The Mysterious Dr. Joseph Gervais

On November 15, 1918, James McKay, a bailiff for Sheriff David R. Seath, went out to Steep Creek with a warrant to seize a team of horses. Dr. Joseph Gervais had apparently purchased the horses from a neighbour, but then refused to pay for them. So, McKay hopped in his Ford and drove out toContinue reading “The Mysterious Dr. Joseph Gervais”

Good Fences Make Good Neighbours: The Murder of George Legebokoff

It was around 10:30PM on the evening of Monday, April 21, 1930, that Dr. D. Baldwin received a frantic call from Mary Legebokoff. She urged Dr. Baldwin to come to their farm, telling him that her father, George Legebokoff was badly hurt. When Dr. Baldwin arrived at the Legebokoff farm an hour later, he foundContinue reading “Good Fences Make Good Neighbours: The Murder of George Legebokoff”

Killed On Duty: The Murder of Constable George Lenhard

On the evening of August 6, 1933, Constable George Lenhard was cycling his beat in the outlying area of Regina’s northeast side. The district was mostly warehouses, small industries and open prairie, an area so large that Constable Lenhard needed a bicycle to cover it. He’d been riding his bicycle along a cinder path fromContinue reading “Killed On Duty: The Murder of Constable George Lenhard”

Dead in His Bed: Murder in Wakaw

On the morning of January 31, 1919, Steve Haggidus received two visitors at his home. The visitors, Mike Boldis and John Agostin*, had stopped by his place with some local gossip. A. Baila Nagy** had been found dead in his bed. Not only that, he’d been murdered. Haggidus immediately went to Nagy’s shack to seeContinue reading “Dead in His Bed: Murder in Wakaw”

The Man on the Fence: The Murder of Michael Kaminsky

Rosthern, Saskatchewan On the evening of January 3, 1907 Gerhard Fast* was out walking when he came upon a man. His initial impression was that the young man was drunk and had been in a fight. He was in a kneeling position, with an arm thrown over the fence, in front of the residence ofContinue reading “The Man on the Fence: The Murder of Michael Kaminsky”

A Love Affair Gone Wrong: The Murder of Antena Kropa

Humboldt, Saskatchewan It was Christmas night, 1929, and Antena and Stanley Kropa had been visiting at the home of their friend, J. Philip Mokolyk. Around 5:30PM, Antena took their three-year-old son home to put him to bed and Stanley followed not long after. They were a young couple, Antena was only twenty-five, and they’d comeContinue reading “A Love Affair Gone Wrong: The Murder of Antena Kropa”

The Murder of Lena Faust

It was close to four thirty in the afternoon on Monday, September 30, 1929, when the phone rang in the office of Wadena lawyer and crown attorney Ross Pratt. It was Lena Faust, a widow and dairy farmer in the district. She needed advice, and to be frank, protection. Her recently fired hired man, EmileContinue reading “The Murder of Lena Faust”

The Mamchur Family Massacre

Let me begin this post by saying that sources on this case were deeply conflicted. Names, spellings, and genders varied wildly. I did my best to verify as much information as I could, and I apologize for any inaccuracies. I’ve tried to note differences where I found them. On the evening of Wednesday, April 5,Continue reading “The Mamchur Family Massacre”

The Body in the Haystack

It was about 5:00AM on Thursday, January 14, 1915 that Michael Penno heard a team come into the yard and went outside to see what was going on. He assumed he’d find his brother-in-law, Henry Jeskie (also spelled Henry Gesky in some articles) and his friend, Andreas Neumann. They’d left the previous morning on theContinue reading “The Body in the Haystack”

A Bargain is A Bargain: The Shooting of Barrett Henderson

On August 15, 1906, Richard Koch, a farmer from Sedley, was driving to Regina with one of his neighbours, Benjamin Dick. As they came upon the farm of Josiah Gilbert, some twelve miles south-east of Regina, they saw a man running towards their buggy, waving his hands and shouting for them to hold on. BehindContinue reading “A Bargain is A Bargain: The Shooting of Barrett Henderson”