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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.

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    • 4.7 • 115 Ratings

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.

    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

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    • 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
    Daybreak | 8

    Daybreak | 8

    In this episode, we hear from police on scene in Portapique for the first time through recently uncovered recordings of their radio communications. The recordings show police were having communication issues and navigation issues as they searched for the gunman in the early morning on April 19, 2020.

    We also hear from Leon Joudrey, the first person to speak with the gunman’s common-law partner after she emerged from the woods. RCMP say she was a key witness, giving them crucial new information about his police disguise and his weapons.

    Then our story follows the gunman as he leaves Debert and drives to Wentworth, N.S. We'll introduce you to his next victims, Sean McLeod and Alanna Jenkins.

    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.

    • 54 min
    Origins | 7

    Origins | 7

    This episode begins more than a decade before the events of April 18 and 19, 2020, when the gunman travelled to Fredericton, New Brunswick to clean out the apartment of his "dear friend," Tom Evans.

    People who knew them say their business relationship had a darker side; they had been smuggling cigarettes and alcohol into Canada from the United States for years.

    After settling his friend’s estate, the gunman took home more than $200,000, and a semi-automatic rifle he would use in a terrible killing spree more than a decade later. And his relationship with Evans was a link to other weapons police say he used that weekend.

    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.

    • 56 min
    Communication Breakdown | 6

    Communication Breakdown | 6

    Overnight on April 18 and 19, 2020, Nova Scotia RCMP were searching for a gunman who had murdered 13 people and lit buildings on fire in Portapique.

    It turns out that police had been warned about the gunman nearly a decade earlier, when an officer from a nearby police force was told that he had a collection of guns and wanted to "kill a cop."

    Police now say they had no record of that warning on the weekend of the shooting because it was purged from their records management system.

    In this episode, ex-Mounties question what was done with the warnings about the gunman, and why local police forces close to Portapique were not called in to help with the manhunt that night.

    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.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

DeyoeKing ,

Amazing podcast. One of the best in true crime.

Terrible crime. Amazing reporting. Thank you for sharing this fascinating story.

Travmaan ,

Lovin it....but

Way too long between episodes for a continuous story

Crimegeek ,

Great pathway

This was well done. I appreciate the clever order in which it was told.

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