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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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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