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Apr 17, 2014

Private investigation shows Canadian William Webster was murdered

William Webster

On December twenty-third, 2012, Canadian William Webster was found dead in his home in Santa Elena in Cayo. He was hanging from a strap attached to a beam in his basement. The Police ruled it a suicide and closed the case. Normally, that would be the end of that, but William Webster’s wife Renee is adamant that her husband would never take his own life. That in itself is not unusual, but Renee did something that was. In January 2013, she hired a private investigator to open the case and offer an independent determination. That report is now out, and in a nutshell, concludes that William Webster could not possibly have committed suicide. Renee Webster is taking her findings to the media, and told News Five via phone that she will not rest until Police overturn their initial conclusion and treat her husband’s death as murder.


Via Phone: Renee Webster, Wife of Deceased

Renee Webster

“When I got down there on the twenty-ninth, it took me about a day and a half to get the nerve to go downstairs to where it actually happened. But when I did go down, I went down there with a tape measure and I started measuring things. I used to be a welder, I used to be a fabricator…I’m very analytical and I’m very technical-minded. I just looked at everything and I’m going there is no way that this could have possibly happened the way they said it did. It just could not have happened. From there I tried convincing the Police of this and they would not hear it. They dismissed me as a hysterical widow and that was it. An acquaintance there pointed me to someone who might be able to help. This gentleman was an American. He worked for the US Army and was a criminal investigator. I met with him, gave him the whole story and he sat there and said this thing stinks to high heaven and he took the case. The findings were that the injuries were inconsistent with a hanging. The lividity in the body was inconsistent with a hanging. If it was a legitimate hanging the blood would have pooled in his feet, but it pooled in his back. All of the evidence that we used to do the recreation, everything that we got, came from the Police and the Police are sitting there saying we do not have any evidence that indicates that anybody else was involved, but yet our investigation was based on their evidence. We went to the D.P.P.  She sent the case file back to San Ignacio. I met with Moody and Reyes either last Thursday or Friday when I was there, and basically they said no, we do not have any evidence that indicates anybody else was involved in this. It’s a suicide, the case is closed. That’s it, period.  At this point I’m going to be contacting Foreign Affairs. They are already aware of the case but I need to contact them to update them on what has happened and what the results of the investigations were, and what my results with further discussion with the Police was. I’m also going to be contacting the Canadian press and whoever else. I’ll take it to the public and let them put the pressure on.”


The private investigator’s comprehensive report includes statements from various other players in Webster’s life, including his mistress. It also contains lurid details including drug use, and provides motives for Webster’s murder. But most interesting is that in reconstructing the scene, the investigator determined that it was not physically possible for Webster to have hung himself from the beam in his home.

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4 Responses for “Private investigation shows Canadian William Webster was murdered”

  1. sickntired says:

    Belize police as usual dumb as dirt and refuse to learn anything new. Foreign affiars even dumber so this poor lady no will get any local to investigate this death properly. Plus with all them lazy people they no want extra work – disgraceful.

  2. Been There and Done That says:

    Of course he was murdered. He was in Belize and that is how most people die in Belize.
    Whether by criminals or the police your life is in danger.

    All Tourists Stay Away From Belize . . . PLEASE

    Your life is at risk.

    I know, I have Been There and Done That . . . and Glad To Be Out (alive)

  3. jo man says:

    To: Been There and Done That…….SCREW YOU!!!…..You wussy!!!!!

  4. expat says:

    Most murders do not get solved in Belize as well as many other crimes. Look at John Mcaffey’s situation. Another prominent person who was alleged to have done something wrong but nobody has been charged with the murder of his next door neighbor. Think about the Lebanese men who were gunned down in broad daylight in front of witnesses, no resolution there either Please do not hold your breath on any resolution of this murder /suicide. Take the easy way out. This is Belize and they just do that route as much s possible. If you cannot read nor write but have a police badge then you are in a position of power, that’s all it takes.

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