In July 1973, when Andrea Demeter’s was three, her mother was brutally murdered in the garage of their Mississauga home. It wasn’t the type of violent crime the small suburban police force was accustomed to, but they soon narrowed in on a prime suspect. Years later Andrea would discover much more about what happened on the warm summer evening and who was responsible for her mother’s murder. The answers would haunt her for the rest of her life and force her to never stop looking over her shoulder.
Wednesday July 18th, 1973 was going to be a busy day in the Demeter household. There were meals to prepare for out of town guests along with some sightseeing and souvenir shopping in downtown Toronto. Peter and Christine Demeter lived in the exclusive Erindale neighbourhood of Mississauga Ont. To the outside world, they had it all – a beautiful three-year old daughter, a gorgeous home with a pool, luxury cars, a thriving business and even a beloved spaniel. But by the end of that sultry, summer evening Christine would be lying dead in a pool of blood in the garage.
Thirty -three year old wife and mother Christine Demeter has been brutally murdered and based on her husband Peter’s odd reaction to his wife’s death, the Mississauga police suspect that he may have had something to do with it. But he has a solid alibi so the Mississauga police quickly realize that they are going to have to rely on some untraditional investigative techniques to catch their killer. Wire taps, secretly recorded conversations and police informants soon give them the ammunition they need to arrest Peter Demeter for the murder of his wife.
While Peter Demeter awaits his trial, the Mississauga police continue their investigation into the murder of Christine. They know Peter had strong motives to kill his wife – an unhappy marriage, a one million dollar life insurance policy on her and a younger mistress, but they want to find the hitman Peter hired to kill his wife. And it doesn’t take long for former friends and associates to start flipping on their friend. Soon the police are confronted with more evidence against Peter and information that leads them to a bizarre Hungarian mafia underworld where Christine’s killer may be hiding.
Peter Demeter’s murder trial gets underway in London, Ontario and it soon becomes clear to the defense that it’s going to take a miracle to save their client. Defense attorney Joe Pomerant will stop at nothing to try to shift Christine Demeter’s murder onto someone else, including Christine herself. He claims it was Christine who had actually hired a hitman to kill Peter but when her murder plot back-fired, she ended up dead. With more surprise witnesses, damning testimony and constant disruptions by the defense team, the trial becomes one of the longest in Canadian history. But in the end, what will the jury decide? Will Peter Demeter be found guilty of murdering his wife?
In December,1974 Peter Demeter is sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of his wife Christine. After his appeals are denied, and letters from his lover Marina become less and less frequent, Peter sets his mind on other pursuits namely money and revenge. Peter sues the insurance companies for the one million dollar life insurance policy he had on his wife and begins to plot ways of getting back at those who he feels betrayed him. No one is safe from his evil including those closest to him. And while maintaining his innocence in Christine’s death, Peter plans two more murders.