Today marks 11 years since the Richardson family murders on April 23, 2006.  This community memorial is at Jacob’s Mother Theresa School’s playground. Jacob was eight when he was murdered at the family’s suburban home in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Now, he would have been in university. This playground signage is a touching tribute to the […]

Engaging. Insightful. Funny. Passionate. This is how a therapist and probation officer describe Runaway Devil today. Experts are painting a very different picture of J.R. at age 22 than the notorious angry 12-year-old Medicine Hat girl who enlisted her older boyfriend to help kill her family. J.R. is officially a free woman today. A decade […]

Runaway Devil has been one of the most challenging stories for me. I’ve lived with it – let it take up space in my head – for 10 years. I think it’s because we’re never really done figuring it out. To me, it’s always felt like a story without an ending. So many times, a […]

Stay tuned… going through our original resource library/research gathered when I was sent to the scene of the crime the day of the murders, to both trials for J.R. and Jeremy Steinke, to present day. Those black binders represent a scant one-third of our material. #hoardingissues Good stuff to come.

We’ve long admired Lane DeGregory for her boundless curiosity and talent for storytelling. Learning more about how A Message From Roger came together is a delight; love how good writers are open to opportunity; love the play-by-play of the chase and the catch. Thanks to Society for Features Journalism for summing up how great journalism works: * That curiosity […]

A judge has given JR one of her final steps toward freedom: no more curfew. At a scheduled hearing in Medicine Hat Court of Queen’s Bench this morning, JR was freed from having to be at home Monday to Thursday nights. The convicted killer is celebrating her 22nd birthday this fall. These steps toward complete […]

Today’s news about the launch of the Calgary Homicide Support Society comes nine years after my 2006 story about Calgarians who used to meet at the Rockyview General Hospital chapel to attend the city’s, and perhaps the country’s, only therapy group for people who have lost loved ones to murder. Great to see this concept […]