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

    Wild West Canadians: The Lady Bandit — Pearl Hart

    Wild West Canadians: The Lady Bandit — Pearl Hart

    Episode 198: If you’ve had any interest in the Wild West, you’ve no doubt heard of a many of the storied gunmen and bandits from the era like Butch Cassidy, Jesse James and Billy the Kid. You probably also think of the United States, but Canada has its own legends and colourful characters from the era on both sides of the border. For example, legendary gunslinger and lawman, Bat Masterson, was was born in Henryville, Quebec. Sometimes the outlaws were women, like one notorious Canadian-born, lady bandit and the subject of this episode, whose most famous alias was Pearl Hart. After a rough life with criminal exploits that started during her troubled childhood, Pearl got herself into big trouble in Arizona in 1899 and was finally taken into custody after robbing a stage coach.



    Sources:

    Pearl Hart - Wikipedia

    Pearl Hart – Lady Bandit of Arizona – Legends of America

    Bandit Pearl Hart holds up an Arizona stagecoach - HISTORY

    The life and times of Pearl Hart, Ontario’s cigar-smoking, Wild West superstar | The Star

    Pearl Hart: The Amazing Life of The Bandit Queen

    Female bandit Pearl Hart: “I shall not be tried under a law in which my sex had no voice in making”

    The wild life and death of Old West feminist bandit Pearl Hart

    Pearl Hart - ‘Bandit Queen’ of the Old West - WednesdaysWomen

    Pearl Hart, the Last Lady Outlaw - HeadStuff

    Wild Women of the Wild West: Pearl Hart ~ Lady Bandit of Arizona

    Listen to Wildcat Audiobook by John Boessenecker

    The Encyclopedia of Lawmen, Outlaws, and Gunfighters - Leon Claire Metz - Google Books

    The Cosmopolitan — Volume 27 — Google Play Books

    Pearl Hart: Smooth-talking card shark led Pearl’s slide to perdition | Local news | tucson.com






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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Without Honour — The Crimes of Russell Williams — Part 2

    Without Honour — The Crimes of Russell Williams — Part 2

    Episode 197: In our last episode we learned a bit about the life and depraved, early crimes of David Russell Williams, a 46-year-old decorated colonel and commander of the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) in Trenton, Ontario - one of the largest and busiest air force bases in Canada. The Canadian military’s rising star also had some dark secrets. Williams had been involved in dozens of instances of break, enter and theft of women’s undergarments in the communities in which he lived. The homeowners and police were unaware that many of these crimes had taken place. Many of the women presumed that their underwear had simply gone missing. They had no clue that they had been taken by someone who’s fantasy life had taken a very dark turn. Williams felt powerful in the homes, taking photos as he pleasured himself with the most private possessions of women he didn’t know. Russell would take their underwear home where, sexually aroused once again, he would take photos of himself as he modelled the items recalling his time in the homes of the women. The continued use of the garments thrilled Russell Williams and gave him a feeling of complete control.

    In September 2009, Russell’s insatiable cravings for yet another sexual thrill demanded he take things a step further. Williams sexually assaulted two Tweed women, forcibly confining them, fondling them as he snapped multiple photos of the terrified women after removing their clothes. While those events had been exciting for Williams, they were dry runs for what he would do next. In November, 2009, Russell Williams committed his first murder, that of Marie-France Comeau. Month's later, he killed Jessica Lloyd, but his inattention to the little details, eventually got him caught.

    Sources:

    Book, ”Camouflaged Killer” by David A. Gibb

    Read Beyond Suspicion: Russell Williams A Canadian Serial Killer Online by Alan R Warren | Books

    A New Kind of Monster by Timothy Appleby

    Jim Van Allen | ISN Inc

    Russell Williams Case | The Canadian Encyclopedia

    Read Snakes in Suits Online by Dr. Paul Babiak and Dr. Robert D. Hare | Books

    The dark, depraved side of Russell Williams revealed in court - Macleans.ca

    CPL Marie-France Comeau (1972-2009) - Find A Grave Memorial

    252 Raglan Street, Brighton, Ontario, Canada | Housecreep

    Jessica Elizabeth Lloyd (1982-2010) - Find A Grave Memorial

    Jessica Lloyd Obituary - Belleville, Ontario | John R. Bush Funeral Home

    Lloyd, Jessica – Canadian Crimeopedia

    Belleville honours Jessica Lloyd | CBC News

    62 Cosy Cove Lane, Tweed, Ontario, Canada | Housecreep

    Russell Williams’s wife knew he was a predator: victim - Macleans.ca

    Col. Russell Williams timeline | CBC News

    “Russell Williams - Above Suspicion” episode from CBC program The Fifth Estate

    Russell Williams Case | The Canadian Encyclopedia

    Russell Williams | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers

    David Russell Williams: The Kinky Killer Colonel — Obsession — Crime Library

    [Russell Williams (criminal) - Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Williams_(criminal))

