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Dark Poutine - True Crime and Dark History

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True crime, legends, folklore, dark history and other creepy topics from the perspective of real live Canadians.
173 Episodes
Episode 169: On the evening of Christmas Day in 2017, upon gaining access to an Oak Bay, British Columbia apartment, police discovered a bloody crime scene. In the suite were the bodies of six-year-old Chloe Berry and her four-year-old sister, Aubrey Berry. They had been murdered in their beds. First responders also discovered Andrew Berry, Chloe and Aubrey’s father, naked, seriously injured and bleeding in the apartment's bathtub. He had penetrating injuries to his left chest and throat. First responders took Andrew by ambulance to Victoria General Hospital for treatment. He’d eventually have a rather tall tale to tell about what had taken place that day. Sources: R. v Berry, 2019 BCSC 2362 (CanLII), < []> [Global News - SEARCH - Andrew Berry] [Oak Bay News - SEARCH - Andrew Berry] [Search Results | Times Colonist - Andrew Berry] [Oak Bay Police Note - Twitter] [Photo exhibits from Andrew Berry murder trial - BC |] [Mom of slain Oak Bay sisters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act  |] [Chloe & Aubrey Berry Bursary Fund - Victoria Foundation] Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 168 - On the evening of July 28, 2010, Nadine Anne Taylor, a 29-year-old woman in Halifax, Nova Scotia, left the Convoy Avenue apartment in Fairview she shared with her boyfriend, Gene. Nadine, who did not have a telephone, told Gene she needed to make a call, left her home and walked a nearby payphone to make a call. She was never seen alive again.  Sources and Further Reading: [CANADA - Canada - Nadine Taylor, 29, Halifax NS, 28 July 2010] [Police locate human remains | Halifax] R. v. Laffin, 2013 NSSC 135 (CanLII), < [] > R. v. Laffin, 2013 NSSC 136 (CanLII), < [] > [Global News SEARCH: Steven Elliot Laffin] [Steven Laffin | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers] [Obituary of Nadine Anne Taylor | J Albert Funeral Home] [Fears grow for missing Halifax woman | CBC News] [Fact Sheet - Prostitution Criminal Law Reform: Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act] [Stepping Stone Nova Scotia | Sex Worker Support] [51 Weyburn Road - Dartmouth, NS - Google Maps] [Luminol - Wikipedia] [R.I.P Nadine Taylor - Facebook Group] Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 167: On July 13, 1994, just after 2:00 am, police responded to a 911 call from Sebastian Burns, 18. Sebastian and his friend, Atif Rafay, also 18, claimed they had discovered ‘some kind of break in’ and multiple deaths at  Atif’s family home in Bellevue, Washington. A bloody crime scene awaited the first responders. All three of the victims, Tariq and Sultana, Atif’s parents and his sister, Basma, had been bludgeoned to death. Right away, something felt off to the Bellevue Police, who focused their attention on the pair of young men who’d reported the crime. But did they get it right? Sources: United States of America v. Burns, 1997 CanLII 3271 (BC CA), United States v. Burns, 2001 SCC 7 (CanLII), [2001] 1 SCR 283, [168 Wn. App. 734, STATE V. RAFAY] [Rafay Burns Appeal Site] [Sebastian Burns 911 Call - YouTube] [On the Margins of Freedom | The Walrus]() [Written In Blood - CBS News] [Confessions of Murder ; Exposing the False Confessions Created from the Mr. Big Stings by Alan R. Warren | eBooks - Scribd] [The wrongful convictions of Sebastian Burns and … - En Vero] [Give Them Enough Rope - Shawn Blore] [YouTube - Sebastian Burns Pre-Sentence Statement Part 1 of 6] Support the show: See for privacy information.
In the early morning hours of November 17, 2001, officers from the Vancouver Police were dispatched to the Second Beach area of Stanley Park. Several callers to 911 indicated that there had been some kind of  altercation and a group of man had badly beaten another man. Two VPD constables arrived at the Second Beach parking lot within minutes of being called to find a distraught man frantically providing CPR to a bloodied man on the ground. The man on the ground was naked except for socks and shoes. Police assessed the man’s condition and immediately called for an ambulance. The paramedics from the BC Ambulance Service arrived quickly, but determined that it was too late. Aaron Zane Donald Webster, 42-year-old and a  member of Vancouver’s gay community, was dead. He had been brutally beaten with a blunt instrument and his killers had skittered off into the night leaving Aaron to die. Aaron’s death would be come to be recognized as Canada’s most well-known and notorious cases of ‘gay bashing’. Guest Host: Mathew Stockton (Steve the dog's dad) Sources: R. v. J.S., 2003 BCPC 442 (CanLII), R. v. A.C., 2003 BCPC 508 (CanLII), R. v. Cran and Rao, 2004 BCSC 1635 (CanLII), R. v. Cran, 2005 BCSC 171 (CanLII), R. v. J.S., 2005 BCPC 556 (CanLII), R. v. Cran, 2006 BCCA 464 (CanLII), [Wright, N. (2011). Murder in the park : civic identity-making and space in Vancouver. University of British Columbia.] [Aaron Webster | Xtra Magazine] [The murder that changed us | Xtra Magazine] [Ten Years After Aaron Webster’s Death, What’s Changed? | The Tyee] [Stanley Park Rawlings Trail, Gay Vancouver Cruising Areas] [Stanley Park | City of Vancouver] [Search - Aaron Webster - 2001 -] [Aaron Webster - CHF BC] [Aaron Webster Housing Co-operative – Original Site – Community Land Trust] [QMUNITY — BC’s Queer, Trans, and Two-Spirit Resource Centre] [Pflag Canada] Support the show: See for privacy information.
