Cold case focus on Larry Murphy's Deirdre link

Larry Murphy
Larry Murphy
Deirdre Jacob
Deirdre Jacob

A Cold Case investigation into the disappearance of teenager Deirdre Jacob is being focused on links established to rapist Larry Murphy.

While it is contrary to review practice to focus on any one suspect, it is understood that the admission by Murphy that he killed Deirdre to a fellow lag in prison has overshadowed all other avenues.

Murphy, who is believed to be still based in London, refused to co-operate with detectives while he was serving a term for rape in prison here. He was asked directly if he had anything to do with Deirdre’s murder, but simply told cops he would get back to them.

The Sunday World understands that the cold case, being carried out by the Garda’s Serious Crime Review Team, has concentrated on evidence linking the teenager’s disappearance to Murphy.

Last year we revealed how gardai were working with technical experts in a bid to establish where Murphy could have dumped her body after, he claimed, he killed her with a hammer.

Retired Detective Sergeant Alan Bailey visited Arbour Hill prison after Murphy’s release, where he met a prisoner who told him Murphy had got drunk on prison hooch and boasted: “I killed Deirdre with a hammer.”

 He said that Muphy told him he followed Deirdre as she walked to her parents’ home. He claimed he had beckoned her over to his car, knocked her unconscious and dragged her on to the front seat.

He said a drunken Murphy told him he intended bringing her up the mountains, but that she regained consciousness and when he couldn’t control her he grabbed the hammer and hit her with it, killing her. He concluded that he had dumped her body in the Blessington Lakes.

The Cold Case review is also focused on established facts that Murphy was in the Newbridge area around the time Deirdre had disappeared in 1998 and that  his business card was found at her grandmother’s sweet shop after her death.

Just two months ago Deirdre’s father Michael issued a fresh appeal for information on the disappearance of his then 18-year-old daughter.

Her mother Bernadette said: “We’re as wise today as we were the day Deirdre went missing. We have absolutely nothing to go on and it’s very hard to continue.”