Each season of Island Crime focuses on one crime story based on Vancouver Island. Season 1: 'Where is Lisa?' digs into the mystery of 21-year-old Lisa Marie Young's disappearance. Season 2: 'Gone Boys' follows the mystery of men who have gone missing in recent years on Vancouver Island. Host Laura Palmer speaks with family members, community leaders, criminologists, coroners, psychologists and the RCMP to put together the stories of these missing men. Could a serial killer be preying on vulnerable men on Vancouver Island? 'Island Crime: Gone Boys' raises a discussion about the challenges facing men who are isolated and marginalized due to brain injury, trauma, mental illness, or disability. Could the 'us versus them' attitude of the public on the island be creating easy victims whose disappearances go unnoticed by many?
Ian Henry loves drumming, spear fishing and cycling. He is 26 when he disappears from the small island community, he calls home. Ian suffers from schizophrenia; without his medication he can’t function. His disappearance along with those of other men in his Cowichan First Nation has left his community unable to move forward.
The Talking Boards
14 year old Desmond Peter was last seen walking along the side of the highway. As a child Desmond witnessed a horrific murder which upended his world and altered the course of his life. Rumours abound about Desmond’s fate, but his family fears he may have been a victim of a predator.
The Boy Who Loved Christmas
Thousands of people go missing each year. But almost all of them are found. But on Vancouver Island, young men are going missing and staying missing. Brandon Cairney is athletic, handsome and bright. Then, one tragic night he suffers a brain injury in a car accident and his life takes a tragic turn. Brandon vanishes … Continue reading "Episode 1: The Boy Who Loved Christmas"
Season 2: Gone Boys
To the public they are faces on faded missing person posters. To their parents, they are their boys, and they are gone. Most missing persons cases are resolved quickly. But on Vancouver Island in recent years, some men have vanished without a trace. Follow the mystery of Vancouver Island’s missing men, on ‘Gone Boys’ Island … Continue reading "Season 2: Gone Boys"
After Lisa Marie Young disappeared in 2002, a meth dealer named Bob heard rumours that Lisa had been murdered at a specific location. Alone, he searched. Now 18 years later, a police team is conducting searches in this same spot. And Bob has just come forward with a new piece of information, possible evidence of … Continue reading "Bob’s Story"
Update: 2020 Summer of Hope
Lisa's hometown was once dubbed 'the city without pity', an allusion to dark themes of drugs, gangs, and a conspiracy of silence thwarting the investigation into Lisa's case. In the summer of 2020, Lisa's community finally steps up for her, embracing her story in ways both symbolic and significant. And cracks begin to form, opening up a no longer cold case.
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You can hear the pain in people’s voices. I can’t believe I had never heard about all of the missing people despite this happening in my back yard. Truly compelling and challenging. It is so important that we should shine a light on the problem. Nobody should be going through this.
Season 1 was amazing and season 2 is Too!
Bringing such important people and topics to the world is critical to help solve these possible crimes and to shed light on what happens in Canada to our marginalized community members. In season two I cannot stop crying in her interviews with the parents my heart hurts for these families. A must listen not only for Canadians, true crime junkies but humans who also just want to learn about how we can be better.
Interesting content, strange vocal style
Love the local content and Laura seems to be a pro! She seems well researched and thoughtful. To make this offering top shelf, she needs to work on vocal style. Not sure the reason behind the robotic, weird pace but it takes away from the story and should be re-looked at. Strong start!