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Writing About Crime

May 2018

Chapter 14 - The Murder of Barbara Stoppel - Thomas Sophonow

May 4, 2018


On December 23, 1981 16-year-old Barbara Gayle Stoppel was found unconscious on the floor of the woman's washroom at a Donut Shop in Winnipeg, Man.  where she worked as a waitress. She’d been strangled and died a few days later. Numerous witnesses observed a suspicious male in the store moments before her body was discovered..

CONTENT WARNING: this podcast contains coarse language, adult themes and content of a violent and disturbing nature.

Podcast Props:

Strictly Homicide

Ignorance Was Bliss

Mens Rea

Recommended additional resources:

Stoppel The Book by Andrew Mikolajewski

Information sources:

The Fifth Estate


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