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Court refuses to free child-killer Dutroux’s accomplice

A Belgian court  refused to free Michelle Martin, ex-wife and accomplice of notorious pedophile killer Marc Dutroux, serving life for the kidnap, rape and murder of several girls.

Martin, the 51-year-old mother of three of the jailed killer’s children and a former school teacher, was granted release on parole in May after serving barely half of a 30-year sentence.

But she could not walk free until judicial authorities had approved the terms of her social reinsertion — her work and residence plans.

The decision to free Martin after 15 years in jail triggered an outcry in Belgium earlier this year.

But Thursday, a court in this southern Belgian town ruled her plans for social reinsertion unacceptable, revising the May parole and said it would take a fresh look at her request in May 2012.

Dutroux was jailed for life in June 2004 for the kidnap and rape in the 1990s of six young and teenaged girls, four of whom died.

Hauled before a court the same year, Martin was found guilty of helping Dutroux hold his victims prisoner, and of complicity in the deaths of two eight-year-olds, found starved to death in a locked cellar.

In May, her lawyers said she hoped to transfer to a convent in France after finding God while in jail.

But the French justice ministry refused her transfer to the country.

Martin, a quiet woman who consistently pleaded submissiveness to Dutroux at the trial, admitted to having locked the door to the cellar where he held the girls captive. She was supposed to have fed them when Dutroux was away but told the court she was too afraid.

The Dutroux affair was one of the first in Europe to put pedophilia squarely in the public eye.

News that a woman viewed by many in Belgium as a monster was to be freed outraged much of the country and infuriated victims of the couple’s serial murders, rapes and kidnappings.

Dutroux, an unemployed electrician allegedly surviving on drug-dealing and stolen cars, was arrested in August 1996 after a 14-year-old went missing. She was found alive two days later along with a girl of 12, cowering in the basement of one of his homes.

The case then took a gruesome turn when the bodies of the two eight-year-olds were found buried in the garden of his main residence.

Less than a month later, the bodies of two more girls were found in another property owned by Dutroux.

Public shock turned to fury when it emerged not only that police had missed a string of clues, but that Dutroux had been released from jail in 1992 after serving just three years of a 13-year sentence for the abduction and rape of five girls.

Martin, who like many of his other women met him at an ice-rink, was convicted and jailed for that affair too. She served only two years of her five-year sentence.

I say she did not want to be bothered feeding them. He was in jail and not able to harm her. They were 2 scared and (I am sure) weakened girls.

She should have let them go, if she was any kind of person she would have let those 2 girls go.

Leave her in jail.

Victim of Serial Killer Outraged!

The man who cheated death at the hands of serial killer Dennis Nilsen has condemned a decision to give the murderer cash for a human rights claim.

Dennis Nilsen, who killed at least 17 men in the 1970s and 1980s has been awarded £55,000 to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights to try to publish his autobiography.

Carl David Stotter, 50, of Brighton, said he was enraged to hear Nilsen, who tried to suffocate and drown him, has been given aid – even though the victim has not received a penny in compensation for his ordeal.

Nilsen was refused permission to publish his manuscript by the highest courts in Britain so has taken his case to the European Court in Strasbourg.

That court makes the decision on whether to give him the money to argue his case, but the British government will end up footing the bill.

Mr Stotter said: “Why should he have his human rights when his victims haven’t any?

“It’s not justice.”

“This happened to be 29 years ago and I’ll never forgot it.”

“I feel really angry, but this is not just about me. It is about all the people he killed too.”

“I stopped Nilsen having his book published once before and we won, but no one told me he was going to try again.”

“This is not right. There is less help for victims than killers.”

“I have not received a penny of help from anyone.”

“I was the only one of his victims left to be able to seek compensation and I got nothing.”

**From me: There were others that survived Nilsen.  (Andrew Ho, Douglas Stewart, Paul Nobbs)  See below.

From here.

This is a travesty of justice. There is NO way Nilsen should get money to file this claim. he is prison and that should restrict his ‘rights’.

If he wants to sue he should have to come up with the money himself. Why are we rewarding him in any way?

I would actually read his book but I think and money should be given to the victims and their families.

