Friday 16 November 2018

A beautiful life lost to utter hell

Brighid McLaughlin

ON THURSDAY, February 23, 2005, Theresa Murphy, aged 33, sat in her little flat in Cabra Park, Dublin and carefully destroyed all her photographs and letters. She put aside her two favorite wooden bongo drums and a plant for her closest friends and disposed of the rest of her personal possessions into a bin bag. She then hammered three nails above the kitchen door. Carefully,

ON THURSDAY, February 23, 2005, Theresa Murphy, aged 33, sat in her little flat in Cabra Park, Dublin and carefully destroyed all her photographs and letters. She put aside her two favorite wooden bongo drums and a plant for her closest friends and disposed of the rest of her personal possessions into a bin bag. She then hammered three nails above the kitchen door. Carefully, she tied a rope into a noose and hangedherself.

Theresa Murphy was beautiful and bright, a young woman full of gentleness and kindness, a woman who spread charm around her to hypnotic effect. Theresa Murphy mesmerised those who knew her. Her harrowing death, a death without the use of alcohol or drugs, has left her friends and loved ones traumatised and angry.

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