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Title: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: Desespere on March 30, 2007, 11:00:18 AM
I have only two names for unsolved murders of women in Saskatchwan. I will update as I continue my research in this location. But for now...

Melanie Dawn Geddes
Age: 24
COD:
DOB:
Date found: December 20, 2005
Location found: Southey, SK
Date last seen: August 13, 2005
Location last seen: Regina, SK

Donna Marie Kasyon
Age: 20
COD: Stabbed
DOB:
Date found: June 15, 2002
Location found: Saskatoon, SK
Date last seen: June 15, 2002
Location last seen: Saskatoon, SK
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: borderchief21 on December 10, 2007, 03:48:30 PM
How about Cindy Blazek (I think she was from Rosetown, SK.) who was a teacher on the Onion Lake First Nation, I believe it was in 1986 or 87, could be wrong, she was murdered in her teacherage house located beside the school she worked at,  but I've been searcing everywhere to find that information. I know it wasn't solved and I often wonder about that case.
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: Chris on December 10, 2007, 11:59:36 PM
I never heard about that one. I'll go look that one up. It amazes me how there are some cases out there that have no information about them at all. Thanks for letting us know about that.
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: raisinpie on June 27, 2008, 05:13:46 PM
There are many unsolved murders of women in Saskatchewan!  Just go to this site for the Aboriginal women and go to these website:  http://www.missingnativewomen.org/sask.htm

For more informaton on other missing/murdered women go to:  http://www.sacp.ca/
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: Chris on June 29, 2008, 10:18:12 PM
Yes there are a lot of cases in Saskatchewan. Some big mysteries too for sure. I had never heard of that case in Moose Jaw and there is nothing else online about it. I'll see if my buddy who lives there and has all his life has heard of it.
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: Chris on July 08, 2008, 11:53:41 PM
Yes there are a lot of cases in Saskatchewan. Some big mysteries too for sure. I had never heard of that case in Moose Jaw and there is nothing else online about it. I'll see if my buddy who lives there and has all his life has heard of it.

You can read about in the book "Moose Jaw Murders" by Bruce Fairman. If you live in Saskatchewan, it's most likely at your library.

I'm in Saskatchewan and I will order a copy from my library. Thanks.
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: Chris on August 12, 2008, 01:21:49 AM
Yes there are a lot of cases in Saskatchewan. Some big mysteries too for sure. I had never heard of that case in Moose Jaw and there is nothing else online about it. I'll see if my buddy who lives there and has all his life has heard of it.

You can read about in the book "Moose Jaw Murders" by Bruce Fairman. If you live in Saskatchewan, it's most likely at your library.

I just read the book. SHOCKING! MOOSE JAW IS NUTS! AHHHH
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: migratoryjewel on August 27, 2008, 01:43:30 PM
I am currently trying to find any and all information on any unsolved murders in Saskatchewan. If anyone knows of any that have happened in the last 100 years and has relevant information on them please do not hesitate to contact me.

MJ
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: Chris on August 27, 2008, 02:48:38 PM
Hi migratoryjewel,

I think we have close to all the unsolved murders in Sask here that have anything published about them. I am sure there are probably a few more older cases and maybe some gang related ones in the cities.

Are you writing a book?
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: migratoryjewel on August 28, 2008, 10:14:41 AM
Kind of sort of writing a book....am hoping to write one based on all the unsolved murder cases, (cold cases) and maybe spark some interest in the general public. Someone has to know something about these murders, and if a book jogs their memories, and helps to solve a case......thats what I am aiming at. Only thing is I want to go back at least 100 years. I will be searching thru public archives at my local library....I am sure there is something on file.

MJ
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: Chris on August 28, 2008, 11:10:25 PM
That would be interesting. That Murders of Moose Jaw book did well even though that was a small market, so a Sask wide one would do good. It would be interesting to see if there are any old cases.

I did hear once (but not confirmed) that 2 boys were killed south of Dollard Sask in the 20's or 30's.

