The Killing of Thomas Niedermayer: A quietly angry book

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Thomas Niedermayer with his wife, Ingeborg Tranowski, and their two daughters. He was kidnapped in 1973 and his body was discovered  five years later

Thomas Niedermayer with his wife, Ingeborg Tranowski, and their two daughters. He was kidnapped in 1973 and his body was discovered five years later

In 1980 workmen from the West Belfast Environmental Action Group spent four weeks cleaning out an illegal dump in swampy parkland on the outskirts of Andersonstown. The cleared site eventually became the genesis of today’s Colin Glen Forest Reserve, a popular amenity in the hills of west Belfast.

There was no such thing as a West Belfast Environmental Action Group. The workmen were undercover RUC officers, searching for the body of Thomas Niedermayer (45), a West German factory manager and honorary consul who had been abducted six years before, with no admission of responsibility.

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