RUMOUR or fact - speculation is rife around Tullamore in County Offaly that one of Ireland’s most notorious criminals is allegedly living somewhere in the town.
There have been a series of claimed sightings of the convicted rapist and suspected serial killer, Larry Murphy, over the last week or so and rumours continued to spread like wildfire of his presence in the town over the weekend.
However, local Gardai have refuted the alleged sightings of Mr Murphy last week and are vehemently denying the claims, which have caused a panicked frenzy around the town.
According to posts on one social media page, ‘Larry Murphy Sighting Tracker, set up to allow people to post their sightings of the convicted rapist, the 46 year old was spotted at various locations in Tullamore over the last number of days.
With the hearsay in overdrive, a Garda spokesperson today [Tuesday, January 17] re-iterated that Mr Murphy is not in Tullamore nor has he ever been in Tullamore and as far as the Gardai are concerned he may not even be in the country.
There have been countless sightings of Mr Murphy around the country since his release from prison in August 2010 and it appears that Tullamore became the latest location that he supposedly moved too.
It’s believed that Mr Murphy is currently living in continental Europe and it’s thought unlikely that he will ever live in Ireland again.