British serial killers currently in prison who will die behind bars
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Child killer Lucy Letby has become one of the few serial murderers to receive a whole life order or 'whole life tariff', meaning she will live out the rest of her days in prison.
It was introduced by the government in 1983 and it means a person will never be eligible to be released from prison if they have received it.
Here's a rundown of the notorious British serial killers currently in prison who are expected to die behind bars:
Lucy Letby was sentenced to life in prison in August 2023 after being found guilty of the murders of seven babies and the attempted murder of six others.
The nurse, who previously worked at the Countess of Chester hospital, was found guilty after a 10-month trial that saw her convicted for the 'sadistic' murders of seven babies and attempted murder of a further six.
Letby, who has now been dubbed Britain’s worst child serial killer, refused to leave the court cells to hear her sentencing by the judge as the case concluded and avoided facing the parents of her newborn victims who described the horrifying impact of her crimes via impact statements read out in court.
Convicted of committing the murders of 10 women and girls with her husband Fred, including her daughter and stepdaughter, Rose West's judge recommended that she never be released.
While she was initially convicted in 1995, two years later the home secretary Jack Straw ruled that she would never be released.
West is now 69 years of age and has never appealed against the decisions which will see her die behind bars.
Having killed four people - three of them while he was in prison - Robert Maudsley is the world record holder for the length of time spent in solitary confinement.
In 1974, he killed the 30-year-old John Farrell before surrendering himself to the police saying he needed psychiatric care and was sent to Broadmoor Hospital, where he killed fellow inmate David Francis.
He was sent to Wakefield Prison, where in 1978 he killed two other inmates on the same day while behind bars.
Despite having appealed several times, the 69-year-old will spend the rest of his days in solitary confinement in a bulletproof perspex cell built for him.
Dubbed 'the man in black', the 76-year-old serial killer murdered four men in 1995.
He confessed his crimes to the police, but later told the jury at his trial that a fictional individual called Jason had killed them.
The judge at his trial said he would urge the home secretary to impose a whole life tariff for Moore.
In 2011, it was revealed that Moore had challenged the legality of his sentence before the European Court of Human Rights, but he is still behind bars.
Convicted in 1979 of a series of six contract killings done between 1974 and 1978, John Childs burned the bodies of his victims in the fireplace of his home.
He killed his victims in various ways, including shooting, stabbing and beating them to death, while among those he killed was the 10-year-old son of one of his targets who had been with his father when Childs lured them to where he planned to murder them.
Bamber was convicted in October 1986 of the murder of his adoptive parents, along with his adoptive sister and her six-year-old twin sons.
Prosecutors found that Bamber had committed the murders to secure an inheritance and had attempted to pin the blame on his sister, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, by making it look like a murder-suicide.
His judge said it was 'difficult to foresee Bamber ever being released from prison', and the 62-year-old has not been successful in appealing against his conviction.
Aided by two accomplices, Mark Martin boasted that he wanted to become Nottingham's first serial killer, and murdered three homeless women between December 2004 and February 2005.
Convicted in 2005, all three were given life sentences, but while Dean Carr received a minimum of 14 years behind bars and John Ashley could not be released for 25 years, Martin was given a whole life tariff.
For his murders the 42-year-old gained the nickname 'The Sneinton Strangler'.
McLoughlin committed his first killing in 1984 and was convicted of manslaughter, and then committed a murder slightly more than a year since being released from prison for it.
He committed his third killing by stabbing Graham Buck in 2013 after being released on temporary licence.
McLoughlin's life sentence with a minimum of 40 years was quashed and replaced with a whole life tariff.
Now 64 years old, he faces the rest of his life in prison with no chance of being released again.
Having murdered three men in March 2013, Joanna Dennehy became only the third woman to receive a full life sentence with no chance of release following Myra Hindley and Rose West.
Her judge described her as a 'cruel, calculating, selfish and manipulative serial killer' and her sentencing was delayed until 2014 due to a High Court ruling on the legality of a whole life tariff.
The 40-year-old is also the first woman ever to receive a whole life tariff from a judge.
Named 'The Grindr Killer' for the way he used dating apps to lure men into his home before giving them a lethal amount of drugs, Stephen Port was the subject of BBC drama Four Lives starring Stephen Merchant.
Sentenced in 2016, the investigations into the deaths of Port's victims were criticised for mistakes which led police to miss chances to apprehend him sooner.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said he was 'deeply sorry' for failings in the investigations before the 48-year-old was arrested.