Helen McKendry on her mother’s abduction nearly 38 years later…

Before this passes, I recommend people watch this interview (1.02 in) with Helen McKendry on last Friday’s Late Late Show… In it she recounts her memories of the events that led to the disappearance of her mother, Jean McConville. How she refused to move back to her family in East Belfast, insisting that she had done nothing wrong. First lured from a local bingo hall with a false story that Helen herself had suffered a road traffic accident and then beaten severely, the IRA abducted the recently widowed mother of ten from her Divis flat by eight men and four women. The detail of her testimony contrasts with most extant accounts.
As a footnote it’s worth nothing that the Sunday World reported threats by mainstream republicans against one of the researchers on the Boston College archive project.


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