Shankill Butchers - A case study of mass murder


By Martin Dillon

During the 1970s a unit of the pro-British UVF deathsquad embarked on a spree of indiscriminate murder which left thirty Catholic civilians dead. The group abducted Catholics at random and cut them up with butchers knives. Their leader was Lenny Murphy, a fanatical Unionist whose Catholic-sounding surname led to his persecution as a child for which he took revenge on all Catholics.

 "The Shankill Butchers" is a horrifyingly detailed account of one of the most brutal series of murders in Irish or British legal history - a phenomenon whose real nature has been obscured by the political and violent context from which it sprang.

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