Opinion Analysis

Sunday 20 August 2017

Paul Williams: Scattering of remains had all the hallmarks of a panicked killer

Gardaí search the the Glenmacnass Waterfall in the Wicklow Mountains where some of Ms O’Connor’s remains were found. Photo: Collins
Gardaí search the the Glenmacnass Waterfall in the Wicklow Mountains where some of Ms O’Connor’s remains were found. Photo: Collins

Paul Williams

Even in a society that has become almost desensitised to barbarous acts of violence, the gruesome discovery of dismembered human remains is truly shocking.

It speaks of a crime that is the result of atavistic, primitive behaviour that chills all humans to the core - with the exception of textbook psychopaths.

When a human torso was first discovered off the Military Road last weekend, it was at first thought to be that of a young man in his mid-20s.

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