LIMERICK-BASED ‘SERIAL KILLER’ THOMAS D. HUCKERBY, C.1920S

THE TANS’ LIMERICK BASED ‘SERIAL KILLER’: THE BLACK AND TANS’ MOST NOTORIOUS MEMBER MUST HAVE BEEN 19-YEAR-OLD THOMAS D. HUCKERBY FROM SOMERSET, ENGLAND. OVER SIX MONTHS, HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MURDER OF FIVE MEN – ALL OF WHOM WERE UNARMED, AND NONE OF WHICH WERE INVOLVED IN THE IRA. IN AUGUST OF 1920, HE KILLED 60-YEAR-OLD JOHN HYNES AT SHANAGOLDEN; A MONTH LATER, AT ABBEYFEALE, HE FOLLOWED TWO MEN — NAMED HEALY AND HARTNETT – ON THEIR WAY HOME FROM WORK AND SHOT THEM DEAD. IN NOVEMBER, A MAN MATCHING HUCKERBY’S DESCRIPTION WAS PART OF A GANG WHICH STOPPED AND EXECUTED A PAIR OF EX-BRITISH SOLDIERS, MICHAEL BLAKE AND JAMES O’NEILL, WHILE THE TWO WERE TRAVELLING FROM DUBLIN TO LIMERICK. FACING DISCIPLINARY CHARGES, HUCKERBY RESIGNED IN DECEMBER 1920.

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