UK’s longest-serving prisoner who ‘butchered 11’ could soon walk streets again

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A twisted British serial killer dubbed the 'Devil's Disciple' could be freed from jail in a matter of months.

Patrick Mackay was convicted of butchering three people and confessed to eight more in a gruesome killing spree across London and Kent in 1975.

The 69-year-old has been granted a parole hearing that could take place in September, which could see him back on the streets by Christmas.

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The UK's longest serving prisoner hacked-up the body of a priest in a bathtub and is said to have slaughtered a widow and her four-year-old grandson.

Mackay became known as the Monster of Belgravia, the Devil’s Disciple and The Psychopath when he was finally brought to justice in November 1975 and ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years behind bars.

Now, after 47 years inside, the man dubbed the "most dangerous man in Britain" has had his case referred to the Parole Board.

Mackay's horrific crimes include the murder of frail pensioners Isabella Griffiths, 87, and Adele Price, 89.

Widow Isabella Griffiths, 87, who was strangled and stabbed at her home in Chelsea, after which he strangled Adele Price, 89, in Kensington.

The maniac then upped his grisly murder technique with the axe murder of Catholic priest Anthony Crean, 64, who was found at his home in Shorne, Kent, with his skull split in half after Mackay launched a ferocious attack.

A spokesperson for the Parole Board said: "We can confirm the case of Patrick Mackay has been referred to the Parole Board.

"It is awaiting a date to be listed."

Mackay, who now uses the name David Groves, was transferred to an open prison where he has been described as the "model" lag.

He was charged with five counts of murder but was convicted of three counts of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

The other two cases were allowed to lie on file – meaning prosecutors believed they had enough evidence but a trial was felt not to be in the public interest.

Among those suspected of being Mackay's other victims are popular cafe owner Ivy Davis, who was found at her Westcliff-on-sea home with multiple wounds to her head, as well as a ligature around her neck in February 1975.

The killer also allegedly confessed to four other murders while rotting in jail – including Stephanie Britton and her four-year-old grandson Christopher Martin in 1974.


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