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Dorothy Jourdrie

High School Storytellers, hosted by Moe Price, brought student writers into the studio, 1982In the spring of 1996, Calgary witnessed its own version of a tawdry criminal trial in the case of 61-year-old socialite Dorothy Joudrie's attempted murder on Jan. 21, 1995 of her estranged business-magnate husband, Earl.

Despite the fact that she shot her husband six times with a .25-calibre Beretta handgun, Joudrie would be found "not criminally responsible" for attempted murder of her husband, the chairman of Gulf Canada Resources and Canadian Tire. The jury was convinced by psychologists' testimony that she was in a "robotic state" when she shot him. She would, however, spend five months at the Alberta Hospital Edmonton mental health facility.

The couple divorced after the shooting.

Though Joudrie suggested she would write a book on the case and her treatment at the hands of psychiatric health professionals, no such book has appeared. However, in 1999, Calgary author Audrey Andrews published the biography/memoir, Be Good, Sweet Maid: The Trials of Dorothy Joudrie, from an article that originally appeared in NeWest Review. The book recounts the events leading up to the trial, the trial itself and the effect of Joudrie's trial on the life of Andrews. Be Good, Sweet Maid, published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press, was shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Awards' Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction and the Henry Kreisel Award for Best First Book.

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News and Current Events #29
In the evening edition of Alberta Today, broadcast May 6, 1996, coverage of Joudrie's trial continues, as the accused says she did not intend to kill her husband when she shot him six times.

The day's other stories are:

  • Controversy over a fund for doctors.

  • Meteorologist Claire Martin explains unspringlike record cold weather.

  • Microwaves help to reduce prostrate gland - Prostitron.

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