Ronna Syed


Ronna Syed is a producer with CBC's investigative documentary program The Fifth Estate. You can follow her on Twitter @Ronna_Syed and Instagram @ronna_syed. Send story tips to Ronna Syed at 416-205-6679.

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Toronto police identify killer in cold case of 9-year-old Christine Jessop

Toronto police have identified the killer of nine-year-old Christine Jessop, who was abducted from Queensville, Ont., before being raped and killed in 1984 — a case that resulted in the years-long wrongful conviction of Guy Paul Morin. 
The Fifth Estate

Family of young black man killed in Brampton, Ont., says he was shot by police after calling 911 himself

D'Andre Campbell was known for his big heart and big dreams. He was one of eight siblings living with their parents in a cozy neighbourhood in Brampton, Ont., brimming with life.

Mystery of Australian foreign worker's disappearance in B.C. endures as death ruled 'undetermined'

Almost 10 years after an Australian foreign worker disappeared under mysterious circumstances and was later found dead on a B.C. mountain, a coroner has ruled the cause of his death is “undetermined.”

'Search your hearts': Families of 2 men killed in CP Rail crash urge witnesses to step forward

One year after a CP Rail derailment in Field, B.C., that killed three men, families of the victims are asking CP employees who may have information about what happened to speak out.
The Fifth Estate

Man appealing genetic genealogy murder conviction was a violent child, his family told police

William Talbott II told his sentencing hearing in the murders of a young B.C. couple that he was not a violent man. But police records of interviews with his family members provide a markedly different portrait of the first person to be convicted through genealogical research.

Killer of Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook gets 2 life sentences for 1987 murders

William Talbott II, 56, is the first person to ever be convicted as a result of genealogy research.

'How are we going to get the truth?' Family of man who died in ATV crash frustrated by flawed OPP probe

The family of a man who died in an ATV crash in Ontario’s cottage country in 2012 is relieved the RCMP is looking into what happened around their son’s death after a highly criticized OPP investigation left them with more questions than answers.

Body of Nigerian man who died in CBSA custody remains in limbo 3 weeks later

The widow of a Nigerian man who died in Canadian custody three weeks ago wants to bring him home to Lagos, but his body remains at a funeral home while authorities investigate.

Son of Russian spies returns to Canada after government loses fight to keep him out

After a long legal battle, a young man born to Russian spies is back in Toronto with a Canadian passport and dreams of breaking into investment banking. "I don’t pose a threat," he told CBC News in an exclusive interview. "I’m a Canadian citizen and I’m here to make my own life.”

Barry Sherman's cousin fails lie detector test over allegation of plot to kill Honey Sherman

An angry and bitter cousin of Barry Sherman has failed a lie detector test after making unsubstantiated allegations that the former Apotex CEO was part of an aborted plot to kill his wife two decades ago.
CBC Investigates

Barry Sherman allegedly duped by convicted fraudster

On the day he was last seen alive, Barry Sherman's lawyers filed documents in court supporting a lawsuit against a convicted fraudster who had allegedly duped the billionaire philanthropist out of a $150,000 investment, CBC News: The Fifth Estate has learned.

'Strong suspicion': Dylan Koshman's 2008 disappearance in Edmonton upgraded to homicide investigation

An eight-year-old missing person case involving the disappearance of Dylan Koshman in Edmonton has been upgraded to a homicide investigation, The Fifth Estate has learned.

Fugitives in the family: Son of accused Canadian Mennonite pot smuggler wanted on U.S. drug charges

Twenty-eight years after a Mennonite farmer from Leamington, Ont., fled to Mexico after being charged for smuggling marijuana into Canada, his eldest son has been indicted on drug charges in the U.S. and is a fugitive himself - this time from American law.

Could Canadian's brutal 1969 stabbing death be connected to another L.A. cold case?

Within a few kilometres of where a Canadian woman’s body was found dumped in Los Angeles in 1969, at least two other killings and a disappearance took place within a year and a half.

'In a hurry': Did Canadian woman's killer drop his glasses as he got rid of body in L.A. in 1969?

As CBC’s the fifth estate investigates the brutal 1969 stabbing death of a Canadian woman in Hollywood, the show is asking if anyone might recognize the black prescription glasses found near where Reet Jurvetson’s body was discovered.