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    Just learned of the passing of Richard Whittington-Egan, crime writer for 61 years. SPE informed the Facebook Forums group two hours ago.

    Mr. Egan was born in Liverpool on October 22nd, 1924.

    More to come.....

    List of his works ( from Wikipedia) :

    Selected publications[edit]
    Liverpool Colonnade, Philip, Son & Nephew 1955, reissue by E.J. Morten 1976.
    Liverpool Roundabout, Philip, Son & Nephew 1957, reissue by E.J. Morten 1976.
    The Quest of the Golden Boy, Unicorn Press 1960.
    Liverpool Soundings, Gallery Press 1969.
    Liverpool: This is my City, Gallery Press 1972.
    The Ordeal of Philip Yale Drew, Harrap 1972, paperback reissue by Penguin in 1989.
    The Riddle of Birdhurst Rise, Harrap 1975, paperback reissue by Penguin 1989.
    A Casebook on Jack the Ripper, Wildy & Sons 1975.
    Weekend Book of Ghosts, Associated Newspapers 1975.
    Weekend Second Book of Ghosts, Associated Newspapers 1978.
    Weekend Book of Ghosts and Horror, Associated Newspapers 1981.
    Weekend Book of Ghosts and Horror No. 2, Associated Newspapers 1982.
    Weekend Book of Ghosts No. 5, Associated Newspapers 1985.
    Tales of Liverpool [Liverpool Dossier], Gallery Press 1985.
    Liverpool Characters & Eccentrics [Liverpool Dossier], Gallery Press 1985.
    Liverpool Oddities [Liverpool Dossier], Gallery Press 1986.
    Liverpool Ghosts and Ghouls [Liverpool Dossier], Gallery Press 1986.
    Liverpool Log Book [Liverpool Dossier], Gallery Press 1987.
    The Great Liverpool Blitz [Liverpool Dossier], Gallery Press 1987.
    William Roughead's Chronicles of Murder, Lochar Publishing 1991.
    The Oscar Slater Murder Story, Neil Wilson Publishing 2001.
    Liverpool Echoes, Bluecoat Press 2002.
    Liverpool Shadows, Bluecoat Press 2002.
    The Great British Torso Mystery, Bluecoat Press 2002.
    Speaking Volumes, (2004)[1]
    Stephen Phillips: a Biography, Rivendale Press 2006.
    Murder Files, Magpie Books 2006.
    Liverpool Murders, Bluecoat Press 2009.
    The Devil in Bootle: A Life of Teresa Helena Higginson, Bluecoat Press 2010.
    Talking of Books, (2011)[2]
    Lionel Johnson: Victorian Dark Angel, (2012)[3]
    Theophile Marzials: Poet in a Gallery of Pigeons, (2013)[4]
    Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Casebook, Amberley Publishing 2013, paperback reissue 2015.
    The Natural History Man: The Life of the Reverend J.G. Wood, (2014)[5]
    Mr Atherstone leaves the Stage, Amberley Publishing 2015.
    Tales from the Dead-House, Amberley Publishing 2016.
    Liverpool Landfall, Bluecoat Press 2016.
    The Master Ghost Hunter: A Life of Elliott O'Donnell, Mango Books 2016.
    Edited, with his wife Molly Whittington-Egan, a lawyer:-
    The Story of Mr. George Edalji, Grey House Books 1985.
    ...and collaborated with her on:-
    The Bedside Book of Murder, David & Charles 1988.
    The Murder Almanac, Neil Wilson Publishing 1992.
    Murder on File, Neil Wilson Publishing 2005.
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    Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
    Just learned of the passing of Richard Whittington-Egan, crime writer for 61 years. SPE informed the Facebook Forums group two hours ago.

    Mr. Egan was born in Liverpool on October 22nd, 1924.

    More to come.....

    List of his works ( from Wikipedia) :

