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‘Killer Joe O’Reilly got a kick out of telling us how our daughter Rachel died’

The parents of murder victim Rachel Callaly say they’ll never forget killer Joe O’Reilly “getting a kick” out of telling them how she died.

Speaking exclusively to the new podcast series ‘Shattered Lives,’ by our sister title the Irish Star, Jim and Rose Callaly recalled the shocking murder of their daughter and spoke about their continued campaign to keep evil O’Reilly behind bars.

“I honestly believe he’s a psychopath and that’s what he gets his kicks out of,” Jim told us, as he recalled how the depraved killer re-enacted the murder of his daughter at their home in Naul, North Dublin in October 2004.

Sicko O’Reilly invited Jim and Rose into the family home just two weeks after the murder – and began to ‘re-enact’ the crime, which he claimed was perpetrated by a burglar.

“When he was down re-enacting the murder he was saying well he must have hit her like this and hit her like that and look at the splashes on the ceiling.

“He was looking at our faces and he’d say our faces were draining and I think he was getting a kick out of that.

“When I look back at that, how could you go through all that. It’s unbelievable that he re-enacted the murder in front of (us),” Jim said.

Innocent mother-of-two Rachel was bludgeoned to death by her husband Joe, who was having an affair behind her back with long-time-lover Nikki Pelley.

O’Reilly, who has never admitted the crime, was found guilty of the murder and was jailed to life in prison in 2007.



Wife killer Joe O'Reilly
Murderer Joe O’Reilly

And in the new interview, devastated mum Rose also recalled how O’Reilly, talking about his wife’s ‘killer’, proposed that he probably was cleaning up in the bathroom when he heard her choking on her own blood.

“Apparently when he got to the bathroom he said when he (the killer) got here, he could hear Rachel, and he knew she wasn’t dead and he went back and finished her off.

“And that basically was true. After the inquest and all (it emerged) she hadn’t died (straight away).

Rose, who says she doesn’t want anyone to ever forget what happened to her daughter, also recalled the horrific moment she discovered her body in the bedroom.

“When I got to the door it was wide open and Rachel was on the floor and it was just unbelievable.

“I knelt down beside her and I thought maybe she’d fallen but I knew. She was marble cold. I knew she was dead.

“I can’t remember how long I knelt beside her but I’ll never forget kneeling beside her in the room.

“It just felt, I can’t explain the words, it was desolate. It really had a desolate feeling about it,” she said.

Listen to the full episode below:

The grieving parents also told how their daughter Ann, who died from cancer, spent the last years of her life “petrified” that O’Reilly might get out of prison and kill her next.

“As soon as our Rachel died, our Ann used to arrive up at the door at three o clock four o clock in the morning. She was petrified.

“And she was afraid of him,” Rose revealed.

“She never rested, She always thought she could hear noises, someone was trying to get in.

“She would come down here at all hours in the morning. It was terrible sad to see her the way she went,” Jim added.

“I sort of hold him responsible for my two daughters passing away.”



Parents of murder victim Rachel Callaly with killer Joe O'Reilly
The parents of murder victim Rachel O’Reilly, Jim and Rose Calally with her husband Joe O’Reilly.

Despite all they have gone through, Rose says she and Jim remain determined to do everything in their power to keep O’Reilly behind bars.

The depraved killer has now been in prison for 14 years, and as we recently revealed, is now asking for day trips out of prison to see his two children.

“I’ve often felt I don’t want anybody in Ireland to ever forget what he done. It was a well planned murder and she was blameless.

“If they were to tell me he never got out again, I’d be happy.

“He’s still breathing, he still has a life, he can study or do whatever he likes. It’s the life he made for himself, but he took Rachel’s life.

“He ruined our family. It’s never been the same since. I realise now it can bring you closer together and it didn’t do that with us to be honest with you.

“He absolutely ruined our lives.”

And Jim added – “He wanted it all. He wanted the house, he wanted custody of the kids and all. He didn’t want to lose anything.

“But in his ignorance and stupidity he lost it all.”



Rachel O'Reilly, murder victim
Rachel Callaly

The wide-ranging interview, which is available online from today, also explores how O’Reilly desperately tried to cover his tracks, and how he left a chilling note to his wife inside her coffin.

Jim also became emotional as he described how he felt it was important that the word ‘murdered’ be put on his daughter’s grave headstone.

Jim and Rose also speak passionately in the podcast interview about the justice system, and how even though they got justice, they feel that it is still heavily weighed against the victim.

The interview with the parents of Rachel Callaly is the fifth episode of the new crime podcast series ‘Shattered Lives.’

Shattered Lives is available now on Spotify, TuneIn, Google Podcasts and Deezer.

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