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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.

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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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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #716 on: March 10, 2019, 06:40:13 PM »
I just came across this article... one I saved from the web page created way back (when Baba was still taking part).  I don't have the link for it, but it was public at the time, so maybe it will be alright? :-\    The following news article alone sparks many questions for me - one being, as I've harped on forever:  Why was Stephen Kozaruk not investigated?  And why was there no press whatsoever pointing to him as a possible suspect who was actually referred to Chief Kettles by a "heads up notice" from Manitoba police?  At no point was Kettles ever asked why he completely disregarded Kozaruk as a suspect.. or why he may have ruled him out.  The article also spooks one to think that
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a prime suspect was ruled out as being considered out of town when it happened. .. what a crock! (that being the politician's son)
No wonder the case was never settled!  or progressed! Here is why!  from Baba back at the beginning - telling it like it is - In fact; nothing to the contrary has transpired as of yet!  One can only imagine the Karma and horrors that must have beset those guilty of her murder and and/or hiding the facts - keeping quiet for whatever reason or benifit it might have for them.

The area in which she was buried alive, was on the upper part of a large riverbank, by a clump of trees. There were homes across the street from this riverbank. Someone heard something. Someone saw something. Someone was on the river, or across the river on the opposite bank.

The family put up a $10,000 reward at the time. In 1962, that was a lot of money...why did no one come forward??? Police affiliation or corruption, or cover up, whatever you want to call it...it happened. Saskatoon, had little mafias all over the city, at the time. There are always crooked police, in those circumstances. Missing evidence, early on in the investigation. Evidence sent to other cities, why? why? why? Records disappearing all over the place. Further hampering any honest police officers attempts to find Alexandra's killers. Many police officers were told to mind their own business, at the time.

Why was this investigation impeded in so many ways. Whether, it was inexperience or not, I cannot believe the photos I have seen of the head of the police department in Saskatoon smiling and/or laughing beside Alexandra's coffin. This was a shock to the City of Saskatoon, and devastated the innocence of this beautiful city, and he is happy??? "A picture can paint a 1000 words."

The murder of Alexandra Wiwcharuk has spurred many emotions since 1962. Everyone in Saskatoon, was effected by this murder, and everyone who knew Alexandra. Their lives would never be the same, and all of them have their gentle reminders of what had happened to such an innocent young woman. Their lifeline would forever be changed! Today, powerful emotions still arise from the "Death of a Beauty Queen - Alexandra Wiwcharuk."

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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #717 on: March 11, 2019, 03:09:27 PM »
Here is the only image I could dig up of Stephen Kozaruck;  He is the guy in the centre (3rd) .. is 5 ft. 11 in. tall and has dark blonde hair.

I have just about every news scrap about him at the time... at least 20 if anybody wants them.  All that is needed now is to contact Dr. L.M. Brand who last prescribed Kozaruck's "killin' pills" which he mixed with alcohol every time he raped and killed. ... or contact Dr. Collins of Saskatoon who also prescribed some of his pills. 

The police recovered 5 empty and partly empty pill bottles at the scene of Rose Whitehead's murder..... used to convict him in 1962.  ... and the monster was in the area at the time.  I wonder if he picked up a prescription at Meades Drug Store as Alexandra was mailing her letters?  :-\  ... and I wonder if there would be trace of the drugs and booze in the abundance of skin Alex retained under her finger nails?
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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #718 on: March 14, 2019, 04:24:01 PM »
Sorry for "replying to my own posts";  just laying out new thoughts as I have started reading this whole thread again. 

Adrian...

Thank You ....

The family was not invited to the coroners inquest. We have asked, and we are not sure why.

So the description of what happened, is what we have collected from the newspaper reports, etc. All I have read and concluded was that there could have been a possibility that someone said they were going to meet her there. When that person did not show up, she went to go home. Was it a lure???? We are not sure.

Was she killed the same night? We are not sure.

Forensic phsychology, what we get off of television would indicate because her face was destroyed, this  person knew her. By the force of the blows, this person/s was very angry at her.

I do not know if she was strangled, she was raped, crushed by a concrete construction block, and died from sand being in her wind pipe. We believe she reached up through her shallow grave for one last attempt for help, or for someone to find her with her outstretched hand. Whether this is all of it, we are not sure.

I do believe, because of what Alexandra believed in. I believe Alexandra would have fought off her attacker/s the best she could, because she was not going to be raped if she could help it. Alexandra's courage, I am sure angered the perpetrator/s, that is why I believe she was raped after he/they crushed her with the concrete block. This person/s raped a dying woman and had to look at her crushed body while doing this, meaning that this person/s was obsessed, was demented, very disturbed, whatever you want to call it. A sicko!

