A child’s lunchbox. Heartbreaking case evidence. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter


He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had.

– The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953

The case itself centres around two unknown children, two young brothers who deserve to be identified.

In a child’s lunch box, a mother’s thoughts. [Japanese Proverb]

“In charge of the case is Det. Don McKay… Police have few clues- the bones, a few fragments of clothing, a tin lunch bucket and a rusty hatchet… Nearby lay a little blue tin lunchbox, the paper lining rotted to a pulpy mass.” [The Vancouver Sun January 16, 1953]

The image below appeared in The Vancouver Sun on April 15, 1953 and the caption underneath read: “child’s lunch bucket was lying beside skeletons when park worker stumbled on them.  It is pale blue with white trim.

The “lunch bucket” or “pail” for children was used in the 1920’s and through to the 50’s.  Most were simple metal oval boxes with two handles.

The one handled  classic “lunch kit” (the “Hoppy” kit), illustrated below, did not appear until 1950.  It is believed that the murders took place in the late 1940’s.

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