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Mississauga Confidential Case 04 - Shadow of a Doubt: The Trial of Stephen Swyryda

Today’s case is one of crime and punishment, but is it justice served or justice severed?

A young man’s body is found dumped in a deserted ditch.  Stephan Swyryda, a Polish immigrant, was immediately fingered for the job, but evidence was scant and circumstantial from the very start. He barely spoke English, if he spoke at all. He couldn’t keep his story straight.  The detectives and his own lawyer couldn’t get a grasp on the facts.

Was Swyryda a convenient scapegoat or guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt? You be the judge.

From the case files of Heritage Mississauga, this is Mississauga Confidential.

Mississauga Confidential is a Heritage Bytes podcast produced by Heritage Mississauga.

Mississauga Confidential is written by Bryan Ho and Nicole Mair.

Research by Bryan Ho, Nicole Mair and Matthew Wilkinson.

An adaptation of this story by Deanna Natalizio first appeared in the Heritage News.

Video Production Team: Bryan Ho, Nicole Mair and Ryan Parks.

Mississauga Confidential is a Heritage Mississauga production.  Heritage Mississauga is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to researching, recording and celebrating the history of the city of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Your support helps create programming just like this.

For more information about Heritage Mississauga, and to become a member, please visit heritagemississauga.com and follow us on youtube, instagram and twitter.

 

Music Credits:

“Fast Talkin” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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“Bass Walker” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Indigenous Conversations: Truth & Reconciliation with Gimaa (Chief) Stacey Laforme

Join us for our Indigenous Conversations with Gimaa (Chief) Stacey Laforme as he discusses Truth & Reconciliation.

R. Stacey Laforme is the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN). Born and raised on MCFN, Chief Laforme has served his community for over twenty years being first elected to council in 1999. Chief Laforme is committed to increasing involvement and communication between Elected Council and both on and off-reserve membership. He is very active throughout MCFN’s traditional territory which encompasses 3.9 million acres of Southern Ontario, not only as a Chief, but as a notable storyteller and poet. Chief Laforme has recently been appointed as honorary senior fellow for Massey College, joining the duke of Edinburgh and the chancellor of oxford as only the third person awarded the highest honor the college can bestow.

Chief R. Stacey Laforme exemplifies significant and continuous service to our community by demonstrating integrity, generosity of spirit, humility, courage, collaboration, “The Good Mind”, and traditional ways of knowing and being.

We would like to acknowledge with thanks, the Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund for their support for this important webinar series.

Thank you to the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for their ongoing support and in sharing their knowledge and heritage with us.

A special thank you to Faith Rivers for her continued support, and to Gimaa (Chief) Stacey Laforme for joining us today and sharing his knowledge, truth, wisdom, and incredible poetry to help us to collectively create a pathway to truth and reconciliation.

Case 03 - It Happened One Heist: The Fugitive Newlyweds of Peel County

Today’s case is a crime of love and money. 

An inside job and a romantic rendezvous. Did the bridegroom bandit get away with the bank? 

For richer or poorer, these fugitive newlyweds were on the run. Will the honeymoon heisters take a one way trip to Kingston, Jamaica, or Kingston Pen?

From the case files of Heritage Mississauga, this is Mississauga Confidential.

Mississauga Confidential is a Heritage Bytes podcast produced by Heritage Mississauga.

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Mississauga Confidential is written by Bryan Ho and Nicole Mair.

Research by Bryan Ho, Nicole Mair and Matthew Wilkinson.

An adaptation of this story by William Higgins first appeared in The Herald by the Erindale Village Association and was reprinted in the Heritage News.

Video Production Team: Bryan Ho, Nicole Mair and Ryan Parks.

 

Mississauga Confidential is a Heritage Mississauga production.  Heritage Mississauga is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to researching, recording and celebrating the history of the city of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Your support helps create programming just like this.

 

For more information about Heritage Mississauga, and to become a member, please visit heritagemississauga.com and follow us on youtube, instagram and twitter.

 

Music Credits:

“Fast Talkin” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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“Bass Walker” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Indigenous Conversations: Indian 101 with Carolyn King

Join us for our first webinar in our 2021 Indigenous Conversations series, as we welcome Former Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Carolyn King.
 
Carolyn delivers her unique, informative workshop, Indian 101. She has been engaged by government, colleges and universities, businesses and community organizations to do cross-cultural training sessions and presentations to help people develop a better understanding of Indigenous and First Nations people in Canada.
 
A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, in recognition of her support for First Nation history and advancement of the Indigenous Peoples, she has been a driving force in the identification of the significance of current and historic sites within traditional territorial lands and the preservation of First Nations traditions.
 
Carolyn King received the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest honours in 2020. Presented by the governor general, the Order honours people whose service shapes our society; whose innovations ignite our imaginations; and whose compassion unites our communities.
 
Carolyn's appointment was for her expertise in community development, her advocacy of Indigenous-led initiatives, and her efforts to improve Canadians’ understanding of First Nations.
 
We are also honoured to include Carolyn as one of the Legends Row 2019/2020 Inductees as a Legend of Arts & Culture acknowledging her many significant contributions such as the “Moccasin Identifier Project”. Carolyn King has been an ambassador for her people for over 30 years and has made a life-long commitment to help people develop a better understanding of Indigenous and First Nations People of Canada.
 
We would like to acknowledge with thanks, the Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund for their support of this program.

Ask A Historian: Mississauga in Service, War, & Remembrance

In this special Remembrance Day episode, Matthew will be answering questions about the many servicemembers from Mississauga who served and fell during the World Wars, historic Generals, aerodromes, and the longest continuous battle of the Second World War.
 
