Suspect 6 - The Leprechaun
To some people the leprechaun is a creature from Irish mythology that can be considered both cute and humorous. To others, a demeaning cultural stereotype. Regardless of these contrasting viewpoints, I think it is fair to say that the common view is that although possessing a reputation for mischievousness, they are not viewed as being malevolent or evil. That view of course has been greatly influenced by marketing of course. In America Leprechauns are often used as mascots and even sell the breakfast cereal ‘Lucky Charms’. However, if you look closer at the stories of their exploits, you will in fact find no end of murderous misdoings. In ancient myth, Leprechauns were known for dragging sleeping people into the sea to drown them.
Far from being cute and cuddly creatures, we might perhaps better describe them as ‘cereal killers’.
Fun Fact – Although most people have an image of Leprechauns wearing green clothing, going back through history, they were more associated with the colour red. As Samuel Lover, writing in 1831, describes the leprechaun as “… quite a beau in his dress, notwithstanding, for he wears a red square-cut coat, richly laced with gold, and inexpressible of the same, cocked hat, shoes and buckles.”