The Portapique Portal – Part 1; A cold dark night

April 9th 2020 – tweet from RCMPNS specifically warning the public not to rely on twitter during an emergency.

April 09th 2020 – TL of Hammonds Plains is arrested on multiple weapons charges after being seen driving an ex cop car erratically in Lucasville and waving an assault rifle out the window

April 17 2020 – Lee Bergerman assures Nova Scotians they are protected

April 2020 – Masonic Magazine SRA76

April 18-19 2020 – Gunman kills at least 18 in Nova Scotia

The Eagle’s Nest – Part 1

April 18 – 19 2020 – Wortman massacres everyone in his circle

April 18th 2020 – 9:00 pm – Allan Griffon sees flames at Wortman’s cottage

April 18th 2020 – 9:15 pm – Peter Griffon calls 911 sayin Wortman’s cottage is on fire.

April 18th 2020 – 10:00 pm – “Great Village Fire Chief Larry Kinsman said in a recent interview that he was called by Bass River Fire Chief Alfred Grue sometime after 10 p.m. but before 10:30 p.m. and told about a number of fires at Portapique. He said the RCMP had already ordered the Bass River department to stand by.”

April 18 2020 10:01 pm – Paul Palango and Frank Magazine Article – The first 911 call is from Jamie Blair


911: 911. What is your emergency?

Jamie Blair: (inaudible) my neighbor (inaudible) been shot.

911: I’m sorry I can’t make out what you are saying.

JB: my neighbor is (inaudible) fucked up, I think he just shot my husband.

911: You think your husband’s been shot?

JB: Yes.

911: Okay. Do you have a home phone or landline to that location, where are you?

JB: I don’t.

911: What is your civic address?

JB: 123 Orchard Beach Drive in Portapique.

911: 123 Orchard Beach, is your husband injured?

JB: I don’t know, he is laying on the deck, I don’t know what the fuck is going on, there is a police car in the fucking driveway.

911: There’s police cars in the driveway?

JB: There’s (inaudible) police car, but he drives…he is a denturist and he drives..those police cars….

911: I’m sorry, did you say there was a police car in your driveway?

JB: There is an RCM (inaudible) labeled RCMP (inaudible) if it’s a police car or if it’s not a police car.

911: Listen, you’re at 123 Orchard Beach Drive in Portapique, Colchester County?

JB: Yes.

911: You called from 902 (phone number)?

JB: Yes.

911: Is your husband injured?

JB: I don’t know.

911: Can you see him?

JB: He is lying face down on the deck.

911: Okay. Has he moved?

JB: I went back out to check on him and the man was coming back up on the deck with a big gun.

911: Okay, stay on the line and we’re going to the police, don’t hang up.

JB: (inaudible) anywhere?

RCMP: RCMP, Bonjour. Hello, can you see your husband from where you are?

The tape cuts off at this point. We do not know what is on the RCMP part of the tape.

It was around this point that Wortman returned to the house, found Blair and shot her numerous times in the face. After he killed her, Wortman fired a number of shots at Blair’s children who were hiding behind a locked bedroom door. One of those bullets narrowly missed one of the boys. According to a source close to the family, Wortman yelled at the boys, words to this effect: “She should have died the first time.” In the aftermath, bullet holes could be found around the house, through various windows and walls, in the soffit outside and in a garage door. Wortman pulled some burning logs out of the fireplace and placed them on the floor in a feeble attempt to burn down the house and possibly incinerate Jamie Blair. According to another source, in a bizarre move, Wortman placed hot dog or hamburger buns on a stove and tried to ignite them, before he left the scene. 

The Blair children came out of hiding to find their mother killed — horribly mutilated and unrecognizable. They put the logs back into the fireplace and then went outside where their father was lying dead face down on the porch. Their family dog, Zoey, a nine-year-old miniature pinscher, had also been shot, but would survive after being rushed to a veterinarian in Truro hours later.

One of the boys dug into their dead-father’s pants pocket and pulled out his cell phone, before they both gingerly made their way over to the McCully property, through a path in a patch of woods to the south. During this period, it has been previously reported, it appears that Wortman circled by the house twice, but didn’t see the boys.

  McCully ushered the children into the basement with her daughter and son and then went to check what was happening. It was then that she likely came across Wortman, who shot her in the head on her front lawn. The next call to 911 was logged in at 10:16:30. It was from Jamie Blair’s 12-year-old son. He and Lisa McCully’s 12-year-old daughter were in the basement. Their younger brothers had left the house and gone outside. The boy took charge of the situation. 

In a clear and composed tone of voice, he heroically attempted to explain the gravity of the situation to a male 911 operator who couldn’t seem to focus on the situation or the possible perils facing the four children.

