October 4, 2011
Former wrestler's wife celebrated his murder, police told
By DEAN PRITCHARD, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Melody Sanford told police it wasn't her idea to kill her husband, but she was happy to let it happen.
"Everybody was making offers and I just accepted," Sanford said in a police interview recorded hours after her Jan. 24, 2008 arrest.
Sanford, 47, is one of three people on trial for the murder of Ivan (John) Radocaj.
Radocaj, 43, a former wrestler once known as the Croatian Giant, was found beaten to death in his home on Sept. 14, 2007.
Sanford claimed Radocaj had sexually assaulted her adult daughter.
"I just wanted him to be punished," she told RCMP Cpl. Ian Spencer.
"You mean killed?" Spencer asked.
"I guess so," Sanford said. "That's what it came to."
Sanford, Donald Richard, 34, and Rita Cushnie, 56, are on trial charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Crown prosecutors allege Sanford orchestrated the killing while Richard, his cousin Daniel Richard and another man, Christopher Houle, carried it out. Cushnie, Donald Richard's mother, is alleged to have been involved in the murder conspiracy.
Sanford insisted there was no prior plan to kill Radocaj that night and claimed it was Radocaj who pestered her to meet him.
Later, when Radocaj was dead, Sanford joined his killers at Cushnie's house.
"We hugged," she said. "We cried. It was like a big relief."