Geoffrey Evans

Geoffrey Evans (born 1940 in England - 20 May 2012 in Dublin) was an English serial killer who murdered two women in the Republic of Ireland with an accomplice John Shaw in 1976,[1] and one of the longest-serving prisoners in Ireland.[2] He was known to have planned to rape and kill one woman each week.[3]

Geoffrey Evans
Died20 May 2012(2012-05-20) (aged 71–72)
Cause of deathPneumonia
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment
Span of crimes
August 1976–September 1976
CountryRepublic of Ireland
Date apprehended
26 September 1976

The British police had previously investigated the pair in connection with three rapes committed in England in 1974, prompting the men to travel to Ireland. They planned a series of murders and rapes, which they did by house theft. They were detained in Cork and received a two-year prison sentence for burglary. After 18 months, however, they were released and escaped British prosecution for the rape charges in England by failing to return to the U.K. and traveling through Ireland. In August 1976, in Wicklow, they repeatedly raped and murdered Elizabeth Plunkett, 23. In September of that year, in Castlebar, they beat, raped and murdered 24-year-old Mary Duffy. On 26 September 1976, both were detained by the Gardaí and later sentenced to life imprisonment for the two murders.[1]

In December 2008, Evans underwent heart surgery, suffered a stroke and fell into a coma. Until June 2010 he remained in hospital care with caution, and then was given temporary release when doctors said he was in a vegetative state. In April 2011 he was transferred to Dublin's St. John's Hospital. He died there on 20 May 2012 at the age of 68 or 69 (sources vary).[2] According to the autopsy, the cause of death was sepsis caused by pneumonia.[2]


  1. ^ a b Naughton, Gareth (5 July 2013). "Serial killer Geoffrey Evans who planned murder a week died of infection". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Murphy, Cormac (21 May 2012). "Serial killer who pledged to kill a woman a week dies". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  3. ^ Brady, Tom (21 May 2012). "Brittas bay killer Geoffrey Evans dies". Wicklow News. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012.