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. Lori says:

    I think the soon to be ex’s story and actions that day just don’t make a lot of sense. If your girlfriend is showing a million dollar home why would you show up within 15 minutes of the showing to drop off papers? I would think you wouldn’t want to interrupt the potential deal.
    Also, why park in an odd spot…then move to an even more unusual spot on the side of the house? Or is it actually more convenient so your buddy and now alibi/witness doesn’t see the murderers leaving the home?
    And what was his intention of getting the papers to her? Seems like waiting 10-20 minutes and then all of a sudden suspecting foul play because she didn’t answer one text is odd. They would’ve barely had time to even tour the first floor of the house.
    He could’ve easily had a burner phone in his pocket with instructions to the murders to text or call once the deed was done. He wouldn’t have even had to take it out of his pocket in front of his friend if it was all planned.
    Just seems like he is the obvious suspect and the one with the most to lose and emotional connection, especially if she was about to leave him and wanted to reunite with her previous boyfriend. I’m sure it infuriated him and even more so knowing she just saw him the day before – since his own mom knew they had met and gone for a walk.
    He shouldn’t have been cleared so easily in my opinion.
    Not to mention his lack of emotion.

  2. Jeanne Kropko says:

    What do we know about the actual murders? They must have been in a car, any descriptions of the car. They must have stayed somewhere, where did they stay? I cannot find this data in this website … would appreciate an answer.

  3. Marianne says:

    A theory that keeps coming to my mind is that she was handpicked for human trafficking. They had her photo, thought she could be “marketable”, could get her alone and vulnerable….I wonder if during the walkthrough they explained to her what was happening, but then their plan was foiled by the boyfriend showing up to the house. Then they would’ve had to decide, do we try to get her out the back knowing that she realizes that help is within shouting distance? Even if they had a gun on her, it would probably not be enough to keep her subdued if she wasn’t “alone.” The other alternative, flee and eliminate the witness who had seen them clearly. They can no longer use a gun because the boyfriend is sitting outside and would’ve heard it, hence the knife.

    Although the phone call following the murder to Lindsay’s friend by Shirley Zailo (that she denies) with a strange accent is I think the most important clue in the case. Combine that with her connection to the development where the murder took place, you have too many coincidences to be a coincidence. It’s very easy for the police to check if that phone call was made, and if it was and she denies it there’s a reason for that.

  4. Donald Kimble says:

    There are a lot of newer comments coming out of the woodwork that should probably be censored/blocked and or not taken into account. Going over far fetched things that have either been discounted, proved wrong or been discussed thoroughly doesn’t help. For anyone that is proclaiming far out “theories” read all the comments first rather than spamming the main page.

    Anyone that should post moving forward should either share new info or mention what their doing to help with the corresponding authorities.

  5. Samantha Tomlin says:

    They could’ve also found where that particular dress was sold, and if it were purchased on credit, how many were sold, etc…they could use that info as. well…so many idas not mentioned on t.v…. this case REALLY bothers me!!!

  6. Samantha Tomlin says:

    Also, Lindsay tried to follow up with the “recommendation ” client, i haven’t heard anything about the police speaking to that cient, were all of her phone records exhausted? You always hear about police finding video of whoever bought burner phones on camera at time of purchase by just running the phone numbers given..right??

    • MJ says:

      The burner phone was bought a year before her murder. It was registered 24 hours before her murder, called her and never used again after her murder. That being said it being purchased a year before hand, there was no surveillance footage still available at the store. The police did check.

      • Michael Schneider says:

        The cell phone used by the unknown woman to call Lindsay was purchased in Vancouver several months before the murder and had never been used until that call was made. It was activated under the name of Paulo Rodriguez, which authorities believe is a fake name. It was registered to a legitimate address in Vancouver, which is a business address, but it is believed that the business has no connection with the case and that its address was simply chosen at random.[2] The phone was deactivated soon after the murder and has not been used since.[8] Cell phone tower “pings” show that the phone travelled on the ferry from Vancouver the day before the murder. Authorities believe the phone was purchased for the sole purpose of the murder and was discarded afterwards.[4] This supports their theory that the murder was planned carefully and well in advance.

