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”

Manhunt in Dunkirk

Thursday, January 7, 1932 It was still dark at 7:00AM when Peter Jeanotte got up and went out to the barn to do his chores. He was a farm hand on the Fitch farmstead in Dunkirk, Saskatchewan and had been working for his friend of seven years, Robert Walter Fitch, since October. Fitch, who wentContinue reading “Manhunt in Dunkirk”

The Yorkton Hammer Murder

June 4, 1933 It was a typical Sunday on the Steberl farm, just 12 miles northeast of Yorkton near Rhein, Saskatchewan. Gustav Steberl and his wife Rosie had gone into Rhein that day with their hired man, Henry Suppes, before returning to the farm around supper time. Earlier that day Henry and Gustav had gottenContinue reading “The Yorkton Hammer Murder”

The Haunted Skull of the Kerrobert Courthouse

As those of you who’ve been reading along already know, my fall down the rabbit hole of Saskatchewan murder started with the Kerrobert Courthouse. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, take a moment and read this. Don’t worry, we’ll wait for you. Done? Okay, great. As I was saying, it was nearlyContinue reading “The Haunted Skull of the Kerrobert Courthouse”

Shootin’ Rabbits by Moonlight: The Murder of Hans Pederson

Murder Most Foul On the morning of December 29, 1931, the Tilks brothers, Albert and Kenneth, were driving to Ardath when they saw something in the snow near the main road into town. It was the frozen body of Hans Pederson, a twenty-two year old Danish immigrant who worked as a farmhand on the farmContinue reading “Shootin’ Rabbits by Moonlight: The Murder of Hans Pederson”

The Murder of Eileen Bailey

In March of 1934, just four miles north of Estevan stood the Bailey Farm, where Percy Bailey and his wife lived with their two daughters, Eileen, who was seventeen, and Ruby, who was nineteen. On March 24, the couple went into town to do some shopping, leaving Eileen and Ruby home alone. The two girlsContinue reading “The Murder of Eileen Bailey”

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”

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”