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Serial Killer Robert Maudsley Kept In Solitary Confinement In Horrifying Glass Box Prison

Serial Killer Robert Maudsley Kept In Solitary Confinement In Horrifying Glass Box Prison

Serial killer Robert Maudsley has been locked in solitary confinement for more than four decades, having grown a reputation as one of the UK's most dangerous men.

He was just 21 when he carried out his first murder in 1974, and went on to kill three more people while he was in prison.

As a teenager, he funded his spiralling drug habit by working as a rent boy - his first victim being a client called John Farrell, who had shown Maudsley photographs of children he sexually abused.

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Following the killing, Maudsley was jailed for life and sent to Broadmoor Hospital, where he killed a fellow inmate using a sharpened spoon - a brutality that earned him the nickname Hannibal the Cannibal.

Maudsley, from Toxteth in Liverpool, was then moved to maximum security Wakefield Prison in Yorkshire, where a further two murders took place in 1978.

It was at this point staff at the prison realised Maudsley was too dangerous to remain among other prisoners, and decided the only solution was to construct a special cell.

The new two-cell unit, which was ready for Maudsley in 1983, measures just 5.5m by 4.5m and is contained within a series of bullet-proof windows - in turn bearing a strong resemblance to the glass cage prison that Hannibal Lecter was kept in in 1991 film Silence of the Lambs.

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Hannibal Lecter's prison cell in Silence of the Lambs. Credit: Orion Pictures
Hannibal Lecter's prison cell in Silence of the Lambs. Credit: Orion Pictures

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According to the Guardian, inside there's just a bed, table and chair, along with a toilet and sink that are bolted to the floor.

There's also a solid steel door that opens inside a small cage within the cell, with a small slot towards the bottom for guards to pass Maudsley food and other items.

The Guardian reported back in 2003 that Maudsley remains in the cell for 23 hours a day, and must be escorted to the yard by six prison officers for his hour of daily exercise, and he is not allowed any contact with the other inmates.

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According to the newspaper, Maudsley - who became the longest-serving living British prisoner following the death of Ian Brady - wrote in 2003: "The prison authorities see me as a problem, and their solution has been to put me into solitary confinement and throw away the key, to bury me alive in a concrete coffin.

Wakefield Prison, where Robert Maudsley is kept in solitary confinement. Credit: PA
Wakefield Prison, where Robert Maudsley is kept in solitary confinement. Credit: PA

"It does not matter to them whether I am mad or bad. They do not know the answer and they do not care just so long as I am kept out of sight and out of mind.

"I am left to stagnate, vegetate and to regress; left to confront my solitary head-on with people who have eyes but don't see and who have ears but don't hear, who have mouths but don't speak. My life in solitary is one long period of unbroken depression."

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Topics: uk news, News, crime, Serial Killer

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]