Case 126

Johnny Altinger

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Case 126

Johnny Altinger

On the night of Friday, October 3 2008, a Canadian couple, Trevor and Marisa, were out walking their dog in the quiet, suburban district of Mill Woods in Edmonton’s south, when a young, dark-haired man suddenly staggered into their path from the direction of a nearby alleyway. He was hunched over, his shirt was torn, and he had a large welt on his sweaty face. He collapsed and rolled around in what the couple thought was an overly theatrical manner, then stood up and screamed: “There’s a guy attacking me, he’s mugging me, please help me!” He cried out: “That’s the guy!” as a second, hooded man wearing a black hockey mask with gold markings emerged from the alleyway.

The man tapped his mask as though to adjust it, then slipped behind a fence. He peered over the top and called out to the injured man: “Come on Frank. Come back.” Though he sounded light-hearted and friendly, Trevor and Marisa felt uneasy. Suspecting the scenario was a set up to mug them, the couple hurried away as the disheveled stranger cried out: “Can you at least help get me to my car?”

Trevor wanted to help, but couldn’t shake his suspicion that it was a trap. He and Marisa rushed home, where they called the police. Officers were dispatched to the alleyway, but the two men were gone and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. They monitored the situation over the coming days, but received no word from the alleged victim or further sightings of the assailant in the hockey mask.

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Eileen Ormsby

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

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On the night of Friday, October 3 2008, a Canadian couple, Trevor and Marisa, were out walking their dog in the quiet, suburban district of Mill Woods in Edmonton’s south, when a young, dark-haired man suddenly staggered into their path from the direction of a nearby alleyway. He was hunched over, his shirt was torn, and he had a large welt on his sweaty face. He collapsed and rolled around in what the couple thought was an overly theatrical manner, then stood up and screamed: “There’s a guy attacking me, he’s mugging me, please help me!” He cried out: “That’s the guy!” as a second, hooded man wearing a black hockey mask with gold markings emerged from the alleyway.

The man tapped his mask as though to adjust it, then slipped behind a fence. He peered over the top and called out to the injured man: “Come on Frank. Come back.” Though he sounded light-hearted and friendly, Trevor and Marisa felt uneasy. Suspecting the scenario was a set up to mug them, the couple hurried away as the disheveled stranger cried out: “Can you at least help get me to my car?”

Trevor wanted to help, but couldn’t shake his suspicion that it was a trap. He and Marisa rushed home, where they called the police. Officers were dispatched to the alleyway, but the two men were gone and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. They monitored the situation over the coming days, but received no word from the alleged victim or further sightings of the assailant in the hockey mask.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Eileen Ormsby

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Quip – Get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush

Mejuri – Get 10% OFF your first order

Talkspace – Get $65 OFF your first month with promo code ‘CASEFILE’

Noom – The last weight loss program you’ll need. Start your trial today

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