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Island Crime

Laura Palmer / Frequency Podcast Network

Each season of Island Crime focuses on one crime story based on Vancouver Island. Season 1: ‘Where is Lisa?’ digs into the disappearance of 21-year-old Lisa Marie Young. Season 2: ‘Gone Boys’ follows the mystery of men who have gone missing in recent years on Vancouver Island. 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.

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Season 3: Missing Michael
04-01-2022
Season 3: Missing Michael
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.
S1 E10 Red Jag Guy: Part 1
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S1 E10 Red Jag Guy: Part 1
“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 young man of considerable wealth and privilege. But as usual, the truth is more complicated. In part one, host Laura Palmer focuses on Chris's world before he met Lisa in 2002. She examines what is known about the last person to see Lisa alive, and asks what more might he know about what happened the night she vanished?Some voices you will hear are altered to protect the identity of sources. The sources are confidential, but they are not anonymous. They are known to the producer.End of episode song 'Softly'  by Kyla Lee music by Tim Hearsey
S3 E10 Waiting for a Miracle
22-03-2022
S3 E10 Waiting for a Miracle
What has changed when it comes to keeping kids safe from abductors?
S3 E9 Could Michael Dunahee Be Alive?
15-03-2022
S3 E9 Could Michael Dunahee Be Alive?
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?
08-03-2022
S3 E8 Witness to a Stranger Abduction?
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
01-03-2022
S3 E7 Monsters in Our Midst
Detective Robertson says her gut tells her the person responsible is likely already on their radar.
S3 E6 A Dangerous Offender
22-02-2022
S3 E6 A Dangerous Offender
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
15-02-2022
S3 E5 The Milwaukee Barber
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.
08-02-2022
S3 E4 Digging in to the Dunahee File.
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
01-02-2022
S3 E3 The Investigation Begins
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 Blanshard Elementary. The Dunahee's go to his home to phone the police that afternoon.Retired Detective Sergeant Don Bland is one of the lead detectives on the Dunahee investigative team.  Three decades on he remembers  the mounting concern in the early hours and days after Michael disappears.
S3 E2 Hellcats
25-01-2022
S3 E2 Hellcats
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
18-01-2022
S3 E1 Vanished
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 growing into. They are interviewed separately and together to capture as much detail as possible about the day Michael disappears and their specific recollections of the event. Author Valerie  Green wrote the book on Michael Dunahee's case. It's called 'Vanished: The Michael Dunahee story'. Valerie mostly writes local history books. And true crime represents something of a departure for her. But Michael's disappearance in 1991, is a big part of the story of Victoria. Townsend Coleman is the voice of  the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 'Michaelangelo', one of Michael's heroes. At the end of each episode Townsend is lending his voice to  a plea for information on Michael's case.
Season 3: Missing Michael
04-01-2022
Season 3: Missing Michael
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
26-11-2021
Island Crime: Season 3, coming soon
Season 3: Missing Michael. Available January 2022.
Update Spring 2021
29-03-2021
Update Spring 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
22-03-2021
S2E7: If the Missing Could Talk
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
15-03-2021
S2E6: Window Shopping
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
08-03-2021
S2E5: Misfits
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
01-03-2021
S2E4: The Body Count
Meet the RCMP statistician, the coroners and the dominatrix working to understand the data points representing the missing men’s cases.
S2E3: Homies
22-02-2021
S2E3: Homies
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
15-02-2021
S2E2: The Talking Boards
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.