There was a double murder in Shaunavon in 1941 (ironically, another murder happened in the same building in the same year, and these 3 murders are the only murders in Shaunavon ever). I never read if it was solved or not though.

And Robsart Sask back in the early days had a murder with a suspect they never found.

And finally, a Rum Runner was found dead near Govenlock Sask during prohibitoin that was never solved.

If I think of anything else, I will post them here.
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: Chris on April 16, 2009, 02:15:07 AM
I kind of doubt they would now unless she confessed to someone. It is a real shocker that she was able to be free all this time.

I am going to Moose jaw maybe this weekend, I am going to check that house out. I just do not believe one would do all that, have all that evidence against them, and go free.
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: Chris on April 22, 2009, 06:15:29 PM
Some places have rules about that and require that info to be disclosed. Sask is probably not one of those.

I was going to go to Moose Jaw yesterday, but when I got to the Riverhurst ferry, it was closed to I did not make it. I should not have taken the back route.
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: SAP on December 08, 2010, 11:55:46 AM
How about Cindy Blazek (I think she was from Rosetown, SK.) who was a teacher on the Onion Lake First Nation, I believe it was in 1986 or 87, could be wrong, she was murdered in her teacherage house located beside the school she worked at,  but I've been searcing everywhere to find that information. I know it wasn't solved and I often wonder about that case.

There is info on the Blazek case under Sask historical crimes. There were charges against a teen and an older man, and overturned with an appeal.
The family has since learned that several teens were seen heading to Cindy's teacherage on their way from a rink but no convictions.
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: TallGirl on July 19, 2013, 12:32:59 PM
How about Cindy Blazek (I think she was from Rosetown, SK.) who was a teacher on the Onion Lake First Nation, I believe it was in 1986 or 87, could be wrong, she was murdered in her teacherage house located beside the school she worked at,  but I've been searcing everywhere to find that information. I know it wasn't solved and I often wonder about that case.

There is info on the Blazek case under Sask historical crimes. There were charges against a teen and an older man, and overturned with an appeal.
The family has since learned that several teens were seen heading to Cindy's teacherage on their way from a rink but no convictions.


I work with Cindy Blazek's niece.   Her father is very bitter she says over it due to it being unsolved.   they think that she was raped and that they burned her house down to destroy the evidence.   they think strongly that it was some of her students and they have gotten away with it. 
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: SAP on July 19, 2013, 06:21:17 PM
Good to see you again TallGirl. :)

I would tend to agree with the father that it was a group of teens. Unbelievable the sick deed!!! And all the evidence burned likely.
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: lostlinganer on July 20, 2013, 12:18:55 PM
This is the first I've read of this girl's story.  OMG!! what a loss to society ... what a heart breaking event!  How can those in that community live with this, without making sure justice is served for this girl?  What kind of busy lives, poverty, or any other circumstances in an area could keep the people of that area silenced all this time... they will never have any luck in that community IMO... not as long as this girl's death is kept behind a wall of silence or indifference. 

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More than two decades after Cindy Blazek, 23, was brutally killed in her own home in western Saskatchewan, people sometimes still talk about what was taken from the young woman's life.Cindy Blazek was wrapping Christmas presents on the night she died in December 1986. Cindy Blazek was wrapping Christmas presents on the night she died in December 1986.  (Submitted by Debbie McCulloch)

The list includes the births of her nieces and nephews, the marriages of her close friends, and a chance to live the life she had always dreamed about.

Family and friends still hold out hope her homicide will be solved and someone will be brought to justice for killing her.

"It's in your mind every day," said Debbie McCulloch, Blazek's oldest sister. "Cindy's life, she was just a treasure, a special person. She still is very important to her family, her friends. I mean, it definitely shouldn't be swept under the rug. She shouldn't be forgotten."

Baby of the family

Blazek was the youngest of four children. She was raised on a farm in the Rosetown area, and as her sister recalls, was the typical youngest sibling of the family.

