Was A Serial Rapist And Child Killer A British Spy In Ireland?
It’s an uncomfortable truism of the human condition that sociopaths are made, not born, and the life of the Irish child rapist and serial killer, Robert Howard, must surely be a testament to that fact. Yet, what make’s his story of violence and abuse so remarkable is the possibility that several of his depraved crimes took place while he was working as a spy or informer for the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), the disgraced UK paramilitary police force in the north-east of Ireland, during a crucial period in the Long War or the so-called Irish-British “Troubles” of 1966-2005.
Robert “Bob” Howard was born in 1944, spending his earliest years in the rural community of Wolfhill, County Laois, a relatively isolated region in the southern midlands of Ireland. One of the younger siblings of a large, impoverished family he had a troubled childhood from almost the very beginning, exacerbated by his father’s drinking and violence, culminating in a burglary at the age of thirteen. His punishment was a period of detention in St…
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