Episode 27: Maryalice Ashbrook speaks out about her time at MacLaren Hall Children’s Center

August 16, 2017

Maryalice Ashbrook was born into a family that seemingly had it all. Her grandfather was president of a huge company that listed a movie studio among its subsidiaries. Her mother counted Joan Crawford and Jane Russell among her friends. So how did Maryalice end up being sexually abused by a foster carer? Her mother’s pill addiction and divorce from her father led her to give up Maryalice’s brothers up to foster care. Meanwhile her mother’s continuing struggle with pills meant Maryalice spent time at MacLaren Hall Children’s Center before being placed with a foster family. Despite these setbacks and others Maryalice kept her positive attitude and keeps reaching for what she needs from life. Check out the podcast and hear her story about how she has overcome adversity in many forms to find happiness and fulfilment. Don’t forget to have a look through our various Against Abuse clothing products that are available for purchase here.

Host and producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Reporter and co-producer: Kris Mulliah

Editor: Cesar Del Castillo

Wearable Therapy 3000 Acts of Kindness:

This episode contains music used under the CreativeCommons license:

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kadhja_Bonet/Live_at_WFMU_for_Sophisticated_Boom_Boom_with_Sheila_B_10212016/Kadhja_Bonet_2_Tears_for_Lamont

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kadhja_Bonet/Live_at_WFMU_for_Sophisticated_Boom_Boom_with_Sheila_B_10212016/Kadhja_Bonet_3_Fair_Weather_Friend

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kadhja_Bonet/Live_at_WFMU_for_Sophisticated_Boom_Boom_with_Sheila_B_10212016/Kadhja_Bonet_5_Miss_You

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Episode 26: Finding Shelley Descrochers: Part 9 – Honouring Shelley

August 4, 2017

After a dramatic episode 8 of Finding Shelley Desrochers, we now bring the series to a close.

Karla shares her final thoughts on the case and an update on police involvement.

We’ll hear from Dr. Pauline Boss, an educator, and researcher, widely recognized for her research on ambiguous loss –the loss of somebody with no finality or resolution.

To close out the series, we’re raising money to establish a memorial bench in Shelley’s honor, with Wearable Therapy by Tokii donating the first $1000.

For additional content, Karla talks with Maureen Trask, a mother who is all too familiar with ambiguous loss.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca

GoFundMe for Shelley’s Bench: https://www.gofundme.com/ShelleyDeroschers
Maureen Trask: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SupportForUs

https://www.facebook.com/Daniel-Trask-is-Found-141269306065266/
StandUp SpeakUp Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StandUpSpeakUpByTokii/

This episode contains music used under the CreativeCommons license:
Pachyderm – Never Knew Me At All

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Episode 25: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 8 – New Year’s Eve 2015

July 4, 2017

In the most dramatic episode yet, we call in the London Police after making a gruesome discovery. Karla and Chris Williams P.I. enter dangerous situations while trying to uncover the truth about Shelley Desrocher’s disappearance. At this point in time, we’ve been led to a group of individuals and one theory that seems highly likely. These possible suspects seem to be exhibiting strange behavior after our meddling. The pieces seem to start falling into place after one source becomes hysterical while describing a party that took place on New Year’s Eve, just days before Shelley went missing.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca

Stand Up Speak Up Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StandUpSpeakUpByTokii/

Thanks to:

Canadian Private Investigation Services http://cpis.ca

Wearable Therapy 3000 Acts of Kindness: https://www.wearable-therapy-tokii.com/pages/100-acts-of-giving-back-new

This episode contains music used under the CreativeCommons license:

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kadhja_Bonet/Live_at_WFMU_for_Sophisticated_Boom_Boom_with_Sheila_B_10212016/Kadhja_Bonet_5_Miss_You

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Episode 24: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 7 – Uncovering the Truth

June 22, 2017

Karla and private investigator Chris Williams of Canadian Private Investigation Services spent an entire day in London, Ontario in the area where Shelley was last seen. They speak with people who live in the neighbourhood, other sex workers, and drug users who live in the crack houses that Shelley frequented.

While interviewing, Karla & Chris started hearing a few names mentioned repeatedly, along with eerie stores and rumours about these individuals possibly harming Shelley.

You’ll hear an outline of findings from the first trip as the team prepares for a second London visit to dig deeper using this new information.

In Part 8, Karla & Chris dig deeper into our leads, and end up in one of the houses where Shelley’s remains are rumoured to be. Look for that episode July 4th.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca

Thanks to:

Canadian Private Investigation Services http://cpis.ca

My Sisters Place GoFundMe:
https://www.gofundme.com/mysistersplacelondonontario

Wearable Therapy 3000 Acts of Kindness: https://www.wearable-therapy-tokii.com/pages/100-acts-of-giving-back-new

This episode contains music used under the CreativeCommons license:
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Amy_Sayer/Amy_Sayers_Songs/Siren_Song

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Episode 23: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 6 – Stories From The Streets

June 13, 2017

Karla took to the streets of London, with Chris from Canadian Private Investigation Services, to see what they could find out with regards to Shelley’s disappearance. In this mini episode, Karla talks about what that experience was like, visiting crack houses, and talking to people on the street.

We also hear two dramatic stories that shed a light on some of the serious things happening in our very own cities that we may not even realize.

