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News Evil killer sets jail record for time in solitary; murderer has spent 34 years locked up in glass cage.

Byline: TOM DUFFY & JEREMY ARMSTRONG news@liverpool.com @LIVECHONEWS

A LIVERPOOL man who is one of Britain's most notorious serial killers has created an unenviable UK record by spending the last 39 years in solitary confinement.

Robert Maudsley, from Toxteth, marked his 64th birthday with another day on his own in his cell. He has spent the last 14,235 consecutive days in solitary confinement. Since 1983, Maudsley has been housed in a 'glass cage' at HMP Wakefield, which is said to bear an uncanny resemblance to the one which housed Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, although it was built seven years before the famous film was released.

In 1974, having been held on remand, he was sentenced to life and sent to Broadmoor after he garrotted labourer John Farrell, then stabbed him and smashed him over the head with a hammer.

Three years later, he and fellow inmate David Cheeseman dragged another convict named David Francis into a room on their ward, barricaded the door, tied him up with flex from a record player and held him hostage. Francis was then tortured to death over several hours.

On July 28, 1978, already serving life for double murder, Maudsley made a knife from a soup spoon and plunged it into the head of fellow inmate Salney Darwood, 46, in Wakefield jail, before garrotting him.

He hid his body under a bunk, then smashed the head of another prisoner, William Roberts, against a wall. It was rumoured that he used a spoon to prise open his skull, allegedly to eat his brain, a claim he always denied but which earned him the nickname 'Hannibal the Cannibal'. The claim was later shown to be untrue.

Maudsley is said to have strode up to the officer in charge after the double murder and said: "There'll be two short on the roll call."

From that day to this, prisoner 467637 has spent 23 hours out of every 24 in his cell.

Maudsley once wrote: "Prison authorities see me as a problem. Their solution has been to put me in solitary confinement and throw away the key, to bury me alive in a concrete coffin. I am left to stagnate, vegetate and regress ...."

Maudsley was said to have been abused as a child and spent several years at a Catholic care home in Crosby called Nazareth House. He later moved to London.

Maudsley is caged in a special cell deep within Wakefield Prison - said to be like the one in which movie killer Hannibal Lecter was confined

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An undated picture of Robert Maudsley in his cell

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jun 28, 2017
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