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Jean Smyth-Campbell Murder: Independent Investigation Ordered

The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland has ordered an independent investigation into the murder of Jean Smyth-Campbell. Jean Smyth-Campbell was a single mother who was shot dead in an unprovoked attack in June 1972. The Royal Ulster Constabulary told her family that she was murdered by the local members of the […]

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Police Admit To RUC Murder of Michael Leonard

As his family has long believed, the RUC did murder Michael Leonard. In an astounding admission, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has admitted that the shooting dead of civilian Michael Leonard on 17th May 1973 by members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary was in fact murder. Read Connla Young’s front page report in the […]

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Earliest Record of Operational MRF?

Is this the earliest record of an operational Military Reaction Force (MRF)? A British Army 39 Brigade Commander’s Diary from October 1971 could have uncovered the earliest operational record of the clandestine Military Reaction Force. We have other records naming the main players like Captain Arthur Watchus and Sergeant Clive Graham Williams from the beginning […]

McGurk's Bar Commander's Diary 5th December 1971

The History Thieves of McGurk’s Bar

Investigative journalist and author, Ian Cobain, has led the way in uncovering the lengths to which the British state will go to bury evidence of its human rights abuses and dirty secrets in books such as Cruel Britannia and The History Thieves. Most recently in the Guardian, he informed us that the British Government admits […]

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Shoot-To-Kill: Vol. Daniel McAreavey

British military archives discovered by the charity, Paper Trail, prove that IRA Volunteer, Daniel McAreavey, was killed in a planned ambush and not shot by an accidental British Army patrol. Vol. Daniel McAreavey was shot and killed by the British Army in disputed circumstances in the Lower Falls area on 6th October 1972 during an […]

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Kelly’s Bar Cover-Up Exposed After 45 Years

The 45th anniversary of the Kelly’s Bar attack and cover-up just passed. A startling archive find from British military archives proves that a member of the Parachute Regiment alerted his superiors to the names of two Loyalist suspects involved in the bombing of Kelly’s Bar. At the time, the British Security Forces and government blamed […]

Paper-Trailers: Supporting Research

Last year we completed research into the dire need that victims and survivors have for truth and acknowledgement. This research became the foundation of Paper-Trailers, funded by the Executive Office’s Good Relations Fund and managed by Paper Trail. After individual meetings and interviews with key stakeholders, we canvassed the anonymous views of 109 individuals using […]

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Kelly’s Bar Atrocity: Foreknowledge and Preventability

British Prime Minister Files prove that the British army expected the bomb car and could have prevented attack on Kelly’s Bar on 13th May 1972. Secret files – one signed by the British Prime Minister Edward Heath – prove that the British officer in charge of an observation post overlooking Kelly’s Bar was “warned to […]

The Killing of 11-Year-Old Francis Rowntree

There have been many disturbing facts at this week’s inquest into the killing of Francis Rowntree by a British soldier, and not only because he was an innocent 11-year-old child and his family are only getting this semblance of justice 44 years later. Francis was shot in the face/head with a rubber bullet fired from […]

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Online Survey: Public Records and the Past

Paper Trail needs YOU!.. to complete a short online survey and share it with your friends and contacts. We are canvassing views on the importance of the retrieval of legacy archives in Britain and Ireland, especially for: People impacted by events detailed in the public records, and Those who work with these people The short […]

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