Esther McCann’s family said her husband Frank McCann should not be released from prison and that the public “must be afraid of him”.
Rang McCann was sentenced to two life terms in 1996 for the murder of his wife Esther and his 18-month-old niece Jessica, who the couple intended to adopt.
McCann murdered his wife and niece by burning down their home in Rathfarnham after details surfaced about a child he fathered with a 17-year-old special needs swim student.
In the run-up to the murders, he had concocted a series of false threats against him, smearing his pub with paint that read, “Burn, you bastard.” It was later revealed that he had made three other unsuccessful attempts to kill her, including one where the brakes on Esther’s car failed.
Last month, Independent.ie revealed that McCann, now 62, was on the day of his release from Mountjoy Prison and was photographed walking alone and unsupervised to a charity-run training center in south downtown where he is said to be doing a course in support of people with a criminal conviction.
Esther McCann’s sister Marian Leonard said they had been informed by Prison Services that McCann was scheduled to appear before the Statutory Parole Board by the end of the year and that he had been released “from dusk to dawn” since mid-June.
“He’s so big and strong and he really looks as athletic as ever,” Marian Leonard told RTÉ live line Program.
“He looks menacing to me anyway, and you wouldn’t notice him walking the streets… He’s just out there with no restrictions, we were told on release from dawn to dusk.”
Ms Leonard said her family members “get there by accepting” that he will one day be released, but she and Frank McCann’s brother Bernard, who spoke out against him, “will be looking over our shoulders”.
She said “no one knows what he’s capable of moving forward,” nor does anyone know “what’s on his mind.”
“Bernard is also scared for his own life because McCann threatened him,” she said.
“We don’t know what’s going on in his head. I’ve certainly been a thorn in his side for a number of years, and whether he harbors vengeance on the McCann family we don’t know or predict.”
Before the horrific double murder, Ms Leonard said Frank McCann was “always in control”, “very calculating, very organised, very disciplined” but when things don’t go his way he could be unpredictable.
She explained that McCann, who was then in Arbor Hill Jail, “threw a tantrum” after her last appearance on the show and refused to leave his cell.
Marian said he later repeated this pattern of behavior when he was in Mountjoy Prison and when their daughter, also known as Esther, appeared on an RTÉ program about the murders.
Marian argued he should serve a “life sentence.”
“Especially for someone who has killed a child, and I know it sounds awful to say I’m leaving my sister Esther out, but for someone who kills a child, it should mean a lifetime,” she said.
“He’ll be driving with a license… he can’t leave the country. I can’t see him hiding in a cottage in Donegal or anything. He will be in town. He’s entitled to council, council housing.
“He never expressed remorse, apology or guilt.”
On the same show, Marian’s daughter Esther, who was a child at the time of the murders, said the whole family was shocked “that something so horrific and horrific could have happened.”
Esther said her brother was terminally ill with cancer at the time and McCann also “stole the last months of his life.”
“My brother had to live with all this tragedy and horror in the last months of his life,” she said.
“There was so much that[McCann]did that was just completely inhuman and unthinkable.”
Her mum added, “I’m not going to let go… it’s not a legacy you want to pass on to your family, but it’s our legacy that he gave us.
“She [people] you have to be afraid of him. Who could have imagined that someone would solve an adoption problem by killing their wife and child? If he had known my sister, he could have spoken to her. They would have come to a solution. She was the most forgiving person in the world.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/people-should-fear-him-family-of-esther-mccann-say-her-killer-husband-frank-should-never-be-released-41903652.html ‘People should fear him’ – Esther McCann’s family say her murderous husband Frank should never be released