Season 1 - The Murder of Six
Exploring Alberta's largest unsolved mass-murder.
Blood on the Prairie is an original historical true crime podcast produced by Chris Beauchamp and Cris Seppola.
Season 1 Episodes
June, 1918. Northern Alberta, Canada.
The First World War is months from ending, and men from communities across Canada are still overseas. Many of course, will never return home.
The Spanish Flu Pandemic, relatively mild in the spring, is a few months from shocking everyone with its deadly second wave.
And in the northern frontier village of Grande Prairie, located several days’ travel
north of from the provincial capitol of Edmonton—a horrific discovery is about to shake up this remote settler community.
The first two bodies are found in a sod-roofed log farmhouse, 3 miles northwest of town: Joseph Snyder and his nephew Stanley. Seeing the house on fire, a neighbour set off to bring the police.
They were too late.
The authorities suspected a murder-suicide, until more bodies were found a few days later, at a second farm.
The 1918 “Murder of Six,” would confound the local police, and the investigation would drag out over the next several years, with multiple suspects and theories proposed.
We’ll be exploring this century-old cold case. We’ll meet the victims, follow the evidence, and learn about some of the key the suspects. Locally, this story has been told and retold, passed down through the last few generations in a game of telephone stretching out over a hundred years. But the case has never been solved.