The Keeley Chronicles – Introduction

Keeley Moss

 

Nightfall’s descent
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 writer, singer and musician from Dublin – the city Inga-Maria Hauser was trying to travel through Belfast to reach on the night 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 then I read about the unsolved killing of Inga-Maria Hauser in an anthology of unsolved murders. Inga’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 felt so profoundly moved by this one case and so fascinated by the person at the heart of it all that I could not get her and the circumstances of what had happened to her out of my mind in the weeks afterwards. And that is something that has persisted for more than three years at the time of writing.

Why I pursued this cause with the degree of passion I have is something that I know intrigues a lot of people and to be quite honest it’s curious to me as well. I wasn’t fortunate enough to ever get to meet Inga, and although my home city of Dublin has a tenuous connection to her in that it was her next intended destination had she made it to Belfast as planned on that night in 1988, I had no links to Inga’s home city of Munich or to anywhere in the Glens of Antrim prior to being drawn to her story. What happened after that is that basically my heart chose to devote itself to her cause. I didn’t consciously plan for that to happen, like falling in love it just happened. My motivation is on a very emotional level. In addition I felt and continue to feel some sort of connection with her that I can’t explain and to be honest still struggle to fully comprehend.

Gradually this blog and my work on the case began to take up more and more of my time until the lines blurred and it became the entire focus of my life. I created this blog out of love and compassion for this person who had had her entire adult life stolen from her. At the time I genuinely didn’t think anyone would be interested, as no one I mentioned Inga to in my native Dublin had ever heard of her. So I was amazed when this blog went viral on the very first day of publication back in 2016. Over the subsequent years it has been an ongoing journey, one that is continuing to develop all the time.

The Keeley Chronicles features the most detailed account to have emerged of the last week of Inga’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 includes 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, and a work-in-progress travelogue that details my Interrailing trip retracing Inga’s steps through England, Scotland and Ireland to pay tribute to her and in order to research the book I’m writing (which is a separate work from this blog). Since 2016 I have strived to bring Inga’s unsolved case back to the spotlight and to keep it there until her murder is solved. To that end in addition to campaigning publicly I have published a new instalment of this blog each month that has generally focused on a hitherto-unexplored aspect of either the case or of Inga’s life.

It could be said that this blog also incorporates the story of my own still-evolving journey in relation to the case. Again, 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 basis, especially given the volume of correspondance in relation to the blog and the case that there is to handle, I think ultimately benefits my writing and fuels my continuing desire to pay homage to Inga and promote her memory. I should add that all my work on the case has been unpaid – it is truly a labour-of-love.

One way in which my work differs from other true crime writers is that I have always wanted to focus as much as possible on Inga’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. It rankles with me 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 when I published Part 1 after having spent the previous four months researching, writing and editing what became the first instalment. 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 Republic of Ireland, the case was largely unknown. Truth be told, when I started The Keeley Chronicles 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 on the first day. Ever since then Inga’s cause has taken over my life and I have come to feel an abiding duty to her to be her advocate alongside my friend and partner in the campaign for justice for Inga, John Dallat MLA, 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 especially welcome 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 to Inga’s memory.

Inga Maria Hauser

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Inga-Maria Hauser
May 28th 1969 – April 6th 1988. Never forgotten.

© Keeley Moss 2016-2019

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Acknowledgement

‘Belladonna’ written by Severin/Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Published by Dreamhouse/Chappell/APB Music Co. Ltd ©1984