72 HOURS: TRUE CRIME NEWS
2007: 72 Hours: True Crime was awarded a World Medal in the category of Docudrama at the New York Festivals.
HALF-HOUR TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Every detective knows that the first 72 hours after a crime are crucial to solving it. 72 Hours: True Crime is a riveting series of true crime mysteries based on real cases from across Canada and the USA.
Through an original cinematic blend of potent documentary footage and dramatic re-enactments, each half-hour episode focuses on one unforgettable case, featuring the actual detectives and forensic scientists who worked on it. Murder, assault, robbery, hijacking, bombing and arson - the stories go behind the headlines to reveal the amazing technologies, clever techniques and penetrating insights that help solve these crimes.
72 Hours: True Crime episodes are structured like a good crime novel with compelling story-telling and characters, Each story takes the viewer through the painstaking investigative process until the case is solved and the criminal convicted. In the end, justice is always served.
This is a co-production between Kensington Communications, Creative Anarchy and Meech-Grant Productions
Executive Producer/Series Producer
Directors of Photography
Produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canal D and The Learning Channel
New York Festivals: 2005 & 2007 World Medals, Docudrama
Premiered on CBC and broadcast in French language in Canada on Canal D. Currently airs in Canada on Bold, CourtTV, ichannel, and National Geographic Channel Canada. Also broadcast in countries around the world.
Season One Episodes
Episode 101: Burning Obsession
An East Indian Sikh is lured to his death, but diligent detective work and DNA nails the killer who believed he had gotten away with murder.
Episode 102: Who Killed Santa?
The brutal murder of a homeless man whom people called Santa Claus is solved due to the determination of police and scientists, putting his killer away for life.
Episode 103: Angel of Death
An angel of mercy turns out to be an angel of death when the number of deaths in an Indiana Intensive Care Unit skyrockets; an astute nurse and a team of detectives help nail the culprit.
Episode 104: The Ghost
A cunning arsonist stays one-step ahead of the police and terrifies a small farming community until behavioural profiling helps detectives zero in on an unlikely suspect.
Episode 105: Loch Ness
A sexual predator in Meadowvale, Ontario, is caught thanks to the forensic sciences of Behavioural and Geographic Profiling.
Episode 106: Mad Bomber
A serial bomber terrorizes a Prince Edward Island community and manages to elude capture for eight years until forensic document analysis helps ink a conviction.
Episode 107: Double Cross
The investigation of the murder of a dubious Montreal businessman takes detectives into the lurid underworld of drug dealers, con men, crooked lawyers and shady characters.
Episode 108: Hijacked
In 1971, a New Yorker boarded a Toronto-bound DC-9 in Thunder Bay, Ontario and hijacked it to Havana, Cuba. A thirty-year old cold case is finally solved in 2002 by a fluke of modern technology.
Episode 109: Six Feet Under
In the suburban outskirts of Toronto in the early summer of 1996, a man leaves home for a business trip. He doesn�t return. Fearing foul play, the desperate wife finally reports her husband�s disappearance to the police.
Episode 110: Nightmare
Every woman�s worst nightmare when a sexual predator attacks women in the safety of their own apartments while they are sleeping.
Episode 111: The Saint
When a woman is assaulted in a Halifax fraternity house, the perpetrator is apprehended, revealing a sinister trail of crime and violence.
Episode 112: Danger in the Woods
Three teenagers accompany a Winnipeg deliveryman to a densely wooded area for a drinking party that, before long, turns into a nightmare for the teens.
Episode 113: Hate Crime
A young Orthodox Jewish man from Toronto is in Pittsburgh to celebrate Passover with family when he is gunned down simply because of the way he is dressed.
Episode 114: Hostage
An armoured car is robbed at gunpoint in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Police believe the same man is responsible for a series of robberies dating back several years, all taking place during the Christmas season.
Episode 115: Secret Life
In Calgary, Alberta, a beautiful Ethiopian woman is found brutally strangled. The victim�s husband seems genuinely distraught over his wife�s death, but there is something strangely suspicious about him.
Episode 116: Flying Bandit
An American becomes one of Canada�s most prolific bank and jewellery bandits, robbing stores from Toronto to Vancouver, until a police investigation discovers him by chance.
Episode 117: Cold Hit
A troubled mother is found raped and murdered in Toronto. All possible suspects are eliminated and the case goes cold for three years, until a nine-year old girl is brutally raped and the DNA data bank offers a match.
Episode 118: Kidnapped
A wealthy Asian girl is kidnapped in Vancouver. When the kidnappers make a fateful error by using the young girl�s cell phone, police are able to track their movements and capture the assailants.
Episode 119: Lone Wolf
A pair of vicious murders shocks two small farming communities outside of Toronto, but after a lengthy investigation, the crimes go unsolved. Twenty-eight years later an astute veteran detective stumbles across some damning evidence that leads to an arrest.
