Monday, March 20, 2017

Mystery Monday: Lindsay Buziak

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...



Real estate can be a dangerous job. Agents are often asked to meet strangers in empty houses. There have been a few cases of real estate agents who have been murdered, including Beverly Carter in Arkansas. But today's mystery includes a young Canadian realtor who many Americans may not yet have heard about.



In late January 2008, Lindsay Buziak received a call from two extremely promising new clients. The couple was in a hurry to buy and wanted a house in the one-million-dollar range.



However, Lindsay had an unsettling feeling about the callers. They spoke with an accent, but it seemed fake. Everyone advised her not to go to the viewing alone. Her boyfriend, Jason Zailo, agreed to go with her. They had lunch beforehand and separated. He had to make a couple of stops first and she needed to go home and change.


Jason (left) and Lindsay (center)

Jason sent Lindsay a text saying he was on his way. Lindsay replied that the couple had arrived and she was going in. They entered this house at approximately 5:30 p.m.



Jason sent one final text, saying he was just a few minutes away. That text was never opened.



At 5:41, Lindsay's phone made a short call out. Police believe that was when the attack happened, pushing buttons on her phone.



At 5:45, Jason and a friend pulled up in front of the house. According to police, he told Dateline he saw two people through the glass. (Police say he saw them actually leave the house.) He pulled a little farther up the street and texted her, "Are you okay?" When she didn't respond, he started to get worried.


Image credit: LindsayBuziakMurder.com

At 6:05 pm, he made his way toward the house. Through the window, he saw her shoes in the foyer (standard procedure for agents showing houses). He tried the door and found it locked.



Jason lifted his friend over the backyard fence. His friend came in through the unlocked back door and ran through the house, letting Jason in through the front door. Jason went straight up the stairs and found Lindsay's dead body in one of the upstairs bedrooms.


Lindsay's shoes. Image credit: Saanich Police Department

A neighbor reported that she saw Lindsay and a couple standing outside the house just before the murder. This is a recreation of what she reported:



The phone number for the killers was traced to a cell phone purchased at a convenience store only weeks before the murder. It was activated less than 48 hours prior to the murder. There was no way to trace the number.



Many people do think it was a murder-for hire, but they have never been able to close in on a suspect. She had told friends that she planned to break up with him as soon as a few more real estate deals closed, but she was trying to make it work when the murder happened.



There are many details the police have never released to the public...and, of course, true crime fans have come up with their own stories to fill in the blanks. A detective with the case says that most of the information they've seen out there is false. NBC News consultants looked through the case files and gave their thoughts to Dateline NBC.



They say they don't believe Jason did it. The police also have cleared him. They believe the murder was carefully planned, but they don't know who would have had something personal against her.



Do you think her boyfriend had something to do with the murder?

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38 comments:

  1. Unless the boyfriend was extremely unsettled, I don't think he hired someone to kill her. Sad they never caught the killers.
    Not a chance my wife would be in that line of work for that very reason - going into houses alone with strangers.

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    1. The thing that always gets me is, why did he wait SO LONG to go into the house? But then, I guess he wouldn't want to interrupt her sale.

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    2. www.murderinsaanich A very informative site for information about the murder of Lindsay Buziak

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  2. This murder is a very hard one to figure out. My first inclinations are that she must've had some shady dealings that didn't quite pan out for her. If the boyfriend isn't involved and the police cleared him then...who knows...Or she found out something about the prospective buyers and they needed to shut her up...I'm thinking as I write...Hahaa..

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    1. There were some shady characters they've brought into it, but she herself wasn't really involved in anything. No drugs or anything like that...

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  3. This is very confusing because my thought goes right to the boyfriend but if he has been cleared the. I would look at her fellow employees. This occurred when the housing market was in trouble so it could be jealousy motivated. If she had some big deals ready to come through, another could have wanted those sales and disliked this girl so they decided to hire someone to get rid of her. Real estate is never easy and it's either feast or famine for many

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    1. Good point! That would make a good Lifetime movie, actually. A murderous realtor who wants all the deals for herself!

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  4. What a mystery. Doesn't sound like her boyfriend did it. If he didn't, he must have been guilt ridden being late when he could have possibly prevented this tragedy.

