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Belcher Hugh

This file contains copies of correspondence written by Pearcy Hugh Belcher, the coroner for Grande Prairie, listing monetary costs associated with an Inquest; a copy of correspondence from Belcher justifying his request for reimbursement for attending the murder scene on July 25, 1918; a copy of account fees of the coroner, witnesses, and jury for the Inquest held for the Snyder murders; and the sworn oath of Marjorie Isobel Clarke.


This file contains a copy of an expenditure sheet from investigating the 1918 murders; copies of various crime reports that were written by Nicholson in August and December 1918; a copy of an Elock report; copies of newspaper articles; a copy of a letter with information about Frank Parzychowski; a copy of a report about blood stained money; copies of documents and letters about Nicholson detailing his years of service and resignation; a copy of Nicholson’s theory for Dan Lough being the murderer; a copy of F.A. Baxter’s statement; and other information about Nicholson.

Elock’s Reports

File includes copies of reports completed by William Elock during his time working undercover for Nicholson. They recount both his actions, and what he saw and heard while undercover.

Crime Reports

This file contains copies of correspondence regarding Frank Parzychowski’s estate; a copy of a crime report from August 6, 1918; a copy of a crime report from August 15, 1918; and a copy of a crime report from September 15, 1918.


This file contains incoming and outgoing correspondence for Wally Tansem related to his research into the 1918 murders. Correspondence is to several different archives and historical societies asking for information, descendants of people involved in the case (Snyder, Lough), and a graphologist. Along with email correspondence with a graphologist, there are handwriting analyses for Daniel, Harry, Richard, and Joseph done by Darlene Dawe. Their last names are not included in the analyses. This file also contains a copy of a birth certificate for John and Nellie Lanham.

[Descendants Research]

This file contains correspondence written by Wally to possible descendants of Daniel Lough; a copy of the birth certificate of John and Nellie Lanham; information on how to perform genealogical research at several different archives; Sean Lanham's biography that was taken from his personal website; and several different lists of people with the same last name. One list was for Lanham, one for Barnes, and one for Nicholson.

Birth + Death Certificates

This file contains a verbatim record of death for Anne Jane Lough and Walter Ernest Lough; a copy of the Alien Registration Card for Joe Harlen Lough; a copy of a birth certificate of Jane Elizabeth Lough; a copy of the death certificate of David Keating; and copies of the birth certificates of Joseph and Charles Lough. File also includes a copy of a page from the Register of Deaths that list all of the 1918 murders.


This file contains copies of various documents including Land Patents, Inquisition forms, sworn statements, Patent applications, correspondence, Land Grants, and Applications for Homesteading. All of these documents contain the signatures of people associated with the 1918 murder investigations and trials.


This file contains a map called "Springs and Flowing Shot Holes, Peace River District, Alberta" which has hi-lighted sections. It also contains several township grid maps of Township 72, Range 6, West of 6th Meridian filled in by hand with owners names.

Newspaper Clippings

This file contains copies of newspaper articles that relate to the 1918 murders. File also contains a Warrant to Summon Jury dated June 24, 1918.

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