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Ludovic Kennedy

Ludovic Kennedy

(1919 – 2009)

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Ludovic Kennedy

Ludovic Kennedy
(1919 – 2009)

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Ludovic Kennedy

(1919 – 2009)
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This online obituary is to honour the life of Sir Ludovic Kennedy. Ludovic Kennedy was a British journalist, broadcaster, and author best known for re-examining cases such as the Lindbergh kidnapping, the murder convictions of Timothy Evans and Derek Bentley, and for his role in the abolition of the death penalty in the United Kingdom. Ludovic Kennedy was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of a career Royal Navy officer, Edward Coverley Kennedy, and his wife, Rosalind Grant, daughter of Sir Ludovic Grant, 11th Baronet. His mother Rosalind was a cousin of the Conservative politician Robert Boothby, later Lord Boothby. He was schooled at Eton College (where he played in a jazz band with Humphrey Lyttelton), and
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was set for university when the Second World War broke out. Ludovic Kennedy followed his father into the navy; he served as an officer on destroyers, mostly in the same northern seas. His ship (HMS Tartar) was one of those that pursued the battleship Bismarck following the Battle of the Denmark Strait although he did not witness her sinking because Tartar went to refuel some hours before the end. Kennedy later wrote about this in his chronicle of the chase and sinking of the Bismark Pursuit. He had three younger sisters, Morar, Edna and Katherine. Morar married the playwright Royce Ryton in 1954. Katherine married Major Ion Calvocoressi in 1947. After the war he attended Christ Church, Oxford, and began a career
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as a journalist. He wrote several books that question convictions in a number of notable cases in British criminal history. Among these, Ten Rillington Place examined the conviction of Timothy Evans, who was executed for the murder of his baby daughter. Ludovic Kennedy contended that Evans was innocent, and that the crimes had been committed by the serial killer John Christie. Evans was posthumously pardoned, and the scandal helped in the abolition of the death penalty in the UK. Kennedy's book was filmed in 1970: Richard Fleischer's film 10 Rillington Place starred John Hurt as Evans and Richard Attenborough as Christie. In February 1950 he married the dancer and actress Moira Shearer in the Chapel Royal, Hampton
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Court Palace. The couple went on to have one son and three daughters from a 56-year marriage that ended with her death on 31 January 2006 at the age of 80. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Strathclyde in 1985. He was knighted in 1994 for services to journalism, on the recommendation of John Major's government. Major's predecessor Margaret Thatcher had vetoed Kennedy's knighthood. Ludovic Kennedy passed away of pneumonia in a nursing home in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 18 October 2009. This memorial is to honour his life and his achievements.
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Ludovic Kennedy

This online obituary is to honour the life of Sir Ludovic Kennedy. Ludovic Kennedy was a British journalist, broadcaster, and author best known for re-examining cases such as the Lindbergh kidnapping, the murder convictions of Timothy Evans and Derek Bentley, and for his role in the abolition of the death penalty in the United Kingdom. Ludovic Kennedy was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of a career Royal Navy officer, Edward Coverley Kennedy, and his wife, Rosalind Grant, daughter of Sir Ludovic Grant, 11th Baronet. His mother Rosalind was a cousin of the Conservative politician Robert Boothby, later Lord Boothby. He was schooled at Eton College (where he played in a jazz band with Humphrey Lyttelton), and...

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