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Season 1 | Episode 1: The Wells Gray Gunman

101 - Jan 10, 2018

"How did six people disappear off the face of the earth?" 

One of the largest mass murders in Canada is committed In Wells Gray Park, B.C., as three generations of a family are killed on a camping trip. For Detective Mike Eastham, it’s a mission that takes him across the country and back again as he harnesses the powers of TV, radio and print media to catch the gunman.

"There's not one case in my entire career over hundreds of homicides as horrendous as this one," says Eastham. "You never forget."

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What was unique to this investigation?

  • This was the first time in Canadian history that the maximum 25-year sentence was handed down for second degree murder.
  • At the time, it was one of the most costly investigations in Canadian history, but Detective Eastham said in a later interview: “I could justify every penny under the circumstances." (1)

    1 Eastham, Michael (1999). The Seventh Shadow. Warwick Publishing, p. 82, 90.

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About the detective

Mike Eastham(Photo courtesy Mike Eastham)

Retired Detective Staff Sergeant Mike Eastham was with the British Columbia RCMP for 35 years and worked on numerous homicide cases. He was awarded the Long Service Medal in 1981 and retired in 1996.

Cast

Detective Mike Eastham JOHN PYPER-FERGUSON
Gerry Dalen ERIC DAVIS
Sgt. Frank Baruta DAVID NERMAN
Police Pathologist LUC PILON
Park Employee MARK HAUSER
Brian the reporter PAUL HOPKINS
Waitress LARA BINAME
Windsor Mechanic CHRISTOPHER MACCABE
Detective Al Haslett DANIEL RINDRESS-KAY
Man at trailer park MARC THIBAUDEAU
David Shearing STEPHEN MCINTYRE
Coffee Waitress KATIE MALLOCH
George Bentley CLIVE BREWER
Edith Bentley IRENE OSPREY
Bob Johnson EUGENE BROTTO
Jackie Johnson OLGA MONTES
Janet Johnson CHARLI BIRDGENAW
Karen Johnson SATINE SCARLETT MONTAZ
TV Studio P.A. VANESSA WILLETT
Detective Mechanic ANDREW MACKAY
Woman at Trailer Park SARAH LEVESQUE
Real Helicopter Pilot PIERRE DEMONT PILOT

 

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