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Kieran Crowley dies; longtime New York Post reporter was 66

Longtime New York Post reporter Kieran Crowley, 66,

Longtime New York Post reporter Kieran Crowley, 66, has died of leukemia. Credit: Riki Crowley

Kieran Crowley, a longtime New York Post reporter who spent his career covering Long Island, died Saturday night at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, relatives said.

He was 66 and died of leukemia, said Crowley’s literary agent.

Crowley, of Bellmore, worked for the Post for 36 years as part of the publication’s Long Island bureau and covered some of the most sensational cases in the region, including the Gilgo Beach killings, the Long Island Rail Road Massacre and the Ted Ammon murder.

Crowley retired from the Post in 2013 and was soon after inducted into the inaugural class of the Press Club of Long Island’s Hall of Fame.

In 2014, he was named Outstanding Long Island Journalist by the organization.

“He was a big personality and a great investigative reporter,” said Crowley’s wife, Riki. “He was the most loving man, and was so kind to everybody.”

She said the couple met as juniors in high school while starring together in a play.

After dating for many years, the pair married on July 11, 1980 and had one daughter, Ariel.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Crowley penned several true-crime and mystery-thriller novels, including “Sleep My Little Dead: The True Story of the Zodiac Killer” and “Almost Paradise: The East Hampton Murder of Ted Ammon.” He was a prolific writer, with the “rare ability to write fiction and nonfiction equally well,” said Jane Dystel, Crowley’s literary agent of 20 years.

His most recent book, “Hack,” was published last October and centers on a columnist at a New York tabloid who finds himself hot on the trail of a notorious serial killer.

“Shoot,” the sequel to “Hack,” is scheduled to be releasedOct. 4, by publisher Titan Books.

Crowley, remembered for his humor and intelligence, was “constantly coming up with ideas” for novels and books he wanted to write, his wife said.

“He would wake up in the middle of the night, and tell me that he had just dreamt up a novel. I’d see him at his desk in the morning, and he’d be typing away,” said Riki Crowley, who served as her husband’s editor.

The veteran journalist recently finished another novel, which his publicist said is planned to be published posthumously.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Crowley is survived by brothers Bill and James Crowley, father-in-law Alan Nemser, and sister-in-law Kathy Nemser, of Sea Cliff.

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