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'A brutal and frenzied attack': New appeal into 1982 murder of Late Late Show set designer

A friend of Charlie Self’s appealed for those with information to come forward.

Image: Crimecall

GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED an appeal for information relating to the murder of a Late Late Show set designer, who was stabbed to death in his home in 1982.

Charles Self, who was in his early 30s, had been on a night out at the now-closed Bartley Dunne’s gay bar in Dublin city centre, and  went to the Hotpot Café on Burgh Quay.

He was then seen talking to two men outside the former public toilets on Burgh Quay before sharing a taxi home with a younger blonde man believed to be in 20s before half 12 that night.

He was found the next morning by his housemate with multiple stab wounds, in what gardaí described as a “brutal and frenzied attack”.

The case appeared again on last night’s edition of RTÉ’s Crimecall, with gardaí again appealing for information in regards to the killing.

Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald, who is leading the cold case investigation, said that “1982 was a difficult time for being gay in our country”, and that he believes that there are people out there know something in relation to Self’s death.

Charlie Self 3 Source: Crimecall

Gardaí want to speak to anyone who was in the Hotpot Café at the time and especially the blonde man who was in the taxi with Self.

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They also want to speak to the two young men who were outside the public toilets. One was described as skinny, wearing a leather jacket and blue jeans, and was around 25 years old.

A friend of Self’s, Bill Maher, also appealed for those with information to come forward on the show.

Self was a “witty, bubbly person,” Maher said. “To me he was a character and fun to be around.

I’d like to see a conviction or anyone to come forward with any bits of gossip or rumours. I’d like to see closure.

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