One thing that keeps popping in my mind, that she was lured there that night.

- Unless Alex was in the habit of wandering to the weir on such an inviting night (one will never know at this point) I too, feel she was there for a purpose.  ... to meet up with someone pre-arranged... not necessarily knowing them well, maybe just a "get acquainted in a place she considered safe and tasteful?"

- or she knew the person already?

- or somebody else came instead - knowing she would be there alone waiting?  a messenger? a jealous guy who knew the guy she was meeting wouldn't be showing up?  ... or even worse, a jealous woman interested in, or connected to the guy who wouldn't be showing up -... no text messages back then!  people exchanged notes- or trusted confidants with messages-  .. and it was nothing among little cliques to over-hear something and take the opportunity to "alter the turnout" ... again, a guying bragging he changed his mind about "hooking up" or maybe said he "just couldn't get away" ... creating an opportunity for a deviant person!

- I find myself wondering if they "lay in wait" at the tree line because they were certain she would walk in that direction - which indicates her killer was familiar with her likely-route?  or indicates that might have been a usual path back to her residence, or at least they knew she would head home that way as opposed to the street.
 
- did the killer - become acquainted in minutes, or else already known to her, having exchanged friendly conversation, suggest a little walk when it seemed nobody was looking?

- or, did someone such as Stephen Kozaruck follow her from the drug store, and sit back waiting for the opportune moment?

- Again I wonder if the piece of concrete was considered "belonging to that spot"?

- and was the "grave" intentionally dug?  If not.. and it was dug in haste, how impacted was that ground for digging (was it damp and soft because it was shaded? or would it have been somewhat hard pack from whatever number of days that had dry air and sunshine prior)?
 
- What would the killer have used for digging? If it was soft ground, a stick, piece of board, or branch would do; otherwise some sort of shovel would have been required. I noticed in the crime scene photo, there was what looked like a huge plastic pail incorporated into the ground brush left of the grave.  ... like the fuel and oil cans carried by heavy trucks and equipment on job sites.
 
- Was the "grave" actually just a ditch left by construction there? (If so, whoever did this had to be quite resourceful to find the necessary earth or vegetation compost to cover her over - again suggesting either familiarity with the site, or else, the necessity to return again to do the burying.)

- One can't help but think that Alex might have been abducted that night, and then returned and buried another time or another day.
(If there was tell-tale articles left near or where she was buried, (such as a bottle, eyeglasses, clothing button/s, or whatever a murderer might lose) that would indicate it happened there either all at once, or else in a few visits.  .... if it did take place there, why are her purse and one shoe still missing?  :-\

- If she was killed elsewhere and brought back there for burying, that would explain why her
 hand was still reaching out... fighting ... perhaps that was the case; and because rigor had set in, she had to be buried that way.  If the killer went through all the work of burying her right after he killed her, I would expect he/she/they would have placed her hand flat to get it out of the way and make the work easier.... suggesting that she was either buried alive, still breathing, and with one last spontaneous movement, raised her hand?   

- or left dying in a vehicle, or building, or at least well hidden until the killer/s acquired a shovel ...  by the time, they got all their faculties together, rigor was either partially or completely set in, requiring the concrete block to help flatten the body (or was the block / weapon just thrown in to get it out of sight?

I'm sorry if most of this is repetitive of all the previous pages, but it's just my way of narrowing it down to the initial facts and suppositions:  that way, I don't have to read the whole thread again each time I revisit the thread.

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Re: Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon
« Reply #719 on: March 14, 2019, 07:35:17 PM »
page 24.... and whatta ya know?  Baba, at that point reached a realization about time of death and why it was probably dictated:

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Thanks Cape, sorry I haven't been on for  'a' while....

Something else cropped up in my research...the time of death. Although, I am not trying to discredit the coroner...but by the time they had found her body....they all ready knew what she had to eat. So in order not to panic the women of the city and appease the family, I do believe they lied about the contents in her stomach. The Chief of Police would have had something to do with that, but since he has passed away via a heart attack shovelling snow, ...hmm... was it last winter???? Anyways I guess he will never tell...how convenient for the murderer(s).

Although today's forensics will tell you that to be that accurate would not have been very professional on the coroner's part! Well forensic science has come along way since then! Therefore, due to forensic science, there has a lot of scientific variables and/or factors that have to be taken into account before an accurate time of death could have been pinpointed. Therefore, she may have been alive for some time, before she was murdered! Since her body was discovered so much later than her disappearance or death, it was very bold of this coroner to make such a statement!

Seems to be all neat and tidy....doesn't it!
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