Canadian Visitor Charged With Murder

Ted Jandura
Ted Jandura

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - An elderly man from Canada accused of killing his wife in Waikiki is charged with murder. A judge Monday set bail at $1 million.

The couple's neighbors in Edmonton told the media the suspect is controlling, and that police had been to their home a few times.

Honolulu police Monday released the mug photo of an 83-year-old man who they say confessed to fatally stabbing his wife. The Canadian pair arrived at the Ilikai Hotel in Waikiki in December for a three-month stay. Investigators say the two had traveled to Hawaii annually for more than 20 years.

"A murder like this is horrifying," Nanci Kriedman, Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline, said.

Officers responded to an argument call and found the 82-year-old woman dead inside the couple's unit. Police say her husband, Ted Jandura, told the officers he killed her.

The murder saddened those who work with domestic violence victims.

"The thought of what she must have been living with and how long she may have been living with it," Kriedman said. "And I'd hate for anybody to live a long life and lose it in the end like this."

The Medical Examiner says the woman died from "injuries to neck blood vessels, lung and heart due to multiple stab wounds of the body." A source close to the investigation says the couple was living in separate homes in Canada, and may've been going through a divorce.

"As a community, we have an enormous responsibility to take a closer look at this and see how we can offer pathways to escape," Kriedman said.

The ME is expecting the couple's adult children to arrive in Hawaii and positively identify the woman Tuesday. Until then, the office says it will not be releasing her name.