The stealing of the Irish Crown Jewels: an unsolved crime
1907. the irish crown jewels are stolen from under the noses of the dublin metropolitan police in dublin castle a few days before the royal visit of king edward vii. the authorities send for scotland yard. the crime is never solved, perhaps because if the thief was ever identified a huge scandal would follow? this is the true story of an audacious robbery, blackmail, murder and political intrigue More
the irish crown jewels - which belonged to the ancient order of chivalry, the order of st.patrick - were housed in dublin castle from the 1830s until 1907. their disappearance, in july of that year, from the administrative centre of british rule in ireland, would have been embarrassing enough at the best of times. but they were stolen just prior to a royal visit by king edward vii. initial inquiries by the dublin metropolitan police led nowhere, so scotland yard was alerted. what the investigation of inspector john kane unearthed was potentially more embarrassing than the original theft. his report was quickly suppressed because it revealed evidence of a homosexual scandal, and the involvement of men well-known in dublin castle, in the audacious robbery. it is still, officially at least, an unsolved crime. but in 'the stealing of the irish crown jewels' myles dungan points to the probable thieves and exposes the cover-up that followed the theft. this is a true story of daylight robbery, murder, blackmail and political intrigue stretching all the way to buckingham palace.
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