On November 21, 2014, at approximately 3:00 a.m., Police and EMS responded to a suite located in the 500 block of Victor Street regarding an injured female.
On arrival, Police located a forty-four (44) year old female who was the apparent victim of a stabbing. The woman was rushed to hospital in critical condition and later succumbed to her injuries.
The victim has been identified as Beatrice Ann Crane (44) years of Winnipeg.
Members of the WPS Homicide Unit were called out and are continuing the investigation.
Police report interviews are ongoing, however, no charges have been laid at this point.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Initial information indicates Crane is yet another Aboriginal female victim of homicide.
Police did not confirm a motive for the killing.
The recently released RCMP National Review report indicated approximately 92% of Aboriginal female murder victims knew their killers. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of the killers are men.
The perpetrators were identified as spouses, family members, other intimate relationships or acquaintances.
The fact Crane was killed inside a suite increases the likelihood she knew her killer.
Only 8% of Aboriginal women are killed by strangers.
Police Connecting the Dots
As the clock ticks on the first 48, WPS Homicide Investigators are tirelessly working to put the pieces of Crane’s senseless murder together.
Those efforts will include detailed interviews of family members, witnesses and / or potential suspect (s).
Crime scene examinations and forensics are also vitally important components of any homicide investigation.
In the absence of a suspect confession, police will need to rely on witness and forensic evidence to make their case.
Sixty-One Days Since Last Killing
Crane’s killing is recorded as the twentieth (20th) Homicide in Winnipeg this year.
The last murder reported in the City occurred on September 21, 2014 when Jenna Marsden (27) was beaten to death by her common-law husband Erwin Spence (25) who was subsequently charged with 2nd Degree Murder.
A total of thirteen (13) of the twenty (20) homicides this year (65%) were caused by stabbings or edged weapon attacks.
In April of 2007, the victim was involved in an attack on a 34 year old female victim who was stabbed in the head and upper body.
Crane was charged with Aggravated Assault due to her alleged involvement.
Disposition of charges not know.