Robert Maudsley is one of the UK’s most infamous serial killers who has set a new world record for solitary confinement, it was reported last night. The notorious killer Robert Mawdsley, 69, has now spent a record of 16,400 consecutive days in isolation in HMP Wakefield, according to The Mirror.
Where is Robert Maudsley Now?
The 69-year-old has been in solitary confinement in a glass cell since 1979 after killing three people in prison while serving a life sentence for the murder of John Farrell in 1974. As a result, he’s been categorised as the UK’s most dangerous murderer.
Maudsley was just 21 when he was locked up for the murder of 30-year-old John Farrell.
In a Channel 5 documentary ‘HMP Wakefield: Evil Behind Bars,’ Maudsley’s nephew Gavin, 40, from Liverpool reveals how his softly spoken, ‘well-read’ uncle is content to be locked away from the rest of the world.
Maudsley’ request to spend time with other people has been repeatedly turned down – spending his days in a specially built cell.
In 2021, he lost an appeal to spend Christmas with others and was told that he will be incarcerated in his ‘glass box’ until he dies. Maudsley must now live out the rest of his days in a 18 foot by 15 foot cell, which was built especially for him in 1983 and is protected by bullet proof glass.
Chaotic life as a teenager
At the age of 16, Maudsley fled to London. He took drugs and twice tried to commit suicide.
He spent time at psychiatric units and told hospital staff he heard voices ordering him to kill his parents. The teenager became a sex worker in the capital to help fund his drug-taking.
How Robert Maudsley spends his time in prison?
He spends 23 hours of each day in the cell, sleeping. He once described spending the majority of his day in his small space as ‘like being buried alive in a coffin’.
He also has a table and chair made of compressed cardboard. The killer wrote to newspapers campaigning for better treatment in the early days of his confinement.
In 2000, Maudsley launched a legal bid to the courts requesting to be allowed to die. He wrote a letter asking: ‘What purpose is served by keeping me locked up 23 hours a day?
‘Why even bother to feed me and to give me one hour’s exercise a day? Who actually am I a risk to?’ He went on to question why he couldn’t have a pet budgie, promising to love it and ‘not eat it.’
Jailed 49 years ago, The Mirror reports that Mawdsley is believed to be Britain’s longest serving prisoner after Moors murderer Ian Brady, who served 51 years. He died in 2017.
US prisoner Albert Woodfox, who died last year, held the world record for solitary confinement at 43 years, before his release in 2016.
Where is Maudsley kept?
Robert Maudsley is known to be Britain’s most dangerous prisoner. Once dubbed ‘Hannibal The Cannibal’, Maudsley has been locked in solitary confinement for more than four decades at Wakefield prison. He will never be freed and now he lives in a sealed glass box underneath Wakefield prison, for the safety of other prisoners.
Who is the longest serving prisoner in the UK?
Patrick Mackay, 69, is the UK’s longest serving prisoner after being convicted of a gruesome killing spree across London and Kent in 1975.
Will Robert Maudsley ever be released?
Maudsley was later sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he never be released. In 1978, Maudsley killed two fellow prisoners at Wakefield Prison in one day; he had originally set out to kill seven. His first victim was Salney Darwood, imprisoned for killing his wife.