The Vancouver Stock Exchange: A Legacy of Fraud and Money Laundering Part I

This blog is the first in a two part series about a particularly corrupt and crime-laden time in the Vancouver Stock Exchange’s history. “Generally speaking, the most respected fiction writers in Canada are Margaret Atwood and Robertson Davies, but no one churns out a body of fiction as consistently high

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Inside ‘Gun Culture’: An Interview with Museum Curator Elizabeth Peterson

  “While doing research for this renovation, I started thinking about why people own guns. This led me down a rabbit hole of popular culture and firearms history. In this research, I learned about the concept of ‘gun culture’ which focuses on societies’ attitudes, beliefs and relationships concerning firearms.”–Elizabeth Peterson,

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Computer Revolution: The Story of the VPD’s MDT Pilot Program

Policing is not a word often thought synonymous with cutting-edge technology. Television crime dramas have played up the image of lone-wolf detectives, who favour instinct and “gut feelings” over fancy gadgets. The reality is that modern police agencies rely heavily on technology to do their jobs. Historically, the Vancouver Police

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Policing Vancouver During the Great War–Part 2

This is a reposting of a popular blog series from 2014 in honour of Remembrance Day and those who nobly served. The First VPD Men Who Went to War: “No mere jackboot militarism inspired them. They sought neither the glory of conquest, nor the rape nor the loot of sacked

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The Vancouver Police Museum is one of Vancouver's most haunted sites for good reason. Learn about its history here!

The Ghosts of The Vancouver Police Museum

The Vancouver Police Museum is often singled out as one of Vancouver’s most haunted sites for good reason. Built in 1932 and designed by architect Arthur J. Bird, the museum, now a designated heritage building, originally served as the city’s Coroner’s Court, Autopsy Facility and Analyst’s Lab. That means, over

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Salt Water’s City: “King of the Thugs” Jim Goon

By Cat Rose “I want you to understand and to take into consideration the fact that the man who stands arraigned on this charge is a Chinaman of low caste,” began the counsel for the defense at the pimping trial of Wong Yuen Jim. “There is a tendency among some

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The Incredible History of The Penthouse: A Vancouver Landmark Weathers 70 Years of Change

By Sheena Koo There aren’t many Vancouver establishments—without heritage designation—that remain standing these days. The Starfish Room, The Cave, The Ridge, Pantages Theatre along with countless others have all disappeared with the times, taking with them irreplaceable history and stories that will never get told. All around the city, relics

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Author Eve Lazarus Takes Us Inside the Milkshake Murder (Video)

Eve Lazarus, author of Murder by Milkshake,  joined us at The Vancouver Police Museum to talk about her fascinating investigation into the murder of Esther Castellani. Learn about her discoveries and connection to our museum in this video.  The Milkshake Murder On July 11th, 1965, Esther Castellani was pronounced dead after

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A History of Women in the Vancouver Police Department

During the early 1910s, the women’s suffrage movement was in full swing. Women’s rights groups were firmly established and boasted vast memberships. One such organization was the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), a group founded on the tenets of evangelical protestant beliefs. While the WCTU is best known today as

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The entrance to 238 East Cordova Street, which served as the City Analyst’s Laboratory from 1932 to 1996. Photo VPMA photo collection P04708.

The City Analyst’s Lab: Vancouver’s History as a Forensic Pioneer

As visitors to the Vancouver Police Museum peruse the artefacts on display or read about unsolved murders, they stand, many unknowingly, above an 86 year old time capsule. Just one floor below the museum lies the abandoned City Analyst Laboratory. Antiquated chromatographs and centrifuges can be found tucked away in

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