ACCUSED: Warwick man Vincent O’Dempsey is charged with the murder of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters.
ACCUSED: Warwick man Vincent O’Dempsey is charged with the murder of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters. File

WE WERE THERE: The murder investigation that gripped a city

WHEN police re-opened a 30-year cold case murder and named a Warwick man as a suspect, the Daily News was there to deliver the information.

Vincent O'Dempsey was later charged with the murder of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters. He and co-accused Gary Reginald Dubois both remain behind bars and are yet to stand trial.

The murder investigations took an interesting turn when they led police to uncover large amounts of drugs stashed in shipping containers and buried underground.

The Daily News was there to capture the moments police raided several local properties, which led to the arrests of three local men, including O'Dempsey.

Our journalists followed the case of the drug arrests as they proceeded through the courts and reported the day one of the accused men was freed after pleading guilty to drug charges.

Although the murder charges relating to Mrs McCulkin and her daughters, aged 11 and 13, are still progressing through the courts, there have already been substantial developments.

Police officers have been forced to give evidence and the courts have heard claims of a deathbed confession by Mrs McCulkin's ex-husband and the murdered girls' father, Billy.

It may still be a while before there are any answers in this long-running case but you can be sure that when it does, the Daily News will deliver it to you first.



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