The following story is an excerpt from a chapter in Cold Case Vancouver:
On June 10, 1958, David Pauls, 52 was shot three times in the head with a .22-calibre revolver by the back door of the family home. The killer then went upstairs and clubbed 11-year-old Dorothy Pauls to death in her bed.
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.
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.
Set in middle-class Kerrisdale, the green duplex at 2092 West 42nd Avenue is such an ordinary place it’s hard to imagine it was the stage for one of the most sensational murders in Vancouver’s history. An excerpt from my book At Home with History.
Esther Castellani, 40, died in 1965 from slow and painful arsenic poisoning by her husband of 19 years.
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.