Northern Ireland: Caught in the Cross Hair

Caught in the Cross Hair

Patrick Finucane and his family had just settled around the table for Sunday dinner in their North Belfast home, when three men slipped in through the unlocked front door. One of the intruders, wielding an automatic, opened fire on Finucane, instantly killing the 38-year-old Catholic lawyer. His wife, who was wounded in the ankle, and three children watched the bloody scene in horror as the gang escaped in a commandeered taxi.

In claiming responsibility for Finucane's death, the Ulster Freedom Fighters, an outlawed Protestant group, declared that the lawyer was "an officer in the I.R.A.," a charge his family denied. Finucane...

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