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Alexandra Wiwcharuk documentaries

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her capacity as a producer of two CBC Fifth Estate documentaries pertaining to the 1962 murder of Alexandra Wiwcharuk: "Death of a beauty queen" (2004) and "The girl in Saskatoon" (2008). These records document Burke's process of conducting research, locating and interviewing subjects, editing scripts, and producing location shoots. The records in this series include correspondence, interview transcripts, notes, newspaper clippings, school yearbooks, copies of prison records, production materials, notebooks, audio and video cassettes, optical disks, DVDs and photographs.

Mefloquine documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke as a producer for the CBC program The Fifth Estate. These records pertain to the production of a 2002 documentary titled "The nightmare drug," which examined the effects of anti-malaria drug Mefloquine. The records in this series focus on the use of the drug in the Canadian military mission in Somalia and its possible neuropsychiatric side effects. These records document Burke's extensive research work on this topic, the process of interviewing subjects, and other aspects of the production of the program. Records in this series include correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, production notes, interview transcripts, newspaper articles, copies of autopsy reports, journal articles, copies of military correspondence, legal documents and contact lists.

Parole board documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her role as a producer for the CBC television program The Fifth Estate. These records pertain to a documentary project that followed prison inmates through their National Parole Board hearings. The records in this series document Burke's research work, the process of selecting subjects for the program, and preparations for filming. Included in this series are interview transcripts, notes, correspondence, production materials, newspaper clippings, parole board reports, audiovisual materials, photographs, forms and applications, and copies of court and prison records.

Steven Truscott project materials

Series consists of records pertaining to Steven Truscott's murder conviction and appeals, Fifth Estate documentary projects, and Julian Sher's 2001 book, "Until you are dead: Steven Truscott's long ride into history". These records were created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her role as a researcher for Sher and later as a producer of "Fifth estate" Steven Truscott programs "His word against history" (2000) and "The Steven Truscott story: moment of truth" (2005). The records in this series document the extent of her investigative and archival research work on this subject, the details of the police investigation, Truscott's court cases and appeals, as well as her work to locate subjects and conduct interviews. Records in this series are correspondence, copies of court transcripts, police records and other archival documents, newspaper and journal articles, interview transcripts, photographs, contact lists, and audio and video cassettes.

Ty Conn project materials

Series consists of records pertaining to the life and death of Ty Conn, a convicted bank robber who appeared on a 1994 update of Fifth Estate documentary "The trouble with Evan" on which Theresa Burke worked as a producer. The records in this file, including correspondence, notes, manuscripts, interview transcripts, computer disks, reports, and audio and video cassettes, pertain to the research and writing of a 2001 book about Conn by Burke and Fifth Estate host Linden MacIntyre. These records, created and accumulated by Burke, document the friendship between Conn, Burke and MacIntyre, Conn's childhood and criminal background, his life in prison, and details of his 1999 death.

William Sampson documentary

Series consists of records pertaining to a Fifth Estate program titled "A state of denial: the Bill Sampson story" (2002), about the arrest and detention of Canadian William Sampson in Saudi Arabia, on which Theresa Burke worked as a producer. The records in this series, many of which were obtained through Access to Information requests made by Burke, are copies of federal government correspondence, interview transcripts, correspondence, newspaper articles, a video cassette, and digital photographs. These records document the government and public response to Sampson's incarceration as well as Burke's research and interview work for the program.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke pertaining to her employment at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The records in this series document Burke's progression from contract researcher to permanent staff producer for "The fifth estate" as well as the nature and extent of her research and production work. Also included are records documenting her participation in CBC professional training courses, labour union agreements and other human resources topics. These records include contracts, correspondence, memoranda, income tax forms, benefit forms, booklets, handbooks, course materials, and production credits.

Ludmila Ilina documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke during the production of a CBC "Fifth estate" documentary about Ludmila Ilina, "A question of innocence" (Apr. 2011), which addresses Ilina's conviction for the 1995 murder of her husband and her claim of innocence. These records document Burke's research concerning the legal case against Ilina, the involvement of York University's Innocence Project in her case, interviews with subjects in the documentary, issues involving Ilina's day parole, and Ilina's communications with Burke during the project. The records in this series include court transcripts and legal documents, interview transcripts, correspondence, newspaper articles, photographs, notes and audio cassettes.

