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Gardaí renew appeal over murder of taxi driver 25 years ago
« on: November 30, 2022, 08:27:56 am »
Gardaí renew appeal over murder of taxi driver 25 years ago

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Gardaí have renewed an appeal for information in relation to the murder of a Galway taxi driver 25 years ago today.  Eileen Costello O'Shaughnessy’s killer has never been brought to justice.  Relatives, friends and colleagues of the mother of two will gather in Galway this morning to mark the anniversary of her death.

The murder of Ms Costello O’Shaughnessy numbed Galway and its hinterland in the weeks before Christmas 1997.

Family members subsequently spoke of how she was always aware of the risks she faced, as one of only a handful of female taxi drivers in the city at the time. She would not pick up a fare she did not like the look of and was keenly aware of the need to be vigilant to the risk of robbery or assault

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Re: Gardaí renew appeal over murder of taxi driver 25 years ago
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2022, 03:10:22 pm »
Gardaí renew appeal over murder of taxi driver 25 years ago

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Gardaí have renewed an appeal for information in relation to the murder of a Galway taxi driver 25 years ago today.  Eileen Costello O'Shaughnessy’s killer has never been brought to justice.  Relatives, friends and colleagues of the mother of two will gather in Galway this morning to mark the anniversary of her death.

The murder of Ms Costello O’Shaughnessy numbed Galway and its hinterland in the weeks before Christmas 1997.

Family members subsequently spoke of how she was always aware of the risks she faced, as one of only a handful of female taxi drivers in the city at the time. She would not pick up a fare she did not like the look of and was keenly aware of the need to be vigilant to the risk of robbery or assault

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I was only in the game a couple of years when that happened, shocking. Then there was the murder in '95 which was one of the catalysts for de-regulation:
https://www.thesun.ie/news/979455/shocking-documentary-shows-how-rapist-became-first-ever-in-ireland-to-be-caught-by-dna/

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Re: Gardaí renew appeal over murder of taxi driver 25 years ago
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2022, 09:07:01 am »
I remember that   guess who that guys first cousin is ?
Larry murphy

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Re: Gardaí renew appeal over murder of taxi driver 25 years ago
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2022, 09:38:24 am »
RIP.

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Re: Gardaí renew appeal over murder of taxi driver 25 years ago
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2022, 07:26:02 pm »
I remember that   guess who that guys first cousin is ?
Larry murphy
Good call TD-42:
RAPIST Larry Murphy was a classmate of the man convicted of the brutal murder of civil servant Marilyn Rynn.

Ireland's most vicious sex attacker was in the same year as David Lawler who raped and strangled his victim.

The beasts, both 37, went to Scoil Chonglais, a secondary school in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, two decades ago.

A spokesman for the school said last night: "Both of them attended this school.

"But I don't remember if they were friends. David Lawler was from the town and Larry Murphy lived in the country.

"They never got into much trouble while they were here. They both came from very respectable families."

The similarities between the sinister pair are startling.

Teachers and fellow pupils were shocked when once quiet schoolboy Lawler was charged with the murder of Marilyn Rynn.

The father of two, described as a bright student, pleaded guilty to murdering Marilyn at his trial in early 1998.

Now three years later, his childhood classmate is behind bars for an equally horrific crime.

A Garda spokesman said last night: "Both men carried out violent sexual assaults.

"Both men were very quiet, unassuming sort of fellows. Lawler left Baltinglass after his Leaving Cert and moved to Dublin.

"They would have been around the town together when they were growing up.

"Both were married with children when they carried out the horrific crimes.


"Both of them held down secure jobs and they both ended up pleading guilty to raping their victim."

It is unclear if the pair kept up contact with each other after leaving school in the early 1980s.

But both became dangerous sex criminals and committed two of the most horrifying crimes Ireland has ever seen.

Bizarrely, both were expectant fathers when they raped their victims in lonely wastelands.

Both were bright students, neither had previous convictions and neither were known to Gardai.

Where Lawler strangled his victim, Murphy was disturbed while trying to strangle a terrified young woman.

Ironically, the two men are now expected to be in the same prison where they will have sex therapy sessions.

Telephone technician Lawler killed Marilyn Rynn after dragging her into the bushes from a dark path in Edgeworth Lane, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Lawler was a father of one when he carried out the murder three days before Christmas in 1995.

He stalked the 41-year-old single woman as she walked home from her office Christmas party at 3am.

Detectives believed tragic Marilyn sealed her fate when she told her killer she knew him.

Her battered body lay frozen in the undergrowth by the Tolka River for more than two weeks.

Lawler became the first murderer in the state to be convicted of a killing on the basis of DNA evidence.

He volunteered a blood sample to Gardai because he believed traces of DNA would have died by the time the body was found by a police dog.

But the DNA had frozen in sub-zero temperatures and detectives were able to charge Lawler.

Lawler, who pleaded guilty to the horrific murder, was given a life sentence in January 1998.

One of five children, he worked installing phone lines and was a keen internet user.

There was no history of violence and his family background was described as stable.

He told Gardai he just carried out the attack on spontaneous impulse.

Lawler choked her to death with his bare hands and left her naked body in brambles. After the murder and before he was arrested and charged in August 1996, his wife had their a second child.

Larry Murphy's wife Margaret was also pregnant when her husband was arrested and charged.

Gardai said Lawler's wife never knew what her husband had done until he was charged.

 


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