This investigative series unravels a complicated web of five decades of historical sexual abuse involving dozens of teens–preyed upon by three teachers. Warnings were ignored, abuse continued, and the ...
E1: The Gun
It's the summer of 1985. Peter Hamer is a typical, goofy teenager partying with his friends. They're drinking beer and coolers. Then he invites his music teacher to join them, with sinister intentions. Thirty-three years later, Hamer returns to his high school band room to explain what happened next. Listener discretion is advised.
E2: The Coach
The coach was successful, charismatic and powerful, and in 1968 he treated student Rob Ferron like he was special. Years later, Madeleine Glaus discovers her son had been groped by the same coach, and had also been preyed on by a music teacher. Both men worked at the same school at the same time. How else were they connected? Listener discretion is advised.
E3: The Dance of the Lemons
In 1986, Peter Hamer told a school administrator about his vulgar, abusive music teacher. Soon, the teacher was gone. Other adults had known what was going on, but it was a different time. This episode explores the institutional failure that allowed the abuse to continue. Listener discretion is advised.
E4: The Crush
On a clear spring day in 2017, witnesses call 911 to report a fiery car crash. The driver of the car is a high school music teacher who’d been facing charges of sexual assault. That teacher's former student, Laurie Howat, is the one who pulls the thread that unravels a troubling web of secrets. Listener discretion is advised.
E5: Face the Music
A predatory music teacher has his day in court, and victims are there to watch. When Peter Hamer tried to reveal his secret decades ago, authorities failed to act. Now they're listening. But after so much time has passed, will this man go to prison? Will survivors get the answers they've been seeking? Listener discretion is advised.
E6: The Demon Inside
When the court documents are finally unsealed, they reveal a disturbing portrait of a sex offender who began preying on students in the late 1960s. Authorities, including police, were aware of the teacher's encounters with teens. The fresh details draw sympathy and forgiveness from some survivors, while others hold him responsible for failing to keep his demons in check. Listener discretion is advised.
This is the best documentary podcast!
This is now a few years old. I have now listened to many, many podcasts, and this one still stands out. The telling of the story, and the interviews are done with honesty, empathy and compassion. What happened was shocking, and the lack of reaction by those in charge was criminal! It is a haunting reminder that we have to pay attention to what is happening in our schools!
Well done investigation and podcast
The emotions I felt listening to this podcast pale in comparison to what these victims went through and how it affected their lives. I admire each victim for their bravery in sharing their stories and have compassion for those unable to do so. Thank you to Jill for bringing this horrible situation to light.
Not easy to listen to due to the heartbreaking experiences of so many. Thank you so much to all those who spoke out and to the excellent CBC crew who produced this podcast.
None of you walked away, all of you pursued together the road to justice. You are well on your way. I look forward to knowing that all institutions who allowed these monsters to continue to be in the school system are named and make restitution.