Victims

  • Murder 1, Stephen Dean Holmes: Nilsen’s first murder took place on 30 December 1978. Nilsen claimed to have met his first victim in a gay bar. Nilsen strangled him with a necktie until he was unconscious and then drowned him in a bucket of water. On 12 January 2006, it was announced that the victim had been identified as Stephen Dean Holmes, who was born on 22 March 1964 and was therefore only 14 at the time; Holmes had been on his way home from a concert. On 9 November 2006, Nilsen finally confessed to the murder of Holmes in a letter sent from his prison cell to the Evening StandardNilsen was not charged for the murder as the Crown Prosecution Service decided that a prosecution would not be in the public interest.
  • Between the first and second murders, Nilsen attempted to murder Andrew Ho, a student from Hong Kong he had met in The Salisbury public house in St. Martin’s Lane. Although afterwards he confessed to the police about the incident no charges were brought and Nilsen was not arrested.
  • Murder 2, Kenneth Ockendon: The second next victim was 23-year-old Canadian student Kenneth Ockendon. Nilsen met the tourist in a pub on 3 December 1979 and escorted him on a tour of Central London, after which they went back to Nilsen’s flat for another drink. Nilsen strangled him with the cord of his headphones whilst Ockendon was listening to a record. Ockendon was one of the few murder victims who was reported as a missing person.
  • Murder 3, Martyn Duffey: Martyn Duffey was a 16-year-old runaway from Birkenhead. On 17 May 1980, he accepted Nilsen’s invitation to come over to his place. Nilsen strangled and subsequently drowned Duffey in the kitchen sink.
  • Murder 4, Billy Sutherland: Billy Sutherland was a 26-year-old father-of-one from Scotland who worked as a prostitute. Sutherland met Nilsen in a pub in August, 1980. Nilsen could not remember how he murdered Sutherland; however, it was later revealed that Sutherland had been strangled by bare hands.
  • Murder 5, Unidentified: The fifth next victim was another man who worked as a prostitute; however, this man was never identified. All that is known is that he was probably from the Philippines orThailand.
  • Murder 6, Unidentified: Nilsen could recall very little about this and the following two victims. All that Nilsen could remember about the sixth man was that he was a young Irish labourer that Nilsen had met in the Cricklewood Arms.
  • Murder 7, Unidentified: Nilsen described the seventh victim as a starving “hippy-type” whom Nilsen had found sleeping in a doorway in Charing Cross.
  • Murder 8, Unidentified: Nilsen could recall little about his eighth victim, except that he kept the man’s body under the floorboards of his flat, until he removed the corpse and cut it into three pieces then put it back again. He burned the corpse one year later.
  • At some point between murders 6 and 8, on 10 November 1980, Nilsen attacked a Scottish barman named Douglas Stewart, whom Nilsen met at the Golden Lion in Dean Street. Stewart woke up while being strangled, and was able to fend off his attacker. Although Stewart called the police almost immediately after the attack, the officers refused to take action; reportedly they considered the incident to be a domestic disagreement.
  • Murder 9, Unidentified: The ninth next victim was a young Scottish man who Nilsen met in the Golden Lion pub in Soho in January, 1981.
  • Murder 10, Unidentified: Another young Scottish man. Nilsen strangled him with a tie and placed the body under the floorboards.
  • Murder 11, Unidentified: Nilsen picked up his eleventh victim in Piccadilly Circus. The man was an English skinhead and had a tattoo around his neck reading “cut here”. The man had boasted to Nilsen about how tough he was and how he liked to fight. However, once he was drunk, he proved no match for Nilsen, who hung the man’s naked torso in his bedroom for a day, before burying the body under the floorboards.
  • Murder 12, Malcom Barlow: The 12th next victim was a 24-year-old named Malcolm Barlow. Nilsen murdered Barlow on 18 September 1981. Nilsen found Barlow in a doorway not far from his own home, took him in, and called an ambulance for him. When Barlow was released the next day, he returned to Nilsen’s home to thank him and was pleased to be invited in for a meal and a few drinks. Nilsen murdered Barlow that night. Barlow was the final victim to be murdered at Melrose Avenue.

In October 1981, Nilsen moved to a new house in Muswell Hill.

