The Explanation of H B O elen etty sborne Helen Betty Osborne was abducted and brutally murdered with a screw driver near the Pas on November 13, 1971 at the age of 19. She was originally from the Norway House Indian Reserve, and her dream was to become a teacher.
The Murder While walking along Third Street in The Pas on a Saturday morning, Helen Betty Osborne was beside four men in a car. James Houghton was driving and stopped the car. Johnston got out, attempting to persuade Helen Betty Osborne to go with them to "party." She told them that she did not want to accompany them. She then was forced into the car and they drove away…....
The Murder 2 …….In the car Helen Betty Osborne was abused by Lee Colgan and Dwayne Johnston as James Houghton drove. In spite of her screams and tries to escape, Helen Betty Osborne was taken to a cabin that belonged to James Houghton’s parents at Clearwater Lake where she was raped and then taken to a pump house where she was murdered.
The Conviction Several months after the murder the R.C.M.P. concluded that four young men Dwayne Johnson, James Houghton, Lee Colgan, and Norman Manger , were involved in the death. But it wasn’t until December 1987, over 16 years later, that one of the men, Dwayne Johnston, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Helen Betty Osborne. James Houghton was not sentenced. Lee Colgan received safety from prosecution in return for testifying against James Houghton and Dwayne Johnston. Norman Manger was never charged.