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Molly- a true crime analysis is based on extensive research, interviews and published accounts. I use mainly primary and secondary sources in order to build the story. I have attempted to stick to the facts in the text and avoid assumptions, yet draw conclusions from the circumstantial evidence. Visual scenes have been created for the purposes of dramatization.  This is a work of creative non-fiction inspired by true facts, physical evidence and historical research. In the end, this is my artistic interpretation and nothing more than that.  – Katarina Thorsen

About the work

Artist and criminal profiling student, Katarina Thorsen, embroiders together two Vancouver stories into converging timelines, suggesting a potential resolution to the infamous cold case, the Babes in the Wood.

Vancouver’s ultimate cold case… – Eve Lazarus, author of Cold Case Vancouver: the city’s most baffling unsolved murders

The work is presented as an experimental inverted detective story*.  THIS WEEKLY SERIAL FORMAT serves as a means to workshop** the graphic novel.


And since I owe her a great deal and am the only one who does know the entire story, I have undertaken to write this memoir. – James Ellroy

Katarina first immersed herself in the investigation in 2003 when she volunteered as a researcher with the Babes in the Wood Task Force.  She has remained dedicated to the case ever since.  The initial goal of Katarina’s research was to identify the children whose skeletal remains were found in Stanley Park on January 15, 1953.

Katarina now presents a new angle to this historical Vancouver mystery through crime scene reconstruction, forensic taphonomy, historical archives, genealogical records, behavior evidence analysis, circumstantial connections and artistic interpretation. Using a combination of text, primary sources, illustrations and photographs, Katarina presents her research journey, equivocal findings and creative process to the reader.

Katarina Thorsen’s work Molly weaves empirical discovery and her own imagination. While many people know of the tragic deaths of the two children from the Babes in the Wood case, Thorsen introduces another tragic death in Vancouver history near the same time, that of a young woman named Molly, whose demise was a brief and lurid headline back in the day. It is a story about history and mystery, and how these two tragic stories intersect- or don’t- as the case may be. –  Pamela Post, journalist, 2015



About the author

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“Sarah, I think of you.” In memory of Sarah de Vries.  Donated to Coquitlam RCMP detachment, 2002

Katarina (Kat) Thorsenis an artist, craftivist and therapeutic art facilitator, passionate in her belief that art can heal and build connections.  Katarina received her Bachelor of Science (Cell Biology) from the University of British Columbia in 1984.  Her post-graduate studies include psychology, criminal profiling, special education and fine arts. Katarina now specializes in arts-based programming for at-risk youth and young offenders.  Her interactive art events and street art encourages participants to become part of the creative process.  Katarina’s own artwork can be found in private collections in North America and Europe.  She resides in Vancouver, Canada.

Katarina published her first book, Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges with Artin 2013.



Woman of Worth Award 2014: Humanitarian of the Year

City of North Vancouver 2010 Civic Youth Award: Outstanding Supporter of Youth.

*The analysis uses the inverted detective story approach.

An inverted detective story, also known as a “howcatchem”, is a murder mystery fiction structure in which the commission of the crime is shown or described at the beginning,  usually including the identity of the perpetrator.  The story then describes the detective’s attempt to solve the mystery.   There may also be subsidiary puzzles, such as why the crime was committed, but those are cleared up along the way.  This format is the opposite of the more typical “whodunit”, where all of the details of the perpetrator of the crime are not revealed until the story’s climax.  SOURCE

**Workshop production:  a form of theatrical performance, in which a play or musical is staged in a modest form which does not include some aspects of a full production. For example, costumes, sets and musical accompaniment may be excluded, or may be included in a simpler form.One common purpose of a workshop production is to provide a preview staging of a new work in order to gauge audience and critical reaction. Following which, some parts of the work may be adjusted or rewritten before the work’s official premiere. – SOURCE

© Katarina Thorsen 2019