Vancouver Historical Society presents Eve Lazarus
March 23 | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Blood, Sweat, and Fear: the Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s First Forensic Investigator by Eve Lazarus (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Heralded internationally as the Sherlock Holmes of Canada, John F.C.B. Vance was Vancouver’s first forensic investigator. During his 40-year career (1907-1949) Vance was constantly called upon to use his skills in serology, toxicology, firearms, trace evidence and autopsy to solve hit-and-run, robberies, and some of the most sensational murder cases of the twentieth century.
Vance’s skills and analytic abilities were so effective that there were seven attempts on his life, and for a time, he and his family were under constant police guard. He was on the forefront of forensics, often inventing his own equipment when none was available. In 1932 Vance was given the honorary title of Inspector and put in charge of the newly formed Police Bureau of Science.
Eve Lazarus is the author of several books on Vancouver history, her latest being the subject of this talk.
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