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
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
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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