Catherine and Friends: Inside the Investigation Into Ireland's Most Notorious Murder

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The trial and conviction of Catherine Nevin for her role in the murder of her husband Tom monopolized the attention of the country for weeks. It was the main topic of conversation in pubs, homes and workplaces as newspapers daily carried new and salacious details of the "Black Widow's" scheming, as well as images of her glamorous and expansive wardrobe, on their front pages. In the days before murders became a daily occurrence in Ireland, the allegations of contract killers, extra-marital affairs, fraud and ...
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The trial and conviction of Catherine Nevin for her role in the murder of her husband Tom monopolized the attention of the country for weeks. It was the main topic of conversation in pubs, homes and workplaces as newspapers daily carried new and salacious details of the "Black Widow's" scheming, as well as images of her glamorous and expansive wardrobe, on their front pages. In the days before murders became a daily occurrence in Ireland, the allegations of contract killers, extra-marital affairs, fraud and involvement with Republican organisations seemed better suited to the big screen than a small town pub.

Pat Flynn led the investigation against Catherine, a woman whom he had encountered several times before these events unfolded. He had witnessed her fabricate accusations of sexual abuse against his Garda colleagues while she continued to enthral his superior officers and Judge O'Buachalla. He describes how holes in her version of the events on the night of the murder were found, along with evidence of how she had been plotting for years to have her husband murdered.

Flynn also reported Judge O'Buachalla for granting Catherine the license for the pub solely in her name through irregular channels, after she had been charged with murder and as rumours of an affair between them had become rife.

Although O'Buachalla was discussed in the Dáil and a judicial investigation ordered, the results were never publicised, despite promises to the contrary from the then Minister for Justice, and the judge continued to sit in court. For a man who spent his working life enforcing the law, this could not be allowed to pass without at least an official explanation. Catherine and Friends presents the complete truth behind the infamous "Black Widow" and how ultimately, no amount of scheming thwarted Pat Flynn's search for answers.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781905483921
  • Publisher: Liberties Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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PAT FLYNN was the Superintendent of Gorey Garda District, County Wexford, which brought Arklow, Jack White's Pub and Catherine Nevin under his supervision. Although he led several murder investigations in his career, none had the notoriety of the Nevin case. He has since retired, and continues to live in Wexford.
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Table of Contents

1 The Phone Call 7

2 The Investigation Commences 19

3 The Technical Investigation 22

4 The Funeral 35

5 Catherine's Suspects 40

6 Evaluation 42

7 Catherine Scully and Tom Nevin 45

8 The Business of Marriage 50

9 The Purchase of Jack White's Inn 53

10 Friendships 56

11 Gardaí Whelan and Murphy 63

12 Previous Exploits 68

13 The Search of the Pub 73

14 The Staff and Patrons 76

15 The Judge 87

16 Catherine and the Inspector 93

17 The Injuries Sustained by Tom Nevin 96

18 John Ferguson and Patrick Russell 98

19 John Jones 103

20 Willie McClean 105

21 Gerry Heapes 109

22 Catherine's Arrest 117

23 Stocktake 125

24 The Director of Public Prosecutions 129

25 The Trial 132

26 Pre-trial Arguments 134

27 Judge O'Buachalla 161

28 Pat Russell 163

29 McClean, Heapes and Jones 165

30 Catherine in the Witness Box 179

31 The Closing Speech for the Prosecution 194

32 The Closing Speech for the Defence 197

33 The Verdict 200

34 Catherine's New Residence 205

35 The Aftermath 207

36 Sleeping Dogs 210

37 Inquiry by Judge Frank Murphy 224

Conclusion 234

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