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Someone Knows Something: The Abortion Wars

Someone Knows Something: The Abortion Wars

Host David Ridgen and investigative journalist Amanda Robb dig into the 1998 murder of her uncle, a New York doctor killed for performing abortions. They uncover a network of anti-abortion movements linked to violence in North America and Europe. Twenty years later, debates about reproductive rights are heating up in the U.S. What can we learn from the past? Previous seasons: S1: Adrien McNaughton. S2: Sheryl Sheppard. S3: Dee & Moore. S4: Greavette. S5: Kerrie Brown. S6: Donald Izzett Jr.


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S7 E8: ?A Network of Support?

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending decades of constitutional protection for abortion rights. In this special update episode of SKS Season 7, David Ridgen checks in with Amanda Robb, Lynne Slepian and Diane Derzis, the owner of the clinic at the heart of the Supreme Court case.
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S7 E7: Darkworld

An email arrives from a California prison: ?Talk to you very soon.? In the season finale, David speaks to James Kopp, the man who shot and killed Dr. Barnett Slepian. What does the violence of the past mean for the future?
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S7 E6: Mississippi

David heads to Mississippi, a key state that is currently attempting to restrict access to abortion through legislation. David visits the only abortion clinic in the state, known as "Pink House," and speaks to the workers and activists on the frontlines of the fight to protect reproductive rights.
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S7 E5: Nemesis

David and Amanda examine the relationship between religious beliefs and justification for violence. The investigation takes them to Washington, D.C., where they meet with an American evangelical minister who was involved in the anti-abortion movement ? leading protests against Dr. Barnett Slepian and blockading the clinic where he worked. Has the minister?s position changed?
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S7 E4: What?s Left Behind

Canadian detectives investigating the 1995 shooting of Dr. Hugh Short in Ontario reveal evidence that places an anti-abortion fanatic at the scene of the crime. David speaks to Buffalo News reporters who investigated the U.S. and Canadian shootings and feel there is much more to the story.
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S7 E3: The Informant

David interviews key members of the Canadian/U.S. police task force formed to find the person who shot Canadian abortion providers and killed Dr. Barnett Slepian. Do they think the shooter acted alone? What will the man behind the FBI code name Jack Steele, a key confidential informant, reveal?
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S7 E2: Remembrance

In the 1990s, three Canadian abortion providers are shot and gravely injured ? all about a year apart, all around Remembrance Day. David begins his examination of these attacks by speaking to Canadian family members. In so doing, David discovers connections between the Canadian shootings and the murder of Amanda Robb?s uncle, Dr. Barnett Slepian. An eyewitness account reveals new information publicly for the first time.
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S7 E1: Aiding, Abetting, Abortion

Access to abortion has taken on urgency as the laws protecting it come under attack in the U.S. Working with family member Amanda Robb, David examines the murder of her uncle, an abortion provider in the U.S., and the resulting conviction of a fanatical sniper. Both discover that this murder may be the endgame of a series of doctor shootings that actually began in Canada.
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Season 7: The Abortion Wars - Trailer

Coming May 2022: the return of Someone Knows Something. In Season 7, host David Ridgen and American journalist Amanda Robb investigate the 1998 murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian ? Robb?s uncle ? who was shot in an act of anti-abortion violence. The series explores the anti-abortion radical who was responsible for the murder and the possible links to similar attacks on Canadian doctors. With protests on the rise and debates about reproductive rights heating up in the U.S., could more violence be on the horizon?
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Someone Knows Something Introduces: The Next Call - The Case of Nadia Atwi

From David Ridgen, comes the new investigative podcast The Next Call. Tackling unsolved cases through strategic phone calls. In the case of Nadia Atwi, on December 8, 2017, Salwa Atwi arrived at her daughter Nadia?s home in Edmonton as part of their regular carpooling. But Nadia didn?t come outside, and the 32-year-old kindergarten teacher was never seen again. Edmonton?s Muslim and Lebanese communities pulled together to search in the days following. Initial searches seem promising, as Nadia?s car is found in a park with her phone inside, but four years later there is still no sign of her. More episodes are available at:
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The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 1 in the case of Terrie Dauphinais

?Firewood?: On April 29, 2002, Terrie Dauphinais was discovered on the main floor of her Calgary home. She?d been strangled. Responding officers find Terrie?s three young children locked in their rooms upstairs. Police have a suspect, but can?t move forward.
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The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 2 in the case of Terrie Dauphinais

?Homefront?: David digs into the original investigation into Terrie?s murder. Was anything missed? And what did one of the children see?
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The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 3 in the case of Terrie Dauphinais

?Panic Mode?: An undercover police investigation appears to go south. The clock ticks on a criminal trial.
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The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 1 in the case of Melanie Ethier

On September 28, 1996, Melanie Ethier says goodbye to her mother Celine, and goes to a friend?s house to watch a movie. Melanie is never seen again.
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The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 2 in the case of Melanie Ethier

Conversations with Melanie?s friends who were with her the day she disappeared. Could something they noticed help the investigation?
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The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 3 in the case of Melanie Ethier

Melanie?s 10-minute walk home becomes 24 years of unanswered questions. Did someone see or hear her that night? And what about Celine?s suspicions about an old friend of the family?
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The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 4 in the case of Melanie Ethier

A closer look at the alibi of a person who has been on Celine?s radar for a while.
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The Next Call with David Ridgen: Episode 5 in the case of Melanie Ethier

The final regularly-planned episode. New information about Melanie?s case continues to come to light. What does this mean for Celine and the case?
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SKS S5 Extra: Spread the Word

David and Trevor follow new tips in the Kerrie Brown case and learn more about who the 911 caller may have been looking for on the night Kerrie was murdered.
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S6 Episode 5: The Test

