Just days after a Mississauga home exploded, police are beginning a criminal investigation.
As reported, the blast came at a peculiar time as John Walkiewicz was literally hours away from officially selling the property. While the house was destroyed, Walkiewicz survived and is in hospital. What prompted the investigation, however, was the discovery of a suicide note allegedly penned by Walkiewicz.
The overarching motive for such an explosion is still being sorted out. However, it has been determined that Walkiewicz and his former wife were still co-owners of the home. Further, Walkiewicz owed thousands of dollars in back taxes and unpaid bills. Despite all this, neighbours said he was unhappy that he was forced to sell the home. It’s further been reported that he was charged with assault and uttering threats several years ago.
As details of the explosion emerge, one can’t help note the similarity between this situation and a story Gothamist reported on a month ago. Dr. Nicholas Bartha committed suicide by blowing up a four storey building on the Upper East Side. This was also his way of making sure his ex-wife would not get the $5 million house in the settlement. Bartha survived the blast, but later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.