By Susan Clairmont
Stories walk into the Toronto Star newsroom every day and that is the endlessly interesting river that feeds our ideas at Star Dispatches. This week’s eRead of a cold-case murder awaiting a rare fourth trial is a story not generated in our own newsroom, but one that we feel is compelling and important. Welcome to our first Editor’s Choice pick. More than three decades ago, nursing assistant Diane Werendowicz was found facedown in a Hamilton ravine, strangled. She was two days short of her 24th birthday. Since then, steelworker Robert Badgerow has tried to prove his innocence in the face of compelling evidence. He has been tried three times, and a possible fourth trial looms. Is he the unluckiest man in the world — or a killer? Veteran Hamilton Spectator journalist Susan Clairmont has followed the case for a decade. In Unsolved she weaves together the threads of this fascinating case to offer us an insider’s take on one of the most unusual criminal cases to grip Southern Ontario.
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