Category: Murder

The Kosberg Axe Murders

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This story originally appeared in At Home with History in 2007. 

If there’s a Vancouver house that deserves to be haunted it’s the very innocent looking one at Main and 22nd Street. In 1965, the home of Osborne, 39, and Dorothy Kosberg, 40, and their six children, became the scene of one of Vancouver’s most tragic and grisliest mass murders.

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Would you buy a murder house?

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I’ve been writing about murder houses for a few years now and I’ve turned up everything from a North Vancouver shop keeper butchered by the Black Hand, to a poet beaten to death in her East Vancouver home, to the quiet Colwood home where a Victoria man murdered his wife and then dug up her head in the front garden in a misguided attempt to collect the insurance money.

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Murder in Shaughnessy Heights

When police found the body of Marion Hamilton, 68, in her Nanton Street home in 1975, they assumed it was death by natural causes. The widow suffered from dementia and lived in the rambling old house since the death of her elderly mother nine months before.

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