The alley where Raonaid Murray was murdered.
Crime Scene Location in Glenageary, Dublin, Ireland.
This is the laneway where Raonaid Murray was stabbed to death.
It is situated on Silchester Road in Glenageary, Dublin.
Her unsolved murder remains one of Ireland's most infamous cold cases. At the time, it received a huge amount of national news coverage.
The murder of Raonaid Murray.
On September 4th, 1999, Raonaid left work at 9 p.m. and spent the next two hours drinking with her friends at Scott's pub on Georges Street in Dún Laoghaire.
At around 11.20 p.m., she left the pub to walk back to her house in Silchester Park. Her plan was to go home, freshen up, and then meet up with her friends again at a nightclub called Paparazzi.
The route is about 1.5 km long, and it should have taken her roughly 15–20 minutes to walk it. However, that night, it took her 40–45 minutes to reach the lane. This means that a considerable portion of Raonaid's journey remains unaccounted for.
Investigators believe that the 17-year-old began arguing with someone in this laneway at around midnight.
A group of friends in a nearby garden recalled hearing a woman shouting "go away" and "f*ck off." They also heard the woman scream.
Raonaid was slashed and stabbed multiple times by her attacker before she collapsed and died from blood loss. The murder weapon, which has never been found, was a short knife.
At around 12:32 a.m., her body was discovered by her sister, Sarah, who was coming back from a night out with her friends.
The motive behind the murder has never been established. Murray was not sexually assaulted, and none of her personal belongings were stolen.
This led investigators to believe that the teenager knew her killer.
Although detectives suspect that her killer may have been a man with "Oasis-style hair", they cannot rule out the possibility that the crime was committed by a female.
This is because of the "lack of force" that was used in the attack.
Sadly, despite nearly 10,000 interviews and 14 arrests, her assailant has never been found.
Raonaid Murray crime scene location.
Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.
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The entrance to the lane is situated on Silchester Road in Glenageary. It is roughly 2 km from the center of Dún Laoghaire.
Photos of the alley and other related images.
It is likely Raonaid walked down Silchester Road before she reached the lane.
The other side.
This Google Street View image shows the southern side of the lane. It was taken at Silchester Crescent in August of 2014.
This is the entrance where the teenager lost consciousness and collapsed.
A young girl watches on while a member of the An Garda Síochána stands guard at the entrance of the crime scene.
These are two artists' impressions of the same suspect. The sketches are based on two separate sightings that occurred roughly five weeks apart.
The timeframe may explain the difference in hairstyle.
People have speculated that the sketch on the left resembles convicted murderer Graham Dwyer. However, DNA tests have since ruled him out of the case.
On the right, you can see a sketch of a man who was described as having a sandy "Noel Gallagher" style haircut. He was reportedly five feet ten, in his mid-twenties, and wearing light-colored combat trousers.
According to an RTE news article from 1999, a witness saw a girl resembling Raonaid arguing with this man at 11.53 p.m. It also notes that she was seen by herself roughly 10 minutes later.
However, this witness account doesn't square up with a 2008 press release from the An Garda Síochána.
According to the Gardai, the teenager left Scott's pub at 11.20 p.m. The press release also implicitly states that she was last seen near the pub and that her last movements are still unaccounted for.
This may suggest that they were unable to confirm the sighting or that investigators simply lost confidence in it.
The man on the left reportedly danced with Raonaid in Papparazi nightclub in July of 1999. The pair chatted at a local Abrakebabra restaurant later that night before eventually leaving together.
He was of a similar height and build as the man on the right. Both men also had sandy hair and cream-colored combat trousers. Notably, the man on the left only wore glasses while he was reading the menu at Abrakebabra.
This is an aerial image of the lane, which is roughly 90 meters long and sheltered by trees.
That night, it is likely that Murray walked east along Silchester Road.
Detectives believe that she was attacked somewhere in the middle of the laneway. She then staggered southward and collapsed near Silchester Crescent.
Meanwhile, her attacker turned around and fled north, towards the entrance at Silchester Road.
At the time of her death, the 17-year-old was working part-time at a fashion boutique in Dún Laoghaire Shopping Center.
The map above shows the most likely route that Raonaid would have taken.
The distance between Scott's pub and the laneway is 1.5 km, which is a 15-minute walk.
Although we've highlighted the shortest route in blue, there is no way of telling which one she took. This is because the other two routes (colored in gray) are roughly the same length.
If she left the pub at 11.20 p.m., then she should have reached the laneway by 11.35 p.m.
However, the attack took place between 12 a.m. and 12.10 a.m. This means that there is a sizeable chunk of Raonaid's time that remains unaccounted for.
