The Stalker Affair

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In 1984, when he was Deputy Chief Constable of Manchester, John Stalker was asked to go to Northern Ireland to investigate the alleged "shoot to kill" policy by RUC policemen of suspect terrorists. With a team of six experienced policemen he spent two years conducting three murder enquiries. He came to some very startling conclusions. Just as he was about to complete his inquiry he was called back to Manchester, suspended from duty and subjected to an intense investigation for alleged improprieties. This book reveals what Stalker found out about the RUC, the links between what he was finding and the allegations against him and the extraordinary nature of the investigation into his own career.

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Stalker is the former deputy chief of the Greater Manchester police who, in 1984, was sent to Northern Ireland by the British government to investigate the killing of six unarmed Catholic men by officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). The killings, unrelated incidents that occurred in 1982, provoked questioning and controversy, the prime allegation being that RUC had a "shoot to kill" policy in the ambushes of suspected members of the IRA. Even as Stalker narrates the chronology of his two-year-quest in Belfast, "the story still twists and turns." What emerges clearly is that Stalker, a highly regarded professional and skilled investigator, was deliberately frustrated and obstructed the closer he came to the revelation of scandal, coverup by the RUC and out-of-control policemen. When he was summarily dismissed on grounds of consorting with a suspected criminal, Stalker, who had recommended prosecution of eight RUC officers, attracted the attention of the media. This book, currently a cause celebre in England and Ireland, vividly details the failure of truth and justice in the jungle of Northern Ireland politics.
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In Ireland and Britain, this book has provoked a great deal of controversy. Touching the delicate nerve of Northern Ireland, it exposes abuses by the police in Ulster that embarrassed London and outraged Ireland. Stalker, a highly respected police officer in Manchester, was asked to investigate the deaths of six men killed by the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1982. He collected evidence of a systematic pattern of police deception, and his work was increasingly stonewalled. While not uncovering a "shoot to kill" policy, he found police deception that warranted criminal charges. Ultimately suspended from his position, Stalker's reputation was tarnished and the investigation ended. He tells the chilling tale with clarity and damning effect. This book is important for those looking seriously at Northern Ireland. Highly recommended. Richard B. Finnegan, Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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