It’s 2021. It’s been a hell of a year and Dark Poutine is still ticking along. That said, I need a quick break for my sanity and to do some behind the scenes work to freshen up some of the elements the show. Dark Poutine will be returning on April 19, 2021, with the same level of careful research and compassionate, personal story telling with new guest hosts, a shiny new logo and some new music. See you in a month, so until then, don’t forget to be a good egg and not a bad apple. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 165: On the afternoon of July 24, 2015, RCMP were called by the residents of 192 Pleasant Grove Road, outside of Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island. They said that the night before there had been a fight between a man, Joel Lawrence Clow, 46, and a woman, Clow’s 40-year-old on an off again girlfriend and mother of one, Traci Lynn Lynch. Responding officers knew they would be investigating a domestic dispute, they’d dealt with Traci and Joel before. Things became more serious when cops discovered Traci, deceased on Clow’s property. Sources: R v. Clow, 2017 PESC 9 (CanLII), < > R v. Clow, 2017 PESC 10 (CanLII), < > R v. Clow, 2017 PESC 12 (CanLII), R v Clow, 2019 PECA 5 (CanLII), < > Trial - Day 1 Trial - Day 2 Trial - Day 3 Trial - Delay Trial - Day 4 Trial - Day 5 Trial - Day 6 Trial - Day 7 Trial - Day 7b Trial - Day 8 How This P.E.I. Program Helps Women Take Back Control After Leaving Abusive Relationships | CBC News | Ethical Editor Belvedere Funeral Home - Traci Lynch Obituary Clow / Lynch Timeline - CBC Why People Stay - The Hotline Ending Violence Association of Canada Domestic Violence and Abuse - Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 164: On July 12, 1997, in the town of Kitimat, British Columbia, after months of tension, tempers boiled over, and a violent altercation took place between a mad man and four young men. Three of the men, Michael Mauro and Mark Teves, both 20 and 21-year-old David Nunes were dead, and another, 20-year-old Donny Oliveira, was barely clinging to life after a local man named Kevin Louis Vermette allegedly blasted away at the group with a sawed-off shotgun before disappearing into the brush. He is still on the loose almost 24 years later. Co-host: Carol Browne Sources: Suspected BC murderer: Vermette still on the loose | Dawson Creek Mirror $25,000 reward in Kitimat triple murder cold case set to expire  | Wanted by the RCMP: Kevin  Louis  Vermette | Royal Canadian Mounted Police B.C. town rescinds $25,000 reward for info on 1997 triple-murder. Some donors want their money back | National Post A hockey game gets rowdy, and other Kitimat police files this week – Kitimat Northern Sentinel Wanted man who fled B.C. city 16 years ago may be alive: RCMP - The Globe and Mail Experienced outdoorsman flees into forest after killing 3 young adults and injuring another with a shotgun. Police believe he may still be alive. : UnresolvedMysteries Fifteen years on, the questions remain – Terrace Standard America’s Most Wanted Fans - Kevin Vermette KEVIN LOUIS VERMETTE | Wanted For Murder (July 1997, Kitimat, BC) Wanted by the RCMP - Kevin Louis VERMETTE CANADA’S MOST WANTED: These killers are on the run; have you seen them? | Toronto Sun America’s Most Wanted - Season 22 Episode 32: May 23, 2009 - Metacritic Community Profile - District of Kitimat Unsolved Mysteries - Board With Everything | Kevin Vermette - Fugitive Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 163: In New Brunswick, in the fall of 1922 a convicted double murderer named Bennie Swim was hanged for the murder of the woman he loved, his first cousin Olive and her husband, Harvey Trenholm. Bennie didn’t die the first time, so the authorities hanged him again. Co-host: Carol Browne Promo:Murderish Sources: The Ballad of Benny Swim (original) - Mike Q - YouTube Hanged Twice_Benny Swim Bennie Swim | Cases | Crime and Punishment | Projects | Faculty of Arts | UNB » 1922: Benny Swim, “dead as a door-nail” (or not) The Carleton County Man Who Was Hung Twice ”Benny Swim” Benny “Bennie” Swim (1899-1922) - Find A Grave Memorial The Life of a Screw - Douglas E. Arch Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada: Poplak, Lorna - Harvey Dixon Trenholm (1883-1922) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree Olive M (Swim) Trenholm (1905-1922) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree Benny Swim (1899-1922) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree William Guy Carr - Wikipedia This Week in New Brunswick History Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 162: In July of 2013, on a busy summer night in downtown Toronto, police received several calls about a man on a streetcar brandishing a knife and threatening passengers and the transit operator. After an encounter with police lasting only 50 seconds, 18-year-old Sammy Yatim had been shot nine times and later died from his wounds. As videos of the incident surfaced, many people were outraged, claiming that the police had used excessive force and calling for the head of the officer who had pulled the trigger. Co-host: Carol Browne Promo:Ignorance Was Bliss Sources: Global News | Search - Sammy Yatim Toronto Police shoot Sammy Yatim on TTC streetcar - Markus Grupp YouTube Enhanced audio/video - Shooting of Sammy Yatim by Toronto Police Const. Forcillo on July 27, 2013 - YouTube TTC surveillance camera 1 - YouTube TTC surveillance camera 2 - YouTube TTC surveillance camera 3 - YouTube TTC surveillance camera 4 - YouTube The Killing of Sammy Yatim | Toronto Life Sammy’s Fight Back for Justice - Home | Facebook Shooting of Sammy Yatim - Wikipedia Special Investigations Unit — News Release James Forcillo bail decision | Bail | Appeal Reasons for the sentence of James Forcillo | Murder | Crime & Violence James Forcillo parole decision | Parole | Probation Officer Police Encounters With People in Crisis 2014 | Emergency Department | Mental Health Support the show: See for privacy information.
The Murder of Alison Parrott

