Island Crime

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By: Laura Palmer / Frequency Podcast Network

Each season of Island Crime focuses on one crime story based on Vancouver Island. Season 4: 'Finding Amber' follows the case of a Port Alberni woman who disappeared on July 8, 2022. Season 3: ‘Missing Michael’ is the story of Michael Dunahee, a little boy from Victoria, BC, who vanished from a playground in 1991 at the age of 4. Season 2: ‘Gone Boys’ follows the mystery of men who have gone missing in recent years on Vancouver Island. Season 1: ‘Where is Lisa?’ digs into the disappearance of 21-year-old Lisa Marie Young.

S1 E12 Hornets' Nest
#12
11/29/2022

Twenty years on, there are now new searches for Lisa Marie Young. The fresh attention is reopening old wounds and bringing unwanted attention to some.  

You'll hear from a man who had a relationship with Lisa the year before she vanished. 

& William Curry, a former criminal who once approached Lisa's father Don Young with an offer to help, shares his perspective on Lisa's disappearance.


S2 Update: A Gone Boy No More: Brandon Cairney
09/24/2022

Brandon Cairney has been missing since October 2017. On September 22nd 2022, Brandon surfaced alive. 

Listen to the original story of Brandon's disappearance in Episode 1 of 'Gone Boys'.


S4 E6 Darkness
#6
09/01/2022

Amber's disappearance devastates those who love her. In this episode, close friends wrestle with the thought of life without Amber and look to the past to find clues about what was really going on in Amber's world.

Amber Manthorne has not been found. The search for her is ongoing. While her disappearance is certainly out of character, it may not be a crime. Police have not ruled out criminality in her case. Anyone who may have information and has not already spoken with police is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424. And if...


S4 E5 The Summer Girl
#5
09/01/2022

Amber lives for summer. She works at a boat shop, her home is out at the lake and she makes the most out of the sunny season. A colleague, a friend and a woman Amber never met, shine a light on how Amber's bright spark may have been darkened forever.

None of the allegations of abuse involving Justin have been proven.

Amber Manthorne has not been found. The search for her is ongoing. While her disappearance is certainly out of character, it may not be a crime. Police have not ruled out criminality in her...


S4 E4 The Boyfriend
#4
08/16/2022

Tensions are high in Amber's hometown of Port Alberni, while Amber remains missing. What can be learned of Amber's boyfriend, allegedly the last person known to be with her before she vanishes?

Amber Manthorne has not been found. The search for her is ongoing. While her disappearance is certainly out of character, it may not be a crime. Police have not ruled out criminality in her case. Anyone who may have information and has not already spoken with police is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424. And if you want to help support...


S4 E3 On Edge
#3
08/08/2022

As time passes with no sign of Amber, friends fear the worst. The town is on edge and the behaviour of Amber's boyfriend adds to the tension. 

Amber Manthorne has not been found. The search for her is ongoing. While her disappearance is certainly out of character, it may not be a crime. Police have not ruled out criminality in her case. Anyone who may have information, and has not already spoken with police, is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424. And if you want to help support Amber’s friends you can joi...


S4 E2 Amber's Heart of Gold
#2
08/08/2022

Amber is a cherished member of her Port Alberni community; a loyal friend, devoted daughter, a really ‘cool chick’, bubbly, and always cheerful. So it's no surprise that a community of people dubbed 'Amber's Army' have come together to help find her. Amidst the desperate search for Amber, friends take time to talk about her and answer questions about the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

In this episode, host Laura Palmer talks to one of Amber's closest pals, a Chief of a local First Nation who also knew Amber well, and a friend who is a commercial diver, now...


S4 E1 An Empty Cottage
#1
08/08/2022

When 40-year-old Amber Manthorne fails to show up to work on Friday, July 8th, 2022, her friends immediately believe something is wrong. At first, it is thought that Amber is with her boyfriend, Justin Hall, but then Justin surfaces days later, without Amber, leaving more questions than answers.

In this episode, host Laura Palmer outlines the timeline of events surrounding Amber's disappearance and sits down with Amber's friend, and family spokesperson, Kristie St. Claire.

Amber Manthorne has not been found. The search for her is ongoing. While her disappearance is certainly out of character, it may...


S1 E11 Red Jag Guy: Part 2
#11
06/28/2022

Christopher William Adair is the last person known to be seen with Lisa Marie Young before she vanished in 2002. He has never been charged in connection with her disappearance and detectives currently investigating the case can't say much about him.  But now there is a $50,000 reward for information that could lead investigators to Lisa's remains. 

Where is Lisa?: Red Jag Guy marks the 20th anniversary of Young's disappearance with a two-part story of the man who gave her a ride in a red Jaguar the night she went missing. In part two, host Laura Palmer interviews a re...