  7. Samantha Tomlin says:

    I think it is someone who was extremely jealous of Lindsay. Whether it be a ex’s ex, current relationship ex, fellow realtor, friend…bt this is so obvious. Maybe it could be the parents of someone jealous or mad…people are heinous creatures sometimes. Just y opinion.

  8. Alexis says:

    Has anyone heard of the realtor Mike Emert , he was killed in 2001 granite there are a few differences but also some creepy coincidences in his and Lindsay’s murder just something to think about maybe they are related some how or maybe not just speculation

    • Michael Schneider says:

      Interesting but i think totally different. Guns vs knives, the emert case looked to rob, the buziak case was to kill lindsay, not rob her at all in any way and with a knife so no noise. I truly think the mom and her soon to be ex-BF jason did it out of spite.

      • sarahsclee says:

        Soon to be ex-boyfriend? Please elaborate…
        also I apologize I’m new to the case but found that statement extremely intriguing

        • Michael Schneider says:

          Yes soon to be ex, I think he was jealous she was going to leave him, sounds like for an ex-BF she had. Sounds like they gave her preferential treatment at the agency to sell homes, to me it sounds like they feel they ‘made’ her into the agent she was. She may have even been wanting to leave agency once broken up with jason. She might take repeat clients with her or future referrals which would hurt jasons business. If she stayed, jason would have to see her everyday or quite often while shes dating someone else and making good money with him and his moms help. I dont think jason was going to go for that, nor his mom. Just my opinion, but makes most sense to me.

  9. Laura says:

    Witnesses saw her shaking hands with the woman. I’m wondering if they swabbed her hands. Seems like there should be some touch DNA on her hand from the handshake…

    • Michael Schneider says:

      Great Idea, never heard that she had shook hands with anyone, but they could get touch dna, im sure shook hands with both of them. Reverse genealogy/familial dna!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Judith Haseker says:

    I honestly believe Jason hired someone to kill her. Jason was parked right outside, said he seen “shadows” of at least two people inside the house, so why didn’t he see these people leave after they killed Lyndsy? I think he did. She was leaving him and he wasn’t going to be embarrassed like that! The police screwed this one up. There must have been video somewhere! Jason absolutely got away with murder.

    • Rick Justice says:

      I have a friend who works for the Saanich Police. He was on scene and Jason Zailo was completely uncooperative. Very suspicious that Jason sat outside while the murder took place, then he sent his friend in to check it out.
      My friend said that he spoke to a Saanich detective and that they know who committed the murder, but they don’t have enough proof to charge them.

      • lbmurder says:

        The job of police is to get the proof required not wait for it to come to them for twelve years! Losers wait, Winners score goals!
        Thank you for sharing this.

  11. Zeca says:

    I am sorry for what happend With your daughter
    I suppose that you get a new way for the investigation
    Probalbly your daughter had affair romance
    With the woman that killed her in the house
    I hope you find the killer
    God bless your family

  12. Daniela says:

    I’m curious as to why the police didn’t search any and all cctv around the surrounding area when this initially happened? These people had to get there some how and had to leave somehow, they weren’t invisable! Especially being a $1million listing, some, if not the majority of the house’s would have servalliance so why not go collect all possible footage available in this neighborhood coming in and out as well. This is how the Dan Markle case was solved. His murder was a paid hit aswell, as the murderers were linked via his ex-wife family’s employee (even if she, the employee of Dan Markels ex family-in-law got off and the father of her 2 children, the trigger man was found guilty.) They actually found the footage of the murderer and his driver on city bus cam after searching all video footage coming in and out of his up scale neighborhood after he was shot to death in the drive way of his home. And yes the police had a rough idea what the car looked like thanks to a neighbour seeing it but not the perpetrators. But in Lindsay case the police know what the perpetrators look like instead of the car. So would it have been that difficult to scour traffic, cctv and servalliance cams for an hour when the murder occurred to see who came in and left the neighbourhood? And do a reverse search from that point until the couple were found. They obviously came to the neighborhood together and didnt want to linger in the neighborhood too long resulting in attention that could of been avoided. Probably too late now, but considering everyone can see this was a planned hit and there is not going to be any direct link between Lisdsay and her murderers this looks like it would have been the police’s best bet. Now it would probably be too late, a decade later to go back unless somewhere, someone has kept an 11 year archive of servalliance videos that this couple appear. What a shame, sometimes with the authority’s it’s a hit and miss game in competence too!

