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.
|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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