Friday, June 8, 2012

Abuse victim believes Irish pedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth murdered an American child, Smyth victim rejects abbot's apology

Abuse victim believes Irish pedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth murdered an American child  
Helen McGonigle draws connection between Smyth’s threat and discovery of body
By KERRY O’SHEA, IrishCentral Staff Writer June 8, 2012 

Helen McGonigle, who was sexually abused by Irish priest Brendan Smyth  when she was six years old, believes the priest also murdered a child during his time in Rhode Island. McGonigle says that Smyth warned her by saying she would "end up like the body in the woods" if she told anyone about the abuse. The Anglo-Celt reports on the connection McGonigle made between Smyth’s chilling comments and the finding of a child’s remains in the woods near her school in the 1960s. The discovery of the body, however, came about after Smyth laid down his threat on young McGonigle.... Brendan Smyth had bounced around parishes in Ireland, Wales and the US, committing unthinkable abuses on over 100 children along the way. 

Smyth victim rejects abbot's apology 
Helen McGonigle with her brother Gerard and has described the apology to the victims of Brendan Smyth as an insult. Paul Neilan  June 8, 2012 

An American abuse survivor has criticised the apology of Fr Brendan Smyth's former abbot, which The Anglo-Celt printed last week, and has launched her search for answers. Attorney Helen McGonigle, who features in our lead story this week, has sent a fax addressed to the former abbot, Fr Kevin A Smith, at Holy  Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott, Ballyjamesduff, requesting the abbey  "provide[s] me with a copy of the entire file at the abbey on Fr Brendan Smyth". The fax, which has an accompanying letter, is dated May 31, two days after Fr Smith released a statement apologising to victims of the paedophile Brendan Smyth. Smyth started abusing McGonigle in 1967, in Rhode Island, when she was six before Kevin Smith became abbot.

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