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He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had.
– The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953
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1953 EYEWITNESS REPORT:
VANCOUVER CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
REPORT Coroners BRANCH
THE CHIEF CONSTABLE
DATE April 20th 1953
SUBJECT: Re Skeletons in the Park
D.O. Jan 15-53
L. M. M.
At 10:00 am this date, with Det. G. interviewed Mrs. C at the home of her mother Mrs. S. As a result took Mrs. C and her husband to Stanley Park where she directed us to the vicinity of the skeleton discovery and described how on Oct. 5th 1947 in co. with an Air force man she had been walking up a trail from Beaver Lake toward Prospect Point and had come upon a woman with two children.
The woman is described as 5’3-4, dark hair, fair comp. (suggesting Italian) wearing dark fur coat, full sleeves, with a scarf or something blue at the neck opening. As they passed the woman on the trail she saw the woman was holding a small rusty hand axe in her hand and against the bosom of her coat.
She called the boy, who was ahead on the trail back to where she and the girl were standing. The girl was described as about 7 years fair hair and pale face, wearing trousers that were drawn in at the cuff a light brown or sandy color. The jacket of the suit appeared to be rather dirty but she thinks the same color. The boy seemed more lively than the girl… darker complexion and wearing a reddish dirty jacket and light colored pants. Both had dark caps, which she thinks were the kind that fastened under the chin.
Mrs. C and her companion went on to Prospect Point and then returned to the area of the Rose Gardens. This would be about 4:30 to 5 PM. When they were at a point where the drive divides to go under the main road, Mrs. C. drew her companion’s attention to a woman, running from the direction of the bear cages toward the promenade and although it was rather a cold afternoon the woman had no coat, a light colored sweater and skirt and had only one shoe on. She is positive that the one shoe was flat-soled because there was no perceptible limp.
Mrs. C did not connect this woman with the one who was accompanied by the two children until she saw the pictured story in the newspapers.
At the time she saw the axe the first thought was of cutting Xmas decorations, but she discarded the idea when she realized it was only October. She describes the woman’s voice as low and soft.
– C. M.
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