Case 164

Cindy James

*** Content warning: stalking, suicide, mental illness ***

During the 1980s, Canadian nurse Cindy James was tormented by an unknown assailant at her home in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was subject to threatening phone calls, break-ins, arson attacks and even physical assaults. Cindy tried everything to protect herself, from installing an alarm system to moving house, but nothing – not even her policeman roommate – could deter the assailant.

When a hypnosis session reveals a chilling memory between Cindy and her ex-husband, Roy Makepeace, she begins to suspect that her stalker could be closer to home. But who exactly had it out for Cindy James, and why?



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Research & writing – Jessica Forsayeth

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro –

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska



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Who Killed My Sister, My Friend – Melanie Hack



Dead nurse led normal life before threats, father says – The Vancouver Sun

We could have done better for Cindy – The Province 

Mysterious death leaves questions – Richmond Review

Mystery death: bizarre twists – The Province

Terror drama – The Province

James death mystery remains – Richmond Review

James inquest expected in fall – Richmond Review

Body believed to be missing Richmond nurse – The Vancouver Sun

Police rule out foul play in death of nurse found hog-tied in bushes – Times Colonist

Body is nurses – The Province

Dead woman wanted gun, infra-red alarm – The Vancouver Sun

Woman’s death ‘not foul play’ – The Province

Private investigator puzzled by police report in James case – The Vancouver Sun

Police baffled by disappearance – Richmond Review

Obituary – Cindy James – The Province

Somebody tailed Cindy – The Province

Family, friends recall nurse’s kindness – The Vancouver Sun

Mounties hope toxic tests will help solve nurse’s death – The Vancouver Sun

Abduction feared by father – The Vancouver Sun

Nurse knew killer, friends say – The Vancouver Sun

Suicide doubted – The Province

Stalked for years, nightmare became reality for murdered nurse – The Vancouver Sun

Stories perpetuate wrong attitudes – The Province 

Coroner’s jury to hear of mysterious incidents – The Vancouver Sun

Threats, attacks preceded deaths – The Province

Nurse changed her story – The Province

Nurse failed polygraph tests, inquest told – The Vancouver Sun

Opinion changed, Mountie on stand at inquest into death of Cindy James – The Province

Bizarre chronology ended in nurse’s death – The Vancouver Sun

Mysteries recounted – The Province

Cindy James inquest was startled by RCMP lie detector testimony – Richmond Review

James inquest hears of 1984 kidnap claim – The Vancouver Sun

Man asked about security, probe into nurse’s death told – The Vancouver Sun

Gory story told under hypnosis – The Province

James recalled blood tale – The Vancouver Sun

Ex-husband denies role in James’ tales of violence – The Vancouver Sun

The strange death of Cindy James – The Province

Haunting tapes heard at inquest – Times Colonist

Cyclist found James with stocking around neck, inquest told – The Vancouver Sun

Found bleeding, staggering – The Province

James’ psychiatrist fears breach of confidentiality – The Vancouver Sun

Ex-husband rips police – The Province

Victim sets fires, claims police prober – The Vancouver Sun

Self-made terror possible, doctor tells James enquiry – The Vancouver Sun

James “hurt herself” – The Province

James’ family establishes bursary – The Vancouver Sun

Inquest witness gives testimony on bizarre events – The Vancouver Sun

Police told house fire started by ex-husband – The Vancouver Sun

Probe told of James’ diagnosis – The Vancouver Sun

Her ‘perfect suicide’ a frame for murder – The Province

James felt ‘something big would happen’ – The Province

Surveillance camera set up near home of nurse, probe told – The Vancouver Sun

Expert ropes own limbs, says Cindy could have – Times Colonist

‘Sent over the edge – The Province

Expert on knots shows James’ suicide possible – The Province

James was happy, inquest told – The Vancouver Sun

Mountie cites clues ruling out foul play – The Vancouver Sun

Multiple personalities suggested at James probe – The Vancouver Sun

Time the essence in nurse’s death – The Province

Doctor made knife threat, James inquiry told – The Vancouver Sun

Ex-husband blames poor psychiatric care in James death – The Vancouver Sun

Book foretold of fatal final chapter – The Vancouver Sun



The Deaths of Cindy James – Neal Hall

Who Killed Cindy James – Ian Mulgrew



Cindy dead meat soon aduio

Who Killed Richmond Nurse, Cindy James?

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