  • In November 1981, Nilsen targeted Paul Nobbs, a student, at the Golden Lion in Soho, and invited Nobbs back to his new home. The student awoke the next morning with little recollection of the previous evening’s events, and later went to see his doctor because of some bruising that had appeared on his neck. The doctor revealed that it appeared as if the student had been strangled, and advised him to go to the police. However, Nobbs was concerned about what would happen if his sexual orientation were to be disclosed, and did not go to the police.
  • Following this, Nilsen targeted Carl Stotter *, a drag queen known as Khara Le Fox at The Black Cap, in Camden. After passing out from strangulation, Stotter became conscious while Nilsen was trying to drown him in a bath of cold water. Stotter managed to gasp air four times before losing consciousness. Nilsen’s dog then lapped Stotter’s face and uncovered signs of life.[citation neededNilsen then led Stotter to a railway station, through a forest and the two parted ways. Stotter, due to memory loss from the event and alcohol before, reportedly didn’t realise for several years that he had almost been killed.[citation needed]
  • Murder 13, John Howlett: Howlett had first met Nilsen in a West End pub in December 1981. In March, 1982, John Howlett was the first victim to be murdered in Nilsen’s Muswell Hill home. Howlett was one of the few who was able to fight back; however, Nilsen had taken a dislike to him and was determined that he should die. There was a tremendous struggle, in which at one point Howlett even tried to strangle Nilsen back. Eventually, Nilsen drowned Howlett, holding his head under water for five minutes. Nilsen dismembered Howlett’s body, hid some of Howlett’s body parts around the house and flushed others down the toilet.
  • Murder 14, Graham Allen: Graham Allen was another troubled man; a father, originally from Scotland, whom Nilsen met in Shaftesbury Avenue in September, 1982. Nilsen took Allen to his home and prepared an omelette for him. Nilsen crept up on Allen while he was eating and strangled him to death. After murdering Allen, Nilsen left Allen’s body in the bath, unsure how to dispose of it. After three days, Nilsen dismembered him, like his previous victim. Parts of Allens’ remains were what led to the drains being blocked at the flats where Nilsen lived.
  • Murder 15, Stephen Sinclair: Nilsen’s final victim was a 20-year-old man named Stephen Sinclair who was addicted to drugs and alcohol. Nilsen targeted Sinclair in Oxford Street and bought the youth a hamburger. Nilsen then suggested that they go back to his place. After Sinclair drank alcohol and used heroin at Nilsen’s house, Nilsen strangled Sinclair and dismembered Sinclair’s body. Nilsen recalled that the youth’s wrists were covered in slash marks from where Sinclair had recently tried to kill himself. This murder was on 26 January 1983, less than two weeks before Nilsen was arrested. It was Sinclair’s dismembered remains in the drain outside Nilsen’s home that first alerted the police to Nilsen’s murders.[citation needed]   

Serial Killer Jeffery Lee Guillory Convicted.

Man accused of killing three convicted in third murder.

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – An East Baton Rouge Parish jury has convicted an alleged serial killer of second-degree murder.

The Advocate reports that (http://bit.ly/nHoBVp) 45-year-old Jeffery Lee Guillory was convicted Sunday night of killing 46-year-old Renee Newman in 2002.

The charge carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.

Guillory was arrested in December 2009 and booked with Newman’s death and those of Sylvia Cobb in 2001 and Florida Edwards in 1999.

Both were 36 and from Baton Rouge.

He is already serving 50 years for second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree murder of a woman in Lafayette in late 2007.

Prosecutor Dana Cummings said that Guillory’s DNA was found on Newman’s shirt, and that the shirt was used to strangle her.

Her body was found behind an old department store building.

 

 

New York Serial Killer Case: Tips Are Coming In.

The police are getting tips in the NY Serial Killer case. Hopefully we will hear something new soon.

Chilling sketches of a man and a woman found at a serial killer dumping ground on Long Island have spurred dozens of fresh tips about their identities, according to a source close to the case.

Suffolk County cops released the renderings of an Asian man and a white woman yesterday in an attempt to kick-start their investigation into ten sets of remains found at Gilgo Beach.

The victims – eight women, the lone man and a female toddler – were discovered during sweeps of the desolate stretch over the past 10 months and only half have been identified.

A police source said that the Asian male – who likely worked as a prostitute – was wearing a short skirt and some form of female leggings.

The sketch of what the male victim in the Long Island killings may have looked like.

The sketch of what the male victim in the Long Island killings may have looked like.

The source said his discovery initially threw the investigation for a loop because the other identified victims were all petite female hookers. But the cross-dressing revelation makes it plausible, the source said, that their slayer could be one in the same.

