This week, the gals stay in Canada to discuss an unsolved true crime case that has baffled individuals for more than 40 years. The case is that of Gordon Sanderson, an indigenous man who was travelling from Edmonton to Calgary in the 70's to see his brother. Unfortunately, he was never seen again. Simultaneously, a body was found in a septic tank near Tofield. The connections of Gordon's disappearance and, "Septic Tank Sam" weren't made for years, but thanks to DNA samples and the use of forensic genealogy - a connection was made. Tune in and hear more about the case, and learn what questions still remain. Need a distraction? We got you.
Alberta RCMP detectives are looking for anyone who may have known or spoken to Gordon Sanderson before his death, or who may have information regarding this homicide. Anyone with information should contact the Tofield RCMP Detachment at 780-662-3353, or their local police.
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Canadian Encyclopedia – “Sixties Scoop” – by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Sharon Dainard – on June 22nd, 2016
CBC News article – “Man whose burned body was found in septic tank on Alberta farm Identified by DNA 44 years later” – by Ronna Syed – June 29th, 2021
Canadian Unsolved Crimes – June 6th, 2013
WFTV 9 ABC article – “Septic Tank Sam: Canadian Police ID Victim of 1977 Torture Murder Using DNA, Genetic Genealogy” – by Crystal Bonvillian – July 1st, 2021
Undentified Wiki page – www.unidentified.wikia.org/wiki/Gordie_Sanderson
YouTube video – “Alberta RCMP Historical Homicide Update Sanderson 2021-06-30” – uploaded by user RCMP-GRC – Alberta - on June 30th, 2021
Medium article – “Gordie Sanderson – The Tragic Story of a Murder and Identification” – by Natasha Mullins – August 17th, 2021