The Beast of British Columbia, Part II

The Beast of British Columbia (Part II of II)

Written by Jesse Donaldson Before Mindhunter, Before Robert Pickton, Before the Discovery of the Highway of Tears, There Was Clifford Olson Born in St Paul’s Hospital in 1940, Clifford Olson began his criminal career at a young age. By the time he was in Grade Two, he was regularly stealing

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The Beast of BC, Clifford Olsen, as seen in his mugshot.

The Beast Of British Columbia (Part I of II)

Before Mindhunter, Before Robert Pickton, Before the Discovery of the Highway of Tears, There Was Clifford Olson. Written by Jesse Donaldson. The trial of Clifford Robert Olson was over just as quickly as it had begun. On January 14th, 1982, three days after entering a Not Guilty plea on 10

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Discover the fascinating history behind Vancouver's ethnic communities on our Sins of the City Walking Tour: Soul Food and Shotguns

Sins of the City Walking Tours Uncovered: Discover Soul Food and Shotguns

Learn about our newest Sins of the City walking tour in Vancouver with Tour Guide, Catherine Driver! Our Sins of the City Walking Tours are in full swing this summer, and we’re excited to get an inside look at our newest addition: Soul Food and Shotguns. This is an immersive

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Civic Historian, John Atkin discusses the shady history of urban planning in Vancouver in our final presentation of the 2018 Speaker Series!

Speaker Series in Review: The War on Blight with John Atkin

Audience members were privy to an incredible final presentation for our 2018 ‘Vancouver Noir’ Speaker Series in which Civic Historian, John Atkin, revealed the city’s dark history of discrimination with city planning. His presentation, aptly named ‘The War on Blight: Post-War Planning in the City’ unearthed “this hidden little story

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Vancouver Police Museum Events, Speaker Series 2018 Sam Wiebe

Speaker Series in Review! Local Author, Sam Wiebe, Captivates with Fact, Fiction and Capers

Attendees of last week’s Speaker Series were in for a treat with local author, Sam Wiebe, taking the reins for our fourth presentation in our Vancouver Noir series. Wiebe, the award-winning author of the acclaimed Wakeland series of detective novels, shared his insights on Vancouver’s dark side and described how

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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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