2017 Lecture Series: Beyond The Headlines

Speaker Series
Extra! Extra! Read all about it. Newspapers often sensationalize true crime stories but the Police Museum goes beyond to understand the people, the lives lost and how the police used real evidence to find justice for those touched by some of the city’s most horrific crimes.

The Vancouver Police Museum’s newest exhibit, True Crime, goes beyond sensational headlines, providing an in-depth look at the science and investigative dedication that goes into criminal investigations.

The 5th Annual Speaker Series: Beyond The Headlines, will look at the investigations of a number of well known murder cases in our city’s history. Each speaker will bring their expertise to the lecture in order to provide a unique perspective.

Schedule

Dates: Alternating Wednesdays from April 12th to June 7th
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Lectures

  • Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 — Kosberg Murders | Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity
    The date is December 10, 1965. Across the sleepy, modest suburbs of Vancouver, families prepare for the Christmas season. Bungalow windows show-off cheerful Santa’s and festive wreaths decorate the doors. In a little white house at 142 E. 22nd Ave, six children are spending a quiet evening with their mother. Dad is on the night shift; he’ll be home by 1:00 am. Mom’s best friend Florence drops by, and everyone enjoys ice-cream milkshakes hand-mixed by 16-year-old big brother Tom. Within the next few hours, an axe murder will attack. Skulls are fractured, brains lacerated – and the murderer was among them all the while. Big brother Thomas turns himself in that morning. This is the true story of Thomas Kosberg, who stood trial on six counts of capital murder in Vancouver Supreme Court. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, Thomas was placed in strict custody at Riverview hospital, and released ten years later to work and living his life as a ‘sensible fellow’ in Vancouver. Follow criminologist Heidi Currie through a forensic examination of the murder, the trial, and confinement of Thomas Kosberg – Vancouver’s axe-wielding mass murderer. Learn about the insanity plea, and how the defence of mental disorder compares today.
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  • Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 — The Unsolved murder of Jennie Eldon Conroy
    On December 27, 1944, 24-year-old Jennie Conroy finished her shift at the grain elevators and left to join her family for a late Christmas dinner. Jennie missed her bus by less than a minute. The next day her body was found at West Vancouver’s Capilano View Cemetery. She had been beaten to death with a claw hammer. Join Eve Lazarus, journalist, author and blogger who has a passion for unconventional history and a fascination with murder. Her books include Cold Case Vancouver: the city’s most baffling unsolved murders and Sensational Vancouver. Her latest book is Blood, Sweat, and Fear: the story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s first forensic investigator.
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  • Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 — Project Resolute: an investigation of the Etibako family and Ashley Singh murders
    On May 15th, 2006 fire engulfed a townhouse located at 2484 Cassiar Street in Vancouver, BC. The fire claimed the lives of four members of Etibako family and Ashley Singh, the girlfriend of the lone survivor of the fire – Bolingo Etibako. The ensuing investigation identified a suspect who was a previous criminal associate of Bolingo, and after an extensive undercover operation Nathan Richard Fry was identified, charged and convicted for five counts of First Degree Murder.  Join Kevin McLaren, Lead Investigator for Project Resolute, as he takes you into the heat of the investigation of the four members of the Etibako family and Ashley Singh. The majority of his last 20 years of policing was dedicated to the Major Crime Section, mostly as an investigator in the Robbery/Assault and Homicide Squads. He retired as the Sergeant in charge of Homicide Team 1 in 2016.
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  • Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 — A look inside the work of the Provincial Unsolved Homicide Unit with Brian Honeybourn
    31 Cold Cases Solved! The BC Unsolved Homicide Unit was formed in 1996. It was made up of 20 police officers, which included 4 Sergeants.The Unit was composed of 16 RCMP and 4 VPD officers divided into 4 squads  each headed by a Sergeant. Brian Honeybourn was the VPD Sergeant in charge of 3 VPD officers and 1 RCMP officer. Money wasn’t a problem, they could travel to follow a lead with no challenges and had all the support they could possibly ask for in terms of human resources. Join Brian as he takes us behind the headlines of some of BC’s cold case investigations.
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  • Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 — Gang Suppression in BC: Staff Sergeant Lindsey Houghton from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit
    End Gang Life is their motto, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s job is to target, investigate, prosecute, disrupt and dismantle the organized crime groups and individuals that pose the highest risk to public safety due to gang violence. This is no easy task. Between 2006 – 2015, every ten day there was a gang-related homicide or attempted homicide. There have been 35 mass shootings resulting in more than 85 victims. Join Staff Sergeant Lindsey Houghton as he talks about some of BC most notorious gangs and the violence that is left in their wake.
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Booking

  • All Speaker Series events take place at the Vancouver Police Museum, 240 East Cordova Street.
  • Our events tend to book up quickly. Please register early to ensure availability.
  • If you paid online, please bring your PayPal receipt as your ticket.
  • Reservations are considered confirmed unless cancelled at least 48 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will be charged in full to the credit card on file. Contact us at 604-665-3346 if you need to cancel or reschedule.
  • Online booking is available up to 48 hours before the presentation. For bookings less than 48 hours in advance, please call at 604-665-3346.
  • Limited seating – book early to avoid disappointment.
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Vancouver Police Museum

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Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3

604-665-3346
info@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca

Tue. – Sat.: 9 AM – 5 PM
CLOSED on Sundays, Mondays, and Stat Holidays

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