22 Murders: Investigating the Massacres, Cover-up and Obstacles to Justice in Nova Scotia

Written by:
Paul Palango
Narrated by:
Matthew Hawkins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2022
20 hours 0 minutes

A shocking exposé of the deadliest killing spree in Canadian history, and how police tragically failed its victims and survivors.

As news broke of a killer rampaging across the tiny community of Portapique, Nova Scotia, late on April 18, 2020, details were oddly hard to come by. Who was the killer? Why was he not apprehended? What were police doing? How many were dead? And why was the gunman still on the loose the next morning and killing again? The RCMP was largely silent then, and continued to obscure the actions of denturist Gabriel Wortman after an officer shot and killed him at a gas station during a chance encounter.

Though retired as an investigative journalist and author, Paul Palango spent much of his career reporting on Canada’s troubled national police force. Watching the RCMP stumble through the Portapique massacre, only a few hours from his Nova Scotia home, Palango knew the story behind the headlines was more complicated and damning than anyone was willing to admit. With the COVID-19 lockdown sealing off the Maritimes, no journalist in the province knew the RCMP better than Palango did. Within a month, he was back in print and on the radio, peeling away the layers of this murderous episode as only he could, and unearthing the collision of failure and malfeasance that cost a quiet community 22 innocent lives.
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Mixed feelings. Excellent amount of detail, graphic & shocking, but even though I support the truth, ugly though it may be, the author weaves far too complicated a web of RCMP cover-ups, misleads, & denials for readers to follow throughout this 20-hour listen that really should have been more about the particular 22 victims of the Portapique (& beyond) murders the title leads readers to believe it will. Instead, it focuses a little too intently on the many misgivings & shortcomings of the Mounties. It is MUCH deserved criticizm & a calling out of their code of silence, but I felt like the tragic loss of 22 lives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, relatives, friends & neighbors & their forever-shattered loved ones also fell victim to the focus of "getting" the RCMP & "putting them in their place." I do not disagree on its necessity, but feel the stories of the victims & the familial and social impact of those losses should have played a much larger role in this book. The author fell short in delivering that. But that's just me.If it helps foster real change in the RCMP & Canadian policing practices steering towards real truth rather than protecting their own asses, then, maybe, just maybe, it'll have been worth it.But I'm not holding my breath. I doubt many Nova Scotians or any other Canadians are, either.

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