A Woman to Blame. The Kerry Babies Case by Nell McCafferty

By Nell McCafferty

Joanne Hayes, at 24 years of age, hid the beginning and loss of life of her child in County Kerry, eire, in 1984. for that reason she confessed to the homicide, by way of stabbing, of one other child. all the clinical proof confirmed that she couldn't have had this moment child. The police however, insisted on charging her and, after the costs have been dropped, persisted to insist that she had given beginning to twins conceived of 2 diversified males.

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Their leader was Superintendent John Courtney, who was reared in the north Kerry mountain village of Anascaul. J. Browne hailed from Listowel, a market town on the plains which hosted an annual writers’ week, under the benign eye of local playwright and short-story writer John B. Keane, whose literary excoriations of the tortured rural sexual psyche were renowned. Gerry O’Carroll was wont, in the course of the tribunal, to quote verbatim from Germaine Greer’s Sex and Destiny. He referred listeners particularly to her chapters on coitus interruptus and infanticide.

A financial safety net of some kind has been provided. The net which the police threw over Cahirciveen, and neighbouring Waterville and Killorglin and Sneem and Glencarr, around the tourist trail of the Ring of Kerry in fact, yielded nothing. The woman whom a nurse had seen walking on the road by White Strand was innocent. The father of a fifteen-year-old girl had noticed that she mentioned rape in her diary, but nothing came of this, though the police established that her parents were ‘responsible’.

Suspect Family In the second week of the woman-hunt some members of the crack Dublin murder squad had come down to help. They were Kerrymen by birth. Their leader was Superintendent John Courtney, who was reared in the north Kerry mountain village of Anascaul. J. Browne hailed from Listowel, a market town on the plains which hosted an annual writers’ week, under the benign eye of local playwright and short-story writer John B. Keane, whose literary excoriations of the tortured rural sexual psyche were renowned.

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