John Burchill

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John Burchill
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Police officer, historian.

He has BA in Criminal Justice from Athabasca University (2004), a law degree (Juris Doctor) from the University of Manitoba (2010), and a Masters in Law from York University (2015). He joined the Winnipeg Police Museum and Historical Society Inc. in 1989 and is currently the Vice-President. He has written a number of articles on policing and law enforcement that have appeared in trade publications, law journals, online, and in several books. A member of the Winnipeg Police Service from 1987 to 2012, he has rejoined the Service and is presently Chief of Staff.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Dick Tracy Gets Smacked Down: Crime Comics in Manitoba
Manitoba History, Number 77, Winter 2015

Louis Frasse de Plainval: Manitoba’s Dramatic Police Chief
Prairie History, Number 2, Summer 2020

From Crime Scenes to Beauty Queens: The Photographic Legacy of Frank Royal
Prairie History, Number 4, Winter 2021

Wai Hai Lee: Winnipeg’s First Chinese Detective, 1910-1915
Prairie History, Number 7, Winter 2022

The “Gorilla Man Strangler”: Serial Killer Earle Nelson
Prairie History, Number 9, Fall 2022

Page revised: 14 April 2023