8 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
    • 4.8 • 94 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.

    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
    Injustice Collector | 5

    Injustice Collector | 5

    On June 4, 2020, Nova Scotia RCMP said that a psychological autopsy of Gabriel Wortman found that he was an injustice collector, "one who held onto conflict or differences with others, turning them inward until they boiled over in rage."

    Police say they believe revenge was a motivating factor in the killing spree on April 18 and 19, 2020, but they also say some of the gunman's victims were targeted at random.

    In this episode, we learn what an injustice collector is, and we hear from people who knew the gunman about his history of violence and disputes with others.

    Experts say these events are part of a pattern of behaviour that should serve as a warning sign for authorities.

    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.

    • 57 min
    Red Flags | 4

    Red Flags | 4

    Overnight on April 18, 2020, Gabriel Wortman was hiding out in an industrial area in the town of Debert, N.S. 

    According to surveillance footage, he arrived at 11:12 p.m., 27 minutes after police said he left Portapique. 

    But this is the point where the timeline of events becomes less clear; we don't know what he was doing in those overnight hours. 

    In this episode, we dig into aspects of Wortman's behaviour and personality that experts say were red flags: his vehicle that the RCMP said looked “identical in every way” to a real police car; his extensive police memorabilia collection; and, how he was reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    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.

    • 59 min
    Emergency Response | 3

    Emergency Response | 3

    On April 18, 2020, police respond to several 911 calls from Portapique, N.S.

    Gabriel Wortman has killed several of his neighbours and set some of their homes on fire. 

    The first police officers who arrive find several people dead and a massive response gets underway. Officers start setting up perimeters and call in specialized resources to find the gunman, but he gets away.  

    How and when does this happen?

    And why don't police realize he's gone for hours?

    As you’ll hear in this episode, the police theory of the gunman's escape has changed since the shootings.

    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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    • 45 min
    Stolen Dreams |2

    Stolen Dreams |2

    The first sign from the outside that something was horribly wrong in Portapique, Nova Scotia, was rush of 911 calls around 10 p.m.

    Saturday, April 18, 2020 was an otherwise quiet night across the province. Much of the world was deep into the COVID-19 pandemic, sheltering in place to stop the spread of the virus. But the tiny community of Portapique on the Bay of Fundy became a waking nightmare as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman began shooting his neighbours, and lighting homes on fire. 

    When officers arrived on scene they were met by a car speeding out of the area. Inside, was a victim who would become a key witness.

    But within an hour of the start of the rampage, Wortman had killed 13 people. 

    He had also escaped.

    And police had no idea where he was.        

    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.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

EmHaltome ,

Great Reporting!

I am very excited to listen every time a new episode comes out! There is so much information being revealed, and it is great to get the full story.
Just a random question though: do all Canadians pronounce “decal (DE-CAL)” as “deckle”? Haha took me forever to figure out what she was talking about!

Mastercast Reviews ,

13 Hours Inside the Nova Scotia Massacre: No Spoilers!

This true-crime podcast is about the very recent crime of the 2020 Nova Scotia Massacre which happened in April of this year and was a mass shooting but unlike any others I’ve heard of. I say this not to sensationalize it but to highly how different the shooter went about the crime as well as how unusual the shooter himself was. Here in America where I live we hear a lot about young kids committing mass killings in schools but this crime isn’t anything like that. The show takes you through the 13-hour shooting spree that left 22 people dead, 3 injured, and 16 locations on fire. Solo host of the 13 part miniseries Sarah Ritchie, a reporter for Global News in Halifax, tells the confusion of the quiet community of Portapique as it erupted into gunfire and flames and what about the perpetrator caused the scrambled initial response of the RCMP. It opens up an interesting discussion of what led up to the shootings and what could have been done to prevent it in the middle of a pandemic lockdown in a place where the weapons used were already banned. It’s one of the saddest thorough accounts of a mass shooting I’ve heard on par with the account of the Pulse Nightclub Shootings. About half of the 13 parts have been released with the latest one coming out on December 21st and on average their length is about 37 minutes long with no commercials. New episodes seem to come out twice a month. All voices including the host and guests have been recorded in good quality and the music isn’t overpowering but complementary. Trigger warnings with domestic abuse, mass shootings, and mental health. Itunes has a solid 5 star average ratings with 77 ratings and 11 written reviews.

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TheDadalorian ,

Great start, slowed down

This podcast was great Episode 1-4 then completely lost steam. It went off the rails when as kept going back to the various feminist activists for comment.

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