Season 5: ‘Whiskey Creek’ is the untold story of a Halloween night massacre. Three people are found dead in a make-shift encampment deep in the woods. Beside them, four dead dogs and a burned-out trailer. The victims are squatters, with complicated backgrounds and criminal histories. Their deaths raise important questions about the Canadian criminal justice system and who that system protects.
Season 4: ‘Finding Amber’ follows the case of a Port Alberni woman who disappeared on July 8, 2022. Season 3: ‘Missing Michael’ is the story of Michael Dunahee, a little boy from Victoria, BC, who vanished from a playground in 1991 at the age of 4. Season 2: ‘Gone Boys’ follows the mystery of men who have gone missing in recent years on Vancouver Island. Season 1: ‘Where is Lisa?’ digs into the disappearance of 21-year-old Lisa Marie Young.
S1 E14 Speak Up or Shut Up
If you were accused of being involved in a terrible crime what would you do? William Curry is anxious to clear his name once and for all. He's tired of rumours suggesting he was involved in Lisa Marie Young's disappearance. Christopher Adair has chosen to remain silent. Now one of his relatives wants to put an end to the secrecy.
Unfinished Business: Updates to S1-5
Island Crime is committed to keeping 'cold cases' in the public eye and leaving no stone unturned. In this episode, you'll hear an update to Island Crime Seasons 1-5.
S4 E8 Fire
As Amber's hometown prepares to mark the one-year anniversary of her disappearance, a forest fire severs the connection to the community. Port Alberni quietly grieves her loss, still waiting for answers. In this episode, a woman believes she may have witnessed Amber and her boyfriend together the weekend after her disappearance. And a man who never knew Amber, becomes an online antagonist, provoking a response.
This episode was recorded and edited before news of Justin Hall's death became public. An update message has been added to reflect this most recent development.
S4 E7 Forever Forty
As the first anniversary of Amber Manthorne's disappearance approaches, her family and friends prepare to say their goodbyes and celebrate Amber's life. Meanwhile, the search for Amber and the investigation into her case carries on. In this episode, Amber's sister Shannon speaks publicly for the first time and an avid river adventurer shares that he might have found evidence, which could be helpful to the investigation.
This episode was recorded and edited before news of Justin Hall's death became public. An update message has been added at the beginning to reflect this most recent development.
S5 E8 Fury, Fear and Solace: The Impact of Whiskey Creek
Don't poke the bear. It's a warning I heard a number of times as I worked on the story of 'Whiskey Creek'. After almost three years of silence, reverberations from the series are being felt across the island. I'll open up about the aftermath of reporting on this story and the knock-on effects on the victims' families.
S5 E7 Nowhere To Go
When Shawn McGrath emerged from incarceration he wound up out in the woods. What could have helped him succeed outside of prison? And how can we prevent another Whiskey Creek from happening?
Excellent Podcast, Well Researched
I am glad I stumbled on this podcast. I’m listening to season five right now. The story is very interesting, intriguing and human. The host doesn’t just focus on the story, but also tries to give background on the individuals involved. Their feelings, motivations, fears, faults and lives.
There is just one thing that stopped me from giving this five stars. It’s the unnamed witnesses and the reporter from episode one. My problem is not that they are unnamed, my problem is that there is quite a bit of exaggeration with a few of them. I feel that they are taking the fact that their identity is hidden, voice is altered and the fact that a few of the most dangerous individuals in this story are dead to create an opportunity to exaggerate. In addition I can tell that they inflate their importance and level of friendship in the victims’ lives. The reporter from episode one is so melodramatic and over the top. So, that kind of makes it hard for me to believe them. However, the host does not play into it, she merely moves to another topic or presses them on their exaggerated statements.
Waste of Time
This podcast can’t be called investigative journalism. I listened to season 5 over the course of about a week. When I finished, I went back and checked to make sure I didn’t somehow skip/miss some episodes…nope, there just wasn’t any meat to this story. The whole season is comprised of a few interviews with the family & friends of victims, explaining who they were and what their life had been like. There’s almost zero info about the crime itself, what lead up to it, leads the police had, etc etc…nothing! I kept thinking that the journalist would get to the actual story, but she never did. I won’t waste my time with the other 4 seasons.
No warning for animal abuse
A content warning for all the animal abuse would have been nice.