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Sunday 20 August 2017

First book on case will be in the shops soon

Graham Dwyer book by Niamh O'Connor
Graham Dwyer book by Niamh O'Connor

Crime writer Niamh O'Connor looks set to be the first to the bookshelves with a detailed account of killer Graham Dwyer and the trial that has put him behind bars.

Called I'm Sorry, Sir, the book exposes the double life of architect Dwyer, now known as Ireland's BDSM killer.

The title comes from a text sent from a phone owned by Elaine O'Hara to another one said to belong to Dwyer.

It was used in evidence during the trial, showing how Elaine felt subservient to Dwyer who controlled her.

O'Connor spent all of the trial in Court 13 in the Criminal Courts of Justice recording the sometimes sickening and sometimes emotional testimony that gripped the nation, anxious to learn more about the man who could present himself as a hard-working professional and family man while hiding a life of lusting for violence against vulnerable women.

sordid

Her book is believed to be the first of many that will be written about Dwyer and his sordid exploits.

While crime is always of interest to the public and many books are written on the subject, it is cases such as Dwyer's that fly off the shelves.

Other cases and trials that have drawn huge scrutiny include Catherine Nevin for the killing of her husband Tom in 1996, Joe O'Reilly for the murder of his wife Rachel in 2004 and Scissor Sisters Linda and Charlotte Mulhal, who killed and dismembered Farah Swaleh Noor in 2005.

While at the trial, O'Connor regularly updated her Twitter account with details of the evolving case, but now that the trial is over she will be able to go into details that were not heard by the jury.

During the trial, Remy Farrell, Dwyer's defence barrister, said films would be made and books would be written about the Elaine O'Hara case.

"There's no doubt there will be books written and films made," he said.

"It has sex, lots of it, kinky sex, a middle-class professional.

"It has the kind of technical and forensic evidence you'd get on CSI."

cfeehan@herald.ie

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