It seemed a routine case back in 1973 when red-headed Michael O’Shea reported a buglary at his home in a fishing village just south of Dublin. But the inquiry took a surprise twist after the police lifted fingerprints from the furniture…
True Detective December 2005
It seemed a routine case back in 1973 when red-headed Michael O’Shea reported a burglary at his home in a fishing village just south of Dublin. But the inquiry took a surprise twist after the police lifted fingerprints from the furniture – fingerprints which later identified O’Shea as Joseph Michael Maloney, wanted in the United States for his second wife’s alleged murder. If Maloney is still alive he would now be in his 70’s, and it is doubtful he could be successfully prosecuted. But how did "Crazy Joe" outsmart the police in two countries and simply vanish?
Jane O’Brien was a tall, thin woman with a strong determind temper, an imperious manner and a dour Scottish attitude to life. On June 6th, 1932, she stood before Mr.Justice Byrne accused of the murder of her nephew John Cousins stemming from the ownership of Sanctuary, a small stone farmhouse in which they lived just outside Killinick, County Wexford, Ireland. Was Jane O’Brien framed? Did the police lie? Was she covering up for her son? Was her guilt presumed from the outset and the facts bent to fit that presumption? Some of the most powerful voices of the day clamoured for a reprieve. Would they prove successful? This amazing case is part 1 of a new series; Ireland’s Lady Killers.
The Jane O’Brien case is, in fact, one of two new series starting this month. The other is centred around Southampton and shows how crimes can be and often are solved through seemingly insignificant clues.
LIFE FOR THE MILKSHAKE MURDERESS
ESCAPE TO DUBLIN
FOR SALE: THE SCRIPT TO A PERFECT MURDER
THE VITAL CLUE PART 1:
How A Sheet Of Paper Helped Send A Southampton
Killer to the Gallows
One Of The Media’s Most Riveting Stories
Of All Time
IRELAND’S LADY KILLERS PART 1:
Aunt Jane’s Story Of Murder
Double Murder At Burghill Court
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN – UNSOLVED DECEMBER
TOY BOY CHAINED UP AND LEFT TO DIE