A botched police investigation, missing evidence, and a wrongful conviction in a city plagued with more than a hundred unsolved missing and murdered cases. Uncover: Dead Wrong takes us through the twisting, almost unbelievable story of Glen Assoun.
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In its latest season, Uncover seeks accountability within Canada's most powerful institutions. Hosted by Tim Bousquet.
A botched police investigation, missing evidence, and a wrongful conviction in a city plagued with more than a hundred unsolved missing and murdered cases. Uncover: Dead Wrong takes us through the twisting, almost unbelievable story of Glen Assoun, who spent more than 17 years in prison for the murder of Brenda Way, a crime he did not commit.
How did institutions fail him — and who really killed Brenda?
Twenty-five years ago, Brenda Way was found murdered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. A botched investigation followed, resulting in the wrongful imprisonment of Glen Assoun—who served more than 17 years for the crime. How could one investigation go so wrong? And where is the justice for Brenda? 3:17
On November 12, 1995, 28-year-old Brenda Way is found murdered behind an apartment building in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Investigative journalist Tim Bousquet discovers, right in his own neighbourhood, a community of sex workers and a pattern of violence that indicates this is not the first time. 45:49
The police investigation into Brenda Way’s murder is going nowhere until a new investigator is assigned to the case. Suddenly, new witnesses and evidence start to appear, and all of it points in one direction. 38:14
The trial of Glen Assoun for the second degree murder of Brenda Way starts on June 1, 1999. But within days, the trial takes an expected turn, and events begin to unfold that place Glen in an impossible situation. 48:29
The day after Glen is convicted of murder he starts to work on his appeal. A new lawyer and an ex-RCMP private investigator find fresh evidence that should help get Glen a new trial. 44:53
Glen faces new horrors while being locked up in prison. But then he makes a connection with someone on the outside who provides a lifeline — and possibly, a route to freedom. 42:57
An RCMP profiler and analyst is put on a killer’s case. He starts to make links that lead to a shocking discovery. Can this be helpful to Glen? 45:35
Glen’s last hope — a federal lawyer opens a new investigation that leads to a hearing at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Tim works to get sealed court documents released to the public. The result is a bombshell. 39:11
What now? Bousquet reviews the original police investigation, talks with Glen and his family, and wonders: What does justice look like? Will anyone be held accountable? And what other innocent person might be in prison? 45:23