'Next to pictures of model planes were scores of snuff movies'
When gardai recovered the files from one of the architect's computers, they found some really shocking material, writes Paul Williams
Detective Garda Brid Wallace was unable to get at the hidden contents of the damaged Seagate hard drive. It was sent for repair to Critical Data Services, a specialist computer company. It took several days to fix and two gigabytes of data were eventually recovered.
When it was returned to the CCIU, Wallace began exploring Graham Dwyer's secret world. Mingling together in unallocated spaces, next to images of pregnancy scans and family pictures from weddings and christenings, there were clusters of videos and pictures of women being mutilated and strangled.
And next to videos of Dwyer flying his model aircraft were scores of downloaded snuff movies featuring rape, bondage and murder. The two types of content told the story of Dwyer's double life.
Wallace found over 30 video clips that had been recorded on a camera phone on dates between 2007 and 2009. One opened with a naked Graham Dwyer looking into the lens of his phone.
The camera turned to a knife on a table which he picked up and pretended to use to stab himself in the arm. The knife had a retractable blade and it appeared he used ketchup for effect. In another clip he looked dazed as he held the camera in front of his face and was obviously groggy as he spoke into the lens: "I'm just after waking up from having knocked myself out with chloroform. I have very little recollection of what happened. I remember exhaling out and getting a warning sign as the blood rushed through my body and waking up with a pounding noise in my head, like a headache and a loud noise."
Wallace then found film clips featuring Dwyer having sex with various women, each of whom was tied up, chained and gagged. In all of the videos Dwyer stabbed the women during sex, either with a 'play' knife or the real thing. It appeared that none of the women was aware that he was filming them. At least four women, including Elaine O'Hara, featured in the clips. Elaine featured more than any of the others.
In one clip she was shown gagged, face down on a bed, with her arms tied. Dwyer, was having sex with her while stabbing her in the sides from behind.
In a clip showing another sex act between them, she was crying out as Dwyer stabbed her. There was a close-up of blood seeping from a cut.
In another clip, Dwyer, prodded her stomach with a knife during intercourse. At the end, he said, "Ssh . . . Now that wasn't bad, was it?" A further clip showed Dwyer placing a clear plastic bag over Elaine's head and wrapping a cable around her neck. He tightened the cable until she went limp and fell to one side.
But the Seagate hard drive contained even more hidden horrors. As Wallace continued her search she discovered a Word document labelled '4Darci' and titled 'Killing Darci'. It had been created on March 2, 2011, and edited for 89 minutes before being saved. It appeared to be a fantasy written by Dwyer.
"Months had gone by and soon the day would finally arrive. From the first email I knew this one was special. I had always fantasised about killing ever since I was a teenager and I got hard every time I had a knife in my hand, wielding the power, knowing I could decide who lived and died just like my hero, God.
"Every time I made love I closed my eyes as I pushed myself in, wondering how it would feel for a hard cold steel blade to push itself in destroying all in its path. Every time I came I wondered what opening a throat would feel like spraying and gushing forth death instead of life.
"My addiction grew, just like any addiction and soon I met girls who needed pain and suffering as much I needed to give it. Bondage, rape, slashing and stabbing soon became my hobby, acquiring two fine subs over the years, and having role play with many others.
"I was the lucky one and I knew there were over a hundred men like me for every girl like the ones I played with. Yet I always managed to win them over, partly because I knew exactly what I was doing, and partly because I could show the others what I was capable of."