Friday, 8 May 2015


Alert readers of this blog concerning the March 1966 double murder of Dr Robert Henry MacLauchlan and his wife Margaret Ann in New Westminster may remember that three months previously both had been arrested for trafficking in heroin. One of their associates, Thelma Mosier, was also picked up in the same raid (but in Burnaby) along with another one, Joe Sperling. Both Mosier and Sperling were Burnaby residents, and Mosier was variously described in press articles as either a waitress or an employee of an un-named Burnaby hotel or motel.
Seeking always to “connect the dots” between MacLauchlan’s group and the larger criminal organization that Ken and I know he must have been part of, we were pleased recently when Ken appeared to find a reference in a January 1966 issue of the Vancouver Sun newspaper to a pair of married street level heroin pushers who had been arrested in a police raid on a Kingsway motel. We have their names but, wanting to protect our information at this point in our research, let’s just say that they were not native to Vancouver but may have been from Eastern Canada via Alberta. 
Ken, being a retired police officer and thus aware of some of the intricacies of the narcotics trade during that era, is of the opinion that these two people were almost certainly linked to the MacLauchlan group. Remember, we have previously reported that Thelma Mosier was employed on occasion in motels and hotels along Kingsway.  During the era of the 1960s, Kingsway on some blocks was motel after motel after motel. In any case, we have sent an email off to our correspondent with the massive index of Canadian criminals to see if that person can find out if these two people have any “priors” or “after”, in terms of drug charges.
We invite our readers to offer their suggestions as to the least savory hostelries along Kingsway during the decade of the 1960s. Just go to our home page, check out the contact information and send us an email or a snail mail -- whatever suits you best. We always honour requests for confidentiality.
(Pictured below is one of the classier 1960s accomodations along Kingsway -- the Kingsway Motor Hotel.)

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