The Carroll Anglo-American Trust and parallel Gerald 6th Duke of Sutherland Trust national security public interest case which stretches the globe has disclosed that the White House Communications Director is understood to be “closely monitoring” this affair of international importance.
Hard on the heels of the news media reports on the Gerald Carroll Trusts debacle well seasoned political observers in Washington DC have remarked that this case has highlighted the level of white collar organized crime penetration within the intergovernmental “cross-border” law enforcement agencies who are charged with the prosecution of criminal bankers accountants and lawyers who continue to pose a real “direct threat” to the economic national security interests of the United States of America and close allies.
The Carroll Foundation Trust “cross-border” criminal “standard of proof” prosecution files are held within a complete lockdown at the FBI Washington DC field office and the Metropolitan Police Service London under the “joint supervision” of the FBI Director Christopher Wray and the Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick QPM who are known to have an intimate knowledge of this case spanning a staggering sixteen years.
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MOST HAUNTED Leap Castle County Offaly Ireland
Known universally as the most haunted castle in all Ireland, Leap Castle is without a shadow of doubt the most sinister and frightening building I have ever photographed. Leap Castle was built around the early part of the 12th century and the principal seat of the powerful warlike O’Carrolls, Princes of Ely, it stands on a vast, ancient rock guarding a strategic pass through the wild Slieve Bloom Mountains. My first visit was for a book that I was compiling called In Ruins – The Once Great Houses of Ireland, and I can distinctly remember my initial feelings of fear and fascination; nowhere before had ever held so many suggestions of the supernatural.
The O’Carrolls were the last sept to surrender to the British in the seventeenth century and their fearsome reputation has left behind a legacy of intrigue and murder as brother fought brother for control of their empire. Local people are still in awe of the castle and are fearful of the many ghosts that are still said to haunt this ruin. Above the main hall of the great fourteenth-century tower is what is known as the ‘Bloody Chapel’ where ‘one-eyed’ Lord Teige O’Carroll slew his brother at the altar and, late at night, passers-by on the main road have seen a window of the room suddenly illuminated by a strange light. In one corner of this chamber was a spiked oubliette, a secret dungeon into which unsuspecting prisoners were thrown down through a trap door and conveniently forgotten.
It is said that three cartloads of bones were extracted from here after the house was destroyed by fire in 1922. Below the keep, it’s said, stretches a network of deep dungeons hewn into the rock, containing bricked-up passages and secret chambers. Several human skeletons and spearheads were found here too. It is interesting to note that the last owners of the house before the fire, who added the Gothic wings, were said to have been unaware of the existence of these cavernous tombs.
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