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Who killed Larry Griffin?

Published 14/03/2011 | 12:05

THE VICTIM: Larry Griffin — the Kilmacthomas postman who vanished without trace in Stradbally on Christmas Day, 1929

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THE SUSPECTS

Ned Morrissey — Known as a bit of a pugilist, Morrissey is believed to have got into an scuffle with Griffin in which the postman fell, hit his head and died

Thomas Cashin — The local teacher charged, with Morrissey, for the murder and disposal of the body

Paddy Whelan — The publican who was said to have accused Morrissey of “killing the man in my house”

All the above, as well as the entire Whelan family, George Cummins and Patrick Cunningham were arrested along with Garda Dullea and Garda Murphy on January 4, 1930, and charged with Griffin’s murder

THE WITNESSES

James Fitzgerald — The State’s most important witness, he named everyone who was in the pub that day

Tommy Corbett — Another local who knew the true story, according to an elderly nun in Stradbally. Corbett alleged that detectives brought him to the cliffs, clattered him with their revolvers and lowered him with a rope into a mine shaft to get him to talk

THE INVESTIGATORS

General O’Duffy — The Commissioner of An Garda Siochana and leader of the Irish contingent who fought for Franco in the Spanish Civil War. O’Duffy took personal charge of the case Chief Superintendent

O’Mara — Lead the Co Waterford investigation team and threatened to resign in disgust at O’Duffy’s blame game and allegations of torture during the interrogation of suspects

Superintendent Hunt — The Galway hard man appointed by O’Duffy after the failure of the initial investigation

THE CHURCH

Bishop of Waterford — Under pressure from O’Duffy, he addressed Mass at Stradbally, asking for information on the murder

Fr O’Shea — the local priest who banned Supt Hunt from his home

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