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”

Murder for Christmas

I know what you’re thinking, that’s a great title for a true crime story, and it is! But alas, I’m not talking true crime today. (Yes, the title is a bit misleading. Forgive me, I still wanted you to come read it. But I promise it’s murder related.) December is upon us, that twinkly-light-filled timeContinue reading “Murder for Christmas”

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 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”

Arsenic in the Milk: The Poisoning of George B. Reed

When George B. Reed died on Friday, April 26, 1935, it was sudden, but not completely unexpected. He was sixty years old and had been ill for two years, spending more than a year of that time at the Gull Lake Hospital, returning home six weeks before his death. He suffered from paralysis in hisContinue reading “Arsenic in the Milk: The Poisoning of George B. Reed”