7 episodes

True crime podcasts have been having a moment — and, more often than not, behind those podcasts are doggedly determined reporters: People who hit the street, knock on doors and ask hard questions. 
Because of their work, we often know every little detail about the crimes they cover, but what we don't hear enough is what it was actually like to report on those stories, to sit in courtrooms, chase down leads, get to know family members and talk to witnesses. 
True Crime Byline — a new podcast by Postmedia and Antica Productions — sets out to do this.

True Crime Byline Postmedia

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 131 Ratings

True crime podcasts have been having a moment — and, more often than not, behind those podcasts are doggedly determined reporters: People who hit the street, knock on doors and ask hard questions. 
Because of their work, we often know every little detail about the crimes they cover, but what we don't hear enough is what it was actually like to report on those stories, to sit in courtrooms, chase down leads, get to know family members and talk to witnesses. 
True Crime Byline — a new podcast by Postmedia and Antica Productions — sets out to do this.

    This Isn't a Story About Robert Pickton

    This Isn't a Story About Robert Pickton

    It started with a tip from a police source: The number of women reported missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside was much higher than publicly reported. A dogged investigation by a team of journalists at the Vancouver Sun told the stories of these missing mothers, daughters and sisters — and created a sense of urgency to find out what happened to them. With the public demanding action, the police eventually zeroed in on Robert (Willy) Pickton, Canada's most prolific serial killer. 

    Editors Note: There is a quote in this episode that states first-degree murder is premeditated and second-degree murder is not intentional. In fact, second-degree murder is not premeditated.
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    • 48 min
    The Article that Blew Up a Murder Trial

    The Article that Blew Up a Murder Trial

    Today we'd do it without even thinking about it. But back in 2005, Googling a person — even the star witness in a murder trial — wasn’t commonplace. But as National Post reporter Joseph Brean settled into covering the murder trial of Kevin Madden, a teenager charged with killing his 12-year-old brother Johnathon, he did exactly that – and ended up in a place all journalists try to avoid: right in the centre of the story.
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    • 35 min
    A Politician Murdered his Ex Wife. We Should Have Seen it Coming

    A Politician Murdered his Ex Wife. We Should Have Seen it Coming

    In 1983, the murder of JoAnn Wilson shocked Canadians. But looking back on it today, what's most surprising is that we were surprised it happened at all. Wilson was killed by her ex-husband, former Saskatchewan cabinet minister Colin Thatcher, amidst a prolonged battle over the custody of their children, and the division of their financial assets. All these years later, Regina Leader-Post reporter Barb Pacholik grapples with whether anything has changed in the province to better protect victims of domestic abuse.
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    • 28 min
    How Covering the Bernardo Trial Changed Tom Blackwell

    How Covering the Bernardo Trial Changed Tom Blackwell

    National Post reporter Tom Blackwell has tried to block out many things about the murder trial of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, but what he doesn’t want to forget is what he learned from the victims’ families. Years later, his understanding of how his words can resonate with the loved ones of victims still shapes his outlook on covering crime.
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    • 27 min
    Lev Tahor: The Case of a Missing Community

    Lev Tahor: The Case of a Missing Community

    One winter day in 2013, nearly 250 members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group called Lev Tahor vanished from the remote town of Saint Agathe, Quebec. As Montreal Gazette reporter Jason Magder investigated, he heard concerning stories: of child abuse, of children taken away from their parents, and of people being sedated with antipsychotic drugs. In many ways, the story of Lev Tahor is one with more questions than answers: How has the group managed to evade the authorities for so long? How can authorities better work together across provincial and state lines to protect the most vulnerable? And, despite a series of criminal convictions, why does the group continue to attract followers?
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    • 29 min
    Dellen Millard Almost Got Away with Murder

    Dellen Millard Almost Got Away with Murder

    Tim Bosma disappeared in 2013 after leaving home with two men to test drive a truck he was selling online. Police eventually charged Dellen Millard and Mark Smich with murder. Not long after, they discovered this wasn’t Millard’s first time killing. National Post reporter Adrian Humphreys followed the story for years, including interviewing Millard in prison. He reflects on the systemic failures that saw Millard evade justice for years, and how the Bosma family changed his own outlook on life.
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

Foogebear ,

True Crime

Finally! I have been waiting for a true crime podcast just.like.this
Thank you 🙌🏼

hakaddb ,

Amazing!

Can’t believe I already went through all 6 today. Provided a perspective that I have never heard before and gave us a chance to see some true crime stories in a different light. Very well done, well written, and the conversational yet direct storytelling is nice.

Love that it’s Canadian stories as well! Good job, team! 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿

Prickly_Pear ,

Excellent!

Very well done. It gives a perspective that is completely unique from other true crime podcasts.

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