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Historical Background

The Murder of Jean McConville

This Wikipedia article gives a good overview of the case, as well as an extensive bibliography at the end.

"Seven facts about the unsolved murder" - from the Irish Post

"The woman who haunts the IRA"


"Jean McConville's murder, the Boston tapes, Gerry Adams, and the Ivor Bell trial" - from the Irish Times

"Who killed Jean McConville? Did a secret archive at Boston College hold a clue?" - from the Boston Globe magazine

Boston College's Belfast Project

"Secrets from Belfast: How Boston College's oral history of the troubles fell victim to an international murder investigation"

"Boston tapes: Q&A on secret Troubles confessions"

"Why a 1972 Northern Ireland murder matters so much to historians" - from the Washington Post