Lindsay Buziak Murder



Timeline of Lindsay’s murder as per Dateline, Inspector Rob McColl and Detective-Sgt. Chris Horsley.   The bulk of the clues came from Jason Zailo himself.

Jason and Lindsay went to Sauce for a late lunch. Lindsay and Jason paid the bill at Sauce at 4:24 pm. Their server knew Lindsay well.   Jason went directly to SHC arriving at 4:29 pm and Lindsay is believed to have gone home to change her clothes.  CO was standing outside by Jason’s vehicle when Jason left the SHC building.  They left SHC together in Jason’s vehicle at 5:30 pm.

Joe DeSousa left the site at approx. 4:30 pm. Other workers left the area at around 5:00 pm.   2 witnesses saw the suspect couple walk into the cul de sac at approximately 5:30 pm. The witnesses saw Lindsay greeting the couple by the back of her car in the driveway as shown on crimestoppers. There were papers on the trunk of Lindsay’s car. The real estate lockbox was accessed at 5:29 pm.   While driving Jason said to Lindsay“I’ll come meet you and I’ll be 10 – 15 minutes or so” and that’s when Lindsay said to Jason…. “okay I’ll see you in abit I gotta go the Mexicans are here”.  Apparently this was Lindsay’s short hand name for her clients. Jason was seen by video surveillance leaving SHC at 5:30.

 5:38 pm Jason sends Lindsay a text “just a couple of minutes away.” That text was never opened by Lindsay. According to Detective Sgt. Horsley: “the last text Jason said was I’m just a couple of minutes away”. That text was never opened by Lindsay.  Dateline said this was Jason’s final text. (how could this be Jason’s final text when Jason stated on Dateline that when he was parked on Torquay he sent Lindsay a text that said “are you okay” (prior to his 6:05 pm 911 call)……..Jason received no response.  So which text was the last one……..the one at 5:38 pm as per Det-Sgt. Horsley on Dateline OR the text Jason said he sent to Lindsay just prior to his call to 911 at 6:05 pm?  It sounds like Horsley and Dateline support the 5:38 pm text as being the final one.)

5:38 pm to 5:41 pm police believe this is when Lindsay was murdered.

 5:41 pm Lindsay’s blackberry made a phone call out and the SP believe that was the direct result of the attack. It was truly a pocket dial call as her BB was in her pocket.

As per Det-Sgt. Horsley, when Jason and CO drove into the cul de sac at approx. 5:45 pm Jason and CO saw the front door open and the male suspect outside, but only saw the back of him.  Jason parked his vehicle on the opposite side of the road of the house. The rear of the vehicle was facing Torquay and the murder house. They sat there for approx. 10 minutes. Jason then turned around in the cul de sac and goes right onto Torquay. They parked by the house for approx. another 10 minutesJason sent Lindsay a text message “are you okay” and it was not answered.  Both CO and Jason walked up to the front door and found it locked.  Jason called 911 (approx. 6:05 pm).  They both went around to the Torquay side of the house and CO gained entry via the already open patio doors by Jason boosting CO over the patio fence who then opened the front door allowing Jason entry.

When they found Lindsay’s body CO called 911 (6:11 pm) and while on the phone CO could hear sirens coming. The police were there within minutes because they were already enroute after Jason made the first 911 call(6:05 pm).   When police arrived Jason and CO were waving their arms in the upstairs bedroom window. The police went into the home up to the bedroom and immediately took both Jason and CO to the police station separately

The cell phone the couple used to contact Lindsay was purchased late November 2007 at a Vancouver convenience store. The phone was activated late January, 2008 in Vancouver. The phone traveled to the Island 24 hours prior to Lindsay’s murder.

Vancouver is from where the first calls to Lindsay were made, confirmed by hits on cell towers in the city. Police said at least half dozen calls were made to Lindsay and after her murder the cell phone was never used again. They believed the killer(s) knew how to carry out the murder and then cover their tracks.  The expert’s all agreed a significant degree of planning went into this murder. They explored the theory that professionals were hired with specific instructions to express the anger that someone else felt towards Lindsay.  The experts agreed the murder was personal and that somebody close to Lindsay planned it and hired the killer(s).   