We invite you to join us in reflection on this day of Remembrance as we honour those who served in the conflict, those who served to maintain the welfare of the servicemembers, and those who served on the homefront.
 
Each week on Ask A Historian, we answer questions from the Mississauga community and we encourage you to send in your questions about the historic people, places, and events from Mississauga.
 
Send your questions to info@heritagemississuga.org and we may feature your question on a future episode.
 
#ApartTogether we honour the servicemembers who have served, continue to serve, and those who have fallen in service of Canada.

Case 02 — The Strange Lives of George Silverthorn

Case 02 -- The Strange Lives of George Silverthorn

In today’s case a man vanishes. A knock at the door stops the wedding day festivities dead in their tracks. The respectable groom kisses his blushing bride one last time. He answers the door…

And is never seen again. 

Or was he?

An unsolved mystery over 150 years old, or dear listener has this detective finally cracked it? 

From the case files of Heritages Mississauga, this is Mississauga Confidential.

Mississauga Confidential is a Heritage Bytes podcast produced by Heritage Mississauga.

Mississauga Confidential  is written by Bryan Ho and Nicole Mair.

Research by Bryan Ho, Nicole Mair and Matthew Wilkinson.

An adaptation of this story by Matthew Wilkinson first appeared in the Heritage News.

Video Production Team: Bryan Ho, Nicole Mair and Ryan Parks.

“Georgie Porgie” song team: Keiffer Davies, Vanessa Davies and Nicole Mair.

 

Mississauga Confidential is a Heritage Mississauga production.  Heritage Mississauga is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to researching, recording and celebrating the history of the city of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Your support helps create programming just like this.

 

For more information about Heritage Mississauga, and to become a member, please visit heritagemississauga.com and follow us on youtube, instagram and twitter.

 

Music Credits:

“Fast Talkin” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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“Bass Walker” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Clips from “Let George Do It” and “The Burns and Allen Show” radio plays are in the public domain and can be found on archive.org.

Q&A On Ghosts, Parks, Celebrity Elephants, and Tall Tales of a Log Driver

Join Historian Matthew Wilkinson for "Ask A Historian" on October 21, 2021.

This week Matthew will be answering questions about notorious ghosts, historic parks, celebrity elephants, and the tall tales of a log driver.

Each week on Ask A Historian we answer questions from the Mississauga community and we encourage you to send in your questions about the historic people, places, and events from Mississauga.

Send your questions to info@heritagemississuga.org and we may feature your question on a future episode.

#ApartTogether we continue to explore the history of Mississauga.

Historic Mississauga and the War of 1812 - Part One

Join us for "Historic Mississauga and the War of 1812" as we journey back in time and view our documentary on the War of 1812 with re-enactors telling the story of how historic Mississauga was involved during this time.

This two part series gives the listeners a history of the War of 1812 as well as peek into the lived history of the soldiers of the 2nd Regt. of York Militia - Thompson's Company.

The 2nd Regiment of York Militia - Thompson's Company, is a group of living history enthusiasts who, through research and living history, recreate the lives of soldiers and civilians of Toronto township during the War of 1812.
The original Company served in the War of 1812 as part of the 2nd Regiment of York Militia. It is named for Captain William Thompson who served with the 2nd Regiment of York Militia during the war.

The reenactment company was formed to honour the contributions of volunteer militiamen and First Nations people from Toronto Township (now the City of Mississauga) who served in the 2nd Regiment of the York Militia. Many of them were present at and participated in many of the battles in the War of 1812 along the Niagara frontier, including Chippawa, Fort Detroit, Fort Erie, Fort George, Fort York, Lundy’s Lane, Queenston Heights, St. David’s and Stoney Creek.

Thompson’s Company functions, in part, as an educational component of Heritage Mississauga by participating in community events, functions and through reenactments. Members come from across Peel Region representing a range of ages and walks of life.

For more info on reenactors and Mississauga's connections to the War of 1812 visit: 
https://www.2ndyork.com/

 

 

Mississauga Confidential Case 01 - Brute Force: The Murders of James and Eliza Williams

Today’s case is a crime of brute force. A brazen double homicide. A killer on the loose. Village tours through a house of death. A race against the clock to catch the killer--on Christmas Day!

Was it the neighbour who raised the alarm? Was it the brother-in-law set to inherit? Or was it the missing farmhand no one seems to remember?

These are the murders of James and Eliza Williams. From the case files of Heritage Mississauga, this is Mississauga Confidential.

Mississauga Confidential is a Heritage Bytes podcast produced by Heritage Mississauga.

Written by Bryan Ho and Nicole Mair.

Research by Bryan Ho, Nicole Mair and Matthew Wilkinson.

An adaptation of this story by Matthew Wilkinson and Louie Costa first appeared in the Heritage News.

Video Production Team: Bryan Ho, Nicole Mair and Ryan Parks.

Mississauga Confidential is a Heritage Mississauga production.  Heritage Mississauga is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to researching, recording and celebrating the history of the city of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Your support helps create programming just like this.

For more information about Heritage Mississauga, and to become a member, please visit heritagemississauga.ca and follow us on youtube, instagram and twitter.

Music Credits:

“Fast Talkin” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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“Bass Walker” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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Mississauga Confidential

Murder. Scandal. Crime. Welcome to the darker side of Mississauga’s history.

This is Mississauga Confidential.

Starting October 18, 2021 add a little murder and mayhem to your Mondays with a new true crime podcast. We dig deep into the files of Heritage Mississauga to bring you the dirt. Devious delinquents, crooked culprits, hitmen and heisters, this city has seen it all.

Every other Monday we bring you a new tale from the city’s darker side.

 

Music Credits:

“Dances and Dames” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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