Personal files

Series consists of personal records created and maintained by Theresa Burke from the 1970s to the 2000s. These records include personal letters, journals, day planners, resumes and covering letters, university essays and notes, poetry, and photographs.

Canadian military and post-traumatic stress disorder documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke during the production of CBC "Fifth estate" documentary "Broken heroes" (Oct. 2009), on the subject of Canadian Forces soldiers dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. These records primarily concern the research and interviews conducted for this production. Also included are research materials and interview transcripts concerning veteran soldiers with cancer and their exposure to depleted uranium on tours of duty. The records in this series include interview and meeting transcripts, correspondence, notes, newspaper and journal articles, audio cassettes, and DVD-Rs.

Kevin MacKinnon research materials

Series consists of research materials accumulated by Theresa Burke pertaining to the 1994 murder conviction of Kevin MacKinnon, the legal case against him, and his claim of innocence. These records include legal and court documents, correspondence, newspaper articles, and photographs.

Andy Rose documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her capacity as a producer for a 2009 CBC Fifth Estate documentary titled "Someone got away with murder," about Andy Rose, a Canadian man convicted of the 1983 murder of German tourists Bernd Goericke and Andrea Scherp. These records document both Burke's research, interview and production work for the documentary as well as the details of Rose's two murder trials and his involvement in a "Mr. Big" police sting operation. The records in this series include correspondence, memoranda, transcripts, court documents, newspaper articles, scripts, travel itineraries, journal articles, notes, photographs, audio and video cassettes, identity cards, a poster, a CD-R, and DVD-Rs.

Mason Jenkins research materials

File consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke as a researcher for director John Kastner's 2010 documentary, "Life with Murder". The records in this series document Burke's research about Mason Jenkins, convicted of the 1998 murder of his sister in Chatham, Ontario. These records include copies of Jenkins' prison files and outgoing correspondence, police transcripts, newspaper articles, journal articles, audio cassettes, police interrogation videos, a contact list and a book.

September 11, 2001 documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her role as a producer for the CBC television program The Fifth Estate. The records in this series pertain to a 2001 documentary, titled "Terror", on the subject of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. These records, which include interview transcripts, production materials, correspondence, research materials, notes, newspaper articles, and copies of court documents, document Burke's research and interviewing work and the process of assembling the stock footage and other visual components for the program. Research materials pertain to the individuals involved, U.S. foreign policy, the post-attack investigation, as well as the psychology and financial backing of the perpetrators.

"The trouble with Evan" documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke pertaining to the public response to CBC "Fifth estate" documentary "The trouble with Evan" (1994), on which she worked as a researcher and producer. These records document the success of the documentary and viewer feedback, the CBC's decision to run a follow-up program about stories of child abuse experienced by viewers, and the process of selecting subjects for this program. The records in this series include transcripts of phone messages, interview transcripts, a transcript of "The trouble with Evan", newspaper articles, notes, and correspondence.

Alliance Entertainment and Norstar Entertainment files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke pertaining to her work for Alliance Entertainment Limited and Norstar Entertainment in the late 1980s and early 1990s. These records concern Burke's work for Alliance Entertainment as a script reader and analyst and as a director of public relations and corporate communications, as well as her work as a director of marketing for Norstar Entertainment. The records in this series consist of promotional materials relating to Burke's work on Alliance Entertainment production "Mount Royal" (1988), as well as other press releases, script synopses and analyses, newspaper articles, and photographs. Also included in this series are marketing and promotional materials pertaining to an issue of Canadian literary journal "Blood & aphorisms".

Gay athletes documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke during the production of CBC "Fifth estate" documentary "The legacy of Brendan Burke" (Nov. 2010), on the subject of gay athletes. These records concern the organization of interviews and shooting schedules with members of Brendan Burke's family and the other athlete subjects of the documentary, as well as background research on gay male and female athletes in different sports. The records in this series include correspondence, interview transcripts, newspaper and journal articles, production materials, audiovisual materials, and draft scripts.

Death row documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her role as a producer for a Fifth Estate program titled "Deathrow.com," which aired in 2003, and a program update that aired in 2006. These records, which include court documents, correspondence, production materials, newspaper and magazine articles, interview transcripts, prison records, reports, notes, and audiovisual materials, document Burke's research work, interviews conducted and her involvement in the production of film shoots.

