The Trial of Mary Charlotte Smith

Duck Lake, Saskatchewan On the morning of Monday, May 20, 1935, Mrs. Caroline Fisher went to the home of Frank and Charlotte Smith. She did some work for the Smiths and arrived at their small cottage on the south end of Duck Lake at her usual time of 7:00AM. She knocked on the door, thenContinue reading “The Trial of Mary Charlotte Smith”

The Life and Death of Ephraim Jantzen

At seventeen years old, Ephraim Jantzen had been a ward of the government since the age of eight, when his father died and his mother, unable to support her seven children, turned them over to the Bureau of Dependent and Neglected Children. He had lived in several homes, but at fifteen he was placed withContinue reading “The Life and Death of Ephraim Jantzen”

Murder in Wolseley: The Killing of Rosa Mohr

Content Warning: The following true crime story deals with the murder of a child. If reading about this will cause you distress, please skip this post. I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Stephen Scriver and the Wolseley Heritage Foundation Archive, for coming through in a big way when I reached out for helpContinue reading “Murder in Wolseley: The Killing of Rosa Mohr”

The Murder of George White

Govan, Saskatchewan In the early morning hours of June 3, 1913, George White was found dead in the neighbourhood stable. He was lying on his stomach with his left hand up by his forehead and his head towards the door, close to the horses’ hooves. Blood pooled beneath his head from what appeared to beContinue reading “The Murder of George White”

The Hitchhiker With the Revolver

Winnipeg, 1938 It was around 8:30PM on November 9, 1938 that sixteen-year-old Bert Taylor and his mother noticed a strange car parked in front of their house at 672 Furby Street. It was an attractive, 1938 Chrysler grey coupe. They contacted the police about it but were told it hadn’t been reported stolen. The nextContinue reading “The Hitchhiker With the Revolver”

A Crimson Coloured Spade: Murder Near Wakaw

Content Warning: The following true crime story deals with the murder of a child. If reading about this will cause you distress, please skip this post. In researching this story, one thing became clear. Reporting in 1913 was not always the best. Multiple variations of names emerged over the course of the articles I readContinue reading “A Crimson Coloured Spade: Murder Near Wakaw”

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”