Cold case

Woman was mur­dered at con­ve­nience store


U.S. TV show look­ing into Big Ben’s mur­der case.

A top-rated U.S. crime pro­gram was in Syd­ney last week shoot­ing for an up­com­ing episode that will look at the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der of Marie Dupe in March 1992.

“Mur­der Book” is on In­ves­ti­ga­tion Dis­cov­ery, which is the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel’s crime net­work. A mur­der book is the case file used in a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“‘Mur­der Book’ is ac­tu­ally the num­ber one show on the air right now,” said Lori Roth­schild, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of de­vel­op­ment for LMNO Pro­duc­tions in Cal­i­for­nia, the pro­duc­tion com­pany that pro­duces the show. “The se­ries is based on the cold cases that were re­cently solved.

“So it shows the in­cred­i­ble po­lice work that goes into a cold case that ba­si­cally sits and sits and waits for some­one to un­cover one fi­nal clue, one piece of miss­ing in­for­ma­tion that is some­how brought to light and they’re then able to solve a crime, and it’s usu­ally mur­der.”

Since the show is still shoot­ing, Roth­schild doesn’t know when it will be aired, although she thinks De­cem­ber or Jan­uary is likely.

The episode’s name will be Mr. Big and it’s a ref­er­ence to how an elab­o­rate po­lice sting op­er­a­tion even­tu­ally caught the man, Ernest Gor­don Strow­bridge, more than 11 years af­ter Dupe was mur­dered.

Dur­ing one of the worst snow­storms of that win­ter, Dupe was work­ing her first all-night shift at the Big Ben con­ve­nience store on March 22, 1992. A cus­tomer found her ly­ing in a pool of blood and gasp­ing for breath, just four hours af­ter her shift had be­gun. Dupe had been stabbed 40 times and she died shortly af­ter­wards. The case went cold un­til 2001 when po­lice en­tered DNA from a cig­a­rette butt into the na­tional DNA data­base and found it be­longed to Ernest Gor­don Strow­bridge, who was even­tu­ally found guilty of her mur­der in 2003. Strow­bridge died in an Ed­mon­ton hos­pi­tal on Feb 27, 2013, of nat­u­ral causes, at age 37. He was 17 years old at the time of the mur­der.

“Mur­der Book” is not the first show that has pro­filed the mur­der; it was also fea­tured on “Cold Case Files.”

The Big Ben con­ve­nience store in Syd­ney. An Amer­i­can crime show is re­vis­it­ing the 1992 mur­der of Marie Dupe, who was stabbed to death dur­ing her first shift at the Syd­ney con­ve­nience store. The case re­ceived na­tional at­ten­tion as it went cold and was not solved un­til nine years later when DNA ev­i­dence was used to iden­tify the killer.


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