Liverpool “cannibal” killer Robert Maudsley, who is serving a lifetime sentence in Wakefield Prison for the murders of four people, has been entombed in a glass box for more than 40 years.
Maudsley, who was born in Toxteth, Liverpool, was only 21 years old when he committed his first murder in 1974.
The serial killer was born into a family of 11 children and was brought into care as a newborn.
Nazareth House, a Catholic orphanage in Merseyside, was where he spent his childhood. This was a nice change from the chaos and hardship at home for Maudsley.
His parents came to take him and his siblings home when he was eight years old, and he was exposed to years of physical abuse.
Maudsley’s father used to beat his children on a regular basis, and Maudsley often endured extra punishment to defend his siblings.
A young Maudsley was once kept in a room for six months, with his only contact being his father’s rage.
Maudsley ran away from home when he was 16, but he quickly fell into a cycle of drug abuse, funding his habit by working as a rent boy.
John Farrell, one of his customers, was the first person he assassinated in 1974.
Robert garroted, stabbed, and struck Farrell over the head with a hammer after he allegedly showed him photographs of children he had abused.
Because of the severity of the crime, cops nicknamed him “blue” because of the color of his face.
Maudsley was apprehended and found guilty of murder. He was imprisoned on the grounds that he should never be released.
He was then transferred to Broadmoor Hospital, which is infamous for housing some of the UK’s most violent inmates.
His first three years in prison went pretty smoothly, until 1977 when he and another inmate David Cheeseman barricaded themselves in a cell with child abuser David Francis.
The couple tormented Francis for the next nine hours, with Maudsley inserting a spoon so deep into his ear that it became wedged in his brain.
Francis had died by the time the guards burst down the door.
Maudsley strangled and stabbed wife-killer Salney Darwood in his cell the next year, then put the body under his bed.
Then he went on the hunt for his next victim, Bill Roberts, who was imprisoned for sexually abusing a little girl.
Before chopping at Roberts’ skull with a makeshift dagger, he stabbed him to death.
Maudsley calmly came up to a prison officer after the slaughter and chillingly stated that there would be two fewer attendees at dinner that night.
His rampage raised the anger of prison officials, who thought him too dangerous to be mixed in with the rest of the inmates, and a special cell was built to house him.
The cell, which was finished in 1983, was named the glass cage – as it resembled Anthony Hopkins’ cell in Silence of the Lambs.
It is 5.5mx4.5m and is encased in bulletproof glass, which prison guards see through to keep a watch on him.
His toilet and sink are anchored to the floor, and his only furniture is a table and chair constructed of compacted cardboard.
Maudsley’s bed is a concrete slab, with a sturdy steel door that leads to a cage just inside.
A slit in the see-through walls allows guards to feed him meals and other necessities.
He is confined to his cage for 23 hours a day, with only one hour of exercise allowed. He is taken to the exercise yard by six guards and is never allowed to interact with other detainees.
Maudsley said during an interview that he felt “tortured” in solitary confinement and that his speech had degraded as a result of never talking to anyone.
“I don’t think any cop cares about me; they’re only worried about when to open the door and then making sure I get back into my cell as fast as possible,” he claimed.
“I believe an officer could pull over and talk for a few minutes, but they never do, and it’s these ideas that I’m thinking about much of the time.”
Maudsley has alleged that his imprisonment has brought up memories of being locked away and beaten as a child.
In the year 2000, Robert Maudsley asked for a pet budgie or, if that was denied, a request to be permitted to take a cyanide pill instead of spending the rest of his life in solitary confinement.
Mr Justice Maurice Kay of Liverpool High Court heard his request . It was dismissed after a five-day hearing.
Robert’s health has reportedly deteriorated in recent years, with speculation that his mental health has worsened and that he is now living out his days in a glass cell beneath Wakefield Prison, waiting to die.
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