Dark Poutine podcast recap: Colin Thatcher and the murder of JoAnn Wilson

On this week’s episode of the Dark Poutine podcast, we look at the crimes of Colin Thatcher.

On a cold night in January 1983, after hearing strange noises coming from the property nearby, a neighbour found a woman’s brutally bludgeoned body on the bloody floor of her open garage. The woman had also been shot once behind the ear.


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The body was that of JoAnn Wilson, ex-wife of Thatcher, a Saskatchewan MLA, former energy minister and son of the province’s ninth premier.

The two had been through a bitter divorce only years before, and suspicion fell on Thatcher right away. The ensuing investigation revealed the shocking facts of the case and led to his downfall.

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Research and writing:
Katherine Buchanan

Books:
A Canadian Tragedy by Maggie Siggins
Deny, Deny, Deny: The Rise and Fall of Colin Thatcher by Garrett Wilson
Not Above the Law by Heather Bird

Other sources:
newspapers.com
CBC Timeline
Supreme Court judgment
Colin Thatcher on Revolvy
Thatcher Married Again
CourtTV Crime Library — Archived

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