Episode 49 – Ardeth Wood

On a hot, humid afternoon in August 2003, Ardeth Wood borrowed her brother’s bike and ventured out along the wooded bicycle trails in Ottawa, Ontario. Ardeth was enjoying time with her family, unwinding, and reconnecting with her friends back home while on a two-week break from the Philosophy PhD program at the University of Waterloo.

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The Minds Of Madness Theme Music – Duncan Foster

The Funkoars – Feel The Madness

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“Killer has Ottawa on edge.” The Globe and Mail, August 12, 2003.

“Ardeth Wood obituary.” Ottawa Citizen, August 16, 2003.

“New tips in Ardeth Wood case.” Daily Bulletin: University of Waterloo, July 22, 2004.

“Inside the hunt for Ardeth’s killer.” Ottawa Citizen, August 6, 2004.

“Scholarship remembers murdered grad.” Daily Bulletin: University of Waterloo, September 10, 2003.

“Ottawa police announce break in Ardeth Wood case.” CBC News, October 20, 2005.

“Myers to plead not guilty in Wood killing.” CBC News, October 21, 2005.

“Police had early tip in Wood murder: Report.” CBC News, November 22, 2005.

“Man will be tried for first-degree murder in death of Ardeth Wood.” CBC News, November 24, 2006.

“Man pleads guilty to Ottawa murder of Ardeth Wood.” CBC News, January 8, 2008.

“How the killer was finally caught.” Ottawa Citizen, January 9, 2008.

“A past that offered little hope…” Ottawa Citizen, January 9, 2008.

“10 years later, Ottawa remembers Ardeth Wood.” CTV News, August 6, 2013.

“Ardeth Wood murder resonates 10 years later.” CBC News, August 6, 2013.

“Ardeth Wood’s brother wants to clone the majestic oak named in her honour after violent storm.” Ottawa Citizen, September 29, 2017.

“Iconic oak damaged in storm has decades of life left, says expert.” Toronto Sun, October 3, 2017.

“Dominion Arboretum.” Friends of the Central Experimental Farm website, n.d.

“Central Experimental Farm Advisory Council, May 10, 2018.” Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada website, May 10, 2018.

Audio Clips:

“The family of Ardeth Wood honoured the Ottawa woman 10 years after she was killed.” CBC News, August 6, 2013.

“The pathway predator.” Murder She Solved: True Crime, Season 1, Episode 3.

“Reward offered for killer of Ottawa woman.” The New RO, posted to YouTube January 20, 2016.

Parts of this news report could serve well as the introductory news interview, audio clip: 0:37-2:55.