89 - The Ordeal: Jennifer Guinness

Apr 05, 02:00 AM
In April of 1986, three armed men burst into a lavish home in Howth. When they left, they brought with them Jennifer Guinness, mother of three and wife of the head of a merchant bank. A ransom was demanded for her return. 

Despite the quick mobilisation of gardai all over Dublin, Jennifer's captor would evade capture for over a week. 


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