All Episodes

November 21, 2021 32 min
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. Podcast promo: Reverie True Crime - check them out! They are the Oracl3 podcast of the month, and one of our favourite true crime podcasts.  As discussed in episode 62 about the 215 bodies of Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation children recently found in Kamloops (and counting found in other provinces/locations),  please check out: If you have any additional resources you'd like to share, please email:  Listener discretion is advised. Shout out to our Patrons Jon, Tom, Angela & Bailey! Thank you for supporting Weird Distractions on Patreon. You can also support the show on Patreon and get monthly bonus episodes, behind the scenes footage, and more! We're also on Buy Me a Coffee if you want to support the show with a one time donation. You can also find us on Redbubble for some Weird Distractions merch. If you want to provide feedback or even your own weird story to be read on air in an upcoming Listener Distractions episode - please email: If you're listening on Apple Podcasts, please consider rating & reviewing! It's the best way to support the show (for free). Thanks for listening! Weird Distractions is a proud member of the Oracl3 network: Resources: 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 – 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
Mark as Played

Advertise With Us

Popular Podcasts

Crime Junkie
Bob Saget's Here For You

Bob Saget's Here For You

BOB SAGET’S HERE FOR YOU is a podcast that is like no other— For one, this podcast has guests who are friends of Bob’s, or just really interesting people who many of you know and love. Secondly, this podcast is unique because it goes inside Bob Saget’s mind, and then quickly filters out through his mouth. Bob has a way of calming people he has conversations with as well as being entertaining and often informative. Bob talks with his guests with genuine empathy and humor, while reaching his unusually diverse audience that he talks to as a friend, Bob is the dad with great advice, the irreverent funny guy who’s always there when you need a laugh, and the free-associative Bob who goes off on crazy tangents then returns to the subject at hand, as serious or as comedic as it may be, to wrap up each episode in a way only Bob can do. Because he really does believe, “He’s here for you."

Dateline NBC

Dateline NBC

Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.


    © 2022 iHeartMedia, Inc.

    • Help
    • Privacy Policy
    • Terms of Use
    • AdChoicesAd Choices