Lightning Lee

The Fifth Estate

In January of 2000 a Toronto judge declared one of Canada's worst criminals a dangerous offender and ordered him locked up indefinitely. It is the harshest punishment possible under Canadian law. Lightning Lee has the dubious distinction of scoring higher than any other Canadian ever has on the scientific test for psychopaths. For many of Lee's victims the court victory was bittersweet. They blamed much of the tragedy on the police, charging they ignored repeated warnings about Lee and let Canada's worst psychopath slip through their fingers time and time again. Could the authorities have prevented several rapes - and a gruesome murder? In this report, originally aired in January of 2000, the fifth estate raised a disturbing question: How much did faulty police work contribute to the making of a monster.

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