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Author: Laura Palmer / Frequency Podcast Network

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Season 6: ‘Sweethearts’ examines the unsolved cases of three teenage girls who were murdered in Victoria, Canada between 1990 and 1991.

Season 5: ‘Whiskey Creek’ is the untold story of a Halloween night massacre. 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.
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Season 1: Where is Lisa?

Season 1: Where is Lisa?

2020-05-1802:581

On a long weekend in the summer of 2002, Lisa Marie Young went out to celebrate a friend’s birthday. There were big changes ahead; a move to a new apartment, a fresh start on a career with big dreams of becoming a sportscaster. But that night, Lisa got into a red jaguar with a young … Continue reading "Season 1: Where is Lisa?"
Lisa fits the true crime victim cliche. The petite stunning brunette is just 21 when she disappears. In Episode 1 the focus is squarely on the victim as we meet her friends and family and discover who Lisa was in life, and why losing Lisa continues to haunt those who love her the most.
S1E2: Lisa is Missing

S1E2: Lisa is Missing

2020-05-2344:451

The evening Lisa vanished began in the most ordinary way. Lisa and her dad watched TV and enjoyed a beer together. They were close. When she says goodbye and heads out into the night to meet friends, Lisa’s father Don Young has no idea he will never see Lisa again. Don recounts what happened that night and describes the immediate aftermath of losing Lisa.
S1E3: Searching for Lisa

S1E3: Searching for Lisa

2020-05-2442:152

CHEK TV Reporter Kendall Hanson is a rookie when he is first assigned the story of the search for Lisa Marie Young. Kendall will forge a lifelong friendship with Lisa’s mother Joanne. In Episode 3, Kendall details his fascination with Lisa’s story, and why eighteen years on Lisa’s case still keeps him awake at night.
S1E4: Bones in the woods

S1E4: Bones in the woods

2020-05-2532:323

In their desperation, with no new leads, Lisa’s family turn to a psychic for help. Norm Pratt describes himself as a spiritual intuitive. He has successfully worked with police to find missing people. Norm heads into the forest with Lisa’s loved ones to search for Lisa.
Dave was a self described gangster and bad guy. Now he’s a born again Christian who claims to have inside information on what happened to Lisa. Lorimer Shenher is a former police detective who wrote a book about a serial killer he helped catch. Two men worlds apart, share their unique perspectives on Lisa’s case.
The last of the original planned episodes of S1. This  episode introduces those who sparked the inspiration for this podcast: Musician Alison Crowe was friends with Lisa and wrote a haunting song in her memory, Alison’s manager and former white collar crime investigator Adrian DuPlessis, and the tenacious high school friend and advocate Cyndy Hall. As new information surfaces the series continues...
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. 
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.
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 … Continue reading "Update: 2020 Summer of Hope"
S1E9 Bob’s Story

S1E9 Bob’s Story

2021-01-2131:582

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.
“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  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRaryWrgOgA
S1 E11 Red Jag Guy: Part 2

S1 E11 Red Jag Guy: Part 2

2022-06-2801:03:131

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 retired RCMP officer who worked on Lisa's file and an Edmonton police officer who encountered Chris while he was in Alberta. Also, an interview with the donor behind the reward explains why he wanted to get involved in Lisa's case. 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.
S1 E12 Hornets' Nest

S1 E12 Hornets' Nest

2022-11-2951:37

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.
Jason is recalling the events from that night to the best of his recollection. It's been more than 20 years and he admits he was drinking that evening. No one else who was at either of the gatherings has spoken about what happened. But his descriptions are consistent with the facts of the case as they are known.
S1 E14 Speak Up or Shut Up

S1 E14 Speak Up or Shut Up

2023-11-2401:00:061

If you were accused of being involved in a terrible crime what would you do? William Curry is anxious to clear his name once and for all. He's tired of rumours suggesting he was involved in Lisa Marie Young's disappearance. Christopher Adair has chosen to remain silent. Now one of his relatives wants to put an end to the secrecy. 
Season 2: Gone Boys

Season 2: Gone Boys

2021-01-2902:112

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.
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.
S2E2: The Talking Boards

S2E2: The Talking Boards

2021-02-1555:293

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.
S2E3: Homies

S2E3: Homies

2021-02-2242:412

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.
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Stephanie Arnold

loving the new season, super curious about the song that plays at the start of each episode.