April 18 2020 10:02 pm – Random Video I took while on the deck. There was a strange vibe in the air. (tweet deleted)

April 18 2020 10:16 pm – The kids call 911 from the basement


911: Hello?

JAMIE BLAIR’S SON: Um, there is a crazy man, and he is burning down his own garage, he came over to our house, killed both our parents, and is burning down our house!

911: Ma’am where are you at right now do you know the address?

JBS: Yes, we are at our neighbour’s house in, in between… we are at … what’s your address?

LISA MCCULLY’S DAUGHTER: (inaudible) 1-2…

911: Are you in Portapique?

JBS: Yes, Portapique! (inaudible)

911: K, Miss, miss, miss, I understand we’ve already got calls in for this area, you say there is a fire there now?

JBS: Yes, there is a huge fire.

911: Do you know which house you are at there in Portapique?

JBS: Um, 135 Orchard Beach Road…

911: 135 Orchard Beach Road?

JBS: Orchard Beach Drive. Do you know where Portapique Beach Drive is?

911: Yep.

JBS: I mean Portapique Beach Drive is?

911: Yes.

JBS: (inaudible) And then you take a left on the first one.

911: Okay. Is that where the fire is?

JBS: Yes.

911: Yes? Okay, just stay on the phone for me okay?

JBS: Yes, that’s where we are and ….

911: Miss

JBS: The fire is right across

911: The fire is across the street?

JBS: Yes

911: So at 136?

JBS: Yes, wait, 135 Orchard Beach Drive.

911: That’s where you are at, right now?

JBS: Yes

911: OK where is the fire at? Is it across the street?

LMD: Yes, it’s right across the street from us.

JBS: Yes, our house, my and my little brother’s house is 123 Orchard Beach Drive, right beside it.

911: 123, OK. And the fire is at 123?

JBS: He came in, he shot my father ten times. My mom was calling (911) and he came in and he killed her.

911: Okay. And where is she at? Is she still in the house?

JBS: She’s dead. In her room.

911: In her room. Okay.

JBS: And she is burning. (inaudible) is on fire.

911: Okay, where is the guy who did this?

JBS: We don’t know. He pulled out of the driveway and left.

911: Did you see what kind of vehicle?

JBS: It was a police car, I couldn’t find, uh, I couldn’t find the license.

911: Okay. Did you see anything else about the vehicle. You said it was a police car?

JBS: Yes, it was.

911: It was?

JBS: Like a police car.

911: Ok, alright, so we’ve got police are on the way for the other part of this I’m going to put you in contact with fire. Okay we have 135 Orchard Beach Drive in Portapique.

JBS: Oh, and they shot our dog, and half of our dog is missing

911: Ok, 135 Orchard Beach Drive in Portapique, Colchester County. Right?

JBS: Yes.

911: Okay. Do you have a cell phone number or a number we can get you?

JBS: No. Alex, what’s your phone number?

LMD: We don’t have one.

JBS: We don’t have one. Her mom went over there, and she hasn’t come back.

911: Okay

JBS: We don’t know where our little brothers are, they went outside, I guess.

911: Okay, alright, you don’t have a phone number or anything?

JBS: No, we don’t.

911: Okay, alright, just stay on the phone for me okay, I’m going to put you through to fire for a second. Okay?

JBS: Okay.


911: It’s 911 Truro for Bass River fire. Alright, so we got a fire across the street from 135 Orchard Beach Drive in Portapique.

JBS: Yes! and it is huge!

911: Miss, Miss, just let me talk to her for a second, okay?

JBS: It’s a sir.

BASS RIVER FIRE: 135 Orchard Beach Drive and where?

911: In Portapique, in Colchester County. She doesn’t have a callback number, uhhh there was an incident there with a shooting and everything involved so there are police and ambulance going there as well but the house was also lit on fire.

JBS: And there are more bullets (inaudible, crosstalk)

911: Miss, Miss, just one moment please!

BASS RIVER FIRE: Is it secure there for fire to go ahead?

911: Not at this point, we are still getting all the other resources together.

BASS RIVER FIRE: Once it’s secure, we can send fire over.

KIDS: Hello?

911: Okay. Perfect. Will do. Bye. Hi ma’am, Miss, you still there?

JBS: Sir, it’s a sir.

911: Okay. Just one second. Okay? I’m going to put you through to to police. One second. Okay?

JBS: Yes.

(Telephone rings)

RCMP: Hello, RCMP.

JBS: Hello?


Once again, the tape cuts off here. We do not know what is on the RCMP part of the tape. Afterward the RCMP said it rushed to the scene, scoured the area for Wortman and went door to door evacuating people. That didn’t happen on Orchard Beach Drive and vicinity, where 11 of the 13 people murdered at Portapique Beach that night were shot. Nobody was evacuated. 

