In the early morning hours on March 4, 1993, a paper deliveryman called 9-1-1 to report an apartment fire in the 8700 block of Granville Street. When firefighters arrived, they found a body inside the burned-out apartment.
The deceased was identified as Jillian Fuller and the police investigation quickly revealed she died as the result of an assault and that the fire appeared to have been deliberately set to cover up her murder.
Jillian Fuller was only 28 years old when she died. She was last seen leaving the Fraser Arms Hotel at half past midnight and headed downstairs to the Rock Cellar Pub between 1:30 and 1:40 a.m., just hours before her death. A waitress saw Jillian, wearing a pink sweater with red trim and carrying a pink coloured book, leave with a man.
Jillian was an accomplished young woman, described by those who knew her as outgoing, compassionate and very intelligent. She once ranked 23rd among Canadian women outdoor speed skaters. She studied French, played the piano and was a competitive runner. Jillian lived alone, and the likelihood is that she knew her murderer, as there were no signs of forced entry to her apartment.
Jillian’s family still struggles with their grief. In March of 2013, following the 20-year anniversary of Jillian’s death, her sister Jane wrote a letter explaining how the murder still affects their family:
“The toll that my sister’s death has caused my family over the last twenty years is truly immeasurable. It cast a dark cloud on our family that has never been lifted. Her loss has left a deep wound in all our lives, and the fact that her killer was never found means that wound will always be unhealed.”
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