Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The police also found a piece of wood on the bed by the body. It was three feet long and two inches thick. The two constables, realizing it was a homicide, left the scene and called for homicide detectives and crime scene experts.
Photographs were taken of the scene and the slow search for physical evidence on the premises began. You've seen those crime shows where the techs explore every nook and cranny of the crime scene haven't you? It is a tedious process.
Surfaces were dusted for fingerprints, which would later be compared with the fingerprints of the victim and known visitors. The remaining unidentified prints would be compared to the prints of known criminals in the hopes of finding a suspect.
Once the scene was thoroughly investigated, the victim's body was taken to the City Morgue for an autopsy.
The pathologist discovered the cause of death to be the result of both lungs being punctured by broken ribs - probably caused by a fall. After the detectives described the scene of the murder, they theorized that the victim had been tied to a chair and left there by his attacker. While trying to free himself, he had fallen to the floor and broken his ribs.
The victim was identified as George William Dickinson. Almost blind and deaf, he would have turned 90 years old in a few weeks.
A close friend of Bill's, an 82-year-old woman who lived on the block, informed the police she last saw the victim about three weeks ago. He had asked the lady to count some money for him since his eyesight was too bad for him to do it himself.
He had over six hundred dollars at the time, which he was saving to go on a trip to California. His niece, and only relative, lived there.
The woman advised Bill he shouldn't keep so much money in the house but he laughed and said he kept it under the mattress where it was safe. The police searched the house but the money wasn't found.
And don't forget. If you are on Facebook, at 4pm PST today, I am having a book launch for my latest release, On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success. Come join the event.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, Kitsilano, History, murder,Burrard, 1978, constables, cottage, On The Right Side, Multiple Sclerosis