|Portrayed by:||Norman Reedus|
Murphy MacManus is one of the two protagonists of the Boondock Saints series, the other being his twin brother Connor MacManus. Murphy has appeared in The Boondock Saints and its sequel The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.
Murphy keeps his dark brown hair cut close to his head, and generally dresses casual, in worn out jeans with t-shirts, turtlenecks, or knit sweaters, with black work-boots and a well-loved black Navy pea coat. The more notable things about Murphy are his many tattoos and a few scars.
- Left-side of his neck: Mary Magdalene
- Right hand index finger: AÉQUITAS, the Latin word for justice.
- Chest, left-hand side, over heart: 'Norman', in cursive.
- Right forearm: Celtic Cross
- Back: Christ's feet on the cross.
- Left thigh: A shield knot.
- Left arm, just above the elbow: bullet wound/iron burn.
- Wrists: Very faint scars from handcuffs, only noticable if he points them out to someone.
- Right shoulder: Fresh bullet wound, still healing as of arrival (bullet removed)
- Left calf: Fresh bullet wound, still healing as of arrival (bullet removed)
Murphy was born in Ireland along with his fraternal twin Connor MacManus. He and his brother were raised by their single mother, Annabelle MacManus and did not know their father personally. They were raised in a very religious family and kept their religious beliefs into adulthood. The two boys both attended school, where they learned to speak languages such as Latin, Russian, Spanish, French, German and Italian. When they reached an older age, they moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where Murphy and Connor got a small apartment in an illegal loft and a job at a meat factory. They kept their religious faith and attended Church every Sunday morning. The two enjoyed their lives in America and often went drinking with their close friend David Della Rocco.
Forming of The Saints
On March 17 1999, the boys were celebrating the traditional Irish holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day. On that evening, they were approached by three Russian mobsters who demanded that they leave so they could force the bar owner to close down the bar. Murphy and Connor refused to go and Rocco started a fight with the mobsters. The bar fight resulted in the Russians being seriously injured, who were far out-numbered by the brothers and their friends. The next day, their apartment was invaded by the same mobsters who sought revenge on Murphy and his brother. The brothers managed to survive and kill the mobsters out of self-defense. Feeling guilty, they turned themselves in, and stayed in jail for a night to avoid attention from the press. In their prison cell, Murphy and his brother were spoken to by God, and given the orders to kill those who sin. The media dubbed them “The Saints.”
Career as a Vigilante
When Murphy MacManus and his brother began their career as “The Saints”, they visited an Irish Gun Dealer. Once they bought their weapons and Connor got his rope, they set out to rid Boston of evil, starting with the assassination of Yuri Petrova along with many underbosses of the Russian Crime Syndicate. While crawling through the vents of a Russian mob hideout, Connor’s rope came in handy when they crashed through the ceiling due to weight. Eight bosses and underbosses of the Russian Mob were caught off guard and killed by Murphy and his brother, who spared Yuri for last. Once Yuri was the only one left, the two brothers said their traditional family prayer, and shot him in the head. They recruited their friend Rocco, a package boy for the Boston Italian Mafia, who had access to personal information of all members of the Yakavetta Crime Family. Rocco helped The Saints with the assassinations of Vincenzo Lapazzi, the underboss of the Yakavetta Family, and an anonymous serial killer who Rocco had previously worked with. The two brothers got into a firefight with Il Duce who was hired by the mob to track down the assassins. Murphy and his brother were kidnapped by The Mafia who killed Rocco believing he was the only one making the assassinations. The boys once again ran into Il Duce who is revealed to be their long lost father, who they never knew to exist. After escaping, the two brothers along with their father went on for one final assassination. They teamed up with inside man Paul Smecker who helped them break into a court room in which infamous Mafia Don, Guiseppe “Papa Joe” Yakavetta, was being trialed in. Murphy and his family gave a speech to the witnesses about obeying the 10 Commandments before executing Yakavetta in public.
After their final assassination, Murphy, along with his brother and father, moved back to their homeland in Ireland. Roughly 8 years later, they received word from their Uncle Sibeal that a priest was murdered in Boston and was made to look like it was done by the Saints. After hearing this, Murphy and his brother decided to go back to Boston and kill those responsible, thus ending their hiatus.
Return of The Saints
Murphy and his brother returned to America recruiting a new member of the saints, an underground street fighter named Romeo. The brothers immediately deduce that Papa Joe Yakavetta’s son, Concezio Yakavetta, was behind the murder. Murphy and the saints go off to kill a bunch of Chinese drug dealers who are teamed up with the Yakavetta family. They later learn that the priest’s killer was hired by another man who goes by the name of The Roman. Murphy and his fellow saints kill another group of Yakavetta’s mobsters, but then are ambushed by Ottilio Panza, who was the assassin hired to kill the priest. Murphy and the others are saved by Eunice Bloom in time, thus making Ottilio flee for his life. The Saints finally break into Concezio’s hide out where they assassinate all the mobsters in it including Yakavetta himself. Thinking they had won, Murphy and the saints are attacked again by Panza who is killed by their father. The Saints set off with Noah MacManus to finally kill The Roman, who is revealed to be Louie, the man who betrayed Noah and sent him to prison. While assassinating Louie, Noah dies of gunshot wounds.
Murphy and his brother along with Romeo were arrested after killing The Roman and are now currently held captive in the Hoag Maximum Security Prison. FBI agents Paul Smecker and Eunice Bloom plan to break them out so they can continue their profession of being The Saints.
Wikipedia: Murphy is a version of two Irish surnames Ó Murchadha ("descendant of Murchadh"), and Mac Murchaidh ("son of Murchadh" ) derived from the Irish personal name Murchadh, which meant "sea-warrior" or "sea-battler". (Muir meaning "sea" and cath meaning "battle".) Mac Murchaidh is the more likely Irish root of the Murphy surname in the provinces of Ulster and Munster, in particular, but not limited to, Armagh and Tyrone. The motto of the Murphy clan is "Fortis et hospitalis," which means "Brave and hospitable".