Larry Murphy, suspected serial killer, is now in secure accommodation as part of the Probation Services system. Murphy agreed, voluntarily, to take part in the program due to the hostile reaction he has encountered since being released from prison last Thursday.
Murphy served 10 years of a 15-year sentence for the kidnapping, repeated rape and attempted murder of a Carlow business woman. While in prison he refused all treatment.
The police believe that Murphy is connected to at least six disappearances in the Leinster region including that of New Yorker, Annie McCarrick. He has been repeatedly questioned by the police but refuses to cooperate with their investigations.
It was only when Murphy realized that he needed the Probation Services help, finding secure accommodation, that he came forward. As part of their deal he will voluntarily keep in contact with them and is considering using their support systems including counseling. However, he is not bound to this agreement and could opt out at any time.
The Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern intervened in the situation and asked the Probation Services and the police to reach out again to Murphy in the hope that he might choose to join a program for those recently released. He urged them to convince Murphy to get involved in their program.
On Friday night Murphy sought refuge in a Dublin City Centre police station after he had been followed by the media and verbally abused by members of the public while taking a day trip to Cork. He asked for the help of a prison Chaplin who he had spoken to before.
Facebook pages have been set up by members of the public. One of the pages, called “Don’t let Larry Murphy out” has more than 20,000 members. The page includes a link to a petition calling for Murphy to be hung.
Another Facebook page called the “Larry Murphy location tracker” has 43,000 followers. Also “Beware Rapist” posters have been distributed near his hometown of Baltinglass, County Wicklow.
Murphy is now being housed at a secure location and is under constant monitoring by the National Surveillance Unit and plainclothes officers.
This weekend it was revealed that Murphy can be linked to the disappearance of Deirdre Jacob from Newbridge, Kildare in 1998. He was working as a carpenter in her grandmother’s sweetshop on the day that Deirdre went missing. He was one of the last people to see Deirdre.
Although Murphy has never helped the police in their inquiries into these women’s disappearances he has also never offered an alibi or attempted to clear his name.