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.