The Mystery in the Well

Gull Lake, Saskatchewan – October, 1913 J. F. Royer was having a problem. The water in the well adjoining his livery barn didn’t taste very good. The water was becoming more and more putrid until, finally, the horses refused to touch it. So, on Tuesday afternoon, October 14, 1913, he rounded up his men andContinue reading “The Mystery in the Well”

A Deadly Quarrel: Murder Near Nipawin

In January of 1934, RCMP officers made their way out to a lonely trapper’s cabin about thirty miles north of Nipawin. It was bitterly cold, the temperatures in the minus forties, as they began their investigation. They’d been called out by Albert Yager, a shopkeeper who had a store about two miles away. He wasContinue reading “A Deadly Quarrel: Murder Near Nipawin”

The Unsolved Murder of Annie and Metro Zurawell

November 12, 1933 It was Sunday, and much like every other Sunday, Mrs. Annie Dutcheshen got her children ready and took them to visit her parents, Annie and Metro Zurawell, on their farm about five and a half miles south of Veregin, Saskatchewan. A gruesome sight awaited them. The farmyard was eerily quiet on theirContinue reading “The Unsolved Murder of Annie and Metro Zurawell”

Christmas Murder Mysteries – Week Four

We’ve come to the end, the final week of reading Christmas murder mysteries. And for our final selection, I’ve chosen something great. Get ready for… The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay This is your classic, country-house Christmas murder mystery. It has a menagerie of odd and secretive family members, a crusty old patriarch,Continue reading “Christmas Murder Mysteries – Week Four”

Christmas Murder Mysteries – Week Three

Welcome to week three of Christmas murder mysteries. How is everyone feeling? Are we in the holiday spirit yet? Eager to solve another murder? Then let’s get on with it! Week three’s selection is… Murder For Christmas by Francis Duncan It’s Christmas time and our retired hero, Mordecai Tremaine, has been invited to an acquaintance’sContinue reading “Christmas Murder Mysteries – Week Three”

A Deadly Obsession: The Murder of Myrtle Beckler

March 27, 1931 It was Friday night in Beechy, Saskatchewan and an old-time dance was being held at the village hotel. Harry Payne, a local butcher, was in attendance with his wife, as well as one of their boarders, eighteen-year-old Myrtle Beckler. She’d come to Beechy only two months before, having just finished high schoolContinue reading “A Deadly Obsession: The Murder of Myrtle Beckler”

The Conflicting Accounts of the Death of Adolph Ibenfeldt

There is only one thing known for certain about the death of Adolph Ibenfeldt, and that is that on the morning of Oct 8, 1925, he was shot by his employer, Colin Feader. As to the how and why, well that’s where the stories begin to differ. Colin Feader was a prosperous and well knownContinue reading “The Conflicting Accounts of the Death of Adolph Ibenfeldt”

The Welwyn Massacre

A short note before we begin. Although true crime stories are, as a rule, upsetting, this story is especially so and includes the murder of children. Please consider this a content warning and skip this post if that’s something that will bring you distress. Newspapers from this era were a little harder to come by,Continue reading “The Welwyn Massacre”

Confession at the North Battleford Mental Hospital

On December 9, 1927, a travelling inspector of immigration arrived at the North Battleford Mental Hospital. He was there to assess an inmate, Andrew Owstroski, for deportation. Andrew had been convicted of vagrancy a few months before and deportation proceedings had been initiated. He was two months into his sentence when he, to quote multipleContinue reading “Confession at the North Battleford Mental Hospital”

Murder in Moose Jaw: The Heroism of Margaret Regan

Dr. William Brown was in good spirits when he left for his office on the afternoon of Monday, October 3, 1927. He’d just played a cribbage game with his wife, Mina, who reminded him not to hurry home that evening. She was in charge of a meeting of the Daughters of the Empire (a deeplyContinue reading “Murder in Moose Jaw: The Heroism of Margaret Regan”