This story had more twists and turns than fiction! Nathalie Bibeau, the director of The Walrus and the Whistleblower, is back with her new documentary “The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith” which premiers on Amazon Prime on Friday, May 6, 2022.
The documentary delves into the unsolved murder of Beverly Lynn Smith, who lived in a rustic farmhouse in the industrial community of Oshawa, Ontario with her husband and 10-month-old baby. It’s been 50 years but her murder mystery remains unsolved. Read on to know more.
Who was Beverly Lynn Smith?
Beverly Lynn Smith lived in a rustic farmhouse in the industrial community of Oshawa, Ontario. The 22-year old Canadian lived with her 10-moth-old baby, Rebecca and her husband, Dough Smith. She was a lively, loving and caring person who was loved by her neighbours and family.
Beverly, an old soul, loved to make jokes with her twin sister Barbra and was fond of antiques and sewing. She even made her own wedding gown. The girl-next-door soon became the central character of Canada’s coldest case in the history of crime.
How did Beverly Lynn die?
Beverly Lynn Smith, 22 was shot in the back of the head in the kitchen of her home on December 9, 1974. It has been 50 years since her cold-blooded murder but there has been no hope with the investigation that too went cold by 2007. Her murder was like a proper “execution” style.
However, a person named Alan Smith, who has no relation to Beverly became the central character in the investigation from the night of the murder almost 50 years ago. A result of a polygraph test raised suspicions and he became a key person of interest. However, he has denied all charges since then.
Alan Dale Smith came into the picture in 2007 after a tip was offered to the investigation team. He was Beverly’s neighbour who lived across the street. After, this Canada witnessed the most unconventional policing operations in its history. The operation led to Smith being acquitted of the crime in 2014 (his second arrest for the same crime).
The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith
Nathalie Bibeau’s documentary “The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith made its world premiere at the “Hot Docs” festival on April 30 at 6 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Now, the documentary is set to stream on Prime Video tomorrow.
Nathalie has done some great research as she delves into Canada’s coldest case. The documentary goes deep into the search for a killer and a quest for truth in a mystery that spanned over four decades.
Nathalie Bibeau is the film’s co-executive producer and director. She states that she has a personal connection to Beverly’s story. She stated that “I have a relative who is in jail because of this kind of sting. It’s not related to this case but, when the story came to me, I was immediately hooked for that reason because I connected with the stakes and hyperbole and the theatrical nature of this kind of sting operation.”
Nathalie hasn’t revealed many details about the unconventional investigation that left this case unsolved even after 50 years. However, her diligent efforts in talking to everyone directly affected by the investigation are like the other side of the same coin.
The documentary provides interviews with Alan Dale Smith, Beverly’s twin sister Barbra and her other sisters, Wendy and Susan. Nathalie revealed in an interview that “Access to her (Barbra) was primordial to the life of the project. She is Bev’s twin and felt her pain the night she died. She is someone who has carried this with her for 50 years.”