Robert Maudsley, who brutally murdered four men, is escorted by six guards whenever he steps outside
Robert Maudsley is hunched over, his intense eyes locked in concentration, as he slaughters soldiers in his favourite video game.
Today Maudsley has cropped grey hair and is kept in his cell 23 hours a day
Dubbed Hannibal the Cannibal because he was accused — wrongly — of eating the brain of one of his murder victims, the killer celebrated his 64th birthday in June by playing Call Of Duty.
And the treat of blasting enemies on the shoot-em-up was granted as he set the British record for the longest time held in solitary confinement — 39 years.
Today we can reveal that Maudsley, now lean with cropped grey hair, is kept in his cell 23 hours a day and is escorted by six guards whenever he steps outside.
He has told his relatives he has no wish to leave jail.
Chillingly, he often turns down the single hour of exercise he is allowed so he can sit alone in his cage.
In his first interview, the serial killer’s nephew Gavin Maudsley, 40, told The Sun on Sunday: “My uncle does not want to leave solitary confinement and he has no wish to be released.
Maudsley has told his nephew, Gavin Maudsley (pictured), and his other relatives that he has no wish to leave jail
“He lives in his own little world. He’s got his TV and his music and his PlayStation 2. His favourite game is Call Of Duty.
“He tells me he is content with his life and he does genuinely seem happy.
“He accepts he is going to die in jail and he has no problem with that.
“He says there are so many bad people in the real world, he would rather be on his own.”
Maudsley’s nephew has given a fascinating insight into his uncle’s life in the 18ft by 14.5ft cell that was built especially for him in 1983 at Wakefield prison.
Like the Hannibal Lecter character in the 1991 movie Silence Of The Lambs, the killer has a reputation for bloodlust and eating human flesh, although he denies ever committing cannibalism.
And like the Chianti–swilling psycho played by actor Anthony Hopkins in the Hollywood film, Maudsley has a genius level IQ and enjoys fine art, poetry and classical music.
Gavin opened up about his uncle as he prepares to make a documentary about the man officially classified as Britain’s most dangerous prisoner.
Maudsley has a genius level IQ and enjoys fine art, poetry and classical music
He reveals that he recently got into a furious spat with Britain’s most violent prisoner Charles Bronson, 64, whose real name is Michael Peterson.
The feud began after Maudsley rejected Bronson’s attempts to befriend him.
Gavin said: “I can often hear Charlie Bronson when I go to visit my uncle as they are held on the same wing.
“They cannot see each other but they communicate by shouting.
He recently began a feud with Britain’s most violent prisoner Charles Bronson
“They have times when they’re OK and times when they’re enemies.
“They have arguments because Charlie is such a nutter and is always badgering him saying, ‘Let’s team up’.
“Charlie once sent him a watch, telling a guard, ‘Give that to Bob’. My uncle said, ‘I’m never getting out, what do I want a watch for? Give it back’.
“Charlie got offended then and started shouting, ‘I’m going to kill you when I see you’.
Maudsley is escorted by six guards wherever he goes
“Bob jokingly shouted back, ‘You’ve never killed anyone, you soft c***’.
“That was a few years ago. Another time Charlie went to the gym and left his trademark John Lennon sunglasses in there.
“Uncle Bob went in afterwards and took them.
“So the next minute Charlie is suing Wakefield prison for £250.
He has set the British record for the longest time held in solitary confinement — 39 years
“I think he gave them back eventually. He gave them to the guard and told them to tell Charlie to stick them up his arse.”
The fourth child of a violent lorry driver who had 12 kids, Maudsley had the most brutal of starts in life. His Liverpudlian parents gave him and his three older siblings away when he was just a baby.
For six years he was raised by nuns at the Nazareth House Roman Catholic orphanage in Crosby, Merseyside.
Maudsley was the fourth child of a violent lorry driver who had 12 kids
Maudsley then returned to the family home in Liverpool but his dad beat him so badly that he ran away to London when he turned 16.
There, the young man started working as a rent boy to pay for his drugs habit.
He committed his first murder in 1974 when a builder called John Farrell picked him up and took him back to his flat in North London for sex.
When Farrell showed him photos of a young girl he had abused, Maudsley, then 20, flew into a rage and slowly garrotted him, turning the builder’s face blue.
When he was returned to his family home in Liverpool, his dad beat him so badly that he ran away to London when he turned 16
Maudsley then handed himself into the police.
Declared unfit to stand trial, he was sent to Broadmoor hospital for the criminally insane — where he soon landed his first nickname, “Blue”, after the colour of his victim’s face.
