27 episodes

In the early 1990s, as AIDS tightens its grip on major cities around the world, the relative safety of Montreal’s nightlife becomes a magnet for gay men. But when they start turning up dead in hotel rooms, beaten lifeless in city parks, and violently murdered in their own homes, the queer community has more to fear than the disease. While the city’s police force dithers over the presence of a serial killer, a group of queer activists starts making connections, and rises up to start a movement that would end up changing thousands of lives. Hosted by Francis Plourde.

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In the early 1990s, as AIDS tightens its grip on major cities around the world, the relative safety of Montreal’s nightlife becomes a magnet for gay men. But when they start turning up dead in hotel rooms, beaten lifeless in city parks, and violently murdered in their own homes, the queer community has more to fear than the disease. While the city’s police force dithers over the presence of a serial killer, a group of queer activists starts making connections, and rises up to start a movement that would end up changing thousands of lives. Hosted by Francis Plourde.

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    S3 E1: La Vie en Rose

    S3 E1: La Vie en Rose

    Joe Rose, a queer activist living with AIDS, is murdered in cold blood on a city bus. So public, so brutal – the city is shocked. The killing becomes a catalyst for ACT UP’s takeover of the 1989 Montreal AIDS conference.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/the-village-the-montreal-murders-transcripts-listen-1.6479960

    • 44 min
    S3 E2: Sex Garage

    S3 E2: Sex Garage

    Scores of police remove their badges and slip on rubber gloves before beating and arresting queer partygoers in downtown Montreal. The violence escalates in the coming days, and many more are beaten and jailed. A stronger front emerges.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/the-village-the-montreal-murders-transcripts-listen-1.6479960

    • 38 min
    S3 E3: Chicken Little

    S3 E3: Chicken Little

    Montreal, 1991 – Fearing a serial killer, activists decide to take matters into their own hands.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/the-village-the-montreal-murders-transcripts-listen-1.6479960

    • 27 min
    S3 E4: A Murder is a Murder is a Murder

    S3 E4: A Murder is a Murder is a Murder

    A married man is murdered while on a business trip in Montreal. The case highlights the challenges of investigating the murders. Delayed investigations and unsolved cases are a dear price to pay when a serial killer may be on the loose.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/the-village-the-montreal-murders-transcripts-listen-1.6479960

    • 27 min
    S3 E5: Out With Them All

    S3 E5: Out With Them All

    Faced with a deadly disease, surrounded by death, AIDS activist Roger Leclerc resorts to controversial tactics to confront discrimination and violence against gays and lesbians.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/the-village-the-montreal-murders-transcripts-listen-1.6479960

    • 42 min
    S3 E6: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    S3 E6: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    When one of its priests is found murdered in Montreal, the Anglican Church has to publicly reckon with its sins.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/the-village-the-montreal-murders-transcripts-listen-1.6479960

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

tabbyokapi ,

Victim centered and incredibly informative

The history of gay Toronto mirrors America’s queer history and this podcast is such an important discussion of gay history. My Gen Z children don’t realize how recent the complete erasure of queerness was. How in my own young adulthood complete persecution existed. This podcast mostly ignores the killer and lovingly looks at the life and community of the victims.

TC Idaho 59 ,

Very informative

This podcast is professional and informative regarding the struggles of the trans community. I hope someday we can all respect one another and live together in peace.

panvega ,

Interesting material, confusing show

I really want to like this show. The topics that are covered are crucial. But it doesn’t feel cogent. Season 1 was set up like an investigation into the murders and then it wasn’t. Switching fro Aurelia to Cassandra felt really confusing in season 2. I think the host is still green and learning how to put together a narrative that has the broader culture context and I’m excited for his next project (whatever that is) but he’s not there yet.

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