13 Hours: Inside the Nova Scotia Massacre is an investigative podcast and online series that explores one of the deadliest killing sprees in modern Canadian history.
On the weekend of April 18-19, 2020, a gunman named Gabriel Wortman disguised himself as a police officer and murdered 22 people. He moved across the province wearing an authentic police uniform and driving a vehicle that looked nearly identical to a real RCMP cruiser.
He used semi-automatic weapons that were either obtained illegally in Canada or smuggled across the border from the United States. He also lit homes and vehicles on fire, and killed several animals.
The killing spree took place across a 100-kilometre stretch of rural Nova Scotia, in the communities of Portapique, Wentworth, Debert and Shubenacadie.
This series examines how the killing spree happened and delves into the gunman’s past relationships. It draws on interviews with eyewitnesses, police and public safety experts. It also examines the roles and responsibilities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the government in relation to the shootings.
The series seeks accountability from police and politicians. It also aims to honour the lives of the victims by sharing memories of their loved ones.