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It is with great sadness that we announce that Richard died on June 23rd 2011. He was at home in Oxford when his heart failed. A memorial service will be held in Oxford on Saturday 23rd July. For details, please contact
This site will continue to be available for the time being.


RICHARD WEBSTER was born in 1950 and studied English literature at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of A Brief History of Blasphemy: Liberalism, Censorship and 'The Satanic Verses', 1990; Why Freud Was Wrong: Sin, Science and Psychoanalysis, 1995; Freud (Great Philosophers), 2003; and The Great Children's Home Panic, 1998. His most recent book, The Secret of Bryn Estyn: The Making of a Modern Witch Hunt (2005), was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. He lives in Oxford.


A Portuguese Kincora? - Paulo Pedroso and Portugals' Paedophile Panic - Richard Webster 1 December 2003

States of Fear, The Redress Board and Ireland’s Folly, extract from "The Secret of Bryn Estyn" - 2005

The Christmas Spirit in Ireland, 24 December 2005

Flat Earth News and the Jersey Child Abuse Scandal (Part 1) - 4 April 2008

Hermann Kelly's 'Kathy's Real Story' and Jersey - 10 May 2008

Casa Pia: The Making of a Modern European Witch Hunt by Richard Webster- 8 December 2010

Richard Webster - Obituary , The Guardian - 31 July 2011

In Memory of Richard Webster (Richard Webster and Ireland) - 14 August 2011

Richard Webster - Obituary, Daily Telegraph - 12 September 2011