Jun 19th
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G DeA

Wait... what? Three of the girls killed were pregnant?? Maybe that is a link... could it be some religious freak who has a vendetta against young, pregnant sex workers?

May 4th
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Chrissy Marie

I can tell in the first few minutes of a podcast that I don't like it just by the person narrating. The voice , the way they speak . Sorry, this one is a pass.

Apr 23rd
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Selina Jahan Sathi

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Apr 19th
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eric legg

Oh ya real beautiful until the toothless zombies stumble down your road and steal all your shit and you can't do anything about it

Jun 21st
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eric legg

Jaywalking at 4 am sure does sound like some junkie shit

May 31st
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Barb McGuire

Hi there Laura, I've written a review but did so before I read the negative comments on your voice. How rude! Please do not be deterred by these comments. I listen to all sorts of podcasts and your voice is one that is comfortable and easy to listen to. Sure they've got their opinion, but Laura, please don't allow their negative thoughts to have any consequence at all. I look forward to more of what you may do in the future. From the "monotone" capital, New Zealand.

Apr 19th
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Barb McGuire

Thank you Laura, what a stirling job you've done in this podcast. I basically binged listened while I've been doing the most boring, mundane tasks. The gardens' have never looked so good and the house so clean! What heartbreaking stories to listen to. Missing Michael was particularly hard, (I have a Reuben-Michael, he should have been called Michael). As a young mum with three kids (way back when). I was always paranoid someone would pinch my boys, it was a terrible feeling and it remained with me all my life. Why? I really don't know. It made me almost neurotic, but after hearing these stories I am so glad I was. You know what, had someone the determination, it could have happened, with no amount of care and protection on my part. One blink and they're gone. Your thorough, perplexing plunge into these stories leaving no stone unturned, was a fascinating listen. You couldn't even for a second imagine it, I couldn't, I'd hate to. Thank you so much for your dedication, determination

Apr 19th
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Alex Harris

Fantastic podcast. Laura has a great voice and the show is very well researched and presented with care and empathy to the tragedy it entails. I also loved the tmnt, so hearing Townsend Coleman is an unexpected treat. And love twin peaks too.

Aug 20th
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Debra Beattie

I would like to give this 5 stars or thumbs up .

Apr 25th
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Suzanne Blakley Oaks

Such a great job on reporting about Michael's disappointing and tragic abduction. My daughter was 8 at the time however I was terrified as we lived in Nanaimo and it was so close to home. I often look for Michael in different situations, especially when I met new people. I believe he was taken and raised by his abductor and he is still alive. I hope he has grown up and will find out himself who he really is and can be united with his mom and dad and sister. I feel this podcast is so well done, both sensitive and filled with relevant information for today as well as how things unfolded. I am going to relisten as well because it's that well done. Thank you Island Crime. I give you 5 stars!

Apr 7th
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AnneMarie Papillon

Laura is a great host, with strong journalist skills and integrity. Solidarity with her work xo

Feb 20th
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Melanie Moncrieff Ells

season one was close to my heart, but this season with Michael Dunahee is even closer. how could one of our island children disappear like this. I think about him often. I was a teenager in the comox valley and it really hit us all so hard. thank you for this podcast. thank you to the family for sharing their story.

Jan 28th
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Imperfectionist Podcast

wow. I liked this episode the best,Laura. The dive into the "male on the brink" mindset and the suicide feelings...both sensitive topics but you dealt them both very well. Bravo, Dinah D #TheImperfectionistsMonthlyPodcast

Jun 8th
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Ginger Ven

your recordings are very choppy. your words are cut off constantly. otherwise love the podcast

Apr 30th
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Samara Allan

Thankyou from the bottom of my heart Laura. Gone boys has shed a bright light on our missing loved ones. I pray this will bring some of them home 🙏. Thankyou so very much for touching on Sean Hart my nephews story. we are blessed to know you ❤

Mar 29th
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Samara Allan

Thankyou Jake and Josh for sharing about their struggles with mental health. We are one step closer to understanding how our loved ones were coping before they went missing. Laura thankyou from the bottom of our hearts for shedding light on our most vulnerable people.

Mar 22nd
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Leah Murray

I like these shows, but Laura's voice sounds quite robotic in the narrative but not the interviews

Mar 21st
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Samara Allan

thank God for laura Palmer. She has given our missing loved ones a voice.

Mar 15th
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Alisha Fairgray

what about the little boy Michael dunahee that went missing from a park in victoria b.c to never been seen again either

Mar 7th
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