Magazine

Dec 10, 2014

The Disappeared

The Disappeared

The IRA admitted killing 13 of the 16 classified as "disappeared" in the 1970s and 80s, mostly Catholics accused of collaborating with British forces, while the Irish National Liberation Army admitted one. No one has taken responsibility for the other two, or two more who went missing after 1998. Several of the bodies have never been found and, like for the vast majority of the victims of Northern Ireland's "Troubles", none of the crimes have been solved and the perpetrators remain unpunished. The families of the Disappeared are frustrated that Northern Ireland appears so reluctant to investigate its past.

The Disappeared
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Margaret McKinney holds a running shoe, which her son Brian was wearing when his body was found, as she stands by his grave in Milltown cemetery in West Belfast November 11, 2014. McKinney disappeared on the May 25, 1978, aged 22. His body was located on June 29, 1999 at Colgagh bog, Inniskeen. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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A memorial for Brian McKinney is seen at the site where his body was discovered in 1999 at Colgagh bog, Inniskeen, November 4, 2014. McKinney disappeared on the May 25, 1978, aged 22. His body was located on June 29, 1999 at Colgagh bog, Inniskeen. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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The running shoes that Brian McKinney was wearing when his body was discovered are displayed in his mother Margaret's apartment in West Belfast November 11, 2014. McKinney disappeared on the May 25, 1978, aged 22. His body was located on June 29, 1999 at Colgagh bog, Inniskeen. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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Walter Simons holds a picture of his son Eugene as he poses for a photograph in Bryansford, County Down November 10, 2014. Simons disappeared on January 1, 1981 aged 26. His body was recovered three years later on May 24, 1984 in a bog at Knockbridge, Dundalk. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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The coroner's report on Eugene Simons is displayed at his sister's house in Bryansford, County Down November 10, 2014. Simons disappeared on January 1, 1981 aged 26. His body was recovered three years later on May 24, 1984 in a bog at Knockbridge, Dundalk. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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A cross which was discovered with Eugene Simon's body is displayed at his sister's house in Bryansford, County Down November 10, 2014. Simons disappeared on January 1, 1981 aged 26. His body was recovered three years later on May 24, 1984 in a bog at Knockbridge, Dundalk. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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Anne Morgan, 60, sister of Seamus Ruddy, poses for a photograph at her home in Newry, County Down November 4, 2014. Ruddy disappeared in Paris on May 9, 1985 aged 33. His body has never been recovered. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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A pair of glasses which were discovered in Seamus Ruddy's Paris apartment after he went missing are displayed in his sister Anne Morgan's house in Newry, County Down November 4, 2014. Ruddy disappeared in Paris on May 9, 1985 aged 33. His body has never been recovered. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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A map believed to be drawn by people connected to the murder of Seamus Ruddy is displayed at his sister Anne Morgan's house in Newry, County Down November 4, 2014. Ruddy disappeared in Paris on May 9, 1985 aged 33. His body has never been recovered. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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Anna McShane stands November 4, 2014 at the location where her father Charlie Armstrong's remains were discovered in County Monaghan. Armstrong disappeared after he left to go to Mass on August 15, 1981 aged 55 . His body was found in a bog three miles from the family home. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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A religious medal, which was found sewn into the waistband of Charlie Armstrong's trousers when his remains were discovered, is displayed in the family home in Crossmaglen, County Armagh November 4, 2014. Armstrong disappeared after he left to go to Mass on August 15, 1981 aged 55. His body was found in a bog three miles from the family home. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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A letter from the person claiming to know where Charlie Armstrong is buried, which was sent to his family, is seen in County Armagh, November 4, 2014. Armstrong disappeared after he left to go to Mass on August 15, 1981 aged 55. His body was found in a bog three miles from the family home. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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A map showing the dig site for Charlie Armstrong's body is seen in County Armagh November 4, 2014. Armstrong disappeared after he left to go to Mass on August 15, 1981 aged 55. His body was found in a bog three miles from the family home. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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Oliver McVeigh holds a picture of his brother Columba, at their mother Vera's graveside, in Donaghmore, County Tyrone November 7, 2014. Columba disappeared on November 1, 1975 aged 17. His body has never been recovered. His mother's wish was that her rosary beads be placed in Columba's coffin when he is found. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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Columba McVeigh's last letter home to his mother is displayed in his brother Oliver's house in County Tyrone November 7, 2014. Columba disappeared on November 1, 1975 aged 17. His body has never been recovered. His mother's wish was that her rosary beads be placed in Columba's coffin when he is found. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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Patricia Gearon (L), 64, and her sister Helen McKinley, 65, walk to the site where their brother Peter Wilson's remains were discovered in 2010 at Waterfoot beach in County Antrim November 5, 2014. Peter Wilson was last seen in Falls Park in August 1973 aged 21. His body was found in November 2010 at Waterfoot beach in County Antrim. He is one of a group of people kidnapped, murdered and buried in remote locations by Paramilitaries during the conflict in Northern Ireland. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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A stone marks the spot where Peter Wilson's remains were discovered in 2010 at Waterfoot beach in County Antrim November 5, 2014. Peter Wilson was last seen in Falls Park in August 1973 aged 21. His body was found in November 2010 at Waterfoot beach. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

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