Charlie Pierce on all this ESPN nonsense and newspapering and what not is so fantastic and I’m bitter we didn’t run it. Go check it out. [ SI ]
O'Brien also supported Garda brutality during this 1973–77 period, though this was not revealed by O'Brien until 1998 in his Memoir .  In Memoir: My Life and Themes , O'Brien recalled a conversation with a detective who told him how the Gardaí had found out, from a suspect, the location of businessman Tiede Herrema , who had been kidnapped by group of maverick republicans in October 1975: "[T]he escort started asking him questions and when at first he refused to answer, they beat the shit out of him. Then he told them where Herrema was." O'Brien explained, "I refrained from telling this story to [ministerial colleagues] Garret [FitzGerald] or Justin [Keating], because I thought it would worry them. It didn't worry me."  Elements of the Garda Síochána that engaged in beating false confessions out of suspects quickly became known as the "Heavy Gang".