Author Topic: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon  (Read 219004 times)

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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #705 on: February 20, 2013, 06:39:43 PM »
My gosh Baba Donya, I was thinking about you just the other day.  No kidding. :)
It has been a long road to hoe - for you and your family Baba Donya.

Read your post, and hope it will give you a few more clues.

Bless you for your tenacity.
Hope your answers will be forthcoming shorly.

JB: It does not go unoticed that "Alex''s thread has been read over 56,000 times.
That is the size of a town!!
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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #706 on: February 21, 2013, 01:21:29 AM »
Glad to hear from you, too, JB!

I couldn't do what I do without the support and friendships on this site!

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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #707 on: February 21, 2013, 01:56:27 AM »
We are always here  for you, Baba Donya! :) :) :) ;) :D :D I can't make enough smilies for all of the members here.
Too many of us.

JB
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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #708 on: February 21, 2013, 11:54:39 PM »
JB ~  :)  ;)

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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #709 on: February 27, 2013, 02:00:27 AM »
Wow...

Just met another person, who didn't realize we were investigating our Auntie's case. Looks like we haven't met everyone who may be able to offer information in the case! They are from the area in which she was found. Going to meet up with them soon. Chipping at one little piece at a time..no matter how long it takes!

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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #710 on: April 11, 2013, 04:50:58 PM »
Baba, how are you making out - learn anything that would be helpful to you?

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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #711 on: April 12, 2013, 06:15:42 PM »
Baba, I send you my prayers and hope that every day brings you closer to justice in this case. Glad to hear from you and keep us informed. :D :D :D :D :D

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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #712 on: August 30, 2014, 11:38:22 PM »
Hi everyone!

I am looking for some help through old newspapers.

Does anyone want to help?

PM me, thanks!

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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #713 on: August 18, 2015, 02:54:36 PM »
thinking of you, Baba

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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #714 on: October 04, 2016, 01:02:06 PM »
Where are you Baba?  I hope your health is ok. 

I was thinking of putting the research I did on here, if you can no longer continue the footwork.  Do the others know what I dug up on my first choice of a suspect?  It took me a long time to find all that stuff, so I'm guessing the others don't have it.  Maybe they heard his name before, but I doubt they realize that he was situated right next door to where Alex was murdered.  I hate to just let a few years of digging go down the tubes, so if you are not up to it, let me know if I should send it to the others.  I did email you a few times, but no response. .... ps to that Baba .......

when I say "situated right next door to where Alex was murdered"  I wasn't kidding.  He was possibly, flopped in a rooming house that probably had a window facing "the weir".

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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #715 on: October 26, 2016, 07:32:09 PM »
I just came across this research of mine again (on Alex).  If I don't put it up here, I may lose it or bury it again.  I haven't heard back from Baba; so there is no way of knowing if she has given up the battle, or otherwise unable to continue.  Therefore; I think it is best if I put the material here.  You guys can go over it and see what you think.

BTW, I won't be surprised if Baba's sisters say "they already know this stuff".   ;)  Nonetheless;  here goes.  For anybody interested, it is all based on my research in news papers etc.  I was never able to find a picture of this guy, but no doubt, RCMP have his face .... and also another police dept. who passed their suspicions to Chief Kettles in Saskatoon at the time.  .... may as well used the info. for toilet paper~ imo. 

My notes on Kosaruk as Alex/s killer
Here are two notes (of many I have made and kept) that were left on my desktop.  They have been there over a year.  For years I've tried to narrow down who could have killed Alex if it were a "random act".  No matter in what direction my search took me, it always led me back to one man. (which is what we aim at here, since we are not privy to the local research where this happened, nor the contact with witnesses regarding such - we only have the second hand info. from news and personal contacts we make through our own sleuthing)   As I said, these two notes were just laying here.

Keep in mind that the chief in charge of the case had been advised by police from Manitoba that he could be Alex's killer also.  The chief never did pull him in for questioning.  I believe this guy was staying at the hotel just above the weir where Alex was murdered.  I think he could have noticed her at the drug store (he always had to go to the nearest drugstore a few times a week for his prescription, which he mixed with alcohol to enjoy "fatal sex") ...and I think he could have followed her and offered her booze and company... Alex was the type who would put him in his place real quick.  The MO in Alex's murder was the same as the others he killed.  Also, police picked up a liquor bottle at the scene.  So here are those two notes.  I did save more.

