Ireland, such a Small Country, yet so Many Unsolved Murders; 35 Years on, this Family will Never Give up, Searching for the Murderer?

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35-YEAR AGONY 

We should have justice by now, but we’ll never give up, say daughters of murdered mum as Gardai re-interview witnesses

  • 8:00, 10 Jul 2022

GARDAI investigating the murder of mum Antoinette Smith 35 years ago have re-interviewed witnesses.

A number of people who made statements at the time of the mum-of-two’s barbaric killing met with detectives earlier this year as part of the ongoing probe into the cold case.

Lisa, left and Rachel won't give up the search for justice
Lisa, left and Rachel won’t give up the search for justiceCredit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin
Rachel Smith near the scene of where her mothers remains were discovered at the Glendoo Mountain
Rachel Smith near the scene of where her mothers remains were discovered at the Glendoo MountainCredit: Paddy Cummins – The Sun Dublin
Tragic mum Antoinette Smith
Tragic mum Antoinette SmithCredit: PA:Press Association

And on the 35th anniversary of the horrific murder, Antoinette’s daughter Rachel, 39, has urged anyone with the slightest shred of information to come forward.

She was just four when her mother disappeared after attending the David Bowie concert at Slane Castle on July 11, 1987.

Antoinette, 27, was strangled and her body brought to the Glendoo Mountain in south Co Dublin and buried in a bog.

She was one of a number of young women across Ireland who disappeared in the 1980s and 1990s.

No one has ever been arrested or charged with her killing. Sex beast Larry Murphy was regarded as a suspect but was later ruled out.

Rachel said: “We know that people have been re-interviewed this year but everything should be done to bring the twisted monster who took my mam from us to justice.

“I’d like to see if DNA technology could be used on the exhibits from the original investigation.

“We lost two years in the investigation because of Covid but my sister Lisa and I will continue to be a voice for our mother.

“We shouldn’t have to be making appeals after 35 years — we should have had justice before now.”

Rachel also remains convinced that her mother’s killer had murdered before and after targeting Antoinette. And she believes the killer may have had help in disposing of her body in the remote area. Rachel said: “I have been up to the site where my mother was found. It’s in the middle of nowhere and it would be extremely hard for one person to bring a body up there so they must have had help.

“I’m also convinced that we could be dealing with a serial killer who has never been caught.” She added: “I think that they are still out there and have lived with such a dark secret all these years.”

SEARCH FOR KILLER

Antoinette was last seen in the Westmoreland Street area of Dublin at around 2.15am on July 12, 1987.

It’s understood she then travelled in a taxi to the Rathfarnham area with two men who were questioned but not believed to be suspects.

Her remains were discovered on April 3, 1988.

A review of the investigation was carried out in 1990 and several people were also re-interviewed in 2018.

Antoinette’s eldest daughter Lisa said: “There are times when I will just burst into tears thinking about her. For all we know we could walk by her killer in the street.”

A Garda spokesperson previously said: “Whoever murdered this innocent woman has had to live with this on their conscience for over 30 years, but it’s never too late for them or for anyone else with information to come forward.

“We will be re-interviewing people in this investigation that includes those who may have left the country over the years.”

Tragic Antoinette at her wedding to beloved husband Karl
Tragic Antoinette at her wedding to beloved husband KarlCredit: Garrett White – The Sun

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