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2012 – District Court rules in PSNI’s favor. In January 2012, after US courts had reviewed 176 transcripts, Massachusetts District Court Judge William Young ruled that 85 of the transcripts should be turned over to the PSNI in connection with the McConville case.

Voices ranging from Moloney to then-Massachusetts Senator John Kerry expressed concern that the release of the tapes could jeopardize the peace process and bring potential harm to those interviewed. Boston College continued to appeal the subpoena.

2013 – Dolours Price dies. Following her death on January 23 in Dublin, Moloney and McIntyre were granted a final stay to retain the transcripts as they prepared an appeal to the US Supreme Court. Their petition was heard by the court and denied on April 15.

In May, the US First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that 11 interviews were to be handed over to PSNI for review.

March 2014 – Ivor Bell arrested and charged. Bell, a former commanding officer in the IRA, now 77, was arrested and brought in for questioning based on information in the oral history transcripts in the PSNI’s possession. He was charged with aiding and abetting in McConville’s murder, to which he has pled not guilty. Five other individuals are believed to have been questioned since then.

Following Bell’s arrest, Adams, who has consistently denied any involvement in McConville’s murder, issued a statement criticizing the Boston College oral history project and the chain of events in its wake.

“It is clear that the so-called Boston Oral History project is an entirely bogus, shoddy and self-serving effort by those involved,” he said.

“The idea for this project originated with Paul Bew, an advisor to David Trimble and was taken up by Ed Moloney and Anthony McIntyre who conducted the interviews. Both are vitriolic critics and opponents of the Sinn Féin peace strategy, of me in particular and of Sinn Féin and its leadership.”

April 29, 2014 – Gerry Adams arrested for questioning. Per a pre-arragement with PSNI, Adams is being held for questioning in Co. Antrim.

Following the arrest, one of McConville's children, Michael, has told the media that he knows the identity of his mother's killers, but that he is too afraid of the potential consequences of naming names.

One of McConville's daugters, Helen McKendry, told the BBC she is "ready to name names."

She said: "I do not fear the IRA anymore. I will happily give the names that I know to the police. . . What are they going to do to me? They've done so much to me already in the past 42 years, what are they going to do? Come and put a bullet in my head? Well, they know where I live."