23year old Brendan O'Donnell died of " natural causes" in
prison on the 24th July 1997. This was the original
explanation given by the Irish "Justice
Dept" and the Eastern Health Board for the
untimely death of Brendan O'Donnell . However , an
inquest held in Nov 1997 came up with a new diagnosis
, no less controversial ! The new explanation given
by the Dublin Coroners Court was; " O'Donnell
died of heart failure following a "reaction to
medication he had been receiving in prison "!
I wonder if
this is a regular occurrence among criminals who have
received medication in prison? There can be no doubt
that O'Donnell was an embarrassment to many in the
state institutions of Health and Justice and his
untimely death certainly eased the pressure and took
them out of the spotlight once and for all.
They added an
addendum; "there was no suggestion of any blame
being attached to medical staff over his death"
Well then, who was to blame for
the untimely death of a young man in his prime years?
Questions are still unanswered to this day!!!!!
His death by "natural
causes" or "overdose of proscribed
medications "ended the tormented life of an
abused child ,the life of a thief ,voyeur and
generally an all round social misfit!
He was sentenced on the 2 nd April 1996 to
life in prison for the murders of Imelda and Liam
Riney , and Ft .Joe Walsh on dates between the 30th
April and 7th May 1994!
In 1994 Ireland was unaccustomed to
the kind of senseless brutality which was symptomatic
of the O'Donnell murders! They were carried out
coldly and without any pity for the woman nor her
three year old child , Liam! The complete absence of
pity or human compassion could describe O'Donnell's
mental condition! After O'Donnell was finally caught
and was questioned by detectives and doctors, he
would gleefully tell of the killing of Imelda Riney .
He said it made him feel good and laughed as he
described how he abducted and shot Ft. Walsh!
There can be no doubt that Brendan
O'Donnell was a very troubled person and had a
history of violence and larceny but there are many
imponderables surrounding this case!
Brendan O'Donnell was born into a poor rural
family living on the shores of Lough Derg in east
Clare. His father was a bully who was in the habit of
beating up his wife and took a strong dislike to
mother was said to be over protective towards him and
this led to what was described as an unhealthy
relationship between mother and son! His mother
would sit beside Brendan at his school desk ,in the
classroom, until he was seven because he could not
bear to leave her! This over dependence on his mother
became only too apparent when his mother died of
cancer when he was nine years old! Brendan could not
cope with the loss of his mother and she was no
longer there to shield him from his brutal father.
When he saw his mother laid into her grave he
imagined she was still alive and was being smothered
by the clay which thrown on top. Later he would be
found in the mornings lying on top of his mothers
grave on the cold earth where
he had lay all through the frosty night!
In the following years he lived
with his grandmother Mary Quinn and other times with
his sister Anne Marie. After his mothers death it has
been verified by Anne Marie , his grandmother ,
family doctor and a psychiatrist that Brendan was
physically abused by his father. Brendan began to
develop into a troublesome juvenile with a likening
for firearms and when he was 14 he stole a gun and
was prosecuted and convicted of possessing a weapon
with the intent to endanger life! He was sent to
Trinity House in Dublin for young offenders
where it was said he tried to kill himself with an
overdose of tablets.
There are hearsay accounts that
Brendan had visitations from the devil and he had
spent many sleepless nights tormented by night
terrors. The reasons for these devilish visitations
are unclear; whether induced through the mental
anguish of an unhappy child in a violent family
environment or from "other" localised
presences. I mention this because it is becoming
clearer, in this new information age of the 21st
century , that devil worship has been widely
practised in every county in Ireland, for centuries!!
Brendan O'Donnell had a
younger brother called Aidan , and after his mother
death Aidan was sent to Wolverhampton in England to
live with his relatives. After his release from
Trinity House O'Donnell went to England at some
stage. Whether to live with relatives or not, is
unclear! While he lived in
England he again served a period of time in a young
offenders home and on his release he returned
in March 1994 through Belfast to his local area
in East Clare. Brendan was now aged about 20 and he
started on a campaign of vandalism and destruction
in East Clare.
At this particular
time in the life of Brendan O'Donnell something ,
unexplained to us, changed Brendan from a troublesome
juvenile into an apparent "devil possessed"
unfeeling killer! I pose this question at this point
because , as is normal in many murder trials, the
whole truth of what transpired is sometimes
overlooked, unintentionally or otherwise! I ask the
question now; what changed Brendan O'Donnell into a
"possessed" killer? Was it a self induced
mental leap into the abyss or were there
"outside forces" which or who spurred
Brendan into this evil madness?
