Mr Atherstone Leaves the Stage: A Twisting and Tragic Tale of Love, Jealousy and Violence in the Age of Vaudeville


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This is the first book to tell the story of the Sherlockian mystery that is the classic London Battersea Flat Murder. On a beautiful July evening in 1910, Thomas Weldon Atherstone, at forty-seven a handsome and popular actor, was found dying on the ground at the foot of an iron staircase running down the back of a mansion block hard by Battersea Park, in south London. He had been shot. Some 104 years later, who shot him and why he was killed remains a total mystery. This book, the product of deep and wide-ranging pioneer research, provides a complete revelation of the actor's life story; his birth in the outskirts of Liverpool; the twenty-six-year cavalcade of his theatrical career; his marriage and its breakup; and his mistress, Elizabeth Earle, about whom the tragedy undoubtedly centres. Earlier on the July evening of his death, Atherstone had gone to the Battersea mansions, where Elizabeth Earle occupied a flat on the first floor. The tenant of the top-floor flat was away. The ground-floor flat was vacant, and Atherstone had managed to get into it.
There, lurking in the darkness, wearing carpet slippers, his outdoor boots wrapped up in a brown paper-and-string parcel and stowed away on the mantelpiece, he was crouched, waiting and watching. What for? In all probability for the stealthy advent of his imagined rival, the jealousy-constructed, phantasmic, secret lover of Elizabeth Earle. But just what happened next, and how did it come about? Richard Whittington-Egan tells the tale, and explains the theories.


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Richard Whittington-Egan spent thirty years as a journalist with Associated Newspapers (Daily Mail) and is a well-respected true-crime writer. His previous books include Tales of Liverpool Murder, Mayhem and Mystery, The Bedside Book of Murder, The Great British Torso Mystery and Murder Files. He has also acted as reader and adviser on crime books to Little, Brown, and Penguin Books, and as a reviewer for The Times, the New York Times, and the London Evening Standard among others. He lives in Great Malvern.

General Fields

  • : 9781445645445
  • : Amberley Publishing
  • : Amberley Publishing
  • : December 2015
  • : 198mm X 124mm X 14mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 364.1523
  • : 224
  • : HB
  • : 36