One of the UK’s most dangerous serial killers will die in an underground glass box after his last-ditch appeal to live alongside other prisoners was rejected.
Robert Maudsley, 68, is being held in a private underground cell beneath the general population of HMP Wakefield, after killing four men between 1974 and 1978.
The Liverpudlian, who killed child molesters and one wife killer, was told this week that he will be incarcerated in his ‘glass box’ until he dies.
It came after bosses at the prison ruled him too dangerous to mix with prisoners and guards at the West Yorkshire jail, reported the Daily Star.
An insider told the paper: ‘He was told no last month but appealed against the decision and wanted to spend Christmas in the presence of other humans. But he’s just been told no for the final time.
‘Being alone for that long does something to you. He isn’t OK and they cannot take the risk of what he might do.
‘They simply cannot take the risk.’
Robert Maudsley (pictured), 68, is being held in a private underground cell beneath the general population of HMP Wakefield, after killing four men between 1974 and 1978
Maudsley must now live out the rest of his days in a 5.5 x 4.5 metre cell, which was built especially for him in 1983 and is protected by bullet proof 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 also has a table and chair made of compressed cardboard.
The convicted killer, from Toxteth, Liverpool, committed his first murder in 1974, aged just 21.
He killed John Farrell in Wood Green London, after he showed Maudsley pictures of children he had sexually abused.
He handed himself in to police and was deemed unfit to stand trial, and was sent to Broadmoor Hospital, home to some of Britain’s most violent inmates.
Maudsley generally stayed out of trouble for his first few years behind bars, before he and fellow prisoner David Cheeseman locked themselves in a cell with child molester David Francis in 1977.
They tortured Francis to death before dangling his body for prison guards to see.
Maudsley was convicted of manslaughter and sent to HMP Wakefield.
In 1978, Maudsley strangled and stabbed Salney Darwood, 46, who had been jailed for killing his wife.
He hid Darwood’s body under bed before sneaking into the cell of paedophile Bill Roberts, 56, who had sexually abused a girl aged seven.
He stabbed Roberts, hacked his skull with a makeshift dagger and smashed his head against a wall.
He was later sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he never be released.
In 2000, he begged the courts to allow him to die, writing in a letter: ‘What purpose is served by keeping me locked up 23 hours a day?
The Liverpudlian, who murdered child molesters and one wife killer, was told this week that he will be incarcerated in his ‘glass box’ until he dies (Pictured: HMP Wakefield)
‘Why even bother to feed me and to give me one hour’s exercise a day? Who actually am I a risk to?
‘As a consequence of my current treatment and confinement, I feel that all I have to look forward to is indeed psychological breakdown, mental illness and probable suicide.
‘Why can’t I have a budgie instead of flies, cockroaches and spiders which I currently have. I promise to love it and not eat it?
‘Why can’t I have a television in my cell to see the world and learn? Why can’t I have any music tapes and listen to beautiful classical music?
‘If the Prison Service says no then I ask for a simple cyanide capsule which I shall willingly take and the problem of Robert John Maudsley can easily and swiftly be resolved.’
The Ministry of Justice said it does not comment on the cases of individual prisoners.