One of the things that Ken McIntosh and I have been trying to do in our investigation of the MacLauchlan Murders is to establish a factual link between Dr Robert Henry MacLauchlan and the 1960s West Coast drug trafficking organization that supplied him. According to deceased print and television journalist Dennis Bell, off-the- record police sources had told him (Bell) that MacLauchlan had been the Number 2 man in the West Coast drug trade. When he was arrested in late December 1965, MacLauchlan had been in possession of about $200,000 worth of heroin. Two of MacLauchlan’s underlings/accomplices (and we believe there were probably more) were Joseph Sperling and Burnaby waitress Thelma Mosier. Unlike Sperling who had a previous criminal record for drug-related offences, Mrs. Mosier’s arrest was the first time she had been in trouble with the law.
In a news report concerning her sentencing to seven years on March 3,
1966, it was reported
in the Burnaby Courier that one of the people that Mosier had been
selling to was a well-known trafficker and drug addict, who in the several
weeks previous had been sentenced to a lengthy term in prison. Thus far, Ken
and I have searched in vain for a newspaper report giving the name of this “well-known”
(at the time) felon.
might be interested to know that, in our search for this possible link between
MacLauchlan and Vancouver’s criminal underworld of the 1960s, we tracked the
crimes and misdemeanours of approximately 250 criminals who had been active at
various levels of the drug trade. By carefully reading old newspapers – and with
the aid of one of our faithful blog readers – we have managed to establish that
more than 100 of these men (plus a few women) had connections through other
criminals that led upward to a certain gentleman who, in Vancouver during the
1960s, was reputed to be a major and influential figure in various criminal
activities in the Metropolitan area. This man began his criminal career in the
very early 1950s, pursued it right up to the 1980s and served time in prison
several times. Given that this man (now quite elderly) has served his time, Ken
and I feel that he might be a very good “off the record” source of information
on the background to the MacLauchlan Murders.
Friday, 24 April 2015
Friday, 17 April 2015
The blog that Ken McIntosh and I have created to popularize, and to attract comment and support about our research toward our book on the murder of Dr Robert Henry MacLauchlan and his wife Margaret Ann on March 21, 1966 in New Westminster, BC has now been in existence since October 2013 – nearly 18 months. During that time, we have attracted a certain amount of attention on the Internet and our total numbers of page visitors approaches a few thousand. From that few thousand viewers we have received several dozen queries and tips, which have led us further into our story.
Ken and I always expected to get most of our viewers from the United States and Canada. After all, the Mafia-linked murders of which we are writing took place in Canada and, during the time they occurred, many of the criminal organizations that were thought to be responsible had their centres of influence in the United States. So when our statistics began to show that nearly 90% of visitors to our site were from Canada and the USA, we were not surprised.
What has been surprising are the rather significant numbers of visitors from other countries in Western Europe (Germany, France and the United Kingdom), Eastern Europe (Poland, Russia, Romania and Ukraine), Asia (Taiwan) and even Oceania (Australia). Several hundred of our regular visitors come from these four geographic areas. This particular blog is addressed to them: we would like to know what led you to our website, what you find interesting (or not) about it, and if there is anything you would like to know about the MacLauchlan Murders that Ken and I have not mentioned. Feel free to drop us an email. Our contact information is listed on our home page.