- Paul Hill – the first man arrested for the bombing. Paul Hill was arrested November 29, 1974 his friend Gerry Conlon (pictured above) was arrested November 30 and their old Belfast school mate Paddy Armstrong and his English girlfriend Carole Richardson were arrested on December 3.
- The trial's judge handed Hill a life sentence. At their trial, Paul Hill was given what was, at the time, the longest sentence ever handed down by an English court; life with no chance of parole until great age or infirmity.
- An active IRA unit confessed to the bombings. In January 1977, an active IRA service unit, nicknamed the Balcombe Street gang, issued a statement in court confessing they carried out the Guildford and Woolwich bombings and that the Four were completely innocent.
- Hill was moved from prison to prison. Paul Hill was ‘ghosted’ more than 50 times during his 15 years in prison. ‘ Ghosted’ is when a prisoner is moved without warning to another prison, usually in the middle of the night.
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Paul Hill was born in Belfast in 1954. He was school friends with Gerry Conlon, who he was friends with until his untimely death in 2014. Paul Hill, Gerry Conlon, Paddy Armstrong and Carole Richardson, known as the Guilford Four, were wrongfully convicted of the Guildford Pub bombings, which took place in 1974. Incredibly, Gerry Conlon’s father, Giuseppe, was also stitched up for the “crime” and died in jail. Hill was accused of being involved in the IRA bombings of pubs in Guildford and Woolwich. He was also accused of the murder of a British soldier, Brian Shaw. The Guildford Four suffered horrific torture and intimidation and were forced to sign confessions. Two years after the conviction of the Guildford Four, the IRA's Balcombe Street gang took responsibility for the bombings.
During the trial the Guildford Four’s trial the judge said it was his chief regret that he could not hang the three men. Paul Hill was given, what was at the time, the longest sentence ever handed down in an English court. His time in prison was particularly hard. He spent five of the 15 years in solitary confinement. He was also “ghosted” over 50 times. Being “ghosted” is when a prisoner is moved without any warning, usually in the middle of the night. Between the Guildford Four, they served 60 years in prison, for crimes they did not commit.
After a worldwide campaign, the Guildford Four were finally released on Oct 19, 1989. If was not until 2005, 31 years after they were wrongfully arrested and spent 15 years in prison and 16 years after their release, they received an unprecedented apologyfrom the British Prime Minister David Cameron. Paul Hill works as a leading human rights campaigner in the United States.
In 1993, Paul Hill married Courtney Kennedy, a daughter of assassinated American Senator Robert F. Kennedyand a niece of assassinated president John F. Kennedy. The pair married on a boat in the Aegean Sea. They were supposedly introduced by Ethel Kennedy. On May 22, 1999, the couple had their daughter, Saoirse Roisin Kennedy Hill. They lived in Ireland from 2002 to 2006 on the west coast. They reportedly separated in February 2006, although this has not been confirmed.
The Guildford Four’s harrowing tale became the basis for the Oscar-winning movie,In the Name of the Father, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite. Paul Hill’s life is the subject of a fact-based drama written by Martin McNamara. The drama, Your Ever Loving, is based on the prison letters penned by Hill during his time in prison. In the late 1980s a song by The Pogues, Street of Sorrow / Birmingham Six, which was about the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six, was banned under the same law that banned the direct broadcast of members of Sinn Fein.
Paul Hill is one of the real Guildford Four. Since his release, in 1989, real life has taken a turn that no screenwriter could have dreamed up. In the best Hollywood rags-to-riches tradition, he's become a star and married a Kennedy...
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In May 1994 Paul Hill gave a half-hour Opinions lecture televised on Channel 4 and subsequently published in The Independent as "Prisoners on the Outside". The film In the Name of the Father starring Daniel Day-Lewis was based on the story of the Guildford Four. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
Jan 03, 2021 · Paul Michael Hill, Gerry Conlon, Paddy Armstrong and Carole Richardson, known as the Guilford Four, were wrongfully convicted of the Guildford Pub bombings, which took place in 1974. Gerry Conlon’s father, Giuseppe, was also stitched up for the “crime” and died in jail.
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