Episode ​35: Motorcycle Gangster Begins Again

January 17, 2018

Why does someone get involved in the criminal world? What makes someone interested in joining a motorcycle gang known for brutal activity? In this episode we tell the story of one man who was let down by the Quebec foster care system growing up, and followed his anger down a very dark path. He looks back on his days in the Mongols Motorcycle Club, as he struggles to create a new life on the other side.

Executive Producer: Karla Stephens Tolstoy

Producer + Original Sound Design: Drew Penner

Voice: Marc Oliver

Music: DJ Philosophy ​“Watery,” “4th Kind,” and “Distance,” our track of the week.

-Tanner Feehan (aka Philosophy) is an L.A. musician who has moved to Canada’s West Coast to pursue music production, and was kind enough to lend us a track to go with the story. You can check out his Dropping Knowledge radio show on CFUV 101.9 FM in Victoria, Saturday nights at 7 p.m.

​Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/phil0s0phy​

Radio show: http://cfuv.uvic.ca/cms/?show=dropping-knowledge

Bernardo de la Torre – “Boxing Day,” and “Boxing Day v.2”

-Bernie is a musician who moved from Guadalajara, Mexico to British Columbia, where he makes music and loves exploring the outdoors.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bernieff

Frequency Horizon “Biker Gang Escape Theme,” “Skip the Prospect Stage,” “Bop on the Head,” “Piano and Horn Muscle,” “Messed Up Bells,” “Fam Seeking / Finding."

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/frequencyhorizon

Image: Composite by Drew Penner featuring inspiration/art from ​meddygarnet (Flickr), Eric Birdman and DR.KNUDSON.

Drew Penner is a journalist based in California whose work has appeared in publications including the Globe and Mail, the Calgary Hearld and the Victoria Times Colonist. He also produces the Frequency Horizon podcast (soundcloud.com/frequencyhorizon) and loves surfing, hiking and random adventures.

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Episode 34: Let’s Talk Serial Killers With Lee Mellor

January 9, 2018

Statistically, men commit far more acts of physical violence than women, and that also applies to serial killers. There are far fewer female serial killers than males, but the number is big enough not to be ignored - and may surprise you.

Today we’re looking at female serial killers, specifically here in Canada. How they differ from men, their motivations, and some stories of well-known Canadian killers.

Our guest, Lee Mellor, is a criminologist and author. We’ll cover the stories of Elizabeth Wettlaufer, Lila Young, Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka, Stephanie Bird, and Millie Weeks.

Content may be disturbing.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative

Stand Up Speak Up Fashion:

Women's Cotton Tee - https://standupspeakupfashion.com/collections/womens-cotton-tees/products/the-predator-womens-cotton-tee

Men's Cotton Tee - https://standupspeakupfashion.com/collections/mens-cotton-tees/products/the-predator-mens-cotton-tee

Links:

Lee’s book “Cold North Killers”: https://www.amazon.ca/Cold-North-Killers-Canadian-Serial/dp/1459701240

Karla Homolka & Paul Bernardo Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP17XnMs0zg&t=1727s&ab_channel=SerialKillersAroundTheWorld

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/paul-bernardo-and-karla-homolka-case/

Lee’s Podcast ‘Murder Was The Case": https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/murder-was-the-case/id1327969221?mt=2 

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Episode 33: Special Edition: Interview with Karla Stephens-Tolstoy and Zach Tolstoy

December 26, 2017

If you’ve listened to StandUp SpeakUp before, then you’ve heard the voice of host Karla Stephens-Tolstoy. Usually, she’s helping tell the story of others, but you might not have known that Karla herself has a led a pretty interesting life!

She’s a Canadian born & raised entrepreneur, businesswoman, volunteer, mom… and those are just a few of her titles!

Karla overcame learning disabilities, and eventually landed the title of CEO at Vodafone, one of the biggest telecom companies in the world. She’s proven that with hard work, nothing is out of reach.

Also on her journey Karla has worked many interesting jobs, hosted a community TV show called “Chit Chat”, started a dating app and website called Tokii, and more.

Today, we sit down with Karla to hear her story, and later her son Zach joins to talk about the mother-son team behind StandUp SpeakUp fashion.

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Episode 32: The World Of Organized Crime

December 12, 2017

It’s estimated that illegal trade accounts for one-fifth of the global GDP.

In his 2009 book McMafia, Misha Glenny outlined the growth of organized crime around the world, from drugs and sex trades to internet frauds and money laundering, documenting various mafia organisations.

McMafia is now serving as inspiration for a big TV show of the same name, being produced by BBC & AMC, and starring James Norton. It’s expected to air in 2018.

