By the time Canada’s Sherlock Holmes retired in 1949, he had outlasted thirteen police chiefs and sixteen mayors. Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s First Forensic InvestigatorIn Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s First Forensic Investigator Eve Lazarus rescues one of the most important actors in the history of forensic science in Canada from obscurity. This book features the work of John F.C.B.
One of the many fascinating things that Inspector John Vance packed away when he retired from the Vancouver Police Department in 1949, were several true crime magazines. He appeared in all of them. Reporters were intrigued by this scientist who was able to convict criminals through the tiniest piece of trace evidence, and determine death through his forensic skills in serology, toxicology and firearms examination.
John F.C.B. Vance, the star of Blood, Sweat, and Fear: the Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s first forensic investigator, started his first day of work as City Analyst on May 1, 1907. My challenge was to get Vance from his Yaletown house to Market Hall, a long-gone gothic building on Westminster Street (Main) near Hastings, which doubled as City Hall. I have no idea how Vance got to work that day, but I decided to use some creative licence and have Vance take the streetcar.
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