Details are Unprintable: Wayne Lonergan and the Sensational Cafe Society Murder

Sep. 12 2020
Allan Levine
New Publication

McNally Robinson Booksellers Allan Levine Online Book Launch

Wednesday Oct 07 2020 7:00 pm, Virtual, Online Book Launch

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Details Are Unprintable: Wayne Lonergan and the Sensational Café Society Murder (Lyons Press), featuring a conversation hosted by Terry MacLeod.

Event registration and livestreaming information to follow.

In the early hours of October 24, 1943, 22-year-old Patricia Burton Lonergan from a wealthy New York family was murdered at her residence on in the upscale Manhattan neighbourhood of Turtle Bay-Beekman Place. Her estranged husband, Wayne Lonergan, a 26-year-old Canadian from Toronto was charged with the crime. He was ultimately convicted in a sensational trial that for a time pushed the Second World War off the front pages of New York City’s newspapers.

Details are Unprintable traces the story of Patricia and Wayne’s turbulent lives—a story that is set against New York City’s ostentatious café society night club culture and examines the era’s intolerant and fear-mongering attitudes about homosexuality, which contributed to the harsh portrayal of Lonergan in the press.