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MORE INSIGHT INTO MIND OF MURDERER.

Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

DELUDED Raoul Moat's obsession with body-building and paranoid hatred for police are revealed further on secret tapes heard by the Chronicle.

Today we can bring you more extracts from the killer's personal collection of more than 50 hours of recordings.

The obsessive gunman used hidden wires and microphones to tape phone calls and meetings in the year before he became one of the country's most notorious murderers.

And the audio clips give a chilling insight into the mind of a madman, on the verge of snapping.

In one meeting with a social worker, in November, the steroid popping bodybuilder tells how important he thinks it is the maintain his beefed-up physique.

Moat tells how he cut back on the gym when he quit being a bouncer to become a tree surgeon as he was so heavy the branches would break.

But he goes on to say how he had begun training again a few months back with the aim of looking good for his woman.

"I used to do the doors where you need to be a 20-stone body-builder kidda," he said. "But I've had the kids and just enjoyed life in general and came out of it.

"But you've gotta keep yourself looking nice for the missus, and the kids like to see daddy muscley."

Yet Moat also tells how years of weightlifting and martial arts have taken a toll on his body.

He even says he lost an inch in height through training.

"I am exceptionally strong, but I have got long limbs so my bones aren't dense enough," he said.

"If you use your body like a machine it's going to break - like a machine it'll break down.

"I did martial arts from being young, that was always my thing. When you do something and you excel at it, you want to do it more, but if you do it for too long your body starts to show the wear and tear.

"I just go and lift a few weights now and enjoy it. It keeps us looking good and keeps us fit for the kids."

The 'missus' Moat talks of is Samantha Stobbart, 22, who he blasted with a shotgun at a house in Birtley, Gateshead, just over two weeks ago.

Moat, 37, shot dead Samantha's new love Chris Brown, 29, and left her fighting for life.

Then less than 24-hours later the crazed gunman called Northumbria Police to declare war on the force before shooting traffic officer PC David Rathband through the window of his patrol car.

The 42-year-old dad-of-two was left blinded by the attack.

The tapes reveal Moat's paranoia about the police who he blames for every problem in his life.

And in one irate telephone conversation with an unknown person he sounds agitated and ready to snap.

"I'm living my life on the edge, just trying to get by till this next thing and then there's another one and another one.

"None of this is right, it's not."

Moat also accuses police of making up that death threats have been made against him to encourage him to buy a gun so that they can raid his home and then arrest him on firearms charges.

He says: "I think they just want us to go out and get prepared, and then they are gonna come flying into the house."

Moat's brother Angus, 40, told the Chronicle he believes his sibling's gun rampage was sparked by a breakdown.

And he said its possible that the brothers' unstable childhood led Raoul to become obsessed with building a perfect family of his own and that he fell to pieces when he could not achieve this.

In a phone call to a social worker he tells of his dreams of settling in rural Rothbury, the Northumberland village where he shot himself dead after seven days on the run.

"I'll quite enjoy the peace to get away from the police," he said.

"This is the kinda place we were talking about. Me and Sam were talking about getting somewhere out in the sticks. I'm the farmer type. We were always looking for a country place."

And in another conversation he says: "We are hoping to get a bit of farmland. She wants horses, which will be ideal for the kids.

"I like the idea of me animals, I cannot get used to the city, I cannot get used to it at all."

And in a taped conversation with one of his young daughters, he tells of his love for his grandmother, Margaret Rollo, who raised him and his brother.

"You know who you take after?" he says. "You take after my granny because she was very little.

"She's very special to me. She brought me up. And you've got her tiny little hands and tiny little feet. And you have got what I had as a kid, you have got my little freckles.

"When I was a kid I looked nothing like I do now. I had one of the smallest noses you would ever get on a kid, freckles and ginger hair."

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RAMPAGE: Moat recorded hours of his conversations CLIMAX: Raoul Moat on the riverbank in Rothbury
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