Speaker Series Review with John Belshaw: Fifty Shade of Noir

Many incorrectly assume that Vancouver is a city without a significant history, but on May 30th, those who attended our Speaker Series presentation, Fifty Shades of Noir, by Professor and co-author John Belshaw, discovered a wealth of ‘dark’ stories from our city’s past. Belshaw, who co-authored the book Vancouver Noir:

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2018 Speaker Series with Aaron Chapman

2018 Speaker Series in Review: The Penthouse Papers with Aaron Chapman!

Our 2018 Speaker Series is well underway, and the legendary tales about “Vancouver Noir,” or Vancouver’s salacious history of crime and corruption from the ’20s onward keep coming. On May 2, bestselling Vancouver author and historian, Aaron Chapman, captivated a standing room only audience with his presentation “The Penthouse Surveillance:

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Joe Celona The Vancouver Police Museum

2018 Speaker Series Review: The Men Who Would Be Kings with Jesse Donaldson

  We’re excited to have our 2018 Speaker Series in full swing again! This year’s theme, Vancouver Noir, delves into the city’s salacious history of crime and corruption from the late 1920s to the early 1970s. To kick things off, our first speaker, Vancouver author, historian and Sins of the

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The Pantages Theatre at 150 East Hastings in Vancouver. It was renamed the Avon Theatre many years later.

Lewd and Filthy: A Theatre Escapade with Morality Police, Audience Protests and PR Gold

Author: Jesse Donaldson In January of 1953, the audience at the Avon Theatre on Hastings Street experienced something unusual: a police raid in the middle of a performance. “Seven big city detectives joined the cast of ‘Tobacco Road’ at the Avon Theatre Friday night,” reported the Vancouver Province, “and five

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Original VPD Crime Photos from the Babes in the Woods murders

Murder, Mystery and Intrigue in Review: Babes in the Woods

*This is a repost of a popular blog from 2014 The final lecture in the Vancouver Police Museum’s Murder Mystery and Intrigue series capped off two months of incredible storytelling by some of our city’s most notable historians, authors and police authorities. Since March 13, 2014, people from across the

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Kosberg Family Murder Vancouver Police Museum

Seeing the Kosberg Murders in a New Light: Criminologist Heidi Currie Digs Deep and Finds Answers

The streets of Vancouver on December 10th, 1965, were quiet and chilly—just like any other winter’s day in the city. Yet, in the suburban area of Main Street and East 22nd Avenue, while most families were fast asleep in the warm confines of their homes, a horrifying family murder was

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Jennie Conroy Murder Vancouver Police Museum

The Unsolved Murder of Jennie Eldon Conroy

  On December 27, 1944, 24-year-old Jennie Eldon Conroy was brutally murdered with a claw hammer on the remote gravel roads of West Vancouver’s wooded hillside. Described as a “cheery, popular girl” who was “always smiling and joking,” she had paved her way in the world with a job as

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Alphonse Bertillon

The Impact of Alphonse Bertillon’s Work on Criminology and Modern Day Criminal Documentation

    In this unpredictable world we live in, universal truths can be comforting. While it is often argued that nothing is absolute, there is one thing that we can all count on: it is really hard to take a flattering passport photo. This pearl of wisdom can be extended

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Gastown Riots Vancouver Police Museum

The Gastown Riots of 1971

While the gathering began “peacefully,” no one could anticipate the violence that followed. On August 7th, 1971, Vancouver’s Yippie Party and writers from The Georgia Straight organized a pro-marijuana “smoke-in” at Maple Tree Square to oppose Vancouver drug policies. Thousands of supporters gathered in the Gastown district, dancing in the

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Female Pickpockets

Female Pickpockets in a Lawless Time

  “Female pickpockets are rare. No real lady will pick any pocket but her husband’s” – The Winnipeg Evening Tribune: October 5, 1920 Perceptions of female pickpockets were contentious at the turn of the century. Especially in national print-media sources, these women were either completely underestimated in their ability to act

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