The RCMP told McCully’s family that the children were on the phone for two hours with RCMP members and support staff before they were rescued. In fact, previous communications tapes obtained by Frank showed that the children were left in the house for three hours before being rescued.

The RCMP also told the McCully family that the children were safe because the RCMP had members hidden around the house protecting them at all times. It was the same line that the force used with Nathan Staples who was on Wortman’s purported hit list, as well as at least one other person, who asked not to be identified. There is no proof that the RCMP actually did such a protective maneuver, but the McCully family, for one, continues to believe that they did.

Back to that Saturday night in Portapique. About four and a half minutes after Jack Blair was transferred over to the RCMP, another 911 call came in. Andrew and Katie MacDonald had a cottage at the intersection of Portapique Beach Road and Orchard Beach Drive. They had noticed the raging fire burning at Wortman’s warehouse/man den at 136 Orchard Beach Drive and decided to check it out. As they drove toward the blaze, they were on the phone with 911. They then noticed that there was also a fire burning in the kitchen of Frank and Dawn Gulenchyn’s house. They saw a police car parked in the driveway of the Gulenchyn’s. They passed the Gulenchyn house, turned around and were heading back to it, still talking on 911. As they approached the house, the RCMP cruiser approached them door-to-door. Here is the transcript, some of which is barely decipherable. AM is Andrew and KM is Katie MacDonald. The call was logged at 10:25:31 p.m.

April 18 2020 10:26 pm – Andrew Mac is shot on OBD and GW drives southANDREW MACDONALD’S CALL TO 911

911: 911, what is your emergency?

AM: Hi, I am calling from Portapique, there’s a house on fire down the road from our house. I just didn’t know if someone called already?

911: Yup, so you can see the house on fire?

AM: Yeah.

911: What’s the address?

AM: It’s…I don’t know the exact address but it’s on Orchard Beach Road.

911: Okay, yeah we’ve got a few calls there, so Orchard Beach Road in Portapique, Colchester County?

AM: Yup.

911: (operator repeats the caller’s phone number and he replies with an affirmative) … and you see the house on fire?

AM: Yeah, we just drove down the road to check it out. But yeah, it’s like a big garage. It’s one of our neighbors, so he is probably not there.

911: Okay, just one moment I’m just gonna connect you to fire to make sure, okay, just one moment.

AM: Yeah

911: (calls fire department) 911 Truro calling for a fire call for Bass River Fire, you got the call there. We believe it’s 123 Orchard Beach Road?

KM: Oh my God…


911: …yeah, it should be close to that area, Orchard Beach Drive in Colchester County?


AM: There’s another house on fire here.

911: (to fire department) He’s on the road there and he can see. You see two houses on fire?

AM: Yeah, we just drove by another house, and their whole kitchen is on fire…

KM: What the fuck?

AM: …there is a police officer in the driveway.

FIRE DISPATCH: RCMP are you aware of the situation that is going on — on that road?

911: Yeah, he’s saying there are two houses now on fire so…just thought we would update you there.


911: And he’s at (phone number). Are the two houses beside each other sir?

AM: No, they are down the road…

911: Down the road from each other?


AM: Yeah. And there’s a police officer parked at this driveway, so I don’t know what… like he is coming around I don’t know if he is going to talk to me or what?

911: Is it safe for him to be on that road right now?

AM: Hi … Hi.

(loud gunshot)

911: Sir?

KM: Oh God (screaming) oh God!

911: Sir?

(Sound of vehicle accelerating)

AM: I’ve been shot. I’ve been shot.

911: Fire, are you aware there are possibly a second fire?

KM: What the fuck is happening?

AM: It’s my neighbor Gabe, he just shot me in the arm.

KM: Please help us …. 911!!!

The tape we were provided ends here.

The MacDonalds raced up Orchard Beach Drive and then came into contact with the first RCMP officer on the scene, Constable Stuart Beselt. They relayed to him what had happened and, as previously reported, Beselt apparently radioed his dispatcher the information about Wortman being dressed as a police officer and driving an RCMP car.

The 911 tapes do not tell the whole story, obviously, because we haven’t yet seen the RCMP side of the story. That being said, one senior police officer who heard the tapes says the conduct of the 911 operators was, at best, questionable.

“They are staying calm and controlled, so calm and controlled that they aren’t listening to the situation,” said the veteran cop. “You can see them checking off a list entirely unaware that some children are trapped in a basement and that a demonic killer is not that far away from them. He could come back at any time. By the time the kids called, they already knew that people had been murdered next door. There’s no sense of urgency.”

