95 - Desecration: The murder of Patricia O'Connor

Jun 28, 07:47 PM
In the summer of 2017, body parts were discovered strewn across the scenic landscape of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. Gardai began a wide-scale search and a murder investigation. But only days later a man presented himself at a south Dublin Garda station, confessing to the murder of his 61 year old mother in law, Patricia O'Connor.

But was he telling the whole story? 

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