Someone Knows Something (SKS) is an ongoing investigative original CBC podcast series, written and hosted by award-winning filmmaker David Ridgen, that explores cases of the missing or murdered and unravels the visceral ripple effects on families and small communities across Canada. Each week, SKS brings audiences up close with the family that is looking for answers, the investigators who can’t quit and potential suspects – investigating theories, debunking rumours and finding new information – all through head-on pov storytelling.
Season One: What happened to Adrien McNaughton?
Over four decades ago on June 12, 1972, five year old Adrien McNaughton disappeared near a lake in eastern Ontario without a trace. Series host David Ridgen, who grew up in the area, goes back in a search for answers.
David Ridgen considers whether he should create the podcast Someone Knows Something (SKS).
1. The Family
What happened the day five-year-old Adrien McNaughton wandered into the woods and was never seen again? How does a family grieve for someone who may still be alive? And where might he be today? SKS host David Ridgen returns to his hometown to investigate.
2. Mr. Ring
SKS host David Ridgen discovers that there was another witness present in the moments leading up to Adrien’s disappearance, and ventures into the backwoods of Eastern Ontario to find him.
3. The Theories
SKS host David Ridgen speaks with those involved in the initial search for Adrien McNaughton, and weighs every available theory about the cause of his disappearance — from abduction to bear attack.
Is Adrien still alive? If so, what would he look like today? Forensic artist Diana Trepkov creates a series of age-progression sketches to help SKS in their quest to solve the mystery of McNaughton’s disappearance.
Two cadaver dogs are brought in to help SKS search the area of Holmes Lake where five-year-old Adrien McNaughton was last seen.
6. The Scent
The cadaver dogs continue their search for the scent of human remains in the Holmes Lake area.
A divemaster prepares to search Holmes Lake before winter arrives and the lake freezes over. And John Gervais identifies the mysterious vehicle he saw at the lake the day Adrien disappeared.
8. Clyde Forks
Two psychics pointed to the remote town of Clyde Forks in their readings of Adrien McNaughton’s fate and whereabouts. A skeptical look at this possibility as David travels there with Adrien’s sister Shontelle.
9. What we Know
The investigation pauses as the search divers wait for Holmes Lake to thaw. In the meantime, SKS revisits the people, information and new leads that have been uncovered in the case so far.
10. The Abyss
Five scuba divers conduct a search of Holmes Lake.
In the season finale of SKS, David Ridgen wraps up loose ends, looks into ways to continue the investigation into Adrien’s disappearance, and speaks with the McNaughton family about their experience of reopening the case.
SEASON ONE PRESS
2016-05-15 The Audio Signal #54 (no use crying over spilled milk. and coffee. and water.)
2016-04-16 Crime Writer’s On…, Does Someone Know Something? Damned if We Know.
2016-03-29 Inside Ottawa Valley, Cold case stirs memories
2016-03-29 Inside Ottawa Valley, Hometown filmmaker takes on hometown case
2016-03-21 Pembroke Daily Observer, “Someone Knows Something” about Adrien McNaughton
2016-03-16 Inside Ottawa Valley, CBC podcast examines Arnprior cold case
2016-03-15 J-Source, Why podcasts are a part of CBC’s digital future
2016-03-14 The Timbre – Best Podcasts: March 14
2016-03-02 CBC News: The Current, Interview with Anna Maria Tremonti
2016-03-02 Metro News, CBC rolls out its own kind of ‘Serial’
2016-03-02 Now Magazine, CBC’s Someone Knows Something taps into Serial podcast success