RTÉ One, Thursday, 7.00pm

Grotesque, Unbelievable, Bizarre, Unprecedented

Is Malcolm McArthur the most reviled killer in the state? Why is it that, more than 20 years on, this man's image and name still ignite such passionate debate?

This week's Scannal! looks back at the extraordinary events of the summer of 1982 when the country was rocked by a series of particularly violent murders. A massive Garda manhunt ensued and eventually the net closed - on the home of then Attorney General, Patrick Connolly. What was a double murderer doing in the flat of the most powerful lawyer in the State? Why did the Gardaí not alert Taoiseach Charles J. Haughey that they were going to raid the Attorney General's flat? And why, the day after a double murderer was discovered in his flat, did the Attorney General leave the country?

We look back at the "grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented" events of the summer of 1982 and trace the fallout of one of the greatest scandals ever to rock the nation.

Reporter: Pat Butler
Director: Sarah Ryder

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