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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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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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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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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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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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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