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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.

    The Headless Men of the Nahanni Valley

    The Headless Men of the Nahanni Valley

    Episode 181 - The region in the South Nahanni River played host to several unexplained and disturbing occurrences in the first half of the twentieth century. Between1905 and 1945, in the remote and rugged wilderness in the lower west corner of Mackenzie Mountains in the Northwest Territories and other unexplained events, there were at least 44 people who went missing under mysterious circumstances.

    Most unsettling of all were the four bodies that were found during that time in three separate incidents. All of the corpses had been decapitated, and their heads were never recovered, earning the area the ominous nickname, the Valley of the Headless Men. No one knows who was responsible for these horrific mutilations or what became of the other missing people.


    Secrets of the Nahanni: The Valley of Headless Men – The Outdoor Journal

    The Lore Behind the Mystery of Canada’s Nahanni National Park

    The Valley of Headless Men. The spectacular scenery of the Nahanni… | by L Hall | Chameleon | Medium

    Nahanni National Park Reserve - Wikipedia

    Valley of Mystery — Pierre Berton | Maclean’s | March 15, 1947

    Parks Canada — Nahanni National Park Reserve

    Mysteries of the Nahinni Park Reserve in Canada — StrangeOutdoors.com

    Did giants roam Canada’s Northwest Territories — or do they still? | CBC News

    The Valley of the Headless Men: UnresolvedMysteries

    Legends of the Nahanni Valley

    Legends of the Nahanni Valley by Hammerson Peters

    Serial Killer Quarterly Vol.1 No.3 “Unsolved in North America” — Scribd

    Read The Dangerous River Online by R. M. Patterson | Books | Scribd

    Read Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Weird Canada Online by Bathroom Readers’ Institute | Books | Scribd

    Read Strange but True Online by John Robert Colombo | Books | Scribd

    The Strangest Northerns: The Valley of the Beasts - Dark Worlds Quarterly

    The Willows, The Wendigo, and Other Horrors: The Best Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood: Annotated and Illustrated Tales of Murder, Mystery, Horror, and Hauntings eBook: Blackwood, Algernon, Kellermeyer, M., Kellermeyer, M.: Amazon.ca: Kindle Store

    Canada is a huge country. Most of it is unfit for human habitation. - Vox

    This Is How Empty Canada Really Is (PHOTOS) | HuffPost Canada News

    Geography | The Canada Guide

    Largest Countries in the World by Area - Worldometer

    Table 24.1 Population, by province and territory, selected years, 1861 to 2009

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Renfrew County Rampage: Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam

    Renfrew County Rampage: Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam

    Episode 180 - On September 22, 2015, in Renfrew County, Ontario, 66-year-old Carol Culleton was murdered in her home by her one-time handyman. The man, who’d become obsessed with the recent widow before killing her, then stole Culleton’s car and drove to the home of an ex-girlfriend, Anastasia Kuzyk, 36, and shot Anastasia there with a shotgun as her sister fled the home. However, the killer was not done settling the scores he had cooked up in his head and then drove to the home of another ex-girlfriend, Nathalie Warmerdam, 48. As Nathalie’s son ran from their home, in fear of his life, he heard the gunshot that ended his mother’s life.

    The killer, Basil Borutski, 58, a former millwright, then fled, and a brief search ensued that ended in Borutski being taken into police custody. Later on, in a 5-hour long taped police interview, the killer admitted to what he’d done, laying the blame for his spree squarely on his victims.


