Charlie Ryan & Mitch Evans
“Murder On Staunton Road is an exciting read about the heinous murder of the owner of The Charleston Daily Mail—an unsolved case of more than 60 years—and the possible cover-up by authorities.”
Based on a 1953 crime in Charleston, “Murder on Staunton Road” will be the next book to be read and discussed in the Charleston Reads citywide virtual book club initiative. Book club members will discuss the book written by Charlie Ryan and Mitch Evans virtually, starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. Following the online discussion, a question-and-answer session
This new information is as fascinating as the book. Keep digging! —Carter Taylor Seaton Let’s see what else turns up! —Richard Norcross Charlie you and Mitch make true journalists everywhere proud. The Flying A (the late WVU Journalism professor Paul Atkins) is smiling down on you. —Tony Hylton I still believe there is more to the story
THE TRUE CRIME COLD CASE HAS YET TO BE SOLVED.
Meet the Authors
Charlie Ryan’s writing career began in 1962 and spanned eighteen years of reporting in radio, television, wire service, and newspaper venues. His focus on politics brought him into contact with prominent names of the sixties and seventies where he interviewed such notables as Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hubert Humphrey, Robert Kennedy, Sargent Shriver, John Connally, George Wallace, and Jimmy Hoffa. Charlie was voted into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
In 1974 Charlie founded Charles Ryan Associates, an integrated marketing firm with services of public relations, advertising and social media, in West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, D.C. His advertising and public relations career spanned 33 years and created four business entities. He sold those firms in 2007 and became the Founding Dean of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Charleston. He retired from the University in 2009 and returned to his writing career.
His books include Dead Men’s Clubs—A Story of Golf, Death and Redemption, the fictional account of a high handicap golfer from Hilton Head Island who suddenly begins to play like a champ when he buys used golf clubs; The Pullman Hilton—A Christmas Mystery for young adults; My Life with Charles Fraser, a history of the men and women who worked with Charles Fraser as he dreamed of and developed Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; Deceit, Disappearance & Death— written with co-author Pamela Martin Ovens—the story of the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Hilton Head entrepreneurs John and Elizabeth Calvert and the death of their accountant, Dennis Gerwing; and Alacrity, a memoir—75 years of recollections that recount Charlie’s early years, broadcast career, agency ownership, academic role, and writing career.
Charlie is a native of Keyser, West Virginia and a graduate of Potomac State College and West Virginia University. He and his wife Becky live in South Carolina—they have three daughters, four grandchildren and one completely spoiled Maltese.
Charles M. “Mitch” Evans, CFP®, CFS®, CRPC® is a native of Clarksburg, West Virginia. He is a 1979 graduate of Clarksburg Washington Irving High School, and a 1983 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan (BA, Sociology) where he studied Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Religion, and Business Administration.
While always maintaining a keen eye toward the study of history and criminology, he followed his entrepreneurial and pastoral instincts and began his career in 1983 as a third generation financial planner practitioner in Charleston, WV (Certified Financial PlannerTM 11/22/1993) with IDS Financial Services Inc. and it successors (American Express Financial Advisors Inc. and Ameriprise Financial, Inc.) where he celebrated his 35th anniversary on October 12, 2018.
Mitch is one of six members of his family to serve in a financial planner capacity which accounts for over 192 years in collective experience.
Mitch splits time between his beloved West Virginia and his home on Hilton Head Island.
In Murder on Staunton Road, Mitch returns to his interest in History, Sociology, and Criminology. A review of the information surrounding the sale of The Charleston Daily Mail’s web domain name to the Daily Mail (UK) drew him into further study of the history of The Charleston Daily Mail, thus his engagement in this project.
Whether in West Virginia or on Hilton Head Island, you will find Mitch with his wife, Ann, as well as their two “West Virginia Brown Dogs” – “Sasha” and “Winston”.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Murder On Staunton Road is a fast paced narrative of a sensational unsolved homicide that captured the attention of the nation in 1953.
On the night of August 21, in the haute monde neighborhood of South Hills in Charleston, West Virginia, Juliet Staunton Clark was savagely beaten to death. She was the owner of The Charleston Daily Mail, the capital city’s prosperous afternoon newspaper. Her murder set off a flurry of investigation under the direct supervision of Charleston’s flamboyant Mayor “Jumpin” John Copenhaver.
Accusations flew as the investigation swept through the city. Many charged then, and some repeat the charge today, that there was manipulation to protect prominent Charlestonians who were being questioned as possible persons of interest in the Clark murder. The Charleston Daily Mail, The Charleston Gazette, and newspapers throughout the country reported every detail of the fascinating story of the brutal beating of the esteemed socialite. Nationally prominent investigators traveled to the “Rose City” to apply the newest forensic physiological test to probe criminal suspects—the polygraph machine, known as the “Lie Detector”.
The tale of sadistic murder follows the pioneer Staunton family roots from Nottingham, England to the banks of the Kanawha River in southern West Virginia. There, family members recall that fateful night of August 21, 1953, when a wave of blood flowed freely across a green carpet rug in a living room on Staunton Road.