Playwright and author John MacLachlan Gray.
White Angel is the story of the murder of a Scottish nanny in a Shaughnessy mansion. It is a story of lies, orgies, alcohol, drug abuse and police corruption.It is centred around the murder by gunshot of Janet Stewart and subsequent ham-handed police investigation and cover-up.As author and playwright John MacLachlan Gray points out, “The city was buzzing with rumours” and the story spun out of control as the powerful United Council of Scottish Societies demanded an inquiry.The murder victim’s fellow nannies accused the Chinese houseboy of the murder and the newly established Ku Klux Klan, which took up residency in Shaughnessy, picked up the cause, abducting the poor young man and attempting to beat a confession out of him. The poor houseboy escaped from the KKK, only to be arrested by the police who promptly charge him with murder.It is a case that is beautifully told by Gray, one of Vancouver’s most colourful writers.We invited Gray to join us for a Conversation That Matters about how the cold case of the Scottish nanny epitomizes Vancouver in its 1924 opium-hazed, smoke-choked and rain soaked uglier days.Conversations That Matter is a partner program for the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. The production of this program is made possible thanks to the support of the following and viewers like you. Please become a Patreon subscriber and support the production of this program, with a $1 pledge here goo.gl/ypXyDs