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Killer mum buried apart from her son

KILLER mum Ruth Murphy has not been buried alongside her son whom she murdered on a Wicklow beach in 2001.

Ms Murphy, who was serving a life sentence for killing her seven-year-old son Karl, died by suicide on August 18 in the Dochas Centre, in Mountjoy Prison.

The funeral took place very quickly after her death, prison sources said.

But the Herald has learned that she was not laid to rest in Killoughter Graveyard, Co Wicklow -- where her son is buried.

A local source said that though there have been two burials in the cemetery in recent weeks, Ms Murphy's was not one of them.

The 48-year-old woman, who had served more than six years of her sentence, visited her son's grave two weeks before her death. And she had pleaded with prison authorities for a photograph of Karl after one of these graveyard visits.

She had visited the little boy's grave on a monthly basis, but it is understood that the visits had been cut back in the months preceding her death.


One local told the Herald that Ruth's ex-husband, John Murphy, has been doing his best to move on with his life, selling the couple's printing business and also moving house since Karl's death.

The couple had married in 1991 but they separated 18 months before Karl's murder.

And another local said Ruth's family would have organised her burial, and she would not have been buried close to Karl.

An official spokesperson for the Mountjoy Prison said he could not reveal any details about the burial since it is "a matter for the family".

Tragic Karl Murphy was found lying face down on a beach in Greystones with bruising on his shoulders and neck showing that he had been forced under the water.

His mother was found cowering in an incoherent state in a cave near the scene 20 minutes after Karl's body was discovered. She has never given an explanation as to why she murdered her son.