NOT only was Patricia O'Connor's body "desecrated" when killer Kieran Greene dismembered her, but in the weeks that followed her murder daughter Louise and granddaughter Stephanie joined him in taking her good name apart.
Patricia (61) had been a hard-working hospital cleaner, but was just a year into her retirement when she was killed.
To her son Richard she was an active, capable and direct Kilkenny woman, a "straight shooter" who hated laziness and was not afraid to speak her mind.
But under questioning by gardaí, as they tried to justify their part in what happened to the grandmother-of-seven, Greene, Louise and Stephanie O'Connor told a different story. One of a spiteful, quick-tempered, argumentative "mad b***h" who wanted "everyone dead, all the way down to the kids".
Greene (35) told gardaí Mrs O'Connor - his partner's mother - constantly verbally abused the family, calling them "leeches" and said living with her was "ten years of hell".
There was not one day she did not "give out or assault", it was "horrific stuff" and the children would "hide under the table", he said.
Mrs O'Connor would throw out the toys the children got for Christmas and even threw out her husband's collection of World Cup milk bottles
He said that on one occasion Louise - who was allergic to penicillin - took a sip of coke and her lips swelled up.
"I honestly think she [Mrs O'Connor] was trying to kill us, but we couldn't prove it," he said.
He told gardaí Mrs O'Connor wanted her husband dead and had told Louise she would sign the house over to her if she killed her dad.
He said Gus "supposedly" fell down the stairs twice. The second time Gus felt she tried to kill him by doing something to make him tumble.
Louise told gardaí that every day her mother had told her and Stephanie that they should have been "aborted, raped".
She claimed her mother would tell her: "You are useless, your kids are useless, get out".
In the hours before she died "my ma tried to beat the head off me with a teapot", Louise told gardaí.
Louise had Graves' disease, a thyroid condition, and claimed her mother told her she should use it as an excuse to kill her father and promised they would "split the proceeds".
Mrs O'Connor had "loads of friends", but Louise (41) dismissed them as "a bunch of nasties."
Mrs O'Connor regularly smoked cannabis, according to Louise. "My ma lashed the weed out of it all day," she told gardaí.
Stephanie said although Patricia had good days when "she was great", she "did get angry very easily" and the bad times were "terrible".
Her grandmother "hung over them the fact she could throw them out of the house at anytime", she told gardaí. She said Mrs O'Connor "liked to make people unhappy", and "sucked the energy" out of Louise.
Stephanie (22), Louise, and Greene all told gardaí that Mrs O'Connor had once stormed out and said: "I'll be back when that b*****d [her husband] pops his clogs."
Though he did not live in the house, Keith Johnston (43) told gardaí what he saw on his visits.
He recalled that Patricia would give Greene "stick" and she had a "special kind of giving out" for Greene.
Johnston's visits became more regular in the months immediately after Greene was charged with murder and taken into custody.
When the gardaí came for Johnston, he was sleeping in Mrs O'Connor's room.
When he took the stand, Richard O'Connor was asked about "distressing things" that had been said about his mother verbally lashing out at the children.
"I never heard any of that," he said.
MURDERED grandmother Patricia O'Connor's brothers and sisters have said "justice has been served for our beautiful sister" after four people were convicted over her horrific death.