Episodes

13 episodes
  • Sep 14 2021

    For seven years, Vancouver nurse Cindy James reported more than 100 separate incidents of harassment, ranging from threatening phone calls to home invasions to ritualistic assaults, including strangulations and stabbings. Canada’s Royal Mounted Police spent over a million dollars investigating her claims and found zero evidence of foul play, leading them to suspect she was making it all up. Then, in 1989, Cindy was found dead, bound and naked, half a mile from where her car was parked in a shopping mall. What happened to Cindy James remains one of the most bizarre and perplexing true crime stories in recent memory.

    Death by Unknown Event illuminates the enigmatic context around James’s life, the efforts and failures of law enforcement, and the lingering theories around how she died from those closest to the case.

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    1 min
  • Oct 21 2021
    Cindy James was last seen depositing a paycheck in June 1988. Nearly two weeks later, a construction worker discovered her body in a ditch beside a busy road. Police ruled her death a suicide. Her family and friends insisted that she was murdered. In the years leading to her death, Cindy reported more than 100 incidents of stalking. Now the Vancouver community was left to solve this enduring mystery: Had the stalker taken Cindy’s life? Or had there never been a stalker at all?
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    26 mins
  • Oct 21 2021
    Cindy’s stalker is becoming bolder. What started with calls and letters soon escalated into a brutal attack. The Vancouver police interrogate Cindy, and start to search for the perpetrator. At the urging of Officer Pat McBride, the police turn their attention to Cindy’s ex-husband, Roy Makepeace.
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    41 mins
  • Oct 21 2021
    Frustrated with the Vancouver police’s inability to come up with any convincing leads, Cindy hires a private investigator to handle her case: Ozzie Kaban. Ozzie’s unorthodox methods lead to the first real clues.
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    41 mins
  • Oct 21 2021
    When the perpetrator returns with an even more brutal attack, Ozzie helps Cindy remember events from her past, and those memories help the police narrow in on a suspect.
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    42 mins
  • Oct 21 2021
    Cindy confronts her ex-husband, Roy Makepeace. Lacking progress in the case, the Vancouver police invite another detective to join the investigation. With her help, the police narrow focus on a new suspect - one who’s been here all along.
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    35 mins
  • Oct 21 2021
    Cindy, her family, and Ozzie Kaban are getting frustrated with the lack of progress in catching a perpetrator, while Detective Halliday becomes further convinced that Cindy is perpetrating the attacks against herself.
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    28 mins
  • Oct 21 2021
    Regardless of who is doing this to her, the harassment is taking a serious toll on Cindy. Her doctor has her committed to Vancouver’s most notorious mental institution, where psychiatrists begin to understand her inner turmoil.
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    41 mins
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