The Keeley Chronicles PART 8

The definitive account of the only case of its kind in Northern Ireland, the ongoing campaign for justice and a labour-of-love in memory of the victim of a murder mystery still officially unsolved after 31 years

123. Mar 21st (cropped)

By Keeley Moss


Special Feature: A fresh appeal from John Dallat MLA

I am heartened to have received a personal email in relation to Inga-Maria from John Dallat MLA, a man with a long and illustrious career in politics and who currently represents East Derry on behalf of the SDLP in the Northern Ireland Assembly. Mr Dallat holds the notable distinction of having been the first-ever nationalist mayor of Coleraine and also spent nine years as Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Most importantly of all in my opinion, he is single-handedly responsible for Inga-Maria’s case having been reopened after a direct approach to the then-RUC Chief Constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan.

I have written about John before, in several sections of Part 3 of this blog, where I drew attention to his efforts on Inga-Maria’s behalf. It has been clear from several further public statements that he has never forgotten Inga-Maria and so it remains the case today, more than ever in fact. John has furnished me with a copy of an open letter he has written to mark the 29th anniversary of the murder of Inga-Maria and the subsequent discovery of her body in Ballypatrick Forest near Ballycastle. He has informed me that he has written to the three main provincial newspapers in Northern Ireland a new appeal that he has requested I feature on my blog, a request I am only too happy to comply with. Here is the full text of the letter he has written:


Through the medium of your blog I would like to remind your readers that the 29th anniversary of the discovery of the body of the murdered young German backpacker Inga Maria Hauser is approaching and no one has been charged with her murder despite police claims that they were “tantalisingly close” to solving this horrific murder in 2011. At least one person out there and more than likely a few know exactly what happened to Inga when she disembarked from the Larne ferry and accepted a lift from a lorry driver believing she was on her way to Belfast rather than to an untimely grave in Ballypatrick Forest near Ballycastle.

Inga’s unsolved murder isn’t the only one in Northern Ireland – of course it isn’t – and all of them deserve to be solved. However this young girl, hardly more than child, was the daughter of a German family who believed they could trust us to look after her, protect her from harm and allow her to return home to Munich safety after visiting a friend. They were wrong because someone broke her trust, broke her neck and disposed of her body, which wasn’t found for two weeks while police were frantically searching for her.

Time doesn’t heal unsolved murders for anyone and while Inga’s father has since died her mother and other members of her family deserves justice just like any other family that has experienced the dreadful experience of having a family member murdered. There is no one that I am aware of to speak for the Hauser family but as a public representative and a father of a daughter who travelled to different parts of the world safely I felt it was my duty to adopt that role. I also believe I continue to appeal for justice on behalf of everyone, appalled and disgusted by what happened all those years ago.

The then Chief Constable Ronnie Flanagan, at my request, re-opened the case and individual police officers worked hard to solve the murder of Inga but they have not been successful to date. Advances in DNA, it was hoped, would help and perhaps it could if only the police had a little more help. I appeal to anyone who knows anything about this murder to take the honourable course of action and make a valuable contribution to justice which will allow the Hauser family to bring closure to Inga’s death. They may also be taking a dreadful burden off their own chests as they get older and prepare for their own departure from this life.

It is so terribly cruel that the Hauser family must approach yet another anniversary with no solution in sight as to who took their beautiful daughter’s life and robbed them of a normal family life where it is expected that children grow up, travel the world, if that is what they want to do, and return home safely to settle down and be there for their parents in later life. Not so in the case of Inga. 

John Dallat MLA


Inga-Maria Hauser cropped-inga-classic-pic-better-quality
May 28th 1969 – April 6th 1988. Never forgotten.

