Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan

William Lauchlan and Charles O'Neill
Crimes: Murder, Abduction, Pedophiles

Allison McGarrigle of Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute, Scotland, is remembered by her family as “a bubbly, happy woman with a heart of gold” and “the best mum in the world”. She loved children and she had a strong protective instinct when it came to dealing with those who would hurt them. And for that she died.

Allison McGarrigle had moved to Rothesay in 1994 after splitting up with her husband. I can understand her choosing the Isle of Bute to live — it’s very picturesque as far as I can tell from images I googled. There’s the sea and the hills and the old time architecture. Very pretty.

RothesayUnfortunately for the citizens of Rothesay, other less pleasant sorts of people also chose to live there — people such as Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan.

What the people of Rothesay didn’t know for the longest time was that Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan were hellbeasts of the predatory pedophile type. The pair of them dedicated much of their efforts to hunting down, grooming and victimizing boys to satisfy their unnatural and depraved sexual urges.

What Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan typically did was befriend women who were heavy drinkers and offer to babysit for them.

Allison McGarrigle met the pair of beasts in 1994. She obviously thought they were friendly fellows and in June 1997 she moved into their apartment on Waterside Street.

Sharing the apartment with Allison McGarrigle, William Lauchlan and Charles O’Neill was a boy who, by my math, was 13 years old.

Allison McGarrigleAllison McGarrigle was in the apartment for only a week before she twigged to the fact that Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan were grooming and using the boy for sexual purposes. The woman was rightly outraged and determined to put a stop to it.

Unfortunately for Allison McGarrigle, she did not keep silent about her intent to turn the pervy pedos in to police. In fact, one night she argued with them and yelled, “I know what you are up to. I will make sure I see what is coming to you.”

We know she said that because the boy heard her say it. The argument got physical with William Lauchlan pushing her around.

Allison McGarrigle retreated to her bedroom and the boy fell asleep. When he woke up in the morning, Allison McGarrigle was gone. She was never seen again. The pedo pervs Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan made sure of that. In the ensuing years they told some people that she’d been “got rid of” and was “feeding the fishes”.

Considering Rothesay is right by the water, I think it’s fair to say Allison McGarrigle’s body was dumped out at sea.

To recap, the hellbeasts Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan chose to murder a good woman, a 39-year-old mother of 3 children, in order to avoid going to prison for their pedophilic perversions. And they also chose to dispose of the body in a manner that deprived their victim’s family of ever giving her a decent burial.

The boy who heard the argument was told that Allison McGarrigle had picked up and left.

“I believed most of it. I did not think at the time that something had happened,” the boy later said.

In February 1998 Allison McGarrigle was finally reported missing by her estranged husband Robert. Her murder, ironically, didn’t stop Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan from being tried for and convicted of sexually abusing children.

The depraved duo had murdered that good woman for nothing!

In 1998, the POS Charles O’Neill was sentenced to 8 years, and his beastly buddy William Lauchlan was sentenced to 6 years for 31 charges of sexual abuse of children. Both monstrous murdering pedos were released in 2002.

William Lauchlan immediately headed for Spain. Charles O’Neill stayed in the UK long enough to drug and sexually abuse a 14-year-old from Irvine before he too hightailed it to Spain in 2003.

Why Spain? Because they could hide their criminal past and wouldn’t have to register as sex offenders there, I’m guessing.

The evil pair set up a window cleaning business in Spain. They also set about finding more victims to sexually abuse.

Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan soon befriended an English family who had 2 teenaged boys. In April 2004 the predatory pedos lured the boys into joining them on a camping trip.

Charles POS O’Neill and William the meatstick Lauchlan wound up abducting the younger teen for 3 nights, and tried to drug and rape him.

O'Neill and LauchlanThe police arrested the pedo pair, but incredibly Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan were not prosecuted! WTF? They kidnapped, drugged and sexually assaulted a teenager and they weren’t brought to trial!?!? Lucky bastards!

Back in Britain, Allison McGarrigle was declared dead by the court in 2005. Her body had never found, but there were no signs of her still being alive.

Her family said, “For many years, we have had to live with not knowing what had happened to her. But we knew she was not just missing; if she was still alive she would never have left her three kids or missed out on watching her four grandchildren grow up.

“We miss her terribly and wish that we could lay her to rest.”

How sad for them.

In 2005, Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan were deported from Spain back to Britain. They were arrested and charged with the murder of Allison McGarrigle.

You’d think justice was finally going to be carried out, but no. Prosecutors decided not to go to trial and the evil, murdering pedophiles were released in 2007. Lucky bastards!

Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan were probably feeling quite invincible by then. They’d gotten away with kidnapping, sexual assault and murder.

The 2 monstrous bastards settled in Blackpool. They were required to register with the police as convicted sex offenders.

Lancashire police considered these pervs a danger to society, so they wisely began round-the-clock surveillance. They also bugged their vehicle.

The police soon twigged to the fact that Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan were grooming a 6-year-old boy in Scotland. Damned pedos!

Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan had actually texted the little boy and his mother about 2000 times within a 6-week span. They also bought the boy a mobile phone.

You’d think the mother would be somewhat suspicious of these two grown men lavishing such attention on her and her little boy. You’d think she’d check them out for criminal records, especially when they bought things like a phone for her boy.

But no, that didn’t happen. In fact, the woman was actually persuaded into agreeing to be a surrogate mother for them, and provide them with a baby of their own!

OMFG! Can you imagine what those 2 evil f*ckwads would do with a baby?!?!

Anyway, it’s a real mercy that the police were on the case. They learned that Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan were going to stay in a hotel in Falkirk with the little boy and his mother.

Hmmmm, I wonder what those evil bastards were planning to do at the hotel?

Central Scotland Police took control of the surveillance operation at that point. The operation also involved Strathclyde Police, Lothian and Borders Police and Fife Constabulary. I’m guessing there were police officers aplenty on hand to make arrests in Falkirk.

The police searched the hotel room and found little boy underpants and — get this! — autobiographical stories of sexual abuse!

O'Neill and Lauchlan

O'Neill and Lauchlan

How handy! Those stupid f*cktards had written their own stories about the sexual molestation and assaults they had committed! I’m sure the police just love when that happens!

Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan were arrested. The police learned then that the evil bastards had plans to buy a camper van and take the little boy and his mommy to Spain. Good thing those plans were thwarted!

The little boy’s family later said, “Lauchlan and O’Neill befriended us through a third party and they seemed like a genuine couple. When they showered us with gifts, we began to suspect their motives and we contemplated phoning the police. We decided not to – a decision we regretted after finding out who they really were.

“We would like to urge any family who suspects anyone who has contact with children to please get in touch with the police.”

Amen to that!

In May 2010, Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan were convicted in the High Court in Glasgow of abusing the teenager in Spain, and of grooming the 6-year-old from Scotland. Yay! Charles O’Neill was additionally convicted of abusing the 14-year-old boy from Irvine.

Judge Lord Pentland described these shitstains as, “Evil, determined and manipulative paedophiles of the worst sort.” He got that right!

Charles O’Neill, then 47, and William Lauchlan, then 33, were sentenced to 10 years for the sexual abuse charges.

And it gets better. While the demonic duo were in custody, they were finally charged with killing Allison McGarrigle. On June 10, 2010, Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan were convicted of murder.

Finally justice! After years of raping and sexually assaulting boys, and after murdering an innocent woman, those nasty pedo bastards were convicted and sentenced to life.

Judge Lord Pentland said, “In the whole circumstances, I must sentence you on the footing that you are highly ruthless and unrepentant individuals with no respect for the law or the values of a civilised society.”

Charles O’Neill must serve at least 30 years in prison. William Lauchlan must serve at least 26 years.

Judge Lord Pentland talked of their “calculating and devious manipulation of vulnerable individuals in order to further your appetites for sexually abusing young men and boys”. He then opined that they will probably never be released from prison.

Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan appealed their convictions but in 2013 the UK Supreme Court rejected their arguments and upheld the convictions. Yay!

There will never be a complete tally of all of the victims of these vile pedophiles. There are rumours connecting them to missing children, but those will likely never be substantiated. I guess it’s enough to know these evil bastards will never be free to victimize any more boys again. Long may they rot in prison! May they rot and fester and die there.

RIP, Allison McGarrigle. And condolences to the family and friends who loved her.

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7 Responses to Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan

  1. moodymagic says:

    It took long enough but 30 and 26 years in prison is a good start. Burn in hell O’Neill and Lauchlan.

  2. awesomeblossom says:

    Someone please explain to me how creatures like these find each other. Is there a match up service for pedophiles or something? Evil bastards need to die painfully in prison.

  3. Supermom says:

    What I don’t understand fully is that there are women who are not alarmed by a male couple wanting to lavish gifts & attention on their young boys. Where is that natural instinct that screams from their gut that says, “HELLO” this just doesn’t make sense! Wake up & pay attention ladies & gents, its ur job to keep our youth safe. It outraged me even more the families of Allison had to wait so long for justice, but thankful it came. As for these two asswipes, i hope they die a horrible death. My props to an article well written!

  4. bulldoggy says:

    I hope these bastards are never released. I hope too that parents, especially mothers, will learn from them to be vigilant about unrelated men who show too much interest in their children and are too generous to be believed. A background check is always a good idea.

  5. Supermom says:

    True justice…take us back 100 years to a good old fashioned hangin’!

    • Bengalpuss says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more supermom. But burning at the stake sounds better, or lin chi death of a thousand cuts, google it, thats more deserving to these sick bastard’s.

  6. Supermom says:

    You know bengelpuss, I googled Lin chi death of a thousand cuts & the first thing I thought is what a morbid, & torturous way to die…. I’m fascinated by it, it’s only changed by the times & the fight for the ongoing battle ‘equal rights for all’ when applying justice to laws broken & lives destroyed. Although that sounds fair, right, but IMO, let the punishment fit the crime……very appropriate indeed!! Thanks

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