Back in the day, we all sort of had to keep our darkest interests under wraps. Admitting that you were fascinated by gruesome murders just wasn’t the done thing. But fast forward to 2021, we’re all going mad for everything creepy, upsetting, and macabre.
But one truly infamous serial killer has captured the internet’s attention this week – and his story is the stuff of nightmares.
We’ve all got a little obsession with the dark side.
Perhaps being in a world with little obvious danger makes us feel more alive flirting with the darker aspects of humanity.
Murder is weirdly fascinating.
For some strange reason, as a culture, we seem to be endlessly fascinated by murder – and in particular, the sort of killers that are essentially motive-free.
The urge to kill has been the subject of countless horror books and films over the years.
There’s just something about a murder that we seem to find endlessly fascinating.
Is there a reason for this?
Perhaps if we move these types of murders outside of our reality, it becomes more entertaining and less imminently scary.
In the past few years, the true-crime phenomenon has got in full swing.
Another huge hit came in the form of the Netflix series Making a Murderer. The story dealt with a man who may or may not have been wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of car photographer Teresa Halbach.
Learning about real life murders hits differently.
And one murderer, in particular, has captured the internet’s attention this week.
Robert Maudsley has beennicknamed the real life Hannibal the Cannibal.
The name comes from the 1991 classic, which won a whopping four Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress).
He’s been held in solitary confinement for forty years.
And it’s been decided he will die in his underground glass cell after it was decided he was too dangerous to be around other prisoners.
He commited his first murder aged twenty-one.
Maudsley was working as a sex worker when one of his clients showed him pictures of children he had sexually abused.
Maudsley saw red and killed the client.
After this first murder, Maudsley was sentenced to life in Broadmoor Hospital.
But his violent tendencies continued.
Maudsley then killed a fellow inmate by jamming a spoon through his ear and into his brain.
Following this brutal attack, Maudsley was moved to a higher security prison.
But while imprisoned at Wakefield, 2 more murders of fellow inmates occurred.
Following such a spate of violence, it was determined Maudsley posed too mujch of a threat to fellow pisoners.
And a special solitary cell was designated just for him.
The unit measures just 5.5m by 4.5m.
And it’s highly reminiscent of the cell Hannibal resides in during The Silence of the Lambs.
It’s surrounded by bulletproof glass dn have just a bed, table, chair, sink, and toilet.
There’s also a cage-like construction that allows guards to deliver food without ever actually coming into contact with the dangerous prisoner.
Maudsley remains in this cell for twenty-three hours of the day.
He is permitted one hour in an outside yard supervised by 6 prison guards but never allowed to interact with any other prisoners.
Since the death of Ian Brady, Maudsley has become the UK’s longest serving prisoner.
“The prison authorities see me as a problem, and their solution has been to put me into solitary confinement and throw away the key, to bury me alive in a concrete coffin,” he has said, as per the Guardian.
“It does not matter to them whether I am mad or bad.”
“They do not know the answer and they do not care just so long as I am kept out of sight and out of mind.”
“I am left to stagnate, vegetate and to regress; left to confront my solitary head-on with people who have eyes but don’t see and who have ears but don’t hear, who have mouths but don’t speak.”
“My life in solitary is one long period of unbroken depression.”
It’s believed Maudsley will live out the rest of his days in this level of solitude.
It truly is the stuff of nightmares.