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Man appealing genetic genealogy murder conviction was a violent child, his family told police

William Talbott II told his sentencing hearing in the murders of a young B.C. couple that he was not a violent man. But police records of interviews with his family members provide a markedly different portrait of the first person to be convicted through genealogical research.

Killer of Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook gets 2 life sentences for 1987 murders

William Talbott II, 56, is the first person to ever be convicted as a result of genealogy research.

'How are we going to get the truth?' Family of man who died in ATV crash frustrated by flawed OPP probe

The family of a man who died in an ATV crash in Ontario’s cottage country in 2012 is relieved the RCMP is looking into what happened around their son’s death after a highly criticized OPP investigation left them with more questions than answers.

Body of Nigerian man who died in CBSA custody remains in limbo 3 weeks later

The widow of a Nigerian man who died in Canadian custody three weeks ago wants to bring him home to Lagos, but his body remains at a funeral home while authorities investigate.

Son of Russian spies returns to Canada after government loses fight to keep him out

After a long legal battle, a young man born to Russian spies is back in Toronto with a Canadian passport and dreams of breaking into investment banking. "I don’t pose a threat," he told CBC News in an exclusive interview. "I’m a Canadian citizen and I’m here to make my own life.”

Barry Sherman's cousin fails lie detector test over allegation of plot to kill Honey Sherman

An angry and bitter cousin of Barry Sherman has failed a lie detector test after making unsubstantiated allegations that the former Apotex CEO was part of an aborted plot to kill his wife two decades ago.
CBC Investigates

Barry Sherman allegedly duped by convicted fraudster

On the day he was last seen alive, Barry Sherman's lawyers filed documents in court supporting a lawsuit against a convicted fraudster who had allegedly duped the billionaire philanthropist out of a $150,000 investment, CBC News: The Fifth Estate has learned.

'Strong suspicion': Dylan Koshman's 2008 disappearance in Edmonton upgraded to homicide investigation

An eight-year-old missing person case involving the disappearance of Dylan Koshman in Edmonton has been upgraded to a homicide investigation, The Fifth Estate has learned.

Fugitives in the family: Son of accused Canadian Mennonite pot smuggler wanted on U.S. drug charges

Twenty-eight years after a Mennonite farmer from Leamington, Ont., fled to Mexico after being charged for smuggling marijuana into Canada, his eldest son has been indicted on drug charges in the U.S. and is a fugitive himself - this time from American law.

Could Canadian's brutal 1969 stabbing death be connected to another L.A. cold case?

Within a few kilometres of where a Canadian woman’s body was found dumped in Los Angeles in 1969, at least two other killings and a disappearance took place within a year and a half.

'In a hurry': Did Canadian woman's killer drop his glasses as he got rid of body in L.A. in 1969?

As CBC’s the fifth estate investigates the brutal 1969 stabbing death of a Canadian woman in Hollywood, the show is asking if anyone might recognize the black prescription glasses found near where Reet Jurvetson’s body was discovered.

Could a mystery Hollywood neighbour aid probe into Canadian's brutal 1969 killing?

Amid the many questions that still swirl around the brutal — and unsolved — killing of a young Canadian woman in Hollywood in 1969, there is a new one: Could someone named M. Lindhorst shed new light on Reet Jurvetson’s death?

47 years later, police learn where Montreal woman stayed in Hollywood before being stabbed to death

A week after the fifth estate released a sketch of the man that a young Montreal woman went to Los Angeles to visit before she was killed in 1969, Los Angeles police today released another sketch of him by a different artist, along with the address where the two stayed.

'Who is he?': Sketch shows 'person of interest' at heart of probe into Canadian woman's brutal 1969 killing

As part of an ongoing investigation, the fifth estate has commissioned a sketch of a man considered a "person of interest" in the 1969 slaying of Reet Jurvetson, a young Canadian woman found stabbed 157 times in Los Angeles. She was known as "Jane Doe 59" for more than four decades.
CBC Investigates

New evidence suggests Modigliani masterpiece was obtained in Nazi-forced sale

New information has emerged that may settle a controversy over a Modigliani masterpiece estimated to be worth $35 million that has been tied to the Panama Papers.