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When a crime ends in a conviction, the victims or their families are often allowed to give a statement to the court about the impact of the crime on their lives. But when these life altering events go unsolved, do not end in a conviction, or aren’t crimes at all, the victims and their families do not have this opportunity. The stories on this podcast are their Impact Statements.
27 Episodes
In this episode, I cover the updates in the Jeff Rogers and DJ Fickey cases, as well as give an important update on the future of the show.  Music by Blue Dot Sessions Support the show:
On July 10, 2010, Lyle and Marie McCann failed to show up at the airport to pick up their daughter and granddaughter. Their adult children feared they had become lost on their road trip.  But then police announced a person of interest in their disappearance. And this began a 6 year winding road through the legal system that isn’t entirely over yet. Support the show:
In 1971, 9-year-old Anthony Murrill climbed into his top bunk as his older brother Vincent dozed off. This was the last confirmed sighting of Anthony Murrill.  Support the show:
When Brook was 16 years old, she was raped by an acquaintance who had been harassing her for several months.   Brook spent her mid-20s dealing with the long term effects of the assault and she had made huge strides in healing from the trauma. But then in September 2018, one woman’s accusations of sexual assault against a powerful man turned social media into a debate over the believability of people who come forward decades later. And this debate triggered Brook’s past trauma, and she decided now to deal with it in a way she has never done before. This story you are about to hear has been heard by only 5 or 6 people in the last 25 years. Support the show:
True crime author, journalist, and podcaster Amber Hunt discusses the emotional impact of immersing yourself in the dark places of human experience.  Support the show:
Home Invasion

Home Invasion


Anne, an Arkansas attorney with a focus in criminal law, was the victim of a home invasion robbery. Rather than defending perpetrators, she was now the victim. How has this changed her views on our criminal justice system? Or has it? Support the show:
Twenty four years ago, Julianne Stallman was murdered in her own home. As the case grew cold, one fact carried through over the years. Julianne's murderer was someone she knew. I spoke with her daughter Jen about her fight for justice for her mother and living with the knowledge that someone she knows killed her mother.  Support the show:
Brandy Myers

Brandy Myers


In 1992, thirteen year old Brandy Myers left her home to collect money for a read-a-thon. She never returned. Twenty three years later, her sister Kristin believes they finally have the answer to what happened to Brandy. But an answer is not the same as justice.  Support the show:
A Parent's Dark Secret

A Parent's Dark Secret


When Sabrina's father killed himself when she was 11 years old, he left no note. It wasn't until she was an adult that she was given the pieces of her father's past that may explain his death by suicide. It has sent her down a path to find out the whole story of what happened one March night in Scotland in 1975 that changed her father's course forever. Support the show:
In 1957, the youngest serial killer in Canada was caught after having killed three children in four months. What many don't know about Peter Woodcock's story is that a 14 year old had been wrongfully convicted for one of those murders after giving a false confession. It took six decades before Ron Moffatt was ready to tell his story to author Nate Hendley for his book The Boy on the Bicycle. And now Ron is sharing his story at book signings, Innocence Canada events, and on podcasts to warn of the real consequences of allowing children to be interrogated without a parent present and using uncorroborated confessions in criminal trials. Support the show:
Twenty years ago, Edward Ates was sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. I sat down to talk with his wife Kimberly Miller about the journey the family has been on, the lasting effects, and their preparations for Ed's release which happened a few weeks after we talked. Support the show:
Crime reporters see and hear difficult things. I sat down with Scott Reeder, host of Suspect Convictions, to discuss the murder of Jennifer Lewis, the Little Tikes daycare shooting, and his recent interviews with those whose lives have been changed by the the Santa Fe High School shooting. Support the show:
In 2015, Brandon McGuirt was shot. With changing stories and foggy motives, no one is sure exactly what happened and the DA has declined to press charges even though the lead detective applied for an arrest warrant. Brandon's mother Laura is determined to see justice done for Brandon. GoFundMe: Facebook page: Support the show:
In 1996, an article of about 10 lines appeared in the local newspaper identifying 21 year old Rodney McDonald as the victim of murder. Though still an unsolved case, his case files were eventually sent to storage. Nearly 22 years later, Rodney's family is still waiting for justice and his mother is sharing his full story for the first time on Impact Statement. Promo for Canadian True Crime, a podcast that tells the stories of crime in Canada with sensitivity and compelling narration. Support the show:
Looking at a case file doesn’t tell the whole story. It doesn’t tell the story of homemade soup and family outings and a young woman who just wanted to come home and just wanted to be clean. And it doesn’t tell of the questions Samantha Sutton’s family are left with in the wake of her death at 22.  For those parts of the story, the parts of the story that tell us who Samantha was and the impact her loss had on her family, I spoke with her mother Dell. Support the show:
In 1981, Cheri Domingo and Greg Sanchez were murdered. Their case remained unsolved for nearly 37 years, finally being solved through the same DNA that linked them to the serial killer known as the East Area Rapist/The Original Nightstalker/Golden State Killer. But for Cheri's daughter Debbi, those 37 years took her down an unpredictable path that eventually led to recovery and hope. Music by Blue Dot Sessions Support the show:
No one disputed that Christopher Deboe shot and killed Sherrill Collins. But Deboe claimed self defense, and it was up to a jury to decide. Amber, a juror on that trial, talks about the trial, the emotional side of jury service, and the unexpected consequences of a jury's decision. Link to the Gen Why meetup: Link to Canadian True Crime Podcast Live Show: Support the show:
In 2016, Natasha entered a relationship with a man she thought was going to be a solid partner and a role model for her 7 year old son. He turned out to be the exact opposite, and she found herself in court in 2018 to face this man who had become her abuser. On average, a woman in Canada is killed every six days by her intimate partner. Natasha was nearly one them. Music by Blue Dot Sessions. Support the show:
In November of 2011, a mother in Nova Scotia comes home to work to find her daughter on the kitchen floor, rocking and sobbing. Leah stood in the kitchen doorway listening to her teenage daughter Rehtaeh disclose the events of a sexual assault, the events as she could remember them. Rehtaeh could vaguely remember the digital shutter click of a cell phone at some point that night, but she didn’t find out until earlier that day, at school, that a photo was taken by one of the boys and it was being texted and forwarded through the school. The photo was of one of the boys engaged in a sexual act with Rehtaeh as Rehtaeh was leaning out an open window throwing up. Rehtaeh was nude from the waist down and the boy in the picture flashing a thumbs up to the camera. This assault and photograph sparked a chain of events that changed the family forever. Music by Blue Dot Sessions Support the show:
An Addicted Home

An Addicted Home


One in eight Americans meet the criteria for alcoholism. We know it can lead to social problems with employment and relationships. And when those relationships involve those who trust the most, children, the damage can last a lifetime. Candice is a young adult who is two years into her healing process after growing up in a home of addiction and violence. It took the help of others for healing to begin.  Music by Blue Dot Sessions Twitter @statementpod Support the show:
Comments (3)


This one hit me right in the feels.

Mar 12th


great podcast!!

Dec 18th


I love listening to this podcast. Very well put together. Each impact statement is presented crystal clear, the true humanity shows beautifully. Well done!

Oct 5th
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