Case 87

Elaine O’Hara

*** Content Warning: sexual assault, grooming ***

When Irish childcare worker Elaine O’Hara went missing in 2012, her family and friends feared she may have taken her own life. Although she’d recently spoken about an abusive affair she was having with a married man, Elaine struggled with mental illness and was prone to telling tales. Her stories were therefore written off as fictional. 

A year later, Elaine’s handbag surfaced in the Vartry Reservoir, along with several unusual items that indicated she might have been telling the truth all along.



Casefile Presents



Research – Bonnie Lavelle Robinson

Writing – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro –

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska

Maintain Twins Dannette & Jeannette Millbrook’s Billboard – Link to the Millbrook twins billboard fund




Murder in the Mountains – Michael O’Toole

Almost the Perfect Murder – Paul Williams



Renewed appeal for missing Elaine O’Hara – The Journal

Gardai contact family of missing woman Elaine O’Hara – The Irish Times

‘I was probably her best friend’: Elaine O’Hara’s father emotionally recounts memories of loving daughter – The Journal

Father’s partner tells of concerns over Elaine O’Hara self-harming – The Irish Times

Scene of natural beauty reveals terrifying secrets – Irish Examiner

Profile of Elaine O’Hara: ‘Elaine just wanted to be loved, she just wanted some attention’ –

Latex bodysuit found in apartment – Irish Examiner

Elaine O’Hara told her sister of miscarriage – RTE

CCTV shows Graham Dwyer at Elaine O’Hara flat complex 9 times – The Irish Times

‘I’m always thinking of you’ – email from ‘architect’ to Elaine –

Graham Dwyer trial: Jogger’s last words with Elaine O’Hara – The Irish Times

Graham Dwyer trial: Dog walker describes finding remains – The Irish Times

Elaine O’Hara told her father she was seeing a married man from Foxrock who tied her up, court hears – The Journal

Elaine O’Hara: A troubled mind – Irish Examiner

Elaine O’Hara: A lonely search for more than sex – Irish Examiner

“For us, there is no parole”: The O’Hara family’s victim impact statement in full – The Journal

Graham Dwyer sentenced to life in prison – The Journal

Graham Dwyer: Foxrock home, now a ghoulish attraction, has been broken into –

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