charlie Ouyerack, self-professed shaman of the tribe, claimed he was the second coming of Jesus Christ. Charlie determined his friend, Peter Sala, a skilled hunter and navigator, to be God. Their cult, Charlie, Peter, Peter's sister Mina and their followers, labelled any deniers as satanic heretics, eventually leading to the brutal murders of nine people within the group.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Washed Away: The 1929 Newfoundland Tsunami

    Washed Away: The 1929 Newfoundland Tsunami

    Epidsode 232: The strongest earthquake ever recorded in eastern Canada, measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale, occurred at 5:02pm Newfoundland time on the 18 of November in 1929. It was felt as far west as Ottawa and as far south as New York City. The quake, centred around 250 km south of Newfoundland along the southern edge of the Grand Banks caused a massive sub-ocean landslide. Two and a half hours after the quake a series of tsunami waves smashed into Newfoundland’s isolated Burin Peninsula devastating property, upending the fishery and causing 28 deaths.
    Sources:
    The Tsunami of 1929
    The 1929 Magnitude 7.2 “Grand Banks” earthquake and tsunami
    1883 Rossi-Forel Scale of Earthquake Intensity
    Report a felt earthquake
    View of The Newfoundland Tsunami of November 18, 1929: An Examination of the Twenty-eight Deaths of the “South Coast Disaster” | Newfoundland & Labrador Studies
    90 years later, a tsunami in southern Newfoundland still brings vivid memories | CBC News
    A disastrous tsunami’s lethal legacy in Newfoundland - Macleans.ca
    1929 Grand Banks earthquake - Wikipedia
    The Wake by Linden MacIntyre - Ebook | Scribd
    Newfoundland Tsunami - Water - SOS! Canadian Disasters - Library and Archives Canada
    CBC News Indepth: The South Shore disaster: Newfoundland’s Tsunami
    GEOSCAN Search Results: Fastlink
    Get prepared for an earthquake - Province of British Columbia
    THE ASSESSMENT OF GEOLOGICAL HAZARDS AND DISASTERS IN NEWFOUNDLAND: AN UPDATE
    Dominion of Newfoundland - Wikipedia
    Newfoundland and Labrador - Wikipedia
    Welcome to Newfoundland and Labrador - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
    History of Nova Scotia, Jan 1920 - Dec 1939
    Get prepared for an earthquake - Province of British Columbia
    Surviving A Tsunami—Lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan
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    • 1 hr 19 min

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