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 murderer, known as “Hannibal the Cannibal” because of untrue claims that he consumed one of his victims’ brains, declared that he is “glad and satisfied in solitary” and threatened to carry out another murder if ever freed.
Gavin Maudsley, 40, of Liverpool, who appears in the Channel 5 documentary “HMP Wakefield: Evil Behind Bars,” describes how his ‘well-read’ uncle Maudsley is pleased to live in isolation.
Maudsley spends his days in a specially constructed cell after being repeatedly denied pleas to interact with other people.
He was informed that he would be imprisoned in his “glass box” till he passed away in 2021 after losing an appeal to spend Christmas with other people. He will spend the rest of his life in a bulletproof glass-enclosed 18 by 15-foot cage that was constructed expressly for him in 1983.
He is confined to the cell for 23 hours every day, sleeping on a slab of concrete and using a toilet and sink that are fastened to the floor.
He previously said that spending most of the day in his cramped quarters felt “like being buried alive in a coffin.” Additionally, he has a chair and table made of compacted cardboard.
The Moors murderer Ian Brady, who served 51 years in prison, is thought to have served the longest sentence in Britain, according to The Mirror, having been imprisoned for 49 years. 2017 saw his passing.
Prior to his release in 2016, US prisoner Albert Woodfox, who passed away last year, had the longest stint in solitary confinement in history at 43 years.