Exhuming Collins’ body would not bring us any closer to the truth

An exhumation of Michael Collins’ body would bring us no closer to the truth about a murder that has attracted conspiracy theories and claims of a cover-up for the past 100 years.

Former Reland state pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy said further forensic testing would not be able to determine whether Collins was shot by a sniper at a distance, which is the most common theory, or at close range by someone in his own party — either the case was recommended.

When asked whether Collins was shot at point-blank range or from a distance, Prof Cassidy said: “That’s a very interesting question because that’s a question that very few people have asked out loud and it’s the most reasonable question , I ever had.

“The short answer is we can’t tell. We can’t tell from the information we had, and we couldn’t tell even if we had exhumed the body.

“What is near range and what is far range? Close range is no more than a few feet away – and all theories in the past have suggested that this probably wasn’t the case [caused by] a gun to the head, but when we exhumed the body we couldn’t really tell.

“Most likely it looks like he was shot from afar. How far away was that? Well, how long is a piece of string? We can’t say for sure.”

Prof Cassidy said that if an exhumation took place, “there would be no skin to look at and there would be no scalp to examine – so I couldn’t see the skin injuries and the skin injuries usually tell me a good one.” Piece”.

She added: “We would just have a hole in the bone caused by a gunshot wound. It couldn’t tell me more. There’s no name engraved on the inside of his skull who shot Michael Collins – and that’s all people really want to know.”

Prof Cassidy led a team of forensic scientists, detectives, military strategists, archaeologists, archivists and historians who have examined evidence and artifacts for an upcoming documentary about RTÉ One, which aims to shed light on one of the darkest days in Irish history. The show will feature members of Collins’ family saying they have no grudges for the killer of their heroic ancestor.

On the day Collins was shot at Béal na Bláth, he had a heavily armed escort of 25 men and an armored car – while the ambush group had only five to ten men. The shooting lasted 30 minutes to an hour, but Collins was the only fatality.

There was no official inquest into his death, and no inquest — on orders from Emmet Dalton, Collins’ deputy, who was sitting next to Collins in the touring car that day. No death certificate was issued and the account of the autopsy performed by Oliver St. John Gogarty was lost.

The Free State records of his death were destroyed and the Leyland touring car in which he had traveled was shipped to England and sold within a month.

Prof Cassidy described it as “amazing” that the shooting continued “for a considerable time” and “only one person died”.

British General Nevil Macready – commander of Crown Forces in Ireland – told a colleague he had “strong suspicions” that Collins was shot by his own men, saying: “A .303 bullet won’t stick in a man at close range.” Head!”

This weekend, however, Prof. Cassidy ruled out a cover-up after Collins’ death: “Having listened to the experts, I personally don’t believe there was a cover-up. If war breaks out all bets will be void. They wouldn’t rush to do full forensic investigations like we would today. It was decided to treat this as a war casualty.”

Cold Case Collins airs Wednesday at 9.35pm on RTÉ One

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