Preview: Cottage Country Murder

A joint investigation by The Walrus and CBC’s The Fifth Estate, available this Friday


In the fall of 1998, Joan Lawrence went missing. Then seventy-seven, Lawrence, known to neighbours as the “Cat Lady,” had been a fixture of Ontario’s Muskoka area for decades. When police started investigating, they discovered that three other local seniors were also unaccounted for. The four had one thing in common: they lived in retirement homes run by the same landlords. To date, no one has been charged in relation to the disappearances.

In a joint investigation, The Walrus contributor Zander Sherman and the CBC’s The Fifth Estate delved into recently unsealed police files to try to answer a question that has obsessed detectives for nearly two decades: What happened to the missing seniors?

Read the full story here.

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