Shocking truth behind horror abduction and murder of young Romanian girl and family of hitmen revealed in new book
The Hitmen, the Shocking True Story of a Family of Killers for Hire tells the tale of how the 18-year-old was lured into a car in 2008 while begging with the promise of €10 and some food from McDonald’sdublinliv
The horrific story behind the investigation into the murder of Romanian girl Marioara Rostas is the subject of a sensational new book.
The Hitmen, the Shocking True Story of a Family of Killers for Hire tells the tale of how the 18-year-old was lured into a car in 2008 while begging with the promise of €10 and some food from McDonald’s.
Notorious criminal Alan Wilson, then still an unknown figure, was later tried but acquitted of the crime.
The book, by journalists Stephen Breen and Owen Conlon, for the first time details the Garda investigation into Marioara’s disappearance.
It tells how detectives pressured Wilson’s best pal Fergus O’Hanlon until he eventually agreed to lead them to where the abducted girl’s body had been buried in the Dublin mountains.
O’Hanlon later turned State’s evidence against Wilson, who was found not guilty after crucial phone evidence was ruled too risky to use by the DPP.
Though Wilson walked free, he was later snared while taking part in a Kinahan cartel plot to gun down Hutch associate Gary Hanley, along with his second cousin Luke Wilson.
Both Wilsons were only following in the footsteps of other criminal members of the clan.
Brother John was the first to become involved in serious crime and was 24 when he acted as getaway driver in the drugs-related slaying of Simon Doyle in West Dublin in 2001.
However, though gardai believe John “groomed” his younger brothers Eric and Keith for a life as guns-for-hire, they soon overtook him in terms of criminal exploits.
Eric in particular gained himself a reputation as one of the most cold-blooded individuals ever to emerge from Dublin’s gangland, with at least nine murders attributed to him.
He was just 21 when he shot dead his former best friend Martin Kenny in another dispute over drugs.
He was forced to move down the country to escape the anger of Kenny’s relative, the notorious sadist Mark “The Guinea Pig” Desmond.
However, Eric soon discovered he had a talent for shooting people dead and in November 2006, he gunned down Drogheda man Paul Reay on the orders of Finglas narco-trafficker Marlo Hyland after Reay had been caught with €180,000 of Hyland’s cocaine.
By this stage, Eric Wilson was taking large amounts of the drug himself.
Garda sources told the authors: “It became quite apparent that he had gone completely mad. His fee was a kilo of cocaine at the time. He was taking a kilo as payment and it was for his own personal use, not to sell onwards.
“He was off his head, he wasn’t thinking straight and he was paranoid.
“Everybody we spoke to told us that if and when you do catch up with him, he won’t be taken alive.”
Wilson later proved his paranoia after being approached by another under-threat Drogheda drug dealer, Roy Coddington, who wanted to buy a weapon from him.
Coddington was being extorted by the INLA and had already handed over €30,000. The terror group wanted more and gave him a bad beating when he could not provide it.
By chance, he had seen Eric Wilson shoot Reay and asked him to sell him a Glock, insisting he had proven he could be trusted by not going to gardai.
Instead, Wilson set up a meeting on Mornington beach in March 2007 and gunned down Coddington as he begged for his life in the sand dunes.
After that Eric Wilson fled to Spain, where he murdered Paddy Doyle on behalf of the Kinahan cartel in February 2008. He returned to Ireland the following July and is thought to have butchered drug dealer David “Babyface” Lindsay and his pal Alan Napper in the North on the orders of Micka “The Panda” Kelly, with whom Lindsay was feuding.
But Eric Wilson later came a cropper in June 2010 when he shot dead English criminal Dan Smith in a coked-up rage outside a Costa del Sol bar.
He is currently serving a jail term in Spain after conviction for murder.
Younger brother Keith soon followed him into jail for murdering Daniel Gaynor in Finglas two months later and then John was himself slain in September 2012 as part of a Ballyfermot feud. https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dublinlive.ie%2Fnews%2Fshocking-truth-behind-horror-abduction-20321620&cre=bottom&cip=39&view=web
The remaining Wilsons, Alan and Luke, were brought to justice in November 2017 when gardai tailed them for three months while they planned to kill Gary Hanley for the Kinahans.
It was a fitting end to a family believed to have left a trail of more than a dozen bodies across Europe.
- The Hitmen is published by Penguin Ireland and is available at Easons and online.
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