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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[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 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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The Story Behind Tom Carter’s Painting of The Vancouver Police Museum

Recently, The Vancouver Police Museum was bestowed with a one-of-a-kind custom painting created by celebrated local artist Tom Carter. Depicting a dramatic scene from the Vancouver Police Department’s history back in 1935, the artwork channels a ‘Vancouver Noir’ essence, complete with slick city streets, clandestine black automobiles and haloed lights

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Behind the Lines A Traffic Story The Vancouver Police Museum

Cars, Collisions and Traffic Safety: A Science of Its Own

  Accidents happen. Accidents involving motor vehicles happen all the time. By all accounts, vehicle collisions have been around as long as vehicles have, and they can be a constant source of mystery to police and the public alike. Were they caused by driver error? Weather conditions? Mechanical failures? All

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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 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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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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The Pantages Theatre at 150 East Hastings in Vancouver. It was renamed the Avon Theatre many years later.

Lewd and Filthy: A Theatre Escapade with Morality Police, Audience Protests and PR Gold

Author: Jesse Donaldson In January of 1953, the audience at the Avon Theatre on Hastings Street experienced something unusual: a police raid in the middle of a performance. “Seven big city detectives joined the cast of ‘Tobacco Road’ at the Avon Theatre Friday night,” reported the Vancouver Province, “and five

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