There is only one Asian male listed as missing in New York State but no match was made to the Gilgo victim.

The discovery of a female toddler at the site – the other clear departure from the Gilgo pattern – has also frustrated cops. The body of the child’s likely mother was discovered 7 miles away near Jones Beach.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer has not determined if the grisly Gilgo finds are the work of one or more killers.
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Serial killer Clifford Olson Dying of Cancer

VANCOUVER—Relief. Happiness. And a sense that after all these years, finally, there is justice.

Families of serial killer Clifford Olson’s victims are expressing a range of emotions about his imminent death. One thing, however, remains constant for them — their grief never ends.

In a Quebec hospital, cancer is eating away at Olson’s body.

Corrections Canada has informed the family he has just days to live, giving them time to absorb the reality that the monster who forever changed their lives is now about to die.

“It’s hell, but it’s a good hell,” said Dee Johnston, stepmother of 13-year-old Colleen Daignault, who was killed after being stalked by Olson as she planned to take a bus to her grandmother’s house.

“He’s dying of cancer, a cruel, hard death. What goes around comes around. He’s getting his just due,” she told the Toronto Star.

Olson, who once described himself as the “beast of British Columbia,” is serving 11 consecutive life sentences after he was convicted in 1982 of killing eight girls and three boys.

He has been in jail for almost 30 years and accumulated a small fortune in government pensions, according to claims he made to a reporter last year.

When he dies, Olson could be claimed by a family member who will decide how to dispose of his remains. If no family member steps forward, Corrections Canada will turn the body over to the coroner’s office. But one thing Corrections Canada will not allow is for any ceremony or memorial to be erected in Olson’s name.

“No such thing will be allowed,” said Serge Abergel, spokesman for Corrections Canada in Quebec, where Olson has been imprisoned at a maximum security prison.

“If an inmate wants to glorify himself, and falls under the responsibility of corrections, the way things are done will be done with respect to the deceased as well as the victims.”

If Olson has no money and no will his burial will be provided at public expense, including burial clothing and the installation of a grave marker. Abergel said those details would be left with the coroner’s office and no notice would be given of where he is buried.

For privacy reasons, Corrections Canada is not releasing any details about Olson’s medical condition or his current status except for confirmation that he remains under their care.

News of Olson’s decline has brought back public revulsion over a serial killer who once terrorized a nation. The now 71-year-old killer had been a teenage bully and thief, then turned into a police informant, rapist and serial killer. Whether he was eluding police or behind bars, Olson was a sadistic manipulator, always seeking attention.

He made headlines last year when he tried to send a donation to the Conservative Party of Canada and asked for a tax receipt. The party rejected his contribution. For years, he called reporters and wrote letters until Corrections Canada curbed his desperate attempts to draw attention to himself.

He told Toronto Sun columnist Peter Worthington that he has over $100,000 in a Quebec bank and revealed he’s been collecting Old Age Security payments from Revenue Canada of about $1,200 a month.

“What good is money to me? I got no use for it, if you get what I’m getting at. I guess I gotta make a will in case I get a heart attack or something. Don’t want these bastards getting my money,” Olson said to Worthington.

Olson collected $100,000 from the RCMP after he made a deal to direct them to where he had buried the bodies of his victims. That money had been left in a trust for his then-infant son Clifford, Jr. and his estranged wife, Joan.

“This man committed atrocities and the things he did to our children were terrible,” said Johnston. “For anyone who thinks this is closure, this is not.”

In B.C.’s interior, Marie Wolfsteiner said any news of Olson, who killed her daughter Sandra, just “stirs up the families.”

Sandra Wolfsteiner, a pretty 16-year-old brunette living with her sister in Langley, was hunted down by Olson just four days after the killer’s wedding in May 1981 and was killed in the bush in Chilliwack about an hour east of Vancouver.

“He isn’t gone yet,” Marie Wolfsteiner said Wednesday. “I’m not even interested anymore. I just want it to go away.”

Although pig farmer Robert Pickton, charged with killing 20 women and convicted of killing six, is considered Canada’s worst serial killer, Olson’s crimes — targeting vulnerable children — have made him a flashpoint.

Simon Fraser University criminologist Neil Boyd said Olson generated a great deal of fear during the eight months of his killing spree between 1980 and 1981.