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    1. That is true--the guilt has to really weigh on him.

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  5. Hmm, not enough about her life to really be able to figure out who might have done it. Do murderers carefully plan the murder if they don't know the victim? Good one, Stephanie.

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    1. Yeah, that's confusing. I can't see the motive for a stranger-couple to kill her, since they didn't get anything out of it.

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  6. Not enough details to know for sure, but the cops seem to think he was clear.

    It's a shame they never found the murderers. Whoever it was had to have known her.

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    1. I heard an interview with a detective where he said that there's a lot of information the police haven't ever released to the public in this case.

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  7. This is a strange one. My first thought would have been her boyfriend, especially since she was thinking about breaking up with him. Also, why did he take so long to go in and check on her? It does sound like it was planned in advance. The "why" is the real question. If they can ever figure that out, I believe the "who" will be easier to find.

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    1. I should also point out that the police sketch of the female seen in front of the house looked a lot like her boyfriend's mom...

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    2. I thought the exact same thing!

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  8. Wondering why he and his friend waited so long to go in but if they cleared him...
    Very strange. Has to be a lot of missing information they may never know.

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    1. Or why he felt the need to bring a friend along, esp. if he wasn't going inside anyway. If he'd agreed to meet her at the house to keep her safe, why sit outside? Murders CAN happen inside when cars are outside...that just makes no sense.

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    2. Jason and his friend Cohen played on the same hockey team. They were going out for dinner then on to their 9:00 pm game at Peakes arena

      www.murderinsaanich.com

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  9. Hi Steph ... can't say I can work it out - but the boyfriend did take a long time to find a way into the home ... but we'll never I know I guess ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I know! It's odd to me that the police cleared him, yet all the true crime shows and blogs and such spend a LOT of time going into detail about his actions that day. There's very little information on any other suspects.

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    2. The police have had the same suspects from the very beginning. Just not enough evidence for arrests.

      www.murderinsaanich.com

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  10. It doesn't seem like the boyfriend had anything to do with the murder.

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  11. It's hard to say, but I'm surprised that if he was worried, he didn't become concerned at the unanswered text. The point of his being there was to protect her. But that doesn't mean he was guilty.

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  12. Poor girl. You often wonder what people may have been involved with that ended up with them being marked for murder. I have no insight whatsoever into this .

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  13. I honestly don't think it would be her boyfriend. There has to be a motive for me to believe that. Many loved ones who commit such an act do so for insurance money or something like that. I think it was a hit, but it has to be someone who has a motive. I wish I knew what it was! How sad.

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  14. My thoughts still linger over why the boyfriend took so long to enter the house...and that Lindsay had been planning to break up with him.

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  15. That's really quite scary and a strange case to be sure. Really, sometimes it's impossible to really know all the details of a person's life, though. Who knows what she might have been up to in private that could have led to something horrible like this. Or it could have just been random (which is even scarier when you think about it).

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  16. Women are quite often killed by a husband or boyfriend because they've become an "inconvenience." If the police have cleared the boyfriend, then maybe Lindsay was an inconvenience to someone else.

    Love,
    Janie

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  17. What a sad story. It's weird that a murder like this can happen and with all the modern technology, they can't figure out who did it. Whoever it is will pay for it one day when they leave this earth.

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  18. Sad that this case hasn't been solved. There's so many questions about the boyfriend it makes me wonder what the police know but aren't saying that might have lead to clearing him. He still sounds like a prime suspect to me.

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  19. Heart wrenching. Being a realtor really is a dangerous job. One was murdered during a showing in the state I used to live in.

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  20. That is a sad and weird story. Someone must have had it out for her, but who?

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  21. Convenient that the boyfriend was late. She would have told him about her unsettled feelings and why she wanted him t come with her.

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  22. My gut is that the couple planned it out as sort of a "we just really want to murder someone and get away with it." I think she was just the victim they happened to choose because of her job, not because of who she was.

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  23. This is so sad! I think no realtor should show homes alone! I don't think the boyfriend had anything to do with it, but then I don't really know??

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  24. What if it were her own mom? Maybe she really wanted to hurt her estranged husband by taking away the thing that was most precious to him.

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