Robert Maudsley vows to kill again if he is ever released

Evil Behind Bars: ‘Hannibal the Cannibal’ murderer Robert Maudsley – who has been caged in a glass cell since 1979 – warns he will ‘kill again’ if ever released and that he’s ‘happy and content’ in solitary

  • Britain’s most dangerous serial killer vows to kill again if he gets out of prison
  • Robert Maudsley has been locked in a glass cage at HMP Wakefield for 47 years 
  • In Channel 5 documentary the 68-year-old’s nephew reveals personal letters 

One of the UK’s most notorious murderers has vowed to kill again if he’s ever released from prison.

Robert Maudsley, 68, has been in solitary confinement in a glass cell since 1979 after killing three people in prison while serving a life sentence to for the murder of John Farrell in 1974. As a result, he’s been categorised as the UK’s most dangerous murderer.

The killer – who earned the nickname ‘Hannibal the Cannibal’  following false reports he ate one of his victim’s brains –  says how he is ‘happy and content in solitary’ and warned that he will kill again if ever released.

In a new Channel 5 documentary ‘HMP Wakefield: Evil Behind Bars,’ Maudsley’s nephew Gavin, 40, from Liverpool reveals how his softly spoken, ‘well-read’ uncle is content to be locked away from the rest of the world. 

Britain’s most notorious serial killer Robert Maudsley, 68, (pictured) has vowed to kill again if he is ever released from prison

Maudsley has been locked up in a specially made glass cage in the basement of HMP Wakefield (pictured) for 47 years

Maudsley was  just 21 when he was locked up for the murder of 30-year-old John Farrell  in March 1974.

Whilst serving a life sentence, he then embarked on a sickening wave of vigilante violence murdering a convicted child molester, a man serving a life for the manslaughter of his wife and man who was locked up for the sexual assault of a seven-year-old girl.

In a letter to his nephew,, the serial killer says how he is happy and content in solitary confinement and warmed that he will kill again if ever released.

Maudsley has been repeatedly turned down for requests to spend time with other people, spending his days in a specially built cell.  

Measuring 18 foot by 15 foot, the cell is constructed from bullet proof Perspex and has compressed cardboard furniture.

The sadistic killer spends 23 hours of each day in the cell, sleeping on a concrete slab and using a toilet and sink which are bolted to the floor.

Maudsley, known as ‘Uncle Bob’, from Toxteth, Liverpool, committed his first murder in 1974, aged just 21.

A new Channel 5 documentary ‘HMP Wakefield: Evil Behind Bars’ delves into the world at Britain’s toughest jail

He then ran away to London and worked as a male prostitute, where he brutally murdered paedophile John Farrell in Wood Green, after he showed pictures of children he had sexually abused.

Following the slaying, he handed himself in to police and immediately confessed his crime.

Maudsley was sent to Broadmoor Hospital, home to some of Britain’s most violent criminals after he was deemed unfit to stand trial.   

At Broadmoor he was a ‘model’ prisoner until 1977 when he and fellow prisoner David Cheeseman locked themselves in a cell with child molester David Francis.   

After a gruesome nine-hour torture ordeal, the callous pair dangled Francis’s lifeless body for prison guards to see.

The sadistic killer spends 23 hours of each day in the cell, sleeping on a concrete slab and using a toilet and sink which are bolted to the floor 

Maudsley was then to HMP Wakefield after being convicted of manslaughter.   

At HMP Wakefield in 1978 Maudsley then strangled and stabbed Salney Darwood, 46, who had been jailed for killing his wife.

He hid Darwood’s body under bed before sneaking into the cell of paedophile Bill Roberts, 56, who had sexually abused a girl aged seven.

He stabbed Roberts, hacked his skull with a makeshift dagger and smashed his head against a wall.

It was only then that the brutal ‘hannibal’ killer was sentenced to life imprisonment.   

In 2000, Maudsley launched a legal bid to the courts requesting to be allowed to die.

He wrote a letter asking: ‘What purpose is served by keeping me locked up 23 hours a day?

The ‘hannibal’ murderer has been locked up for 47 years in HMP Wakefield, where he killed three of his victims, whilst behind bars

‘Why even bother to feed me and to give me one hour’s exercise a day? Who actually am I a risk to?’

In the letter he described that his current treatment and confinement had led him to look forward to a ‘psychological breakdown,’ mental illness and ‘probable suicide.’  

He went on to question why he couldn’t have a pet budgie, promising to love it and ‘not eat it.’   

Also questioning why he couldn’t have a television to ‘seen the world’ and educate himself or music tapes.  

He ended the letter saying: ‘If the Prison Service says no then I ask for a simple cyanide capsule which I shall willingly take and the problem of Robert John Maudsley can easily and swiftly be resolved.’ 

Director of the film, Elliot Reed, said: ‘West Yorkshire’s notorious HMP Wakefield Prison is known in the prison system as the Monster Mansion. 

‘It’s a dustbin, a warehouse for the worst Category A prisoners. 

‘Home to some of the most terrible men in British criminal history, like Roy Whiting, Jeremy Bamber, Charles Bronson, and Robert Maudsley.’

The documentary interviews ex-inmates, retired prison officers, and relatives of Britain’s most infamous inmates to ‘uncover the secrets of life inside the UK’s toughest jail.’  

It follows life on the mixed wings where hated sex offenders and child killers are ‘abused and attacked, and even killed, as they fight for their lives.’

It follows the tough regime and difficult conditions of the prisons’ punishment block, F-Wing, the segregation unit, and solitary confinement.  

  •  HMP Wakefield: Evil Behind Bars airs tonight (28th March) on Channel 5 at 9pm.

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