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Cindy Blazek | Murdered (1986) Onion Lake, SK
« on: April 20, 2009, 04:50:41 AM »
The murder of Cindy Blazek was Dec 7,1986 on the Onion Lake reserve.  Although 2 individuals were charged & went to trial no one was every convicted! This is still unsolved!

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Re: Cindy Blazek | Murdered (1986) Onion Lake, SK
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2015, 12:20:55 PM »
This is very odd. There were a lot more posts and info on Cindy and now they are all gone. I've noticed that with other missing and murdered threads as well.

Anyway, last article posted on Cindy gives more history. I suppose since there was a fire set, likely a lot of evidence was burned.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/2-decades-after-teacher-s-slaying-family-s-resolve-remains-1.856639

2 decades after teacher's slaying, family's resolve remains
Cindy Blazek was stabbed, beaten and left in a burning house
By Merelda Fiddler, CBC News Posted: Oct 07, 2009 11:08 AM CT Last Updated: Oct 07, 2009 11:25 AM CT

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.

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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.

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Re: Cindy Blazek | Murdered (1986) Onion Lake, SK
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2017, 08:32:55 AM »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/killed-cindy-blazek-family-murder-unsolved-saskatchewan-1.4438812

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Who killed Cindy Blazek? 31 years later, her family is still trying to find out
Brother and sister hope for break in decades-old case of teacher slain on Onion Lake reserve
By Guy Quenneville, CBC News Posted: Dec 08, 2017

More than three decades after Cindy Blazek was brutally murdered in her Onion Lake First Nation, Sask., residence, her family still doesn't have a full picture of what happened to her.

Thursday marked 31 years since Blazek's death. After a night of wrapping Christmas gifts alone, the 23-year-old teacher was stabbed and left to burn after the house was set on fire.

Beyond that, little is known.

"What we want to really happen is the whole truth to be unfolded," said Debbie McCulloch, Blazek's sister.

"You're wondering if we felt justice was served or not," said the victim's brother, Jamie Blazek, on Thursday's grim anniversary. "I'm still insure of that."

Two people were tried in the late 1980s for Blazek's 1986 murder.

A teen was found not guilty during a judge-only trial because "it was really not enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt," said McCulloch.

Another defendant, a man named Brian Perry, was initially convicted but then won an appeal because, according to McCulloch, the jury in the original trial had seen pretrial materials it shouldn't have.

Jamie began investigating his sister's case on his own four years ago, after growing dissatisfied with the RCMP's own investigation.

"I knew the police weren't doing anything and hadn't for the last 10 years previous to that," he said. "So I just had a real need to find out what happened."

The Bigger, Sask., farmer-turned-detective made trips to the reserve ? his last as recent as a year ago ? and passed on "good information" and evidence to the RCMP.

Asked if he thinks someone other than the teen or Perry killed his sister, Jamie declined to answer.

But he said, "there's a lot of things they should be investigating. They just don't have the manpower to do it. They're continually being pulled away to work on other cases.

"We're getting put on the back burner. That seems to be happening a lot the last 30 years."

CBC News has reached out to Const. Cameron Hickey of RCMP's Historical Crimes Unit in Saskatoon.

Jamie said Hickey provided him an update earlier this week.

"They will always work on it if something comes up," Jamie said of the update.

For now, though, Jamie and his sister are left with only a partial account of what happened to Cindy on Dec. 7, 1986.

Jamie said Cindy was dating an RCMP officer from another community at the time.

"He was working that night," said Jamie. "He actually phoned her at two o'clock in the morning. The people were in her house then. 

"I believe she answered 'yes or no' and then she ended by saying 'I love you.' He thought she was mad at him for waking her up but it was because they were there.

"Later the police had found that the telephone cord had been cut with a knife in her bedroom."

The last time Jamie saw Cindy was two weeks before her death.

"I remember she gave me a hug goodbye and I told her to take care."

"I am frustrated that it hasn't been solved yet," he said of Cindy's death.

"I think that Cindy really deserves to have it solved and have the truth come out so that people know what happened to her that night "
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