In her home in St. John’s, Newfoundland Donna Whalen was stabbed 31 times. Her friends, family, and neighbours believed it was her abusive boyfriend Sheldon Troke. But the evidence is all circumstantial, providing a daunting challenge for police and prosecutors -- and the course of justice takes many unpredictable twists and turns before the truth is finally revealed.
In this mesmerizing work of documentary fiction, based on the controversial real life case, which continues to stir passionate feelings, Michael Winter pieces together the transcripts and court testimonies of Sheldon’s trial. He preserves the nuanced voice of each witness and the result is a harsh account of the tragedy that befell Donna Whalen and the controversial aftermath that tore her town apart.