Murdered rapist's head may have been dumped at a lake
Searches for the severed head of a convicted rapist who was murdered almost seven years ago are due to begin in Co Monaghan in the coming weeks, the Herald has learned.
It is believed James Nolan's body parts are scattered around different parts of the country, including at Tolka Valley Park in Finglas, where his torso was discovered by gardai on April 10.
Officers have finished their search at that location but sources say new searches are likely to take place at a lake in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, in the coming weeks.
"The information that gardai received indicates that Nolan's head may be at the Co Monaghan location. This is a live murder investigation," a senior source told the Herald.
A "mainly intact" torso was discovered about 1ft beneath the ground in Tolka Valley Park on April 10.
Specialist cadaver dogs were brought in from the UK to help in the Finglas search and these may also be used in the Co Monaghan operation.
The Herald first revealed in December that gardai had planned to carry out a dig in the north Dublin park because of details left in a 21-page suicide letter written by Nolan's killer and sent to family members.
Sources say that the torso discovery was made at almost exactly the same location described in the lengthy letter.
The letter states Nolan was strangled to death in Glasnevin Cemetery. His body was then taken to an address in north Dublin and cut into pieces.
The killer disposed of most of Nolan's body parts in Co Monaghan and at Tolka Valley Park.
It is understood Nolan's severed arm, found washed up at Dollymount Strand, had been thrown into the Tolka River and then flowed out to sea.
Detectives are working on the theory that after being strangled to death by the man known to him, his body was dismembered, he was decapitated and his fingers were cut-off.
In 1986 he was jailed for 14 years when he was convicted of rape and false imprisonment.
The rape is considered one of the most savage to ever happen in Ireland and the victim was brutally attacked in front of her partner.