Monday 23 October 2017

A litany of mysteries remain as the dark nights draw in

The garda success rate in cases of young women abducted and disappeared is poor -- and no matter what assurances are made now, Larry Murphy will not be under 24-hour watch for long, writes Jim Cusack

Among the many garda questions Larry Murphy never answered was why, after he had abducted his victim from a car park in the centre of Carlow on the evening of February 11, 2000, he drove north from the town towards Athy. If his final intention was to take her into the near wilderness of the Wicklow Mountains, around Baltinglass where he lived, he should have travelled eastwards. He went nearly 30 miles out of his way.

He drove, at his own admission, for "about 20 minutes" from Carlow to the townland of Maganey. Maganey is close to Moone, the spot where the last reliable evidence put 20-year-old Josephine "Jo Jo" Dullard on the night she disappeared on November 11, 1995, while hitching a lift home. She made a phone call home from a kiosk in Moone and was never seen again.

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