RTE Radio 1 featured a a documentary tonight about the IRA adduction of Thomas Niedermayer in Belfast in 1973. Its an extraordinary tragic tale, even by Northern Ireland standards.
Neidermayer was sent from Germany to Belfast, with his wife and 2 daughters, as the Managing Director of the local Grundig factory.
The IRA targeted him for kidnap/ransom, and abducted him from this home. He was found several years later in shallow grave in a refuse dump. The suggestion at the time was that he had had a heart attack during the abduction and was dumped by his kidnappers.
His family never recovered from the trauma. They originally went back to Germany, but his wife came back to Ireland and committed suicided by simply walking into the sea in Bray. Both his daughters also committed suicide in later life.
The documentary can be downloaded as a podcast from here:
RT.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - A Knock on the Door