A teenage boy is snatched as he walks up the road, minutes from his own house, and beaten to death with a hammer; two psychiatric patients are stabbed to death in their sheltered accommodation; a young girl is fatally stabbed in her own bedroom by a neighbour she hardly knows; a man is beaten to death in an apparent gangland feud. Bereavement under any circumstance is devastating, but when the cause is murder, grief takes on an extra dimension. Those left behind live under a life sentence, condemned to years of painful memories and deep regrets. Based on personal interviews with victims' families, Catherine Cleary tells the horrific stories of twelve murders and how their families have survived the ordeal.
CATHERINE CLEARY began her career as a journalist with The Irish Times. She became the paper's crime correspondent and later joined the Sunday Tribune as security correspondent. In 1999 she was named feature writer of the year at the National Media Awards.