NEWSROOM MEMORIES: Bethany Lindsay, news reporter

Position at the paper: News reporter

Years at the North Shore News: 2007-2010

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Current position: Web journalist, CBC Vancouver

I will never forget the time someone called me from an untraceable number and told me he was keeping the bullet-riddled body of North Shore gangster Omid Tahvili in his freezer. Tahvili had escaped from jail with the help of a guard 10 months earlier, and no one had seen him since. 

The caller told me the body was “stinky” and he needed my help negotiating a reward with the RCMP. It turned out the same guy had called police with this story, but they told me he refused to send pictures as proof of his claims. 

It’s been more than a decade since that phone call, but I have yet to have a more exciting day at work. And hey, investigators are still wondering what became of Tahvili after his daring escape. Who knows? Maybe the answer is still waiting in a freezer somewhere. ◆

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