William Henry Irwin
(Oneida, New York: September 14th, 1873 - February 24th, 1948)
Will Irwin was an American journalist and writer. Starting in 1901, he was a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and a few years later for The New York Sun. His biggest story and the feat that made him a professional writer was his absentee coverage for The New York Sun of the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906. After that, he wrote investigative stories on the movement for Prohibition and a study of fake spiritual mediums. Irwin was a skeptic of paranormal phenomena. In 1907-1908, for the Colliers Weekly, he published four installments of "The Medium Game: Behind the Scenes with Spiritualism" to uncover fraud and trickery associated with spiritualism.