The Dream Solution

The Dream Solution

The Murder of Alison Shaughnessy - and the Fight to Name Her Killer


Following Michelle and Lisa Taylor's conviction of the savage murder of Alison Shaugnessy, Bernard O'Mahoney embarked on a successful crusade to prove their innocence. Michelle - who had been having an affair with Alison's husband - had been found guilty of murdering Alison in a jealous rage, and her sister, Lisa, was convicted of aiding her in the brutal attack. During the appeal to clear their names, Bernard O'Mahoney and Michelle began a passionate affair. Then, his suspicions aroused by her obsessive behaviour, O'Mahoney stumbled across a letter which could only mean one thing - Michelle was guilty. Following a heated confrontation, she finally broke down and admitted her guilt. The Dream Solution tells of two dramatic legal battles - one to free the sisters, and the other to prove their guilt.

About the authors

Bernard O'Mahoney

Bernard O'Mahoney served in the army for three years and saw a tour of duty in Northern Ireland (described in his book Soldier of the Queen). He then travelled extensively and worked in the building and security industries. Renouncing a criminal past, he wrote about his experiences of the dark side of the nightclub world in the bestselling Essex Boys: A Terrifying Expos of the British Drugs Scene and has written numerous true-crime titles.
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Mick McGovern

Bernard O'Mahoney is the author of a number of true crime books, including the bestselling Essex Boys, The Dream Solution and Wannabe in My Gang? He also wrote of his experiences in the army and on a tour of duty in Northern Ireland in Soldier of the Queen.

Mick McGovern has worked on television documentaries and written for The Observer and the New Statesman. He co-wrote Killing Rage with Eamon Collins and, with Bernard O'Mahoney, Soldier of the Queen and The Dream Solution.
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