Serial killer is suspect in torso probe
A sadistic serial killer for hire, believed responsible for three other murders involving dismemberment, is now one of the main suspects in the macabre murder of Kenneth O'Brien, whose torso was found in the Grand Canal last Saturday.
Senior sources believe that Mr O'Brien (33) was murdered because he may have been suspected of passing information to gardai about the activities of a west Dublin gang whose criminal enterprises involve stolen vehicles and the drugs trade.
The murder investigation intensified yesterday as gardai sealed off a section of the banks of the Royal Canal, at Carton House, outside Maynooth, Co Kildare.
The new search area is 20 minutes' drive away from the site of last Saturday's grim discovery of Mr O'Brien's body at Ardclough.
The suspected killer has been linked to the November 2013 murder of Christopher Gaffney (37), whose body parts were scattered on farmland near Clonee, Co Meath; and the murder and dismemberment of Dun Laoghaire man, Mark Burke (37) whose partial remains were discovered at Thornton's waste plant in Ballyfermot in July 2014.
A fourth murder fitting the pattern of the O'Brien, Burke and Gaffney killings cannot be mentioned for legal reasons.