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Brother fears rapist behind missing girls

LARRY MURPHY'S brother has said it is difficult to believe that his rapist sibling was not involved in disappearances in the 1990s.

Speaking about the mysterious disappearances of women in Leinster in the 1990s, Larry's brother Tom Murphy, said he "could not put his hand on his heart and say he didn't do it".



EMOTIONAL

Larry Murphy (45) is the chief suspect in the disappearances of Deirdre Jacob (18), Jo Jo Dullard (21) and Annie McCarrick (26) in the mid '90s.

Tom Murphy, who is from Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, said he accepted the fact that since his brother's arrest "there is nobody else gone missing and I find it difficult now to believe he wasn't involved".

Speaking on Miriam O'Callaghan's chat show on Saturday night, Tom reassured concerned people in his hometown that Larry would not be staying with him on his release.

"I want to make it clear to the locals in my local villages in Co Wicklow that Larry will not be living with me, my partner Helen and my kids," he said in an emotional interview.

Tom admitted that since the publication of photographs of his home and claims that an adjacent garage under construction would house his brother on his release, he has received "numerous threats" including one to burn down his house.

He said all he wanted was "peace" and stated that he had not seen his brother since 2005.

Tom explained the feeling of shock and dismay his family went through when Larry was arrested for the rape of a Carlow businesswoman in 2000 and details of his terrible crime came to light.

He said that there had been "no indication whatsoever" that his only brother was capable of carrying out such a horrifying attack.

Following his arrest and subsequent conviction, Tom claimed that he had asked his brother on a number of occasions why he had carried out the attack.



REOFFEND

"The answer I got from Larry was 'I flipped'," he said.

Larry Murphy is due to be released on August 12, 10 years into a 15-year sentence for the repeated rape of a Carlow businesswoman in 2000.

He has never sought counselling or any form of rehabilitation since his imprisonment almost a decade ago and his brother fears he will reoffend.

"I think he will strike again," his brother said previously.

"He has done it once so there is no reason why he won't do it again."

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