The Trail Went Cold – Episode 311 – Bernd Goericke & Andrea Scherpf

October 6, 1983. British Columbia, Canada. 27-year old Bernd Goericke and his 22-year old fiancée, Andrea Scherpf, are found shot to death next to a remote road. The couple hailed from West Germany and had been hitchhiking through Canada and an unidentified man driving a pick-up truck is seen using Andrea’s travellers’ cheques in the days following her death. Nearly six years later, a suspect named Andy Rose is charged with the crime based on testimony from a former friend who claimed she heard him confess to the murders. After two trials and two overturned convictions, the charges against Andy are dropped when DNA testing on a key piece of evidence excludes him as the perpetrator, but no one else is ever charged with killing Bernd and Andrea. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we travel back to our home country of Canada to explore an unsolved double murder which led to a wrongful conviction.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Chetwynd branch of the RCMP at (250) 788-9221 or the Canadian Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Additional Reading:öricke

“The Psychology of Interrogations and Confessions: A Handbook” by Gisli H. Gudjonsson

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.