'I killed them because they were not innocent,' Basil Borutski says in police interview which court hears
Sketch by Greg Banning: The triple murder trial of Basil Borutski began in Ottawa Oct. 2. The trial was expected to continue into the New Year, but wrapped up much quicker than initially anticipated. The judge will instruct the jury Wednesday.
OTTAWA – Basil Borutski said God “was making it easy” for him as he killed three women, telling a police detective the morning after his arrest the bloodshed was a form of “vindication.”
The jury in Borutski’s triple-murder trial on Friday heard the accused describe the killings to OPP Det. Sgt. Caley O’Neill during a five-hour interview at the Pembroke OPP detachment on the morning of Sept. 23, 2015.
According to Borutski, who has remained silent during the trial while defending himself from the prisoner’s box, the previous day's killing spree was motivated by a conversation with God.
“To me it seemed like God was trying to show me that the Commandment isn’t ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ it’s ‘Thou shalt not murder,’” he said. “Murder is killing something that’s innocent.”
When the detective asked whether Borutski, 59, killed or murdered Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam, he calmly replied:
“I killed them because they were not innocent. They were guilty. I was innocent. I done nothing wrong … in God’s eyes.”
The detective noted he had never asked whether Borutski had killed the women, and had only asked why he had done it.
Over the course of the five-hour interview, court heard Borustki complaining of the 20 years of “bad history” that brought him to that point, before he eventually outlined the day of the killings.
Borutski said he had barely slept the night before. He had shared a few drinks with his Palmer Rapids neighbour while discussing Bible passages – particularly Borutski’s interpretation of the Ten Commandments.
He woke up the next day at 5 a.m., made coffee, borrowed a car from his neighbour and retrieved the shotgun he had hidden in a bush.
He had found the gun years earlier in a scrap yard, under the floorboards of an old motor home, and collected a few rusty shells.
“Everything was just snapping in my head. And then I drive and I say, ‘Where do I go God?’ It was like a nightmare, or a dream,” said Borutski, who said he saw himself from outside his body that day, looking like a “zombie.”
“I never dreamt that this would happen,” he said.
Borutski visited Culleton at her cottage the night before she was killed. He found out Culleton was dating another man, and as Borutski said during his interview with police, “She was laughing at me … That’s when Carol told me … her and her man called me the BF – the best friend who would do anything. She told me they had this joke that I was the BF. She laughed. She said, 'We joke around and laugh about it.'”
Borutski said God was speaking to him when he returned to the cottage the next morning.
“I remember thinking that God is really helping me,” he said. “When I went to Carol’s, Carol walked right outside. I asked her, ‘Why do you hate me? Why are you doing this to me?’
“And then she closed the door. I broke the window with my elbow. I reached in and unlocked the door.
“She said, ‘This isn’t you Basil, this is not you.’
“She told me (her boyfriend) was coming over, and I said, ‘You’re lying to me again.’
“I saw a cable TV coil, I hit her with it and I wrapped it around her head. And she just kept saying, ‘This is not you Basil, this is not you.’ "
After Culleton was killed, Borustki smoked a cigarette and tossed the butt in the kitchen sink, according to the Crown.
He dumped out her purse, took her car keys and cellphone and drove off in her car.
“I remember taking her cellphone because I was gonna read it, see who this guy was. But I never did. I threw the phone out the window,” Borutski said.
He then drove to Wilno, where he arrived at the door of Anastasia Kuzyk.
“I remember thinking that God’s making this easy,” he said. “Because Carol came out the door, (and) because when I went to Anastasia’s, she walked out the door.”
Borutski said he followed Kuzyk back into the house, where another woman – identified in the Crown’s opening statement as Anastasia’s sister Eva Kuzyk – ran down the stairs yelling at him while Anastasia cowered in the kitchen.
“I asked Anastasia why she lied in court and she said, ‘I didn’t.’ And the gun went off,” said Borutski. “Because of … just lies.”
Borutski had been in a relationship with both Kuzyk and Warmerdam.
The Crown said in its opening statement Borutski was charged and convicted of offences against Kuzyk in 2014, and charged and convicted of offences against Warmerdam in 2012.
Culleton had “befriended” Borutski, but according to the Crown, “Basil wanted more from this relationship with Carol than Carol was prepared to give.”
After Kuzyk was killed, according to Borutski, “God told me to get in the car and drive down the highway."
He ended up on Opeongo Road, eventually turning onto Foymount Road toward the farmhouse he once shared with Nathalie Warmerdam.
“I remember at Nathalie’s. I remember thinking I was beside myself like a zombie,” he said.
"I just drove in, walked in the door. She was sitting there, she went around the corner, I followed her and, ‘Boom,’ that was it. I walked out. It was funny, it was like I wasn’t even pulling the trigger, the gun was just going off ... It was as if it was supposed to be.
“It was like I was looking at myself from over there. I remember looking at myself walking. I remember being in a car, I remember saying, ‘God show me where to go.’ Saying Our Father over and over," he said.
Det. Sgt. O’Neill asked if Borutski saw the killings as an attempt to prove a point, or send a message.
“There is no message, it’s vindication,” Borutski replied.
Afterwards, Borutski drove to Kinburn, where he was eventually captured by police. Along the way, he carried on his conversation with God.
“I pulled into a little roadside park, drove around the circle. I remember saying, ‘I don’t know why you wanted me to do that but there must be a reason.’"
Borutski was asked why he didn’t turn the gun on himself.
“I remember thinking, ‘If I’m dead who will explain this?’”
The trial continues Tuesday.