Episode 11 – Catherine Nevin, The Black Widow (Part 2)

In the second and final instalment of the Black Widow story, the Gardai ramp up their investigation into her, and she is finally charged with the murder of her husband, and conspiracy to commit murder. The trial took place in 2000, and lasted a whopping 62 days. After three attempts to start, it finally got under way and Willie McClean, Gerry Heapes and John Jones recounted their tales to the jury.

We also examine the aftermath of the whole sorry affair, including Justice O’Buachalla coming under scrutiny in the Murphy Inquiry, and the various appeals that Catherine brought before the courts, before finally discussing the subject that was closest to Catherine’s heart: money.

 

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Ignorance Was Bliss Podcast

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Quinn’s Song: First Dance by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Sources:

Niamh O’Conner, The Black Widow: The Catherine Nevin Story (Dublin, O’Brien Press, 2000)

Pat Flynn, Catherine and Friends: Inside the Investigation into Ireland’s Most Notorious Murderer (Dublin, Liberties Press, 2015).

Stephen Breen, FEMME FATALE FACING DEATH https://www.thesun.ie/news/1499936/black-widow-catherine-nevin-in-hiding-after-being-freed-from-prison-as-killer-being-cared-for-at-secret-location-as-she-battles-inoperable-brain-tumour/ (7 September 2017)

Emma McMenamy, “Catherine Nevin living out last days receiving palliative care in nursing home” https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/catherine-nevin-living-out-last-11154372 (12 September 2017)

Emma McMenamy, “’Black Widow’ Catherine Nevin Pictured in public after husband killer is allowed out of jail to attend course” https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/black-widow-catherine-nevin-husband-5451754 (3 April 2015)

Mary Carolan, “Catherine Nevin murder conviction ruled admissable in disinheritance case” https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/catherine-nevin-murder-conviction-ruled-admissible-in-disinheritance-case-1.3001093 ( 7 March 2017)

Kieran Dineen, COURT BID:‘Black Widow’ Catherine Nevin will go to Supreme Court in bid to get her hands on murdered husband’s estate”  https://www.thesun.ie/news/1365696/black-widow-catherine-nevin-will-go-to-supreme-court-in-bid-to-get-her-hands-on-murdered-husbands-estate/ ( August 2017)

Independent.ie Newsdesk, “Catherine Nevin had ‘just months to live’ after being diagnosed with brain tumour” https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/catherine-nevin-has-just-months-to-live-after-being-diagnosed-with-brain-tumour-35187610.html (4 November 2016)

Brian Kavanagh, “Catherine Nevin appeal to be heard in July”https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/catherine-nevin-appeal-to-be-heard-in-july-30314421.html (29 May 2014)

Orla O’Donnell, “High – profile cases in spotlight as legal term resumes” https://www.rte.ie/news/analysis-and-comment/2017/1002/908978-legal-term-preview/ (2 October 2017)

Legal Diary of the Supreme Court as published on 30th January 2018 http://courts.ie/legaldiary.nsf/a0b54bb3745b386280256c4b0024092b/4cbf2d3b37ceb28d80258225004f4ee2?OpenDocument

Dearbhail McDonald and Tim Healy “Back Widow Nevin claims key witnesses were paid informers” https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/black-widow-nevin-claims-key-witnesses-were-paid-informers-26424912.html (21 February 2008)

Tim Healy, “Black Widow’ Nevin fights family of husband for his assets” https://www.herald.ie/news/black-widow-nevin-fights-family-of-husband-for-his-assets-28011409.html (26 June 2012)

Episode 11 – Catherine Nevin, The Black Widow (Part 1)

The weekend of St Patrick’s Day, 1996, Tom Nevin was found lying dead from a gunshot wound to the chest in the kitchen of his pub, Jack White’s in the popular seaside town of Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow.  His wife, Catherine, had sounded the alarm and when the Gardai arrived they found her bound by the wrists. She said that intruders had entered the pub, looking for jewellery.  But something wasn’t quite right, the scene seemed staged, and soon the Gardai began unravelling a web of deceit constructed carefully over nearly 10 years of a plan to have Tom Nevin killed. All eyes now turned to Catherine. Was she really a grieving widow? Or a Black Widow who had her husband killed to get control of their assets?

