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Writing About Crime

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Join Canadian host Bonnie Lee as she investigates Canadian true crime cases, searching for the disconnect that makes a case different than it appears on the surface. www.writingaboutcrime.com

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Join Canadian host Bonnie Lee as she investigates Canadian true crime cases, searching for the disconnect that makes a case different than it appears on the surface. www.writingaboutcrime.com

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Love me some Bon Bon!

By roxyzeve - Mar 21 2019
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Great host, great show! Soothing to listen to and I’m glad we’re friends too ❤️❤️❤️ ~R @ KD

Awesome!

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Well researched & well told stories about interesting cases!

iTunes Ratings

77 Ratings
Average Ratings
66
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7

Love me some Bon Bon!

By roxyzeve - Mar 21 2019
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Great host, great show! Soothing to listen to and I’m glad we’re friends too ❤️❤️❤️ ~R @ KD

Awesome!

By PantsuitPantsuit - Mar 20 2019
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Well researched & well told stories about interesting cases!
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Writing About Crime

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Join Canadian host Bonnie Lee as she investigates Canadian true crime cases, searching for the disconnect that makes a case different than it appears on the surface. www.writingaboutcrime.com

Rank #1: Bonus Episode -The Girls Are Gone

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On April 19, 2013 during a custody dispute with her ex-husband Sandra Grazzini-Rucki abducted her own daughters.  944 days later they were located on November 18, 2015. living on a ranch in Northern Minnesota.  Four separate people ended up receiving criminal charges in the case, including the girls mother.

In September 2018, Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann announced they would be releasing the book titled  “The Girls Are Gone”. During the past two years the authors (a paralegal for the fathers attorney, and a writer for a Minnesota news centre that was reporting on the case during trial.)  have uncovered new details about the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki and the adults that worked together to hide the sisters and the truth from everyone. The conducted many interviews to gather the complete story - including members of the Rucki family, and that included the daughters Samantha and Gianna.  The book was released October 23rd for all of us to dig right in.  I hope you will enjoy our discussion.

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The Girls Are Gone Website

The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through the following retailers in both paperback and ebook.

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Nov 09 2018

39mins

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Rank #2: Chapter 3 - Ashley Smith

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Ashley Smith, a teenager who died by self-inflicted strangulation 19 October 2007 while under suicide watch in custody at the Grand Valley Institute for Women. Despite guards watching her on video monitors, Smith was able to strangle herself with a strip of cloth, and it was 45 minutes before guards or supervisors entered her cell and confirmed her death. The warden and deputy warden were fired after the incident; although the four guards and supervisors in immediate contact with Smith were initially charged with negligent homicide, those charges were withdrawn a year later.

Sep 26 2017

28mins

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Rank #3: Chapter 4 - The Ratte Family Mystery

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On Aug. 18, 1997, Wendy Ann Twiss Ratte, was reported missing and the family's van was found parked at a supermarket.  But in 2008, her husband became the subject of an elaborate undercover operation, known as a "Mr. Big" sting, in which police officers posed as high-level gangsters to gain the suspect's trust.

Ratte took the officers to the scene of the shooting in the backyard of the family's home, and then to a wooded area east of the city where he told them he dumped her body, which has never been found.

CONTENT WARNING: this podcast contains coarse language, adult themes and content of a violent and disturbing nature.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Recommended Podcasts:

Cold Case Murder Mysteries https://www.facebook.com/coldcasemm/

Bloody Murder                        https://bloodymurder.podbean.com/

The Peripheral                         http://www.theperipheral.libsyn.com/

The True Crime Enthusiast    https://truecrimeenthusiast.podbean.com/

Join my patreon to get early, ad-free episodes, PDF Scripts, Shout Outs! And more.  No pressure.  Never pressure, only if you can.  Every listener is sacred.

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Social media and contact information:

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Writingaboutcrime

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrimeWiner

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingaboutcrime/

Email:  winingaboutcrime@gmail.com

Credits:

Writer, researcher and host:  Bonnie Bruce

Music credits in episodes

Music below is used under an Attribution License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

The tracks below come from Free Music Archive:

Ian Sutherland -Floating

Borrtex - Wondering

Ketsa - Start of something beautiful

Main information sources in episode  :

http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/true-crime-canada/inside-the-ratte-family-case

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/opinion/editorial/ratte-case-draws-international-attention-1.1038981

Oct 15 2017

36mins

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Rank #4: Bonus Episode - Re-branding and Recreating New. Why Wining About Crime is now Writing About Crime.

