Brian Epstein | Unknown photographer | 14418
Epstein, a brand new play about one of the world’s most successful music entrepreneurs, premiered in Liverpool.
It is 50 years since The Beatles came together and the play was the first major production at the new Epstein Theatre. Brian Epstein, born in 1934, was best known as a music entrepreneur and legendary manager of The Beatles and was the person responsible for their rise to mega-stardom all over the world. Epstein’s life was crammed with success and controversy; he was an intelligent man whose prescience, taste, vision and passion left a lifelong impact on the world. Brian Epstein died of a sleeping pill overdose in August 1967, aged 32.
Colin Ireland | Pink News | 14419
Colin Ireland (pictured), a serial killer who murdered five gay men in the early 1990s and was sentenced to whole life imprisonment in 1993, has died of natural causes in prison, aged 57. Ireland became a serial killer of gay men at the start of 1993 and picked men up in the Coleherne Pub in Earls Court, London. His victims were Peter Walker, Christopher Dunn, Perry Bradley III, Andrew Collier and Emanuel Spiteri. He also killed Andrew Collier’s pet cat.
Pink News reminds us that the police investigation was “hampered by a lack of knowledge of the gay scene in London and the special culture of SM bondage… Valuable time was lost before the police managed to recognise two common threads to the crimes. These links were established only after the death of the fourth victim.”
David Norris | Kim Haughton | 14420
Irish Senator David Norris is in dispute with a former key campaign adviser over an outstanding debt related to his failed bid to become Ireland’s first gay President. Mr Norris is being sued by PR expert Paul Allen over the non-payment of more than €30,000. Mr Norris retained Mr Allen’s firm, Paul Allen and Associates Public Relations, to act as his public relations director during the presidential campaign. Two payments totalling €61,710 were made to Mr Allen’s firm. A further amount of €30,008 is now in dispute between the parties.
Under the Irish electoral system only candidates who achieve a minimum level of support from the electorate are allowed to claim back electoral expenses and unfortunately Mr Norris failed to reach the threshold.
For much of the early campaign, Mr Norris was the runaway favourite to win but his campaign was damaged when 1990s letters emerged in which he appealed for clemency for his former lover Ezra Nawi who was facing criminal charges in Israel for child abuse at the time. Mr Norris initially withdrew from the race but later re-entered, only to finish in fifth position with just 6.9 per cent of first-preference votes.
Mr Norris spent €331,974 during the campaign but only received €17,929 in donations from the public. As he failed to attract a minimum 12 per cent of first-preference votes, he didn’t qualify for a refund of up to €200,000 from the taxpayer and is now left carrying the weight of a sizeable debt. His ability to cope with the election debt had been in doubt even before polling day when he admitted that he had limited personal resources. “I don’t have great savings, I have spent myself already almost to the limit. I am going into my overdraft,” he said during an election debate.