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Newspaper clippings about 1992 Colwood murder shuts down construction site


The discovery of a collection of newspaper clippings related to a 1992 murder sparked an investigation and prompted the closure of a construction site at on Department of National Defence land at Rocky Point.

The clippings were found by work crews on Thursday, August 16th, who then notified the West Shore RCMP.

The case in question is that of Shannon Guyatt who was murdered and beheaded by her husband Doug Guyatt on June 17th, 1992. He killed her in order to collect on a life insurance policy so he could pay off the mortgage on the house.

Although Doug denied murdering her at first, once he realized he needed to provide proof of death in order to claim the cheque, he pulled out a garbage bag containing Shannon’s severed head.

Doug Guyatt was found guilty of second-degree murder in 1994 and was sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole after 15 years. He died in prison in 2014 at the age of 67.

However Doug never revealed what he did with his wife’s body, despite appeals from her family who had hoped to give her a proper burial.

According to reports, the newspaper clippings turned out to be a dead end as it did not point to where Shannon’s body may be. The case remains cold to this day.


Brishti Basu
Former Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz.

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