Cold A Long Time: An Alpine Mystery. A book by John Leake (photo of book cover used with permission of the author)

Cold A Long Time: An Alpine Mystery - Duncan MacPherson

Duncan MacPherson – an Islanders draft pick was reported lost in late 1989 in an supposed skiing incident in Europe.  He was a promising player, and there were signs that this young man had a bright future.

John Leake has wrote a book about this mystery called “Cold A Long Time:  An Alpine Mystery”, that I am going to not only read, but will get an opportunity to talk to John on a potential new internet talk show that will be on the FanSided network in the near future.

The following quote, is a brief synopsis of the book, as per the book’s facebook page:


In August of 1989, twenty-three-year-old Duncan MacPherson—a pro hockey player from Saskatoon, Canada—vanished without a trace in Europe. With no help from the police, his parents, Lynda and Bob, drove all over the Alps looking for him, and finally found his car at the Stubai Glacier, a popular ski resort near Innsbruck, Austria. Thus began their twenty-year struggle to find out why their son had disappeared after taking a snowboarding lesson on a beginner slope. Had he, as the local police suggested, wandered off the beaten track and died in a remote area, or had he been the victim of something sinister?

In the course of their search, the MacPhersons encountered an extraordinary cast of characters, including corrupt cops, a 5,000-year-old ice mummy, an amnesiac initially thought to be Duncan, a renowned psychic with a startling vision, a charismatic ski resort developer, and a deceptively friendly forensic pathologist.

In 2009 they asked author John Leake to help them with their ongoing search for answers, and after a two-year investigation, he discovered the shocking reality of what happened to Duncan. Cold a Long Time: An Alpine Mystery recounts the strange and agonizing odyssey of the
MacPherson family. It is a story about enduring love, perseverance, and the irrepressible desire to know the truth, literally at all cost. It is also the story of a twisted cover-up, committed by employees of the Stubai Glacier, the local police, and high-ranking authorities in Innsbruck.

Leake’s findings are the subject of the television documentary “A Cold Case,” produced by the fifth estate—Canada’s premier investigative news program.

“Leake skillfully and exhaustively takes a complex story and makes it eminently readable.”
-The Regina Leader-Post

If you are interested in purchasing the book, please go to this link:…

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