    Ontario Provincial Police - What we do

    Borutski’s history from 1977 to 2011 - Infogram

    Borutski’s history with Kuzyk and Warmerdam - Infogram

    Borutski’s history with Culleton - Infogram

    Murder Sites — Driving Route

    YouTube - Basil Borutski full police interview

    YouTube - Basil Borutski and the Wilno Murders: Circle of Fear - The Fifth Estate

    YouTube - Secrets of… Why Didn’t We Know? Basil Borutski & The Wilno Murders (podcast) - the fifth estate

    Marchers say Basil Borutski guilty verdict was too little, too late | CBC News

    What the courts knew about Basil Borutski before he murdered 3 women | CBC News

    Search: Basil Borutski — Newspapers.com

    Basil Borutski | News, Videos & Articles — GlobalNews


    R. v. Borutski, 2011 ONSC 3536 (CanLII)

    Borutski v. Borutski, 2011 ONSC 7099 (CanLII)

    R. v. Borutski, 2017 ONSC 7748 (CanLII)

    R. v. Basil Borutski, 2017 ONSC 7762 (CanLII)

    The Meaning of Life: A Study of the Use of Parole Ineligibility for Murder Sentencing | CanLII

    BBC Partners — Outlook: Singing for my murdered sister helps me heal

    Ending Violence Association of Canada

    Psychology Today — Dark Triad

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Tragedy in the Amazon: The Ayahuasca Murders

    Tragedy in the Amazon: The Ayahuasca Murders

    Episode 179 - On April 19, 2018, in the village of Victoria Gracia, a community close to Pucallpa in Peru’s central Amazon region of Ucayali, a man got off his motorcycle. He walked toward the home of Olivia Arevalo Lomas, an 81-year-old shaman and respected elder in her community. The man was irate over a debt owed to him by the woman’s son. After firing a warning shot that drew a crowd of neighbours, the elderly healer came out of her house. After a bit of yelling back and forth, the man gunned the woman down with two shots from his pistol, killing her in broad daylight.

    The man, later identified as Sebastian Paul Woodroffe, a 41-year-old British Columbian in Peru as an Ayahuasca researcher, was pursued by villagers who publicly lynched him. A cellphone recorded his killing, and the user later posted the video to Facebook. Woodroffe’s body was buried in a shallow grave. Two Peruvian men were later arrested for Woodroffe’s slaying.

    What led this man, known to his friends as a gentle, helpful soul, to such a brutal crime?

    [Descent into darkness | CBC News]
    [Blurred Vision: A Shaman’s Murder Exposes the Dark Side of Ayahuasca]
    [The Cull of Personality Ebook - Kevin Tucker — Black and Green Press]
    [Preparing for Ayahuasca Ceremony - The Uncensored Guide]
    [Ayahuasca, dimethyltryptamine, and psychosis: a systematic review of human studies]
    [Sebastian Woodroffe — YouTube Channel]
    [Sebastian Woodroffe — Facebook]
    [Improving  On Addiction Help | Indiegogo — Sebastian Woodroffe]
    [Sebastian Woodroffe - VICE]
    [Global News — SEARCH: Sebastian Woodroffe]
    [Sebastian Woodroffe video | CBC.ca]
    [YouTube — Murder investigation in the jungle - The Fifth Estate]
    [Hallucinogenic Plants and Their Use in Traditional Societies - An Overview | Cultural Survival]
    [(PDF) 📄 The Consumption of Psychoactive Plants in Ancient Global and Anatolian Cultures During Religious Rituals: The Roots of the Eruption of Mythological Figures and Common Symbols in Religions and Myths]
    [Ayahuasca Retreat Peru, Traditional Retreat Center in the Amazon of Peru]
    [Tragedy in Pucallpa: the Death of Maestra Olivia Arévalo - Temple of the Way of Light]
    [Peruvian mob kills Canadian man accused of killing respected shaman | Daily Mail Online]
    [Terence McKenna - Self Transforming Elf Machines - YouTube]
    [“Machine Elves” or “DMT Elves”: A Spirit World Journey | DoubleBlind Mag]
    [Canadian lynched in Peru after being accused of shaman’s death | Peru | The Guardian]
    [All evidence shows B.C. man lynched in Peru had shot and killed Indigenous healer: prosecutor | CBC News]
    [Woodroffe remembered by neighbours as ‘spiritual, loving, kind and polite’ – Comox Valley Record]
    [Briton Unais Gomes killed by Canadian Joshua Andrew Freeman Stevens in Peru | Daily Mail Online]
    [The Canadian Man Who Killed a British Guy at an Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru Speaks Out]