Through my own research in Ireland
and my personal experiences I know that many wealthy
individuals have experimented and dabbled in the
"dark arts" of witchcraft and devil
worship! It is known that when people get deeply into
witchcraft and devil worship they are transformed
into unfeeling killers ! This happens slowly by
desensitising the person as the result of
watching "snuff" movies or actually taking
part in ritual murders or witnessing murders. I also
know that there are satanic cults throughout Ireland
which are fronting as "religious Christian sects
" and they are openly trying to recruit the
young and susceptible and people from the
Brendan O'Donnell uttered several curious remarks to
medical and police investigators after he was
captured in May 1994! " He said , "the
devil tried to save his soul", and "the IRA
was coming to break in and release him from
prison". The only evidence I can produce for the
last remarks was from a radio program on which Brenda
Power, a reporter for the Dublin newspaper,The
Tribune, described Brendan O'Donnell's utterances
during his trial in court in 1996. These remarks were
never put into print, to the best of my knowledge!
What must wonder why?
NB. If Brenda Power disputes my
information , she is free to put on the right
I will examine
more closely O'Donnell's remarks in later chapters.
NB.It should be pointed out
that there is a undeniable absence of information regarding the
O'Donnell murders! There is no account of the
O'Donnell murders on the internet on "any"
of the Irish search engines ,nor through the Irish
Times archives on the net! The O'Donnell murders seem
to have been completely written out of the annals of
Irish history. The only source for information has
been through the Gilbert Library in Dublin, and this
produced only meagre results!
The question has to be asked;
"Is this deliberate? And if so what are the
reasons for this censorship? Are there dark secrets
in the O'Donnell murders which are not evident at
was about 20years old in April 1994 when he began his
murderous campaign. He was living rough in the East
Clare area where he stole cars and burnt them
out.He robbed and ransacked houses and finally stole
a gun from a farmer . He fled after police tried to
apprehend him at a caravan park at Mountshannon in
County Clare on the 27th April 1994.
On the 29th
April 1994, O'Donnell abducted Imelda Riney and her
3year old son Liam from their remote home and made
Imelda drive to Cregg Woods where he was to shoot her
and her baby son dead with a .22 rifle. It is unclear
to me, because of the lack of precise information,
whether or not Brendan O'Donnell had been personally
involved with Imelda Riney before the events of late
April 1994. After his capture O'Donnell was to
allege that he and Imelda Riney had been involved in
a passionate relationship. This was denied by members
of Imelda's family.
Two days after
Imelda and Liam Riney were abducted her former
husband, Val Ballance visited Imelda's remote home
and realised something was wrong and reported mother
and son missing on the 1st May 1994.
NB.( Take a note of
the date, and consider it's significance; 1st May ,
or Mayday is a Satanic festival date!)
O'Donnell went to the home of
Ft Joe Walsh in Eyrecourt , County Galway on the
night of the 3rd May 1994 and forced the priest to
drive to Cregg Woods where Imelda and Liam Riney had
already been shot dead. Ft Walsh's absence at morning
mass on the following day was put down to the priest
visiting friends elsewhere in the county. A taxi
driver reported seeing O'Donnell pushing Ft Walsh's
car and at around the same time Imelda Riney's car
was found burnt out.
NB. Two things strike me as curious
in these accounts; why did O'Donnell burn the car
out? Was he aware of the need to destroy forensic
evidence? Had he the intelligence to take such
precautions? Burning cars which were used in murders
has been common practice by Irish and Loyalist
paramilitaries in Ulster and in Eire for many years.
it only a coincidence that he chose to abduct Ft
Walsh or had he known the priest before the fateful
days of May 3rd and 4th?
The police decided that the
sighting of O'Donnell pushing Ft Walsh's car was
linked in some way to the burnt out car of Imelda
Riney and set up a security cordon around the area
and called in the Air Corps.
On May 6th
1994, Ft Walsh's car was found burnt out on the
shores of Lough Derg . Between the 6th May and the
7th May O'Donnell abducted two more people , a
woman and a man! However, by then the police had
closed in on him .O'Donnell was arrested by police on
the 7th May 1994 between Woodford and Whitegate
after a chase through woods and mountains.
