It was a crime unlike anything seen in British Columbia. The horror of the "Wells Gray Murders" almost forty years ago transcends decades.
On August 2, 1982, three generations of a family set out on a camping trip – Bob and Jackie Johnson, their two daughters, Janet, 13 and Karen, 11, and Jackie's parents, George and Edith Bentley. A month later, the Johnson family car was found off a mountainside logging road near Wells Gray Park completely burned out. In the back seat were the incinerated remains of four adults, and in the trunk were the two girls.
Murder Times Six shines a spotlight on the crime that captured the attention of a nation, recounts the narrative of a complex police investigation, and discusses whether a convicted mass murderer should ever be allowed to leave the confines of an institution. Most importantly, it tells the story of one family forever changed.
From the lead investigator, Sgt. Mike Eastham, "The author even had me (who conducted the interview) on the edge of my seat as I was turning the pages as "the Detective" was trying to unearth the unspeakable truth."
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Guest appearance on HLN's TV Show Very Scary People (Season 3; Episodes 7&8) discussing Rodney Alcala, a.k.a. "The Dating Game Killer" and my book The Killing Game.
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Martino Movie Reviews
David North-Martino has been a film buff and lover of movies all his life. He spent the summers of his youth and teenage years in darkened movie theaters and taking long walks home with armfuls of rented VHS tapes to escape the world. He worked in the broadcasting department of a local college, rubbing elbows with upcoming filmmakers, and helping them to realize their dreams. He has an extensive movie collection and loves talking film.
The Shapiro Report
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. The winner of a 2020 California Journalism Award, Shapiro is also the author of seven critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella It's Only Temporary (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Milpitas Beat, The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project.