City of ShadowsCity: Kingston
Every city has its secrets. City of Shadows shines a light into Kingston’s dark past, revealing the world just beneath the surface and just outside the law.
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In the 1890’s, a rash of grave robberies rocked the city. Who was behind this wave of ghoulish crimes? The answer lies in the hallowed halls of academia.
Norm Conley was just a poor islander with a heart that belonged to the river until prohibition offered him a life of adventure, prosperity and danger.
In 1971, a riot broke out at Kingston Penitentiary. Inside, a power struggle threatened to plunge the prison into madness.
Just beneath the green lawns and playgrounds of McBurney Park lies a vast burial ground. Dig into the past of Kingston’s infamous Skeleton Park.
Explore Ontario’s unquiet relationship with alcohol is explored as cunning entrepreneurs find ways to skirt the LCBO’s iron grip.
Episode 1 - Sir John A. Confidential
From the gutters straight to your door, take a look at Teflon Johnny A, who grew from a punk lawyer in Picton to become the first Prime Minister of Canada, surviving scandal after scandal.
Episode 2 - Prisoners of Fort Henry
Built to defend the Saint Lawrence from American attack, it was used to hold prisoners instead. Its history is marked by escapes, hangings and even a beer hall.
Episode 3 - 1972
Built as a model for technologically advanced prisons, Millhaven Penitentiary’s reputation was permanently scarred by the largest mass escape in Canadian history. One night in July, a chase began that would take law enforcement to across Canada and to the other side of the globe.
Episode 4 - The Hidden War
The invasion began centuries ago, and continues this day. The enemy: Rats. Follow the day-to-day struggle to drive back the invaders and reclaim our city from the rodent menace.
Episode 5 - Follow the Arrow
In the summer of 1927, racism in Kingston reached a peak with a Ku Klux Klan rally that attracted 25,000 people. Follow the rise and fall of the first iteration of the Klan in Canada.