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Big John Radocaj | Murdered | Interlake, MB | Nov, 2007
« on: November 28, 2007, 08:27:32 AM »
http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2007/09/17/4503353.html

Former Winnipeg wrestler and sumo competitor Big John Radocaj was found dead on Friday inside a rural residence in Interlake, Manitoba. He was 43.

East Interlake RCMP were called to the property about 8 p.m. Friday. An autopsy performed on Saturday at St. Boniface Hospital determined Ivan Radocaj died of blunt force trauma.

RCMP said Radocaj died of blunt force trauma and was the victim of a homicide, but are not releasing details about how he was fatally injured. Someone found his body Friday evening in a home he owned near Inwood in the Rural Municipality of Armstrong.

Many people in the local wrestling industry said they had not seen or heard from Radocaj in more than a decade.

Radocaj came to the attention of wrestling promoters when he was featured in the media after an armed robbery at a gas station where he was working. Promoter and trainer Walter Shefchyk convinced the 6-foot-9, 275-pound Radocaj to give professional wrestling a try, and trained the big man.
 


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Re: Big John Radocaj | Murdered | Interlake, MB | Nov, 2007
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2008, 12:48:16 PM »
Two women charged in conjunction with Radocaj murder

By CHRIS KITCHING, SUN MEDIA   


RCMP have charged the ex-wife of a slain Interlake man and another woman with plotting his murder.
Police said Melody Lynn Sanford, 43, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the homicide of her ex-husband Ivan (John) Radocaj. The pair had a brief but tumultuous marriage last summer. In an interview last September, Sanford denied suspicions she had a role in Radocaj?s death. The Winnipeg Sun briefly talked to Sanford earlier this week after police charged three men with first-degree murder.

She claimed she did not know the suspects, and then hung up on a reporter. In an affidavit filed after Radocaj was killed, his father, Josip, said Sanford threatened to have his son killed, and he feared for his life. Radocaj, 43, was found dead in his Komarno-area home Sept. 14. Court information stated he was killed Sept. 12. Radocaj was beaten to death. Sanford previously told the Winnipeg Sun she last saw Radocaj alive at a Teulon restaurant the evening of Sept. 12.
 
Also charged with conspiracy to commit murder is Rita Louise Cushnie, 53, of Eriksdale. Cushnie and Sanford are friends, police said.
Cushnie is the mother of Donald Richard, a 31-year-old Winnipeg man, one of the men charged with first-degree murder in Radocaj?s death. The other two are relatives ? Daniel Richard, 23, and Timothy Richard, 20, of Winnipeg. All five suspects are in custody in Winnipeg. Radocaj?s friends previously told the Winnipeg Sun they suspected Sanford may have had a role in his murder.
 
http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Manitoba/2008/01/25/4793679.html



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Re: Big John Radocaj | Murdered | Interlake, MB | Nov, 2007
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 02:53:21 AM »
Just got word that Melody Sanford (John's ex wife) well go before a judge May 13 2009 and plead guilty to 1st degree murder.

A sad case, glad to see it is coming to an end.