    • V. says:

      $1 mil in Victoria/Saanich is not that high, to be honest. The neighbourhood is Gordon Head with a lot of older homes from the 80s/70s. Having visited many friend in Gordon Head, including my piano teacher, home cams weren’t really a thing.

      Now in Oak Bay, Uplands, Cordova Bay, and Ten Mile you’ll have a higher chance of CCTV. I grew up in Oak Bay and my parents still live there. Their home is valued at about 1.7 mil and neither them or any of their neighbours have cameras.

  13. Innokenty Ivanov says:

    The Drug Cartel under the roof Shirley Zale, Shirley Zale under the roof Saanich’s the police: – we correctly understood the your situation from Russia,we are right , is not it?

  14. Ziana says:

    I’m wondering why the boyfriend text was ” are you Ok? If it was my boyfriend I’d text something like are you done? Or I’m coming or anything like that. And why didn’t he call if he really thought she was not Ok? That doesn’t make any sense at all! Why didn’t anyone think of that?
    Second of all these cold blooded murders stabbed her 40 times! 40 TIMES! so are you telling me there was no evidence left behind to look at? Not a single hair? Nail? Nothing on her body? Her nails? Maybe she scratched one of them, pulled hair touched their body, no DNA at all left in a crime scene when it’s 40 stab wounds?! What was the type of knife that was used? Where are they sold at ? Who purchased them lately get to cameras in stores that sells them! Work on that even it lead to nothing. At least try!

    • Kinga says:

      I completely agree with you on all levels. I find it very strange that her bf just assumed something was wrong and didnt call her at all?? He was sitting outside that house for a good 20 mind doing nothing..or maybe scoping out the scene?? Why did he call the police when he couldn’t get in the house?? Why didnt he call her?? Like “babe you left the door locked”, something like that. It makes zero sense. He knew something..he was the last one to see her, and it was just so convenient that he sat right outside the residence where she was viciously attacked
      He saw nothing, heard nothing?? Come on!!!

      • Michael Schneider says:

        The other thing is, how did none of the neighbors hear or report any screaming? She had to have muzzled or placed in a chokehold to where no sound was able to come out or something. If a person gets stabbed that many times theyre screaming.

        • sarahsclee says:

          Not if you puncture the lungs in the first couple stabs. this can be done from the back or the front. Maybe they should I’m taking check ER records for that date and time shortly after the murderer cuz I’m thinking and less gloves for use they would have cut their hands. I had to stab someone in self-defense while I was being attacked and if they bleed on your hand it’s like in it runs down the knife when you go to stab them again and you cut yourself bad on the hand. accidental self injury to the hand is almost impossible to not do when stabbing somebody repeatedly, unless you’re wearing the right kind of gloves.

          • Michael Schneider says:

            The back base of the skull is where to stab a person at first, if done right it paralyzes them, cant scream/move/fight back/breathing stops. Saw it on one of those crime shows on DiscoveryID.

      • Jess says:

        Yeah very strange. Could be he wanted to make sure it was done and needed a witness to be there with him while the body was found. An alibi. But what would the motive be? I think she had a jealous competitor.

      • Jess says:

        Plus she was clearly very scared and the boyfriend took his sweet time developing an alibi. Shady AF.

    • Svetlana says:

      So many things that the police could have done but obviously didn’t. Do they even have brains or are they just too busy handing out parking tickets? This is all so tragic, beyond words. I pray that they get caught. It will happen. It has to happen.

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