Inspector McColl Feb 2, 2011:

“Having had this on our plate (at the time of the broadcast) for more than two years, we had plenty of time to develop theories, look at them closely and think outside of the box,” McColl said, noting that police AGREE with the Dateline investigators’ conclusion that Buziak was an innocent party, and her murder was a TARGETED hit arranged by someone CLOSE to her.  Saanich police have narrowed down the investigation to “three or four” working theories.  McColl stated on Dateline it’s possible one of the people who went into that house was also the MASTERMIND behind Lindsay’s murder.

“It’s not cool to tell on your friends, it’s not cool to rat people out … Many times in a homicide investigation you can get past that because it’s also not cool to kill people,” he said. “There should be some assurance to anyone that is considering speaking to the police, that we’re not really interested in the skeletons in your closet. We have the ability to put that aside and focus in on what we’re really interested in, and that is catching these killers.”

Det-Sgt. Horsley:

“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.”

“It is also possible Buziak’s killers were under the mistaken impression she had revealed information she shouldn’t have, he said, or perhaps that she was somehow connected to a dangerous person without knowing it.”

“You can be a person who just works and minds their own business in Victoria, yet through a very brief network of friends, you could be absolutely connected to people that are involved in very bad things,” Horsley said.”

Sgt. Dean Jantzen:

“This (killing) was very organized,” said Saanich police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen. “There was a lot of planning and effort and forethought. These are the most complex crimes. And this is the most egregious crime and often they can become long-term and complicated. “There are people in the community who are withholding information. We know there is a bit of cone of silence around this.”




  1. Heyyou says:

    I’ve done a lot of research about the Lindsey Buziak case. I have a feeling that Jason has something to do with it. Jason could probably have got those 2 people to do the job. Cause obviously they’re really good at it. Or Jason knows something about it and isn’t saying anything. He took a poly test but I mean polys aren’t 100 percent honest. So you can’t put all your trust in that. Because Jason says he was worried and all but why would he park farther ? If Jason saw supposedly “the back” of the man why didn’t he bother to ask or something.. And how comes they didn’t see them leave ? If Jason saw them in the house well their “shadow”… then why didn’t he see them leave? If he got his friend to the other side, why didn’t his friend see them? If they were still in the house? Personally I think Jason should have called Lindsey if he saw she wasn’t answering the messages. If he was actually as worried as he says he was why did he wait so long? Why did he park farther away instead of closer? Why didn’t he call her? Why didn’t he try getting into the house earlier? And how’d he know to go straight upstairs instead of looking around downstairs 1st…? I’m determined to one day have those answers and find the people who killed Lindsey.

    • Sam says:

      @Heyyou – totally agree with you. The whole waiting further away to meet her is so strange and makes no sense. I am a realtor myself and if I was ever concerned or if my husband was meeting me somewhere, he would be parking directly in front and making it known he was there. The dots just do not connect for the boyfriend. He most definitely had something to do with it and the investigators just didn’t do the correct due diligence.

      • Hunter says:

        I 100% agree with you and have been saying this over and over! It’s like this in my opinion… I use to be the biggest cheater on the planet in High School and College and you know something, not every story was true that would be told to whomever I was dating at the time but guess what? 75% of them were! Case In point… 1 out of 3 (if not 2) ppl with nothing to gain in pushing either narrative BELIEVES that her boyfriend and his mom MOST DEFINITELY have a part in this and their is just NO WAY that many ppl are incorrect!!! You know this plan ORIGINALLY got started RIGHT BEFORE the ski trip Lindsay took with his family because if you can recall or watch it again you will see that the “timing of the purchased cell phone” was right before the ski trip! Well, the ski trip was a result of them going to give it another try. So the mom when she heard Lindsay was leaving him put the plan in motion THEN they made up on the trip so she kept that cell phone for the killers to use IN CASE they didn’t work out down the road and low and behold when the mom and Lindsay went on that “WALK” that’s when Lindsay told the mother something along the lines of “I’m done for good this time and you probably will have to keep him calmed down or whatever” so then the mom put the plan BACK ON!!! You can jus tell that mom is a redneck with money and he’s MOMMAS BOY!! To be honest, I feel like they have something WEIRD going on between them which if true IN THE LEAST it would be ALL THE MORE the jealous mom would want her dead…

