The far-ranging officers of the BC Provincial Police covered an area larger than California, Oregon, and Washington combined. In Yukon, a force of nineteen Mounties were charged with upholding the law across all of Arctic Canada. Set in frontier towns and rural communities from Vancouver Island to the Rocky Mountains to Herschel Island, Yukon, the stories in this collection reveal the real-life hardships and triumphs of policing through the boom and bust years of the early twentieth century.
About the Author
Art Downs (1924–96) was a writer, editor, historian, and pioneer of BC book and magazine publishing. Born in England, he moved to Saskatchewan as a young child and later settled in Quesnel, BC. He became owner of the Cariboo Digest, which evolved into BC Outdoors, a successful magazine about BC history, wildlife, and conservation. In 1979, Art and his wife, Doris, established Heritage House Publishing. He died in Surrey, BC, in 1996.
Table of Contents
Publisher's Note 6
Chapter 1 Henry Wagner, Merciless Killer 11
Chapter 2 My Friend, the Hangman 27
Chapter 3 Shoot-Out at New Hazelton 36
Chapter 4 Death Duel in the Crowsnest Pass 50
Chapter 5 Murder in the Arctic 67
Chapter 6 Mad Trapper of Rat River 83
Chapter 7 Horror on the Canford Reserve 106
Chapter 8 Vancouver's Hyslop Gang 123
Selected Bibliography 137
List of Authors 138