Twisted cannibal killer will die underground in glass box after brutal murders

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A man who was nicknamed "Hannibal Lecter" after murdering child molesters in a string of brutal attacks will die underground "alone" in a bulletproof cage.

Robert Maudsley, now 64, is believed to be so dangerous that he must remain confined in isolation for 23 hours a day following his horror history.

The savage killer has been forced to sleep on a concrete slab inside of his specially made 5.5 metres by 4.5 metre glass box beneath Wakefield Prison.

Maudsley, from Liverpool, has been in prison since 1974 after killing his first victim at the age of just 21, reports Liverpool Echo.

The twisted prisoner, who is the fourth out of twelve children, spent his early years in a Catholic orphanage at Nazareth House before his abusive parents reclaimed him at 8 years old.

Back with his parents, he suffered years of violent abuse at the hands of his father, egged on by his mother and took extra beatings to protect his siblings.

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.

As a 16-year-old, he fell down the hole of drug addiction and turned to sex work to earn money – it was here he met his first victim in 1974.

Maudsley garroted his client John Farrell to death after the man showed him photos of children he'd abused.

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Declared unfit to stand trial and sent away with the recommendation that he never be released, Maudsley was locked up in Broadmoor Hospital, home to some of Britain's most dangerous criminals.

Three years later, he and fellow prisoner, David Cheeseman, barricaded themselves inside a room with tied up child molester, David Francis.

The pair tortured Francis to death before dangling his body for prison guards to see.

Charged with manslaughter, Maudsley was moved to the maximum-security Wakefield Prison in Yorkshire where he found his final two victims.

In a murderous rage on July 29, 1978, Maudsley first 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 crept into the cell of Bill Roberts, 56, who had sexually abused a seven-year-old girl.

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

Reports at the time of his murders claimed he'd left a spoon in the skull of his second victim, who was missing part of his brain, although an autopsy report later showed that the story was incorrect.

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.

Robert Maudsley's older brother Paul once said: "I've always thought 'There but for the grace of God… I could easily have turned out like Bob."

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After his trial, a nun from Nazareth House described him as one of the "better-behaved boys".

Robert Maudsley's decades of solitary confinement have been criticised as possibly infringing on his human rights by risking further mental breakdown.

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

But the sessions were suddenly stopped after three years 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."

Maudsley begged the courts to allow him to die in 2000, before writing a series of letters, setting out his situation.

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He wrote: "As a consequence of my current treatment and confinement, I feel that all I have to look forward to is indeed psychological breakdown, mental illness and probable suicide.

"Why can’t I have a budgie instead of flies, cockroaches and spiders which I currently have. I promise to love it and not eat it?

"Why can’t I have a television in my cell to see the world and learn? Why can’t I have any music tapes and listen to beautiful classical music?

"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."

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