Police left bamboozled after graffiti about sex beast Larry Murphy appears in small French town
Cops have been left bamboozled after this graffiti about sex beast Larry Murphy appeared in the centre of a small French town.
The Irish Mirror has been passed this photo of the words which were daubed on the window of a disused shop in Marans on the western coast.
It was taken by an Irishman who passed through the town earlier this month and it says: “Larry Murphy serial killer.”
The graffiti was written on dust on the large shop window, as well as on a smaller pane beside it.
But sources in France and Ireland told the Irish Mirror there is no intelligence the 55-year-old convicted rapist and murder suspect is living in the country, never mind the town, which is close to the port of La Rochelle.
One source said last night: “It is bizarre. There are regular sightings of Murphy all over the world, but this is the first I have ever heard of someone writing his name in graffiti.”
But he added: “There is nothing to suggest Murphy is in France.”
However, sources have also told the Irish Mirror there will now be an investigation launched to see if he is in the area
The man who took the photo said he was astonished when he saw it.
He added: “I could not believe my eyes. I was just driving along the main road through the town and came to a stop in traffic.
“I looked and it just caught my eye. It was incredible.”
The man was shocked he went back a few days later – and the graffiti was still there.
Murphy spent time in Holland and Spain after his release from Arbour Hill Prison in 2010 after serving 10 years for the brutal kidnap, rape and attempted murder of a woman in Co Wicklow in January 2000.
Sources said gardai believe Murphy is still in London, where he was last spotted several years ago.
One added: “Our best bet is that some Irish person put it up on the window for some reason.”
The graffiti comes as gardai await a decision from the Director of Public Prosecutions on whether Murphy is to be charged with the murder of missing student Deirdre Jacob.
We exclusively revealed last March that officers investigating her 1998 disappearance outside her Co Kildare home sent a file to the DPP asking for him to be charged with her murder – and sources now say a decision on that request is imminent.
Sources last night revealed gardai were cautiously optimistic the DPP would order the prosecution of the monster – but legal sources were more pessimistic.
They told the Irish Mirror they suspected the fact the file was with the DPP for a year was most likely bad news for gardai.
The Garda file is being examined by DPP Claire Loftus and other law officers, who will decide if Murphy is to be charged over the disappearance of Deirdre in 1998, which is now officially classified as a murder.
Sources said gardai have established he was in Newbridge on the day the 18-year-old student teacher disappeared.
And they also have other evidence – including a statement from a former cellmate of Murphy, who alleges the beast admitted to kidnapping and murdering Deirdre.
Gardai believe Murphy killed Deirdre before burying her in a wooded area.
Her remains have never been found, but sources said officers are optimistic the DPP will order him to be charged over her murder – despite the lack of a body.
Gardai now believe Murphy buried Deirdre in woods after abducting her from close to her home outside Newbridge on July 28, 1998 – and killed and buried her on the same day.
They believe he did to Deirdre what he did to a woman he kidnapped, raped and tried to kill in Co Carlow two years later – but was foiled by two hunters who tackled him as he strangled his victim in a wooded area of the Wicklow mountains.
The case of student teacher Deirdre had been a missing person’s probe – but in August 2018 gardai upgraded it to a murder inquiry.
It was highly unusual for a murder probe to be launched without a body – but new information, as well as a cold case review of the inquiry, led gardai to accept she has been killed.
In 2019, officers went over to Britain to interview Murphy about Deirdre, but he refused to talk to them and they had no power to arrest him as he was outside Ireland.
A former cellmate of Murphy told gardai several years ago the rapist had claimed he killed Deirdre when an abduction attempt went wrong.
The inmate said Murphy – who had worked in Newbridge and lived in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, around 30km from the Kildare town – claimed he had approached Deirdre and got her to his car by claiming to be lost and asking her to look at a map.
But Murphy claimed Deirdre fought for her life in the car and he ended up killing her within minutes.
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