17 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.

13 Hours Inside the Nova Scotia Massacre Curiouscast

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 184 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.

    July 2021 Update

    July 2021 Update

    The 13 Hours team brings you an update on what’s happened since the series wrapped in April. A local magazine has been publishing leaked information that some say may have come from a source inside the RCMP. That includes audio of 911 calls made by some of the first victims of the killing spree, who told dispatchers that a man driving a police car was murdering people in Portapique on the night of April 18, 2020.

    Meanwhile the public inquiry has started its work, but there are already questions being raised about who the RCMP has hired to provide information to the mass casualty commission.

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

    Instagram: @13hourspodcast

    Email: 13hours@curiouscast.ca

    Twitter: @SarahRitchieTV

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 26 min
    Introducing... China Rising

    Introducing... China Rising

    Introducing Episode 1 of China Rising - Hostage Diplomacy

    On the first episode of China Rising, we examine  the Chinese government's practice of detaining political prisoners, by hearing directly from Canadians who've become caught in the crossfire. Christian aid workers Julia and Kevin Garratt lived in China for 30 years before their arrest in 2014, when they were suddenly cast as pawns in a geopolitical chess match. The Garratts’ traumatic experience is eerily similar to the case of the 'Two Michaels,' Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, detained in China since December 2018. Using their stories and others as a guide, we'll investigate how Western countries, including Canada, should respond to China's so-called 'Hostage Diplomacy.'

    You can listen to more episodes here: https://link.chtbl.com/china-rising

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    • 34 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

Blujavelin ,

Great coverage, a public good.

Well articulated and great delivery of a fascinating story and botched police action. I thought US law enforcement were the only ones FUBAR but apparently bad policing is in Canada too. I hope some improvement comes of this knowledge.

EvaMaddie ,

Great podcast

Awful story that is well told. It took me a while to realize the pronunciation difference of the word decal. She pronounces it “deckle” instead of “DEE-cal.” I admit I was confused.

Hfx1967 ,

17 episodes?

I couldn’t make it through two episodes with all the repetition and complete bias. More focused on the police than the crime. Probably could have all been summed up in 5 episodes at most. So much potential but mostly a waste of time.

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