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Haunted Mississauga 2006

Haunted Mississauga 2006: Riverwood

Our 5th Annual Haunted Mississauga evening brought us to a new location and even newer storyline! The venue was the grounds of historic Riverwood, and the storyline for the evening was the strange case, a story of mystery and murder, of Stefan Swyryda. On April 18, 1908, the body of Oleck (Alexis) Leutik, a recent immigrant from Europe, was found near Sheridan, in a wooded area on David Fasken’s property – near the intersection of Fifth Line and modern Southdown Road. A quick investigation led to the arrest of Stefan Swyryda in May of 1908. Swyryda was charged with the murder. The trial took place at the Peel County court offices in Brampton in November of 1908. On November 23rd, Swyryda was found guilty. Despite pleas for lenience, Swyryda was executed on February 11, 1909. Swyryda’s execution was the first such execution in the history of Peel County. The murder, arrest, and trial was the biggest news to hit the surrounding area at the time, and the gossip was rampant. Throughout the trial Swyryda maintained his innocence. Heritage Mississauga would like to thank our volunteer “Spirit Team”: Shweta Aladi, Doreen, Kurt & Ryan Armstrong, Stephanie Beveridge, Terry Boyle, Pat Brown and Theatre Unlimited, Erin Brubacher, Greg Carraro, Century Audio Visual, Geoffrey Chappell, Richard Collins, Sarah Cossette, Meaghan FitzGibbon, Jayme Gaspar, Eric & Marian Gibson, Vanessa Gouveia, Bryan Ho, Amy Jaques, Zofia Krivdova, Rose Langley, Denise Mahoney, Nicole & Scott Mair, Kay Matthews, Dave Taylor and the Mississauga Garden Council, Aruna Vardyanath, Matthew Wilkinson, Mavis Wilson, the 2nd Erin Mills Venturers!

© Mississauga Heritage 2009