 

Theme Music:

Quinn’s Song: First Night Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Sources:

Niamh O’Conner, The Black Widow: The Catherine Nevin Story (Dublin, O’Brien Press, 2000)

Pat Flynn, Catherine and Friends: Inside the Investigation into Ireland’s Most Notorious Murderer (Dublin, Liberties Press, 2015).

Stephen Breen, FEMME FATALE FACING DEATH https://www.thesun.ie/news/1499936/black-widow-catherine-nevin-in-hiding-after-being-freed-from-prison-as-killer-being-cared-for-at-secret-location-as-she-battles-inoperable-brain-tumour/ (7 September 2017)

Emma McMenamy, “Catherine Nevin living out last days receiving palliative care in nursing home” https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/catherine-nevin-living-out-last-11154372 (12 September 2017)

Emma McMenamy, “’Black Widow’ Catherine Nevin Pictured in public after husband killer is allowed out of jail to attend course” https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/black-widow-catherine-nevin-husband-5451754 (3 April 2015)

Mary Carolan, “Catherine Nevin murder conviction ruled admissable in disinheritance case” https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/catherine-nevin-murder-conviction-ruled-admissible-in-disinheritance-case-1.3001093 ( 7 March 2017)

Kieran Dineen, COURT BID:‘Black Widow’ Catherine Nevin will go to Supreme Court in bid to get her hands on murdered husband’s estate”  https://www.thesun.ie/news/1365696/black-widow-catherine-nevin-will-go-to-supreme-court-in-bid-to-get-her-hands-on-murdered-husbands-estate/ ( August 2017)

Independent.ie Newsdesk, “Catherine Nevin had ‘just months to live’ after being diagnosed with brain tumour” https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/catherine-nevin-has-just-months-to-live-after-being-diagnosed-with-brain-tumour-35187610.html (4 November 2016)

Brian Kavanagh, “Catherine Nevin appeal to be heard in July”https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/catherine-nevin-appeal-to-be-heard-in-july-30314421.html (29 May 2014)

Orla O’Donnell, “High – profile cases in spotlight as legal term resumes” https://www.rte.ie/news/analysis-and-comment/2017/1002/908978-legal-term-preview/ (2 October 2017)

Legal Diary of the Supreme Court as published on 30th January 2018 http://courts.ie/legaldiary.nsf/a0b54bb3745b386280256c4b0024092b/4cbf2d3b37ceb28d80258225004f4ee2?OpenDocument

Dearbhail McDonald and Tim Healy “Back Widow Nevin claims key witnesses were paid informers” https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/black-widow-nevin-claims-key-witnesses-were-paid-informers-26424912.html (21 February 2008)

Tim Healy, “Black Widow’ Nevin fights family of husband for his assets” https://www.herald.ie/news/black-widow-nevin-fights-family-of-husband-for-his-assets-28011409.html (26 June 2012)

Episode 10 – Harry Gleeson and Moll McCarthy

In rural 1940’s Ireland, Moll McCarthy lived an unconventional life, having a number of children out of wedlock and living with them in a small cottage near New Inn, Co. Tipperary. Harry Gleeson was the manager of a nearby farm, and when Moll was found shot dead in a field that he had recently ploughed, Harry found himself accused of Moll’s murder. Were the two having an illicit affair, or was Harry wrongly accused and the victim of a conspiracy of silence, with ties to the IRA?

Theme Music:

Quinn’s Song: First Night Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Sources:

Bourke, Marcus. Murder at Marlhill: Was Harry Gleeson Innocent?, (Dublin: Geography Publications, 1993).

Fagan, Kieran. The Framing of Harry Gleeson (Cork: Collins Press, 2015).

