Ep. 2: Think Dirty - The Disgrace of Dr. Charles Smith
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Ep. 2: Think Dirty - The Disgrace of Dr. Charles Smith

In the summer of 1997 Lianne Gagnon was emerging from the haze of grief that had descended upon her and her family in the aftermath of her baby boy Nicholas’s sudden death. She was planning her wedding to her fiance Pete Thibeault when the investigation into Nicholas’s death was reopened, and she found herself accused of the horrifying crime of murdering her son.

A second autopsy was ordered by Dr. Charles Smith, the province’s leading juvenile forensic pathologist, and a man convinced of Lianne’s guilt. Outraged that his daughter’s freedom was being threatened, Lianne’s father Maurice Gagnon started looking into the qualifications and history of Charles Smith and others in the Chief Coroner’s Office of Ontario. Months into the renewed investigation, Lianne and her new husband would find themselves fighting for custody of their newborn baby girl Nicole.

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