Monday 24 July 2017

Provos can't wash Jean's blood from their hands

Helen McConville with husband Seamus at a shrine to her mother Jean near Templetown Beach in Co Louth.
Helen McConville with husband Seamus at a shrine to her mother Jean near Templetown Beach in Co Louth.

Paul Williams

THE abduction and murder of widow Jean McConville was a defining act of savagery during 30 years of savage acts that we know as the Troubles.

A group of 12 IRA men and women bundled her out of her flat and away from her 10 innocent children, ranging in age from one to 14, just before Christmas 1972.

Forensic evidence and the testimony of those who were there would later reveal that the 38-year-old mother was tortured and her bones were broken. Then they finished her off with a bullet in the back of the head as she knelt before them.

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