May 26, 2017

Why did they bury the killer in the same grave as his victims in the first place?

Body of father who stabbed his family to death before killing himself is exhumed so they won't have to share grave with him

The body of a deputy school principle who stabbed his wife and children to death has been exhumed so they will no longer have to share a grave with their killer. Alan Hawe took his own life after killing his schoolteacher wife Clodagh and their three children Liam, 13, Niall, 11, and Ryan, six, in County Cavan, Ireland in August.  All five family members were then buried in a single grave in the cemetery at St Mary's Church, Castlerahan in September for around 250 days until the exhumation.

Mrs Hawe's sister Jacqueline Connolly and her mother Mary Coll said 'evil' Hawe was a 'wolf in sheep’s clothing' who 'fooled us all'. She added that the boys were 'pure, lovely, kind, talented, intelligent and wonderful' and their mother was 'their friend and protector, their guide, counsellor and teacher'.Mrs Hawe's family believe she had no idea she was in danger and had always protected the boys until Hawe carried out the murders. The family believe he carried out the killings 'to escape a fall from grace'.

The family have said they will now fight to raise awareness of 'silent' domestic violence, adding: 'We need to learn to recognize where dangers lie in the home, see how the desire for control can get out of control and act before it is too late.'

Posted by Jill Fallon at May 26, 2017 3:23 PM | Permalink