15 episodes

Canada’s worst shooting spree in modern history has left us with far more questions than answers. Journey inside every single hour of this tragedy as it happened with Global News Halifax reporter Sarah Ritchie. This 13-part true crime series will try to piece together exactly what happened and what could or should have been done to prevent it.

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Canada’s worst shooting spree in modern history has left us with far more questions than answers. Journey inside every single hour of this tragedy as it happened with Global News Halifax reporter Sarah Ritchie. This 13-part true crime series will try to piece together exactly what happened and what could or should have been done to prevent it.

    The Pathway to Murder | 13

    The Pathway to Murder | 13

    In this final episode, the gunman is killed in a chance encounter with police at a gas station, ending 13 hours of horror in Nova Scotia. 

    But this story begins decades before April 18, 2020. Family members describe a pattern of abuse in the Wortman family going back generations. And experts say there are links between childhood maltreatment and violence.

    In fact, a history of childhood abuse and neglect is very common among mass shooters in the United States. It’s one of four commonalities that researchers call the pathway to violence. Experts say ending the cycle of violence for good is one way we can prevent mass shootings from happening. 

    We have much more on our website, including articles, maps, and photos: globalnews.ca/13hours

    Instagram: @13hourspodcast

    Email: 13hours@curiouscast.ca

    Twitter: @SarahRitchieTV; @alexandrakress

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    In The Dark | 12

    In The Dark | 12

    Episode 12 begins with the story of the final hour of the killing spree, and the gunman’s final victim. A mysterious phone call alerted Gina Goulet’s daughter that something was wrong on the morning of April 19, 2020.

    In this episode, we explore how the families of the victims are fighting for transparency and accountability, nearly a year after the shootings happened. They’re planning to sue the gunman’s estate, the government and the RCMP. And the families were key to ensuring that government called a public inquiry into the killing spree.

    The inquiry will explore what happened and why, with a focus on the actions of the gunman and the police response. It will also consider the impact of gender-based violence and domestic violence, which experts say is key to understanding.

    We have much more on our website, including articles, maps, and photos: globalnews.ca/13hours

    Instagram: @13hourspodcast

    Email: 13hours@curiouscast.ca

    Twitter: @SarahRitchieTV; @alexandrakress

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 48 min
    Collision Course | 11

    Collision Course | 11

    This episode picks up the gunman’s movements through central Nova Scotia on the morning of April 19, 2020, as he drove toward Halifax.

    A chance encounter put him in the paths of two RCMP officers. Constables Chad Morrison and Heidi Stevenson were planning to meet on the side of the road near Shubenacadie, unaware the gunman was nearby.

    The gunman shot Chad, and then collided with Heidi’s car. He shot and killed her before murdering Joey Webber, who stopped to help. Then he stole Joey’s vehicle and drove away.

    In this episode, we learn about other shootings in recent years in which RCMP members have been killed. Experts say the force is slow to change, and question whether it’s time for provinces and municipalities to create their own police forces instead of contracting the RCMP.

    We have much more on our website, including articles, maps, and photos: globalnews.ca/13hours

    Instagram: @13hourspodcast

    Email: 13hours@curiouscast.ca

    Twitter: @SarahRitchieTV; @alexandrakress

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Breaking News: SIRT Report Released

    Breaking News: SIRT Report Released

    Nova Scotia’s independent police watchdog, the Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT), has concluded two RCMP officers who shot at the fire hall in Lower Onslow, N.S., during the manhunt for Gabriel Wortman should not face criminal charges.

    The SIRT report said the two officers who fired their weapons did so believing the person they were shooting at was the gunman. This is because he was dressed similarly to the gunman — wearing a yellow and orange reflective vest — and standing near a marked RCMP cruiser at the time of the shooting.

    In this bonus episode, producers Sarah Ritchie and Alex Kress bring you the breaking news and explain what new information is in the SIRT report.

    We also hear reaction once again from the firefighters who say the police “terrorized” them on April 19, and have never apologized.  

    We have much more on our website, including articles, maps, and photos: globalnews.ca/13hours

    Instagram: @13hourspodcast

    Email: 13hours@curiouscast.ca

    Twitter: @SarahRitchieTV; @alexandrakress

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 11 min
    Friendly Fire | 10

    Friendly Fire | 10

    On the morning of April 19, 2020, Greg Muise and Darrell Currie were preparing the Onslow Belmont Fire Brigade to help evacuees from Portapique, N.S. Suddenly, shots rang out and bullets sprayed the building, forcing them and others to run for cover.

    They thought they were going to die at the hands of the gunman.

    But it was the police who were shooting.

    In this episode we break down what happened, second by second, as we describe what surveillance video captured. We also hear harrowing testimony from the firefighters about what they lived through that day, and from witnesses who saw it unfold.

    More than 10 months later, the firefighters say they've never gotten an explanation or an apology from police.

    We have much more on our website, including articles, maps, and photos: globalnews.ca/13hours

    Instagram: @13hourspodcast

    Email: 13hours@curiouscast.ca

    Twitter: @SarahRitchieTV; @alexandrakress

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 48 min
    Too Little Too Late | 9

    Too Little Too Late | 9

    At 8:02 AM, Nova Scotia RCMP Tweeted that they were responding to an “active shooter situation” in Portapique. Five minutes later, they told other police forces they were searching for Gabriel Wortman, who was wanted for homicide and considered armed and dangerous. The police bulletin said he may be driving a fully marked RCMP cruiser and “could be anywhere in the province.”

    But the public did not get that information until hours later. And in the meantime, Wortman’s killing spree continued.

    In this episode, we meet four more victims whose lives were taken that morning before police warned people that he was driving a mock RCMP cruiser. Some of their families say an emergency alert would have saved their lives.

    We have much more on our website, including articles, maps, and photos: globalnews.ca/13hours

    Instagram: @13hourspodcast

    Email: 13hours@curiouscast.ca

    Twitter: @SarahRitchieTV; @alexandrakress

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr

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