“There was the subtext that being an informer for the RCMP that he was somebody who really wasn’t on the radar who ought to have been on the radar,” he said Wednesday. “Clifford Olson has become part of the debate about the reinstatement of the death penalty and a poster boy for the abolition of the faint hope clause.”

Boyd said Olson continued to engage in tactics of manipulation even from behind bars such as requesting parole board hearings and trying to engage with the public through acts such as selling items online.

“You can’t say anything positive about the impact he’s had on the criminal justice system, it’s just negative no matter which way you turn,” said Boyd. “It’s difficult to feel any sense of his loss at his death.”

For Sharon Rosenfeldt, news of Olson’s illness wasn’t a complete surprise. In late August, she was informed by Corrections Canada that the man who killed her 16-year-old son, Daryn Johnsrude, was being transferred out of prison for three days. Families of Olson’s victims surmised that he had serious health issues.

Over the last 30 years, Rosenfeldt, who started a victims’ rights group in Ottawa with Daryn’s stepfather Gary Rosenfeldt, said she often wondered how she would feel if Olson died.

“Do you jump up and down and think yippee, he’s going to be dead soon? He is the man who took my son’s life in a most gruesome manner,” she said.

Over the years, Olson continued to torment her family even from prison — he launched a lawsuit against her for defamation of character, taunted them about Daryn’s last words, tried to sell memorabilia online and even made a dozen videos on how to abduct children. 

I do not understand how the harassment is allowed or tolerated.

This is also another reason I believe these monsters need to get capital punishment, then they can not harm others anymore.

Rosenfeldt said she talked to her son and daughter after learning the news from Corrections Canada on Tuesday.

“We all had a few tears. Our whole life in the last 30 years comes before us when you learn something like this and you realize this has been 30 years,” she said. “It was very emotional because you think of all the people who have lost so much, my daughter and my son, Gary, my parents. The first face I thought of was my son, his little face.”

Clifford Olson’s history of violence

November-July 1980: Clifford Robert Olson, a 41-year-old Coquitlam, B.C. construction worker, terrorizes the Lower Mainland, torturing, sexually assaulting and murdering eight girls and three boys between 9 and 18 years of age. On Christmas Day 1980, the body of Olson’s first victim, Christine Weller, 12, is found strangled and stabbed in Richmond, B.C.

Aug. 12, 1981: Olsen is arrested by the RCMP on Vancouver Island.

Late 1981: Olson reveals locations of victims’ bodies to RCMP after brokering a $100,000 deal for his wife and son — $10,000 a body. He offers the whereabouts of his first victim as a “freebie.”

January 1982: Olson recants his initial not guilty plea, confessing to 11 murders in what was dubbed the “trial of the century.”

Jan. 14, 1982: B.C. Supreme Court hands down 11 simultaneous life sentences.

May 2, 1986: Olson sends a letter to the parents of 16-year-old victim Daryn Johnsrude, detailing their son’s murder. 

IMO: At that point his mail privileges should have been restricted in the very least, canceled  other than with  lawyers and always read before going out of the prison.

Dec. 15, 1989:Imprisoned at Kingston Penitentiary, Olson says God has forgiven him. “I’ve asked for forgiveness, I’ve been forgiven and that’s the end of it.” 

I am happy that God did since no one else seems to have forgiven him!

March 11, 1997:Olson invokes the “faint-hope clause” to request an early parole hearing after serving 15 of his 25-year sentence. A jury takes less than 15 minutes to say no. Victims’ families petition to eliminate the “faint-hope clause,” which gives murderers exhibiting good behavior the opportunity for early parole. The clause is amended in 1997, making Olson the last serial killer to call for early parole.

June 1997: Olson transfers from a Saskatchewan prison to Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, north of Montreal.

Aug. 21, 2001: A National Parole Board jury needs 17 minutes to agree Olson will stay behind bars.

July 18, 2006: At another parole hearing, Olson claims he struck a deal with the U.S. attorney general regarding 9/11 information and will be extradited. His parole is denied. “Mr. Olson presents a high risk and a psychopathic risk,” the National Parole Board said. “He is a sexual sadist and a narcissist. If released, he will kill again.”

March 2010: Olson, now 70, informs the Toronto Sun he earns over $1,000 a month in old age security benefits, sparking nationwide outrage. The federal government ceases pensions for prisoners locked up longer than two years. Security benefits are eliminated the following year.

Nov. 29, 2010: Olson flunks third parole hearing. He says it will be his last.

