Beverly Lynn Smith: What happened to murdered Ontario woman?

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The young mother was murdered in 1974 with a single gunshot wound to the head without anyone being convicted of the crime

The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith tells the story of the 22-year-old mother whose murder in Oshawa, Ontario remains a mystery to this day.

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Directed by Nathalie Bibeau (The Walrus, Whistleblower), this Amazon original documentary series delves deep into the tragic murder story and seeks to uncover what happened to her.

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Featuring testimonies from investigators, experts and family members, the series follows the police investigation into prime suspect Alan Smith.

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Smith, whom police arrest in an elaborate undercover operation four decades later, is on trial – but did he really do it?

Here’s everything you need to know about what happened to Beverly Lynn Smith and the hunt for her killer.

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Who Was Beverly Lynn Smith?

Four decades after Beverly Lynn Smith’s murder remains unsolved

Beverly Lynn Smith was a 22-year-old mother and wife living in a rustic farmhouse in the industrial town of Raglan, Oshawa, Canada.

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Smith was married to her husband Doug for four years and the couple had a 10-month-old daughter named Rebecca.

A popular member of her community, Smith was often seen with her twin sister, Barbra, and other sisters, Wendy and Susan.

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What happened to Beverly Lynn Smith?

On December 9, 1974, Smith was murdered at her home.

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Her body was discovered on the kitchen floor after a neighbor searched for her when she failed to answer her husband’s calls.

Her daughter was found safe and unharmed, asleep in her cot.

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how did she die

Smith was shot in the back of the head with a single gunshot wound.

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No weapon was found at the scene, but police suspect she was shot with a Point 22 caliber handgun.

The incident was not treated as a robbery as the killer had not stolen anything or vandalized the home.

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The police struggled to find a motive for the crime and the case eventually went cold.

Has anyone ever been convicted of her murder?

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Smith’s murder remains unsolved to this day.

In 2007, a lead indicated that her neighbor Alan Smith (unrelated) was involved, and he became a key person of interest.

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He was arrested more than 30 years after the crime in 2008 but the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.

He was arrested again in 2014 after Durham Police conducted an undercover operation.

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He went to court but was acquitted due to the nature of his arrest.

Smith has always maintained his innocence of the murder.

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What is “The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith” about?

The series revisits the Cold Case murder that took place four decades ago and investigates the intricate undercover operation that will identify prime suspect Alan Smith.

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Spanning four episodes, it features firsthand accounts, expert testimony and rare access to family members, including her daughter Rebecca, who was a baby when her mother was murdered.

When will The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith release on Amazon Prime?

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The four-part documentary series is currently available to watch on Amazon Prime.

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