Episode 120: The Game
When a lonely man calls a Houston dating service, he gets more than he bargained for. As he answers the door, he is met at gunpoint and robbed by his �dates�. The women, dubbed �Thelma & Louise� flee to Canada.
Season Two Episodes
Episode 201: Betrayed
19 year old Greg Parsons is convicted of brutally murdering his mother mainly on evidence of the audio tape of a song he'd written, "Kill your Parents". After three years in prison, Parsons is released when DNA exonerates him and it's proven that a friend of his had given police the tape and, in a double betrayal, had also murdered his mother.
Episode 202: The Hustler
Whistler, B.C. a winter wonderland for the rich and trendy. Three people meet - the son of a wealthy Frenchman, a Vancouver businessman looking for investors and a real estate agent trying to sell a mountainside estate. Unbeknownst to two of them, they are the latest victims of a notorious international con man.
Episode 203: Fat Bandit
A string of bank robberies in Winnipeg confound local police. Most bank-robbers are strung out addicts, usually quite thin. This new man doesn't fit that profile: this bandit is fat. When next he strikes he confuses police further by changing locales and hitting up a bank in Vancouver. One can only fool detectives for so long however - sooner or later a thief's pattern will give him up. After setting up a dragnet and nabbing their man, police are shocked to discover who they've caught. The real mystery, it seems, is just beginning.
Episode 204: Head in a Bucket
A woman is told by a friend that she was a passenger in a car where she was confronted with a guy's head in a bucket. The woman gets in touch with police. But the story keeps changing and the woman retracts. As police dig deeper, they discover a sordid tale of power and intrigue.
Episode 205: Murder on Campus
The bizarre murder of a world-renowned anthropologist over the Christmas holidays shocks staff and students at the university where she teaches. Police get a clue that a stranger described as a female Hulk was seen shortly before the murder. In a case stranger than fiction, the murderer turns out not to be whom she appears to be.
Episode 206: The Great Despisers
A 19 year old man comes home one night to discover that his father, mother and autistic sister have all been savagely murdered. Could it be the $500,000 insurance money and a movie called "The Great Despisers" that motivated the killers to perpetrate such violence?
Episode 207: Vanished
A beloved small town public school teacher fails to arrive for work for the first time in thirty years, leaving an empty house and a baffled community. Vanished, she seems to have disappeared without a trace. The few clues that are found - a missing chair, a small trace of blood on the floor - fail to shed much light on the mystery, until police turn their attention to a neighbour with a peculiar interest in the case. A neighbour who just happens to work at a landfill.
Episode 208: Bitter Truth
When the curiosity of an insurance claims investigator is piqued by the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a young Sikh man, a trail of bigamy, deceit and murder is soon uncovered. Police detectives follow that trail and discover it leads all the way to India - and that the secrets of a massive killing spree can be traced back to one small, bitter pill.
Episode 209: Faith Healer
A trucker stopping at a roadside rest station discovers the fully clothed body of a dead East Indian woman in the woods. An autopsy reveals that she has been strangled, that she has an unusually high level of sedatives in her bloodstream and, mysteriously, there are several pairs of burn marks on her skin. Police eventually discover she is the beloved wife of a revered East Indian faith healer and the circumstances of her death are beyond the bizarre.
Episode 210: The Violinist
Surgically clean body parts start turning up on a highway. Stranger still, they have been drained of every drop of blood. Using a unique forensic technique that takes footprint impressions from the inside of shoes, police are able to connect the body parts to a missing twenty-two year old violinist. Suspicion for the slaying falls on her ex-boyfriend and her new paramour, a college professor.
Episode 211: Jeweler�s Wife
The wife of a successful jeweler is found in their home - stripped naked and beaten to death. The jeweler immediately falls under suspicion, but he's not alone. The couple had been overseeing expensive renovations to their home for the past year - meaning literally hundreds of people had access to the house before the murder. A horrible crime with a multitude of suspects. But the jeweler's wife was no sitting duck - she had fought back. And under her fingernails is the DNA that will lead detectives to her killer.
Episode 212: Thrill Kill
When a senior citizen is killed on a city street, authorities at first treat it as a typical hit-and-run accident. But as they investigate further, they begin to realize that the culprit is a thrill-seeking psychopath who is intentionally out to kill people.
Episode 213: Monster of Miramichi
Firemen are called to put out a blaze and discover two sisters, one dead and the other on death's door. Detectives learn that a man snuck into the house late at night and brutally sexually assaulted the sisters before setting fire to the house. The attacker's face was covered with a balaclava and he seemed to have a chain around his waist that could have been part of prison shackles. So begins one of the most gruesome and sadistic murder sprees in Canadian history.
