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Monday 23 October 2017

Evil killer will write to woman after letter reveals he's her dad

Michael Murphy, originally from Mayo, is a convicted killer and rapist serving life in Arbour Hill.
Michael Murphy, originally from Mayo, is a convicted killer and rapist serving life in Arbour Hill.

An evil rapist and killer in Dublin's Arbour Hill prison has said he will write to a woman after he received a letter revealing that she is his daughter.

Last week, the Herald revealed the bizarre story of English woman Sharon, who discovered that twisted criminal Michael Murphy was her dad when she googled his name.

Mother-of-two Sharon wrote to Murphy in prison and she revealed that the jail's chaplain informed her on Friday that the man she believes is her dad had received her correspondence and had decided to write back to her.

"My dad admits that I must be his child, but he says that he did not know about me," an emotional Sharon told the Herald.

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"He has got my letter and the chaplain tells me that he is writing a reply to me.

"He has confirmed that he did have a relationship with my mother, Michelle.

"These last few days have been a real rollercoaster for me, I am in a very emotional place now."

Pregnant Sharon also revealed that she is planning to visit her dad in jail but not before she gives birth to her third child in August.

She added that from her discussions with the prison chaplain in Arbour Hill that she has now learned that she may have a half brother.

"This has been so much to take in over the last few days, I need a bit of space now," she said.

Sharon's dad is classified as one of Ireland's most dangerous sex predators and the 60-year-old is serving a life sentence for a savage rape.

When Murphy was sentenced to life in prison at the Central Criminal Court in June 2009, Mr Justice George Birmingham said that he was a highly dangerous man whose threat to society was ongoing.

A member of the travelling community, Murphy escaped from a secure psychiatric unit in November 2006 and travelled back to his native Ireland.

At his trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, a jury found him guilty of raping the woman, a civil servant, on March 20, 2007.

The court heard how the woman and her friend had invited Murphy to their hotel.

When her friend fell asleep, the woman tried to get him to leave the room. Instead, he beat and raped her in the bathroom.

Born in Co Mayo, Murphy moved with his family to the UK in the 1960s. After being convicted of robbery in 1970, he was sent to a reform school.

alcoholic

In 1975, he killed his father, described in court as a violent alcoholic, and was given an 18-month suspended sentence.

Over the following years Murphy accumulated 16 other convictions for robbery and assault until he was jailed indefinitely in 1994 for raping a woman and stabbing her 33 times.

Sharon was born after her mother had a brief six-month relationship with the serial criminal. Sharon had always been told her father died of cancer in prison in 1987 until she made the shocking discovery last week.

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