It’s been over a month since the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit has been called out to investigate a murder.

The last reported killing occurred on September 21, 2014 when Jenna Marsden (27) was killed by her common law husband Erwin Spence (25).  Marsden died from blunt force trauma after Spence allegedly beat her.  Spence was charged with 2nd degree murder and sits in custody pending trial.

Marsden was the nineteenth (19th) Homicide victim in 2014.

Ironically, at the same time last year (2013), the WPS Homicide Unit investigated a total of nineteen (19) murders.  The year ended with a total of twenty-five (25) reported killings with only one case remaining unsolved.  That translates to a respectable 96% solvency rate.

This year the WPS continues to investigate three (3) unsolved killings which translates to a solvency rate of approximately 84%.

Recent Homicide Statistics & Trends;

By the end of October 2013 police investigated a total of twenty (20) homicides. The year ended with a total of twenty-five (25) killings with only one (1) case remaining unsolved.

By the end of October 2012 police investigated twenty-seven (27) homicides. The year ended with thirty-one (31) killings four (4) of which remain unsolved.

By the end of October 2011 police investigated thirty-four (34) homicides. The year ended with a record forty-one (41) killings. Five (5) of the killings remain unsolved.

While incidents of homicide are extremely difficult to prevent or predict, it seems 2014 is destined to be a relatively unremarkable year when it comes to the ultimate crime.  The relative calm experienced this year flies in the face of media speculation that gangs, guns and murder were going to be a prevalent theme in Winnipeg in 2014.

The last time Winnipeg recorded less than twenty (20) homicides in a calendar year was in 2003 when only nineteen (19) killings were reported.

With the homicide trend going sideways it seems probable that some other jurisdiction will be tagged with the dubious distinction of being the murder capital of Canada.  A title we owned for many years.

The RCMP has investigated a total of thirteen (13) homicides in the Province this year.

Manitoba has been the Provincial murder capital of Canada for the last seven consecutive years.


The Calgary Police Service has investigated a total of twenty-seven (27) homicides so far in 2014.

The Edmonton Police Service has investigated twenty-one (21) homicides so far this year.


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