    Selected publications[edit]
    Liverpool Colonnade, Philip, Son & Nephew 1955, reissue by E.J. Morten 1976.
    Liverpool Roundabout, Philip, Son & Nephew 1957, reissue by E.J. Morten 1976.
    The Quest of the Golden Boy, Unicorn Press 1960.
    Liverpool Soundings, Gallery Press 1969.
    Liverpool: This is my City, Gallery Press 1972.
    The Ordeal of Philip Yale Drew, Harrap 1972, paperback reissue by Penguin in 1989.
    The Riddle of Birdhurst Rise, Harrap 1975, paperback reissue by Penguin 1989.
    A Casebook on Jack the Ripper, Wildy & Sons 1975.
    Weekend Book of Ghosts, Associated Newspapers 1975.
    Weekend Second Book of Ghosts, Associated Newspapers 1978.
    Weekend Book of Ghosts and Horror, Associated Newspapers 1981.
    Weekend Book of Ghosts and Horror No. 2, Associated Newspapers 1982.
    Weekend Book of Ghosts No. 5, Associated Newspapers 1985.
    Tales of Liverpool [Liverpool Dossier], Gallery Press 1985.
    Liverpool Characters & Eccentrics [Liverpool Dossier], Gallery Press 1985.
    Liverpool Oddities [Liverpool Dossier], Gallery Press 1986.
    Liverpool Ghosts and Ghouls [Liverpool Dossier], Gallery Press 1986.
    Liverpool Log Book [Liverpool Dossier], Gallery Press 1987.
    The Great Liverpool Blitz [Liverpool Dossier], Gallery Press 1987.
    William Roughead's Chronicles of Murder, Lochar Publishing 1991.
    The Oscar Slater Murder Story, Neil Wilson Publishing 2001.
    Liverpool Echoes, Bluecoat Press 2002.
    Liverpool Shadows, Bluecoat Press 2002.
    The Great British Torso Mystery, Bluecoat Press 2002.
    Speaking Volumes, (2004)[1]
    Stephen Phillips: a Biography, Rivendale Press 2006.
    Murder Files, Magpie Books 2006.
    Liverpool Murders, Bluecoat Press 2009.
    The Devil in Bootle: A Life of Teresa Helena Higginson, Bluecoat Press 2010.
    Talking of Books, (2011)[2]
    Lionel Johnson: Victorian Dark Angel, (2012)[3]
    Theophile Marzials: Poet in a Gallery of Pigeons, (2013)[4]
    Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Casebook, Amberley Publishing 2013, paperback reissue 2015.
    The Natural History Man: The Life of the Reverend J.G. Wood, (2014)[5]
    Mr Atherstone leaves the Stage, Amberley Publishing 2015.
    Tales from the Dead-House, Amberley Publishing 2016.
    Liverpool Landfall, Bluecoat Press 2016.
    The Master Ghost Hunter: A Life of Elliott O'Donnell, Mango Books 2016.
    Edited, with his wife Molly Whittington-Egan, a lawyer:-
    The Story of Mr. George Edalji, Grey House Books 1985.
    ...and collaborated with her on:-
    The Bedside Book of Murder, David & Charles 1988.
    The Murder Almanac, Neil Wilson Publishing 1992.
    Murder on File, Neil Wilson Publishing 2005.
    Very sorry to hear the sad news! A loss indeed.

    Best regards

    Chris
    Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
    https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

    Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
    Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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    • #3
      Hi How,

      Richard was perhaps the last of the "old school" criminologists. He'll be sorely missed. Writers of his calibre are rare.

      Since my teens I've enjoyed reading many of his books, and not just his books on crime. The Quest of the Golden Boy, 1960, is my personal favourite.

      Regards,

      Sean.

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      • #4
        A long and productive life.

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        • #5
          Boston Traveler
          Boston, Massachusetts
          December 26, 1962
          Book Section
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          • #6
            Sad news indeed.

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            • #7
              An early article in The Times written by Mr. Egan....on Liverpool

              The Times
              February 10, 1958
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              • #8
                One from 1969 on Liverpool and Merseyside......

                The Times
                June 12, 1969
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                • #9
                  Mr. Egan, circa 1969.......

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                  • #10
                    A career which sandwiched 13 U.K. Prime Ministers......

                    His first in 1955 :




                    ....and the final work in 2016

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                    • #11
                      Yes, very sad to see the end of the great RWE, but he had been ill for a few months and in hospital with heart trouble for two weeks. His brain was in good working order until the end, and his memory was quite extraordinary - he could describe a book he had seen fifty years earlier. RWE's best crime books were probably Philip Yale Drew, Birdhurst Rise and the Torso Mystery. Some of his later privately published books may well become scarce, particularly those dealing with obscure literary types. Although an enemy of the Computer Age, he wrote his later books on a Mac, used email regularly, and was conversant with the use of CDs and memory sticks. I wrote his Wikipedia entry and bibliography (see #1) and I also sourced the illustrations for his O'Donnell book. The cover was adapted from that of O'Donnell's 'Some Haunted Houses' (1908) in my collection.
                      Last edited by Jan Bondeson; September 15, 2016, 12:24 PM. Reason: misspelling

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                      • #12
                        Hi all

                        Here is greetings from the late Richard Whittington-Egan to the first U.S. Jack the Ripper Convention held in Park Ridge, New Jersey, in April 2000, and published in that month's convention issue of Ripper Notes.

                        Earlier, in 1994, I wrote to Mr. Whittington-Egan about the Maybrick Diary. Actually I privately thought he himself would make a good suspect for having forged the diary, as a writer who was from Liverpool and who knew about both the Maybrick Case and the Ripper Case. I thought it could have been done as a joke perhaps and not to make money. In any case, RWE wrote back to me a short note in that tiny handwriting of his in May 1994 saying that he did not believe Maybrick was the Ripper and ended the note by indicating that he thought the only connection might be that "James Maybrick" is an anagram for "I Am Barmy Jack!" I recently sold the letter to a dealer in books and ephemera along with a copy of his excellent book, The Ordeal of Philip Yale Drew.

                        Best regards

                        Chris



                        Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
                        https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

                        Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
                        Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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                        • #13
                          Very cool post, CG.....

                          How about RWE going to Whitechapel at the age of 11 !!!
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