The Senseless Slaying of Realtor Lindsay Buziak
Case File Overview
Location of the murder
Lindsay’s body was found in an upstairs bedroom. She’d been stabbed multiple times in her head and chest.
Investigators at the scene
Police said the young realtor was lured to the home for a property showing by an unknown couple: a Caucasian woman, 35 to 45 years old with short blond hair, and a male, believed to be Caucasian, 183 cm. tall (six ft.) with dark hair.
Sketch of the female suspect
Style of dress worn by female suspect
Authorities explained that the unidentified couple made the appointment using a cellphone bought in Vancouver, BC under the false name Paulo Rodriguez. The burner phone was “used exclusively for this crime,” police said.
Lindsay’s notes after communicating with her murderers
Lindsay’s boyfriend, Jason Zailo, also a realtor, came to meet her at the house after the appointment. When she didn’t respond to his text messages, he called 911. Then, he and a friend entered the home and discovered Lindsay’s body. Again, 911 was called to report the murder.
Lindsay’s murder remains unsolved.
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Case File Theories
Murdered By Serial Killers
At one point, authorities somewhat flippantly mentioned that perhaps the unidentified couple that murdered Lindsay travels the world killing young realtors. No evidence has ever been put forward to prove this claim. And I think this is the least likely case file theory.
Case Of Mistaken Identity
Police have also stated that Lindsay may have been mistakenly targeted by professional contract killers. They explained that they were reluctant to state this theory early in the case in fear that if the killers knew they’d killed the wrong person someone else might be placed in danger. In my opinion, this seems almost as preposterous as the suggestion that Lindsay was killed by a roving duo of serial killers who target realtors. Lindsay’s murder was so well-orchestrated, it’s doubtful her killers got the wrong woman. Moreover, you’d think that if it was a hired hit, whoever paid for the hit would’ve definitely mentioned to the killers right after the murder that they’d killed the wrong person. Why, then, did the police hold this theory back? I really have no idea.
Murdered By Someone She Knew
A website managed by Lindsay’s father, Jeff Buziak, presents an elaborate network of persons of interest that may have participated in Lindsay’s murder. This list includes Lindsay’s boyfriend, Jason. Jeff also connects Lindsay’s murder to a Calgary, AB drug case.
Saanich police, however, have made it clear that they believe Lindsay had no connections to the drug trade or the criminal underworld. Authorities have also cleared Lindsay’s boyfriend of any wrongdoing.
The police explained, “There is nothing in her life — and we’ve conducted an extensive background [check] — that would indicate that she was involved in anything criminal, in anything of a domestic violence relationship, and that is the most perplexing thing.”
Lindsay’s father seems convinced that someone Lindsay knew hired a team of killers to murder his daughter. A detailed overview of the timeline and suspicions put forth by Lindsay’s father reveal the complexities of this case. I suggest you explore the website. Although it lacks links to recent articles on the case, it provides plenty of older articles, a variety of theories and suspects, and detailed information about the murder.
Although I’m not quite sure how it all transpired, something about this case file theory seems to make the most sense. Like Lindsay’s father, I strongly suspect that someone Lindsay knew hired the unidentified couple to murder her.
Who do you think murdered Lindsay?
UPDATE: In August 2017, someone anonymously posted the following message on the website devoted to solving Lindsay’s murder:
“I killed Lindsey and stupid cops will never prove it so you all got nothin. No one gives a shit anymore anyhow except her crybaby dad. Even her fakey girlfriends have washed it away. Typical loser chicks. Sanich cops dropped it cause they can’t solve shit and were told to drop it. Cut the phoney investigation. It’s done. Go home losers. Forget about her. The street always rules. Bitches die every day.”
Lindsay’s dad felt a glimmer of hope upon receiving this taunting message. He said, “This is the first time we’ve had somebody step up, and claim they are responsible for the murder. I’ve asked for that from the beginning that the coward should step forward. And maybe this coward has decided to take responsibility for it. So hopefully Saanich police figure that out.”
Authorities in charge of the case have stated they’re aware of the website and of the post taking responsibility for Lindsay’s murder. However, they’ll not comment further on the open investigation.
I think it’s important to note that the person who took responsibility for Lindsay’s murder on the website misspelled her name. Does this suggest the post is nothing but a prank? I’m not sure, but I hope that the police thoroughly look into this new lead, regardless. Lindsay and her family deserve justice.
There is currently a $500,000 reward in this case. If you have any information please contact the Saanich police at 250-475-4313 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Related Reading, Listening, and Viewing
Lindsay Buziak Murder – official family website
“Chilling confession, taunt from purported killer renews focus on stalled B.C. murder probe” – National Post article
“Slain agent was ‘targeted,’ colleague says” – The Globe and Mail article
“Slain B.C. realtor may have been wrong target” – CBC News article
Lindsay Buziak – Casefile podcast
“Unsolved: The Dream House Mystery” – Dateline television program