By Gabrielle Provencher, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
On September 22, 2015, Carol Culleton, 66, Anastasia Kuzyk, 36 and Nathalie Warmerdam, 48, were murdered in a rampage in the Wilno region that shocked the nation. The body of Anastasia Kuzyk was found on the morning of September 22 by the OPP and the bodies of the two other women were found later that day, following the police investigation. Basil Joseph Borutski, 57, was arrested that afternoon and charged with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the slayings.
Borutski has a long history of violence toward women, including stints in prison for assaulting Kuzyk and threatening Warmerdam’s son. He also was convicted of assaulting a police officer and a relative back in 2012. Basil has had personal and intimate relationship with both Anastasia and Nathalie but it was mentioned that he only had a tumultuous but professional relationship with Carol.
The losses felt by family members and loved ones experienced by this tragedy were tremendously harsh to accept.
Carol's sister, at the funeral, expressed her sister’s devotion for her work through tears: “She really liked her work. She was a great lover of animals too, dogs, cats, she loved all animals. She was just such a beautiful person”.
Nancy Checko, former colleague of Anastasia, wanted everyone to know how passionate she was about horseback riding and added that “To hear of her death under such tragic circumstances is difficult to process. Nothing will ever dull the pain of this tragic loss. However, it may bring some comfort to know that in the short time that Anastasia was with us, she touched the hearts of many.”
Nathalie Warmerdam left behind by her son and ex-husband who had many questions surrounding this case: ‘“I feel like the police did a lot, but for such a long pattern of violence and other misbehaviour with many convictions, I’m a little disappointed that he spent relatively little time in jail,” Frank Warmerdam said. “That after so many repeats over so many years, why would these not have turned into longer sentences? I’m disappointed with the court system.”
Special thanks to OAITH for putting together the Annual Femicide List. Since 1995 The Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Housing began collecting the names of women, and their children, murdered by their intimate partners, as a way to remember victims, honour their lives and advocate for meaningful change.