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Quebec City Mosque Massacre & Islamophobia in Canada

    The Quebec City Mosque Massacre & Islamophobia in Canada

    Episode 178: On the evening of January 29, 2017, a young man, armed with a pistol and a rifle concealed inside a guitar case, entered the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of the historic city. Just over 40 people were inside the mosque at the time. Just before 8:00 pm, the man entered the prayer hall and began firing and, within two minutes, had killed 6 and seriously injured 5 other worshippers. After the shootings, the killer walked out of the building, hopped into his car and drove off. Less than 20 minutes later, the perpetrator, a 27-year-old, Canadian-born student of anthropology and political science at Laval University, surrendered to police, admitting he was the shooter. The motive? Islamophobia.

    [CCIQ – Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec]
    R. c. Bissonnette, 2019 QCCS 354 (CanLII),
    Bissonnette c. R., 2020 QCCA 1585 (CanLII),
    [YouTube - Alexandre Bissonnette’s interrogation (en Français)]
    [YouTube - Alexandre Bissonnette’s FULL interrogation (en Français) 3 hour 8 minute]
    [YouTube - La déclaration des parents d’Alexandre Bissonnette]
    [Les parents d’Alexandre Bissonnette jugent sa peine très sévère | Radio-Canada.ca]
    [Alexandre Bissonnette’s parents speak out about their son | Global News]
    [Open Letter From Raymond Bissonnette | Murder | Criminal Justice]
    [‘I had to do something’: Mosque shooter said he acted to prevent terrorism | Montreal Gazette]
    [Remembering the Québec City mosque attack: Islamophobia and Canada’s national amnesia]
    [Court reduces sentence for Quebec City mosque attacker | Courts News | Al Jazeera]
    [Alexandre Bissonnette: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com]
    [Alexandre Bissonnette’s parents ask Prime Minister to stop calling their son a terrorist | CTV News]
    [Islamophobia: Understanding Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the West]
    [Islamophobia in Canada - Wikipedia]
    [Read Fear of a Muslim Planet Online by Arsalan Iftikhar | Books]
    [Cyber Racism and Community Resilience: Strategies For Combating Online Race Hate | Scribd]
    [Naming The Gunman Glorifies His Crimes, Not Naming Him Could Undermine The Truth : NPR Public Editor : NPR]
    [What is the government doing about Islamophobia in Canada? Here’s what we know - National | Globalnews.ca]
    [Pourquoi les peines consécutives font-elles débat? | Radio-Canada.ca]
    [Quebec City mosque shooting - Wikipedia]
    [London, Ontario truck attack - Wikipedia]

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Jacques Cartier Bridge Murders: Chantal Dupont and Maurice Marcil

    The Jacques Cartier Bridge Murders: Chantal Dupont and Maurice Marcil

    Episode 177: On July 3, 1979, a pair of typical Montreal teenagers, Chantal Dupont, 15 and her friend, Maurice Marcil, 14, went missing as they walked home from a concert. Their loved ones had no idea what had happened to them. A week later they heard the news they dreaded. The bodies of Chantal and Maurice were discovered in different spots along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. The details of how the pair ended up in the water and the events leading up to their murders are horrifying.

