Realtor Murder to be Featured on Dateline Tonight
One of the youngest members of the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) was murdered in 2008 while showing a listing to a couple she'd never met before. It's been reported that 24-year old Lindsay Buziak was stabbed several times in an upstairs room, less than 20 minutes before her boyfriend was scheduled to meet up with her at the home.
The killers have never been found, so the Saanich Police Department, along with cooperation from Lindsay's family, have turned to Dateline NBC in the hopes of finding fresh leads. Dateline will be airing Lindsay's story tonight, and is called, "Dream House Mystery."
The case has been an unusual one, with many more questions than answers. Among the public, speculation as to the identity of the killers ran wild, with article commenters suggesting it was famed murderer, Karla Homolka, or even a satanic cult.
It seemed at first that Lindsay had been randomly attacked while showing new clients a home, but this theory was quickly debunked as the investigation got underway. Police now believe that Lindsay was targeted, and due to the high level of organization and skill of the murderers, were contract killers paid to go after Lindsay. Lindsay's father has even stated that he knows who killed his daughter, but no arrests have been made.
Despite the fact that this looks to have been a targeted killing, Lindsay's death has been a grim reminder of the dangers that real estate agents can face in the field. According to CTVBC.ca, Chris Markham (former president of VREB) said, "We're telling people to understand who their client is and if they don't -- to make sure you go out with someone else. People have also been told to work in teams." They've also implemented wireless lock boxes equipped with panic buttons that send out distress signals.
My question is: what protocols does your team have in place to protect agents in the field?
Tracy Boutin | Writing &