A reality show that recently debuted on the Oprah Winfrey Network stars an Ontario crime professor and his team of experts — who re-open real cold cases — and uncover new evidence.
“This is more real than anything on TV.”
Mike Arntfield says his team tries to find new evidence in each cold case portrayed on To Catch A Killer.
“There are some shocking results in these episodes.”
In an upcoming episode: the 1999 murder of Clyde Frost. Killed in his Hamilton basement, dragged into his van, and driven to Toronto.
“We have an 80 year old man left dead in the back of his van for days, found by a street parking attendant. Bizarre circumstances in that case.”
Like a handwritten fax sent to police containing detailed knowledge of the murder.
“What we know now about forensic linguistics and statement analysis, with our experts and outside experts, will tell us a lot about who may or may not have been behind this.”
Arntfield spoke to Frost’s family in Nova Scotia, including his daughter Ruth Dearman, who told us by phone, there’s been no closure.
“Hard to believe. He’d lived there all those years. No one had bothered him. I was even surprised when he called and told me he was getting married again. I had just been up there to visit him. Everything happened so fast.”
She didn’t learn anything new from the show, but hopes “once this is out, someone may come forward.”
Also this season: the 1982 murder of Tricia Roach in Hamilton.
“You’ll learn a lot more about this case than has been reported on and that will change the trajectory of this case, because these cases are cold but they’re all still solvable.”
Producers will give Hamilton Police Arntfield’s evidence on the Roach and Frost murders before they air; but one investigator CHCH News spoke to doesn’t expect to get anything worthwhile. He says all the show will do is bring false hope to victim’s families.