British Columbia Murders: Notorious Cases and Unsolved by Susan McNicoll

By Susan McNicoll

In July 1924, Scottish nursemaid Janet Smith was once murdered in Vancouver’s prosperous Shaughnessy Heights. Her killer used to be by no means apprehended, however the research had surprising results. 20 years later, Molly Justice was once stabbed to loss of life in a Saanich park. Her assassin hasn't ever been charged, although police have been almost convinced of his id for over 50 years. Susan McNicoll’s dramatic debts of six of British Columbia’s such a lot interesting murders span a century of crime, from a 1904 Victoria Chinatown homicide to a latest chilly case from Vernon solved via DNA research of an strange kind.

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And] for a minute we did not say anything, thinking my husband would come to the cabin, as he knew that we was afraid of being in the woods alone at night, but he did not come. We called to him from the cabin but still no sound. My girl and I was panic-stricken. We took a lamp and was going out to the tent. We looked towards the tent, [but] could not see anything . . My feet would not move, it seemed as if we were nailed to that spot . . There was no man to be had within 3 miles of the place.

Hughes, manager of CKNW, had heard talk of a relationship between Rene and the recently widowed station receptionist, Adelaide (Lolly) Miller. Rene was Catholic and married, with a 12-year-old daughter, and Hughes did not want any bad publicity for the station. As he did with his wife, however, Rene denied the relationship existed. Hughes would later testify that Esther called the station one day looking for her husband. m. that morning explaining he had a very important project, yet when she tried to reach him, he wasn’t there.

Elizabeth, 32, and her 16-year-old daughter, Rose, were getting ready for bed. Because of the cramped quarters in which the Coward family was living, Elizabeth’s husband, James, slept in a makeshift bed in an old sleigh out on the property. The women had just changed into their nightgowns when they heard a shot. What happened next is described by Elizabeth in her own words, written in 1916: My girl and I held ourselves in locked arms . . [and] for a minute we did not say anything, thinking my husband would come to the cabin, as he knew that we was afraid of being in the woods alone at night, but he did not come.

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