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Cold A Long Time: The Tragic Death of Duncan MacPherson

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May 10, 2012: Duncan MacPherson was a pro hockey player—a first-round-draft pick of the New York Islanders. In the summer of 1989, while touring Europe, he vanished without a trace.

For his parents, Lynda and Bob, nothing about his disappearance made sense, and so they embarked on what became a 22-year journey to discover what had happened to their son. 

In 2009 they asked author John Leake to help them with their ongoing search for answers. His recently-published book on the case, Cold a Long Time: An Alpine Mystery reveals the shocking truth of Duncan's death at a popular ski resort in Austria, and how the cause and manner of his death were concealed by resort personnel and by high-ranking officials in Innsbruck.

In and of itself the above overview of John Leake’s new book “Cold A Long Time: An Alpine Mystery” is compelling enough to make you want to read the book in a single sitting.

However, and much like the author, what strikes me most about Duncan MacPherson was not so much his tragic death – which of course is the basis for this story but, his life.

Ultimately it is Duncan’s vibrancy of living that shines the brightest out of the darkness that is the sadness of a life that ended far too soon.

Yet . . . there is a melancholic undercurrent to this story that like the secrecy surrounding Duncan MacPherson’s death cannot be overlooked . . .

Joining me on this segment of Off The Cuff is the author of the book John Leake.

NOTE: This is a live broadcast of a pre-recorded interview with John Leake that will be re-aired in June.

Here is the link to the book; www.coldalongtime.com