De­nounc­ing the last­ing ef­fects of his mur­der­ous ram­page, a judge on Wed­nes­day made it clear Basil Borut­ski will die in prison. Borut­ski mur­dered three women two years ago and, as Aedan Helmer re­ports to­day, the killer had a fourth tar­get in mind.

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Basil Borut­ski had killed three women, but he wasn’t done yet.

He pulled into a small sawmill in White Lake on the morn­ing of Sept. 22, 2015.

He had a loaded shot­gun next to him, along with a sand­wich bag full of shells, in a car he had stolen from the first of his vic­tims that day.

Borut­ski had spent that morn­ing on a bloody ram­page through Ren­frew County, mur­der­ing Carol Cul­leton, Anas­ta­sia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmer­dam, claim­ing he was tak­ing re­venge for the “lies” that had ru­ined his rep­u­ta­tion and put him in jail.

He coldly de­tailed the killings in a po­lice con­fes­sion the next morn­ing.

But this news­pa­per can now re­port for the first time that Borut­ski had more vic­tims in mind.

In ex­cerpts of his po­lice in­ter­ro­ga­tion the jury never heard — redacted from the in­ter­view tran­script and un­re­ported un­til now — Borut­ski told a po­lice de­tec­tive he planned to kill a fourth per­son.

He also out­lined his in­ten­tion and vague plan to kill two Ren­frew County OPP of­fi­cers.

On Wed­nes­day, Borut­ski was sen­tenced to life in prison, with no chance of pa­role for 70 years, for the first-de­gree mur­ders of Kuzyk and Warmer­dam, and the sec­ond­de­gree mur­der of Cul­leton.

Borut­ski killed Cul­leton first and drove her car to Wilno, where he shot and killed Kuzyk, then to Foy­mount Road, where he shot and killed Warmer­dam. He had prior do­mes­tic vi­o­lence con­vic­tions against both Kuzyk and Warmer­dam.

Borut­ski, as he said in his con­fes­sion the fol­low­ing day, then calmly got back in the car, “say­ing Our Fa­ther ev­ery 10 min­utes,” and drove to White Lake, where he had set his mind to killing his fourth vic­tim that day — the owner of the sawmill at 111 Burn­stown Rd.

“He was next on the list,” Borut­ski told a po­lice de­tec­tive in an ex­cerpt redacted from his in­ter­ro­ga­tion video. “I was go­ing to shoot the fat man ’cause he stuck a knife in my back, and I was go­ing to shoot two po­lice­men.”

He named an of­fi­cer by sur­name, say­ing the of­fi­cer was on his list “be­cause Miller put it to me for noth­ing.” He then men­tioned a sec­ond of­fi­cer, but couldn’t re­call his name, only that “he put it to me and he was f---ing cruel … dirty, dirty f---ing cop.”

He didn’t know his civil­ian tar­get’s name, but knew where the “fat man” lived, claim­ing he fol­lowed di­rec­tions to the prop­erty he had found out “through the grapevine.”

When Borut­ski showed up to White Lake that day, ac­cord­ing to sources, his tar­get was watch­ing from a dis­tance as the dust­cov­ered Mazda 3 pulled into the cir­cu­lar drive­way, watch­ing as the bald­headed driver asked about “the big guy” to a cou­ple of work­ers, and saw the car slowly cir­cle the prop­erty and drive away.

His tar­get was Kyle Ban­croft, 50, the owner of a lum­ber com­pany at the prop­erty and un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for fraud, the Cit­i­zen has learned.

And while Borut­ski didn’t know his name, sources ac­knowl­edged he could have re­cently, and un­know­ingly, been spend­ing time un­der the same roof as Ban­croft — at the Innes Road jail.

Ban­croft was at the Ot­tawa-Car­leton Detention Cen­tre af­ter be­ing ar­rested for his al­leged role in an Au­gust 2016 armed rob­bery on Dwyer Hill Road.

Ban­croft will next ap­pear in Ot­tawa court on those charges on Dec. 11, five days af­ter Borut­ski was sen­tenced back in Pem­broke.

Ban­croft is also fac­ing a Dec. 20 court date in Pem­broke on 51 counts of fraud al­legedly com­mit­ted in the Ren­frew County ju­ris­dic­tion be­tween Oc­to­ber 2015 and Novem­ber 2016, court records show. A num­ber of those are re­lated to a lum­ber busi­ness Ban­croft owned and op­er­ated from the Burn­stown Road prop­erty.

Busi­nesses for­merly listed to Ban­croft in­clude On­tario Wide Lum­ber and Pay­less Lum­ber, each car­ry­ing a rat­ing of “F” with the Bet­ter Busi­ness Bureau, with nu­mer­ous on­line com­plaints from prospec­tive cus­tomers who al­leged they paid up­front for lum­ber that was never de­liv­ered.

But ac­cord­ing to Borut­ski, he had a dif­fer­ent mo­tive when he showed up to Ban­croft’s prop­erty that day, with a live round in his shot­gun’s cham­ber, an­other two in the mag­a­zine, the bag full of shells nearby.

Borut­ski de­tailed for OPP Det. Sgt. Ca­ley O’Neill a long-buried griev­ance he had against the man. And though the per­ceived wrong­do­ings al­legedly hap­pened years ear­lier, the mo­tive still ap­peared fresh in Borut­ski’s mind as he re­peat­edly re­turned to the topic of “the fat man” through­out the course of his five-hour po­lice in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

Borut­ski first re­ferred to him af­ter de­scrib­ing in chill­ing de­tail the sys­tem­atic killings of Cul­leton, Kuzyk and Warmer­dam.

