Murder at Elstow

On March 28, 1918, Katie Morowski came home from school and found her father, Mike, at the kitchen table counting his money. He had recently sold his farm at Colonsay, moving his family to his small shack at Elstow. He’d sold the farm for $1200 and had also organized the sale of their shack inContinue reading “Murder at Elstow”

The Shooting of Peter Champagne

It was just after 5:30PM on Sunday, August 14, 1927 when Anthime* Bourdin burst into the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fortunet Tessier. Both parents were out, but his granddaughter, fifteen-year-old Irene Tessier, was home looking after the other children. He’d run over in his stocking feet, his shirt opened andContinue reading “The Shooting of Peter Champagne”

The Murder of Henry Kinakin

On February 11, 1923, Pete Bagatoff* had gone to a wedding celebration, and since that night he’d been ill in bed. By Friday, February 16th, he told his employers George and Perana Kinakin, whom he worked for as a farmhand, that he wanted to go to Saskatoon and see a doctor. Perana talked him outContinue reading “The Murder of Henry Kinakin”

The Murder of Kosto Surkin

Good Friday, April 14, 1922 – North Regina It was late in the evening when Kosto Surkin and several of his friends were walking down the street in North Regina on their way to one of the men’s houses. They’d had a few drinks and were singing and shouting. when John Amaniuk, whose house theyContinue reading “The Murder of Kosto Surkin”

A Double Murder Near Kennedy

On Monday, April 29, 1918, Pierre Guilloux was very upset. As he later told police, he believed Pierre Bourhis and his sons had played a dirty trick on him. They’d done him out of a quarter section of land in the Hawthorne district that he thought he’d rented by verbal agreement for the year. ButContinue reading “A Double Murder Near Kennedy”

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”