  2. Derk says:

    Don’t understand ppl that don’t capitalize their sentences but do take the effort to put in an apostrophe for “I’ll” although it’s probably just autocorrect. Usually a guy thing. Any other texts between joe and lindsay available? Is that just her text-writing style, women usually capitalize their sentences….

  3. Tina Mintz says:

    I’m so sorry for your lost. I don’t know if this is related or not. But there is a case of a man from Canada that was mysteriously murdered and one of the theories is he saw too much or heard too much. His name is Blair Adams. Idk if the police got dna from Lindsay’s murderers, or if they got dna from Blair’s. But thinking outside the box is needed here. Good luck and God bless you.

  4. Barb says:

    You can see a folder on the floor (of the released police photos of the house); Lindsay had “papers” seen prior to entering the house. The folder is on the floor, but it’s contents not all over; what appears to be a photo of the property seems to be sticking out of the folder. In addition, her shoes are tipped over. I have two daughters who wear heels, they would neatly take them off. Plus Lindsay was a professional real estate agent and thus, would have taken shoes off and placed neatly in front of -then-client showing, not “kick them off.” Her heels tipped over is a sign of perhaps a disturbance. Lindsay had multiple stab wounds, no blood scatter? Blood splatter expert have a theory on this?

    • ANNE says:

      She wasn’t murdered at the front area. Shoes do tip over, high heels ? Yes. They did remove flooring from where it happened. I’m not sure as anything found on the walls or ceiling regarding blood splatter. I do wonder about that though – if any was on the walls or not.

      • Barb says:

        Shoes tip over during a “scuffle”; folder opposite of tipped shoes, leading one to think she was overpowered quickly after entering. An Real Estate agent would have taken her folder of info with her as she shows the house. Has LE revealed what is in that folder?

  5. Linda says:

    Are they certain that Lindsay’s BB was always in her pocket and that no one else was carrying it or using it to ‘plant’ false info in the form of texts? Are they certain that Jason did not have Lindsay’s BB at anytime and he placed it on her body when he went upstairs?

    Jason’s (excessive) texts seem gratuitous (why was he so concerned; sent two texts about when he would be there). Why send a text just minutes after he said he would be there in 10-15 minutes, to say that he was just a couple of minutes away, and, then, another to ask if she was okay. It doesn’t make sense to text someone, who is in the middle of a potentially huge sale, to keep them apprised of your arrival time OR to ask if they are okay (because a non-response would be expected if she was busy)…it would have made sense to telephone her if he really was worried. Is it possible that the killers were accessing Lindsay’s BB (as she was already dead), and were being warned by Jason that he and his friend were almost there (then, replacing the BB in her pocket before leaving the scene)?

    On Dateline, Jason stated that he saw people in the foyer of the house for sale (shadows), as if the perpetrators were ‘still’ there. Did CO see them as well? Was Jason making this up? If there were shadows of people in the foyer, why did Jason and CO NOT see them leave?

    Not certain what SHC is; but, was Jason’s time accounted for between 4:30 and 5:30; are they certain that he did not leave SHC between 4:30 and 5:30 (through another exit?)? Not certain what this would mean. Did they check SHC’s phone logs to see if any suspicious calls were made…that might have been made by Jason?

