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Double killer told fellow inmates he could read their minds

Double killer told fellow inmates he could read their minds

DOUBLE killer Alan Cawley tried to get fellow prison inmates to kill themselves and told them he could read minds.

He even told inmates he could talk to the dead in a bid to manipulate vulnerable prisoners.

The disturbed killer has been compared to triple killer Brendan O’Donnell who murdered Imelda Riney in 1994 along with her son Liam and priest Father Joseph Walsh, according to Sunday World sources.

“He’s not finished yet. He has nothing to lose now,” warned one source this week, after Cawley was sentenced to life in jail for the horrific 2013 double murder in Castlebar of Thomas (69) and John Blaine (76).

While on remand for the double murder, Cawley scripted a letter identifying himself as a doctor at the Central Mental Hospital saying the inmate was to be transferred there immediately.

He then passed the letter to the vulnerable inmate by slipping it under his cell door A source confirmed to The Sunday World: “Cawley wrote the letter in July of 2014.

“The letter identified the targeted inmate as suffering from severe psychological difficulties and recommended that he be transferred to the Central Mental Hospital.

“Thankfully, prison officers became aware of the letter but it was widely recognised it had the potential for dire consequences on the individual he targeted. “This individual was already in a very vulnerable and fragile state.

“After the letter was discovered, Cawley was confronted by prison authorities and ultimately admitted he had written it.

“He was disciplined as a result.” He had been kept isolated from other prisoners at Castlerea Prison since 2013 until his trial began this year and was transferred to Cloverhill.

He had been released back into the community just four days before he bludgeoned the vulnerable Blaine brothers to death.

Then aged 26, Cawley also had €300 on his release while accommodation had been arranged for him in a B&B in Castlebar.

After discussing the bible with his landlady, he then went drinking on the night of the killings.

The Blaine brothers’ cousin, Paul Dunne, is convinced that Cawley knew what he was doing.

“He was out looking to kill someone, anyone, that night, that’s for sure,” he said this week.

Cawley, who had dozens of convictions, had already shown he could ruthlessly exploit vulnerable people, often posing as a medical professional.

One couple had a lucky escape in 2009 when Cawley talked his way into their Ballina home by pretending to be a psychiatric nurse.

He had known the couple from the same psychiatric unit where he After 15 minutes he unlocked the door and then left the property.

Cawley later pleaded guilty to a charge of poisoning. On the night he killed the Blaine brothers he again pretended to be a medic, claiming to be a trainee doctor to a couple in a local pub.

Investigators later pieced together his movements through the town until he crossed paths with Jack Blaine, who been collecting a cup of tea from Rocky’s Bar close to his home.

Cawley then entered the Blaines’ home and later told cops he spent several minutes searching for prescription drugs.

He picked up a shovel and beat Jack with it, but as he made his way to the front door saw another man in bed in a room at the front of the house.

He said he thought that, as they were living together, “maybe” they were child molesters.

He decided to beat that man too and hit him with a stick about 25 times.

Cawley then poured boiling water over the first man’s genitals as he felt it would be a “fitting punishment”.

The Blaine brothers had little chance against Cawley and were both vulnerable elderly men looked after by neighbours and their cousin Paul Dunne.

“They were innocent, God-fearing men who never done any harm,” Dunne previously told the Sunday World.

In a victim impact statement this week Dunne said: “Not seeing Tommy sitting in his chair smiling is a terrible loss.

“Two simple men, two angels. May they rest in peace.”