Veteran crime reporter Jeremy Hainsworth got into crime reporting because he thought it was romantic. Though seeing crime scenes and questioning authority brought him into the business, it was also the reason he left.
“I don’t want to do it anymore. I really don’t want to cover crime anymore although every once and a while I feel like going down to supreme court to see if there’s a good murder trial and I go ‘yeah no you’re not doing that’ and I don’t miss the almost maniacal lunacy,” Hainsworth says.
Hainsworth has covered high profile crimes for the Calgary Herald, the Associated press and Reuters, with the peak of his career covering the Robert Pickton case.
In the podcast The Trauma Within, host and producer Evan Hagedorn sits down with Hainsworth to discuss how covering high profile murders and court hearings, lead him to be diagnosed with PTSD in 2007 and retire from journalism.
“You know looking at blood and gore and dead bodies and then thinking of the ripple effect, it’s like okay a lot of people are about to be in a lot of pain and it just spreads and spreads. you know a dead body is not a dead body in of itself, it’s the end of a life and the start of a lot of pain,” he says.