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Episode 88

The Murder of Lindsay Buziak

May 3, 2021   Tags: , ,
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On February 2nd, 2008, 24-year-old Lindsay Buziak met a mystery couple to show a house in Victoria, British Columbia. Based on her phone activity, investigators believe she was killed within a three minute window. Billy and Paul look at the actions leading up to Lindsay's murder and the investigation after.  

The Days Before the Murder:
Towards the end of January, Lindsay received a phone call from a woman. Lindsay described as having a “strong Mexican or Spanish accent.” The woman told Lindsay that she and her husband were moving to Victoria. 

The woman gave Lindsay a list of things she was looking for in a home. In her planner, Lindsay had circled February First and wrote exactly down the criteria: three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master bedroom needed to be large. The woman and her husband also wanted a separate housekeeper quarters within the house. 

She also gave Lindsay an ideal price: a million dollars. And there was a catch, she wanted it within three days.  

Lindsay immediately thought the call was strange. She didn’t know how the woman had gotten her personal cell phone number. It’s a common practice in the real estate world to thrive off of great referrals.  According to documents released in 2020, Lindsay actually called several clients trying to figure out how the woman came across her. None of the clients she spoke with knew the woman. 

Based on the way the number was saved in Lindsay's phone and conversations with co-workers, it’s not clear what the woman’s name was. She had labeled the contact “Million Dollar.”

Lindsay compiled a list and emailed a few suggestions to the woman on February First. The two exchanged 10 more phone calls over the next few days. One of those calls lasted ten minutes. Lindsay gave the woman an address: 1702 De Sousa Place. It was in a suburb of Victoria called Saanich and was in the Gordon Head neighborhood. The meeting was set for the next day at 5:30 PM.

The Murder
Lindsay left the office for a late lunch date with Jason sometime between 3 and 4 PM on the 2nd. The two ate at a restaurant downtown called Sauce. The two left around 4:20 PM. 

Lindsay went to the condo to change clothes before the showing. Jason had a meeting at the SHC Autographx autoshop. The owners employed Jason to sell the property and he was bringing by an offer. While he was there, Lindsay called to say she was on her way to the showing. 

Jason offered to follow her instead of taking over this time. Lindsay agreed, but she wanted to do the actual showing alone.  It altered Jason’s plans for the evening. He’d planned to go to dinner with his friend Cohen Oatmen. 

Cohen called Jason while he was still at the autoshop. The men left autoshop in Jason’s car at 5:30 PM. The two headed to the De Sousa home to wait for Lindsay before dinner. 

Jason tried using his GPS in the car to try and find the house--but there was no luck. He called Lindsay for directions. While on the phone the couple arrived. Lindsay apparently told Jason, “Okay, I’ll see you in a bit. I gotta go, the Mexicans are here.” Jason asked her to text

Lindsay did. Two witnesses saw the couple walk into the cul de sac of De Sousa. Lindsay greeted them on the driveway near the back of her car. At 5:29 PM, Lindsay opened the lockbox at the house and removed the keys. 

At 5:38 PM, Jason texted Lindsay, “just a couple minutes away.” Lindsay never answered the text.  But at 5:41 Lindsay’s Blackberry placed a phone call.  It was to a friend she hadn’t talked to in a very long time. The voicemail was muffled. 

By 5:45 PM, Jason and Cohen had driven into the cul de sac. They could see Lindsay’s car in the driveway. Jason and Cohen watched the house. They saw a man through the window of the front door. They could only see him from behind.

The two sat still in the car for roughly ten minutes. Then Jason turned around and parked on the neighboring street--Torquay Drive. Again they stayed put for about 10 minutes.  While they waited, Jason said he texted Lindsay again. This time asking if she was okay. She didn’t reply. He called her. She didn’t answer. 

With neither text or phone call answered, the two men decided to walk up to the house. The front door was locked. This is a no-no when showing houses. The front door is usually always open. The men rang the doorbell. No answer. 

At 6:05 PM, Jason called 911. He told the dispatcher his girlfriend was meeting an out of town client for a real estate showing. Jason told 911 that Lindsay was “kind of scared” and he “kind of followed her.” 

