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The Murder of Lindsay Buziak

Feb 12/2022 Are the RCMP the real reason that Lindsay Buziak’s murder is not solved?

Regional Interactions - Michael Baxter
Westshore RCMP Atkins Street

Without a doubt, there is a systemic bureaucratic flaw, a lack of interface between the RCMP and municipal policing, countless silos where no one is sharing, and a serious lack of communication on multiple fronts. Multiple police bodies with no central information bank is a serious concern and until this problem is taken seriously we will continue to see unsolved murders throughout our province as we did with the Pickton cases. If it turns out that the RCMP did not share the identity of the main informant with the Saanich Police then the nature and extent of this on-going investigation was seriously compromised by the actions of the RCMP.

The identity of the main informant is covered by “absolute privilege”.

Therefore this woman’s identity as a police informant is protected forever. Today, the Saanich Police may suspect who the main informant is but if they don’t know for certain it makes it impossible for them to link her to any conspiracy without other independent evidence. The main informant would know this, and is likely feeling very safe right about now, and the RCMP are acting in a manner that is consistent with protecting their informant. The RCMP may well have regretted this deal they made, and it may be why they have not vigorously protected her real identity. After all, there is someone who was able to figure it all out.

It’s entirely plausible that Lindsay did see something she shouldn’t have and in a lapse of judgement shared that information with the Zailos. The main informant could have convinced the RCMP that her information about the drug cache in Calgary was good because she learned about it from her son’s girlfriend. If the above scenario were to be true, I see this being consistent with someone who is trying to bring down a rival drug gang and further see themselves as immunized from identification.

The informant may have thought that her informer’s immunity extended to Lindsay – maybe not, but it is something that needs to be considered. Either way, it would have been reckless to disclose anything with respect to Lindsay’s identity, but it may have been necessary to make the information valuable to the RCMP. We know that Lindsay was NOT the informant, but it doesn’t mean that Lindsay didn’t share with the Zailo’s what she knew. If the Zailos knew then so did their close family friend, the drug trafficker Zachary Matheson.

When the main informant made that call to the Calgary Police Department in November 2007, her knowledge had to be clear, concise and convincing or otherwise corroborated for the RCMP to act on it. She may have been a reliable RCMP informant in the past, in the Westshore, just giving the police enough for them to keep her close to them for these purposes and turning a blind eye to her other involvements/activities. It remains very plausible that the information about the Calgary Drug cache did come from Lindsay. We know that Lindsay saw something she shouldn’t have seen, she was physically in Calgary before the busts and she also had friendship connections that make it entirely possible for her to have been in possession of this information.

Someone out there knows where Lindsay got the information, and if Lindsay did share that information with the Zailo’s, there are people out there who know that too. This could explain why Lindsay’s best friend Rianne said, “the Zailo’s are pure evil”. She probably knew who the main informant was and for her own safety she has chosen to remain silent all these years.

Lindsay was likely very happy with Jason in October 2007, so she could have decided to trust Jason and tell him what she saw. But if she did that, then discovered that Jason had passed the information on to his mother, she would have been extremely angry. Therefore it makes perfect sense, that in mid November, she was telling friends and family that she was planning on leaving Jason.

Imagine Lindsay putting her trust in Jason only to discover that he had betrayed her. I highly doubt that the RCMP would have owed Lindsay any duty of protection of her identify in the scenario – and it’s very possible that the information leaked somehow. Whether it was intentionally or recklessly who can say. This scenario is consistent with someone trying to throw someone else under the bus, for whatever reason, be it vindictiveness or to cast suspicious elsewhere in order to take the heat off oneself. Recklessness or intentional, it worked insofar as the informant’s identity has never been exposed and with the passage of time her (the informant’s) risk is probably reduced.

Jason Zailo’s behavior is most consistent with him being fearful of encountering whoever Lindsay was meeting at the house – yet he strongly encouraged her to be there. He most likely knew what was going to happen that night but knew that it was out of his control to stop it, and for his own survival and that of his family he had to do everything the way he did it that night. He ensured that Lindsay would be there despite the inherent riskiness of it all, and all his actions that night further ensured that he had a clean and clear alibi.

We know that in 2009 Jason Zailo was publicly cleared of having any involvement in Lindsay’s murder – and that after the Dateline Dreamhouse Mystery show aired in November 2010, the entire Zailo family was cleared. BUT WERE THE ZAILO’S REALLY CLEARED OR WAS IT ALL JUST A POLICE STRATEGY

By the RCMP not sharing important details with the Saanich Police, they left them at a clear disadvantage. If the Saanich Police had been made aware of who the main informant was right from the start they definitely would have looked at certain people in an entirely different light. Is there a reason that the RCMP may not want Lindsay Buziak’s murder solved? Are they concerned that they made some critical errors in this investigation and never want those errors exposed to the public?

If the RCMP is so determined to protect the Identity of the main informant – Lindsay’s murder may never be solved. Lindsay would still be alive today had the main informant not made that call to the Calgary Police Department in November 2007. And let’s not forget that when the guys who lost all the money in the Calgary Drug bust came hunting for the person who ratted them out, it was this very woman who pointed the finger in Lindsay’s direction in order to save herself.

How are the Saanich Police ever going to find any “independent evidence”? The Saanich Police and the RCMP have been working this case together since the beginning. But how is it working together when the RCMP are not sharing critical information with Saanich? The Saanich detectives that are currently handling Lindsay’s file are working their tails off, and maybe they even have enough evidence for Crown Counsel to approve charges. Who is in control here, is it the Saanich Police or is it the RCMP? Of course the RCMP want this murder solved, but how is that going to happen when they choose not to share critical information.

Of course they are most concerned about protecting the identity of the main informant but surely not at the expense of protecting someone who may have played a part in the conspiracy to murder Lindsay? If the RCMP has an insurmountable conflict of interest due to the absolute privilege they granted to the main informant, can they truly be relied upon as a partner in solving this crime?

Has Vid Acevedo recently talked to the Saanich Police, and if SO, what did he tell them?

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