By Susan McNicoll
In July 1924, Scottish nursemaid Janet Smith used to be murdered in Vancouver's prosperous Shaughnessy Heights. Her killer was once by no means apprehended, however the research had stunning effects. 20 years later, Molly Justice used to be stabbed to dying in a Saanich park. Her assassin hasn't ever been charged, although police have been almost definite of his id for over 50 years. Susan McNicoll's dramatic debts of six of British Columbia's such a lot fascinating murders span a century of crime, from a 1904 Victoria Chinatown homicide to a contemporary chilly case from Vernon solved via DNA research of an strange style.
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This argument would be the basis of the defence at Elizabeth’s trial. The first thing that became abundantly clear with Rose’s presence was that the borrowed cabin was barely big enough for two and would certainly not sleep three. James, therefore, set up a makeshift bed about 90 metres away from the cabin in an old sleigh that he rigged with mosquito netting and a tent. The work on a homestead was hard, and nothing in Elizabeth or Rose’s life had prepared them for it. Elizabeth wrote: I was born in New York State and always lived in big cities so living in the country became very hard for me and the work was [too] hard.
Most immigrants were male (often leaving wives and children in China), had low-paying jobs and lived in rundown rooming houses. They drank and gambled to relieve loneliness. Prostitution was rampant, and opium houses did a steady business. In fact, opium addiction was becoming a problem in Victoria at that time, although the opium houses were completely legal and the British Columbia government made a great deal of money by imposing annual licensing fees on the operations. Off Cormorant Street, Theatre Alley was also thriving in those days.
After deciding it was a case of murder, he sent for reinforcements from Fort (later Prince) George. The same day, the four women packed a few clothes and, with the aid of friends, took the body by wagon to Fort St. James. 32 revolver that was found on the ground near the sleigh. H. Hoye, Vanderhoof Justice of the Peace. From then on, Elizabeth Coward’s fate was sealed. With some local help, the men searched for two days to find the missing cartridge, completely tearing up the Coward homes and belongings.
British Columbia Murders. Notorious Cases and Unsolved Mysteries by Susan McNicoll