Domestic Violence, Four Murdered Indigenous Women, and an Accused Serial Killer
Jeremy Anthony Michael Skibicki is Headed for Trial, Which is Good News For All Canadian Women
In 2019, on the first anniversary of her marriage, Erin Leszkovics received the best gift she could imagine; a three-year restraining order against her unpredictable control freak of a husband. She had spent a year living in hell with thirty-five-year-old Jeremy Anthony Michael Skibicki, who could fly into a rage over the slightest infraction of his “rules.” He controlled her cell phone, monitored and restricted her movement, and beat her so often and hard that she still suffers from migraines and double-vision.
Skibicki also had scary sexual interests. He shared with Erin his fantasies of raping and choking her to death. On several occasions, he held a pillow over her face. And he forced her to take “bed meds,” pills that knocked her out. He liked to rape her while she slept.
Erin was terrified; things were bad and getting worse. She had called the police several times, but nothing fazed him. But finally, after months, in September of 2019, she got some help; a judge believed she had good reason to be afraid and ordered Skibicki to stay away from her for three years. Furious, Skibicki tried to get the restraining order overturned, but — fortunately — he had no luck.
Slaps on the Wrist for Serious Assault
When Skibicki violated the restraining order in 2021, Erin took him to court. He was charged with assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, and uttering threats in January 2021. She was both furious and terrified when he was found not guilty eleven months later. “Sooner or later, Erin thought, he’s going to kill someone.” She thought it would be her.
This was not the first time a woman believed Skibicki would murder her. In June 2015, three years before Erin’s year of terror began, Skibicki was convicted of assaulting his pregnant common-law partner after grabbing her hair, punching her in the face several times, and attempting to strangle her. He threatened to kill her if she called the police.