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The Abortion Sniper

The History of 1995

Release Date: 01/10/2019

The Order of the Solar Temple show art The Order of the Solar Temple

The History of 1995

In the 1990's a secretive cult called "The Order of the Solar Temple" was at the centre of several mass deaths in Europe and Canada.  Devoted followers believed that by committing suicide they would be transported to a new life on the star Sirius.  Anyone who wavered was murdered.  The cult was run by a charismatic homeopathic doctor and a paranoid businessman.  Together they recruited rich, educated professionals from around the world.  Music in this episode performed and written by Lee Rosevere and Broke For Free.  News clips are courtesy of CBC news...

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The History of 1995

On a cold night in March 1995, six teenage boys from Pickering, Ontario, disappeared on Lake Ontario.  As days turned into weeks…the six became known as the lost boys.  The mystery surrounding their disappearance has never been solved.  The lost boys have never been found. According to Durham Regional Police it remains an open, unsolved missing persons case. But police stopped actively looking for the boys many years ago.  There are some people who are still looking though.  In this episode of The History of 1995, I speak with Bruce Ricketts, a part time private...

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The Abortion Sniper show art The Abortion Sniper

The History of 1995

In the 1990's someone was hunting abortion providers in North America.  Four doctors who performed abortions were shot and injured by an unknown sniper who hid in the dark outside their homes.  A fifth doctor who was shot by the sniper did not survive.  An international manhunt eventually lead to the arrest of a radical anti-abortion protestor.  In this episode of The History of 1995, host Kathy Kenzora talks with reporter and author Jon Wells who has covered the case for the Hamilton Spectator newspaper and written a book about the case called Sniper.  Music in this...

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The History of 1995

On December 14, 1995, Bosnian leaders signed a peace treaty that ended Europe’s worst conflict since World War 2.  During three years of fighting between Serbs, Croats and Muslims, between two and three million people were displaced from their homes and 200,000 were killed.  The 1995 peace agreement divided Bosnia almost equally between Serbs and a Croat-Muslim alliance. The agreement also stated that war criminals would face a tribunal at The Hague.  In the years that followed the agreement, 14 Bosnian Serb political and military leaders were convicted.  Many...

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The break-in at 24 Sussex Drive show art The break-in at 24 Sussex Drive

The History of 1995

On November 5, 1995, an armed intruded broke into the house of Canada's Prime Minister.  He wandered around undetected by RCMP officers stationed on the property until Prime Minister's wife woke up and called for help.  What happened next shocked Canadians even more.   

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The History of 1995

On October 17, 2018, Paul Bernardo was denied day and full parole after a parole hearing at Millhaven Prison where he is housed in solitary confinement.  Earlier this year he became eligible to apply for parole after serving 25 years in prison.  Bernardo was arrested in 1993 and subsequently found guilty in the kidnapping, confinement, sexual assaults and murders of 14 year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French.  The mothers of Leslie and Kristen told the hearing that time has not healed their wounds and a woman who was raped by Bernardo in the 1980's also provided a...

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Update - Paul Bernardo Weapons Charge show art Update - Paul Bernardo Weapons Charge

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On October 5, 2018, Paul Bernardo appeared in court to stand trial for a charge of possessing a weapon.  In February, a homemade shank was reportedly found in his cell at Millhaven Penitentiary where he is serving a life sentence for murder.  The trial did not proceed, instead the Crown withdrew the charge because there was no chance of conviction.  After the charge was withdrawn, Bernardo's lawyer said the decision clears the way for his clients parole hearing on October 17.  He said that Bernardo is looking forward to returning to the community and has the support of his...

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The trial of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman  show art The trial of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman

The History of 1995

On October 1, 1995, the biggest terrorism trial in American history ended with guilty verdicts for a man known as the "Blind Sheik" and nine of his followers. An eight month trial had revealed that the group planned to wage a war of urban terrorism against the United States.  Their overall goal was to force America to abandon support for Israel and Egypt. Led by Omar Abdel-Rahman, a blind Egyptian cleric, the group of militant muslims had planned to carry out a string of terrorist’s bombings and assassinations that culminated with a cataclysmic day of terror in New York City. ...

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The Unabomber Manifesto show art The Unabomber Manifesto

The History of 1995

On September 19, 1995, The Washington Post included a special eight page pullout that contained a 35,000 word manifesto written by someone known only as the Unabomber.  Three months earlier the Unabomber had sent packages to the Washington Post that contained a inside a 56 page document entitled ‘Industrial Society and Its Future" along with 11 pages of footnotes.  The Post and the Times had also received a letter that said if they published the 56 manuscript the sender would stop harming people and if they refused he would start building his next bomb. Twitter: @1995_Podcast...

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The Launch of Windows 95 show art The Launch of Windows 95

The History of 1995

On August 24, 1995, Bill Gates officially released Windows 95. The user-friendly computer operating system changed the way the world used personal computers.  The Windows 95 OS introduced a taskbar, and desktop and the now iconic START button for launching applications. Users no longer needed to understand complicated commands to launch programs and access files.  This mini episode takes a look back at the 300 million dollar marketing campaign that Microsoft conducted in conjunction with the launch Windows 95. Lots more stuff about 1995 is available on The History of...

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In the 1990's someone was hunting abortion providers in North America.  Four doctors who performed abortions were shot and injured by an unknown sniper who hid in the dark outside their homes.  A fifth doctor who was shot by the sniper did not survive.  An international manhunt eventually lead to the arrest of a radical anti-abortion protestor.  In this episode of The History of 1995, host Kathy Kenzora talks with reporter and author Jon Wells who has covered the case for the Hamilton Spectator newspaper and written a book about the case called Sniper. 

Music in this episode is written and performed by Kevin MacLeod and Aurora Principle.

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