Property of The State is a powerful drama based on the true story that gripped Ireland in the 1990's. It tells of a young woman who must deal with the devastating effects of having a murderer for a brother. “Can you still love someone who has done a terrible thing?” Property of The State tells of a disturbed young man by the name of Brendan O’Donnell. Seen through the eyes of his sister, Ann Marie, piece by piece she threads together the events that ultimately lead to the harrowing murders of a young mother, her child, and a local priest in the forest of East Clare, Ireland. Ann Marie lived through it all. As the loving sister of a loving brother, she became the sister of a murderer and the sister of a man described as the most evil man in Ireland. She had not committed a crime, yet many saw her guilty by association. “Give me a child until he is seven, drug him, beat him, abuse him and neglect him and I will give you the terrible consequences.” Property of The State explores how the misdiagnosis of challenging behavior at an early age, the lack of care of individuals with a mental illness, and domestic and institutional abuse could combine and ultimately lead to tragic consequences, consequences that were potentially avoidable.
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