I am taking a short break from 1995 to air a podcast series over the next several weeks about an unprecedented legal case that has been making news in Toronto since July 2013. That's when 18-year-old Sammy Yatim was shot and killed by a Toronto Police Officer. Yatim was armed with a small knife and was standing just inside an empty streetcar when Toronto Constable James Forcillo shot him 8 times. Forcillo was eventually convicted in the teen's death but this fall the police officer will appeal the conviction. His lawyers say the judge caused a miscarriage of justice when he excluded evidence that Yatim may have been on a mission to commit suicide by cop.
It took years to unravel what really happened at Ipperwash Provincial Park in September 1995. A native protestor was shot dead by police after heavily armed officers marched to the park to confront a small group of natives who were occupying the park. This episode looks back at the criminal case and the public inquiry that took place after the shooting.
In September 1995, a small group of natives in Southwestern Ontario, occupied a provincial park and campground on the shore of Lake Huron. They claimed Ipperwash Provincial Park contained sacred native burial grounds. Within days the peaceful protest erupted in violence when heavily armed police officers marched to the park to confront the natives. Native protestor Dudley George was shot and killed by a police sniper. Part one of this two part series looks back at the years leading up to the occupation and at the night that George was killed. The opening music in this episode was recorded at a Chippewa Pow Wow at the Kettle and Stony Point Reserve. Thanks to Peter Edwards who shared his knowledge about this complicated case. His book about the Ipperwash crisis is called One Dead Indian.
In honor of Canada Day a special episode of 1995! One of the most intense moments in Canadian history happened on October 30th, 1995. A referendum was held in Quebec asking people of that province if they wanted to separate from Canada and create their own independent country. The road to the vote was equally as intense and dates back to the 1960's when a radical separatist group terrorized Quebec. Music in this episode written and performed by Min Y Llan and Downliners Sekt. You can reach me on Facebook @1995podcast and on Twitter @1995_podcast.
In August 1995, a commute home on a hot Friday evening became a horrific nightmare when a Toronto train crashed at full speed into the back of a stopped train. This episode looks back at the collision that killed 3 people and injured dozens more. The investigation after the crash found that almost everything went wrong that night. All music written and produced by Lee Rosevere and Jorge Mario Zuleta.
Before 9-11 there was the Oklahoma City Bombing. When the bombing occurred on April 19th, 1995, it was the worst act of terrorism in US history. But in this case it was an act of homegrown violence not international terrorism. This episode of 1995 looks back at the rescue efforts at the bomb scene and the hunt for John Doe #1 and John Doe #2 which eventually resulted in the arrest of US Army Veteran Timothy McVeigh and his army buddy Terry Nichols. All music in this episode written and performed by Lee Rosevere. 1995 is on Facebook @1995podcast and Twitter @1995_podcast.
On Oct 3, 1995 over 95 million people watched live on TV as the verdicts were read in the OJ Simpson Murder Trial. The country waited anxiously to find out what would happen on the streets of Los Angeles. If OJ was found guilty would there be a race riot. I was outside the LA county courthouse with microphone and tape recorder covering the reaction for my radio station back in Toronto. This episode of 1995 recreates that day when OJ Simpson was found not guilty.
In this bonus episode two interviews I did in 1995 about the Paul Bernardo Murder trial.
When Paul Bernardo was found guilty of first degree murder in the deaths of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French the case was far from over. The Crown wanted Bernardo to be declared a Dangerous Offender so he could be sent to jail indefinitely. And there were several more emotional hurdles for the families. Including victim impact statements at Bernardo's Dangerous Offender hearing, the demolition of the house where the girls were killed and the destruction of the horrific video-taped evidence from the case. In this final episode of Season One host Kathy Kenzora also brings you up to date on the status of Bernardo today. All music in this episode written and performed by Lee Rosevere.
After four months of testimony it's time for closing arguments from the Defence and the Crown at the Paul Bernardo murder trial. The Defence continues to advance it's position that Bernardo wasn't present when 14 year old Leslie Mahaffy and 15 year old Kristen French died. The Crown says that is a complete fantasy. The jury takes less then eight hours to decide who is telling the truth. All music in this episode written and performed by Lee Rosevere.
On August 15th, 1995, Paul Bernardo took the stand to defend himself against two first degree murder charges. It was the first time he would explain publically what happened to 14 year old Leslie Mahaffy and 15 year old Kristen French. His ex-wife had testified earlier that Bernardo strangled both girls with an electrical cord after kidnapping, confining and sexually assaulting them. Bernardo turned up his charm when he took the stand and had a quick answer for everything. But after several days of grueling questioning by the Crown his confidence appeared to disappear. All music in this episode written and performed by Lee Rosevere.
On June 15th, 1995, the Crown's star witness took the stand to testify against Paul Bernardo at his murder trial. His ex-wife Karla Homolka would spend 17 days on the stand. She testified about her abusive relationship with Bernardo and described how Bernardo alone killed both Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French. But things got heated when Defence Lawyer John Rosen cross-examined Homolka. Host Kathy Kenzora covered the trial from start to finish and provides her first hand account of the verbal sparring between Rosen and Homolka. All music in this episode written and performed by Lee Rosevere.
On May 31st 1995, jurors at the Paul Bernardo murder trial began watching video taped evidence that showed the horrific sexual assaults on Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French. An earlier ruling by the judge meant that the public and the media in court were only allowed to listen to the videos. Host Kathy Kenzora was in court while the videos played and sat just a few rows ahead of Leslie's mother who broke down when she heard Bernardo viciously assaulting her daughter moments before the crown says he killed her. A warning this episode contains content not suitable for all. Music in this episode was written and performed by Lee Rosevere.
On May 18, 1995 the Crown Attorney in the Paul Bernardo murder trial stood up and began a four hour opening statement. The statement ended 2 years of secrecy and rumors about what really happened to Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French. Family members of the victims were in court as the gruesome details were finally revealed. The crown described in detail what was on 6 video tapes made by Bernardo and his ex-wife Karla Homolka. Two weeks later the judge in the case ruled that the public and media could not view those tapes but they could listen to them. All music in this episode was written and performed by Lee Rosevere.
Season 1 of 1995 dives into the trial of Canada's most notorious killer - Paul Bernardo. In this episode, host Kathy Kenzora takes a look back at jury selection. The intense media coverage of the case turned even the normally mundane process of selecting jurors into a media circus. All music in this episode was written and performed by Lee Rosevere.