In Misha’s time as a journalist and writer, he’s seen the inner workings of the dark things that take place in this world. In this episode, he tells Karla about his findings, the mass amount of organized crime that takes place, and what it’s like to sit down and chat with some of the most dangerous people in the world.

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

StandUp SpeakUp Teens @ Risk Collection: https://standupspeakupfashion.com/collections/action-for-teens-risk-collection

Misha Glenny’s Book McMafia:  https://www.amazon.ca/McMafia-Journey-Through-Global-Underworld/dp/0887848184

This episode contains music used under the CreativeCommons license:

Regina Pik - Knots

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Episode 31: World’s Greatest Warriors: Seal Team Six

November 28, 2017

Most of us have enjoyed a good action movie, but the difference between a movie and Don Mann’s life, although it may sound like something from a movie, is that his life is completely real. No written storyline. No special effects.

Don is the author of Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors. This book details his experiences as a member of the most elite team in the U.S. Navy, the mental and physical strain needed to join, and the inner workings of the minds of the men who carry out top-secret missions that shape the world.

In this fascinating discussion, we hear about:

-       The grueling selection and training process for SEALs
-       Situations where Don has stared death straight in the eye
-       Why there are no women SEALs
-       How his life experiences have shaped his political and world views

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

Links:

Why Don’t Black Americans Swim? http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-11172054
About Don Mann: http://www.usfrogmann.com/about-don-mann-navy-seal/

This episode contains music used under the CreativeCommons license:

Cellophane Sam – Every Cowboy

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Episode 30: Cleanup After Death: Part 2 With Christian Cadieux

November 14, 2017

Prepare for some raw true crime discussion, as we enter part 2 of our chat with Christian Cadieux of Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaners. What’s just another day at work for Christian, could very well be traumatizing for most of us.

Christian shares some of the not-so-pleasant about the work that his company does, but we also delve into some pressing subjects. Being on the front lines of death in Canada, Christian sees first-hand some of the problems we’re faced with, such as drug overdose and suicide.

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

Links:

http://crimescenecleaners.ca/

https://standupspeakup.podbean.com/e/episode-29-when-tragedy-strikes-christian-cadieux-his-team-are-called-in-to-handle-the-cleanup/

This episode contains music used under the CreativeCommons license:

Allister Thompson - My Name Is Death

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Episode 29: When tragedy strikes: Part 1 With Christian Cadieux

October 30, 2017

When tragedy strikes, Christian Cadieux and his team at Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaners are called in to handle the cleanup. With crews across Canada, there’s nothing they haven’t seen, and nothing they’re afraid of. Some content in this episode may be disturbing.

In today’s Stand Up Speak Up Halloween special, Christian talks with Karla about unwanted entities that can appear at crime scenes and other places. His new venture, Paranormal Contractors, uses what Christian claims to be a 100% effective method for removing these unwanted entities.

Christian claims he has seen the unexplainable, and tells us how sometimes his work follows him home. In a never before seen video, which Christian has given Stand Up Speak Up to release, he claims that orbs followed him home from a crime scene and could be seen near his sleeping children. Be sure to check out the video!

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative

Links:

http://crimescenecleaners.ca/

Crime Scene Paranormal Activity video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/zCJV9ENnEoE

This episode contains music used under the CreativeCommons license:

Holy Gol – Devil Do

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Episode 28: When Murderers Run Free

October 13, 2017

We trust law enforcement to do the absolute best job keeping communities safe, conducting investigations, and bringing criminals to justice. But, what about when they don’t live up to their duty? As we saw with the Shelley Desrochers case, there appeared to be a lot more to the story than police were able or willing to discover.

These occurrences are more common than one might think, and have been for a long time. In this episode, we look at the case of Christine Rothschild, a University of Wisconsin student who was killed in the late 1960s. After police seemed to be no help, Christine’s friend Linda made it her mission to find the killer. While she was able to put together a strong case against one man, police mainly dismissed it and he was never brought to justice.
 
This story is featured in Dr. Mike Arntfield’s new book “Mad City” where he actually speaks with Linda, and his students even contact the alleged killer.
 
Mike also tells us about the Murder Accountability Project which helps track murder data and hold police departments in the U.S. accountable for their performance. You’ll also find out why such a thing does not exist for Canadian police.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstory
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative
 
Murder Accountability Project: http://www.murderdata.org/

Mike’s Book “Mad City”: https://www.amazon.ca/Mad-City-Campus-Murders-America-ebook/dp/B01M6D8URV/
 
This episode contains music used under the CreativeCommons license:
Eric Eckhart plus Salonband - The One

Show what you stand for with StandUp SpeakUp Fashion: https://standupspeakupfashion.com/

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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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