Gerry Clark research materials

  • S00436
  • Series
  • 1928-1930, 1940, 1941, 2003-2005, predominant 1928-1930
  • Part of Theresa Burke fonds

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her role as a producer for the CBC program The Fifth Estate. These records pertain to the family history of Gerry Clark, son of Sanford Clark, the Saskatchewan-born boy involved in the Gordon Stewart Northcott serial murders in California. The files in this series consist of copies of court transcripts from the 1929 murder trial of Gordon Stewart Northcott as well as copies of Northcott's prison correspondence and appeal documents. Other records in this series are interview transcripts and notes, correspondence, travel itineraries, production materials, newspaper articles, and notes pertaining to Burke's research about Gerry Clark, who was considered a possible suspect in the 1962 murder of Alexandra Wiwcharuk. The materials in this series may be connected to Burke's work as producer for Fifth Estate documentaries about Wiwcharuk's murder, "Death of a beauty queen" and "The girl from Saskatoon."

Miscellaneous project materials

File consists of a variety of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her role as a producer for the CBC television program "The fifth estate". These records pertain to a number of documentary projects created and aired by "The fifth estate" as well as research topics not produced by "The fifth estate". Textual records in this series include copies of court documents, correspondence, contact lists, medical records, photographs, scripts, interview notes and transcripts, and journal and newspaper articles. These textual records relate to Burke's research projects on various subjects such as oil production, fugitive Jaroslav "Jerry" Ambrozuk, possible wrongful convictions, Karla Homolka, child chess players Jeff and Julia Sawrer, eco-terrorism, Tvind schools, and Canadian murder convicts Atif Ratay and Sebastian Burns. Audiovisual materials in this series include copies of completed "Fifth estate" and other CBC documentaries and video materials acquired for research purposes, in video cassette and DVD-R formats.

Shipbreaking documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her role as a producer for the CBC television program The Fifth Estate. The records in this series pertain to the production of a 2005 documentary titled "The big break," on the topic of shipbreaking. These records, which include interview transcripts, production materials, newspaper and journal articles, research materials, scripts, court transcripts, video cassettes, and photographs, document Burke's research work, interviews, and production preparations for a film shoot in India in 2004. Video cassettes in this series consist of stock footage for use in the documentary.

Prisoner spouses documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke during the production of a CBC "Fifth estate" documentary about the spouses of prisoners, "The devil you know" (Feb. 2011). These records document research about the subjects of the documentary, the organization of interviews, and the construction of a final program script. The records in this series include correspondence, notes, draft scripts, interview transcripts, legal and court documents, photographs, and newspaper and journal articles.

Shaken baby syndrome documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke during the production of a CBC "Fifth estate" documentary about shaken baby syndrome, "Diagnosis murder" (Jan. 2012). These records primarily document the legal case of Jeffrey Smith and the death of his infant daughter, as well as research about controversy concerning the diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome. The records in this series include court transcripts and legal documents, medical records, draft scripts, correspondence, interview notes, and newspaper and journal articles.

Helena and Sandy Munroe documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke in her role as a producer for the CBC's The Fifth Estate. These records pertain specifically to a 2007 program titled "The lady vanishes," which examines the relationship and separation of Nova Scotia couple Helena and Sandy Munroe, and document Burke's research work, interviews conducted, and travel plans made for the production of this program. Also included are viewer complaint letters sent to the CBC after the program aired. Records in this series include interview transcripts, newspaper articles, production materials, scripts, correspondence, copies of legal documents, travel itineraries, police records and audiovisual materials.

Wayne Carlson documentary

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke as producer for a Fifth Estate program titled "You be the judge" (2006) about Wayne Carlson, a convicted bank robber and thief, his rehabilitation and re-arrest, and his appearance before the National Parole Board. These records, which include correspondence, scripts, interview transcripts, production materials, and video cassettes, pertain to Burke's research and interview work for this project and the production of the program.

Witness protection research materials

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Theresa Burke on the subject of witness protection, specifically the case of Canadian police informant Tami Morrisroe. These records, including correspondence, interview transcripts and audio cassettes, document Burke's preliminary research and interview work on this subject for an unidentified project.