Murder in Redberry, Saskatchewan

June 12, 1933 At around 3:15 in the afternoon, a few customers gathered at the door of the small general store in Redberry, Saskatchewan to buy stamps. The door was locked, but they weren’t alarmed, assuming the owner and postmaster, Peter Pommereul, would return soon. Someone went to his daughter’s house nearby and she returnedContinue reading “Murder in Redberry, Saskatchewan”

How to Get Over the Death of Your Dog

This week it will be one year since my sweet girl, Maddie, passed away and since then, a lot of friends have had to say goodbye to their own faithful companions. In the spirit of shared grief and to celebrate the truth that things do get easier, here is a piece I wrote after herContinue reading “How to Get Over the Death of Your Dog”

The Unsolved Murder of James Eli Johnson

The time has come to talk about the Saskatoon Bungalow Axe Murder. It was a case with an enormous amount of coverage at the time, not surprising given the various mysterious and troubling aspects of the crime, and it remains unsolved to this day. I have my own theories, but before we get into those,Continue reading “The Unsolved Murder of James Eli Johnson”

Ten Things I Hate About Self-Imposed Deadlines

1. They always arrive. Rude. 2. I can’t get mad at anyone because I made them. I did it to myself. 3. Past me always vastly overestimates my work ethic and scheduling abilities. 4. I’m not as worried about disappointing myself as I am about disappointing others. 5. Probably because I’m not particularly hard onContinue reading “Ten Things I Hate About Self-Imposed Deadlines”

Working on Something Good

Writing this blog has taught me a lot about myself, mostly about how much I relish investigating old murders. And when I sat down to learn about this week’s case, it became immediately apparent that I need more time. Because it is good. It is so good. And by good, I mean strange, complicated andContinue reading “Working on Something Good”

The Unfortunate End of Peter Daday

Picture if you will, a seventeen-year-old girl named Julia Wochuko (also saw it spelled Wockuko), living in the Wishart district of Saskatchewan in 1931. She’s young, she’s beautiful, and she’s having problems with her dad. Arguments, that sort of thing. What she really needs is to get away from him and assert her independence. ButContinue reading “The Unfortunate End of Peter Daday”

Murder at Lake Athabasca

If you go to the very North Westernly corner of Saskatchewan, you will find Lake Athabasca. It’s the largest and deepest lake in both Saskatchewan and Alberta (the lake sits directly on the border between the two provinces), and in 1935, it was the site of a grisly murder. Experienced trapper, John Harms, decided thatContinue reading “Murder at Lake Athabasca”

The Book I’m Currently Obsessed With

We’re taking a brief break from historical murders this week so I can fangirl over my new favourite novel in another installment of: The Book I’m Currently Obsessed With. (You can read the previous installment here.) I know you’re dying to know what it is and I’m dying to tell you, so let’s get rightContinue reading “The Book I’m Currently Obsessed With”

The Murder of Herbert Schill

It was a routine Sunday for Herbert Schill on October 16, 1938 in Lebret, Saskatchewan. First church, then lunch with a friend before returning home to his farm where his wife and family waited. In the evening, he changed out of his church clothes and went out to the barn with their farmhand, Stanley Illerbrun,Continue reading “The Murder of Herbert Schill”

Attempted Bunnicide

Or, How I Got Bitten A Lot By A Neighbourhood Cat About a month ago we bought an outdoor rabbit hutch. Yes, I have a rabbit. I don’t mention him often because he’s not very interesting. Widget (that’s his name) is eight years old. Yeah, remember that when your kid asks for one. Also theyContinue reading “Attempted Bunnicide”