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. Jason says:

    her be$ties know ………
    one her besties had birthday party the same night Lindsay was murdered . We need the video clip of the party, if any !

  2. Web Researcher says:

    I’ve been watching this case as well and my deepest sympathies to her family, especially her mother and father. I couldn’t even imagine the pain you are going through.

    I never knew Lindsey, or anyone involved in the case, but watching the Dateline video numerous times, and being a former Realtor in BC I can say, I see some possible issues with Jason Zalo’s story. Jason tells Dateline that he pulled into the cul-de-sac but could see people in the house through the glass in the door. He claims he didn’t want to be the meddling boyfriend and be seen as interfering in her showing. I can say as a former Realtor it is completely normal for another Realtor to walk into a showing, especially if it is a female realtor by themselves. It is very common and I did it all the time for female realtors at my office (me being a guy). What is unprofessional is to walk into their showing and start trying to scoop the business for yourself and give the clients your card. But if you just show up and say “Hi, Im So and So, I just need to speak to Lindsey when you are all done” …… there is nothing unprofessional there. I am suspicious the reason Jason Zalo then pulled out of the cul-de-sac, and parked around the corner, is when he saw the people through the window, he knew they were not totally done in the house. He then claims he waited outside on the other street out front. Then texted her. I am suspicious he knew this way, it would give the killers time to leave out the back.

    Another interesting point, is it seems these people posing as Buyers of a million dollar home, walk to the appointment? There was never any car for them that was mentioned in Dateline or any news reports. Very odd that no vehicle for the “Mexicans” is mentioned. Usually when you show a million dollar home the person will pull up in a nice car, or some type of vehicle.

    One more observation I wanted to make with this case, is that if someone really wanted to get Lindsey, they could have done it, at her home, in a parking lot, a club, etc. The way real estate was used, and the showing of real estate, tells me the people who pulled this off are most likely in the real estate game.

    Keep in mind a few other details of possible motive. Lindsey was planning on leaving Jason Zalo. That probably means she would be leaving the brokerage (real estate office) that she worked at, that Jason’s mom was the Managing broker of. That type of action a few years back up in Duncan caused a Realtor to punch his fellow real estate partner in the head.

    I am suspicious that Jason Zalo had his buddy with him for an alibi that day, what was the rush to get papers to a commercial business? Shouldn’t his girlfriends safety be more important if she already raised concerns about the Buyers? I am suspicious Jason Zalo calling 911 was too prompt, just because Lindsey didn’t come to the door right away doesn’t mean that most realtors call 911 that fast. I am suspicious Jason Zalo was trying to create an alibi, document times, and keep himself separate from the murder.

    Another point for investigators to also consider in this case, Jason Zalo in his own words in the Dateline story claims he was alone, away from his alibi for a period of time, trying the front door. What if the door wasn’t locked. There is enough timeframe there for Jason to have gone in, committed the murder, and then walk back out. Go back to his friend and say the front door won’t open.

    Remember too eye witness testimony can be flawed. The lady in the dress, could have been seen there doing a showing a few days before, it is easy for people to get dates mixed up. Could the “Mexicans” really be Jason Zalo, and his mom?

    What if Jason and his friend did the murder? Has anyone considered that possibility? Ya a video catches them leaving the commercial shop in the car, but after that there is no other video.

    I don’t think Lindsey was killed for a drug bust in Calgary. I support the Dad’s latest theories.

    Oh….just because a lock box is opened, doesn’t mean someone didn’t leave a window or door unlocked at a previous showing, by a previous realtor.

    Is it just me or does any notice how much Jason’s mom looks like the police sketch of the woman in the dress?

    • bwebb05 says:

      I’m listening to a podcast about Lindsay’s murder, I’m suspicious of the bf too. In the podcast it says there was video of him and his buddy at a store where Jason looks right into the camera, this is also weird and looks like he’s further trying to solidify his alibi…

      • webresearcher says:

        It is odd….isn’t it? For the police to say Jason isn’t a suspect anymore is beyond me.

        Not only that but to stab someone over and over is personal. Jason and his mom would have motive.

  3. […] to the dropped murder charge against Ziaee, above, that at one point Ziggy was a suspect in the murder of Lindsay Buziak. Lindsay was the realtor who was murdered in February of 2008 in what was obviously a contracted […]

  4. Alberta Einstein says:

    I am trying to put all the known “facts” about Lyndsay’s murder together in an organized report. I am having trouble finding information about the Zalo family’s history including Jason’s father, etc. I live in New Zealand and can’t travel to Victoria easily to investigate in person. Would you be able to fill me in on some information if you have it?

  5. Help Lindsay says:

    Dear “some questions” please do not quit your day job. Most of your questions are of non consideration, your clothing or undressing thoughts are easily remedied and altered making them illogical and irrelevant. Have you considered there could have been other “accomplices” in other vehicles? Could they have brought a change of clothes inside with them?

    Please let’s think talk regarding who was complicit in this murder. Let’s not take away with thoughts of where are the clothing worn. Focus and help a friend or an innocent victim.

