A NEW documentary has named a British paramilitary serial killer who allegedly shot dead six Republic of Ireland football fans in 1994 for the first time.
No Stone Unturned, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, investigates the alleged collusion between paramilitaries and police over the killing of six Catholic men in Loughinisland, Co. Down 23 years ago.
Adrian Rogan, Barney Green, Dan McCreanor, Eamon Byrne, Malcolm Jenkinson and Patsy O’Hara were all shot to death at The Heights Bar while watching Ireland’s historic 1-0 World Cup win over Italy.
Alex Gibney’s extraordinary documentary, which was produced by Enniskillen-born journalist Trevor Birney, claims that the perpetrator of the massacre was known to police and that the killing spree was covered up by authorities.
The film details how charges were never brought against the group involved in planning the attack – which included at least one informant on the payroll of the British Government at the time.
The man suspected of being the shooter was referred to as “Person A” in an official inquiry published in 2016.
The report claimed that ‘Person A’ carried out several other murders during the Troubles, including at least one while he was a serving member of a British Army regiment.
But the new Oscar-tipped documentary goes one step further and names the alleged serial murderer for the first time.
The man, who now runs a cleaning firm with his wife, still lives near to where the massacre he is alleged to have perpetrated took place.
Speaking at the premiere of No Stone Unturned at the London Film Festival this month, the widow of one of the Loughinisland victims said it was a “great relief” to finally see her husband’s alleged killer exposed.
Clare Rogan, whose husband Adrian was shot in the back, said the documentary will give hope to victims of terrorist incidents that have not resulted in legal justice.
“It makes us feel so much better that it is out in the open, and it lets the other families know it can be done,” she told the DailyBeast.
“I don’t have any feelings about the gunman. It’s the coverup that makes me angry—the deceit, what they allowed to happen.”
In June last year the Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, said collusion was a significant factor in the Loughinisland murders.
He found no evidence police had prior knowledge of the attack, but identified "catastrophic failings" in their investigation.