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strangled Rose Whitehead (34) on June 12, 1962 in Saskatoon at the Queen's Hotel.  (room 317)  It was a Tuesday.  Police found Rose Whiteheads body when they went to the Leland Hotel in Saskatoon to "follow up" on a request from the Winnipeg police about Mrs. Yourkin's murder in Winnipeg. (Chief Kettles was involved in this.)

Dr. H.M. Collins pointed Kosaruk out in court, as the man who came to his office June 11, and under the name of Steve Kerr, complained of being nervous.
Dr. Collins prescribed two drugs - the first a tranquilitzer, the second a "new type of non-barbituate sleeping pill".  He said neither drug was fatal but alcohol would make the drugs work faster.
Collins described "Kerr" as being depressed and agitated.

Dr. Lewis M. Brand said "Kerr" came to his office also at 1 p.m. on June 12.  Kerr (Kozaruk) told Dr. Lewis he was unable to sleep and was drinking heavily.  Dr. Brand said he questioned the man further and Kerr told him he was having a considerable amount of trouble with his girlfriend in Winnipeg.  Dr. Brand said "I noticed he was considerably agitated and was suffering from "acute anxiety." The man asked Dr. Brand for something to "settle him down."  The doctor gave him two types of drug samples which if taken at once wouldn't be harmful.  Both were tranquilizers.  Dr. Brand told Kerr one of the drugs was a sleeping pill, but in fact it was not.  The doctor suspected Kerr was an assumed name but realized the man needed help.  Dr. Brand said the drugs would enhance the effects of alcohol.

He had taken a train to Saskatoon after strangling Mrs. Yourkin (52 years old) in Winnipeg at The Leland Hotel the previous Sunday.
He used the name "Kirkwood" in the Winnipeg hotel. 
He had killed Mrs. Yourkin between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m on June 9, 1962   ...her body was found by the hotel cleaning lady.

at the Leland Hotel in Winnipeg, he used the name S. Kirkwood.. (Kozaruk's bankbook was found in this room.) 

 so,  he killed again within three days.  That's when he had "escalated enough to get caught".

He was described as 5 foot 11 inches tall... weighing  180 lbs.


Preliminary Hearing in the Rose Whitehead case was August 8, 1962.  Kozaruk was kept in Prince Albert Jail.

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Police kept vigil over Kozaruk - still in comma after overdosing on prescription medication while with / and while killing Rose Whitehead in room 317 of the Queens Hotel.... she was partially nude, and strangled with a hand towl.
At that time, Kozaruk is also wanted for questioning in connection with Winnipeg murder early Saturday morning. (Yourkin, 52 - who had also been found strangled with a towel in the Leland Hotel in Winnipeg.  It was believe that he took a train Saturday (after killing Yourkin) from Winnipeg - arriving shortly after midnight in Saskatoon.  He then checked into the Queens Hotel under the alias of Steven Kerr.
Then Tuesday evening at 7 pm. he lured Rose Whitehead to his room, and the pair drank.  He had recently obtained a prescription for sedatives from a Saskatoon doctor.  (I wonder if it came from Meads Drug Store!)
Note: Kozaruk picked Rose Whitehead up at the Barry Hotel beverage room....  Before he picked up Whitehead, he had been sitting talking to a waitress, asking her what time she'd be off "jokingly", then he got up and walked into the ladies and escorts side, where he saw Whitehead sitting alone - they drank and he eventually talked her into leaving with him (a cab to the Queens Hotel...stopped for booze on the way)
At the time, police in Winnipeg sent photographs of Kozaruk to Saskatoon force and Saskatoon RCMP - along with his description.  He was to be questioned about the death of Miss Whitehaed and also of Alexandra Wiwcharuk whose body was found May 31 in a shallow grave. (I thought Alex was murdered a year earlier - maybe the news article simply neglected to state that????)
Kozaruk's parents were believed to live in Athabasca, Alta. at that time.
He is described as a big powerful man.  ... 5'11" and weighing 180 lbs. (would explain how Alex couldn't defend herself.)
Kozaruk was described as quiet and personable by hotel staff.
It was noted that when he killed Ms. Whitehead, the room wasn't even disturbed, and very little of the liquor had been drank. (so Kozaruk must have gone quickly into rape and murder,   once arriving at the room - same each time... he gets right to his purpose.)
Kozaruk had been employed as a superintendent of electricians at the potash mine near Esterhazy from March 1 to June 4 of that year.  He was described there as "a very capable fellow."  He was employed by Schentag Construction, the company which was doing much of the surface construction at the mine site.
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