This is the story of Bernard O'Mahoney's two crusades on behalf of, and then against, two sisters accused of murder. Michelle and Lisa Taylor were found guilty of killing Alison Shaughnessy, but released after an exhaustive campaign by O'Mahoney--who then came around to an opposite view of their innocence.
Bernard O'Mahoney was born in Dunstable in 1960. He served for three years in the army and saw a tour of duty in Northern Ireland's so-called 'bandit country' when republicans were dying on hunger strike. His book about that period, Soldier of the Queen (also written with Mick McGovern), was published by Brandon books in 2000. Since then he has travelled extensively and worked in the building and security industries. Renouncing a criminal past, he wrote about his experiences of the dark side of the nightclub world in the best-selling So This Is Ecstasy?, published in 1997 by Mainstream. This was updated and reprinted in 2000 under the title Essex Boys to coincide with the release of the film of the same name. Mick McGovern was born in London in 1962. After studying Politics at Leicester University, he trained as a journalist on the Wolverhampton Express and Star, then worked as a casual reporter on the current-affairs TV programme This Week. Since then he has made documentaries, written for The Observer and New Statesman, and spent a period in the BBC's Drama Serials Department. He was co-author of Killing Rage - the autobiography of former IRA supergrass Eamon Collins - published by Granta Books in 1997. (Eamon Collins was subsequently murdered by the IRA.) He was also co-author of Soldier of the Queen with Bernard O'Mahoney.