top of page
  • Writer's pictureSarah Turney

Murdered: Cindy James

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

On May 25, 1989, 44-year-old Cindy James disappeared from Richmond, British Columbia, in Canada. Immediately, Cindy’s friends and family were worried for her safety because, for about seven years, she had suffered almost 100 incidents of harassment from a stalker. These incidents ranged from threatening phone calls and letters to physical attacks that almost killed Cindy.

Searches for Cindy began immediately. Then, two weeks later, Cindy’s body was in the yard of an abandoned house around a mile from where she was last seen. She’d been drugged and strangled.

After a month of investigating, police concluded that Cindy had completed suicide in an elaborate ruse staged to look like a murder. They further alleged that she’d faked all the incidents of harassment over the years. But Cindy’s family and many experts disagree.

Anyone with information about Cindy James is urged to contact the RCMP tip line at 1800-222-8477.

The Mysterious Death of Cindy James Voices for Justice Podcast


  1. Bellett, Gerry. “James’ body had huge dose of morphine, inquest told.” The Vancouver Sun, 19 May 1990,

  2. “Book closed on bizarre story of Cindy James.” Red Deer Advocate, 14 July 1989,

  3. “Cindy James.” Unsolved Mysteries, retrieved 25 July 2023,

  4. “Expert ropes own limbs, says Cindy could have.” The Canadian Press, 17 Apr. 1990,

  5. Hack, Melanie. “Cindy James’s Last Letter.”, 20 May 2009,

  6. Hack, Melanie. “Maclean’s Question #1 About Cindy James Case.”, 27 Jan. 2014,

  7. Hack, Melanie. “Maclean’s Question #11 About Cindy James Case.”, 17 Mar. 2014,

  8. Hack, Melanie. “Maclean’s Question #12a About Cindy James Case.”, 24 Mar. 2014,

  9. Hack, Melanie. “Maclean’s Question #5 About Cindy James Case.”, 10 Feb. 2014,

  10. Hack, Melanie. “Maclean’s Question #6 About Cindy James Case.”, 13 Feb. 2014,

  11. Hack, Melanie. “Who killed my sister, my friend.”, retrieved 25 July 2023,

  12. Hall, Neal. “‘I thought I had a murder,’ officer tells James inquest.” The Vancouver Sun, 5 Apr. 1990,

  13. Hall, Neal. “Bizarre chronology ended in nurse’s death.” The Vancouver Sun, 1 Mar. 1990,

  14. Hall, Neal. “Cindy’s torment.” The Vancouver Sun, 31 Dec. 1990,

  15. Hall, Neal. “Cyclist found James with stocking around neck, inquest told.” The Vancouver Sun, 13 Mar. 1990,

  16. Hall, Neal. “Ex-husband blames poor psychiatric care in James death.” The Vancouver Sun, 3 May 1990,

  17. Hall, Neal. “Ex-husband denies role in James’ tales of violence.” The Vancouver Sun, 7 Mar. 1990,

  18. Hall, Neal. “Inquest jury hears goulish recordings.” The Vancouver Sun, 10 Mar. 1990,

  19. Hall, Neal. “James’ behavior justified therapy, doctor says.” The Vancouver Sun, 23 May 1990,

  20. Hall, Neal. “James’ body was dumped, investigator says.” The Vancouver Sun, 25 MAy 1990,

  21. Hall, Neal. “James’ family establishes bursary.” The Vancouver Sun, 17 Mar. 1990,

  22. Hall, Neal. “Man asked about security, probe into nurse’s death told.” The Vancouver Sun, 3 Mar. 1990,

  23. Hall, Neal. “Mountie cites clues ruling out foul play.” The Vancouver Sun, 27 Apr. 1990,

  24. Hall, Neal. “Officer believed nurse’s allegations.” The Vancouver Sun, 27 Feb. 1990,

  25. Hall, Neal. “Police told house fire started by ex-husband.” The Vancouver Sun, 29 Mar. 1990,

  26. Hall, Neal. “Stalked for years, nightmare became reality for murdered nurse.” The Vancouver Sun, 10 June 1989,

  27. Hall, Neal. “Surveillance camera set up near home of nurse, probe told.” The Vancouver Sun, 10 Apr. 1990,

  28. Hall, Neal. “Victim set fires, claims police probe.” The Vancouver Sun, 9 Mar. 1990,

  29. Hall, Neal. “What happened to Cindy James?” The Southam Syndicate, 5 Jan. 1991,

  30. Horwood, Holly. “‘James or guests’ set fire.” The Province, 29 Mar. 1990,

  31. Horwood, Holly. “‘Sent over the edge’.” The Province, 6 Apr. 1990,

  32. Horwood, Holly. “Cindy James’ sister cites childhood fears.” The Province, 8 May 1990,

  33. Horwood, Holly. “Cindy saw suicide as best bet.” The Province, 10 May 1990,

  34. Horwood, Holly. “Expert on knots shows James’ suicide possible.” The Province, 12 Apr. 1990,

  35. Horwood, Holly. “Her ‘perfect suicide’ a frame for murder.” The Province, 30 Mar. 1990,

  36. Horwood, Holly. “Inquest finds flaw in James’ fire story.” The Province, 28 Mar. 1990,

  37. Horwood, Holly. “James ‘disturbed,’ RCMP told.” The Province, 13 May 1990,

  38. Horwood, Holly. “James inquest a strain for jurors.” The Province, 31 May 1990,

  39. Horwood, Holly. “Mysteries recounted.” The Province, 2 Mar. 1990,

  40. Horwood, Holly. “Nurse changed her story.”, The Province, 28 Feb. 1990,

  41. Horwood, Holly. “Puzzles for pathologist.” The Province, 24 May 1990,

  42. Horwood, Holly. “Threats, attacks proceeded death.” The Province, 27 Feb. 1990,

  43. Jiwa, Salim and Morgan, Keith. “Bizarre Twists.” The Province, 11 June 1989,

  44. Jiwa, Salim. “Somebody tailed Cindy.” The Province, 1 June 1989,

  45. “Nurse failed lie detector tests, says ex-officer.” The Canadian Press, 1 Mar. 1990,

  46. “Nurse’s version doubted.” Nanaimo Daily News, 14 Mar. 1990,

  47. Parton, Nichole. “Cindy James was murdered, private investigators claim.” The Vancouver Sun, 12 Aug. 1992,

  48. Pemberton, Kim. “Strange ordeal of Cindy James.” The Vancouver Sun, 13 July 1989,

  49. “Witness recalls slain nurse’s horror story.” The Ottawa Citizen, 6 Mar. 1990,

  50. Young, Gerard. “Dead nurse led normal life before threats, father says.” The Vancouver Sun, 13 July 1989,

  51. Young, Gerard. “Dead woman wanted gun, infra-red alarm.” The Vancouver Sun, 14 June 1989,

  52. Young, Gerard. “Family, friends recall nurse’s kindness.” The Vancouver Sun, 15 June 1989,

  53. Young, Gerard. “Nurse knew killer, friends say.” The Vancouver Sun, 13 June 1989,

  54. Young, Gerard. “Private investigator puzzled by police report in James case.” The Vancouver Sun, 13 July 1989,


Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page