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

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






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




Introduction to Sasquatch

Episode 131 - For centuries, the indigenous peoples of the western Canada and in the forest along the west coast of the United States told tales of a an elusive massive, hair covered bipedal creature leaving giant footprints behind. Called Sasquatch by some, and Bigfoot by others, this giant man of the forest has been described as gentle but potentially dangerous. In this our inaugural episode on a massive topic Mike and Scott give listeners an overview of the legend, some examples of...


Who Killed Sharron Prior? (QC)

Episode 130 - On March 29, 1975, pretty and popular, 16-year-old Sharron Prior left her home in the Montreal, QC, neighbourhood where she lived with her mom and siblings. She was off to a pizza joint only 5 short blocks away. Sharron was found days later, raped and murdered in another neighbourhood across the river. Her murder has never been solved. Her mom, Yvonne, still holds hope that one day she will see Sharron's killer brought to justice. Sources & Further Reading...


EXCLUDED: The Komagatu Maru Incident

Episode 129: In May of 1914, before the outbreak of WWI, a Japanese steamship called the Komagatu Maru anchored in Burrard Inlet in the Vancouver harbour. There were 376 people aboard led by a man named Baba Gurdit Singh Sirhali. Mostly from the Punjab area of India they dreamt of emigrating to Canada for a better life. Thanks to exclusionary Canadian immigration policies meant to prevent immigration form certain countries, including India, the ship was not allowed to dock. They sat in...


The Murders of Chynna Deese, Lucas Fowler & Leonard Dyck

Episode 128 - On the 15th of July, 2019, just outside Liard Hot Springs, B.C., the bodies of an innocent couple, Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, NC, and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, were found shot to death beside their 1986 Chevy van. Police had no idea who had done this, or why. Four days later, a burning truck, registered to a young Vancouver Island man was found burning near Dease Lake, B.C. As police were attending to that scene, they were notified of another man found...


Little Girl Gone - Cecilia Zhang

Episode 127 - On the morning of October 20, 2003, in North York, a quiet neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Raymond Zhang and Sherry Xu awakened to find their only child, 9-year-old, Cecilia was missing. She had clearly been abducted. There were no ransom demands or clear motives for her kidnapping. All efforts to find the girl were fruitless, until a Scarborough man stumbled across a body in a ravine late in March 2004. Sources and further reading: Agreed Statement of Facts (PDF) Raymond...


The Legend of Simon Gunanoot (BC)

Episode 126 - On the morning of June 18, 1906, on the trail on the west side of the Two-Mile House, a drinking establishment outside Hazelton, B.C., the body of local tough guy, Alex McIntosh, was found. He had been ambushed and shot through the back. A short time later on the trail to the east of the Two-Mile House, the body of a labourer, Max Leclair, was discovered. He'd died in exactly the same manner. As McIntosh and an indigenous business man named Simon Peter Gunanoot had had a brutal...


Cold December: Cst. O’Leary and Cpl. Bourgeois (NB)

Episode 125 - On cold December night just before Christmas in 1974, the 14-year-old son of Moncton, NB restauranteur, Cy Stein was kidnapped from the family home by two masked gunman. By just before 5:00am the kidnapping came to and end, but two city of Moncton police officers had then gone missing. Their fate would not be known for two more days, and the outcome was not positive. Sources: Regina v. Hutchison, 1975 CanLII 1280 (NB CA) Ambrose v. The Queen, 1976 CanLII 201 (SCC), [1977] 2 SCR...


Highway of Tears – Jill, Natasha, Cynthia & Loren (2009 – 2010)

Episode 124 - Women and girls, many indigenous have been going missing in the area of Northern British Columbia's Highway 16 since 1969. The route has become known as the Highway of Tears. Many have been found deceased and still others have just vanished. In this episode we cover the murders of Jill Stuchenko, Natasha Montgomery, Cynthia Maas and Loren Leslie. All four were killed over a span of 14 months by a violent and cold blooded monster with a baby face, a serial killer named Cody Alan...


The Flying Bandit - Ken Leishman (MB)

Episode 123 - Born during the Great Depression, Ken Leishman was a stylish, good looking guy with a Clark Gable moustache. A married father of 7, he was adventurous, smart, charismatic, creative and enterprising. He used his skill as a small aircraft pilot to earn cash first as a fly in mechanic on prairie farms, then as a king cookery salesman. Ken was also deeply in debt, his sales business was failing and he craved an even more lavish lifestyle. To get what he wanted Ken wasn't above...


Connections: Nova Scotian Heartbreak (NS)

Episode 122 - This is for or the deceased victims, the injured, the families, the friends and Bluenosers everywhere who are hurting after the shooting rampage that shook the little province of Nova Scotia to its core on April 18 and 19, 2020. This is not who Nova Scotians are. This will not define us. #NovaScotiaStrong The deceased are: Lisa McCully Greg Blair & Jamie Blair Peter Bond & Joy Bond John Zahl & Elizabeth Joanne Thomas Dawn Madsen & Frank Gulenchyn Jolene Oliver, Aaron Tuck &...