    Why did Jason even go to the house for sale? Was this usual for him to attend her showings? If Lindsay had asked him to be there because she was uneasy (or had he suggested this?), it would have made sense that he would have been there from the beginning of the meeting with ‘the Mexicans’. Had he told her that he would be there at the start of the meeting, but didn’t show up until later (on purpose), giving the killers time to execute their plan? (either the killers or Jason in possession of the BB sending response texts ‘from Lindsay’.) Although, nervous, she would have proceeded with the showing, without Jason, in order not to jeopardize a potential sale.

    Jason’s behavior is suspicious…the showing; adamantly saying that Lindsay was not leaving him (though confronted by others, saying this was true…she had told them) instead of saying he had no inkling…

    Just some thoughts!

  6. Barb says:

    My late dad was a real estate agent in the US. When showing a house, an agent would not bring a family member, BF, friend, etc to a showing, so Jason not being there is not cause for suspicion. Yes, a commission on an almost 1 mill dollar house would be motivation to show the house. My dad always knew the names of the showing clients, so odd the client’s names weren’t listed somewhere. Papers were seen on Lindsay’s car prior to showing, where are those papers. A house that much money, Lindsay would have asked if they were “pre-qualified” where are those notes. In real estate there is a big paper trail. Lindsay must of had a work computer, has that been searched. The burner phone is a good clue. I liked what the detectives on the Dateline show said: “This case needs to think outside of the box.” The focus on the BF and his family is too “in the box.” Real Estate agents have tons of paperwork on potential clients and a listing of a sizeable commission, would have more so. One underestimates that Lindsay was a professional real estate agent and did not do a sloppy showing. Paper trail.

    • Lillian says:

      We will never know the answers to these inquiries because the SPD don’t share ANY information regarding this case. They’re too busy covering things up OR worse, do nothing! I don’t believe there’s a need to be ‘outside’ the box. The box has all the evidence required to do a thorough investigation. It’s unfortunate that the SPD are extremely incompetent, having zero ‘investigation’ skills AND are covering their own corruption. Until this case is assigned to real coppers, real investigators and real cold case experts, it will NEVER be given the resolution and justice for Lindsay.

      • ANNE says:

        I agree. Everything points TO the Zailos including the way this was so tightly wrapped up in real estate. I do think it was ODD Jason wasn’t inside or at least closer than where he parked. Lindsay had expressed some dread about the people she was meeting and where IS the “paper trail” unless it was COVERED UP. The inbred place she once lived is doing a cover up, the Z’s have too much $$$ and influence there.

        • Barb says:

          Wasn’t Jason Z eliminated as POI? He passed a poly, I believe one question asked is “Do you have any knowledge of the killing” and if he knew his mom involved I would guess that would be deceptive on the poly, but he passed; he has alibi during murder, if he hired he would have failed the poly. Did his mom take poly? This is why the detectives perhaps state “thinking outside the box.” The fake “Mexican” accent leads one to believe not really Latino couple.

          • ANNE says:

            Oh come ON. People can learn how to pass a lie detector.

          • ANNE says:

            Anyone can look up how to pass a lie detector test, and they’re not infallible in the first place.

          • Lillian says:

            This is why they are not permitted in court. They are extremely unreliable and the operator plays a big role in executing this device. He can be quite incompetent, just like the SPD and still hold onto his job. These devices are a tool that are to be used with minimum credence, they should NEVER be utilized to include or EXclude anyone! The fact the SPD “cleared” suspects based on this fallible device speaks volumes to their incompetence.

  7. Thuggins says:

    First, I am sorry for your loss. I can’t begin to imagine the sorrow.
    I also watched Dateline. Why was Jason no longer considered a suspect? Why did he go right up the stairs when he entered the house? Wouldn’t you check the main floor rooms first? Why wasn’t Jason’s mom investigated? The comment she made referring that Lindsay was afraid of her ex-boyfriend is an obvious ploy to shift suspicions away from her son. If Lindsay was feeling uncomfortable about meeting these people and asked Jason to come by, why would he move his car away from the house? Wouldn’t you park right in front? Was there any connection with Jason and Lindsay’s old friend that got busted? Seems like Jason and his mom should be #1 suspects.

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