Transcript of a 999 emergency call made by Keith Geraghty a few minutes before his body was discovered, October 2005
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‘OPERATOR: Gardai. How may we help you?
GERAGHTY: Yeah, I want to report a…you know…weird-looking guy hanging around my street.
OPERATOR: You want to report a suspicious person?
OPERATOR: Where are you calling from sir?
GERAGHTY: I don’t like to say…
OPERATOR: Are you calling from a landline?
GERAGHTY: A what?
OPERATOR: A home phone. A phone in your house.
GERAGHTY: No. From my mobile. Listen are you going to keep asking me stupid [expletive] questions or are you going to send a [expletive] car?
OPERATOR: Calm down sir. We can’t send a car if you won’t tell us where you are.
GERAGHTY: Oh…[long pause, muffled conversation with another unknown person]
GERAGHTY: Yeah, alright. I’m near Gibson’s Pub, O’Gorman's Street, you know it?
OPERATOR: Ballyrunner? You’re in Ballyrunner?
OPERATOR: Could you describe the individual you saw?
GERAGHTY: I didn’t get a good look. He was wearing…y’know…one of those big coats…[conversation again with another person]…yeah, like a trench coat…and a scarf around his face…
OPERATOR: Where did you see him?
GERAGHTY: There’s this park across from the pub. I saw him in the trees there…[more muffled conversation]...and me mate saw him too. We think it’s that Burnt Soul guy from the papers.
OPERATOR: What were you doing in a park at 1am?
GERAGHTY: Getting some fresh air ok? What the [expletive] does it matter to you? Listen, we’re doing you a favour here…
OPERATOR: Ok, ok. Are you still there? Beside the park I mean?
GERAGHTY: We’re near it.
OPERATOR: Can you see him now?
GERAGHTY: [muffled conversation, sound of someone walking away]…my mates just having a look now.
OPERATOR: You should stick together sir. Do not approach this guy. If it is who you think it is, then you could be in danger.
GERAGHTY: We’re not [expletive] kids! We can take care of ourselves. I’m only telling you to get the reward money…[yelling can be heard]…Anto!…What the…
OPERATOR: I’m sending a car now. Go to the pub and wait there, you’ll be safe there. Ok?
GERAGHTY: Anto? What the [expletive]…[sounds of walking]…where the…holy mother [indecipherable]…
OPERATOR: Can you hear me? Get to the pub now!
GERAGHTY: [expletive]…he’s after me…[running sounds, crashing through what sounds like shrubbery]…oh [expletive]…got to [indecipherable]
OPERATOR: [talking to someone else] I think this is real. We need a squad car out there now!
GERAGHTY: [whispering] Jesus…[panting]…Jesus…
OPERATOR: Where are you now?
GERAGHTY: [whispering] Hiding…in the park…
OPERATOR: Can you see whose chasing you? What happened?
GERAGHTY: [whispering] Mother [expletive]! [panting] He killed Anto! He ki…[sounds in bushes, phone dropped to ground, sounds of struggle] …get offa [indecipherable]…help m… [muffled sounds, then silence]
OPERATOR: Jesus…[long pause, then speaks to someone else]…I think he’s dead. I really think he’s dead.’
End of transcript.