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Saturday evening, Dec. 6, 1986, began out as a unhurried evening for 24-twelve months-used trainer Cindy Ann Blazek as she wrapped Christmas items in her home.
The Grade 4 resource room trainer become living in a white home nestled in a cul-de-sac arrive Chief Taylor Elementary College on Onion Lake Cree Nation where she had been teaching since September. Her roommate, a fellow trainer, become away for the weekend in Prince Albert.
Her boyfriend David Greyeyes – a Pelican Narrows RCMP officer – phoned her at about 2: 15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 1986, reported the Battlefords News-Optimist.
All around the conversation, Cindy replied with handiest “walk or no” solutions before she ended the resolution announcing, “I care for you.”
“He belief she become angry at him for waking her up but it become because they were there,” stated Cindy’s older brother Jamie Blazek, referring to her killers, adding that the cellphone cord in the bedroom become slit in half.
“I express they were preserving a knife to her as they spoke,” stated Jamie.
Before the solar would rise over the isolated community the next frigid iciness morning, Cindy would be dumb.
Police believed she become attacked by no longer no longer up to 2 assailants. The RCMP charged Brian Oliver Perry, 22, and a 17-twelve months-used adolescence from Lloydminster. All over their trials the courtroom heard that Cindy become stabbed 13 times, 11 of those were on her neck, reported the News-Optimist. A Saskatoon pathologist stated Cindy’s reason for demise become from one in every of the wounds to the neck that hit an artery, inflicting her to bleed to demise.
The home become attach on fire and Cindy’s charred body become discovered in her home round 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1986.
A immediate lifestyles effectively lived
Cindy grew up the youngest of 4 adolescence to Jim and Jean Blazek on a mixed cattle and grain farm arrive Rosetown, Sask.
“She become the adored much younger sibling,” stated her older sister Debbie McCulloch for the duration of an interview in March. “We beloved taking half in with her extra than we beloved taking half in with our dolls. If there become any sibling contention, or bickering, it become between the three older siblings and Cindy frequently remained the cute, adored princess.”
In excessive college Cindy become an honour pupil and worked as a candy striper. She become also a cheerleader and enjoyed placing out with mates. She attended summer season camp and when she bought older she became a pacesetter on the Bible camp.
“She become extremely social and had an infectious smile that drew of us to her wherever she went,” stated Debbie.
Whereas engaged on her bachelor of coaching degree on the College of Saskatchewan, Cindy worked summers on the Rosetown seniors’ home as a care aide.
“She beloved serving to the seniors and from what we were told she become very effectively beloved there,” stated Jamie.
Debbie stated Cindy’s loving and caring nature become extinct to bring comfort and happiness to the ailing and elderly.
“She beloved her work there, and the bringing of joy into others’ lives brought happiness into her indulge in.
“There were so many family members of the residents that can well allotment with our family what a determined have an effect on she played for the duration of her time there,” added Debbie.
Cindy’s first teaching job become in 1984 at Peter Ballantyne First Nation in Pelican Narrows in northern Saskatchewan.
“Cindy had the beautiful reward of seeing the coronary heart and soul of a person with out reference to the exterior,” stated Debbie. “This become such an asset no longer handiest whereas working in prolonged-term care but also when she began her teaching occupation.
“She linked with her students and their families and did with out reference to she could to no longer handiest present training to the adolescence but normally equipped originate air apparel care for mitts and hats, rather plenty of school offers and most severely a salvage, loving atmosphere in school,” stated Debbie. “Cindy could be taught about plenty of her students did no longer have the best family lifestyles that she had the privilege of growing up in and went the extra mile to construct a disagreement.”
Two years later Cindy licensed a teaching procedure at Onion Lake Cree Nation.
“Cindy persevered her compassionate skilled occupation teaching resource room on the fundamental college,” stated Debbie. “If Cindy ever heard any remotely racist or prejudice comments or actions from anybody, anywhere, she would issue her views loudly. She become a spacious suggest for equity, equality and a proponent for a society where all people become equally respected and most customary with out reference to ethnicity.”
When Cindy’s father become identified with cancer, Cindy went home for extra than a month unless he passed in January 1985.
“She become this form of support to Dad and Mom, and it become so swish to have her right here with us every day.”
She become also a doting aunt to Debbie’s adolescence whereas she attended college in Saskatoon.
“She would steal Benson on outings by herself when he become a toddler and toddler appropriate to offer an clarification for him off and celebrate with him,” stated Debbie. “We lived in Saskatoon at that time so she saw us your whole time and couldn’t get enough of spending time with Benson.”
Before Cindy’s mom Jean died in 1991, she wrote in their family historical past book, “She (Cindy) become miniature with darkish hair and eyes, and a beautiful face. Being the youngest child, and because of her excellent looks to be like and supreme nature, she bought much attention from family and mates. This is able to well also have grew to become Cindy staunch into a low and self-centered person, but for her it worked in the different draw. Actual as of us were drawn to her, she too, become drawn to others, and as the years passed, her magnetic qualities were re-enforced and extra apparent. Whereas Cindy’s demise is a tragedy of enormous magnitude, I believe her lifestyles on earth to have been satisfied and handy.“
Cindy’s legacy lives on at Onion Lake after her mom created the Cindy Blazek Memorial Award for the Most Improved Grade 4 Resource Room Pupil. She even went to Onion Lake herself with her son Jamie who presented the award the major twelve months. One among the recipients become Priscilla Horse, who become murdered in 1997 on Onion Lake.