Canadian Legends: Demons, a Witch and a Flying Canoe

Episode 121: In this episode we examine 3 different Canadian legends. First we look at Demon Isle a phantom island somewhere in or near the Gulf of St Lawrence. This is where French noblewoman Marguerite de Roberval was marooned by an evil uncle to star in her very own tale of demons, love, loss and survival in New France in the 1500's. Then we're off to Moncton, New Brunswick, one of the most haunted cities in the Maritimes, and the the story of Rebecca's Grave, the resting place of a...


Over the Edge: Death and Daring at Niagara Falls (ON)

Episode 120 - For ages people have been drawn to Niagara Falls, the most famous group of waterfalls in North America, and maybe the world. As many as 20 million people per year visit to view the awesome power of nature as tens of millions of liters of water spectacularly pour over the falls every minute. There have been many accidental deaths, but there have been many drawn to the torrents for other darker reasons. Some come to end their own lives and others, the daredevils, to try to prove...


MMIW - No Justice - The Murder of Tina Fontaine (MB)

Tina Michelle Fontaine was an Indigenous girl who had a tough go right from the beginning. As she had run away before when 15-year-old Tina disappeared on August 9, 2014 the authorities did not treat it with much urgency at all. Tina’s family was worried sick and wanted more activity. It was not until it was too late that the investigation began in earnest. Tina’s body was found wrapped in a duvet and floating in Winnipeg's Red River more than a week later. Her death and the subsequent...


Introducing Strictly Stalking: Stories of Stalkers

Strictly Stalking tells the true stories of stalking through conversations with victims of stalking. Each week hosts Jaimie Beebe and Jake Deptula dive into unique stalking cases, interviewing stalker, victims, and anyone involved in the case. Subscribe to Strictly Stalking on iTunes, or wherever you listen to podcasts, so you don’t miss a single episode. Support the show.


Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash - Green Shirt Day (SK)

In a tragedy that shook Canada and the rest of the hockey playing world, just before 5:00pm on April 6, 2018, the team bus of the Humboldt Broncos Junior Hockey team smashed into a semi that had just blown through a stop at the intersection of Saskatchewan highways 35 and 335. Of the the 29 people on the bus that day, only 13 survived. The truck driver walked away unharmed, and was later charged with and convicted of 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 more counts of...


Away Game: The Hollow Earth - Fact or Fiction?

Episode 117 - In this away game Mike and Scott explore the wacky world of the origins of Hollow Earth movement. We hear about Captain John Cleves Symmes Jr's desires for an expedition to the hole in the North Pole, Cyrus Reed Teed's Hollow Earth cult in Florida and Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd's supposed secret journey into the hidden world filled with fanatical creatures and advanced aliens within the Antarctic continent. NOTE: Scott's audio is a little wonky as he had to record on location...


Close to Home - The Murder of Heather Thomas (BC)

Episode 116 - The last time Heather Thomas's dad Pat saw his ten year old daughter alive was on the afternoon of October 1, 2000 when she went outside to play around their Cloverdale, BC, townhouse complex. After one the largest searches in RCMP history to that point, it was a hitchhiker who found Heather's body floating facedown in Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Park. Heather had been murdered and the community was shocked when they found out it had been one of their own who had done the...


The Homicidal Sleepwalker (ON)

Episode 115 - On the morning of May 24, 1987, 23-year-old Kenneth Parks walked into a police department covered in blood that was not just his own. Kenneth was disoriented and bleeding profusely from wounds to both his hands which were badly cut. Kenneth said “Oh my God, I just killed someone”; “I've just killed two people”. Kenneth was referring to his in-laws Barbara and Denis Woods of Scarborough. Police found Barbara deceased at the scene and Denis was severely injured, but survived....


The Murder of Cst. Catherine Campbell - Sex, Lies and Surveillance Video (NS)

Episode 114 - On the morning of September 11, 2015, off-duty Truro, Nova Scotia police constable, Catherine Campbell, went to a Halifax bar to wind down after a tough work week. She was looking forward to a visit with an old friend that weekend but never got to see her. Catherine was murdered that night and left underneath a Halifax bridge by her killer. Come see us at CrimeCon in Orlando from May 1-3, 2020. For 10% off your purchase please use POUTINE2020 when buying your tickets. R. v....


The Okanagan Oddity - Ogopogo (BC)

Episode 113 - This week Mike and Scott present some lighter fare in the form of a mystery that has persisted for generations surrounding a mysterious creature said to inhabit the waters of Lake Okanagan. Sightings of the serpent like cryptid called Opopogo or in Salish, n'ha-a-itk, continue to this day without an accepted scientific explanation for the phenomenon. Come see us at CrimeCon in Orlando from May 1-3, 2020. For 10% off your purchase please use POUTINE2020 when buying your tickets....