British Columbia Murders. Notorious Cases and Unsolved by Susan McNicoll

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 outcomes. two decades later, Molly Justice used to be stabbed to demise in a Saanich park. Her assassin hasn't ever been charged, even if police have been nearly sure of his identification for over 50 years. Susan McNicoll's dramatic bills 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 variety.

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She gradually lost the use of her arms and legs and was in tremendous pain. She could no longer feed herself or even hold a cigarette. When she went into hospital she was still able to eat, but by mid-June she was being fed intravenously as well. Her white-cell count dropped, and Dr. Moscovich told Rene that his wife’s condition was becoming very serious. They were still searching for a cause and even considered lead poisoning when they discovered Esther had done some painting the previous year at the store where she worked.

Rene also told a number of people variously that he had a divorce or one was coming through imminently. On June 29, the pair went to look at a house that Lolly was interested in buying. They told the builder, Warren Peterson, they were going to be married soon, and he asked what name should go on the mortgage. It was decided it should be Lolly’s name, but Rene would co-sign to help her get the mortgage. Real estate agent Allan Gillis would later testify in court that the couple came to him in connection with the mortgage.

Taylor said the arsenic in the heart and liver indicated she must have absorbed the poison one to three weeks before her death or else it was the accumulation from multiple dosages. He concluded that her death from heart failure was a result of chronic arsenic poisoning that affected the heart muscle. City analyst Eldon Rideout said he conducted hundreds of tests over a three-month period on specimens from Esther’s body and found the highest concentration in her hair near the roots, her fingernails near the quick, and the heart and liver.

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