THE MINDS OF MADNESS

Episode 195 – Nova Scotia Nightmare – Inside Canada’s Deadliest Mass Shooting

On the cold spring morning of April 19, 2020, a woman staggered from the woods outside Portapique Nova Scotia. Her bare feet were blackened from running through the woods, and she was covered in scrapes and bruises.

She hammered on the door of a neighbour, who let her inside and called 911.

She told police something had finally snapped in her abusive common-law partner Gabriel Wortman. But by the time she made that phone call, he’d already murdered 13 people and his rampage was far from over.

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Research & Writing:
Matt Snell

Editing:
Aiden Wolf

Sources:
Alert Ready Emergency Alert System
CBC: Here are the victims of Nova Scotia’s mass shooting
CBC: How an RCMP officer escaped and survived after being shot by the N.S. gunman
CBC: How the N.S. gunman convinced people not to report mock cruiser before mass shooting
CBC: How the N.S. gunman convinced people not to report mock cruiser before mass shooting
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