There are few natural wonders in the world as impressive as Niagara Falls. The incredible sight draws millions of visitors each year. The history and culture are also fascinating. The receding glaciers that created the falls. The indigenous communities that long lived in the area. The daredevils who tempted fate. And the many wax museums, haunted houses and other tourist attractions. On Halloween night though, one of the Falls' most compelling stories took an unexpected turn.
Gary Barrett achieved some every dubious distinctions. He was twice convicted of murder and twice sentence to death. He was the first person executed at a federal penitentiary in Canada. His hanging did not go well. Immediately raising questions about the identity of the unknown hangman.
Read the Warden's letter and see other documents.
Pierre Radisson was a co-founder of The Hudson’s Bay Company. He was also a cannibal. Really. A self-described cannibal. We are joined by Mark Bourrie to discuss his new book, “Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre—Esprit Radisson.” Quite possibly one of the most incredible lives ever lived.
One of the world’s most chilling mysteries! What could explain why a group of expert Russian skiers cut their way out of their own tent in the middle of a freezing cold night and wandered off into the dark without jackets and in bare feet? Avalanche? Animal attack? Military testing? Or…something much more sinister? Join us as we investigate!
Imagine waking up in the middle night to find a strange man standing in you bedroom brandishing an axe. It sounds like the plot of a slasher movie, but for the people of New Orleans in the early 1900s, this was no fictional plot. The city was being terrorized. A deranged monster was repetitively breaking into the homes of Italian grocers. The unsuspecting victims, including children, were maimed or murdered as they slept. As the number of victims grew, so did the apprehension in the city, and the pressure on the police to bring the killer to justice. We explore the shocking turn of events with Miriam C. Davis, author of “The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story”.
Full of terrible twists and unsettling turns, the Hinterkaifeck Murders are one of the world’s most chilling mysteries. What was the motive for such a night of terror? We search for answers with Edward Chilvers, author of, “Footsteps in the Attic: A True Account of the Slayings at the Hinterkaifeck Farmstead". Due to some of the nightmarish elements of the story, listener discretion is advised.
In an unsuspecting field in Northeast Georgia, four massive granite slabs, each 16 feet tall, rise out of the ground. The Georgia Guidestones are often referred to as America's Stonehenge, due the many mysteries that surround them. Who built them? And why? What is the meaning of their strange inscriptions? Why are they repeated in 8 different languages? Buckle up your seat belts as we are taking a road trip to visit one of the strangest monuments in the United States.
Should Canada’s most infamous maximum security prison be preserved, redeveloped or torn down? Our five uniquely qualified guests share their thoughts on the past, present and future of the Kingston Penitentiary. We will also take a trip to Alcatraz Island for a personal tour by one of the longest serving Park Rangers and hear about his experiences working at the world’s most famous prison.
City of Kingston Pen Consultation Page
Glen Shackleton, Tour Operator
Janice Nickerson, Genealogist
Geoffrey James, Photographer
Laurie Armstrong, Director of Media Relations – San Francisco Travel Assoc.
John Cantwell, Alcatraz Park Ranger