A picture of what might have been on Mossie O’Sullivan’s mind as his family’s murder approached in Kerry’s countryside earlier this week has slowly started to emerge.
As the Irish Examiner reports, weeks before the 63-year-old killed his longtime partner Eileen, 56, and son Jamie, 24, at their home in the north county, he told friends he worried about his health. .
Overweight and suffering from a range of issues including lameness, high blood pressure and the remains of a back injury, he reportedly told a small number of friends in July, and again last month he was suffering from tests.
One of them was a colonoscopy and there is a suggestion locally among friends and acquaintances that the results of this test have arrived within the past two weeks.
There is even speculation that he may have been diagnosed with terminal cancer, although this has not been confirmed.
Gardaí would like to point out that they have not yet found a motive for what happened, but they are keeping an open mind.
That’s when they continue their criminal investigation since the discovery of the bodies of Elieen and Jamie at his family cottage in Kilfeighney, near Lixnaw, on Tuesday.
Mossie’s body was discovered nearby.
Their autopsies have been completed, as has a technical examination of the crime scene.
“An Garda Síochána keeps an open mind on all the events that led to the tragic death of the O’Sullivan family,” the force said in a statement.
“The fact remains that at present [that] An Garda Síochána is not looking for any other person in connection with this investigation.
“No grounds have yet been established in this case.”
Responding to the gardaí’s continued call for any information leading up to the tragic events, two of his friends say they asked the gardaí to check his medical records.
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