Hannibal Lecter cannibal killers chilling prediction on dying in glass cage

Serial 'Cannibal Killer' Robert Maudsley made a chilling prediction from prison in 2000 as part of a series of letters in which he meditated on his sick crimes.

Maudsley, 68, has been locked up since 1974 for the brutal murder of John Farrell who he claims showed him pictures of children he had abused.

He believed his cell would be his final resting place and be 'buried alive' after being forced to remain in a glass cage underground in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.

While he was in prison, Maudsley went on to commit three further shocking atrocities – two of which were against convicted child molesters.

In 1977 while he was locked up in Broadmoor Hospital, Maudsley and fellow prisoner, David Cheeseman, targeted child molester, David Francis.

The pair barricaded themselves inside a room with him and tied the convicted child molester up before torturing him to death and dangling his body for prison guards to see in a sick display.

A year later in Wakefield Prison in Yorkshire, Maudsley strangled and stabbed Salney Darwood, a 46-year-old who was locked up for killing his wife.

After hiding Darwood's body under a bed, he then snuck into the cell of Bill Roberts, 56, who had sexually abused a seven-year-old girl.

In a murderous bout of bloodlust, he stabbed Roberts, hacked his skull with a makeshift dagger and smashed his head against a wall.

As a result of his barbarous crimes, Maudsley is currently imprisoned in a 5.5 by 4.5 metre glass box beneath Wakefield Prison and is thought to be so dangerous that he must remain confined in isolation for 23 hours a day.

Throughout Maudsley's long stay in prison, numerous attempts have been made by psychiatrists to understand what drove him to his shocking crimes.

During a brief spell at Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight in the 1990s, Maudsley met with psychiatrist Dr Bob Johnson, who thought he was making progress with reducing Maudsley's latent violence.

However after three years, the sessions were suddenly ended and Maudsley was returned to Wakefield Prison, where he has remained since.

Dr Johnson tried to contact Maudsley several times, but his letters went mostly unanswered until he received a three-word message in the post: "All alone now."

In 2000, Maudsley broke his silence with a series of disturbing letters to Times journalist Eve-Anne Prentice.

As well as begging for the courts to allow him to keep a pet budgie in his cell on the proviso he wouldn't eat it, Maudsley also railed against his treatment and the lack of understanding he thought society had offered him.

An extract from the letters reads: "Are we all not products of our environment, yourself, Ms Prentice, and myself?

"Do we all not form our opinions, beliefs, etc, from how we perceive that environment?

"Wakefield Prison authorities perceive me as a problem; their solution to that problem to date has been in effect to bury me alive, the cage ultimately for them being my concrete coffin, but is that the final solution?"

Maudsley's difficult childhood has been well documented.

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The man who would go on to be nicknamed as 'Hannibal Lecter' had a difficult upbringing spending his early years in a Catholic orphanage at Nazareth House.

When his abusive parents reclaimed him at 8 years old he suffered years of violence at the hands of his father.

Startlingly similar to his current fate, Maudsley once spent six months locked in a room, his only contact being with his father who'd come to beat him several times a day.

Chillingly, during his final trial in 1979, Maudsley claimed he was thinking of his parents during his vigilante violence, wishing he had killed them in 1970.

Last month, Maudsley appealed against his imprisonment but was rejected and told he cannot make any further appeals against the decision.

As a result, Britain's most dangerous prisoner will die in his glass cage.

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