    YouTube — The Russell Williams Arrest Press Conference

    Russell Williams - Full Murder Confession

    Russell Williams Confession Part 1

    Russell Williams Confession Part 2

    Russell Williams Confession Part 3

    Russell Williams interview transcript

    Demi-victoire pour Laurie Massicotte contre Russell Williams | Radio-Canada.ca

    Laurie Massicotte settles $7M lawsuit against convicted sex killer Russell Williams | CBC News

    Massicotte v. Williams, 2014 ONCA 792 (CanLII),

    M.E.H. v. Williams, 2012 ONCA 35 (CanLII),

    Family, friends of Jessica Lloyd mark decade since Russell Williams received life sentence | Globalnews.ca

    Marie-France Comeau | News, Videos & Articles

    Marie-France Comeau news, opinion and analysis - Macleans.ca

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Without Honour — The Crimes of Russell Williams — Part 1

    Without Honour — The Crimes of Russell Williams — Part 1

    Episode 196 - In September of 2009, in Cosy Cove, a quiet, rural neighbourhood near Tweed, Ontario, an anonymous young woman sleeping in her home was brutally sexually assaulted by an unknown assailant who’d broken into her home. During the violent, two-hour sexual assault, as her 8 week old daughter slept in another room, the rapist snapped photos of the woman, before escaping into the night. Two weeks later, in the same small neighbourhood, the creeper struck again, sexually assaulting another woman, Laurie Massicotte. Her rapist also photographed her before fleeing. A neighbour Laurie’s, was suspected in the assault but he denied any involvement. He was later cleared when his DNA was not a match to that of the Laurie’s attacker. Police suspected the two sexual assaults were somehow connected as they were both so similar.

    Two months later, there was a murder. A year after that, another. When police discovered the identity of the perpetrator, the whole country was shocked.

    Sources:


    Book, ”Camouflaged Killer” by David A. Gibb

    Read Beyond Suspicion: Russell Williams A Canadian Serial Killer Online by Alan R Warren | Books

    A New Kind of Monster by Timothy Appleby

    Jim Van Allen | ISN Inc

    Russell Williams Case | The Canadian Encyclopedia

    Read Snakes in Suits Online by Dr. Paul Babiak and Dr. Robert D. Hare | Books

    The dark, depraved side of Russell Williams revealed in court - Macleans.ca

    CPL Marie-France Comeau (1972-2009) - Find A Grave Memorial

    252 Raglan Street, Brighton, Ontario, Canada | Housecreep

    Jessica Elizabeth Lloyd (1982-2010) - Find A Grave Memorial

    Jessica Lloyd Obituary - Belleville, Ontario | John R. Bush Funeral Home

    Lloyd, Jessica – Canadian Crimeopedia

    Belleville honours Jessica Lloyd | CBC News

    62 Cosy Cove Lane, Tweed, Ontario, Canada | Housecreep

    Russell Williams’s wife knew he was a predator: victim - Macleans.ca

    Col. Russell Williams timeline | CBC News

    “Russell Williams - Above Suspicion” episode from CBC program The Fifth Estate

    Russell Williams Case | The Canadian Encyclopedia

    Russell Williams | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers

    David Russell Williams: The Kinky Killer Colonel — Obsession — Crime Library

    [Russell Williams (criminal) - Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Williams_(criminal))

    YouTube — The Russell Williams Arrest Press Conference

    Russell Williams - Full Murder Confession

    Russell Williams Confession Part 1

    Russell Williams Confession Part 2

    Russell Williams Confession Part 3

    Russell Williams interview transcript

    Demi-victoire pour Laurie Massicotte contre Russell Williams | Radio-Canada.ca

    Laurie Massicotte settles $7M lawsuit against convicted sex killer Russell Williams | CBC News

    Massicotte v. Williams, 2014 ONCA 792 (CanLII),

    M.E.H. v. Williams, 2012 ONCA 35 (CanLII),

    Family, friends of Jessica Lloyd mark decade since Russell Williams received life sentence | Globalnews.ca

    Marie-France Comeau | News, Videos & Articles

    Marie-France Comeau news, opinion and analysis - Macleans.ca

     

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Death of a Saint: The Murder of Hanna Buxbaum

    Death of a Saint: The Murder of Hanna Buxbaum

    Episode 195: Hannah Buxbaum was found dead July 5, 1984 on a highway near London, Ontario after having been shot  by roadside bandits three times in the head as her husband Helmuth Buxbaum and their young nephew, Roy, in town from Vancouver for a visit watched helplessly. The bandits sped off with Hanna’s purse and police were called. No one could figure out why anyone would want to murder Hanna Buxbaum, who was as close to being a living saint that anyone could find. 

    The press initially labelled the case ‘The Good Samaritan Murder’ until the true story unfolded. This story has so many twists and turns and crazy elements. The Buxbaums being millionaire owners of several nursing homes there were huge sums of money, cocaine, sex addiction, sex workers, double crossing, nuclear bunkers filled with tobacco and alcohol, people being dangled by their feet off 14th floor balconies, worries of rocket launcher attacks and courtroom spectacles. No less than a motley crew of 7 people were charged in the killing of the earnest, salt of the earth woman, until, finally, the truth came out.