He told the de­tec­tive that af­ter shooting Warmer­dam in her farm­house, “I be­lieve that God was telling me where to turn,” as he re­called the winding route he took. “I re­mem­ber say­ing, ‘I don’t un­der­stand why you wanted me to do that, but there must be a rea­son.’”

Af­ter telling the de­tec­tive how Cul­leton had re­buffed his ad­vances, and how she “knew all about Anas­ta­sia and Nathalie,” Borut­ski then in­haled and paused: “You’re re­ally gonna hear it now,” he said.

“When I was with Nathalie, there was a big fat guy,” Borut­ski said, telling a ram­bling tale about how he be­lieved he took the blame in a stolen back­hoe scheme.

“Af­ter Nathalie put me in jail for say­ing that I was go­ing to hang that kid (he was con­victed in 2012 for ut­ter­ing threats to her son, Adrian Warmer­dam), this other man ap­par­ently moved four back­hoes.

“Nathalie tried to put the blame on me when po­lice fi­nally came and found that back­hoe … I was in the clear (and) she put the fin­ger, blamed it on me. Which doesn’t make sense.

“The part that I don’t un­der­stand is, why would the po­lice go there, they found the stuff there, I’m (al­ready) in jail, so I couldn’t pos­si­bly have had to do with this. But in­stead of charg­ing her or look­ing into it, she got off with noth­ing and when I went out of jail, they started watch­ing me be­cause they thought I was some sort of a king­pin in the stolen back­hoe ring.

“But no­body wanted to prove that Basil’s in­no­cent,” he said. “They wanted to prove, find a way to make Basil guilty in­stead. And then Nathalie laughed about it.”

Sources said Warmer­dam was not involved in any way in a back­hoe scheme, and no one was charged. Oth­ers who knew Warmer­dam dis­puted Borut­ski’s rec­ol­lec­tion of her en­coun­ters with the man, which are be­lieved to have oc­curred some­time be­tween 2010 and 2012.

He would al­ways come around the farm to buy eggs for his sis­ter, Borut­ski said, “but that’s not what he was there for …

“I don’t know what the f--- they were do­ing, and then when I was in jail the s--t hit the fan over that, and there was peo­ple charged. I don’t know how many. Even Anas­ta­sia knew some­body that had one of those stolen pieces of equip­ment.

“The con­nec­tion be­tween Anas­ta­sia and Nathalie was … I re­ally don’t know the full … I don’t know how the real thing hap­pened there be­tween Nathalie and that fat man, but some­how Anas­ta­sia knew ...”

By the time Borut­ski faced trial, Ban­croft was al­ready in jail await­ing a trial of his own.

“I found out where he lived, a lit­tle sawmill, and he was next on the list,” Borut­ski told the de­tec­tive. “I went there, I drove around the place, I talked to two peo­ple and I asked them, ‘Is the big guy here?’ One guy said he was (over) there on the other side, and the other guy said no, he’s not here. I drove around and then I left.”

Crown prose­cu­tor Jef­fery Richard­son con­firmed the Burn­stown Road prop­erty was in­ves­ti­gated as a crime scene af­ter Borut­ski vis­ited on Sept. 22, 2015. In­ves­ti­ga­tors took state­ments from wit­nesses who saw and spoke to Borut­ski. Among the 45 Crown wit­nesses called to give ev­i­dence dur­ing Borut­ski’s seven-week trial, no wit­nesses from the White Lake scene were called to tes­tify.

Borut­ski had ear­lier claimed he was look­ing at him­self “like a zom­bie” as he mur­dered his vic­tims that day. Ev­ery­thing was “as if it was sup­posed to be,” he claimed. Un­til he ar­rived in White Lake.

“This wasn’t me … I was go­ing places where I f ---ing have no idea and it was like some­one telling me to go here, go there to f---ing this road, that road. Never met one cruiser or noth­ing be­cause the sight of a cruiser pan­ics me.

“Be­cause then ev­ery­thing was as if it was a play — Carol opened the door, Anas­ta­sia walked right out the door of the house, I walk up to the door and open it and Nathalie’s right there. It was as if it was sup­posed to be … ex­cept when I got to where the fat man was, the fat man wasn’t there and then it was like the tape broke. … It was like a tape play­ing and the f---ing tape broke when I got to where the fat man was.”

He then tells the de­tec­tive about a “change of plan … and that’s when I went to the bush.”

Af­ter Borut­ski left, he drove an­other 40 kilo­me­tres west to a hunt camp be­long­ing to a fam­ily mem­ber on Becks and Kin­burn Side roads, the scene of his even­tual take­down at the hands of an Ot­tawa po­lice tac­ti­cal squad, as a po­lice he­li­copter and Cessna air­craft cir­cled over­head.


Valerie Warmer­dam was emo­tional but ‘re­lieved’ af­ter a 70-year sen­tence was im­posed Wed­nes­day on Basil Borut­ski, the man she called her ‘step­fa­ther’ but who mur­dered her mother, Nathalie Warmer­dam, along with Anas­ta­sia Kuzyk and Carol Cul­leton on Sept. 22, 2015.


Nathalie Warmer­dam’s daugh­ter, Valerie Warmer­dam, cen­tre, was “re­lieved” by the lengthy sen­tence of the man she called her “step­fa­ther.” She’s seen fol­low­ing Basil Borut­ski’s sen­tenc­ing out­side the court­house with, from left, Frank Warmer­dam, Nathalie’s ex-hus­band; her son’s girl­friend, Kristy Schultz; her best friend, Tracey McBain, and fam­ily friend, Bob McBain.

Basil Borut­ski’s vic­tims, from left, Nathalie Warmer­dam, Carol Cul­leton and Anas­ta­sia Kuzyk.

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