S1 E10 Red Jag Guy: Part 1
#10
06/21/2022

“Don't get into a vehicle with a driver you don't know.” This was the golden rule Don Young taught his daughter, Lisa Marie Young. But twenty years ago, on June 29th 2002, Lisa broke her father's rule. She got into a red Jaguar driven by a charming young man and was never seen alive again.

Where is Lisa?: Red Jag Guy marks the 20th anniversary of Young's disappearance with a two-part story of the man behind the wheel. The man is Christopher William Adair, and the myth in Lisa's story is that the driver of the vehicle is a yo...


S3 E10 Waiting for a Miracle
#10
03/22/2022

What has changed when it comes to keeping kids safe from abductors?

 


S3 E9 Could Michael Dunahee Be Alive?
#9
03/15/2022

If Michael is alive, DNA is the most likely way he will be found. The police have now put together Michael's DNA from his old toys and a hat.

 


S3 E8 Witness to a Stranger Abduction?
#8
03/08/2022

81 year old Norma doesn't want to go to her grave without knowing what happened to Michael. She believes she witnessed his abduction. 


S3 E7 Monsters in Our Midst
#7
03/01/2022

Detective Robertson says her gut tells her the person responsible is likely already on their radar.


S3 E6 A Dangerous Offender
#6
02/22/2022

Does a dangerous offender currently incarcerated  in a Canadian prison, hold the key to what happened to Michael Dunahee on March 24th 1991?


S3 E5 The Milwaukee Barber
#5
02/15/2022

There are few names publicly associated as possible suspects in Michael’s case. One of them is Vernon Seitz. The deceased Milwaukee barber makes disturbing confessions to his psychiatrist Dr. Victoria Fetter. One of Michael’s missing posters is found in Seitz’s home after he dies. Did he have anything to do with Michael’s abduction?


S3 E4 Digging in to the Dunahee File.
#4
02/08/2022

From afar it may appear that there is just nothing. But the opposite is true. There are many suspects and it is possible whomever is responsible has already  been identified.

Retired Detective Al Cochrane believes there is someone out there with a specific piece of information who needs to step forward in order for the Dunahees to know what happened to their son Michael. 

 

 

 

 


S3 E3 The Investigation Begins
#3
02/01/2022

In this episode you'll hear about the extraordinary lengths taken to solve the case. Retired Detective Sergeant Don Bland describes the efforts as like 'the war measures act'. Police contact the American space agency to try to get satellite pictures. The BC government flies 9 detectives down to Quantico Virginia, to consult with the F.B.I .

Michael's grandmother Cathy Jeffries reflects on memories of Michael and recalls searching for him with one of Michael's other grandmothers.

On Sunday March 24th 1991, Ian Arnold rides his bicycle around the neighbourhood searching for Michael.  He lives across from B...


S3 E2 Hellcats
#2
01/25/2022

Crystal's team mates 'The Hellcats' are the first to search for Michael. They will later be hypnotized to jar memories. Witnesses to one of Canada's greatest unsolved mysteries, their friendships transcend time and tragedy.

In this episode the players walk through Sunday March 24th 1991,  the minutes and hours immediately following Michael's disappearance.

John Ducker  will go on to become Victoria's Deputy Police Chief. In 1991, he is one of the junior officers called in to assist with the search and the investigation.

 

 


S3 E1 Vanished
#1
01/18/2022

In this episode you will hear the voice of Michael Dunahee himself. Michael's parents Bruce & Crystal Dunahee shared home video with Producer Laura Palmer. 

Felicia Bernier was one of Michael's little chums. She describes her friend Michael through the lens of a childhood playmate. She talks about his love of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And how losing her buddy in such tragic circumstances impacted her life.  

Bruce and Crystal Dunahee reflect on their life as a family before Michael vanishes. Michael's parents talk about Michael's childhood and what kind of a little guy he is...


Season 3: Missing Michael
01/04/2022

The cliche 'It's every parent's nightmare' certainly fits the narrative of the disappearance of 4-year-old Michael Dunahee. On a spring day in 1991, Michael vanished from a playground in Victoria, BC while his parents were nearby. The adorable dimpled little boy with tousled blond hair captured the attention of the entire country. His case remains one of the largest unsolved mysteries in Canada. What happened to little Michael on that day? Could he still be alive?

Listen to Island Crime, Season 3: Missing Michael on January 18th.


Island Crime: Season 3, coming soon
11/26/2021

Season 3: Missing Michael. Available January 2022.


Update Spring 2021
03/29/2021

Questions answered, exclusive new information on the missing men and the latest reaction to the ‘Gone Boys’ investigation.


S2E7: If the Missing Could Talk
#7
03/22/2021

Daniel MacDonnell’s dad wishes his son had sought help for his mental health. But like many men, Daniel struggled along on his own. Now Daniel is gone. Why self-reliance could be a death sentence for men like Daniel.


