Someone Knows Something: Season 2

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 Two: Sheryl Sheppard

29-year-old Sheryl Sheppard disappeared from Hamilton, Ontario on or around January 2nd 1998. David works with her mother Odette Fisher and an intertwined ensemble cast of friends, family, police and others to re-investigate the case, revealing new information with every episode. 

Episodes so far…

Season Preview

A short doc about the upcoming Season Two case followed by Someone Knows Something (SKS).

1. The Trailer Park 

When Odette Fisher returned from holidays in New Brunswick on January 4th 1998, she expected her daughter Sheryl Sheppard to pick her up at Toronto’s Union Station. Sheryl never showed up and Sheryl’s new fiancé hadn’t seen her for days.

2. The Hammer

Hamilton police discover Sheryl Sheppard’s fiancé, Michael Lavoie, parked in a storage locker overcome by exhaust fumes. SKS host David Ridgen talks to police about their original investigation to begin piecing together what happened that fateful weekend.

3. Blondie

Who was Sheryl Sheppard? David Ridgen speaks to her family, friends and co-workers to try to find out if there was anything in her past that could provide clues to explain her sudden disappearance.

4. Intimation

The search for more information about Sheryl’s disappearance begins to both widen and focus on the details, as David uses everything from Facebook to knocking on doors to try to figure out what might have happened to Sheryl.

5. Girlfriend

In the weeks surrounding Sheryl’s disappearance, Michael Lavoie began a relationship with another woman, Sheila Darbyson. Sheila talks here for the first time about many surprising details.


David tracks down Michael Lavoie’s step-brother, Mark Dempsey, and talks to him about family, betrayal, and the criminal code.




2016-11-18  CBC Hamilton : Hamilton Cold Case: Disappearance of Sheryl Sheppard focus of CBC investigation

2016-11-21  The Wonder Brand Show : The Wonder Brand Show Episode 17: Someone Knows Something’s David Ridgen

2016-11-21  Hamilton Spectator CBC podcast explores 1998 Hamilton cold case

2016-11-21  Bello Collective Newsletter Bello Collective Issue #18 (2016-11-21)

2016-11-21 Reddit Someone Knows Something – Season 2 Episode 1 | CBC Podcast

2016-11-22 Reddit : Someone Knows Something, season two: what happened to Sheryl Sheppard?

2016-11-27  CBC Hamilton Hamilton Cold Case: Sheryl Sheppard disappears and there’s a clear suspect

2016-12-02  Audible Feast Delicious Ingredients: November 19-Dec 2, 2016

2016-12-04  CBC Hamilton Who was Sheryl Sheppard? Episode 3 goes deeper

2016-12-04  Podcast Digest Podcast Digest Interview with David Ridgen

2016-12-06  Tumblr : Podcast Recommend List

2016-12-06  Unsolved CanadaUnsolved Canada Recommend

2016-12-11  CBC Hamilton Piecing together clues after Sheryl Sheppard vanishes

2016-12-16  Audible Feast December Recommend List

2016-12-18  CBC HamiltonMeet Michael Lavoie’s other girlfriend, Sheila Darbyson

2016-12-24  Audible FeastAudible Feast’s Best Podcasts of 2016

2016-12-24  The Guardian UK : Catch-up and download: From Refugee Diaries to Someone Knows Something

2017-01-01  CBC Hamilton‘I need to put her to rest’: 19 years later, mom still searches for Sheryl Sheppard


Other Media

CBC Short Video: Hamilton’s Notorious Murders

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