In Episode 8, some burning questions remain. What made Miles the way he was? And did Helen really kill Miles? Helens works toward her release from prison.

Interior of the A-1 Rentals location in Camrose.
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Hi everyone,

Today we released the eighth – and final – episode of In Her Defence. What a journey it’s been.

(If you haven’t listened to the eighth episode, you may want to stop reading here as there’s spoilers ahead.)

By the end of the series, you’ll know that Helen is out of prison on parole. The last time I saw her, she was doing very well, taking it slow and getting accustomed to her new life.

But there are so many other women like Helen out there. I hope people who connected with this series will find ways to help other women and children living with domestic violence, in whatever ways they can.

Secret

Did you catch the final scene, after the credits in episode 8? If so, this picture is for you!

Jana Pruden selfie with chickens at a party for Helen in the summer of 2023.
Jana Pruden/The Globe and Mail
Song

At the end of Episode 8, we talk about the Willie Nelson song Nothing I Can Do About It Now. We couldn’t use the song in the episode (grrr copyright), but you may want to give it a listen.

Send-off

This marks the end of the In Her Defence series newsletter. On behalf of producer Kasia Mychajlowycz and myself, a big thank you for your interest in Helen’s story. If you missed our Reddit AMA last week, you can check out the conversation here on r/TrueCrimePodcasts.

You can find more of my work in The Globe and Mail, or reach me at jpruden@globeandmail.com. You can also find me on Facebook , X, Bluesky or LinkedIn.

Take care, and thank you for listening.

Jana

In Her Defence show creators Jana Pruden (left) and Kasia Mychajlowycz.
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