An infamous British serial killer has managed to spend more time alone in prison than anyone, ever. Or officially, Robert Maudsley has spent a record 16,400 days in solitary confinement, as relayed by Lad Bible.
Maudsley, 69, did his damage in the 1970s when he was charged with killing four people, with one of the victims being a fellow patient in a psychiatric ward. He was sentenced to life behind bars in 1978 when he was convicted on three counts of murder and one charge of manslaughter.
Now, his cell is reportedly 18-by-15 feet, where he spends 23 hours a day and sleeping on what is believed to be little more than a concrete slab. The cell is housed in the prison in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England.
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He became known as “Hannibal the Cannibal,” despite the fact he never cannibalized, and was the inspiration behind the 1991 movie Hannibal, starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.
Maudsley grew up as one of 12 children and was reportedly abused as a young child. At the age of 8, he was removed from his home by child protective services. He is known to have once said that if he had “murdered my parents in the 1970s, none of these other people would have died.”
Each of his first two murders involved killing two child molesters, with the other two occurring while in prison. He turned himself in each time and has claimed that each of his victims were sex offenders.
In a documentary HMP Wakefield: Evil Behind Bars from England’s Channel 5, Maudsley’s nephew said Maudsley told him he would kill again if allowed to roam among the other prisoners. Hence, the reason he has continued to remain in solitary confinement.
His nephew said he has become customed to being alone in the small cell and even prefers it.
Maudsley is up for parole in December 2023.