Claim Ownership

Author:

Subscribed: 0Played: 0
Share

Description

 Episodes
Reverse
S4 E6 Darkness

S4 E6 Darkness

2022-09-0147:48

Amber's disappearance devastates those who love her. In this episode, close friends wrestle with the thought of life without Amber and look to the past to find clues about what was really going on in Amber's world.Amber Manthorne has not been found. The search for her is ongoing. While her disappearance is certainly out of character, it may not be a crime. Police have not ruled out criminality in her case. Anyone who may have information and has not already spoken with police is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424. And if you want to help support Amber’s friends, you can join them on Facebook through the group, 'Finding Amber Manthorne'.
S4 E5 The Summer Girl

S4 E5 The Summer Girl

2022-09-0130:43

Amber lives for summer. She works at a boat shop, her home is out at the lake and she makes the most out of the sunny season. A colleague, a friend and a woman Amber never met, shine a light on how Amber's bright spark may have been darkened forever.None of the allegations of abuse involving Justin have been proven.Amber Manthorne has not been found. The search for her is ongoing. While her disappearance is certainly out of character, it may not be a crime. Police have not ruled out criminality in her case. Anyone who may have information and has not already spoken with police is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424. And if you want to help support Amber’s friends, you can join them on Facebook through the group, 'Finding Amber Manthorne'.
S4 E4 The Boyfriend

S4 E4 The Boyfriend

2022-08-1649:14

Tensions are high in Amber's hometown of Port Alberni, while Amber remains missing. What can be learned of Amber's boyfriend, allegedly the last person known to be with her before she vanishes?Amber Manthorne has not been found. The search for her is ongoing. While her disappearance is certainly out of character, it may not be a crime. Police have not ruled out criminality in her case. Anyone who may have information and has not already spoken with police is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424. And if you want to help support Amber’s friends, you can join them on Facebook through the group, 'Finding Amber Manthorne'.Note: Thank you to the CHEK news team who have led on the coverage of Amber's story and whose archival tape you hear in this episode.
S4 E3 On Edge

S4 E3 On Edge

2022-08-0826:51

As time passes with no sign of Amber, friends fear the worst. The town is on edge and the behaviour of Amber's boyfriend adds to the tension. Amber Manthorne has not been found. The search for her is ongoing. While her disappearance is certainly out of character, it may not be a crime. Police have not ruled out criminality in her case. Anyone who may have information, and has not already spoken with police, is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424. And if you want to help support Amber’s friends you can join them on Facebook through the group Finding Amber Manthorne.Note: Thank you to the CHEK news team who have led on the coverage of Amber's story and whose archival tape you hear in this episode.
S4 E1 An Empty Cottage

