A Story of the Bodkin Murders is a book written by Paul B McNulty which talks about the murder which occurred in the 1700s. This is a real-life incident where ten people, including a pregnant woman and seven-year-old child, was killed in the Bodkin family Carrowbawn house near Tuam, Co Galway. The brutality of the murders is hard and still is considered to be one of the most gruesome murders of all, even after so many years.
The whole story is about the 21-year-old John Bodkin, which was disinherited by his father. Due to his hatred towards his stepmother, his younger half brother Oliver was furious. The father confided in his friend and was later threatened to murder them by Lord Athenry. In a desperate attempt, John decided the only way out is to kill the father, stepmother, and half brother. He later started out the plan and set on the journey to kill the foster John’s half brother. On September 18, 1741, he finalised the murders of everyone with the help of swords, knives and other noisy firearms.
This murderous journey started out by slitting the throat of the guard dogs who approached one of his masters. Later, they entered the workers quarters and cut the throats of everyone who were sleeping, which includes two men and two boys. They later entered into the house where they killed another servant and his wife, who visited them on a wrong night.
John Hogan later entered the main bedroom and cutthroat of John Bodkin and his wife, who was pregnant at the time. He also killed a seven-year-old boy who was sleeping in the same room. After he approached the boy, he tried to not kill the boy instead of smeared blood on his face and asked him to stay dead. Another companion Dominick entered the room and saw that the boy was awake and swore that the boy must die. Hogan furiously threatened to kill the boy, and he was left with no choice but to kill the boy.
Hogan cut the little boy’s throat, which was so violent that the boy’s face came off, and he later placed the boy’s head on the body of the father. After the deed, they fled the house, and the shocking murders were found later, which frightened the locals who were shocked outside. John later returned and was shocked and mourned, but people did not believe him as his clothes were visibly stained with blood.
Later, lord Athenry arrived and was reminded of John threatening him to killing his own father. This is where it was found and sent to jail. John later revealed the names of the people who were involved in the murder. Many years have passed since the day, but it still remains one of the most gruesome murders witnessed by mankind.