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Category: True Crime
The Ordeal of Philip Yale Drew: A Real Life Murder Melodrama in Three Acts by Richard Whittington-Egan
London, Toronto, Wellington & Sydney: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1972
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Red boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps ; Plans;
From the cover: The story of how a popular actor suddenly found himself the number one suspect in the murder of a Reading tobacconist is both criminologically important and humanly fascinating. Important because the inquest took such a form that the resulting public outcry led to Parliamentary action against the growing and legally unsatisfactory process of trial by Coroner. Fascinating because it is a story of triumph and suffering swaddled in the richly nostalgic atmosphere of the old theatre.
The verdict was greeted by scenes of wild rejoicing. Thousands of people lined Drews route from the coroners court to his hotel, cheering, weeping and showering flowers on their hero of the moment. But that October day in 1929 was the beginning of the end for the actor. From then on his fortunes went steadily downwards until, before his death alone and destitute he was reduced to settling newspapers outside those very theatres where he had once starred.
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