Hard Time, Syria & Shadow Economy
In 1978, Glen Flett killed Theodore Van Sluytman during a robbery. Now Glen and the daughter of the man he killed, Margo Van Sluytman are working though their grief and loss together. Tonight, the story of Margo and Glen, an emotional, unforgettable story of redemption: a killer who has developed an improbable friendship with his victim's daughter.
And, Syria's president has denied he ordered the deadly crackdown on a nearly nine-month-old uprising, claiming he is not in charge of the troops behind the assault. Speaking to ABC's Barbara Walters in a rare interview today, President Bashar Assad maintained he did not give a command "to kill or be brutal." "We don't kill our people," he said. "No government in the world kills its people, unless it's led by a crazy person." We've heard these lines from autocrats before, but are they delusional or is it all part of the game?
Plus, a sad a tragic story unfolded in Texas yesterday. After a woman was denied food stamps (the average monthly benefit in that state is $294), she took her own life and shot her two children after a 7-hour standoff at the welfare office. Will her story highlight a growing realization - that the traditional economy can no longer be relied on to bail us out? We explore the concept of the underground economy on tonight's program.
Join us tonight at 8 p.m. on CBC News Network.