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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The 2011 Stanley Cup Riot, Speaker Series Presentation May 8th at The Vancouver Police Museum.

Alcohol: What Fuelled the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot

On the evening of June 15th, 2011, Vancouver’s downtown core erupted into the city’s most destructive riot to date. It was the deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals, the Vancouver Canucks had been slugging it out against the Boston Bruins for six tense games. Over 100,000 fans were packed

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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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The History of the Coroner’s Court, Part 3: The Bingo

This is part three of our series on the history of the Coroner’s Court. The Bingo The former Coroner’s Court has been home to some dramatic moments. The very purpose of the place was to investigate death, and this in itself was already a macabre theme. Accordingly, inquests held in

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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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Vancouver Police Museum Events, Speaker Series 2018 Sam Wiebe

Speaker Series in Review! Local Author Sam Wiebe Captivates with Fact, Fiction and Capers

Attendees of last week’s Speaker Series were in for a treat with local author Sam Wiebe taking the reins for our fourth presentation in our Vancouver Noir series. Wiebe, the award-winning author of the acclaimed Wakeland series of detective novels, shared his insights on Vancouver’s dark side and described how

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2018 Speaker Series with Aaron Chapman

2018 Speaker Series in Review: The Penthouse Papers with Aaron Chapman!

Our 2018 Speaker Series is well underway, and the legendary tales about “Vancouver Noir,” or Vancouver’s salacious history of crime and corruption from the ’20s onward keep coming. On May 2, bestselling Vancouver author and historian Aaron Chapman captivated a standing room only audience with his presentation “The Penthouse Surveillance:

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