Sept. 2011: Victims’ families are notified Olson is dying of cancer in a Quebec hospital.

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I hope they can keep him going for a few extra days.

No pain meds, just let him suffer.

 

Did John Wayne Gacy Kill Michael Marino?

For 30 years Sherry Marino has visited the grave site dedicated to her son, Michael Marino.

She is now asking to have the body exhumed and a DNA test ran to make sure that it is Micheal in that grave.

That may not be my son, mom says 30 years after murder

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CHICAGO More than 30 years after Sherry Marino buried her 14-year-old son, she is asking for permission to exhume the boy’s remains.

Chicago officials identified Michael Marino as one of 33 victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy almost four years after his mother reported him missing. But according to papers filed with Cook County Circuit Court Thursday, his mother has long harboured doubts that the body was that of her son.

Lawyers for the mother point to disparities between autopsy findings by the Cook County medical examiner and her son’s dental records and medical history.

The 1979 pathological report indicated that Gacy’s victim had fractured his collarbone and suggested that the child’s molars had started coming in, according to the filing. But X-rays provided by Marino’s dentist months before the boy’s disappearance show that not all of his molars had yet grown in, and the mother does not believe her son ever broke his collarbone, her lawyers said.

Marino wants a DNA test to determine if the boy buried in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside is her son. She has been visiting the gravesite for more than three decades, according to her lawyers.

Chicago Tribune 

Michael went missing on Oct. 24, 1976, at the age of 14, but wasn’t identified as one of Gacy’s 33 victims until 3 1/2 years later. Over the years, Marino has suspected the body was not really Michael.

On Thursday, her attorney, Robert M. Stephenson, said he will file a petition in Cook County Circuit Court to allow her to have the body exhumed from Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

”She’s always had her doubts,” Stephenson tells CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman. “She says every time she visits his grave one of the things she wonders is, ‘Is this you?’”

Full article

This article has a video as well.

“It’s going to be expensive to exhume a body, to do DNA testing and compare it. So, there are still a lot of hurdles going forward, but I think that she deserves a definitive answer that science can give her today,” attorney Robert Stephenson told WGN News.

Gacy raped and murdered 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978, and reportedly showed no remorse for the crimes. He ultimately convicted and executed in 1994.

I can only imagine her pain.

I do not know what I would do in her position.

Of course you want to know if that is your child in that grave but what if it isn’t? If that is not Michael what happened to him 30 years ago?

This is so sad and no matter the outcome it will not have a happy ending.

I do hope that they allow the testing so that Ms. Marino can have the answer she needs.

A Serial Killer in Ireland?

A TOP forensic psychologist believes a serial killer could be operating in Ireland.

Dr Ian Gargan, who is to chair the 50,000 member Division of Forensic Psychology in the UK, told the Herald that he is not the only psychologist who suspects a multiple killer is at loose.

He said a Government investigation was needed and the results of it should be given to the families of the missing.

“We have got to look at the possibility that there is one out there,” said Dr Gargan, who is chairing a major conference in Dublin.

“We have a number of cases where young women have gone missing, and indeed some young men,” Dr Gargan said.

While there was no direct evidence that a serial killer is active, Ireland’s statistics for missing people were slightly higher per 100,000 than the international average.

Dr Gargan said the Government should commission a collaborative report and give a clinical psychologist with a track record in forensic psychology several months to examine the files and write a report, which could be given to the families and make the public aware if a serial killer is active.

Missing

Serial killers always have a pattern and a modus operandi — and some of the missing women had a “fair amount” of common variables such as age and demographics, the Drogheda-born psychologist said.

Several years ago, gardai established Operation Trace to investigate the cases of six young women who vanished from the Leinster area over a five-year period. It concluded there was no common thread linking the cases but investigations were hampered by the fact that no bodies and no crime scenes have ever been found.

The aim was to establish whether a serial killer could have been responsible for the mysterious disappearances of Jo Jo Dullard (21), Fiona Pender (25), Annie McCarrick (26), Deirdre Jacob (19), Ciara Breen (18) and Fiona Sinnott (18). All are thought to have been murdered.

Gardai are believed to know who is responsible for the deaths of three of the six women, Fiona Pender, Fiona Sinnott and Ciara Breen, but do not have sufficient evidence to charge their killers.

mlavery@herald.ie

- Michael Lavery

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