The tapes strongly suggest that the RCMP has, from the outset, been playing games with the families, the public and, likely, the courts and governments. From Jamie Blair’s call at 10:01, the RCMP appeared to do everything it could to downplay any information about Wortman, his police uniform and his RCMP lookalike cruiser. For example, it didn’t issue its first Tweet about the incident until a full one hour and 31 minutes after Jamie Blair’s call – at 11:32 p.m:

April 18th 2020 – 10:30 pm – Command post set up at Great Village fire hall

April 18th 2020 – 10:35 pm – RCMP claim Wortman left Portapique

April 18th 2020 – 10:38 pm – “Frank Magazine has identified a witness who was in Brown Loop from 10:38 p.m. on and who did not see any vehicle come up the hidden laneway next to a blueberry field, which was Wortman’s supposed route of escape. That witness has asked not to be identified at this time but has phone records proving his story.”

April 18th 2020 – 10:39 pm – RCMP say this is when the Griffons phoned 911 about the fires

April 18th 2020 – 10:45 pm – RCMP claim Wortman left Portapique again

April 18th 2020 – 10:51 pm – Wortman is seen driving past the Great Village Wilsons gas station 

April 18th 2020 10:59 pm – Clinton’s dad phones 911

April 18th 2020 – 11:09 pm – Wortman is allegedly seen passing Dave’s Service Center.

April 18th 2020 11:15 pm – Allan Griffon says the fire at Wortman’s cottage is out

NS Gov Buys 200 Portapique Beach Road (This is a video with no posted date or captions and has been tucked away quietly on CTV’s Winnipeg website)

April 18th 2020 – 11:28 pm – Judy Myers reported hearing Feral cats fighting in her yard followed by 5-6 gunshots

April 18th 2020 – 11:30 pm – A set of headlights arrives in the Griffon’s yard and someone begins knocking on the door but does not say anything. They don’t answer, after 5 minutes the person seems to have left

April 18th 2020 – 11:30 pm Nathan Staples confirmed that he counted exactly 35 police vehicles flying by his house towards Portapique. The RCMP knew it was Wortman dressed as a cop and in a cop car from the minute the massacres started. The boots on the ground (Sheepdogs) spent the night hunting him, while the RCMP brass did everything they could to keep this out of the public spotlight. What secret could be so important that it was worth letting innocent people die while going about their everyday lives?

April 18th 2020 – 11:32 pm – RCMP tweet that they are responding to a firearms complaint in Portapique 

#RCMPNS is responding to a firearms complaint in the  #Portapique area. (Portapique Beach Rd, Bay Shore Rd and Five Houses Rd.) The public is asked to avoid the area and stay in  their homes with doors locked at this time. (11:32 pm Apr 18)

April 18th 2020 -12:00 am – ERT shows up to the Griffon’s house to extract them

April 19th 2020 – 12:35 am (overnight) Nathan Staples was visited at his home in Glenholme by an ERT team at 12:35 am, and they said that they were hunting Wortman.

April 19th 2020 – 12:50 am – Command announces that Wortman is armed and dangerous and proficient with weapons 

April 19th 2020 – 01:00 am – 4 RCMP officers head down OBD to rescue the four children

April 18th 2020 – RCMP radio communications in Portapique Nova Scotia

April 18th 2020 – 01:12 am – Reports of flashing lights in Five Houses

April 18th 2020 – 01:22 am – Sgt Jeff West takes command

April 18th 2020 – 01:30 am – ERT members are dispatched to Five Houses to investigate the flashing lights

April 18 2020 1:50 am – The members hunkered down with the four children at 135 OBD asking if they could come out (be rescued)

April 18 2020 02:40 am – Clinton is rescued

“A nightmare through hell”: Victim’s brother recalls night of mass shooting

April 19 2020 3:24 am – CBC Angela Maclvor Tweets that RCMP can’t give her a straight answer as to what is happening in Portapique 

April 19th 2020 – 4:14 am (overnight) 4:14 a.m. RCMP are hunting for Wortman but wait, Lisa is still hiding inside of that oak tree hollow near the willows and wisps in Portapique. She hasn’t given the RCMP the “critical information” they had claimed at 6:30 a.m. that morning, yet there is a small army of police officers pursuing him. The RCMP are so broken that they can’t even formulate a believable lie.

April 19th 2020 – 5:37 am – CBC Angela Maclvor posts the first news article

April 19 2020 6:49 am – CBC Article

April 19 2020 7:24 am  – Nikitha Martins – City News – Articles Claims Wortman was arrested at 7:24 am on April 19th (Now deleted)

April 19 2020 8:02 am – #RCMPNS remains on scene in #Portapique. This is an active shooter situation. Residents in the area, stay inside your homes & lock your doors. Call 911 if there is anyone on your property. You may not see the police but we are there with you #Portapique. (8:02 am Apr 19) 

The Portapique Portal – Part 2; Where’s Wortman?


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