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The Coldest Murder Case: “The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith”

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.”

Mallika
I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.
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4 COMMENTS

  1. Janet Hales calls herself a Christian, really? True Christians don’t badger a friend for what ultimately was a lie which Janet was accusing her of anyway no matter what she said.
    I don’t understand why people don’t get the interrogation issue:
    No sleep
    Being questioned for hours on end
    Tired, hungry, emotionally drained
    I would challenge anyone to undergo that and see what happens to them. It should not be allowed, in the US, but it is. I can’t speak for Canada.

    • This is a silly example but it is real to me. When I was in 4th grade, I was arrested and taken to the Police State and questioned from about 11 AM until about 7 PM along with my older brother who was in 9th grade. What kicked this off was the Police questioned my brother in 1st grade about being involved in a burglary an vandalism of a house. Someone had broken into a house situated on a cliff over the beach. They had dumped flour and sugar out all over the floor, and threw the deck furniture and some house furniture off of the deck onto the beach. The reason we were suspected? My older brother had the afternoon paper route and delivered to this house, and I and my little brother often went with him. It was 1962, and the house was at the very farthest from home point before we looped back 5 days a week. My brother said to the cops, yeah we did it and went back to his class. They came and got me, put me into a private room after pulling me out of class in front of all of my friends. The detective put his gun on the table between he and I. I was confused, and didn’t know what they were talking about. They put me in the squad car alongside my brother and hauled us downtown. They separated us and by dinner time, I confessed. They typed it up and asked me to sign it. I read it over, and said NO, that is not how it happened. I made up another story. Same result, tear it up and start over. I confessed three times. Finally, a Detective came on shift who knew Mom and Dad, and socialized with them. He said LET THEM GO, the rookie Dicks said no, they had a confession from two out of three of us brothers. Finally they let us go, at about 7 pm when they finally told my frantic parents where we were. THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE DO, you will say anything to go home ANYTHING. I named names of some of my friends who did it, changing to different friends. The upshot of it all, my life was forever changed. I was a 9 year old pariah.

  2. Agreed. When saying she can get information out of Linda she said she’s not “bragging”. Planting false memories into a vulnerable friends mind is reprehensible. Janet is a manipulative liar who helped frame an innocent man who was an easy target for police. It’s people like her who give Christian’s a bad name.

    I’ve always been puzzled why law enforcement uses polygraph tests even thought they’re not admissible in U.S. court. They’ve been around for decades but are still considered unreliable.

  3. Not even at the last episode and I’m appalled at the behaviour of so called friend and Christian Janet Hales. She’s no better than the biased police sting which I’m hoping will be thrown out of court. What a shambles.
    That poor Brown family must be no further forward after this crap investigation

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