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A team of historians have been trying to solve some historical "cold cases" -- old crimes in which the guilty ones walked, and even more insidious crimes where a whole village may have been complicit. There are other mysteries too, about unusual cases from the Viking age to the Klondike Gold Rush.

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  • Aurore! The Mystery of the Martyred Child
  • Where is Vinland?
  • Torture and the Truth: Angélique and the Burning of Montreal
  • Jerome: the Mystery Man of Baie Sante-Marie
  • We Do Not Know His Name: Klatsassin and the Chilcotin
  • Who Killed William Robinson? Race, Justice and Settling the Land
  • Who Discovered Klondike Gold?
  • The Redpath Mansion Mystery
  • Death on a Painted Lake: The Tom Thomson Tragedy
  • Heaven and Hell on Earth: The Massacre of the 'Black' Donnellys
  • Explosion on the Kettle Valley Line: The Death of Peter Verigin
  • Death of a Diplomat: Herbert Norman and the Cold War
 

Aurore! The Mystery of the Martyred Child

The corpse of a young girl was found in a quiet Quebec village in 1920. What is the story behind this tragic case and why does it still haunt the collective memory of the Québécois?

Where is Vinland?

Use archaeological, historical, climatic and environmental clues with a new 3-D reconstruction to solve one of the most intriguing mysteries in world history: where did Europe first meet America?

Torture and the Truth: Angélique and the Burning of Montreal

When Montreal caught fire in April 1734, suspicion fell on a Black slave called Marie Angélique. But did she really start the fire?

Jerome: The Mystery Man of Baie Sainte-Marie

On September 8th, 1863 a stranger was found on the beach of Sandy Cove in Nova Scotia, alive but with no legs and unable to speak. Who was this “mystery man”?

We Do Not Know His Name: Klatsassin and the Chilcotin War

As dawn broke on April 30, 1864, some 25 Tsilhqot’in men surprised the sleeping camp of a crew building a road to the Cariboo gold mines, killing fourteen. Was this war?

Who Killed William Robinson? Race, Justice and Settling the Land

When three Black men were murdered in the space of 18 months around 1868 on bucolic Salt Spring Island in BC, alarm bells went off. An aboriginal man was hanged, but was he guilty?

Who Discovered Klondike Gold?

For a century, controversy has swirled around the question of who deserves credit for the discovery that set off the greatest gold rush in the history of the world. You be the judge!

The Redpath Mansion Mystery

Who killed Ada Redpath and her son in their Montreal mansion in 1901? Find out what really happened as you look into the lives of the rich and famous in their elite neighbourhood.

Death on a Painted Lake: The Tom Thomson Tragedy

Investigate the mysterious death of artist Tom Thomson. Was his drowning accidental?

Heaven and Hell on Earth: The Massacre of the “Black” Donnellys

In 1880 the Donnelly farm in Ontario was burned to the ground and five family members were murdered. No one was ever found guilty of the crimes despite considerable evidence. Why?

Explosion on the Kettle Valley Line: The Death of Peter Verigin

An explosion on a train killed the leader of the pacifist Doukhobor religious community in Castlegar, BC in 1924. Investigate the many theories about who did it. Accident or murder?

Death of a Diplomat: Herbert Norman & the Cold War

What would persuade the Canadian ambassador to Egypt to jump from a Cairo building in 1957?