SUSPECTED serial killer Larry Murphy has refused to speak to local gardai who are preparing for his release in just over a week's time.
Gardai in Baltinglass have tried to contact Murphy on a number of occasions but the convicted rapist has declined to speak to them.
Officers from Operation Trace, investigating the disappearances of six women in Leinster during the 90s -- including Deirdre Jacob and Jo Jo Dullard -- tried to interview him as well, but he refused to co-operate with their enquiries.
Evil rapist Murphy must give the address he will live in after his release but does not have to sign in at a garda station for seven days.
To counteract any danger posed to the public, a team of undercover gardai will monitor Murphy 24 hours a day.
Superintendent Eamon Keogh of Baltinglass Garda Station said that he and his colleagues would be watching Murphy closely to ensure that he complies with the terms of his release.
"We have endeavoured to speak with him from time to time but he has never spoken to us. We are aware of the situation and of his family in the area," he said.
Superintendent Keogh added that gardai in the area were gearing up for the release of the notorious sex offender.
"We are taking measures here, which for operational reasons, we cannot go into," he said. "He is expected to comply with the Sex Offenders Act.
"If he moves out of the area he has to notify us and if he fails to do so then that is an offence. He has served his time. He is from this area but we have no indication as to where he intends to live.
"He has family here. He has to live somewhere and we have to abide by the law of the land."
Murphy is the chief suspect in the disappearances of Deirdre Jacob (18), Jo Jo Dullard (21) and Annie Carrick (26) in the mid-90s.
He is due to be released on August 12, 10 years into a 15 year sentence for the brutal, repeated rape of a Carlow businesswoman in 2000.
While he is expected to live in the area, his brother Tom has said that he is not welcome at his door.
"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.
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.
Local Sinn Fein representative Gerry O'Neill said that he had been inundated with calls from concerned locals and told the Herald that there was a lot of fear in Baltinglass and the surrounding area.
"Naturally you would be concerned, there is a big fear out there throughout West Wicklow," he said.
"His release is the talk of the town. I've had many people from the community come to me to express their concerns.
"He's out early for being a good boy in prison and he has refused to seek counselling or treatment while he's in there, there is no sign of repentance or remorse in him."