Late loyalist Willie Frazer will be unmasked as a driver in the massacre of sectarian Reavey brothers
Loyalist firebrand Willie Frazer is expected to be unmasked as a teenage driver in the sectarian murder of the Reavey brothers.
Razer, who died in 2019, was often linked to the activities of the notorious Glenanne Gang, he claims denied.
But there is growing speculation that he will be named a key member of the murderous UVF unit in Kenova’s long-awaited report.
The report, which was due to be released last year but remains under lock and key, was carried out by retired Bedfordshire Chief Constable Jon Boutcher.
The government asked him to investigate a number of murders, the possibility of collusion and more specifically the activities of the alleged British agent Stakeknife who was head of the IRA‘s internal security unit and who has been linked to dozens of murders.
Security sources told The Sunday World that Kenova would reveal “surprising” revelations about Stakeknife.
But it’s Frazer’s alleged role in the Reaveys’ murder that will confirm what many have suspected for years.
He had just celebrated his 15th birthday when he became involved with the Glenanne Gang, embittered by the murder at the hands of the IRA four months earlier of his UDR father, he was an easy recruit for the Glenanne Gang.
That was enough to turn him into the teenage getaway driver for one of the Troubles’ most controversial multiple-murder atrocities.
Frazer grew up in Whitecross in County Armagh, the same village that was home to the Reavey family.
By the mid-1970s, the UVF was engaged in a sustained sectarian murder campaign and the notorious Glenanne Gang was the center of it, and part of it was Frazer.
Shortly after 6 p.m. on January 4, 1976, three masked men entered the Reavey home. The door had remained unlocked.
Brothers John (24), Brian (22) and Anthony (17) were alone in the house watching television in the living room.
The gunmen opened fire on them with two Sterling submachine guns, a Luger pistol and a 5 Webley revolver.
John and Brian were killed instantly. Anthony managed to run to the bedroom and took refuge under a bed. He was shot several times and left for dead. After searching the house without finding anyone else, the armed men left.
Seriously injured, Anthony crawled about 200 meters to a neighbour’s house and asked for help. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage three weeks later.
Outside the Reavey house, driving a getaway car, it is believed that there was Frazer.
The shooting of the Reavey brothers was claimed by the Protestant Action Force, a cover name used by the UVF, which referred to their victims as IRA terrorists.
The leader of the DUP, the Reverend Ian Paisley, used parliamentary privilege in the House of Commons to make a false allegation against the family, an insult that was allegedly passed on to Frazer.
Frazer was linked to the murder of the innocent brothers but always denied any involvement. Now, Boutcher’s report should confirm that he was an integral part of the Glenanne gang, made up of UDR soldiers and RUC men, who carried out a series of attacks on Catholics.
Frazer’s father, a UDR soldier, had been murdered in August 1975 and over a period of a decade he had lost four close family members, all linked to the British Army or the RUC, for the benefit of the Provos.
The dramas fueled a pathological hatred of the republican movement.
After joining the Territorial Army, he then formed Families Acting for Innocent Parents as an advocate for those who had lost loved ones to Republican violence.
He was a strong campaigner for the families of those murdered in the Kingsmill Massacre which occurred the day after the Reavey murders.
Eleven Protestant workers were lined up by the side of the road and shot. 10 dead while only one survived the massacre allegedly carried out by the IRA. The atrocity happened a few hundred yards from the Reavey home.
It is also widely suspected that Frazer was involved in distributing firearms from an arms shipment from South Africa in 1987 that was split between the UVF, UDA and Ulster Resistance terrorist groups.
Two-thirds of the transport was intercepted by security forces but the rest passed on, much of it still believed to be in landfills across County Armagh, particularly in and around Markethill where Frazer lived after his family left Whitecross.
The Sunday World attempted to contact Eugene Reavey, brother of those killed, without success.
Security chiefs are believed to be alarmed by the contents of Boutcher’s report as it will expose their own activities in the use of agents and alleged collusion with paramilitary organisations.
The revelations surrounding Stakeknife’s activities should be particularly damaging.
He is expected to reveal how a significant number of low-level security personnel within the Republican movement have been “sacrificed” to protect more senior state informants.
The allegation is that Stakeknife was the buffer that protected the double agents. As head of the IRA’s internal security unit, he was uniquely placed to hunt down suspects under false pretences.
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