Erin McGuire, The Irish Times “How Harry Gleeson was wrongly hanged for murder in 1941”

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/how-harry-gleeson-was-wrongly-hanged-for-murder-in-1941-1.2165731, 6 April 2015

Michael Clifford, Irish Examiner, “Harry Gleeson A patsy for Locals with a Secret” http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/harry-gleeson-a-patsy-for-locals-with-a-secret-324650.html, 18 April 2015

Irish Independant, “Anger as Harry Gleeson Book names father of victim’s illegitimate children” https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/anger-as-harry-gleeson-book-names-fathers-of-victims-illegitimate-children-31152712.html, 18 April 2015

Michelle Hennessy, The Journal.ie, What led to this Irishman’s exhoneration, 74 years after his execution?” http://www.thejournal.ie/harry-gleeson-pardon-2-2547002-Jan2016/, 13 January 2016

Episode 9 – The Scissor Sisters & Farah Swaleh Noor

 

Farah Swaleh Noor was an apparent Somalian refugee to Ireland and disappeared on the 20th March 2005. Later that month, and unidentified male body was pulled from the Royal Canal on Dublin city’s north side in pieces which had been dumped in black plastic rubbish bags. The body – missing its head-  was identified as Farah Noor, and it soon became apparent that his girlfriend Kathleen Mulhall and her two daughters, Linda and Charlotte, were involved in the gruesome murder, dismemberment and disposal of his body.

Theme Music:

Quinn’s Song: First Night Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Sources:

Mick McCaffrey, The Irish Scissor Sisters: The Inside Story Of The Torso In The Canal Investigation And The Gruesome Homicide Of Farah Noor (Dublin: Merlin Press, 2008)

https://www.herald.ie/news/scissor-sisters-mum-released-and-looking-for-travellers-help-27992476.html “Scissor Sisters’ mum released – and looking for Travellers’ help”, Ken Foy – 26 October 2011

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/scissor-sisters-brother-is-jailed-indefinitely-for-stabbing-partner-29104259.html, “Scissor Sisters’ brother is jailed indefinitely for stabbing partner”,  Rebecca Penston – 2 March 2013

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/scissor-sister-linda-mulhall-free-11483233 “Scissor Sister Linda Mulhall will be a free woman for Christmas” , Emma McMenamy – 8 Novemver 2017

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/linda-mulhall-released-13-years-after-killing-dismembering-victim-1.3345028 “Linda Mulhall released 13 years after killing, dismembering victim”, Conor Lally – 4 January 2018

 

 

Episode 8 – Brendan O’Donnell

Brendan O’Donnell was a troubled and clingy child. After the death of his mother, he displayed violent tendencies. Rather than making his way into the mental health services and getting treatment, he found himself in detention centres for delinquent children. He spiralled out of control and eventually rampaged across the peaceful countryside near Lough Derg, killing three people and holding another two at gun point.

 

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Sources:

Tony and JJ Muggiven, A Tragedy Waiting to Happen: The Chaotic Life of Brendan O’Donnell (Dublin: Gill Books, 2004)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/mother-and-son-found-dead-in-wood-search-for-missing-priest-artist-and-three-year-old-son-ends-in-1434614.html

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/o-donnell-stabbed-his-sister-in-1992-murder-trial-told-1.24148

http://www.rte.ie/archives/2014/0507/615710-killer-brendan-odonnell-arrested-1994/

 

Episode 7 – The Beast of Birkenshaw (Part 3)

In the final episode of the Beast of Birkenshaw series, Peter Manuel takes over his own defence. He finds many people to place the blame on for his many crimes, and explains how evidence managed to disappear from the crime scenes. He takes the stand to give evidence in his defence. But to no avail – he is found guilty and is sentenced to hang. But in a final twist before he’s put to death, Manuel takes ill in the prison. Will he be fit to hang, or will he be saved from his fate?

 

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Sources:

 

MacLeod, Hector and Malcolm McLeod, Peter Manuel, Serial Killer (Edinburgh, Mainstream Publishing 2010)

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-1633409/Historic-inflation-calculator-value-money-changed-1900.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4568945.stm

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35659541

Episode 7 – The Beast of Birkenshaw (Part 2)

William Watt leaving the High Court in Glasgow on a stretcher, from which he gave evidence.

In the second part of our series covering Peter Manuel, the Beast of Birkenshaw, his trial begins. This time, we tell the story of the witnesses, who all weave together their stories, most implicating Manuel, others attempting to help salvage the dire situation he finds himself in. 280 people give evidence of the crimes he is charged with, ranging from burglary to capital murder. Manuel’s life is on the line, as he only needs to be found guilty of one of the multiple capital charges to find himself at the end of the hangman’s noose. But halfway through the trial, Manuel fires his advocates and decides to defend himself. Will Manuel be able to tell the better tale and save his life? Or will the judge and jury see through his superficial charm and convict him of the serial murders in Birkenshaw?

