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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409065227
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

The Shankill Butchers

A Case Study of Mass Murder

The bestselling non-fiction book from the definitive writer on Ireland's tumultuous past. A gruesome investigation into one of Britain's most brutal and horrifying murder cases, perpetuated by the infamous serial killers Murphy's gang.

The bestselling investigation of one of Northern Ireland's most brutal and infamous murder cases
'This was the ultimate way to kill a man.'

During the 1970s a group of Protestant paramilitaries embarked on a spree of indiscriminate murder which left thirty Northern Irish Catholics dead. Their leader was Lenny Murphy, a fanatical Unionist whose Catholic-sounding surname led to his persecution as a child for which he took revenge on all Catholics.

Not for the squeamish, The Shankill Butchers is a horrifying detailed account of one of the most brutal series of murders in British legal history - a phenomenon whose real nature has been obscured by the troubled and violent context from which it sprang.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409065227
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the author

Martin Dillon

Martin Dillon is a Belfast journalist who, after an initial spell on newspapers, spent eighteen years working for the BBC in Northern Ireland. He is an acknowledged expert on terrorism and is the author of The Shankhill Butchers, The Dirty War, Killer in Clowntown and Stone Cold. He lives with his family in France.

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Praise for The Shankill Butchers

A chilling book, chilling but fascinating ... People on both sides - or some of them - are likely to read Martin Dillon, and to learn from him

Conor Cruise O'Brien

Dillon is recommended reading for anyone wishing to understand the complexities of British - Irish politics. He stands alone as one of the most creative writers of our time

Irish Times

Dillon's books are a working lifetime's brave and persistent effort to get information of a kind which, as he frankly says, can be perilous to possess, let alone to reveal

Times Literary Supplement

Gruesome territory...the great value of Martin Dillon's carefully researched and readable work is that it enters a world that few journalists have been inclined or able to penetrate


Gruesome yet compelling and superbly researched


Mr. Dillon recounts in chilling detail the evolution of Murphy's gang and the efforts to catch them. It makes for gripping but altogether terrifying reading

Washington Times

This will make you squirm

London Evening Standard

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