Sasha Reid and the Midnight Order follows secret society of women investigators on trail of pig farm slayings

“We investigate cases that have been ignored, overlooked or forgotten by police, to try to help families get justice”

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Robert Pickton may be dead, but Sasha Reid and her secret society may be everything that’s keeping the RCMP from destroying evidence about the unresolved gruesome serial killings at the B.C. family pig farm.

If Reid’s life outside of work sounds like a cross between a documentary series and a grown-up Nancy Drew, that’s because Season 1 is coming soon to a super channel near you.

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“Sasha Reid and the Midnight Order,” will follow Calgary’s Reid “and her secret society of young women with vastly different backgrounds but one common obsession — the dark psychology of those who commit harm and the desire to protect those that law enforcement has ignored,” reads a Season 1 lead sheet from Nick Rodea at Freeform Media Relations.

“They band together to work outside the system to protect the vulnerable, solve cold cases, and dive into the dark minds of killers using forensic expertise and world-class data skills. Their motto is to have compassion first but let the evidence lead.”

Reid holds a PhD in developmental psychology. She taught at the University of Calgary,  and she had the world’s largest database on serial killers. Her job as a developmental psychologist was to study the development of serial killers.

While teaching courses in law and wrongful convictions, she realized she wanted to do more than just talk about them.

So she went to law school — and just graduated last week.

Instantly fascinated with Pickton

Four years ago, Reid stumbled across the cases of Pickton, and she was instantly fascinated.

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His developmental profile looked a little bit different from the other serial killers she had studied.

“I thought, ‘Oh, that’s really strange. Let me look more into this person so I can fill out more information or figure out why his profile is not the same,’” she said.

“I spent the last four years studying his case, speaking to family members, speaking to police, getting to know everything about this case. I came to the realization that this is not a completed case,” Reid said.

“Most families haven’t actually received justice. Now, the RCMP is trying to dispose of evidence. Look, they’ve got another application for evidence disposal coming up. Let’s try to stop it,” she said.

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Coquitlam RCMP and members of the missing women task force search Robert Pickton’s pig farm on Dominion Road in Port Coquitlam. Photo by Ian Lindsay /Vancouver Sun

She and Sue Brown have been working together to stop the RCMP applications since 2023.

They hosted a news conference and sent out a coalition letter with 40 signatories asking the RCMP to stop its application for evidence disposal.

“We’ve got our court date for intervener status, but we’re trying to get in touch with as many people as we can to help support our case and to give us additional information as to why this evidence is so important,” Reid said.

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The case comes to court June 26.

Pickton confessed to the murder of 49 women on his property, but he was convicted only of six. On his farm, there was DNA of 33 women.

“Those people have not been given justice — 27 indictments, six convictions. That’s 21 families, minimum, who have not received justice, no conviction in their cases. The cases were stayed. There was supposed to be a second trial that never materialized, and these families are left with questions,” she said.

Many things about the case point to other people involved in the brutal slayings, Reid said.

“The jury says so. Detectives who investigated the case say so. People who lived and worked on the farm say so.

“Years of research from exhibits and archives in this case shows that,” she said.

“Robert Pickton has been convicted, that’s important. He’s not innocent. But other people were also involved. Who are they and why have they never seen justice?” Reid said.

The Midnight Order

That’s where The Midnight Order comes in.

“We investigate cases that have been ignored, overlooked or forgotten by police, to try to help families get justice,” Reid said.

There are women on the team from across Canada.

“We try to investigate crimes. Solving is a little more difficult. We obviously need the assistance of the police. In some cases, they’ve been very helpful, but that is the ultimate goal,” Reid said.

The group started out covering just Canadian cases, and serial murders, but they’re slowly expanding their reach.

Together they’re a melting pot of backgrounds and talents, all showcased in a five-minute trailer.

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There’s Ayah Ellithy the psychotherapist, whose strict upbringing is in stark contrast with her hobby of probing crime.

And Florence Tang the data analyst, whose TikTok page is The Dark Triad Uncovered.

Anjali Arora the psychotherapist in training, whose fascination with behaviour is informed by her upbringing in a rough part of Calgary.

Marina Jarenova the aspiring detective, whose double life means a day job at a grocery store while preparing for a career in forensic psychology.

Hasti Pourriahi the victim advocate was born in Iran. Her background makes her want to help those whose voices haven’t been heard.

For Hana Georgoulis the database expert, criminal profiling is both art and science.

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Sasha Reid, left, Florence Tang and Ayah Ellithy in North Vancouver on June 10, 2023. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

And now they’re on IMDB, where Season 1, Episode 1 is called “I Think My Ex-Husband is a Serial Killer,” directed by Nancy Schwartzman.

Other episodes follow: “Stalking the Lone Wolf,” “The Butcher of Port Coquitlam” and finally Episode 4, “Midnight at Piggy’s Palace,” where the Midnight Order meets up with retired police officer Lorimer Shenher to investigate the Pickton farm.

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“They discuss the possibility of accomplices and a potential coverup and speak to several victims’ family members,” the IMDB synopsis states.

Epic debt, worthy cause

Reid said everybody deserves justice and closure, although it has led her to “epic debt.”

“It’s expensive to do. I’m hemorrhaging funds, but it’s been important and good, and I’m happy to do it, and I’m in a position to do that so I don’t get paid to do this. This is not my day job (but) I feel like this is what I want to do for my career. I just want to help,” she said.

“Ideally, if I was to envision my perfect career, it would be doing what I’m already doing every single day, reaching out to victims, hearing their stories, letting them know that somebody’s listening, and we’ll do what we can to help whatever that looks like and however that looks like, building databases and supporting women,” she said.

So why sink so much time and effort and money into getting closure in the form of justice?

“The honest-to-God answer is, it’s just the right thing to do. A family has been asking for help, for justice, for answers, for decades, and it doesn’t seem like anything that’s ever come their way has been useful or helpful or given them resolution or feelings of comfort,” Reid said.

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“And so why not? Why not at least try to get people’s stories back out there and do what you can to make the world a little bit better.”

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