Now, nearly 35 years later, Cindy’s killer(s) is unruffled out there and her family wants justice for her.
In actual fact, the dearth of growth in Cindy’s case precipitated Jamie to review his younger sister’s murder himself, making limitless trips to Onion Lake and talking to dozens of of us.
“Even supposing (the RCMP) would utilize to assign time beyond regulation into it, they are understaffed and they use their time on extra fresh instances,” stated Jamie for the duration of an interview in March.
“I’ve discovered plenty of contemporary evidence that the police need to unruffled no doubt witness into,” he stated, adding that all the pieces he dug up he equipped to the RCMP.
“I’ve frequently believed whoever did this has a ugly hatred in opposition to females,” stated Jamie. “The torture and beating is rarely any longer what probabilities are you’ll well presumably attain to silence somebody so probabilities are you’ll well presumably also get away with rape. The attack become so brutal and performed with plenty hatred.
“To express that the murderer is unruffled strolling free is laborious to steal.”
A violent attack
In 1988 for the duration of Perry’s trial for Cindy’s murder, Think Ross Wimmer at Battleford Court docket of Queen’s Bench stated that in all of his 28 years in the practice of law he could no longer remember a extra “imply, cruel, and vicious crime,” reported the Battleford Telegraph.
And for the duration of every other 1988 trial at Lloydminster Provincial Court docket for a younger culprit charged with Cindy’s murder, Think Lloyd Deshaye stated it become a “cruel and grisly murder,” reported the Telegraph.
RCMP bloodstain analyst Maurice Wolff testified in Battleford Court docket of Queen’s Bench in 1988 that he discovered bloodstains and patterns at some stage in many of the home. He stated the attack began in the grasp bedroom, and the motion of the sufferer and murderer(s) travelled your whole draw by the hallway to the kitchen and into the lounge, reported the Telegraph.
There were natty blood smear marks at some stage in the partitions and at some stage in the floor. At one level the bloodstains indicated that Cindy bled plenty her blood had soaked by the carpet underlay and onto the linoleum underneath.
Cindy fought laborious for her lifestyles. Crime scene photography define that she had deep defensive knife wounds on all fingers of her real hand and two fingers on her left hand as she fought off her attacker(s).
A Saskatoon pathologist testified that he didn’t acquire evidence of sperm in Cindy’s body and she didn’t have smoke residue in her lungs, which indicated she died before the fireplace, reported the StarPhoenix.
Perry’s first trial
In January 1988, an eight-man, four-lady jury in Battleford Court docket of Queen’s Bench discovered Perry responsible of first-degree murder.
Interior days of the responsible verdict, the Saskatchewan Court docket of Attraction overturned Perry’s responsible conviction and a brand fresh trial become ordered after it become discovered that the jury saw information from the preliminary listening to by mistake.
Perry’s 2d trial
Perry’s defence licensed skilled Richard Gibbons efficiently had the 2d trial moved from Battleford to Prince Albert Court docket of Queen’s Bench.
Justice G. E. Noble discovered Perry no longer responsible on the non-jury trial in June 1988.
Justice Noble stated the Crown’s case, when considered as a entire, didn’t meet the test of proving that Perry become responsible beyond an affordable doubt.
Justice Noble stated it become principal that a key glance become requested at a preliminary listening to how he known the accused and he replied that he did from a photo-lineup shown to him by police, reported the StarPhoenix.
Justice Noble stated the glance’s identification of Perry from the photo-lineup become “severely unsuitable” because Perry’s photo become “clearly distinguishable” from the 13 photography accompanying it and the officer administering the test directed the glance’s attention to Perry’s photo, reported the StarPhoenix.
The younger culprit
A younger culprit, who can’t be known in accordance with the Childhood Criminal Justice Act, become discovered no longer responsible of Cindy’s murder after a trial in Lloydminster, Sask., in February 1988.
Think Lloyd Deshaye pushed aside the major-degree murder charge against the adolescence announcing the Crown’s case fell immediate of proving his involvement in the murder. Think Deshaye stated he discovered the adolescence to be a “valorous and suave liar” when he took the stand in his indulge in defence but with out extra evidence he couldn’t convict him, reported the StarPhoenix.
“At best, the adolescence’s testimony puts the accused on the scene of the crime,” stated Think Deshaye, adding that the Crown didn’t define he personally precipitated Cindy’s demise, reported the StarPhoenix.
Time for Cindy
Ten days before Cindy become murdered she went home for her uncle’s funeral, stated Debbie. Cindy had a prolonged discussion with her mom about his demise and told her mom that she wants the music “Time” by Alan Parson’s Community sung at her indulge in funeral.
All too soon those haunting lyrics would echo for Cindy.
“Goodbye my Pal, maybe for forever.
“Goodbye my Pal, the stars wait for me.
“Who knows where we shall meet all over again, if ever.
“But time retains flowing care for a river.”
In March, Saskatchewan RCMP media spokesperson Purchase King stated police are unruffled investigating Cindy Blazek’s murder.
“Here’s unruffled an active, ongoing investigation and it might well no longer inspire to release any miniature print of the investigational attach presently.”
King stated the police “are frequently to listen to if anybody from the final public has fresh information that can well inspire the investigation,” adding he hopes the myth on Cindy will bring this incident inspire into the final public’s attention.
Anyone with information is told to name his/her native police detachment or name Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or put up a tip online utilizing the P3 App – https://www.p3tips.com/206or put up a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com
Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter / Battlefords News-Optimist