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The Shell Lake Massacre

On Aug. 15, 1967, James and Evelyn Peterson and seven of their children were murdered in their home near Shell Lake, Sask. in a shocking crime that still stands as one of the worst random mass murders in Canadian history.

More than 50 years later, a new podcast from Rawlco Radio explores the untold story of the Peterson family and the events surrounding their deaths.

Over six episodes, you'll get to know the Petersons with the help of Kathy Hill, the only remaining family member, as she shares the most intimate details of their story in this exclusive series.

Listeners will meet the neighbours who arrived at the Peterson farm to discover the horrific mass murder and learn about the circumstances that led to this unimaginable crime. The podcast covers the RCMP search for the killer and the eventual confession of Victor Hoffman.

Brittany Caffet, host of The Shell Lake Massacre, grew up near Shell Lake and has a personal connection to the tragedy: Kathy Hill is the great aunt of her spouse.
English Canada True Crime · History
6 Episodes

The Shell Lake Massacre Episode 1 - The Petersons

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 15th, 1967, a complete stranger entered a small white farmhouse near Shell Lake, Saskatchewan. By the time this stranger left, nine people inside the home were dead. Episode One explores the Peterson family with the lone surviving daughter.
Season 1 / Episode 1 20 min

The Shell Lake Massacre Episode 2 - The Night of Fear

On the morning of August 15th, 1967, the community of Shell Lake was thrust into chaos with the discovery of a horrific crime. 9 members of the Peterson family were found dead in their own home. With no apparent motive and no indication as to who the killer was, people…
Season 1 / Episode 2 20 min

The Shell Lake Massacre Episode 3 - The Last of the Petersons

19 year old Kathy Hill was just over one month into life as a newlywed when an unexpected knock on the door changed everything. Within hours she was in a car heading toward the home she had left just a few weeks earlier, but the family she had left behind…
Season 1 / Episode 3 20 min

The Shell Lake Massacre Episode 4 - The Killer

Less than three weeks after being discharged from a hospital for the mentally ill, 21 year old Victor Hoffman found himself driving along the highway away from his family's farm. As he traveled toward the small community of Shell Lake, an urge to kill that had settled deeply within him…
Season 1 / Episode 4 23 min

The Shell Lake Massacre Episode 5 - The Confession

They say there are three sides to every story: your side, my side, and the truth... But when one of us is dead, can the truth ever really be known? We’ll never know with complete certainty what happened in the home of Jim and Evelyn Peterson on that fateful day…
Season 1 / Episode 5 20 min

The Shell Lake Massacre Episode 6 - The Aftermath

On January 11th, 1968, Victor Ernest Hoffman was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the murders of James and Evelyn Peterson... but our story doesn't end there. It's been more than five decades since nine people were slaughtered in that small white farmhouse by the highway near Shell…
Season 1 / Episode 6 22 min