 

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Sources:

 

MacLeod, Hector and Malcolm McLeod, Peter Manuel, Serial Killer (Edinburgh, Mainstream Publishing 2010)

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-1633409/Historic-inflation-calculator-value-money-changed-1900.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4568945.stm

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35659541

Episode 7 – The Beast of Birkenshaw (Part 1)

“Mary had a little cat

She used to call him Daniel,

Then she found it killed six mice

And now she calls him Manuel”

 

Peter Manuel was born in New York in 1927, to Scottish Parents Samuel and Brigit. The family returned to Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1932 where Peter’s childhood and adolescence were marred with sprees of theft and violence. He ended up in first an approved school before moving on to Borstal. He was an over confident person, and liked to be the centre of attention, going so far as to make up his involvement in serious crimes in order to increase his notoriety. In this, the first of our three part series on the man who would become known as “The Beast of Birkenshaw” we look at his upbringing, and the circumstances that led to the deaths of 8 people on the outskirts of Glasgow in the late 1950s.

 

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Sources:

MacLeod, Hector and Malcolm McLeod, Peter Manuel, Serial Killer (Edinburgh, Mainstream Publishing 2010)

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-1633409/Historic-inflation-calculator-value-money-changed-1900.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4568945.stm

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35659541

Episode 6 – The Kerry Babies

In the year 1984, Ireland was a very different place. Contraception, Abortion and Divorce were illegal. The country was dogged by religious conservatism and was facing into a terrible recession. Amidst this, the body of a baby boy was found on a beach in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry. The police began to look for the likely suspect: an recently-pregnant unmarried mother. Joanne Hayes was accused and charged of the murder of the infant. She and her whole family eventually confessed to the murder, despite Joanne’s baby being located. So what had caused the family to confess? A judicial inquiry was set up to investigate Garda maltreatment, but it soon turned into a trial of Joanne’s character.

 

Theme music: “I’ll do the Time” by Nick Jaina

 

Shout outs to Moms and Murder Podcast and True Crime Fan Club

 

Sources:

Nicola Goc, “Motherhood Murder and the Media: Joanne Hayes and the Kerry Babies Case” in Mediating Moms: Mothers in Poluar Culture ed. Elizabeth Podnieks (McGuill- Queens Uinversity Press, Montreal, 2012)

Nell McCafferty, A Woman to Blame: The Kerry Babies Case (Attric Press, Cork, 1985).

Diarmaid Ferriter, http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/heart-of-darkness–the-kerry-babies-saga-30-years-later-265099.html

Joe O’Shea, http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/the-kerry-babies-case-the-shocking-scandal-and-tragedy-that-divided-the-nation-and-the-mystery-that-was-never-solved-30176996.html

Newstalk, Pat Kenny interview with Diarmaid Ferriter 14th April 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQM47ccYoyI&t=68s

Episode 5 – Rachel O’Reilly

 

In October of 2004, Rachel O’Reilly was brutally attacked in her North County Dublin home. Initially, the Gardai treated the crime as a burglary gone wrong, but soon it became clear that this was no random attack. Her husband, Joe O’Reilly, appeared in the media appealing for information about his wife’s death, and given his strange demeanour, the public began to question, who really was responsible for the murder of Rachel O’Reilly?

 

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Theme music: “I’ll do the Time” by Nick Jaina

 

Sources:

Friel, Jenny “The Suspect: The Story of Rachel O’Reilly’s Murder” (Dunboyne, Maverick House: 2007).

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/joe-o-reilly-loses-attempt-to-challenge-conviction-for-murdering-wife-1.2207771

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/dumped-wifekiller-joe-oreilly-gets-twohour-prison-visit-from-exlover-35672679.html

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/supreme-court/joe-o-reilly-cannot-bring-appeal-over-murder-conviction-court-rules-1.2874089

Dateline: The Murder of Rachel O’Reilly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNfTPGzgMhQ)