WARNING: This story contains distressing details.
The news was shocking: four women, all allegedly killed in Winnipeg by the same man in a span of two months.
Rebecca Contois, 24, remembered at a vigil as someone who “always had a heart for everything.”
Morgan Harris, 39, whose daughter said the mother of five and grandmother was “happy-go-lucky” and “silly.”
Marcedes Myran, 26, whose grandmother remembers her as happy, smiley and trusting.
And a fourth woman who, until she’s identified, has been given the name Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe, or Buffalo Woman.
The three women whose identities are known were all First Nations, and police have said they believe the unidentified woman was also Indigenous. Their deaths have sparked calls for action to do more to protect Indigenous women and girls.
Jeremy Skibicki, 35, is charged with first-degree murder in all four deaths. His lawyer says his client intends to plead not guilty on all counts. His next court date is set for Jan. 13.
According to court documents and hearings, Skibicki threatened to kill two previous partners in the last seven years.
Here’s a timeline of what we know so far about the four women Winnipeg police say were the victims of an alleged serial killer and the man accused of killing them.
Dec. 9, 2022
The chair of Winnipeg’s police board says officials are trying to find a way to search for the bodies of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran.
Police believe their remains were disposed of in the Prairie Green landfill, north of the city.
Dec. 8, 2022
Operations are paused at the Prairie Green landfill after calls from family and Indigenous leaders to search for the women’s remains.
Dec. 6, 2022
Police say they believe Harris and Myran’s remains are at the Prairie Green landfill, but say it wouldn’t be feasible to search for them there.
Earlier the same day, Harris’s daughters Cambria and Kera call on police to do whatever it takes to find the remains of their mother and the other women killed.
Dec. 4, 2022
A previously unnamed woman who police allege was killed by Skibicki is given a name by the community: Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe, or Buffalo Woman.
Police previously said she’s believed to be Indigenous and in her 20s, but won’t say how they determined that.
Dec. 1, 2022
Police announce Skibicki has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Harris, Myran and the woman who will later be given the name Buffalo Woman.
He was already in custody, having been charged with one other count of first-degree murder in Contois’s death months earlier.
Myran’s family reports her missing, months after she was last seen.
Myran’s grandmother, Donna Bartlett, said Myran’s mother was initially afraid to go to the police because she was scared to learn that something had happened to her.
June 21, 2022
Police announce human remains found at the Brady Road landfill in Winnipeg a week earlier have been identified as those of Rebecca Contois.
June 20, 2022
Homicide investigators determine Harris and Myran’s remains were likely at the Prairie Green landfill, but do not disclose this publicly until December.
Sometime around this date, the police forensics team is also notified.
By then, about 10,000 loads of debris had been dumped on the load they were interested in, police later say.
June 15, 2022
Police announce they’ve found partial human remains at the Brady Road landfill in Winnipeg during a two-week search connected with the killing of Contois.
June 2, 2022
Police begin searching Winnipeg’s Brady Road landfill for Contois’s remains.
May 19, 2022
Police announce they’ve charged Skibicki with first-degree murder and detained him in custody.
They also identify Contois as the person whose partial remains were discovered near a North Kildonan apartment building earlier that week.
Police say they’ve executed a search warrant on Skibicki’s residence and announce a potential scene has been identified at the Brady Road landfill.
Because of the circumstances, police say investigators have not ruled out the possibility of more victims.
May 18, 2022
Police arrest Skibicki in connection with the death of the woman they will later identify as Contois.
May 16, 2022
Police search through garbage bins behind a North Kildonan apartment.
That search was prompted after partial remains, later confirmed to belong to Contois, were found.
This is also the day police believe the remains of Harris and Myran were transported to the Prairie Green landfill.
May 14 or 15, 2022
Police allege Skibicki killed Contois on or around one of these dates, court documents show.
May 4, 2022
Police allege Skibicki killed Myran on or around this date, court documents show.
May 1, 2022
Police allege Skibicki killed Harris on or around this date, court documents show.
This was also the date Harris was last seen, near the area of Main Street and Henry Avenue in Winnipeg, police say later in May, when they announce she is missing.
March 15, 2022
Police believe Skibicki killed the woman the community has named Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe, or Buffalo Woman, on or around this date, court documents show.
March 15, 2022
This is the last time Myran had contact with her family, her grandmother says.
She was last seen in Winnipeg’s North End sometime that month, her family says.
Sept. 4, 2019
A year after they got married, Skibicki’s estranged wife is granted a protection order against him for three years. She alleges in both an application for the order and a hearing that she suffered a litany of abuse at his hands and that he threatened to kill her.
Sept. 4, 2018
Skibicki marries the woman who is his now-estranged wife. She later says in a protection order hearing that she was “under the influence” on their wedding day and went to detox for meth four days later.
Dec. 21, 2015
A different woman, who is then Skibicki’s common-law partner, files for a protection order against him, saying in her application she feared “he won’t stop until I’m dead.”
Her request is dismissed. It’s not clear why, but the conditions of Skibicki’s probation from a conviction for an assault against her months before required that he stay away from his partner and not make contact for two years.
Aug. 26, 2015
Skibicki is convicted of assaulting his common-law partner. After spending about two months behind bars, he’s sentenced to two years of probation.
June 15, 2015
Skibicki assaults his common-law partner. According to a statement of facts later agreed to by Crown and defence attorneys, Skibicki grabbed his pregnant partner’s hair and punched her in the face several times, then tried to strangle her. He also told her he would kill her if she called police.
Support is available for anyone affected by details of this case. If you require support, you can contact Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Medicine Bear Counselling, Support and Elder Services at 204-594-6500, ext. 102 or 104 (within Winnipeg), or 1-888-953-5264 (outside Winnipeg).
Support is also available via Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison unit at 1-800-442-0488 or 204-677-1648.
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