May 6, 2019 1:35 pm

Dark Poutine podcast recap: The Klaus family murders

The Klaus residence in Castor, Alta., after fire destroyed the home.

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On this week’s episode of the Dark Poutine podcast, we hear the tragic story of the Klaus family.

On Dec. 8, 2013, the Castor Volunteer Fire Department braved the icy Alberta roads to respond to a structure fire at a farm a few kilometres outside of town. When firefighters arrived, there were immediately red flags.

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The family dog lay dead in the driveway from an apparent gunshot wound, and two nine-millimetre casings were nearby, along with a partially full gas can that lay only metres away from the front door of the home, which was now almost burned to the ground.

READ MORE: Crown suggests Joshua Frank had financial motive for killing Alberta family

Three people — Sandra and Gordon Klaus and their adult daughter Monica — had been at home at the time. The medical examiner’s office confirmed that the remains of 61-year-old Gordon and 40-year-old Monica were found in the burnt-out home. However, 62-year-old Sandra was not located, and her remains were not found.

The only member of the immediate family left alive was the couple’s eldest son, Jason Klaus, who lived in a trailer nearby.

RCMP investigators believed their deaths were the result of a homicide and asked the public for assistance in solving the case.

Jason and Joshua Frank were later found guilty of three charges of first-degree murder by Justice Eric Macklin. They were sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years

READ MORE: Some relatives of Alberta triple murder victims concerned by killers’ sentences

This week’s co-host: Johanna Hemenway

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Sources:
R v Klaus, 2018 (CanLII), http://canlii.ca/t/hpmwh
After the Fire: Murder, Lies and a Missing Deer Head
Klaus family Obituary
Jason Klaus police interview
Joshua Frank confession

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