A Cold Case: Friday on The Fifth Estate

An update of the story for former New York Islander Duncan MacPherson’s death in 1989 will air Friday on CBC’s The Fifth Estate. I remember the first time CBC broadcast this story a few years ago and am very interested in the second part. Here is the press release from the CBC.

In August of 1989, Duncan MacPherson was setting off to start a new life as a hockey coach in Europe. But the 23-year-old Saskatoon native and former NHL first-round draft choice took a holiday detour to the Austrian Alps and then disappeared—for 14 years.

MacPherson’s body was discovered in 2003, found frozen in a crevasse on the glacier where he was snowboarding on the day he vanished. Austrian police and operators of the Innsbruck-area resort have long maintained it a closed case—claiming MacPherson’s death was one of misadventure, the result of his venturing away from the safety of the designated course and into dangerous terrain. But a new analysis of the physical evidence suggests otherwise.

Five years ago, the fifth estate took its first in-depth look at the case in an episode dubbed The Iceman, and raised many troubling questions about the official version of events.

This week, in a new report titled A Cold Case, the fifth estate’s Linden MacIntyre teams up with private investigator John Leake and top forensic specialists to re-examine and break new ground in the 22-year mystery. A Cold Case presents the explosive and compelling last chapter of the Iceman’s story, and gets as close to the truth of what really happened to Duncan Macpherson that day in Austria as anyone will likely ever get.

All Duncan’s parents want to know is, will those responsible ever come clean?

A Cold Case airs on CBC News’s the fifth estate, Friday, Nov. 25, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC Television.

3 thoughts on “A Cold Case: Friday on The Fifth Estate

  1. I mussed this show…how can I see it?

    • Sorry, I forget to quote the entire press release. Here you go:

      “CBC News Network rebroadcasts the fifth estate Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET, Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, and Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.”

      I think it is also available on CBC.ca.

  2. Poor Duncan MacPherson!
    John Leake wrote the book on Duncan’s case after he was approached by Duncan’s parents. The title is available on Amazon: Cold a Long Time.

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