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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Book about convicted killer Graham Dwyer 'banned' in prison library over fears he could be bullied

David Kearns

A book by crime journalist Paul Williams on twisted killer Graham Dwyer is ‘banned’ from the library in the prison where the 42-year-old is serving life for the murder of child-minder Elaine O'Hara.

The book, entitled 'Almost The Perfect Murder - The killing of Elaine O'Hara', is not stocked in the prison library where the convicted murder is jailed because of fears that other prisoners could use details from it to bully him.

It is understood that Dwyer is serving his life sentence in the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, County Laois.

Alison Lyons, Senior librarian in Dublin Prisons, made the admission during a panel discussion on RTÉ’s Liveline on Wednesday.

Asked by host Joe Duffy if Paul Williams' book about Graham Dwyer was stock in the prison library, she said it was not because “it could lead to bullying”.

She told listeners: “We would have a policy of not including a book whose subject is in a particular institution; so we wouldn't have that book in that institution.

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer

“It could lead to bullying and, I suppose, if there are details about an individual’s family or private life it could be in bad taste."

Ms Lyons added that no prisoner “had come looking for the book”.

Asked whether Paul Williams’ other nine books - including 'Murder Inc', 'Badfellas', 'Crime Wars' and 'The General' – were stocked in Dublin’s nine prison, Ms Lyons said they were.

“Paul Williams is, unsurprisingly, a very popular author in prisons.”

Almost The Perfect Murder - The killing of Elaine O'Hara by crime journalist Paul Williams
Almost The Perfect Murder - The killing of Elaine O'Hara by crime journalist Paul Williams

Dwyer (42), originally from Bandon, Co Cork, was caged for life earlier this year for the murder of child-minder Elaine O'Hara (36).

The Foxrock architect was found guilty of murdering the 36-year-old in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

He was found him guilty after a two month trial.

Ms O’Hara was last seen in August 2012, and her remains were discovered in September 2013.  

Paul Williams’ latest book documents the “dramatic trial of Dwyer” and promising readers "startling new material based on extensive research".

Earlier this year, bookseller Eason were forced to instruct a number of stores to not place copies of the new Fifty Shades novel and Paul Williams’ book on Graham Dwyer beside each other.

“These books should not have been displayed together,” it said in a statement after an uproar was sparked on social media following images allegedly showing the two books side by side in an Eason’s store.

“These displays were corrected once the stores in question were identified,” the chain added.

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