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E68: The Highway of Tears

E68: The Highway of Tears

June 24, 2019

The Highway of Tears is a 724 km stretch of road that runs between the cities of Prince George and Print Rupert, British Columbia. Since 1969, dozens of women and children have been murdered or gone missing on or near the highway, often leaving law enforcement dumbfounded. Many serial killers and opportunists have made their long-lasting mark on the highway, unintentionally aided by government and law enforcement institutions that refuse to take action. On this episode of the podcast, we cover the highway's many tragedies, its origins, and the people who have attempted to address the problems that have led to so many tragic deaths and ruined lives.

If you have any information regarding any of the women or girls who have been murdered or gone missing on the Highway of Tears, call the E-PANA tip line at 1-877-543-4822, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Read more about Ray Michalko's book "Obstruction of Justice: The Search for Truth on Canada's Highway of Tears" here.

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E67: Michael Jackson (Part Two)

E67: Michael Jackson (Part Two)

June 17, 2019

On June 25, 2009, pop icon Michael Jackson died suddenly at the age of 50, just weeks away from the launch of his retirement tour. In the months prior to his death, Jackson had become addicted to propofol, a powerful anesthetic which he used as a sleep aid. On the eve of his death, Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, administered it and a number of other drugs in order to help Michael sleep. After a series of events led to Dr. Murray leaving the room and becoming distracted, Jackson died in his sleep. Murray would later be sentenced for manslaughter, serving two years before retreating to a much quieter life.

The bizarre circumstances surrounding his death and his many years as an unpredictable entertainer led to the creation of many conspiracy theories. In the second part of our Michael Jackson episode, we discuss a number of these conspiracy theories, the lead-up to Jackson's death, the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, and much more.

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E67: Michael Jackson (Part One: More Thoughts)

E67: Michael Jackson (Part One: More Thoughts)

June 17, 2019

Two weeks after recording the first part of our Michael Jackson episode, Matt and Kayla present a new side to the allegations against Michael Jackson. In this special bonus presentation, your hosts cover a wide range of topics including potential inconsistencies and lies told in the critically acclaimed documentary Leaving Neverland, pose tough questions about the allegations, and discuss Evan Chandler and the first accusations leveled at Jackson.

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E67: Michael Jackson (Part One)

E67: Michael Jackson (Part One)

June 10, 2019

Michael Jackson stands as one of history's most legendary musicians. His legacy is one of innovation, style, philanthropy, and the willingness to bridge societal gaps. Though his track record of excellence in the world of music is undeniable, a number of disturbing allegations about Jackson's personal life exist - namely that he has sexually abused up to five young boys. Accusations have been made against Jackson in 1993, 2003, 2013, and 2014, leading to a great deal of public debate about what really happened in Jackson's bedroom - was the iconic pop star a sexual predator, or was he simply the victim of extortion and character assassination?

In the first part of our two-part episode about Michael Jackson, we discuss the history of sexual abuse allegations made against Jackson, the evidence presented, and the arguments against.

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E66: The Sodder Children

E66: The Sodder Children

June 3, 2019

Christmas 1945 began much like any other holiday for the Sodder family. The boys worked with their father during the day, a number of the children stayed up late on Christmas Eve to play with their new toys, and the rest went to bed in preparation for the busy day ahead. In the middle of the night, the Sodder family home was mysteriously engulfed in flames, with the Sodder parents and four of their children managing to escape. They watched on helplessly as their beloved home burned to the ground, trying desperately to call to the five children who hadn't made it out. By the morning, the home had been reduced to a pile of ashes and five of the Sodder children were seemingly dead. No remains of the five Sodder children were ever found, and the weeks and months following the fire saw dozens of reported sightings of the missing Sodder children.

On this week's episode, we discuss the tragic disappearance of Maurice, Martha, Louis, Jennie, and Betty Sodder, and the lifelong attempts by their parents George and Jennie to find out what happened to their children on Christmas 1945.

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