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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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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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

  Written by Kiel Torres, Summer Student “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

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Giant Jellybean

Jellybeans, Meth Labs, and Whales – OH MY! The Marine Unit Sees It All!

Written by Lisa Wills, VPM volunteer The VPD Marine Unit was thrust into the international spotlight recently, with their rescue of a large yellow jellybean from False Creek. Urban pranksters had pushed the candy shaped sculpture into the water but it was easily rescued by the intrepid nautical crew. Although

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