John Martin Crawford

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John Martin Crawford
Born John Martin Crawford
(1962-03-29) March 29, 1962 (age 55)
Steinbach, Manitoba
Other names The Lady Killer
Criminal penalty Life imprisonment
Victims 4+
Span of killings
Country Canada
Date apprehended

John Martin Crawford (born 29 March 1962) is a Canadian serial killer.


Crawford was sentenced in 1981 to 10 years imprisonment for manslaughter in the killing of Mary Jane Serloin, in Lethbridge, Alberta.[1]

While under police surveillance, Crawford sexually assaulted Theresa Kematch,[2] who was herself arrested, while Crawford was not.[1]

Crawford was convicted in 1996 of killing three First Nations women in Saskatoon in 1992, Eva Taysup, Shelley Napope, and Calinda Waterhen.[3] He is currently serving three concurrent life sentences in Saskatchewan Penitentiary.[4]

Media reaction[edit]

Crawford is discussed in Warren Goulding's book, Just Another Indian, A Serial Killer and Canada's Indifference with the message that crimes by marginalized minorities go unheeded by an uncaring society at large. The theory is posited that Crawford's case was played down by the media because his victims were Aboriginal women.[1]



  • Goulding, Warren. 2001. Just Another Indian: A Serial Killer and Canada's Indifference. Calgary: Fifth House Publishers.

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