Robert Maudsley: A Serial Killer So Dangerous, He Required a Special Cage


Robert Maudsley, the serial killer that inspired the creation of Hannibal Lecter, is one of the most interesting and curiosity-inspiring murderers still in prison. He will be in isolation for the rest of his life. He is such a danger to others and himself that he lives in a specially designed cell that bars him from contact and the outside world. People who are aware of his existence are on the fence about whether he should be considered a serial killer, a multiple murderer, or even a vigilante. Robert Maudsley has been deemed the most dangerous prisoner in Britain. Even though he is a serial killer, he had only murdered one person outside of prison. His remaining victims were claimed while he was incarcerated and became a huge part of the necessity for him to have a special cell built.

Childhood. Robert Maudsley was born in Liverpool in 1953. He had 11 siblings, and his young life was hard. He spent his very early years at a nun run orphanage, but his parents retrieved him when he was 8 years old. The abuse doled out by his parents required social services to come and get them.

Suicidal. During the late 60’s, Maudsley became a “rent boy” or a prostitute. He was dealing with his own drug addiction until he tried to commit suicide and was forced to get psychiatric assistance. During his talks with the doctors, he claimed to hear voices that instructed him to kill his parents.

First Murder. Maudsley was picked up by a man for sex but the man was a pedophile. He kept pictures of the children he molested and showed them to Maudsley. Maudsley took offense at the images of sexually abused children and killed the man. He chose to kill the man named John Farrell through garroting, strangling him to death.

Locked Up in an Asylum. For his crime, Maudsley was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he never be released. He was locked up in Broadmoor Hospital for the criminally insane. He wouldn’t get his remaining kills immediately, but he would get the next one in a few years.

Second Murder. While he was locked up in Broadmore, Maudsley and another inmate named David killed a third patient in 1977. The patient that he killed was a convicted child molester and he suffered when they killed him. They locked themselves in with their victim and spent nine hours torturing him. It was this murder that created the cannibal rumor. The tortured corpse of the man, whose name was rumored to be David Francis, was beaten until his brain was visible through his smashed-up skull. It was then that the spoon was introduced, supposedly after Maudsley sampled his brain and stuck the spoon back in it.

Gruesome. Part of what was so shocking, besides the level of brutality shown on the body from the beating was the length of time it took and the inability of the staff to intervene. The two men tortured David Francis for every minute of the nine hours before his head was smashed against the wall. Most of the attack was visible and witnessed by not only nurses but guards who were absolutely powerless to stop them.

Manslaughter. After killing the child molester in the psychiatric facility Maudsley was convicted of manslaughter and sent to Wakefield Prison. He was very clear that he did not want to go back to Broadmore, so he was sent to prison as he preferred. His reputation preceded him, and he quickly lived up to the hype in his new location.

Nicknames. Maudsley realized that his reputation through his crimes had spread to the prison. His nicknames changed based on the end his last victim met. Initially, he was called “Blue” because he slowly strangled his first victim. Later, he was known as “Spoons” for supposedly sticking his spoon into the broken skull of another kill. The spoon in the brain has never been confirmed but the media began calling him Hannibal the Cannibal.

Public Opinion. By this point, Maudsley had killed two people, both of whom were guilty of assaulting children. Though the reason for his killings was known and agreed with, the heinousness of the second was still terribly off-putting. Considering the fact that their crimes were against children, many people began to think it was along the lines of what they deserved anyway. It is thought that this is the reason that fictional Hannibal preferred to eat the rude.

Two Weeks. Two weeks after arriving at the prison, Maudsley killed two more people. Murder UK received a letter from one of the prison guards from Broadmoor. He claimed to be on duty the Saturday morning that Maudsley killed his last two victims. “In Broadmoor, inmates are only allowed to eat with a plastic fork and spoon, unlike a normal prison where they have a plastic knife. He fashioned a makeshift weapon by snapping the blade of a spoon down the middle to create a rough pointed weapon.”

The Murders. He killed this inmate by ramming the spoon deep into the victim’s ear, penetrating the brain. Needless to say, when he pulled it out, it was covered in gore which was allegedly his brains. None of it was ever eaten. With regards to the statement about crushing skulls like eggshells, this was what he did to Darwood when he swung him round the cell with a garrotte and smashed his head against the wall.” After killing the two inmates, he went to the prison officer’s room and informed them that the next roll call would be two short and placed the weapon down.

Locked Up. Robert Maudsley once said: “It does not matter to them whether I am mad or bad. They do not know the answer and they do not care just so long as I am kept out of sight and out of mind.” After the two prison killings, Maudsley was seen as Britain’s most dangerous prisoner. They felt he was too dangerous to be in with the general prison population, so he was housed in solitary confinement. He went 12 years without a haircut because none of the prison barbers were confident enough in their safety to go near him. During his single hour of exercise per day, he was escorted by six guards – every single time.

Special Cage. Maudsley has been housed in a double-wide cell with bulletproof Perspex and a large steel door. There is a hole for the prison guards to pass him food and more. Inside the cell are a concrete slab bed for him to sleep on and a table and chairs made of compressed cardboard. Hannibal Lecter’s cell in the Silence of the Lambs movie is nearly identical to what Maudsley’s cell looks like.

Maudsley’s Words. Maudsley is said to be extraordinarily intelligent with a love of classical music. Maudsley’s full written comment said: “The prison authorities see me as a problem, and their solution has been to put me into solitary confinement and throw away the key, to bury me alive in a concrete coffin. It does not matter to them whether I am mad or bad. They do not know the answer and they do not care just so long as I am kept out of sight and out of mind.” He also said, “If I had killed my parents in 1970, none of these people need have died.”

Similarities to Lecter. Maudsley has been in isolation longer than anyone else, nearly 40 years. He hasn’t murdered anyone in a quarter of a century, and he is half a century old, but he is not forgotten. Though his requests for connections to the outside world have been made, they are not often granted. His special cell still stands, and his isolation will continue until the day he dies.

Source : RebelCircus

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