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Kate of Ignorance Was Bliss talks with me about changing the name of the podcast.  We also discuss an exciting new project she is involved in, that I think you may enjoy.  We cover the anxiety of transition, and how change can be scary but so can staying the same.  I hope you enjoy this different style episode. Hopefully the changes will make more sense once you've listened.  Thank you again for not leaving me.

Ignorance Was Bliss

The Minds Of Madness

Dumb and Busted

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Email:  winingaboutcrime@gmail.com

Oct 22 2018

39mins

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Rank #5: Chapter 5 - The Murder of Candace Derksen.

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Candace Derksen disappeared on Nov. 30, 1984. Her abduction shocked Winnipeg.

Volunteer searchers came out en masse to look for a girl with pale freckles and brown hair. After nearly seven weeks, the search ended on Jan. 17, 1985, with a grim discovery. The girl's frozen body was found tied up inside a machine shed just 500 metres from her home.

Candace's wrists and ankles were bound with twine. Her killer left her to die of hypothermia and exposure.

Years later no one has been successfully tried and convicted in her case.  It is widely believed her attacker was Mark Edward Grant.

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Global News

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/wilma-derksen-pov-letter-parents-1.4916917

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/we-can-live-with-it-candace-derksen-murder-retrial-ends-in-not-guilty-verdict-1.4362032

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/candace-derksen-s-parents-hold-onto-love-with-candles-1.4362233

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/candace-house-to-open-1.4139834

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1077047875813

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/candace-derksen-mark-grant-acquittal-1.4393648

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/candace-derksen-mark-grant-decision-1.4359085

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1184779331757

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/957157443563

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/remembering-candace-derksen-family-braces-for-retrial-of-man-accused-of-her-murder-1.3934496

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1075505219649

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/candles-for-candace-derksen-1.4361602

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/candace-derksen-teen-found-in-boxcar-1.3977482

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/candace-derksen-retrial-dna-analyst-1.3945483

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/856049219911

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/day-3-candace-derksen-trial-1.3941418

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/wilma-derksen-candace-house-1.4921170

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/candace-derksen-timeline-1.3937831

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-october-19-2017-1.4360698/we-all-have-to-live-with-the-decision-mother-of-candace-derksen-on-retrial-s-not-guilty-verdict-1.4360700

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/mark-grant-bio-1.3956457

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/derksen-retrial-dna-cold-case-1.3949259

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/candace-derksen-second-abduction-1.3975406

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/dna-evidence-linking-accused-killer-to-candace-derksen-cant-be-trusted-defence-expert-412927903.html  

Oct 20 2017

29mins

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Rank #6: Bonus Episode - The Silk Stocking Murders

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Here is a treat for you.  I’m sure you all remember Kate, from Ignorance was Bliss.  She was the one that made sense of all of the brain stuff we talked about in the Barbara Stoppel case...well, Kate got me and our friend Minna from True Crime Finland Podcast together to talk about a true crime case.  It was a terrific time, and the case is one that falls into the history books here in Canada, and has a Finland connection. These ladies are so interesting and engaged - you can’t help but enjoy them…we discussed the case of Hugh Willliam Aexander Newell.

Kate is famous on IGNORANCE WAS BLISS

Minna is famous on TRUE CRIME FINLAND

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Email:  winingaboutcrime@gmail.com

Sep 10 2018

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Rank #7: Chapter 17 Part III "50 Shades Of Play". Jian Ghomeshi

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Jian Ghomeshi is a Canadian musician, writer, and former CBC radio broadcaster. Part of the horizon of the arts in Canada for over thirty years. A celebrated Juno nominee, and a Gemini winner for his radio broadcast "Q - With Jian Ghomeshi." Anyone who is anyone sat across from Jian to be interviewed and many, even performed live in his studio. Jian is embroiled in the biggest sexual assault trail in the history of Canadian broadcasting.

Part 3 explores what happened behind the scenes to bring this case to court.

Sep 02 2018

46mins

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Rank #8: Chapter 17 Part II. " Falsus In Uno, Falsus In Omnibus". Jian Ghomeshi.

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The trial that would create change in Canada.  Jian Ghomeshi, the media celebrity. He is a musician, a journalist, author and broadcaster that’s been in the business for thirty years.  Then he is accused of sexual assault and choking to overcome resistance. Three women attended trial as witness to the charges. It all will boils down to the credibility of the witnesses and their accounts of what transpired before, during and even after the attacks.  We will explore more of the details of the case, and examine the verdict . So please, don’t leave me.

**PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS EPISODE HAS CONTENT THAT MAY DISTURB SOME LISTENERS***

Additional information can be found on my website here: Writing About Crime

Support my PATREON  to get early episodes, and special information about upcoming projects. 