    R. v. Guerin, 1984 CanLII 3533 (QC CA),
    R. c. Guérin, 1987 CanLII 1063 (QC CA),
    [PressReader.com - Normand Guérin et Gilles Pimparé]
    [PressReader.com - Bridge Murders Timeline]
    [Pillar 111 – The 1979 murders of Maurice Marcil and Chantal Dupont | WHO KILLED THERESA?]
    [The Bridge Murders – To Err is Human, to Forgive, Divine –   Crime Website]
    [La force du pardon | Michèle Ouimet | La Presse - Archived]
    [La Rage | Michèle Ouimet | La Presse - Archived]
    [L’innocence perdue | Michèle Ouimet | La Presse - Archived]
    [Le deuil | La Presse | Michèle Ouimet | La Presse]
    [Même après 38 ans, le meurtrier Gilles Pimparé restera en prison | Radio-Canada.ca]
    [Le Pardon (film) — Wikipédia]
    [Dossier de presse]
    [Dupont (Chantal) - La Mémoire du Québec]
    [La force du pardon - La Presse+]
    [Montreal killer asks for parole for the sixth time]
    [L’un des pires criminels du Québec veut sa liberté | TVA Nouvelles]
    [Pimparé «est encore dangereux», selon le frère d’une victime | TVA Nouvelles]
    [Dossier de presse - *Ces parents qui ont pardonné l’impardonnable*]
    [Coolopolis: The unspeakably horrific Jacques Cartier Bridge murders]
    [Le pont du suicide Jacques-Cartier - Blogue de Montréal hanté]
    [Le Pardon de Denis Boivin – Voyage à travers le Québec]
    [Ideomotor phenomenon - Wikipedia]

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    • 55 min
    AWAY GAME: The Defeo Family Murders - Horror in Amityville

    AWAY GAME: The Defeo Family Murders - Horror in Amityville

    Episode 176: On the night of November 13, 1974, In the sleepy community of Amityville on the coast of Long Island, New York, a 23-year-old man named Ronald (Butch) DeFeo Jr. came running into a local bar. He was distraught and claiming his whole family, his mother and father and 4 siblings, had been murdered in their home, a large Dutch Colonial house located at 112 Ocean Avenue. However, it was later determined it was Butch himself who’d annihilated his family. A year later, Butch was convicted on six counts of second-degree murder and received an equal number of sentences of 25 years to life in prison for slaughtering his family as they slept.

    A month after Butch DeFeo’s conviction, the Lutz family, Kathy, George and their three kids moved into the property having purchased it for a steal, $80,000. But, after only 28 days in the house, the Lutz family fled. They claimed they’d been chased out by relentless psychic torture inflicted on them by some unseen presence; they thought demonic, who’d made life in the house impossible. A 1977 book on the case by author Jay Anson titled The Amityville Horror, and subsequent film in 1979 introduced the story to an international audience and has become one of the most well-known, most covered and at the same time, controversial tales of hauntings and demonic possession in history.

    [The Amityville Horror Website: Hosted By George Lutz - ARCHIVED]
    [The Amityville Murders—The Story Behind the Haunted House and Murders - ARHIVED]
    [The Real Amityville Horror: The Tragic Murder of the Ronald De Feo Family - ARCHIVED]
    [The Amityville Files - America’s Most Famous Haunted House Controversy]
    [Ronald DeFeo: The Original 911 Call Transcripts of the Murders]
    [The Real ‘Amityville Horror’: Chilling Facts About the Crime and Haunted House - Biography]
    [Slain Family Drugged, Police on L:I..Report - The New York Times]
    [Ronald DeFeo - Murders, Movie & Family - Biography]
    [Reel or Real? The Truth Behind Two Hollywood Ghost Stories | Skeptical Inquirer]
    [Inside the ‘Amityville Horror’ house today, Long Island’s most notorious mansion - New York Post]
    [Morgan Knudsen - Entityseeker Paranormal Research & Teachings]

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    • 1 hr 11 min

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jennifer sf ,

Love this Podcast - could Matt talk a little louder?

This is a wonderful podcast, and the tone and dynamic of the two hosts is great. My only suggestion…Matt, can you please speak a little louder? I have to strain to hear you. Your points are always interesting, but it almost sounds like you’re whispering so I’ve probably missed half of your points. I’m sure I’ll love all your points when I hear them all!😀

hennessyra ,

Well done.

Just listened to the ‘Murder Most Pointless’ episodes and those were excellently done. It’s rare to even feel a fraction of the grief of victims, but this one will truly stick with me. Cheryl and the Duggan family- I applaud your honesty and openness. Only good things can come from sharing your story, I’m sure you’ve been a shining example to other victims throughout the years… and sometimes in this really tough world, that may be exactly what another needs to get through.

TildaJean ,

I don’t have much patience

For paranormal silliness.

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