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The History of 1995

The History of 1995 is a podcast about all the crazy stuff that happened that year. From O.J. Simpson and the Oklahoma City Bombing to the Quebec Referendum and the Paul Bernardo murder trial. Host Kathy Kenzora is an old school reporter from Canada.
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Jun 9, 2017

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. 

May 11, 2017

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. 

Apr 20, 2017

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. 

Apr 10, 2017

In this bonus episode two interviews I did in 1995 about the Paul Bernardo Murder trial. 

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Apr 2, 2017

Part 7 looks back at what happened after Paul Bernardo was found guilty of first degree murder in the deaths of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French.  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.  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.

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Mar 25, 2017

Part 6 looks back at the closing arguments and the verdict at the Paul Bernardo murder trial.  The Defence continued to advance it's position that Bernardo was not present when 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French died.  The Crown argued that was a complete fantasy.  In the end the jury took less than eight hours to decide who was telling the truth. All music in this episode written and performed by Lee Rosevere.

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Mar 8, 2017

Part 5 looks at what happened when 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.

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Mar 2, 2017

Part 4 covers what happened when 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.

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Feb 22, 2017

Part 3 takes a look back at what happened when 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. 

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Feb 10, 2017

Part 2 looks back at the four hour opening statement made by the Crown on May 18, 1995, at the Paul Bernardo murder trial.  The statement ended two 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 six 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.

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Feb 1, 2017

Part one of The History 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. 

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