The Murder of Alison Parrott


Episode 161 - On a warm July day in 1986, 11-year-old Alison Parrott was lured from her Toronto home by a man on the phone claiming to be a sports photographer who wanted to take photos of the young athlete. Two boys discovered Alison’s body in a heavily wooded section of Kings Mill Park two days later. She had been bound, raped and strangled to death. It would take a decade before science caught up to the point where her killer could be brought to justice. Co-Host: Carol Browne Sources: R. v. Roy, 2003 CanLII 4272 (ON CA), < [] > [Exhibit A - Killer in a Box] [Alison Parrott: Leader of the pack  |] [YouTube - Crime Beat TV Show - Alison Parrott] [Murder of Alison Parrott - Wikipedia] [The horror of child murders | Maclean’s | AUGUST 11, 1986] [Parrott’s Killer Convicted | The Canadian Encyclopedia] [ - Alison May Campbell Parrott] [GIRL FOLLOWED RULES, BUT KILLER WON GAME - Chicago Tribune] [Jury convicts Roy in Alison Parrot murder | CBC News] [News Article - Toronto Star Ottawa Bureau] [Staring down evil - The Globe and Mail] [Why millions in Crime Stoppers rewards go unclaimed | The Star] [Girls who went missing in Ontario: Solved and unsolved cases | The Star] [Colin Pitchfork - Wikipedia] [Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System | Royal Canadian Mounted Police] [What is ViCLAS – What is ViCLAS] [Stay Alert Stay Safe PSA#3 - YouTube] Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 160 - Elena Tchoudakova was a beautiful, outgoing and vibrant 23-year-old Russian woman attending Interior Design at Toronto’s Ryerson University. In January of 1995 Elena was discovered in her apartment, she’d been brutally beaten to death and left in her bathub. There were a number of suspects with means and motive but only one with opportunity. Co-host: Carol Browne Sources: [The Russian Princess Case: MacDonald, Bruce: Kindle Store] R. v. Ho, 1999 CanLII 3823 (ON CA), [50 Cambridge Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Housecreep] [Tchoudakova : Toronto Public Library] [Interactive: Toronto homicides since 1990 | The Star] [Can a theatre program help rehabilitate Ontario prisoners? | The Star] Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 159: In the early 1980s near the small town of Rulo, Nebraska a white-supremacist cult leader named Michael Wayne Ryan and his band of followers took over a local farm essentially stealing it from the property owner. They burglarized nearby businesses and residences to fund their survival after the upcoming battle of Armageddon prophesied in the Books of Revelations. Ryan, a proponent the Christian Identity movement’s doctrines with links to an anti-government group called Posse Comitatus spewed antisemitic views, the supremacy of the white race and planned to take down the government. In 1982 Ryan was arrested for the torture and murder of, Luke Stice, the 5-year-old son of the property’s former owner and the torture killing of one of his followers, 27-year-old, James Thimm. Co-host: Carol Browne Sources: [Michael Wayne Ryan | Murderpedia] [Michael W. Ryan - Wikipedia] [Christian Identity and Religions of America (Joseph Baker)] [Evil Harvest: The True Story of Cult Murder in the American Heartland] [Nebraska Inmate Details] [Cult Education Institute :: Group Information Archives] [Christian Identity | Extremism in America | ADL] [ROSS] Facts [NIGHTMARE IN RULO - Chicago Tribune] [State v. Ryan :: 1989 :: Nebraska Supreme Court Decisions :: Justia] [Dennis Ryan | Omaha Magazine] [ Identity Crisis] [Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville Timeline] [PolitiFact | Donald Trump’s ‘very fine people on both sides’ remarks (transcript)] [Rick Ross, Executive Director] Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 158 - Twenty-three-year-old nurse and former beauty queen, Alexandra Wiwrachuk, thought the warm spring night in 1962 would be perfect for a walk down by the river before her midnight shift at Saskatoon’s City Hospital. Alexandra did not show up for work that night, and it was not until thirteen days later that children stumbled upon her broken body in a shallow grave. Someone had savagely beaten the young woman, brutally raped her and then buried her alive, leaving her to die. Nearly sixty years later, no one has ever been brought to justice in Alexandra Wiwcharuk’s murder. Co-host: Carol Browne Sources: Girl In Saskatoon - Doc  Johnny Cash - The Girl in Saskatoon  SASKATOON POLICE Saskatoon Police Website 1-306-975-8300 SASKATOON CRIME STOPPERS Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 THE NIECES OF ALEXANDRA Nieces Official Website 1-866-794-1962   (toll free) All calls private and confidential! Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 157 - From the late 1920s until after the Second World War, Lila and William Young ran the Ideal Maternity Home and Sanitarium for Unwed Mothers at East Chester, Nova Scotia. The pair have been referred to as ‘baby farmers’ who sold healthy newborns to wealthy couples with the means to pay and left the less viable to die of starvation. Estimates are that more than 100 and as many as 400 to 600 babies may have died in their care. Many of these deceased infants were quietly buried in wooden butter boxes at various sites around the area, while it is believed that others may have been disposed of in the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Co-host: Carol Browne Sources: Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 156 - In 2006, Thomas George Svekla, 38, a man who’d been in and out of trouble since 16, became the focus of a murder investigation lead by the Project KARE task force. Svekla was a suspect in as many as twelve murders. He was only ever charged with two slayings, that of Theresa Innes and Rachel Quinney, but was designated a dangerous offender for his long history of violent offences. Co-host: Carol Browne Sources: R. v. Svekla, 2007 ABQB 557 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2009 ABQB 181 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2009 ABQB 187 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2009 ABQB 193 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2010 ABQB 370 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2010 ABCA 390 (CanLII), R. v. Svekla, 2011 ABCA 154 (CanLII), Edmonton Journal - June 8, 2008 - Tom Svekla's Secret Life Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 155: The holidays can be a notoriously hard time for people who either miss loved ones or have a hard time being around them so much. For those reasons, we take a break from all the murder and mayhem and try to bring you a little holiday cheer with a bit of a dark edge. This year, for our fourth Christmas, themed episode, we learn about the global depictions of Santa Claus, some dark Christmas traditions from around the world, and Krampus, the Christmas Demon. See you in the new year! Co-host: Carol Browne Sources: Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 154 - Twenty-three year old Gordon Adrian Kralt had been the caretaker for a Bible camp on Vancouver Island when he went missing on Halloween in 1970. Gordon was found two weeks later, he had been brutally slain. Tracking down Gordie’s killer uncovered a career psychopath who was believed to have killed before. Co-host: Carol Browne Written by: Josina De Bree Sources: Regina v. Stewart, 1972 CanLII 1445 (BC CA), Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 153 - Between 2002 and 2005, Charles Eli Kembo, a refugee from Malawi, murdered four people, his business partner, Arden Samuel, his stepdaughter, Rita Yeung, his girlfriend, Sui Yin Ma, and his wife, Margaret Kembo, whose body has never been found. He set up elaborate schemes to steal their identities, set up false bank accounts, insurance claims, and run up credit in his victims’ names.  Sources: R. v. Kembo, 2010 BCSC 914 (CanLII), Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 152: In November of 1992, a twenty-four-year-old woman came forward to Kipling, Saskatchewan RCMP, accusing a respected local doctor, John Schneeberger, of sexual assault. After years of ridicule from other Kipling residents who refused to believe her claims, the young woman finally found some justice. When the truth saw the light, it uncovered one of the strangest and most devious criminals in Canadian history.  Co-host: Carol Browne Promo:True Crime Island Sources: Canada v. Schneeberger, 2003 FC 970 (CanLII), [2004] 1 FCR 280, Midazolam aka Versed Town of Kipling, SK Wikipedia - John Schneeberger HBO's Autopsy 7: Dead Men Talking Forensic Files - Bad Blood - Season 6 Episode 13 ForensicFilesNow - What Happened to Dr. John Schneeberger? Justice Denied: Extraordinary miscarriages of justice Time Magazine - A Brief History of DNA Testing The endless nightmare of Lisa Dillman 5 Ways to Recover From Being Cheated, Lied to or Manipulated BC Victim Services & Violence Against Women Program Directory Support the show: See for privacy information.
Episode 151 - On January at 10:30 p.m., a 911 operator took a call from a seemingly distraught sixteen-year-old girl. When Peel Police arrived at the Mississauga, Ontario home two teenage girls, Sandra, 16, and Beth, 15, led them upstairs to the bathroom where their mother, Linda Andersen, 43, lie face down, deceased in the tub. For almost a year the police believed Linda's death was a tragic accident, but they learned differently from a young man who could not keep a secret any longer. NOTE: Aliases used to protect the identities of young offenders. co-host: Carol Browne promo:Minds of Madness Sources: R. v. K.(C.)1 and K. (C.)2, 2005 ONCJ 462 (CanLII), R. v. K.(Cr.) and K.(Ct.), 2006 ONCJ 283 (CanLII), R. v. J.F., 2011 ONCA 220 (CanLII), R. v. J.F., 2013 SCC 12 (CanLII), [2013] 1 SCR 565, Support the show: See for privacy information.
Comments (251)

