Keeley Moss, Dublin, July 2018
Shrouds her intent
In a halo of sharks
And a skeleton mask
Daylight devours your unguarded hours
This bride of scars
Lost in the glare
All of us stare
The patterns of pain
Scream out your name
Siouxsie and the Banshees – ‘Belladonna’
My name is Keeley Moss. I’m a freelance journalist, blogger and musician from Dublin – the city where Inga-Maria Hauser had originally planned to travel to on the day after she was murdered.
My original intention for this blog was to focus on various True Crime cases that intrigued me or that I felt warranted further investigation. But in early 2016 I read about the unsolved killing of Inga-Maria Hauser in an anthology of unsolved murders. Inga-Maria’s case was one of the more obscure ones in the book, afforded only a short chapter towards the end but upon learning about what happened to her I was so profoundly moved by this one case and the person at the heart of it all that I couldn’t get it out of my mind in the weeks afterwards. In addition I felt some sort of connection that I couldn’t quite explain and to be honest still struggle to understand.
The Keeley Chronicles is a blog that comprises the work-in-progress outline of my book provisionally-titled The Untold Story of Inga-Maria Hauser which includes the most detailed account ever assembled of the last week of Inga-Maria’s life, a week during which she embarked on the fateful sightseeing trip through Britain and Ireland that had been her dream to accomplish. It also features the most comprehensive account of the case and the ensuing investigation, and in addition features songs, poetry, interviews, reportage, a definitive chronology of the case, rare and previously-unpublished photos together with otherwise-unavailable archive footage. Every month since September 2016 I have strived to publish a new instalment that focuses on a hitherto-unexplored aspect of either the case or of Inga-Maria’s life.
It could be said that this blog also incorporates the story of my own still-evolving journey in relation to the case. This is something that I never planned or envisaged – it happened organically. And it’s very much still happening, publicly and privately. It will probably be apparent from even a cursory scan of the contents of this blog the extent to which I’ve become emotionally-involved in the case, which as intense as that can be to live with on a daily and nightly basis, especially given the large volume of correspondance in relation to the blog and the case that I receive on a daily basis, I think ultimately benefits my writing and fuels my continuing desire to pay homage to Inga-Maria and promote her memory. I should add that all my work over the past two years on the case has been unpaid – it is a true labour-of-love. It actually costs me to do some of the work that I do on Inga-Maria’s case and campaign but I don’t mind, some things have a more meaningful value beyond monetary worth, and this quest most definitely falls into that category.
Another way in which my work differs from all other True Crime bloggers and podcasters is that I have always wanted to focus as much as possible on Inga-Maria’s life and not just her death. She was a real person and not just a ‘murder victim’, and from my having studied her drawings and writings and having spoken in depth and at length with people who knew her it is apparent that she was a wonderful human being – sociable, thoughtful, bright, witty and very creative. It is my belief that had her journey through life not been so viciously curtailed, she could have gone on to achieve great things. I feel very sad that she was forever denied that opportunity, and at such a young age. So one of my main ambitions has been to try create and maintain a space for her in the modern world that she sadly never got to see or take part in, and to showcase as much as I can the human being at the centre of the story, who prior to this blog taking off had so often been overlooked and lost in the many macabre media reports of her harrowing death published since 1988, reports which are reductive by nature and generally do not portray the person behind the pain.
The Keeley Chronicles took on a life of its own from that very first day in September 2016 when I published Part 1 after having spent each day and night of the previous four months researching, writing and editing it. At that point in 2016 there had been no new media reports in relation to Inga’s case for almost five years. By 2016 the case was considered ‘dead’ and day-to-day responsibility for the case had been assigned to a relatively low-ranking detective constable. In my native South of Ireland, the case was largely unknown. So the truth was, I hadn’t expected any more than a handful of people to read it and therefore I was astonished when I discovered it had gone viral and been viewed more than 3,000 times on the first day of publication alone. Ever since then the case has taken over my life and I have come to feel an abiding duty to Inga-Maria to be her advocate, as she has no family members in a position to publicly campaign for her.
If my efforts can help to provide an outlet by which the investigation can be advanced that would be amazing but my primary aim has always been to create and maintain a space for Inga in the modern world, particularly the online world, a world she was denied the chance to participate in, and for this blog to make a positive and helpful contribution to her case.
All my work is dedicated with love and respect to the memory of Inga-Maria.
Inga-Maria Hauser. Born May 28th 1969. Died April 6th 1988. Never forgotten.
Copyright: Keeley Moss ℗&©2018. All rights reserved.
‘Belladonna’ written by Severin/Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Published by Dreamhouse/Chappell/APB Music Co. Ltd ©1984