98 - A Question of Disorder: The murders of Anne & Annie Gillespie

Sep 23, 11:26 PM

In 1988, Anne Gillespie was 18 years old. She was looking forward to embarking on adult life. There was just one problem - her boyfriend of over three years had begun to behave horribly. She decided to end things. Her boyfriend, 22 year old John Gallagher, decided that if Anne would no longer speak to him, he'd kill her. 

John also shot Anne's mother, Annie.

No one could have predicted it, nor could they have known about the 24 years the two families would spend in and out of court.

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Carol Coulter, 'Bill to reform law on criminal insanity” in The Irish Times (3 December 2002) p. 4.

Stephen Maguire, “Killer of mother and daughter back in detention” in The Irish Times (23 May 2012) p. 2.

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Carol O'Brien, “Release now an option for the 'guilty but insane'” in The Irish Times (24 May 2012) p. 5.

Rowan Gallagher and Stephen Maguire, “Gallagher release may be inevitable – Shatter” in The Irish Times (25 May 2012) p. 4.

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