    Sources:

    A cruel case of murder | Maclean’s | DECEMBER 2, 1985

    After 30 years, a son comes to terms with his father?s murder of his mother | Chatham Daily News

    The killer I knew | National Post

    Helmuth Buxbaum, convicted in 1980s murder, dies in jail | CBC News

    Edward Greenspan - Wikipedia



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    • 59 min
    Remembrance Day 2021: Canada in the Korean War & Family Stories

    Remembrance Day 2021: Canada in the Korean War & Family Stories

    Episode 194: On June 25, 1950,  after months of increasing tension, the Korean War or what has been called Canada’s forgotten war, began when North Korean troops invaded South Korea. Countries, including Canada, belonging to the newly formed United Nations jumped in quickly to defend democratic South Korea from the the communist forces from the north. Canada contributed the third largest number of soldiers among UN countries to the war. More than 26,000 Canadians served in the conflict on land, at sea and in the air. Over the next three years of the conflict there were 516 Canadians killed, another 1042 were wounded, 33 became prisoners of war and 16 soldiers are still missing in action. 

    Lest we forget.

    Sources:

    Veterans Affairs Canada — Land of the Morning Calm

    What is The Memory Project? — The Memory Project

    Seeking the families of Canadian Army soldiers missing in Korea — Canada.ca

    Register to find your missing military family member — Canada.ca

    “We really didn’t think we would survive,” Mike Czuboka, Korean War “Extraordinary Hero” award recipient shares his story - 580 CFRA - Omny.fm

    Gerald Edward Gowing - Veterans Affairs Canada

    The Kims: Leaders’ Biographies - North Korea: Introductory Sources - LibGuides at Cornell University

    Read Korea Online by John Melody and John M. Rockingham | Books

    Read Deadlock in Korea Online by Ted Barris | Books

    Read Triumph at Kapyong Online by Dan Bjarnason | Books

    Read The Korean War Online by Michael Hickey | Books

    Read Reluctant Neighbor: Canada, the U.S.A. and the Korean Crisis Online by Darryl Hurly | Books

    Read Everyday Heroes Online by Jody Mitic | Books

    Read Canadian Foreign Policy: 1945-2000 Online by Arthur E. Blanchette | Books

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    • 1 hr
    MMIWG — What Happened to Hilary Bonnell?

    MMIWG — What Happened to Hilary Bonnell?

    Episode 193: On September 5, 2009, Hilary Bonnell, 16, disappeared from Esgenoopetitj formerly known as, Burnt Church, in the Miramichi region of New Brunswick. Over the next several months her mother, stepfather, family and friends pulled out all the stops searching for the teen. Despite their tireless efforts, during which they utilized the media and a widespread poster campaign, they could not find Hilary. On Sunday, November 8, 2009, Curtis Wayne Bonnell, Hilary’s first cousin, was arrested by the R.C.M.P. on an unrelated sexual assault allegation. In custody, Curtis began talking. He admitted he had knowledge of what had happened to Hilary Bonnell.

    Sources:

    Esgenoopetitj First Nation “Burnt Church” - Home | Facebook

    R v Bonnell, 2011 NBQB 246 (CanLII),

    R v Bonnell, 2011 NBQB 349 (CanLII),

    R v Bonnell, 2012 NBQB 24 (CanLII),

    R v Bonnell, 2012 NBQB 289 (CanLII),

    R v Bonnell, 2012 NBQB 309 (CanLII),

    R v Bonnell, 2012 NBQB 321 (CanLII),

    Bonnell v. R., 2015 NBCA 6 (CanLII),

    Global News — Search: Hilary Bonnell

    Bonnell admits he killed cousin Hilary after sex | CBC News

    Mother of Hilary Bonnell, allegedly killed by cousin, testifies at murder trial | Globalnews.ca

    YouTube — Hilary Bonnell murder — family reaction

    Curtis Listens to family’s pain – sentenced to life in prison : Miramichi Online

    Mother of slain teen girl vents grief during New Brunswick man’s sentencing | Globalnews.ca

    ‘It doesn’t end when you bury your child’: Families of MMIWG speak of their pain in Moncton | Globalnews.ca

    MMIWG Testimony — Moncton Public Vol 44(b) Fillier — Pamela and Fred Fillier (Hilary Bonnell)

    Final Report | MMIWG

    Hilary Bonnell’s family continues to face adversity 11 years after her murder | CBC News

    Facebook Group — In Loving Memory of HILARY BONNELL

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JackieMor ,

Awesome Show!

I'm about halfway caught up and I wanted to tell you that I absolutely love this show.
I appreciate you so much. The respect and humanity that you show are amazing. I skipped to the end with the MMIW episode on Hilary Bonnell. No show that I've heard has given the history or the challenges that Indigenous people face.
Your research is impeccable.
You're doing a fantastic job!
I've gotten a little misty more than once.
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Episode 10 Mike met a monster

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