(1981– )

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7 Apr. 1981
Just Another Missing Kid
On July 10, 1978, Eric Wilson - a 19-year from Ottawa and student at Tufts University - left home to drive to a summer college course in Colorado. When he went missing four days afterward in Nebraska, his family tried to persuade local and U.S. police that he wasn't simply a runaway and hadn't simply forgotten to call home. The program examines the lengths to which they had to go to find out what happened to Eric, and the byzantine nature of the legal system which seemed less interested in pursuing justice than in avoiding the expenses involved in the investigation ...
1 Nov. 1999
Craig Bromell, and his executive of the police union, intimidate police chiefs and politicians, taking on an American police union style of dirty tactics that send shock-waves through the city of Toronto.
1 Nov. 1999
To Serve and Protect
Craig Bromell, and his executive of the police union, intimidate police chiefs and politicians, taking on an American police union style of dirty tactics that send shock-waves through the city of Toronto. With new revelations including an exclusive interview with Toronto's deputy chief of police, this full hour documentary expands on the fifth estate's original episode,"Bully".
20 Jan. 2000
Who Is Lucia Garofalo?
A Montreal born Italian woman converts to Islam, and becomes part of a ring smuggling Arab men across the Canada-U.S. border. It turns out, those she worked for were connected to Ahmed Ressam, the man who unsuccessfully planned to blow off the New Year's Eve 2000 bomb at L.A.X.
30 Jan. 2000
Disease Du Jour
Two stories of women accused of Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy: a disorder where parents intentionally harm their children. Both women describe their fights against the police to keep their families intact.
30 Jan. 2000
The Tragically Smart
A look at people with exceptionally high IQ's, finding that although they are brimming with intelligence, they may not be what we expect.
1 Mar. 2000
Misty Is Missing
A young woman goes missing from Goderich Ontario, and the police build their case using questionable methods, around a father who claims he's innocent, causing severe damage to his life in town.
1 Nov. 2000
Deception on Ice
A Canadian Olympic Judge comes forward with allegations of corruption, intimidation, and cover-up in the judging of figure skating in the 2000 Seoul Winter Olympics.
16 Feb. 2001
Skin Deep
An undercover operative penetrates a modeling school, and captures on tape the academy's directors actively manipulating young women, by playing with their desires to become super models.
3 Mar. 2001
Air Rage
Pre-911 stories of terror in the skies, as passengers loose their cool, and security in the air becomes a point of concern for flight crews and politicians.
30 Mar. 2001
Prove It... If You Can
E-Coli was responsible many deaths during the Walkerton Outbreak, yet the commercial meat industry still turns a blind eye to fatal disease spreading livestock practices.
29 Nov. 2001
Hollywood Hurricane
Hurricane Carter tells all in his autobiography, but the members of a Toronto commune who helped him get out of prison, take exception with his version of the tale.
1 Feb. 2002
Hillbilly Heroin
A high school teen tells of his trip to hell, as he becomes addicted to a medication he, and many of his peers, are unaware is equivalent to heroin. The company who makes billions from this product is questioned.
1 Nov. 2002
A State of Denial
William Sampson was picked up by Saudi police, and forced to confess to killing other foreigners. After being tortured for over a year, his father takes matters into his own hands to secure his son's release.
15 Jan. 2003
The Forgotten People
After the Gulf War, an American ambassador journeys to Halabja in Iraq, and witnesses the atrocities committed by Saddam Hussein on the Kurds. Prior to Desert Storm, the Kurds hope they won't again be forgotten.
13 Mar. 2003
Deadly Holiday
A young Canadian man on holidays in the Caribbean, mysteriously sneaks aboard a cruise ship, and is accidentally killed by crew while in detention.
15 Mar. 2003
The Bishop of Bountiful
An exclusive interview with Winston Blackmore, the polygamist Mormon Bishop of Bountiful B.C., Canada, about his 26 wives and allegations of child brides.
1 Nov. 2003
Spiritual Shepherds
A young woman shares her experiences of sexual abuse in the Jehovah's Witness church. Examination finds her story is but the tip of the iceberg.
10 Nov. 2003
The Education of Shannon
It all started when two local men were passing the time at the local garage. What emerged from that conversation would change the community of Shannon forever: tests on the water in one man's well had revealed the presence of a powerful chemical. Decades earlier, the military had used vast quantities of an industrial degreasing chemical called TCE - trichloroethylene and buried a lot of the used chemical, not knowing then that it would one day be linked to cancer and birth defects. Over the years, the buried TCE migrated through the sandy soil into the water table, ...
25 Feb. 2004
Run for Your Life
Four young Honduran men are in a desperate attempt to escape the poverty into which they were born, risk their lives by riding El Tren de la Muerte (The Train of Death), to reach America.
22 Oct. 2010
The Confession
On February 7, 2010 Col. Russell Williams was asked to come to an interview at the Ottawa police station. Williams and his wife owned a house in Ottawa and although he was the commanding officer of Canada's largest air force base, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, he frequently spent weekends with his wife in the Nation's Capital. The interview was in connection with the disappearance 10 days earlier of a young woman by the name of Jessica Lloyd. Police found tire track and boot prints near Lloyd's house and the search began, one that lead them to Williams who lived in ...
Jan. 2011
Death of the Don
This episode looks at the rise and fall of Montreal's Rizzuto crime family. Affiliated with New York's Bonanno crime family, Vito Rizzuto came to prominence in the early 1980s when Joe Massino, acting head of the Bonannos, had Vito and his crew eliminate 3 captains he suspected of being unloyal. After that, Vito was the king of crime in Montreal with a criminal empire worth billions and controlling the flow of heroin through Montreal to the U.S. Vito however was extradited to the U.SA. and eventually sentenced to 10 years in prison. As he had predicted, the family's ...
11 Feb. 2011
Death at the Olympics
This program investigates the death of Olympic athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia who died in a crash on February 12, 2010 during his final practice run on the Vancouver Olympics luge run in Whistler, B.C. With the opening ceremonies taking place that evening and competition starting the next day, officials had very little time to determine the cause of the accident. The following morning they announced that the death was due to driver error and reconfirmed that the course itself was perfectly safe. Host Bob McKeown interviews several experts in the field - former athletes ...
18 Mar. 2011
Getting Off Easy
This report focuses on two white collar criminals, both in positions of trust, who embezzled funds, and the adequacy of the sentences they received. David Reiner was a bookkeeper who stole $755,000 from 21 daycare centers in the Toronto area. He fled the country in 2006 - leaving behind a wife and children - and a warrant for his arrest was issued the following year. The Fifth Estate had actually tracked him down in 2008 when he was living in Uganda. Out of money he returned to Canada and was arrested on arrival. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison and spent only 13...
18 Nov. 2011
Murder, He Wrote
An aspiring filmmaker, working on a screenplay about murder, turns fiction into fact by killing for real.
10 Feb. 2012
The House of Shafia
How four females found murdered in a Kingston, Ontario canal lived as virtual prisoners in their own home.
5 Dec. 2014
Stalking Amanda: The Man in the Shadows
A research into the events that leads 15 years-old Amanda Todd to a tragic end. A look into the investigation to find the perpetrator of the extortion and psychological abuse that young Amanda suffered for about 3 years, the faults by the Canadian and Dutch police, the harassment and threats via Facebook and how they managed to help to catch the perpetrator, the dangers of web-cam chats and the consequences of cyberbullying and sextortion.

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