Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate is a well-produced and thought-provoking podcast that takes a deep look at the cult of the same name. Over 20 years ago, this group emerged from obscurity and captivated the world when 39 members took their own lives in a mass suicide. Host Glynn Washington offers insight through interviews with the departed’s loved ones, ex-members and videotapes containing personal messages left behind by the … Continue reading Heaven’s Gate

Case#12: The Murder Of Becky Watts

Becky Watts was a 16-year-old student living in Bristol, England. At the time of her disappearance she was living with her dad Darren Galsworthy and his wife Angie. Becky was reported missing on Feb, 20. 2015 at around 4 pm by her family who proclaimed that her disappearance was “out of character”. Over the following days preceding Becky’s disappearance a social media campaign called #FindBecky was launched … Continue reading Case#12: The Murder Of Becky Watts

The Disappearance Of Natalee Holloway

“The more you talk about it, the more you come to a realization that this is part of the closure process.” So says Dave Holloway about his involvement in the first installment Oxygen’s recent true-crime series, The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway. For 12 years, Dave has agonized about what happened to his 18-year-old daughter Natalee when she disappeared from the island of Aruba on May 30, 2005, captivating the world … Continue reading The Disappearance Of Natalee Holloway

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

An almost stranger-than-fiction tale of paradise found and paradise lost is recounted in the documentary, The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, a true-crime mystery that unfolded in the remote islands off the South American coast during the 1930s that remains unsolved to this day. Tiring of conventional life in Germany, a doctor and his sickly mistress retreat from civilization and head to the furthest … Continue reading The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

Case#11: The Sharpe Family

John Myles Sharpe was born Feb. 28, 1967 in Mornington, Australia. Sharpe met his New Zealand-born wife, Anna Kemp, when they were working together at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. They married in October 1994. and lived together in various locations around the Mornington Peninsula area south of Melbourne. Their daughter, Gracie Louise Sharpe, was born in August 2002. She was born with a condition called hip dysplasia, a congenital abnormality … Continue reading Case#11: The Sharpe Family

Case#10: The Wakayama Curry Incident

The matsuri or summer festival is the Japanese equivalent of the English church fête – the chance, once a year, for the community to unite in food and fun and celebrate its togetherness. Such a fête was arranged to take place by the local neighbourhood association in Sonobe, Wakayama, Japan on Jul. 25, 1998. Members of the local Women’s Association divided up the job of cooking – … Continue reading Case#10: The Wakayama Curry Incident

Someone Knows Something – Season 2

The second season of  CBC Radio’s, Someone Knows Something, follows the disappearance of Sheryl Sheppard in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Sheppard went missing on Jan. 2, 1998, two days after her boyfriend, Michael Lavoie, offered a proposal of marriage during a live TV broadcast. With some assistance from Sheppard’s mother, Odette Fisher, Ridgen looks into the case as well as the backgrounds of both Sheryl and Michael, … Continue reading Someone Knows Something – Season 2

Mommy Dead and Dearest

Some true-crime documentaries have to embellish and overstate to justify giving so much attention to a garden-variety criminal case. Not Mommy Dead and Dearest. Things are not always as they appear, especially in the case of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard. Child Abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love converge in this mystery involving a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy … Continue reading Mommy Dead and Dearest

Timeline: The Highway of Tears

The Highway of Tears refers to a series of murders and disappearances along the 720 km (450 mi) section of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada from 1969 until 2011. Highway 16 is northern British Columbia’s east-west corridor, extending from Jasper in the east to Prince Rupert in the west. This route is a section of the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway, also known as the Park-to-Park Highway, which spans across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. There are numerous municipalities and twenty-three First … Continue reading Timeline: The Highway of Tears