Vicky Riddle

I thought his water had been shut off. is that what hydro means? I'm not familiar with the terms but I thought hydro meant water. if so, how did he fill the tub?

May 10th
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Chris Jackson

the chomping is super annoying

May 7th

Susan Spaltman


Apr 30th


I'm conflicted on this one. Def feels like the police got tunnel vision and didn't really bother looking at anyone else because they didn't like how these teenagers were acting.

Apr 27th

Harley Rain

at the point where I have to wait for new episodes now 😩 but it's okay, it's worth it!

Apr 26th

Sean Rosenau

Typical Cops

Apr 26th

Beth Y'all

Holy speed talker!!

Mar 17th


I use to absolutely love this podcast but without Scott it just isn’t half as good. Don’t know what happened but PLEASE bring him back!!! If it’s due to personal differences then one of you needs to be the bigger man and squash whatever happened so that the rest of us can enjoy the show the way it’s supposed to be, with both of you. It just doesn’t work without Scott

Mar 15th

Lori Bates Jorgensen

I kind of liked this podcast better before you got into political commentary.

Feb 20th

drew summers

I miss Scott.

Feb 5th

Curtis Massey

It made me a little sad to see Mike slam Scott on social media. 😔 I miss Scott. 😔

Jan 18th


great show !! Baltimore city,Md USA.

Jan 18th

Alyssa Fiddes

love when you guys do stories from NS! any chance on an episode regarding the Melissa dawn peacock murder ?! it happend in 2011

Jan 5th

Lady Butterfly

This is so freaking Hilarious!!!

Jan 3rd

Lady Butterfly

Scoot!!! Yes I love the way you talk 💩.

Jan 2nd

Lady Butterfly

OMG!! I love her laugh. Loud & crazy. Like me!!!!

Dec 28th

Janet Heatherly Larsen

It's not the same without Scott...sorry but I can't listen anymore...

Dec 25th

Joe Kerr


Dec 14th

Liza Kyes

I guess I didn't realize Scott made the show for me. So long.

Dec 7th

drew summers

not hearing Scotts "chomps, chomps" is very sad.

Dec 7th
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