So ended a week long spree of
brutal murders and chase which ended in the deaths of
two adults and a baby boy. Had he been at large for
much longer he would probably have added to that
The body of Ft Walsh was found on the 7th May
in Cregg Woods. On the 8th May the bodies of Imelda
and her son were found in a shallow grave in the same
Cregg Woods ,only 150yards from where Ft Walsh was
From the time of his capture
onto the time of his trial ,O'Donnell underwent a
series of mental and physical breakdowns. In January
1995 he cut his wrists and it was reported in Aug
1995 that a fellow prisoner tried to strangle him.
His trial started prematurely in Jan !996 but had to
be adjourned because he became ill. He made
another apparently "genuine" attempt
at suicide in March 1996 when he tried to
strangle himself .The trial eventually restarted and
it lasted 53 days, the longest at that time in the
history of the Irish state.
The details and events of the trial of Brendan
O'Donnell described briefly, as firm information is
in short supply.
described O'Donnell's early life, painting a
picture of paternal abuse and an over indulgent
mother. According to one psychiatrist O'Donnell was
described as a he-bephrenic schizophrenic; the lawyer
explained that in layman's terms ,"he was as mad
as it was possible to be!" Yet other
psychiatrists declared that O'Donnell was Not
O'Donnell described how he spent the night in
Cregg Woods with Ft Walsh and he ate raw eggs and
cake which were gifts from parishioners to the
priest. He said that the priest pleaded with him and
offered O'Donnell money so he could return to
England. He then marched Ft Walsh into the wood and
told him to kneel down and he then shot him. Again,
according to one writer , the forensic evidence
contradicted O'Donnell's testimony.
One article says that O'Donnell
intercepted Ft Walsh in his car while another said
that he spent the night of the 3rd /4th May at the
priests home at Eyrecourt and then took the priest to
seems to be glaring contradictions between
O'Donnell's testimonies of the killings of the
Riney's and Ft Walsh and the actual forensic and
O'Donnell's testimony of the murders of Imelda
and Liam Riney was shocking and beyond the ability
for rational comprehension of normal people. He said
that on the 29th April he made Imelda drive to Cregg
Woods and he told her he was going to shoot her
,whereupon Imelda tried to take the gun from him. The
struggle ended and O'Donnell shot her in the eye. He
then brought the 3 year old over beside his mother
and shot him in the side of the head. He said that
this made him "feel very happy , a good
NB, These descriptions of the
innermost thoughts , and feelings of euphoria
which killers experience after taking the lives
of people are typical of pre-programed ,brainwashed
,mind controlled killers. There is evidence
that the CIA have experimented with mind
control using drugs and hypnosis. They have also used
witchcraft and devil worship to induce fear and
control over their pre-programed killers. Through
their experiments with child abuse victims they
discovered that they could produce Multiple
Personalities or multiple compartments in the minds
of the abused children . With the help of WW11 nazis
such as Dr Mengele , the CIA and their
experimental mind control research program , MKULTRA
, produced MPD human guinea pigs who would obey their
controllers with the use of key phrases or
"triggers"! There are people who say that
Lee Harvey Oswald was one such CIA mind control
experiment! Others say that Timothy McVeigh was
another CIA .MPD victim!
Sellers, self proclaimed satanist and Born Again
Christian shot his parents ! He declared that he
murdered them because he got involved with a Satanic
cult! Sellers demonstrated the same indifference to
human emotions and apparent euphoria and elation
after the killing of his mother and father ! The same
euphoria was evident in the Brendan O'Donnell case!
The pattern is the same in both cases, witchcraft and
the claims of spiritual possession is apparent in
The 53 day trial finally ended on the 2nd
April 1996 when O'Donnell was found guilty of murder
on a 10-2 verdict! The dissenting jurors found him
guilty but insane!
Brendan O'Donnell was sentenced to life in
On the 24th July 1997,
Brendan O'Donnel died of "natural causes"
or an "overdose of proscribed
medications"in prison at the age of 23 !
Strangely enough no-one in
Ireland has questioned this extremely incredible
coroner's report! What were the causes for a young
man , in the prime of his life ,to "die of
natural causes", or from proscribed medications?
There have "other"
curious reports from Mr John Harbison, the official
died from a cocktail of alcohol and drugs just before
he was to appear in court on 66 charges of child
abuse made by 5 of his victims! ( identical to the
Ft Brendan Smyth died in
prison from an apparent "heart attack
" where he was spending time on multiple child
PS.I decided to write
this article on the O'Donnell murders because I
discovered there were many unanswered questions
surrounding this case . Also, I found that there are
no articles or information on the Brendan O'Donnell
murders on the internet! My only source has been the
Gilbert Business Library in Dublin. I hope this
article will be of use to whoever is interested in
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