13 Hours Inside the Nova Scotia Massacre

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Ian
 Nov 24, 2020
very well reported, with a strong focus on victims and witnesses. frustrating that details are still not clear.

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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.


Episode Date
The Pathway to Murder | 13
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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.
Apr 12, 2021
In The Dark | 12
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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.
Mar 29, 2021
Collision Course | 11
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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.
Mar 15, 2021
Breaking News: SIRT Report Released
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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.
Mar 03, 2021
Friendly Fire | 10
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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.
Mar 01, 2021
Too Little Too Late | 9
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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.
Feb 15, 2021
Daybreak | 8
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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.
Feb 01, 2021
Origins | 7
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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.
Jan 18, 2021
Communication Breakdown | 6
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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.
Jan 04, 2021
Injustice Collector | 5
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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.
Dec 21, 2020
Red Flags | 4
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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.
Dec 07, 2020
Emergency Response | 3
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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   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 23, 2020
Stolen Dreams |2
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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.
Nov 09, 2020
A Shattered Quiet |1
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On Saturday, April 18, 2020 communities everywhere were on lock down to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the quiet, coastal town of Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada. But a 51-year-old denturist with a violent past named Gabriel Wortman was about to shatter that peace. On that night, he began a 13-hour shooting spree that would leave 22 innocent people dead at 16 different crime scenes across the province. What started with an argument between Wortman and his long-time partner escalated quickly. Unimaginable devastation followed. When police arrived, several homes were burning and gunshots were ringing out. Some police officers have described what they found when they arrived as “a war zone.” But the terror and the true impact of his crimes were only just beginning. 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.
Nov 09, 2020
Introducing 13 Hours Inside the Nova Scotia Massacre
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The deadliest shooting spree in Canada’s modern history left us with far more questions than answers. Join Sarah Ritchie, a reporter for Global News in Halifax, as she tries to unravel how something like this could happen there. Sarah will take you through every hour, as it unfolded and together you’ll try and piece together what happened, what could or should’ve been done to prevent it and what we can learn to make sure a tragedy of this magnitude never happens again.  13 Hours: inside the Nova Scotia Massacre coming soon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 14, 2020