He continued recounting that he saw a man in the house, but the door was locked. He also said through the door he could see Lindsay’s shoes--She would’ve taken them off before walking the house.

After calling 911, the guys took another look around the property. With a closer look over the fence, they saw the back door was open. Jason helped Cohen over the fence. He ran to the front door and let Jason in. 

Then they divided up to search house. Cohen took the first floor. Jason ran up the stairs yelling for Lindsay. 

At the top of the stairs was the master bedroom. Inside, at the far end of the room near the master bathroom, was Lindsay’s body in a pool of blood. Jason yelled for Cohen to call 911 again. Jason tried to perform CPR but it was too late. Cohen told the dispatcher about the bloody footprints in the house and Lindsay in a pool of blood.

When law enforcement arrived, Cohen and Jason could be seen in the window of the master bedroom waving their arms. Police began to process the scene and Jason and Cohen were taken to the police station separately.
 
First they cleared the house. No one was there. Canines were brought in to search for a trace of the mysterious couple viewing the home. No lead.

They searched for the murder weapon. It wasn’t there. Law enforcement gathered hair and fiber evidence. They looked for DNA at the scene and fingerprints. 

Lindsay’s wallet, phone and purse were left behind. The only part of the crime scene left to process was Lindsay’s body. Her cause of death was blood loss. She had been stabbed over 40 times in the head and chest. There was no sign of sexual assault.

The Investigation:
Law enforcement dug into the phone number itself. The phone was bought in Vancouver in late November 2007 at a convenience store, but wasn’t activated until late January 2008. It was only used to ever call Lindsay. 

They could trace where the calls originated. The first ones were from Vancouver. The location changed 24 hours before. The phone locations showed they were on their way via the British Columbia Ferries the day before. 

Police did track a name for the phone. It was registered to Paulo Rodriquez. But the name led nowhere. And the phone was never used again after Lindsay’s murder.

With the phone leading to a dead end and Lindsay labeling the couple as just “Million Dollar,” the police began to dig into other areas of Lindsay’s life. They searched her laptop and social media. 

According to documents acquired by Capital Daily, law enforcement noticed something off about Lindsay’s online behavior shortly before her murder. They could tell chat messages were missing but couldn’t find out when they were deleted. Also they couldn’t recover them. 

Her behavior was also different on Facebook. Lindsay had 700 friends. But yet she exchanged no messages with anyone on there starting on January 24th up until her murder.

A year later there were still five full time investigators on the case. Saanich police had conducted over a thousand interviews. They served 30 search warrants and tracked over 700 tips. With the help of Victoria police and the RCMP, they were also fine tuning a sketch they hoped would help. 

The sketch was of the woman the witnesses saw arrive at the house to meet Lindsay.  The woman was white, 35-45 years old. She had short blonde hair and was very well dressed. The dress or skirt was black with thick white and red swirls. Scarce information was released about the woman’s “husband.” He was white, six feet with dark hair. He was wearing a light colored jacket. 

Currently investigators are using new technology and working with the FBI. According to Constable Markus Anastasiades, “Investigators are reviewing and retesting evidence, including items from the crime scene as well as digital evidence. Technology not available at the time of the crime has allowed us to develop new investigative leads...As many of you have likely seen in the media lately, advancements in fields such as genealogy and DNA analysis has led to resolution in many other cases.”

These changes and advancements have reportedly led to new leads.

ASSIGNMENT:
Hopefully these new leads will bring answers as to who killed Lindsay Buziak. But as of yet, we haven’t heard if they will. 24-year-old Lindsay Buziak was killed on February 2nd, 2008. The murder happened in the master bedroom on the second floor of 1702 De Sousa Place in Victoria. The attack is believed to have happened between 5:38 and 5:41 PM. If you have any information, you can contact the Saanich police information line at 250-475-4356 or call toll-free at 1-888-980-1919. Or please contact us.

There is also a chance to get loud in the case. There is a petition to have the case files transferred to a different agency. 

CODE OF CONDUCT: 

1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police. 
2. Do not post side by side photos.
3. Do not contact any family members. 
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.

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