52 - Betrayal: The murder of Mary Gough

Oct 13, 2019, 02:00 AM

Mary Gough tragically fell down the stairs in her home, only 6 months after her wedding day. Or, at least that's what her husband, Colin Whelan, said. When Mary was rushed to the hospital after this purported accident, the Gardai did not take him at his word.

His story did not add up, and Colin Whelan was charged with with Mary's murder. But when Whelan's car was discovered at the top of Howth Head near the seaside cliffs, people thought that there would be no justice for Mary. 

But they were wrong.


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Siobhan Gaffney, Till Death Do Us Part (Dublin: Maverick House, 2015) Purchase here

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