  6. Bill stern says:

    There is a you tube video and watch them all
    This was the Perfect crime and committed perfectly

    Why isn’t the guy with Jason talking
    … He feArs for his life and kids and won’t man up

    • Bill Stern says:

      Why there have been no charges is beyond comprehension

      Remember when the system wants you , you are toast , when you want something good luck as the road is blocked

      Many lesser cases have been tried and won, why this one is not strobes at the very heart of our justice system and potential corruption behind it.

      Follow the money as always and you will get you answer , at least even oh got tried and one juror caved

      • “Follow the money as always and you will get you answer” — Yes, that usually the golden rule in crime (especially murder) investigation. But that rule doesnt seemed to apply in this case. It’s not a robbery, nothing was taken from her and the murder had been planned weeks prior. And nobody seemed have gained any financial benefit from this murder, I doubt how much money a 24 year old realtor had. There is no money to follow in this case.

  7. Paul Bunion says:

    Humm. Large quantity of Herion in the kitchen.

    And other information here.

    What source does this dirive from?

  8. Billy Bob says:

    Shirley Zalo is a lying, cheating, manipulative, drug dealing, island king pin. She will stop at nothing to do or have her bidding done.
    From mortgage fraud to beating and murdering our little girls that don’t see it her way.
    This woman is all bad though and though and she has lots of Victoria people involved with her. Both her sons are cut from the same cloth and raised in that environment.

    Shirley is firmly connected with Zachary Mathison (Ziggy) and others like him. They are her henchmen if you will and they carry out her bidding within this violent group in violent ways. Absolutely no fear of the Law and absolutely no scruples.

    They murdered Lindsey because Lindsey saw a large quantity of heroine on Shirley’s kitchen counter. That’s when Lindsey knew she was in to deep and knew it had to end. She needed out.

    Two weeks later she was dead.

    And people….if you don’t think Jason or shirley were involved, keep in the forefront of your collective minds this one fact.
    Her new breast implants that very few people knew she even had…we’re punctured and mutilated.
    From a law inforcement, statistical point of view there was heavy, overwhelming emotions involve. It’s classic disgruntled boyfriend stuff. Lindsey was stabbed and slashed well over 40 times.
    Maybe you remember statements from people immediately on the scene that Shirley was witnessed walking a distance of two blocks towards the murder house. Then she hung around watching. Again, classic behavior of a perpetrator of a crime and why was she walking casually.
    Personally, if the potential daughter in law for my son had just been murdered and my son was the one that found her. I would be driving like mad, breaking through all police lines screaming something. I mean SOMETHING!

    Give me a break! The police can’t see that. Please.

    This isn’t the first girl Shirley had murdered either.
    A number of years ago there was another incedent where Jason’s girl freind had split from him and was going out with another young man. Jason and a group of Shirley,s henchmen had a run in with this couple and there was an altercation in the club.

    The couple left and went to another location which was a house and they were alone. Ziggy and another man forced their way into the home and shot the man point blank in the head and pistol whipped the girl within an inch of her life. Then threatened her to not speak of the incident. She did speak and within weeks she was given a lethal dose of heroine and murdered.

    Ziggy and the other man were arrested. Arrangements were made within Shirley ‘ ranks that the second man would take the blame. Ziggy got a plea deal, the second man took the blame for murdering the man and did 12 years. Don’t know who administered the fatal dose of heroine however, Shirley, the administrator knows. Soon we will all know

  9. Jennifer says:

    When i first watched the Dateline episode and saw the title “dream house” I thought it was maybe two people. Foreigners. That were criminals and needed a place to stay in 2 days or asap. They weren’t professionals. They were winging it even though it was planned. Maybe thought they could hide out a bit then saw her boyfriend or his far and panicked. They said the perps prob had criminal history. I don’t think it was someone who knew her. Prob saw the listing amd unfortunately wuth whatever thier grand scheme was weather it was a Bonnie and clyde type thing or they needed a place that desperately for some reason. I don’t know. It might sound crazy but i has that pop in my head without it meaning to. I think it was a sloppy pre planned panicky situation and she was put in the middle of it.

  10. somequestions says:

    One other thing. I am not suggesting the boyfriend is her killer just to keep an open mind to all possibilities. He is a good suspect and should remain one. I would ask myself why if a murder was planned and Jason Zailo was out front watching, why the killers would NOT change their clothes? They obviously would have time to do so if he was outside keeping a lookout until he felt enough time had passed to go inside and pretend to find Lindsay Buziak’s body. But then why bring a witness if the killers are dumb enough to change in front of the door?

    The fact that the killers were ALREADY downstairs before he showed up would suggest panic and quickness associated with two criminals would have committed a major crime and feel the need to get out of there quick. Once the killers are dressed, I cannot understand why they would stick around any longer. According to the Dateline account, after Jason arrives at 5:45pm, he waits at least another 20 minutes to call 911 to tell them he is going into the house.

  11. Paul Bunion says:

    Many discrepancies, Or ! purposely cover ups’ This has got my attention now, and will from my view be looked at.

    More to come..

    And for the ones that are following this I did not know about this murder until I investigated another persons back ground, and in that investigation this homicide was introduced to me. It does not take a rocket scientist to see what has taken place. And to answer that one question that is burning in the back of your mind right now. It is 26 years.

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