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RTE's reporting of Ormeau Road murders this week


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,780 ✭✭✭BalcombeSt4

    The Sean Grahams Bookmakers massacre planned & executed by the UDA leader Joe "KKK" Bratty & his no.2 Raymond Elder, who were both later executed by the IRA not far from the scene of the atrocity. Was later revealed the Vz.58 assault rifle used in the attack was on display in a war museum.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,780 ✭✭✭BalcombeSt4

    Also that year, eight months later a very similar style attack was carried out on James Murray's Bookmakers in November 1992, again a Vz.58 assault rifle was used in the attack & when the attackers were retreating one of them lobbed a Soviet hand grenade into the building while shouting " "Youse deserve it, youse Fenian bastards", killing three civilians one of whom was a Catholic ex-RAF pilot who fought in WW2 for Britain & badly injuring a dozen others.

    Like the Sean Grahams attack, one of the attackers Norman Truesdale was later executed by the IRA.

    "The men were standing in James Murray's betting shop in the Oldpark area of north Belfast in November 1992 when a UDA gang burst in.

    The triple murder has largely been forgotten but has echoes of a similar attack in which five men were murdered at Sean Graham bookmakers on Ormeau Road months earlier.

    Police Ombudsman Marie Anderson is due to release a report into that incident and others later today.

    Collusion is strongly suspected by relatives in the Oldpark attack and witnesses later claimed that both the British army and RUC had checkpoints in place close to the bookmakers prior to the attack.

    Two men entered the bookies, with one spraying the building with a Czech made VZ-58 assault rifle while the other threw a Russian-made hand grenade at customers.

    Notorious sectarian killer Stephen McKeag is believed to have been involved in the massacre."