According to the mother of a child murdered 47 years ago, four men still live in the idyllic coastal village who were part of a pedophile ring in the Dalkey House of Horrors case.
In an interview with the Sunday Independent, Cynthia Owen appealed to other victims of male sexual abuse to come forward now so that gardaí can re-investigate the murder case.
Last Thursday, Gardaí asked for help solving the murder of newborn baby Noleen Murphy, who was stabbed to death and dumped in a plastic bag in an alley in 1973.
The baby was born as a result of sexual abuse in the family home.
An investigation into the death of baby Noleen in 2007 found that Cynthia was the mother of the child who was forcibly killed in the family home at White’s Villas in Dalkey. That court heard allegations that Cynthia’s late mother, Josephine, stabbed the baby with knitting needles before laying the baby in a nearby alley in Dún Laoghaire.
Abuse: Cynthia’s father, Peter Murphy, has been accused of rape. Photo: Collins
Cynthia, who now lives in Wales, spoke this weekend of her ongoing pursuit of justice for her murdered baby. She has alleged that her late father, Peter, systematically raped her and others as a child and also allowed other men to be raped.
“There are four other men living in Dalkey who were part of the pedophile ring and molested me,” she said. “I am asking other victims of abuse from these men to come forward. Gardaí can interview these men again if others respond. This could help move the case forward. These men could still abuse children. This is not just about me and Noleen’s other victims of these men. ”
Two other men, one now in London and the other in the west of Ireland, also participated in ongoing sexual abuse at her Dalkey home, according to Cynthia. She has explained to Gardaí that two former members of An Garda Síochána were part of the group of men her father had invited to their home to rape them.
“There are still six men alive who were involved in this abuse. If anyone has any information about the crimes these men committed, please get in touch. Noleen has long earned justice and recognition. The 11 year old kid that I was also that happened to me. This 11 year old kid deserves justice too. Two children were the victims of a horrific crime that night, “she added. “The grown up in me wants justice for the 11 year old who saw her daughter murdered. This destroyed and took over my life. On my deathbed, I will still seek justice for these two children. ”
Det Supt Creighton asked the public for help last week to finally resolve the case. “We are here today for information on the death of Baby Noleen who suffered a violent death within 24 hours of her birth. In the years since 1973, the murder of Baby Noleen and related matters has been the subject of an ongoing Garda investigation. All available inquiries are now exhausted, “said the executive officer.
“You may be wondering why the appeal is now, 47 years after Baby Noleen’s murder? First and foremost, Noleen and her mother, Cynthia, deserve justice. Perhaps someone with important information that was not brought forward at the time, but now as time and life experience feel that they may be ready to move forward now. I want to reach this person. ”
An investigation by the Serious Crime Review team into the unsolved murder has just been completed and is due to be handed over to the new investigative team in Dún Laoghaire.
Last week’s Garda Roll Call was the first police involved in the murder of Baby Noleen, and came about under continued pressure from Cynthia and her lawyer, Gerry Dunne.
“Hearing a Garda Superintendent say for the first time that I am the mother of a murdered child so that this would finally be recognized by them was a great moment for me. It was monumental for me as a victim. It was what I needed to hear. This is about confirmation and recognition for me and my child, “she said.
“In May 2019, I saw the Kerry babies asking for information. And I thought, what’s the difference between my daughter and poor baby John? I am very pleased with the re-investigation of Garda and the team that is now involved in the case. ”
During the 2007 investigation, the coroner decided that baby Noleen was Cynthia’s child. The court also heard allegations that her mother Josephine stabbed the newborn baby with knitting needles to cover up child abuse in the family home.
Baby Noleen was discovered in a plastic bag along with a knitting needle by high school students at 6:45 p.m. on April 4, 1973 in an alley known locally as Lee’s Lane. She was buried on a child’s property in the Glasnevin Cemetery. The 1973 murder investigation lasted only a few weeks. The 2007 investigation heard of a catalog of mistakes made by the original investigation team, including the fact that the killing probe only lasted six weeks and no Noleen or forensic blood samples were taken from the crime scene.
This weekend, Cynthia made a direct appeal to Dublin medical examiner Myra Cullinane to apply to the Justice Minister for an exhumation warrant to have her daughter’s remains exhumed. This request was rejected by Mrs Cullinane last November.
“I appeal to the coroner to reconsider the request that my daughter be exhumed, given the Garda developments this week. In that case, we could finally find out who my daughter’s father is. He could be one of the four men alive in Dalkey. ”
In 1995, Cynthia Owen declared that she was the child’s mother. She told Detectives that she was raped by her father, Peter Murphy Snr, and others in their family home in Dalkey.
Three of Cynthia’s siblings died of suicide, and her younger sister Theresa left a long note about the depraved abuse she and one of her brothers had suffered.
Cynthia Gardaí has made numerous statements over the past 25 years, including claims that her parents hired their children as part of a pedophile ring and named several men, including three former Gardaí.
She also claimed that she gave birth to a second baby, John, two years after Noleen’s birth, and that he was buried in the garden of the house. An excavation carried out by gardaí in the garden in Dalkey yielded no results. In 2006, the DPP stated that there would be no prosecution related to Noleen’s death.
Anyone with information should contact the Garda Station in Dún Laoghaire on 01-6665000 or the confidential Garda Line on 1800666111.
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