"She was the spoiled little baby of the family. I mean, I loved spoiling her as much as mom and dad did," McCulloch said.

'It definitely shouldn't be swept under the rug. She shouldn't be forgotten.'—Blazek's oldest sister, Debbie McCulloch

From a very early age, Blazek was always smiling and could make people happy just by being in the room, McCulloch said.

Long-time friend Stacey Dyck-Jiricka remembers Blazek's rosy cheeks and big smile well.

The pair met in high school and became close friends, working together at the local Voyageur Restaurant, both joining band and cheerleading.

They later roomed together when they both moved to Saskatoon and attended the University of Saskatchewan.

Cindy was studying to become a teacher, following in the footsteps of her mother and one of her sisters. Blazek always looked up to her two older sisters, so it seemed natural that she became a teacher as well, Dyck-Jiricka recalled.

Together they went to all the social events university had to offer and even planned a few, too. It was a great time for the friends and they enjoyed every minute of it.

"I was involved in anything big that would go in her life and same with her in mine," Dyck-Jiricka said with a laugh. After university, the pair moved off on their separate careers paths.

Blazek's took her to the tiny northern village of Pelican Narrows to teach, while Dyck-Jiricka remained down south. Still, they kept in constant contact, visiting as often as possible.

Making a difference

Blazek's friends and family worried about her. They had grown up on farms and in small towns where everyone knew everyone. Now, Blazek was living in remote communities on her own, without any friends or family nearby.

In the small communities where Blazek was residing, poverty, poor living conditions and addictions were part of the daily reality — more reasons for her friends and family to worry.

While living in Pelican Narrows, her home was hit by a couple break-ins. Still, Blazek didn't see any reason to worry.

'She was very dedicated as a teacher.... Every day she would take extra lunches for her kids at school.'—Blazek friend Stacey Dyck-Jiricka

In fact, Blazek's sister said, she saw the good in these communities and an opportunity to make a difference through more than just teaching.

"She was very dedicated as a teacher," Dyck-Jiricka said. "Every day she would take extra lunches for her kids at school. And in the winter time, because the kids would never have mittens and stuff like that, she would buy mittens."

In places where it was difficult to attract teachers, Blazek was an eager volunteer. Her sister McCulloch said Blazek loved meeting new people from all walks of life. She was outgoing and fearless, people said, so making new friends was not difficult for the young teacher.

Even though these communities presented challenges, like isolation, Blazek loved her work and the people she met.

"She was so non-judgmental about where she was living and the people that she was dealing with," Dyck-Jiricka said. "She was just a caring and compassionate person."

Move to Onion Lake

While she was teaching in Pelican Narrows, Blazek's father became ill. She returned home and was there when her father died.

She wanted to be closer to home, and when a job came open in 1986 in Onion Lake — another small community but several hundred kilometres closer to Rosetown — she jumped at the opportunity.

At the Onion Lake First Nation, Blazek took over as the Grade 3 resource room teacher. She lived in one of the teachers residences with a roommate who was also an instructor in the community.

She liked being close to home, and she was even closer to her friend Dyck-Jiricka, who was working as the town administrator in Macklin, Sask., about 250 kilometres away.

Blazek had only been teaching in the community for a few months when she was killed in her home.

Horrific night

On Dec. 7, 1986, Blazek's roommate was away and she was home alone in Onion Lake. She was wrapping Christmas presents and getting ready to head south to be with family for the holidays.

That weekend she had planned to drive to Pelican Narrows to see her boyfriend, an RCMP officer she'd met while living there, but she changed her mind and decided to stay put.

Her friends and family only learned some of the details of that night through subsequent trials, and still no one knows exactly what happened. But that evening Blazek was attacked in her home, stabbed, her body left to burn when the house was set on fire.

At first, all that police would tell the family was Blazek's house had burned. But soon, police revealed she had been killed.

McCulloch recalled that she was pregnant with her third child at the time.

"Growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, it's like murders don't happen to someone you know. It's something on TV, on the news, that seems not real close to you," McCulloch said. "It's very, very emotional."

Over the next several years, Blazek's family and friends sat through two trials and one appeal.

Through each trial, they learned how Blazek's life had ended violently. The 23-year-old was stabbed many times and beaten before her body was left to the flames.

A teenager and a man named Brian Perry, both from the reserve, were charged in connection with the death. The teen was found not guilty, and Perry's conviction was overturned on appeal.

McCulloch said that as a young mother trying to support her siblings and mother, it was her own growing family that kept her going during those traumatic years.

"The kids are what kept me going," McCulloch said. "Kids are so refreshing and they were young. I guess it just helps you realize that life does go on. That you do have to do the day-to-day things of looking after a family."

Waiting for the phone call

Blazek's slaying is now a cold case under investigation by the RCMP cold-case unit based in Saskatoon. It's one of the 140 cases on the unit's books.

Staff Sgt. Kerby Buckingham manages the unit of four officers. In 1988, he was one of the officers who undertook a major review of Blazek's case, although the review did not lead to any new charges.

'We're just waiting for that phone call.'—RCMP Staff Sgt. Kerby Buckingham

Each stage of the investigation is contained within 34 bankers boxes of case information, notes and other related items. The investigation has been difficult and frustrating for police and the family, Buckingham said.

"Somewhere out there, there is a piece of evidence or someone,… a witness, something that could bring this all together with one phone call," Buckingham said. "We're just waiting for that phone call."

Blazek's family and friends are also waiting for that call.

"I'm glad that she's not being forgotten," McCulloch said. "And hopefully someone out there that hears this … will come forward and tell the police everything they know."

Police say anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2009/10/07/sk-cindy-blazek-death907.html
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: lostlinganer on September 24, 2016, 09:52:57 AM
I wonder if anything more was ever revealed by the perpetrators in this case... or those "in the know" of what happened to Cindy.  ... just came across this and thought I would add the link and bump up the thread.  RIP Cindy Blazek; I doubt you will never get to confront your killers in the after life;  they are going to a different place than your precious spirit will.  (unless, of course, they confess and make amends!)


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/2-decades-after-teacher-s-slaying-family-s-resolve-remains-1.856639
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: lostlinganer on September 24, 2016, 10:02:53 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2aHmkU9_EQ
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: Sap1 on September 24, 2016, 04:06:38 PM
That is Saskatchewan for you. I wouldn't drive through there unless I was in an armored vehicle and not even an offer of a million dollars would make me change my mind.

I hope the family gets some answers. Such a sad case of a person who really cared and felt she could make a difference.

Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: jellybean on September 24, 2016, 06:32:34 PM
I wonder if polygraphs were taken by all of her friends.
The statement (bolded) makes me wonder if Jericka  was a controlling person,although the statement includes her attitude towards him as well. But that is his words...

 Dyck-Jiricka recalled.

Together they went to all the social events university had to offer and even planned a few, too. It was a great time for the friends and they enjoyed every minute of it.

"I was involved in anything big that would go in her life and same with her in mine," Dyck-Jiricka said with a laugh. After university, the pair moved off on their separate careers paths.
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: annaleone on September 25, 2016, 08:40:33 PM
JELLYBEAN,  MY TAKE IS THAT DYCK-JIRICKA IS A FEMALE ROOMMATE THAT SHE HAD AND I HAVE FEMALE FRIENDS FROM HIGH SCHOOL THAT WE ONLY CONNECT WHEN IT IS SOMETHING BIG OR MAJOR THAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR LIVES. SO I DONT THINK THIS PERSON HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE MURDER
Title: Re: Unsolved Murders in Saskatchewan
Post by: Sap1 on September 25, 2016, 08:55:46 PM
Why are you yelling Annaleone? :)

However I tend to agree with you that it wasn't the particular friend. I believe it was someone local, since it's not the first time a death/and/or severe injury has happened to outsiders going north to teach.