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

Kat’s not trying to convince anyone that she’s found the answer to this Vancouver murder mystery, just that there could be another theory. The only way to prove her theory would be to exhume Molly’s remains and test her DNA against those of the boys. – Eve Lazarus, journalist, author [1]

This more than analysis. It’s a redemption. An ode to mothers and impossible decisions. There’s so much desperation in the story. Molly’s. Yours. Clocks literally ticking as time runs out for the truth. – Matthew Roy

It’s an unusual approach to take on a long-gone case, and a wise and caring piece of detective work. I think the result is a surprising and yet appropriate perspective.James F. Anderson

Very interesting. I admire Kat’s bold, & eerily effective illustrations. – Charles Keillor, artist

I always felt this crime was a part of me… I get tears in my eyes and my whole being seems to open up.  I knew this crime had affected me personally, however not like this.  I feel so grateful for sharing in the making of this book as (my little girl in me) seems to be able to express feelings that have been hidden for over 55 years… I am now 59 and this book is personal therapy for me! – Joanne Harks [Kickstarter backer], 2011

Looking into the genre of graphic novel, I often find myself questioning “how plausible is this scenario in real life?” Although in stories such as Swallow Me Whole we often see elements of realism, it is all too often that many of the plot lines are eventually warped by some fantasy by the end… All fiction must be based in some kind of truth, and so I decided to investigate areas where nonfiction has prevailed as the basis for a graphic novel.   My investigation, oddly enough, led me right into a murder mystery from 1953. The mystery involved two young boys who were murdered in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, but the investigation quickly became a cold case after a lack of DNA evidence led to several dead ends… It is in fact… been referred to as the worst murder mystery in the history of Vancouver.  Now as interesting as the story is, for the purposes of my research I was more intrigued as to how this story was portrayed in the media. After over 50 years had passed since the case occurred, I found much information on novels written about the case and other media representations. However, what truly struck my interest was that the story was on the path to be retold in the version of a graphic novel.  Katarina Thorsen set out on a [Kickstarter] project in 2011, which I came across on the internet, in order to gather enough backing and support to retell a somewhat fictional version of the events of Stanley Park. MOLLY, the final product, was set to become an “experimental graphic novel” that basically used history as an inspiration to tell a fictional tale of the death of these two boys. Needless to say, what I found so interesting about this project is that it finally seemed to satisfy all of the questions I had been wondering. Where is the place for historical fiction, or even nonfiction altogether, in the genre of the graphic novel? Although as I continued searching I could not actually find the final product of this novel (please let me know if you do!) I still have a restoration of my faith in the possibilities for the future of the graphic novel. As many people know, the genre is often dismissed as fantastical, solely concerning superheroes, or even downright silly and only meant for kids.  However, a story based on a 50-year mystery regarding the death of two children does not seem so juvenile to me. –  Sam Partonen, April 2013 [Molly: Murder in the Nonfiction Graphic Novel]

The music you pick for this work every week is always perfect! I begin every Sunday by pouring myself a coffee, putting on my headphones so that I can be completely immersed in Molly, turning on the fireplace, and being swept away. How I enjoy my Sunday morning readings!Terry Cowan, Patreon patron

[1] Retrieved from http://evelazarus.com/who-were-the-babes-in-the-woods-part-2/ January 19, 2016


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Readers of this publication agree that Katarina Thorsen will not be held responsible or liable for damages that may be alleged or resulting directly or indirectly from the reading of this publication.

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