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Patrick DUNPHY





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Poisoner
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: September/December 1899
Date of birth: 1865
Victims profile: His two sons, Eddie, 9, and John, 11
Method of murder: Poisoning (strychnine)
Location: Waterford County, Munster, Ireland
Status: Executed by hanging in Waterford on April 10, 1900

Patrick Dunphy was a farmer convicted of the murder of his two sons, Eddie who was nine and John who was eleven.

On the 27th September 1899, he poisoned one son with strychnine; and on 17th December, he despatched the other in a similar fashion. He committed the crimes in order to claim a small amount of insurance money.

There was a widespread belief that Dunphy would be reprieved because the execution coincided with a visit to the country by Queen Victoria, but the Home Secretary refused because of the cold-blooded nature of the crime.

Hanged by Thomas Scott; it was the first execution in Waterford for 36 years. The execution of thirty four year old Dunphy took place on the 10th April 1900.



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