4th April 2021
The killing room
Hellhole room where Romanian teen Marioara Rostas, 18, was held captive before brutal murder revealed for first time
THIS is the first ever picture published of the room where innocent Romanian teen Marioara Rostas was held captive.
Gardai also suspect that it’s the same place where the 18-year-old was shot four times in the head after she was kidnapped in broad daylight on Lombard Street in Dublin, on January 6, 2008.
The bedroom — which shows how a bolt was fitted to the door — was located in a property rented by Kinahan cartel associate Alan Wilson’s sister Maxine.
It’s one of a number of shocking images contained in the explosive new book, entitled The Hitmen — The Shocking True Story of a Family of Killers for Hire, published by Penguin Ireland today.
Following her murder at the property, Marioara’s remains were then taken to the Dublin Mountains and buried in a shallow grave.
They were only recovered on January 23, 2012, after Maxine Wilson’s former partner Fergus O’Hanlon turned against her family.
MURDER REMAINS UNSOLVED
The brutal murder of the Romanian teenager — which remains unsolved — sparked a wave of revulsion across Ireland.
The new book, which charts the criminal careers of brothers Eric, Keith and John Wilson, along with cousin Alan and nephew Luke, also features never-before-seen images from inside the house before it was destroyed in an arson attack.
These include snaps of where bullets were fired into the property’s walls and also into furniture.
Other images from the Wilson clan’s reign of terror over the years include those of the weapons they used and a bunker found close to the site where Marioara’s remains were discovered.
And the publication — which also reveals the inside story of the major Garda investigation into the teenager’s disappearance — outlines how Maxine Wilson told two of her friends about the young Romanian girl’s horrific murder.
It reveals how one witness told gardai: “She told me the killer brought the Romanian girl back to her house. She said he shot her in the head. I asked her why and she said he said she had the Devil in her eyes.”
The second witness added: “Maxine said she heard shots and ran upstairs and the girl was lying up against the wall in her knickers and bra and the girl was shot.
“Maxine was crying when she was telling me.
“The killer told Maxine he thought the girl was the Devil. I asked Maxine, ‘What did you do?’ And she said, ‘I just went over and was rubbing her hair.”
Her brother Alan later went on trial for the murder but he was found not guilty by a jury.
REAL LIFE STORY OF A FAMILY OF HITMEN
THE Wilson clan are believed to be Ireland’s only ever family of hitmen and between them have left over a dozen bodies strewn across Europe.
Brothers John, Eric, Keith and their nephew Luke grew up in Ballyfermot, Dublin, while their cousin Alan was raised in the south inner city.
Though John was the oldest, Eric was the first to become involved in murder when he shot his former best friend Martin Kenny in 2005 in a dispute over missing drugs.
Eric went on to carry out hits in Drogheda, the North and Spain before eventually being jailed for 28 years for shooting English criminal ‘Tall Dan’ Smith in a coked-up rage outside a Costa del Sol bar in June 2010.
Keith is also doing life for the contract slaying of Daniel Gaynor in Finglas in August 2010, while John — suspected of shooting up a Dublin pub — was himself whacked in September 2012.
In the meantime, their cousin Alan had been charged with and acquitted of the 2008 abduction and murder of Romanian girl Marioara Rostas on the streets of the capital.
In 2017, Alan and youngster Luke Wilson were both arrested and jailed over a Kinahan cartel plot to murder Hutch figure Gary Hanley.
The Hitmen, The Shocking True Story of a Family of Killers for Hire, is by Stephen Breen and Owen Conlon — the best-selling authors of The Cartel.
It draws on exclusive access to wiretaps, case files and interviews with sources close to the clan who have never spoken before. It also details the victims who they set up, double-crossed and gunned down without pity, as well as the trauma they left behind.
Although she made no comment to questions when she was first held, Maxine later admitted that the horrific killing had taken place in her house.
She also came close to coming forward in interviews with a female Garda officer, but chose to remain silent.
And the book also outlines the Gardai’s concerns over Maxine’s involvement in the murder, adding: “It must be remembered that this murder occurred in Maxine Wilson’s then home.
“She has consistently withheld from investigating gardai about what happened and how her house came to be burnt down in an arson attack on February 29, 2008.
“It is only in March 2012 that Maxine Wilson finally admitted that the girl was murdered in her house. She accepts she saw the body lying in the room. She told two others what happened.
“The evidence of the two witnesses was that Maxine was well aware of what happened to Marioara but she had never communicated this vital information to investigating gardai. The evidence of Fergus O’Hanlon is also that Maxine Wilson was in the house he returned (to) and was shown the body of Marioara.
“In assisting the Gardai in the investigation of the dreadful killing of a young woman and in a case where only two people knew of the locations of where that body lay, Fergus O’Hanlon put himself in a perilous position.
“It is the disclosing of this information to other people close to Fergus O’Hanlon which investigators believe was done because the crime was distressful to him and something he nor Maxine were capable of concealing”.
Maxine’s former partner remains in the Witness Security Programme following his decision to work with the Garda team investigating the shocking murder of the Romanian teenager.
Other explosive material to feature in the book includes details of O’Hanlon’s extraordinary interviews with gardai before Marioara’s remains were discovered.
The Hitmen also contains interviews with those who were once part of the Wilson inner circle — including solicitor Herbert Kilcline.
And the hard-hitting book outlines how O’Hanlon was targeted by the mother of his two children.
O’Hanlon recalled: “We were on the Dart and Maxine was on the phone. When we got to the last stop, I seen someone coming towards me with a jacket up to his nose, one hand in the pocket and a baseball cap on.
“I thought this was suspicious, you know a summer’s day, so I jumped on to the track on the other side.”
He added: “I got Herbert Kilcline to pick up me up and he was later told that he was getting in the way of business.”
The other attempt on his life was when a shot was fired at him at a property in Rathmines.
Although arrested on suspicion of withholding information on the killing, Maxine Wilson was never charged before her death in 2019.
Before she died, gardai also hoped that she would share her secrets of the teenager’s gruesome killing in a series of interviews — but she chose to remain silent.
Also outlined in the book is how Maxine Wilson’s mother Mary had knowledge of the teenager’s murder and was involved in a campaign of intimidation against witnesses.
In one exchange with gardai after her arrest, Mary said she had no knowledge of the murder.
But gardai later established how she had called to a pub in west Dublin to issue threats against a potential witness in the case.
On another occasion, the book also reveals how she claimed O’Hanlon should be killed “because he knew too much”.
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And other revelations include the time when she was caught at Pearse Street Garda Station attempting to flush a note containing information on a target’s address down the toilet.
In one exchange with gardai, Alan Wilson’s mother questioned why her son was being targeted by the cops.
She said: “He’s not what you are making him out to be.”
- THE book, The Hitmen – The Shocking True Story of a Family of Killers for Hire, is published by Penguin Ireland and is available at Easons and online.