Paul Michael Hill Biography – Paul Michael Hill Wiki
Paul Michael Hill was a member of the Guildford Four, who were wrongfully convicted for the Irish Republican Army (IRA) bombings and the murder of a British soldier, Brian Shaw.
Paul Michael Hill Guildford Four
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.
Hill was accused of being involved in the Irish Republican Army (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.
Paul Hill was given, what was at the time, the longest sentence ever handed down in an English court. After a worldwide campaign, the Guildford Four were finally released on Oct 19, 1989 after spending 15 years in prison.
In 2005, 31 years after they were wrongfully arrested and spent 15 years in prison and 16 years after their release, they received an unprecedented apology from the British Prime Minister David Cameron.
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 Michael 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 Michael Hill Age
Paul Hill was born in 1954 in Belfast.
Paul Michael Hill Wife
On June 26, 1993, Paul Michael Hill married Courtney Kennedy, a daughter of assassinated American Senator Robert F. Kennedy and a niece of assassinated president John F. Kennedy. The couple married on a boat in the Aegean Sea. They were reportedly introduced by Ethel Kennedy. They separated in 2006.
Paul Michael Hill and Courtney Kennedy Daughter
On May 22, 1999, Paul Michael Hill and Courtney Kennedy had their daughter, Saoirse Kennedy Hill. Saoirse Hill died on August 1, 2019, at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
Paul Michael Hill Today
Hill works as a leading human rights campaigner in the United States.