Robert Maudsley - Hannibal The Cannibal

Robert Maudsley is currently serving a life sentence and is said to be the longest serving British prisoner, since the death of Ian Brady, and the earliest person still living to be subject to a whole life order. He killed 4 people in total, 3 of whom were fellow prisoners, and was given the nickname Hannibal the Cannibal by the press after he reportedly ate the brain of one of his victims. This turned out to be untrue after autopsy reports found no evidence but the nickname stuck.

About Robert Maudsley

One of 12 children Robert Maudsley spent most of his early years in an orphanage until his parents retrieved him from the orphanage aged 8. He was subjected to routine physical abuse from this point until he was removed by social services and taken into foster care. He later claimed he was raped as a child, and that the abuse may have left deep psychological scars.

Robert Maudsley - Hannibal The Cannibal | Could abuse when he was a child have caused psychological scars that led him to murder?

When he was a teenager he worked as a rent boy to support a drug addiction. He was forced to seek psychiatric help after numerous suicide attempts and it was during his talks with doctors that he claimed he heard voices telling him to kill his parents. He's quoted as saying "If I had killed my parents in 1970, none of these people need have died."

Robert Maudsley's Victims

John Farrell

On 14 March 1974, after being picked up for sex, Robert Maudsley garrotted John Farrell after he showed him photos of children he'd sexually abused. Maudsley was arrested and later sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation he should never be released.

David Francis

Maudsley was sent to Broadmoor Hospital where he and another inmate locked themselves in a cell with a third inmate, David Francis. Francis was a convicted child molester and they tortured him to death over a period of 9 hours on 26th February 1977.

Robert Maudsley was convicted of manslaughter and sent to Wakefield Prison.

Salney Darwood

On 29th July 1978 Maudsley killed two more people while in Wakefield Prison. His first victim, Salney Darwood, was convicted of the manslaughter of his wife. Maudsley had invited Darwood to his cell where he garrotted and stabbed him, hiding the body under his bed.

Robert Maudsley - Hannibal The Cannibal | He murdered more people in prison.

Maudsley attempted to lure other prisoners to his cell but when they refused he prowled the prison for other victims.

William Roberts

William Roberts was serving 7 years for the sexual assault of a 7 year old girl and Maudsley cornered him during his search of the prison. He stabbed Roberts to death, hacking at his skull with a makeshift dagger and then smashed his head against the wall.

Robert Maudsley then walked into the prison officer's room, placed the dagger on the table and told them the next roll call would be two short. 

He is serving his sentence in solitary confinement now, in a cell much like Hannibal Lecter in the movie Silence of the Lambs.

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