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people gather there will be an attraction for criminals to attend with
the intent of enriching themselves at the expense of others.
However, law enforcement will usually catch up with them and prison sentences
In earlier centuries the hangman’s noose was a villain’s fate;
nowadays, jail time beckons, and that can be for a very long time indeed,
as the murderous Malcolm McArthur discovered in 1982 to his cost.
In times past, it was quite normal for people of substance to be accompanied
by armed escorts as they made their way through Phoenix Park. The viceroy,
the king’s representative in Ireland, travelled with a mounted guard
of cavalry to protect his body and his office at all times. Many others
chose to be similarly protected on their way through the park.
The Invincibles Murders
Secretary, Lord Frederick Cavendish and his Under-Secretary, Thomas Burke,
were stabbed to death with surgical knives in May 1882 within sight of
the Vice Regal Lodge by members of the Invincibles, a small revolutionary
group of the period. Eight months later, in January 1883, warrants were
issued for the arrest of more than twenty men who were subsequently tried
for the killing. All were convicted and six received the death sentence,
while the others were given long terms of imprisonment.
Chesterfield Avenue was the scene of another horrific murder almost exactly
a century later, when Bridie Gargan, a young nurse who was sunbathing
beside her parked car, was beaten to death by a would-be bank robber intent
on stealing her car. On the afternoon of July 22, 1982, Malcolm McArthur
attacked her with a lump hammer when she tried to stop him taking her
car. McArthur was subsequently captured and pleaded guilty to Nurse Gargan’s
murder. He was still incarcerated in 2008, some twenty-six years later.
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