The murdered seven-year-old boy found in an attic in Dublin in 1973 was tied to rafters in the attic in a "cruciform", the author of a forthcoming book on the killing has said. The death was Ireland's only known "satanic murder", according to David Malone, who came across the case while carrying out research on other events of the time.
Gardai who recall some of the events told the Sunday Independent the case was always regarded as strange and tragic and that the victim, John Horgan, disappeared while he was out looking for rabbits near his home in Palmerstown on June 13, 1974. His body was found the next day in the attic of the home of a 16-year-old near the Horgan family home in Hollyville, Lucan Road. The 16-year-old, who was never named as he was a juvenile, was arrested and charged the following day with murder.
Gardai found an altar, on which was a chalice and Communion hosts, beneath the hanging body.
Kidnapped child was murdered in satanic rite
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