Britain’s most dangerous serial killer, Robert Maudsley ‘sets world record for time spent in solitary confinement’ after spending more than 16,400 days in his private underground cell

A new global record for solitary confinement has been achieved by Robert Mawdsley, one of the most notorious serial killers in the UK.

According to The Mirror, the legendary killer has now spent a total of 16,400 days in isolation in HMP Wakefield.

The 69-year-old has been imprisoned in solitary confinement in a glass cell since 1979 after killing three inmates while incarcerated for life for the 1974 slaying of John Farrell. He is now regarded as the most dangerous murderer in the UK as a result.

When Maudsley was imprisoned for the murder of John Farrell, a 30-year-old man, he was just 21 years old.

The killer – who earned the nickname ‘Hannibal the Cannibal’ following false reports he ate one of his victim’s brains, said he is ‘happy and content in solitary’ and warned that he will kill again if ever released.

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 has been repeatedly turned down for requests to spend time with other people, spending his days in a specially built cell. 

In 2021, he lost an appeal to spend Christmas with other people and was told that he will be incarcerated in his ‘glass box’ until he dies. He will live out the rest of his days in an 18-foot by 15-foot cell, which was built especially for him in 1983 and is protected by bulletproof glass. 

He spends 23 hours of each day in the cell, sleeping on a concrete slab and using a toilet and sink which are bolted to the floor.

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.   

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.

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