Bernard Durning grew up in Highbridge, the Bronx, and Larcmont, New York. He studied history at the University of New Mexico with Professot Ferenc M. Szasz. He studied oil painting with the artist, David "Redtruck" Yeaman, of Martinsville, Virginia. His "Guru De Vino" was Nasareno Montoya of Corralles, New Mexico, a Korean War hero. He is the cinematographer for Twinkle Schascle Yochim, the singer from Sarasota, Florida. His rock videos of Twinkle can be seen on You Tube under Pointbarney007. His art website is BernardDurning.Com.He is currently writing a book on his great uncle, Bernard Durning, the silent movie star for whom "A STAR IS BORN" was based, and on his wife, the silent screen star, Shirley Mason. He has also been an excellent caregiver for hs mother, Vera M. Durning, in Florida for thirty years. He is the grandson of Harry M. Durning, the Collector of Customs for the Port of New York, 1933 to 1953. His brother is the New York artist, Daniel Durning.
HANNIGAN'S WAKE: MURDER IN MANHATTAN IN THE YEAR ONEby Bernard Durning
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This is a true story about "The Sister's Avenger" in New York City in 1895. Its dramatic events made headlines which astounded all New Yorkers. Women cheered the avenger in the street. It's climax is breathtaking. The "Alienist" of Jack The Ripper, the "Aesop" of the "Magical Monarch of Mo," and America's foremost female impersonator, all get into the act, as does Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt.
Combining historical accounts with the personal recollections of the author's great-grandmother, "Hannigan's Wake" reveals life in Manhattan like never before. Its eye-witness illustrations are cinematic and modern.
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