[Police Chief Walter Mulligan and Superintendant John Fisk at the police probe] General material designation Photograph Title statements of responsibility W. Cunningham Vancouver Daily Province Level of description Item Reference code AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-230

The Rise and Fall of Vancouver’s Top Cop in the 1950s

1950s Vancouver was an idyllic time for many. The city had just a few skyscrapers, with the Hotel Vancouver and the Marine Building standing as the city’s tallest; most of the growing communities retained their neighbourhood charm and quaint customs; while wholesome family ideals remained paramount in ads from Canadian

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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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The old Coroner's Court in Vancouver, BC. The Vancouver Police Museum

The Fascinating History of The Coroner’s Court: Part 1, The Bodies

This is part 1 of our 3-part series on the history of the Coroner’s Court: One of The Vancouver Police Museum’s biggest claims to fame is the fact that it was once the city’s Coroner’s Court and Autopsy Suite. Many bodies have lain on the cold steel tables that are

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The Mystery of Cannabis Criminalization in Canada

Written by Matteo Miceli Last month, the Canadian Government legalized cannabis. For many activists, the road to legalization was a hard-fought, decades-long battle. The legalization movement in Canada gained momentum in the 1960s and 1970s with the emergence of the hippie counterculture. Then, for over 50 years, people protested cannabis

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Revisiting the Milkshake Murder

* This is a repost of a popular blog about the Milkshake Murder presentation by Robert Noon for our 2015 Speaker Series. Eve Lazarus has just released her highly anticipated book “Murder by Milkshake” and we are thrilled to be featured in her thrilling narrative. Learn more about her book

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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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