S4 E1 An Empty Cottage

2022-08-0836:31

When 40-year-old Amber Manthorne fails to show up to work on Friday, July 8th, 2022, her friends immediately believe something is wrong. At first, it is thought that Amber is with her boyfriend, Justin Hall, but then Justin surfaces days later, without Amber, leaving more questions than answers.In this episode, host Laura Palmer outlines the timeline of events surrounding Amber's disappearance and sits down with Amber's friend, and family spokesperson, Kristie St. Claire.Amber Manthorne has not been found. The search for her is ongoing. While her disappearance is certainly out of character, it may not be a crime. Police have not ruled out criminality in her case. Anyone who may have information and has not already spoken with police is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424. And if you want to help support Amber’s friends-you can join them on Facebook through the group Finding Amber Manthorne.Note: Thank you to the CHEK news team who have led on the coverage of Amber's story. You hear audio of their news footage in this episode.
Amber is a cherished member of her Port Alberni community; a loyal friend, devoted daughter, a really ‘cool chick’, bubbly, and always cheerful. So it's no surprise that a community of people dubbed 'Amber's Army' have come together to help find her. Amidst the desperate search for Amber, friends take time to talk about her and answer questions about the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.In this episode, host Laura Palmer talks to one of Amber's closest pals, a Chief of a local First Nation who also knew Amber well, and a friend who is a commercial diver, now using his skills to search for his friend in the lake she loved.Amber Manthorne has not been found. The search for her is ongoing. While her disappearance is certainly out of character, it may not be a crime. Police have not ruled out criminality in her case. Anyone who may have information and has not already spoken with police is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424. And if you want to help support Amber’s friends, you can join them on Facebook through the group, 'Finding Amber Manthorne'.Note: Thank you to the CHEK news team who have led on the coverage of Amber's story and whose archival tape you hear in this episode.
What has changed when it comes to keeping kids safe from abductors? 
If Michael is alive, DNA is the most likely way he will be found. The police have now put together Michael's DNA from his old toys and a hat. 
81 year old Norma doesn't want to go to her grave without knowing what happened to Michael. She believes she witnessed his abduction. 
Detective Robertson says her gut tells her the person responsible is likely already on their radar.
Does a dangerous offender currently incarcerated  in a Canadian prison, hold the key to what happened to Michael Dunahee on March 24th 1991?
There are few names publicly associated as possible suspects in Michael’s case. One of them is Vernon Seitz. The deceased Milwaukee barber makes disturbing confessions to his psychiatrist Dr. Victoria Fetter. One of Michael’s missing posters is found in Seitz’s home after he dies. Did he have anything to do with Michael’s abduction?
From afar it may appear that there is just nothing. But the opposite is true. There are many suspects and it is possible whomever is responsible has already  been identified.Retired Detective Al Cochrane believes there is someone out there with a specific piece of information who needs to step forward in order for the Dunahees to know what happened to their son Michael.     
In this episode you'll hear about the extraordinary lengths taken to solve the case. Retired Detective Sergeant Don Bland describes the efforts as like 'the war measures act'. Police contact the American space agency to try to get satellite pictures. The BC government flies 9 detectives down to Quantico Virginia, to consult with the F.B.I .Michael's grandmother Cathy Jeffries reflects on memories of Michael and recalls searching for him with one of Michael's other grandmothers.On Sunday March 24th 1991, Ian Arnold rides his bicycle around the neighbourhood searching for Michael.  He lives across from Blanshard Elementary. The Dunahee's go to his home to phone the police that afternoon.Retired Detective Sergeant Don Bland is one of the lead detectives on the Dunahee investigative team.  Three decades on he remembers  the mounting concern in the early hours and days after Michael disappears.   
S3 E2 Hellcats

S3 E2 Hellcats

2022-01-2551:441

Crystal's team mates 'The Hellcats' are the first to search for Michael. They will later be hypnotized to jar memories. Witnesses to one of Canada's greatest unsolved mysteries, their friendships transcend time and tragedy.In this episode the players walk through Sunday March 24th 1991,  the minutes and hours immediately following Michael's disappearance.John Ducker  will go on to become Victoria's Deputy Police Chief. In 1991, he is one of the junior officers called in to assist with the search and the investigation.  
S3 E1 Vanished

S3 E1 Vanished

2022-01-1839:583

In this episode you will hear the voice of Michael Dunahee himself. Michael's parents Bruce & Crystal Dunahee shared home video with Producer Laura Palmer. Felicia Bernier was one of Michael's little chums. She describes her friend Michael through the lens of a childhood playmate. She talks about his love of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And how losing her buddy in such tragic circumstances impacted her life.  Bruce and Crystal Dunahee reflect on their life as a family before Michael vanishes. Michael's parents talk about Michael's childhood and what kind of a little guy he is growing into. They are interviewed separately and together to capture as much detail as possible about the day Michael disappears and their specific recollections of the event. Author Valerie  Green wrote the book on Michael Dunahee's case. It's called 'Vanished: The Michael Dunahee story'. Valerie mostly writes local history books. And true crime represents something of a departure for her. But Michael's disappearance in 1991, is a big part of the story of Victoria. Townsend Coleman is the voice of  the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 'Michaelangelo', one of Michael's heroes. At the end of each episode Townsend is lending his voice to  a plea for information on Michael's case.   
The cliche 'It's every parent's nightmare' certainly fits the narrative of the disappearance of 4-year-old Michael Dunahee. On a spring day in 1991, Michael vanished from a playground in Victoria, BC while his parents were nearby. The adorable dimpled little boy with tousled blond hair captured the attention of the entire country. His case remains one of the largest unsolved mysteries in Canada. What happened to little Michael on that day? Could he still be alive?Listen to Island Crime, Season 3: Missing Michael on January 18th.
Brandon Cairney has been missing since October 2017. On September 22nd 2022, Brandon surfaced alive. Listen to the original story of Brandon's disappearance in Episode 1 of 'Gone Boys'.
Season 3: Missing Michael. Available January 2022.
Update Spring 2021

