I love documentaries. They’re my favorite type of film.
I used to assume they were true stories, but after 9/11, I assume they may only be partially true, if not complete fabrications. I still watch them with the illusion that they are completely true, but at the end at reflection time, my critical thinking begins to poke holes in what I’ve watched.
This doc is no exception. It’s fun for me because it’s based in Ontario, where I live. We just assume nothing bad happens here being Canada, but sometimes I think we have it worse. Ontario is a hybrid of the US and Britannia, and may get Langley and Tavistock leftovers more often than we think.
Follow filmmaker Dylan Reibling as he investigates the mysterious death of his friend, computer salesman Michael De Bourcier. Michael’s sudden death in 2002 has remained an unsolved cold case with the Toronto Police — until Dylan started digging deeper.
Have a look at this series if you wish. CBC has an entire doc series that it funds called Firsthand, and I enjoy picking through them. You may too.
One thing that the doc did, to tie it into 9/11, is show how easy it is to create a new identity. This is an easy way to create a vicsim, by simply taking an old death record, preferably from a child, and assuming it. There are, to this day, no master databases to prevent this from happening.
I made a comment on the show page. It mentions just one of my skeptical thoughts.
I’m skeptical of this whole story, but did enjoy your film making. At the end of the film you mention they confirmed his identity with DNA testing. How exactly was this done? After fingerprints, didn’t the retired coroner say dental records were the next best thing to identify a corpse? How do you get DNA from a long cold composed body allegedly buried in plot 622 in Scarborough? Who exactly buried him? Do John Does get expensive plots in Toronto? The story is full of holes which makes me wonder if the whole thing was made up.
Magic numbers, the DNA myth – two triggers that indicate fakery. It does ruin the fun of so many things, but I still think more people need to pick apart their culture and quite frankly, get real.