© Keeley Moss 2017

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4 thoughts on “The Keeley Chronicles PART 8

  1. I remember this callous murder as a young woman the same age as Maria in 1988. The fact this murder still remains unsolved 29 years later remains a cause of great concern. NI in 1988 was ravaged by political murder and mayhem. Police resources at the time were maxed out dealing with the many terrorist murders and explosions this non-terrorist murder was for whatever reason not taken as seriously as it rightly should have been. It’d be a fair assessment to say police at the time could probably have done much more, it’s too late now. I furthermore don’t believe for one second police were remotely close to solving this murder as they had claimed. I’m off the opinion this murder will sadly be unresolved. Keeley I want to congratulate you for keeping this story in spotlight. RIP Inga-Maria.

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    • Hi Mollie,

      Thanks very much for your kind comment and for your interest in Inga-Maria’s case and this blog. Sorry for the delayed reply but I’ve been very busy. You make some thought-provoking points there. Thanks again, and please stay tuned to the blog, I hope to publish the next installment, Part 9 – a special edition – in the coming days.

      Best wishes,


  2. This unsolved murder is a blight on the people of North Antrim.

    Unfortunately, the people who know the required information to solve this case have been able to keep quiet for 29 years, so I don’t think that they will be forthcoming with evidence any time soon. It would appear that they are able to live with the guilt. I’m not sure how anyone could protect people who assaulted a teenage girl, broke her neck and then dumped her body in a forest as if it was an animal carcass. I certainly would not be protecting people like that.

    It would seem that the PSNI have a good idea about who done it. However, knowing something and proving it are two totally different things. What information specifically do they need? Like many others I find it strange that they have a DNA profile and have narrowed it down to such a small area and yet are still seemingly unable to make the final step with this case.

    Maybe this case requires fresh eyes from the police and possibly some outside assistance.

    This blog has been a fascinating read and really well laid out. Also, I really like 422 – do you have the lyrics written down for it anywhere online?

    It looks like this one will remain unsolved.

    PS – the killer(s) and/or those protecting them have probably read this blog as it quite high up the hits on Google for ‘Inga Maria Hauser’. Do the right thing – it’s not too late.

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    • Hi Dave,

      Thank you for a such a thoughtful and articulate comment, for your interest in Inga-Maria’s case and my blog.

      My heart is broken over this young woman. I try but I just cannot understand how, as you say, anyone could protect people who did that to another human being, unless they believe they would be incriminating themselves in coming forward by virtue of whatever role they themselves may have played in the crime(s). Over such a long period of time loyalties weaken or circumstances change but for some inexplicable reason seemingly not in this case.

      “This unsolved murder is a blight on the people of North Antrim.”
      I very much agree. That in itself is a great shame as I know from personal experience that there are so many good people there and Ballycastle is a particularly special community full of people who would go out of their way to help anyone.

      “This blog has been a fascinating read and really well laid out. Also, I really like 422 – do you have the lyrics written down for it anywhere online?”
      Thanks very much. The lyrics are not available sorry, I have developed a strong personal preference to always keep the lyrics inside a song if you know what I mean. It might sound a bit precious of me but it’s honestly not that, I just can’t bear to separate the two. I’ve had many instances of a song that I loved by an artist never having the same effect on me once I had (mistakenly) stripped away a crucial layer of mystery and been able to discover exactly what the actual lyrics were. Hope you don’t mind. I’m more than happy for the song to be heard though, and am honoured whenever people like it, especially because it concerns Inga-Maria and the case.

      “It looks like this one will remain unsolved.”
      I dearly hope not – and only last week it was revealed for the first time that a man was arrested and questioned as recently as last year (later released without charge). However, I can understand your outlook.

      “PS – the killer(s) and/or those protecting them have probably read this blog as it quite high up the hits on Google for ‘Inga Maria Hauser’.”
      Every time nowadays that I enter her name into Google search engines I see my blog appear in both of the top two positions for the name Inga-Maria Hauser or sometimes even all three of the top three positions, which I believe is due to the blog having gone viral several times since I first began publishing it towards the end of September 2016. As for the other part of your comment, you’re not the first person who has suggested to me the likelihood of that.

      “Do the right thing – it’s not too late.”
      I couldn’t agree more.

      Thanks again,


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