Season Three Episodes
Episode 301: Frenzy
Three bodies are found in a house, arms tied behind their backs. Stab wounds to the neck. Bloody footprints in the upstairs hall. These are the clues to a killing spree that leaves a young woman, her boyfriend and an elderly church deacon dead. When evidence and fellow church congregants suggest a mentally disturbed youth from their bible class could be the culprit, police believe they have their man. But the police are wrong. And a frenzied killer is still on the loose.
Episode 302: Pointing to Murder
A withered corpse is found half-buried in a field beside a theme park. Too decayed to identify properly, detectives have only the leathery fingers of one hand to work from. When they manage to get a print, they identify the dead woman as a missing wife and mother. The husband casts the finger of blame on his wife's conman lover. The lover blames the husband. One of them is lying. The other is a murderer.
Episode 303: The Good Doctor
A young single mother in small town Saskatchewan visits her local hospital in the midst of a panic attack. Her doctor sedates her. Then, she is certain, he rapes her. But she's a party girl and the man she's accusing is a respected and esteemed citizen. No one, it seems, will believe her story. Particularly when his DNA doesn't match a sample found on the woman's underwear. But the accuser stands by her story. And the accused has not one, but two horrible, horrible secrets to reveal.
Episode 304: Sweet Killer
An aging hippy is going through bad times. His wife has left him for a lesbian lover, taking their kids. His cancer, once in remission, has seemingly returned. When he's found dead in his home with a gut full of antifreeze - "the sweet killer" - it's sad, but not shocking that he looked for an escape in suicide. It's a closed case, until a shocking confession reveals a maelstrom of lies and a story of cold-blooded murder.
Episode 305: The Stranger
Stuck at home and tired of the boredom, a retiree takes a job at a 24-hour convenience store. On her third night at work a customer finds her on the floor behind the register, face down in a pool of blood. Detectives determine that her last customer was also her killer. Only two witnesses saw that customer. And in a town where everyone seems to know everyone else - he was a stranger. Find the stranger, find the killer. But how do you find a man who's defining characteristic is that no one knows who he is?
Episode 306: Hunted
A Toronto real estate broker fails to return home at the end of the day. Her family can't find her. But the police do - dead in a utility closet in her downtown office. The DNA found on her body is tested against 150 different men. No match. The case runs cold. And then an office employee suggests police investigate a former maintenance worker who has slipped under the detective's radar. A maintenance worker familiar with the building but fired from the job due to a troubling history. A history of violence.
Episode 307: Predator
The phone rings in the middle of the night. On the other end of the line, the awful sounds of an attack. The couple that receive the call rush to its source and discover a horrific scene. Two teenage sisters, from Taiwan studying English for the summer have been viciously attacked in their basement apartment. Now one is dead while the other clings to life. And hiding somewhere is a merciless killer, bound to strike again.
Episode 308: Evil Eyes
A dead woman is found in a park. When her body is identified it's learned the deceased is a recently divorced landlady of a group home for transients. The list of suspects is long; the clues police have to follow are few. And the only potential witness to the crime? A woman who remembers a car in the area the night the body was found. It was driving erratically with a passenger in the backseat. A passenger who stared through the windshield and into the night with 'Crazy eyes. Evil eyes.'
Episode 309: Lust
One cold February morning in the dark stairwell of a Toronto apartment building, a security guard makes a grotesque discovery: the dead body of a Filipina nanny. It's clear she's been savagely murdered and raped. Police analyze the list of potential suspects - the boyfriend, the employer, serial offenders in the community. But the crime will remain unsolved until detectives uncover a killer, unknown to the victim, driven by nothing short of a terrible, murderous lust for blood.
Episode 310: Model Killer
A gorgeous young model is bludgeoned to death in her downtown Toronto apartment. The wounds to her head are so severe police initially presume she's been shot. Evidence at the scene suggests to detectives that the killer gained access to his victim by posing as a telephone repairman. But that deadly deception is only one small part of a grotesque hunt - a crazed plot to locate, isolate and murder beautiful women. Now police must launch a hunt of their own.
Episode 311: Dead End
A young couple hit the road, hitchhiking their way across North America. They're free spirits keen to explore life and the world. When the young woman stops phoning home, her father becomes alarmed. But police dismiss the case as normal behaviour for a pair of young travelers. If only it were so. If only the pair hadn't hitched a ride with a violent social outcast living with his brother on the edge of town. If only the pair were still alive.
Episode 312: Bull's Eye
A Girl Guide leader is found dead in her home on the floor of her bedroom. As there is no obvious cause of death, police are suspicious. When an autopsy reveals a small bullet lodged within the victim�s brain with an entry wound through the left eye, detectives learn they�re investigating a murder. The suspects include a lying husband and a violent and abusive son, both of whom are members of a local gun club. Each man blames the other, and detectives have to solve the mystery piece by piece, starting with a love letter found in the bottom of a drawer.