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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Rapist Murphy visited Amsterdam's red-light district

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

Rapist and suspected serial killer Larry Murphy is the subject of a four-part TV3 documentary, detailing his life before his conviction in 2001 up to his release from prison, after which he fled to a secret location in Europe.

The series begins tomorrow with Larry Murphy, A Year In Hiding, an account of the events in Ireland after his release from Arbour Hill Prison in August of last year.

After two days of frenzied media activity, Murphy sought refuge in Kevin Street Garda Station in Dublin.

He was driven away the next day, travelled to Britain and then went from there to Amsterdam.

Accounts from staff and customers at the Hoopman Cafe describe Murphy as a quiet loner who visited the bar regularly, drank beer and smoked cannabis. They also claim that he frequented the city's red-light district.

Dutch police, alerted by gardai, detained Murphy and insisted that he inform them of his whereabouts.

Murphy's presence in Amsterdam was exposed last November and he left, moving through France to northern Spain. He returned to Ireland in May for two weeks to replace a lost passport, then returned to Spain via Girona Airport near Barcelona.

When it emerged that Murphy, 46, was in Spain, his details were posted on the internet, with many Spanish women expressing alarm that he was allowed to stay in the country. His present whereabouts are not known.

The TV3 series is presented by Sunday World journalist Nicola Tallant, who said: "It has been a year since the release of Larry Murphy, but the media and public interest surrounding him and his movements remains rife.

"We take a look back at the reaction when the notorious offender was released after serving 10 years of a 15-year sentence for a brutal attack on a woman in the Wicklow Mountains."

The other programmes examine Murphy's background, including interviews given by family members who denounced him after his conviction for the abduction, rape and attempted murder of a businesswoman from Carlow in February 2000.

Another programme details the disappearances of women in the Leinster area, for which he remains a suspect.

It examines the cases of the American student, Annie McCarrick, 26, who disappeared after taking a bus to Enniskerry in March 1993 for what she told friends was a walk in the country; Deirdre Jacob, 19, another student who disappeared from near her home in Newbridge, Co Kildare in July 1998; and Jo Jo Dullard, 21, who disappeared from near Moone, Co Kildare in November 1995.

After Murphy's arrest, the day after the abduction and rape of the businesswoman, gardai immediately began re-examining the cases of young women who had gone missing around the Wicklow Mountains area.

They discovered that Murphy had been working in Newbridge around the time that Deirdre Jacob had disappeared.

Also when he abducted the young woman in Carlow, the first place he drove her to was the same spot where Jo Jo Dullard had last been seen alive.

Since Murphy's arrest, the disappearances and murders of women in the east Leinster area have stopped.

Sunday Independent

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