David looks deeper into Donnie?s case file to try piecing together his final days and hours, while Debra takes a new approach to try shaking something loose. New revelations ensue.
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S6 Episode 4: Fragments

Debra proposes a new dig on a Mississippi property in her search for answers. Could it be the spark the case needs?
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S6 Episode 3: Frenemy

Detectives interrogate an apparent witness about his involvement in Donnie?s disappearance and question his credibility. Is he telling the truth or is there more to the story than he?s letting on? Meanwhile, David tracks down the witness?s family and friends to get to the bottom of his story.
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S6 Episode 2: Pitfire

Debra notices a man repeatedly named in Donnie?s case file as a potential witness. Yet police never spoke to him. Could he be the key to finding out what happened to Donnie?
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S6 Episode 1: Mother?s Day

On Mother?s Day 1995, Debra receives a distressing phone call from her son, Donnie. Crying and upset, he asks her to wire him some money. After what sounds like a scuffle and a scream, the phone goes dead. Debra never hears from Donnie again.
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S6 Donald Izzett Jr. - Preview

In SKS Season 6, David Ridgen investigates the case of 19-year-old Donald Izzett Jr., who disappeared during a road trip across the U.S.
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S3 Bonus: Return to Mississippi

In this special episode, David and Thomas Moore reflect on their search for justice and what they?ve learned in the years since their investigation into the 1964 Klan murders of Henry Dee and Thomas? brother Charles Moore.
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S5 Update: "I was here all night"

David follows up on tips, rumours and accusations surrounding the Kerrie Brown case, and tracks down more potential suspects.
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S5 Episode 10 Part 2: Sumner

Trevor Brown speaks for the first time with the man who was accused of murdering his sister.
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S5 Episode 10 Part 1: Sumner

Patrick Sumner was arrested and charged with Kerrie's murder, but discharged after a preliminary hearing. He has never spoken to the media to give his side of the story. Until now.
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S5 Episode 9: Marnie

David tracks down the civilian phone operator who says she received a suspicious phone call the night Kerrie disappeared.
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S5 Episode 8: Other Brother

Trevor wasn't Kerrie's only sibling. David takes the investigation closer to home.
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S5 Episode 7: Luella

A woman writes a name on a scrap of paper and hands it to Jim Brown. Is this the tip he's been waiting for?
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S5 Episode 6: The Call

A retired RCMP officer claims that certain suspects, tips and evidence may have been overlooked during the original investigation, including a very suspicious phone call.
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S5 Episode 5 Part 2: Mad Max

Another muscle car, similar to the one seen by witnesses near the crime scene, was out driving through Thompson on the night of Kerrie's murder. The driver of that car was known as Mad Max.
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S5 Episode 5 Part 1: Rolly

The investigation leads to the owner of an auto body shop, who has information about Patrick Sumner's vehicle, and similar cars that may have been in Thompson on the night of Kerrie's murder.
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S5 Episode 4: Graveyard Road

A local teenager witnessed two vehicles leaving the crime scene the night Kerrie was murdered. What did he see that night? And more importantly, who?
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S5 Episode 3: Helen Betty Osborne

Another young woman was brutally murdered in northern Manitoba in 1971. But unlike the Brown case, a perpetrator was eventually brought to justice. What can be learned from the Helen Betty Osborne case?
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S5 Episode 2: Dead End

David speaks with the woman who discovered Kerrie's body to learn about the crime scene and meets with the police officer currently in charge of Kerrie's case.
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S5 Episode 1: Ravens

On a cold October night in 1986, 15-year-old Kerrie Brown disappeared from a house party. Her friends and family recall that fateful night and the devastating effect it's had on their lives.
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S5 Kerrie Brown - Preview

In SKS Season 5: Kerrie Brown, David Ridgen travels north to Thompson, Manitoba to investigate the brutal unsolved murder of 15-year-old Kerrie Brown.
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S1 - S5 Updates

Updates on Seasons 1 through 4. And an announcement: SKS will be back with Season 5 in October 2018.
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S1 Update: Final Response

In March 2018, David and his team of volunteers conduct a fourth search of Holmes Lake for Adrien McNaughton. It's the deepest and most thorough search to date and, with the help of cadaver dogs, leads to important discoveries.
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S4 Episode 5: Jr.

David and the Greavette family track down every available lead, investigating whether Wayne's murder is linked to the water industry, biker gangs or organized crime.
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S4 Episode 4: D & L

A disturbing piece of information about Wayne's past is revealed and the Greavettes meet one of the people mentioned in the death letter.
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S4 Episode 3: The Deer

Danielle and Justin meet with Ed Galick who was Wayne's former employer and mentor. He was also a person of interest to police. Ed and Wayne were like father and son, but then things took a turn in their relationship.
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S4 Episode 2: Death Letter

David meets the police officers involved in the Greavette case to learn about their investigation and find out what the evidence reveals about who might have killed Wayne.
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S4 Episode 1: 9-1-1

When a flashlight bomb killed Wayne Greavette in 1996, it also destroyed his family. Years later, Wayne's widow and adult children reunite to revisit the case and search for answers.
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S4 Greavette - Preview

In SKS Season 4: Greavette, David Ridgen continues the work he began nine years ago, investigating the murder of Wayne Greavette.
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S3 Episode 7: Epilogue

In this bonus episode, David travels back to Mississippi, follows up on the Dee & Moore case, and looks at the fate of other civil rights era cases in the wake of the James Ford Seale trial.
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S3 Episode 6: Reckoning

In the aftermath of the Dee-Moore case, questions remain. Years later, David and Thomas return to Mississippi to meet old friends, mourn those who have passed and to try meeting the Klansman turned church deacon, Charles Marcus Edwards, one more time.
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