It is likely that she walked east along Silchester Road before entering the lane via the northern entrance. At that point, she was accosted by someone, whom she told to "f*ck off" and "go away."
It is unclear whether Raonaid Murray met this person in the lane or whether they accompanied her there.
There are three possible scenarios here.
The first one is that her killer was simply in the area at the time. For example, they may have been passing through the laneway or hanging around one of the entrances.
The second is that she was being followed by someone who saw this secluded location as an opportunity to "close the gap" and accost her. If they knew her, then they might have been aware that she was only a few hundred yards away from her house.
The third possibility is that Raonaid crossed paths with someone she knew while she was walking home that night. If that was the case, then the person in question may have accompanied her down Silchester Road. They might have even seemed relatively benign until they reached the dark and sheltered alleyway.
Although no valuables were taken, it would be foolish to completely rule out the theory that this was a robbery gone wrong. For example, actor Sal Mineo was stabbed in the chest by a mugger who panicked when he started calling out for help. At that point, his killer fled the scene without taking any valuables.
Another theory is that Raonaid was murdered by a scorned "lover" or a male whom she rejected. If she was accompanied along Silchester Road by a "suitor", then he may have reasoned that the secluded alley was the best place to either attack her or "try his luck."
It is also possible that her killer was a female who held a grudge against her.
A cold case review identified a woman that Raonaid had broken off contact with due to an earlier disagreement. The woman in question was described as "violent." Furthermore, she left Ireland one year after the murder and was still living abroad in 2009.
As noted above, a witness claimed that they saw a girl resembling Raonaid arguing with a man who had a "Noel Gallagher" style haircut.
This sighting reportedly occurred at the top of Corrig Avenue, near the junction with Corrig Road. At the time, it was 11.53 p.m., which would have been roughly 33 minutes after Raonaid left Scott's pub.
This location is situated along one of the possible routes that the teenager would have taken that night.
Coordinates: 53.287340, -6.134773
This map highlights the distance between the pub and the junction between Corrig Avenue and Corrig Road.
It takes the average person about 4–6 minutes to walk between these two locations.
This means that the teenager should have reached the top of Corrig Avenue by 11.26 p.m.
If the witness wasn't mistaken about seeing Raonaid at 11.53 p.m., then it suggests that the 17-year-old was arguing with this man for a considerable period of time.
They may explain the "gap" in the timeline.
The walk between Corrig Road and the lane where she was murdered is roughly 800 meters long (6–9 minutes). If Raonaid left shortly after the witness sighting, she would have reached the lane on Silchester Road at some point between 11.59 p.m. and 12.02 a.m.
Notably, this is close to the time when the murder occurred.
Having said all of that, it is still possible that the witness was mistaken. At the time, it would have been dark outside. One also has to wonder why nobody else saw a couple arguing so close to the center of Dún Laoghaire on a busy Saturday night.
Scott's pub was situated at 17 Upper George's Street in Dún Laoghaire.
Raonaid drank here with her friends before leaving at 11.20 p.m. That night, she was planning on going home so that she could freshen up and change out of her work clothes. After that, she was going to meet up with a friend at a local nightclub called Paparazzi.
Coordinates: 53.291778, -6.135131
Paparazzi nightclub was situated on Marine Road, which is just around the corner from Upper George's Street.
On the night of the murder, Raonaid Murray was planning on meeting her friend at the nightclub. However, she was attacked before she made it home.
Five weeks prior, on July 29th, 1999, she reportedly danced with a man at the club. Later that night, they chatted at a local fast-food restaurant and then left together.
According to Raonaid's friends, he had a middle-class accent, piercing blue eyes, a sallow complexion, and sandy hair.
He was between the ages of 18 and 22, and he was roughly 5'8'' to 5'10'' tall. He wore a loop earring at the top of his ear, thin-rimmed glasses, and cream combat trousers.
The authorities investigated a possible link between Graham Dwyer and the killing after they saw him referencing Raonaid's name in one of his text messages to Elaine O'Hara.
When Elaine expressed her doubts that he could get away with murder, he replied:
"I will. No one [was] ever caught for Raonaid Murray or [the] homeless woman in Phoenix Park."
Although the sketch bears a resemblance to him and he was reportedly living in the area at the time, DNA evidence ruled him out.
Interestingly, this tells us that the Gardai recovered DNA from Murray's crime scene that they are confident belongs to the killer. If that is true, then it may only be a matter of time before a sudden, unexpected match turns the entire case on its head.
Coordinates: 53.292978, -6.135137
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