If the Missing Could Talk
#7
03/22/2021

Daniel MacDonnell’s dad wishes his son had sought help for his mental health. But like many men, Daniel struggled along on his own. Now Daniel is gone. Why self-reliance could be a death sentence for men like Daniel.


S2E6: Window Shopping
#6
03/15/2021

If there is a serial predator on the island, it’s possible they have targeted victims alone on the roadside. A criminologist, a criminal profiler and an FBI analyst bring their expertise to an exploration of the serial killer theory.


S2E5: Misfits
#5
03/08/2021

Loral McLeod is determined to find her handsome charismatic big brother Kelly. In the years before he goes missing Kelly’s life spirals downward into addiction and homelessness. Now Loral believes her brother was murdered.


S2E4: The Body Count
#4
03/01/2021

Meet the RCMP statistician, the coroners and the dominatrix working to understand the data points representing the missing men’s cases.


S2E3: Homies
#3
02/22/2021

Ian Henry loves drumming, spear fishing and cycling. He is 26 when he disappears from the small island community, he calls home. Ian suffers from schizophrenia; without his medication he can’t function. His disappearance along with those of other men in his Cowichan First Nation has left his community unable to move forward.


S2E2: The Talking Boards
#2
02/15/2021

14 year old Desmond Peter was last seen walking along the side of the highway. As a child Desmond witnessed a horrific murder which upended his world and altered the course of his life. Rumours abound about Desmond’s fate, but his family fears he may have been a victim of a predator.


S2E1: The Boy Who Loved Christmas
#1
02/08/2021

Thousands of people go missing each year. But almost all of them are found. But on Vancouver Island, young men are going missing and staying missing. Brandon Cairney is athletic, handsome and bright. Then, one tragic night he suffers a brain injury in a car accident and his life takes a tragic turn. Brandon vanishes from his small island community leaving behind a trail of unanswered questions.


Season 2: Gone Boys
01/29/2021

To the public they are faces on faded missing person posters. To their parents, they are their boys, and they are gone. Most missing persons cases are resolved quickly. But on Vancouver Island in recent years, some men have vanished without a trace.
Follow the mystery of Vancouver Island’s missing men, on ‘Gone Boys’ Island Crime Season 2.


S1E9 Bob’s Story
#9
01/21/2021

After Lisa Marie Young disappeared in 2002, a meth dealer named Bob heard rumours that Lisa had been murdered at a specific location. Alone, he searched. Now 18 years later, a police team is conducting searches in this same spot. And Bob has just come forward with a new piece of information, possible evidence of what happened the night Lisa vanished.


Update: 2020 Summer of Hope
08/19/2020

Lisa’s hometown was once dubbed ‘the city without pity’, an allusion to dark themes of drugs, gangs, and a conspiracy of silence thwarting the investigation into Lisa’s case. In the summer of 2020, Lisa’s community finally steps up for her, embracing her story in ways both symbolic and significant. And cracks begin to form, opening …

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Update: 2020 Summer of Hope
#9
08/19/2020

Lisa's hometown was once dubbed 'the city without pity', an allusion to dark themes of drugs, gangs, and a conspiracy of silence thwarting the investigation into Lisa's case. In the summer of 2020, Lisa's community finally steps up for her, embracing her story in ways both symbolic and significant. And cracks begin to form, opening up a no longer cold case.


Episode 8: The RCMP break their silence
#8
06/26/2020

For 9 months, the Mounties refused requests to be interviewed for this podcast. Now, the lead investigator on Lisa Marie Young's case, Cpl Markus Muntener and spokesperson Const. Gary O'Brien sit down for an in-depth interview about the investigation. 


S1E8: The RCMP break their silence
#8
06/26/2020

For 9 months, the Mounties refused requests to be interviewed for this podcast. Now, the lead investigator on Lisa Marie Young’s case, Cpl Markus Muntener and spokesperson Const. Gary O’Brien sit down for an in-depth interview about the investigation.


Episode 7: A Witness & One That Got Away
#7
06/26/2020

After the first episodes drop, interest in Lisa Marie Young's case explodes. In Episode 7, you'll hear perspectives from two women who came forward after listening to 'Where is Lisa?' They have important information to share about the night Lisa vanished, and about one of the individuals who is a person of interest in Lisa Marie Young's case. 


S1E7: A Witness & One That Got Away
#7
06/26/2020

After the first episodes drop, interest in Lisa Marie Young's case explodes. In Episode 7, you'll hear perspectives from two women who came forward after listening to 'Where is Lisa?' They have important information to share about the night Lisa vanished, and about one of the individuals who is a person of interest in Lisa Marie Young's case. 


Episode 6: Justice for Lisa?
#6
05/28/2020

This episode comes full circle with an introduction to those who sparked the inspiration for this podcast: Musician Alison Crowe was friends with Lisa and wrote a beautiful haunting song in her memory, Alison’s manager and former white collar crime investigator Adrian du Plessis, and the tenacious high school friend and advocate Cyndy Hall.