Update Spring 2021

2021-03-2928:573

Questions answered, exclusive new information on the missing men and the latest reaction to the ‘Gone Boys’ investigation.
Comments (28)

Alex Harris

Fantastic podcast. Laura has a great voice and the show is very well researched and presented with care and empathy to the tragedy it entails. I also loved the tmnt, so hearing Townsend Coleman is an unexpected treat. And love twin peaks too.

Aug 20th
Reply (1)

Debra Beattie

I would like to give this 5 stars or thumbs up .

Apr 25th
Reply (1)

Suzanne Blakley Oaks

Such a great job on reporting about Michael's disappointing and tragic abduction. My daughter was 8 at the time however I was terrified as we lived in Nanaimo and it was so close to home. I often look for Michael in different situations, especially when I met new people. I believe he was taken and raised by his abductor and he is still alive. I hope he has grown up and will find out himself who he really is and can be united with his mom and dad and sister. I feel this podcast is so well done, both sensitive and filled with relevant information for today as well as how things unfolded. I am going to relisten as well because it's that well done. Thank you Island Crime. I give you 5 stars!

Apr 7th
Reply (1)

AnneMarie Papillon

Laura is a great host, with strong journalist skills and integrity. Solidarity with her work xo

Feb 20th
Reply (1)

Melanie Moncrieff Ells

season one was close to my heart, but this season with Michael Dunahee is even closer. how could one of our island children disappear like this. I think about him often. I was a teenager in the comox valley and it really hit us all so hard. thank you for this podcast. thank you to the family for sharing their story.

Jan 28th
Reply (1)

Imperfectionist Podcast

wow. I liked this episode the best,Laura. The dive into the "male on the brink" mindset and the suicide feelings...both sensitive topics but you dealt them both very well. Bravo, Dinah D #TheImperfectionistsMonthlyPodcast

Jun 8th
Reply (2)

Ginger Ven

your recordings are very choppy. your words are cut off constantly. otherwise love the podcast

Apr 30th
Reply

Samara Allan

Thankyou from the bottom of my heart Laura. Gone boys has shed a bright light on our missing loved ones. I pray this will bring some of them home 🙏. Thankyou so very much for touching on Sean Hart my nephews story. we are blessed to know you ❤

Mar 29th
Reply

Samara Allan

Thankyou Jake and Josh for sharing about their struggles with mental health. We are one step closer to understanding how our loved ones were coping before they went missing. Laura thankyou from the bottom of our hearts for shedding light on our most vulnerable people.

Mar 22nd
Reply

Leah Murray

I like these shows, but Laura's voice sounds quite robotic in the narrative but not the interviews

Mar 21st
Reply

Samara Allan

thank God for laura Palmer. She has given our missing loved ones a voice.

Mar 15th
Reply

Alisha Fairgray

what about the little boy Michael dunahee that went missing from a park in victoria b.c to never been seen again either

Mar 7th
Reply (2)

Jody Haynes

I like how the information is presented. When Laura interviews people she sounds more natural than when she presents the facta which sounds very scripted (read off paper). I think as she does more podcasts this will become more natural and if she reads the information like she is speaking to someone in person it will be a game changer.

Jan 22nd
Reply

Carrie Stanton

Loving this podcast so far! Also for the record, I think you have a perfectly good podcasting voice 😁

Dec 1st
Reply (1)

Leanne

Seems like an interesting enough podcast, but it's quite tough to listen to because the presenter doesn't have a good voice for podcasting. She sounds very much like Gayle from Bob's Burgers 😬 It makes the whole thing feel flat and stilted and it's hard to get emotionally involved in anything she's describing.

Oct 3rd
Reply (1)

DøliMan

great podcast

Sep 6th
Reply (1)
Download from Google Play
Download from App Store