Next time, a full slate of interviews and updates from the streets of London.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca

Olivia’s Song:
https://soundcloud.com/olivia-paige-5/see-you-later-shogun-x-snapzkush-x-redrum-tha-don-x-live 

Don’t forget, Wearable Therapy by Tokii is donating an additional $5 to My Sisters Place for every written iTunes or Podbean review we get for the month of June!

My Sisters Place GoFundMe:
https://www.gofundme.com/mysistersplacelondonontario 

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Episode 22: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 5 – Pushing For Change

June 6, 2017

By now you’ve heard Shelley’s story. You’ve heard about her troubled childhood, her time in the foster care system, how she was trafficked into sex work, and everything we know about Shelley’s disappearance. We now wanted to make the most of all the attention this series has received, so we take a look at the foster care system and programs available today, to see if anything has changed. Plus, Karla finds a private investigator willing to look into some of the leads that we’ve uncovered during our research. Can we find out what happened to Shelley? Does anybody know? Are they too scared to talk?
Guests this episode are child & youth welfare expert Jane Kovarikova, Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking Coordinator Cindy Stover, and Chris Williams of Canadian Private Investigation Services. http://cpis.ca

My Sisters Place GoFundMe: http://www.gofundme.com/mysistersplacelondonontario

This podcast contains music used under a creative commons license.
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dazie_Mae/Songs_Matured_in_Oak/12_-_Dazie_Mae_-_The_Winter_Of_My_First_Love

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca

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Episode 21: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 4 - Series Update

May 30, 2017

In this mini episode, we take a look at the Finding Shelley Desrochers series so far. You’ll hear some of Karla’s radio interviews, and then get an inside view of what it’s been like behind the scenes working on this podcast and dealing with the flood of information that has come in.

Have you seen Shelley Desrochers? E-mail findshelleynow@gmail.comLondon Police Missing People: https://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/Missing-People.aspx

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca

This episode contains music used under a Creative Commons License.

Great Lake Swimmers - Gonna Make It Through This Year

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Great_Lake_Swimmers/20120127150256228/GreatLakeSwimmers-GonnaMakeItThroughThisYear

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Episode 20: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 3 - What Happened To Shelley?

May 23, 2017

Shelley Desrochers hasn’t been seen since January 2016. She’s one of three women who lived a “high-risk lifestyle” to go missing from London, Ontario, Canada in the last decade. In this series, we go beyond the police and news reports to take an in-depth look at Shelley’s life, ask questions surrounding the case and speak with guests and experts such as Mike Arntfield, host of “To Catch A Killer” and former London police officer.

Part 3 explores the difficult question of “What happened to Shelley Desrochers?”

The list of possibilities is long, but you’ll be shocked to hear just what kind of a picture Mike Arntfield can paint using his experience and statistics. We also speak with Shelley’s friends & family who have thoughts of their own, and some eerie comments made by Shelley in the past that may serve as clues.

Have you seen Shelley Desrochers? E-mail findshelleynow@gmail.com
London Police Missing People: https://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/Missing-People.aspx

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca 

This episode contains music used under a Creative Commons License.
Kalli - This Is Goodbye http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kalli/Live_at_WFMU_on_Irene_Trudels_Show_on_August_15_2011/Kalli_-_10_-_This_Is_Goodbye

Thanks to Mike Arntfield: http://michaelarntfield.com/

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Episode 19: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 2 - Shelley’s Disappearance

May 16, 2017

Shelley Desrochers hasn’t been seen since January 2016. She’s one of three women who lived a “high-risk lifestyle” to go missing from London, Ontario, Canada in the last decade. In this series, we go beyond the police and news reports to take an in-depth look at Shelley’s life, ask questions surrounding the case and speak with guests and experts such as Mike Arntfield, host of “To Catch A Killer” and former London police officer.

Part 2 looks at the timeline of her disappearance, the efforts being made to find her, and why Shelley's friends and family are frustrated with the police response.

Former London Police officer Mike Arntfield shares his thoughts on the situation, and we speak with Randy Richmond of the London Free Press who has been following this story from the beginning. Randy sheds some light on a London Police officer who spent years of her career trying to keep sex-workers like Shelley safe.

Don't miss the end, when Karla shares an amazing gesture aimed at helping gather tips to find out what happened to Shelley.

Have you seen Shelley Desrochers? E-mail findshelleynow@gmail.com
London Police Missing People: https://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/Missing-People.aspx 

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative

This episode contains music used under a Creative Commons License.
Kathy Lowe - When I Am No More
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kathy_Lowe/Above_Water/When_I_Am_No_More

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Episode 18: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 1 - Getting To Know Shelley

May 9, 2017

Shelley Desrochers hasn’t been seen since January 2016. She’s one of three women who lived a “high-risk lifestyle” to go missing from London, Ontario, Canada in the last decade. In this series, we go beyond the police and news reports to take an in-depth look at Shelley’s life, ask questions surrounding the case and speak with guests and experts such as Mike Arntfield, host of “To Catch A Killer” and former London police officer.

Part 1 - Getting To Know Shelley features exclusive interviews with Shelley’s sister and two friends. We hear some dramatic stories about Shelley’s troubling childhood, how she was forced into sex-work, and when she was last heard from.

Have you seen Shelley? E-mail findshelleynow@gmail.com
London Police Missing People: https://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/Missing-People.aspx 

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative

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