Episode 166 – Persecution Complex – The Renfrew County Murders

A grim monument stands in Renfrew County by the banks of Ontario’s Petawawa River, where three steel sculptures bend gracefully towards a stone inscribed, with the names of over two dozen murdered women.

The Women’s Monument commemorates lives lost at the hands of men since 1969 and in 2016, it added three more.

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