What happened next has become the stuff of prison legend.
In February 1977 he and another psychopath took a child-abusing lag hostage and tortured him for nine hours.
After killing two fellow inmates Maudsley calmly walked to the prison office and informed the guards they would be two short for the next roll-call
The man was later found with his head “cracked open like a boiled egg” and with a spoon hanging out.
This led to Maudsley being given the nickname “Spoons”.
A guard then kicked off the “cannibal” tag by accusing him of eating some of the man’s brain — although that was untrue, according to the autopsy report.
Maudsley was convicted of manslaughter and sent to Wakefield prison, known as Monster Mansion because of the large number of notorious prisoners held there.
It was there, in July 1978, that he went off on another killing spree, murdering two fellow prisoners in one day.
With limited access to luxuries, Maudsley fills time by writing letters
He write to acquaintances in a looping, elegant hand writing
His first victim was wife-killer Salney Darwood, who he lured into his cell before cutting his throat.
After that Maudsley snuck into the room occupied by 56-year-old inmate Bill Roberts.
He hacked at his skull with a makeshift knife and then calmly walked to the prison office and informed the guards they would be two short for the next roll-call.
Convicted of double murder, he was put in solitary confinement back in Wakefield in 1978 — where he was filmed two years later for a BBC documentary.
For the next two decades, he was deprived of all privileges such as having access to a TV.
He also likes to write poems
Limited access to these luxuries was again allowed in the late Nineties and Maudsley also filled time by writing letters and poems to acquaintances in a looping, elegant hand.
He also briefly spent time in Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight and HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes, Bucks before being sent back to Yorkshire.
Nephew Gavin, a personal assistant from Warrington, Cheshire, is related to Maudsley through his dad Paul, 66, and regularly visits him in jail.
He said: “It was his determination to beat the system that has allowed him to get through 39 years of solitary, or 14,235 consecutive days.
During his time inside, he has spent time in Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight and HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes
“He tells me, ‘That’s what keeps me going, I can’t let them beat me’.
“My uncle gave up smoking because it was one of the ways they would mess with him.
“They used to wave tobacco in his face and say, ‘Haha, you’re not getting it’. So he said, ‘OK, I quit’.
“After that he told me they started spitting in his food.
“He’s treated much better now as he’s outlived most of the wardens who hated him.
Maudsley was returned to Wakefield Prison
He’s still escorted by six guards everywhere he goes and he feels that is a bit ridiculous.
But a lot of them are terrified of him. I guess they’ve bought into the myth of him being Hannibal the Cannibal.
“Bob thinks the nickname is stupid — he never ate anyone, it’s just that he smashed in one victim’s skull so badly it looked like part of his brain was missing.
“But some of the guards still buy into this idea that he can snap their heads with two fingers. Others don’t believe it and he even has the odd game of chess with them.”
Gavin reveals that the security regime was recently relaxed enough that Maudsley was able to attack a prison officer who brought him food.
Recent security around Maudsley was relaxed which gave him the opportunity to attack a prison officer who brought him food
He said: “They used to always slide it under the door but I guess on this occasion, they went inside the cell. Bob grabbed the tray and smashed it over his head.
“He was angry because they’d put this crazy person on his wing and he’d spent all night screaming and keeping everyone awake.
“Attacking the guard was the only way he could make his voice heard but I don’t think he hurt him too badly. He told me, ‘Come on, it was only a plastic tray’.”
With no hope of release, Maudsley looks set to beat the record for the longest time spent in solitary confinement anywhere in the world.
That record is currently held by Albert Woodfox, who was held in isolation in a six-by-nine-foot cell in a Louisiana jail for 43 years for the killing of a prison guard.
With no hope of release, Maudsley looks set to beat the record for the longest time spent in solitary confinement in the world
The murder conviction was eventually overturned and he was released in 2016.
Maudsley has just four more years to serve before he overtakes Woodfox.
Gavin said: “I see no reason why he won’t smash that record.
“Bob is older now. He’s tall and thin with grey hair.
“He gets flu now and again and he recently had toothache so he got a tooth removed.
Maudsley have previously spoken to the BBC about his time in solitary confinement
“He used to have a long beard and nails so they called him the Wolf Man of Wakefield.
“But it’s cut short now and he’s in good shape even though he doesn’t always take his hour of exercise.
“I tell him that he’s got to get the world record as it will be the only record he ever breaks. He just nods his head and laughs.”
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