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Visit:  Writing About Crime

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Email:  writingaboutcrime@writeme.com

Credits:

Research and writing: Bonnie Lee Bruce

Music:

Is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Firebrand by Kevin MacLeodSource:  http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100830Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Enter the Maze by Kevin MacLeodSource: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100782Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Podcasts to enjoy:

Beyond Bizarre True Crime

Curious AF Podcast

Asian MadnessTwo Broads Talking Politics

Special shout out’s and thank you’s to the special ones:

Lacey Rowe of the Curious AF Podcast.

Karen Wickiam of Stat!

Getting Off Podcast

Best Forever's Podcast

Kate of Ignorance was Bliss - Thank you for getting all the cards together for Podcards 2018!

Thank you for supporting me on Patreon:

The Minds of Madness Podcast

iTunes Reviews.  Thank you So much!

Amyntx from USA

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Aug 19 2018

50mins

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Rank #9: Chapter 17 - "Sometimes when we touch." Jian Ghomeshi.

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Jian Ghomeshi is a Canadian musician, writer, and former CBC radio broadcaster.  Part of the horizon of the arts in Canada for over thirty years.  A celebrated Juno nominee, and a Gemini winner for his radio broadcast "Q - Wtih Jian Ghomeshi."  Anyone who is anyone sat across from Jian to be interviewed and many, even performed live in his studio.  Jian is embroiled in the biggest sexual assault trail in the history of Canadian broadcasting.  In front of the mic he is kind, charismatic and very charming, behind closed doors he is a man struggling with demons of never belonging, and never being good enough.  A private mans very personal and sexual identity is waved through the media by multiple women who have remained silent for so long.  The real question is twofold , how did so many people know and not act on the insights they had?  How did Canada's public broadcaster not respond to issues that were brought to them by women who claimed it was "hell" working in the "Q" offices?  

 ***PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS EPISODE HAS CONTENT THAT MAY DISTURB SOME LISTENERS***

Additional information can be found on my website here: Writing About Crime

Support my patreon to get early episodes, and special information about upcoming projects: www.patreon.com/writingaboutcrime

Social media and contact information:

Visit: Wining About CrimeFacebook page: Wining About Crime on FacebookFacebook group: The Wining About Crime Facebook GroupTwitter: @CrimeWinerInstagram: Wining About Crime InstagramEmail: winingaboutcrime@gmail.com

Credits:Additional information can be found on my website here: Wining About CrimeResearch and writing: Bonnie Lee

Podcasts to enjoy:

Beyond Bizarre True Crime

Curious AF Podcast

Special shout out’s and thank you’s to the special ones:

Lacey Rowe of the Curious AF Podcast.

Karen Wickiam of Stat!

Getting Off Podcast

Best Forever's Podcast

Darren James - Facebook Group Moderator 

Thank you for supporting me on Patreon:

The Minds of Madness Podcast

Darren James

iTunes Reviews.  Thank you So much!

Amyntx from USA

grapehubbabubba from USA

Ate-Up:The Podcast from USA

dominique.marieclaire from Australia

NiniBePatient from USA

editmynicknames from USA

K8ECIA from Canada

murderific from USA

Fee Fly from Ireland

Lislucy from Australia 

Aug 04 2018

43mins

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Rank #10: Chapter 16 - It's no one's fault, but everyone is to blame.

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Here is a case out of the Canadian Maritime Province of New Brunswick. Two brothers, Connor and Noah spent the day with a close family friend at his father's farm. That evening they slept overnight with his son at an apartment just in front of their family home. For their mother, step father, and even the family friend there was no reason to worry for their safety....or, was there? This case has a special focus on how our decisions can determine our fate, and when many people make poor decisions together - it can be a fatal disaster.

***PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS EPISODE HAS A MOMENT OF INTENSITY THAT MAY DISTURB SOME LISTENERS***

Additional information can be found on my website here: Wining About Crime

Support my patreon to get early episodes, and special information about upcoming projects: PATREONwww.patreon.com/winingaboutcrime

Social media and contact information:Visit: Wining About CrimeFacebook page: Wining About Crime on FacebookFacebook group: The Wining About Crime Facebook GroupTwitter: @CrimeWinerInstagram: Wining About Crime InstagramEmail: winingaboutcrime@gmail.comCredits:Additional information can be found on my website here: Wining About CrimeResearch and writing: Bonnie Lee Bruce***PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS EPISODE HAS A MOMENT OF INTENSITY THAT MAY DISTURB SOME LISTENERS***

Jun 19 2018

51mins

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