Timeline in the murder of Alexandra Ignatovic
by Traciy Curry-Reyes
Saturday June 11, 1988After midnight on the morning of her wedding, Alexandra cannot sleep. She is agitated by the argument that she had with Mama Pesic at the dinner party earlier in the day. She decides to pay her best friend in Vancouver a visit. When she arrives, she tells best friend and maid of honor Angie Bruno that she is not sure about marrying into the family. She states that she loves Joe so much, but she is scared to become a part of the family. Angie reassures her friend that she is just having the jitters and that everything would be ok.
After the wedding, Jelka Pesic's controlling behavior worsens. She wants control over every aspect of Alexandra's life.
Controlling Behavior of Jelka PesicJelka and her husband ,Sam aka Sava, put down a huge chunk of a down payment on a $100,000 home for Alex and Joe which was only about 5 minutes away from the Pesic family home. The fighting really begin when Alex was not allowed to pick out her own decorations for the home. Jelka interfered with everything from the decorations and the wedding date to the wedding shower and wedding venue location. It was a complete nightmare for Alex, but every time her mother in law insisted, Alex insisted more. The growing tension between the two women would prove deadly. After returning from the honeymoon in Hawaii, the controlling behavior commenced. Jelka would just show up unannounced with bags of food and homemade meals amongst other unsolicited items. It seemed ok at first, but her visits became more frequent and more imposing. It got to the point where Jelka did not want Alex to do her own shopping for anything at all. Again the more Jelka pushed, the more Alex resisted, and the tension was now affecting the marriage. Joe starts to resent the fact that Alex and his mother are not getting along, but he blames Alex. The situation worsened once baby Brandon was born in 1989. Jelka now beings interfering with the rearing of the baby. She does not follow the instructions left by Alex when she is babysitting. Jelka would give the baby whatever she thought was best in spite of the fact that Alex objected. The beginning of the end of the relationship happened after Alex returned to find out that her mother in law had given her baby herbal tea to make him sleep despite the fact that Alex specifically told her not to do so. Alex left that day and refused to have anything to do with the Pesic family. When she stopped speaking to them, the Pesic's started harassing her. First they wanted Alex to have nothing to do with the home that they had purchased, finally she was locked out of the home altogether. Alex then moved in with her mother, and as the harassment grew, she even spent time hiding out at a local shelter. Since Joe was becoming more distant, (some say due to an affair that he was having at the time) she decided to file for divorce. The fighting continued back and forth until Alexandra won access to her home again. She also won custody of her son, Brandon. With each victory that she had, the Pesics turned up the harassment even more. They put a lien against the home, and had the water disconnected, and finally a tall tree was set a fire in her front lawn. Jelka Pesic did everything possible to try to get her to leave the home. Lastly, she sent a book about the disappearance and murder of a woman named Cindy James where inside there was a highlighted phrase that said "you're dead." Alex then became frightened for her life and the life of her son. She was able to get a restraining order against Joe Pesic. She was also afraid for her son Brandon to have anything to do with Jelka and Sava Pesic, and she used their criminal history for theft and stolen property against them. Every time Alex won in court, the Pesics would appeal. The last appeal made was for Jelka and Sava and Joe to have visitation with Brandon. The date for that court hearing was August of 1992.
June 1992The Pesic home is sold on Carson Street. Alex and Brandon are living with her mother Zdenka until she can finalize the purchase of her own home. She hires a private investigator named Orest Kaban because she knows that she is being stalked and harrassed. She wanted proof and documentation of the stalking. The investigator did just that. He followed the Pesic family around, and documented everything that he saw. On a few occasions, Alex was sure that someone had been following her in a white car. The next time she saw the car she decided to copy down the license plate number. The police tracked the car to a young man named Milan Nenadic. In the days and weeks leading up to her murder and the upcoming court appearance, Alex was terrified. She had a feeling that she would be murdered. Especially since her visit with a psychic confirmed her beliefs.
The day of the murderAt about 6pm, Alex and her coworker, Bernice Courson, who needed a ride home, walk to the car parked in front of the office. They both jump in and lock the door. Alex starts the car, and Bernice bends down to put her bag on the floor, and suddenly she hears gun shots and a car speeding away. Alex had fallen on top of her. Bernice was able to look up and get a view of the red car leaving the scene. While under surveillance, Nenadic was arrested in front of the Pesic home after being paid by Jelka for his part in arranging the murder of Alex. When the police arrested him, he had well over twenty thousand dollars on him at the time.
December 1993Jelka Pesic, Milan Nenadic, Lawrence Delorme, and David Segoviano, are convicted in the death of Alexandra Ignatovic Pesic. Jelka is given a life sentence with an eligibility of parole after serving 25 years.
David Segoviano was the actual shooter. Alexandra Pesic was shot twice in the head.
TidbitsAngie Bruno had known Alex since they were small children
Jelka and Sava Pesic were originally from Yugoslavia. They spoke fluent Serbian.
The psychic told Alex that she would be shot by someone driving a red car.
According to a commenter: It was one of the Pesic's friends who set the tree on fire. The person was also friends with Alex and one time. (thanks for the tidbit commenter!)
article Chatelaine, May 1994 v67 n5 p56(6)
Mother-in-law from hell. (murder of Alexandra Ignatova Pesic) John T.D. Keyes.