Dan Zupansky


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On Halloween morning, 1984, 17 year-old Scott Christopher Dove left home in his car heading to classes at high school and disappeared. 8 days later his abandoned car was discovered behind the psychiatric hospital, across the street from the high school. Evidently he had been abducted. On December 1st, 30 days after he had disappeared, Scott Dove’s body was discovered, dumped in a gravel pit, his body left for someone to find. He had been stabbed multiple times, and had bled to death. Immediately incredible rumors spread throughout the city, graphic tales of genital and facial mutilation done to Dove—sent as a message. Thunder Bay police proceeded with their murder investigation but by July, 1985 there had been no arrests. Scott’s parents Dolly and Mervin Dove were desperate to bring the killers of their son to justice, and so they requested the regional Coroner conduct an inquest into Scott’s death. In America, inquests are generally conducted by a coroner, who are officials of a county or city. These inquests are not trials, but investigations conducted to provide information that will assist in determining the manner in which a person died. In Canada, an inquest is a public hearing conducted by a coroner held to inform the public about the circumstances of a death. It is not an investigation. But unlike in America, inquest jurors are prohibited from making any finding of legal responsibility, or expressing any conclusion of law. 2 days later the inquest was halted by an attorney on behalf of his client, convicted drug trafficker Gary Bruce Lamont. He had been named as Scott Dove's killer. By 1986, despite everyone, including the police believing that Lamont was their suspect, the murder case turned cold. Then just before Christmas 2013, Gary Lamont was arrested. But it was not for the murder of Scott Dove. The Ontario Provincial Police entered into an investigation regarding allegations of historical sexual assaults which had occurred between 1997 and 2007. At the preliminary trial in May 2014, victims of Lamont testified about 17 separate charges including seven counts of sexual assault, one count of administering a stupefying drug; one count of forcible confinement; and one count of sexual assault with a weapon—an axe. All involving young male victims, aged 17-24. He eventually plead guilty to 5 counts of sexual assault, and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Gary Bruce Lamont as a convicted sex offender would be required to give a DNA sample. In 1984, DNA was in its infancy, as were its numerous future advancements. It was now 2016, 32 years later. For those watching, it seemed that soon DNA testing would finally confirm Lamont was Scott Dove's killer. In 2016 I began my own murder investigation, eventually cracking the case wide open and uncovering the truth about the murder of Scott Dove, Halloween, 1984. This is the horrifying true story—THE ASSASSINS OF YOUTH.
Year of Release: 2023
Length: 41 minutes