FAS­CI­NAT­ING NEW BOOK RE­VEALS SHOCK STORY OF NAZI-CRAZED SE­RIAL KILLER SET TO BE FREED...

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A BRITISH se­rial killer dubbed “Psy­cho” – who once butchered a priest with an axe – could soon walk free from prison.

Pa­trick Mackay is one of the UK’s long­est-serv­ing in­mates who con­fessed to mur­der­ing up to ELEVEN peo­ple, in­clud­ing a four-year-old boy.

No­to­ri­ous names such as West, Ship­man, Sut­cliffe, Nilsen, Hind­ley and Brady have all dom­i­nated the headlines in re­cent years.

But in 1975 it was Mackay who left the UK hor­ri­fied fol­low­ing a spree of grue­some mur­ders across Lon­don and Kent.

Pho­tos show the var­i­ous de­mented faces of the crim­i­nal named “the most dan­ger­ous man in Bri­tain” at his court trial – a hacked-up body of a priest in a bath­tub, and the cold eyes of a de­ranged killer.

These stom­ach-churn­ing pho­tos form part of John Lu­cas’s book Bri­tain’s For­got­ten Se­rial Killer: The Devil’s Dis­ci­ple, a de­tailed ac­count of the Nazi-obsessed killer.

Lu­cas ex­plains: “Con­victed of three killings, sus­pected of an­other eight, Pa­trick David Mackay was dubbed ‘the Mon­ster of Bel­gravia’, ‘the Devil’s Dis­ci­ple’ and sim­ply ‘The Psy­chopath’ amid a tor­rent of pub­lic anger at the way he had re­peat­edly slipped through the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

“When the au­thor­i­ties added it all up, Mackay had been in­car­cer­ated, sec­tioned or oth­er­wise de­tained at least NINE­TEEN times be­fore he was fi­nally brought to jus­tice for his hor­rific killing spree.”

Lu­cas said it was a case that left the na­tion stunned – but that Mackay could soon be out walk­ing the streets again af­ter be­ing al­lowed to change his name.

“Yet the ex­tra­or­di­nary story of the Nazi-obsessive, who hacked a priest to death with an axe and killed two el­derly women dur­ing a re­morse­less rob­bery cam­paign on the up­mar­ket streets of West Lon­don, was all but for­got­ten by Christmas of 1975.

“It had been ex­pected to run and run.

“Among the un­solved cases Mackay had ap­par­ently con­fessed to in prison – but later de­nied un­der ques­tion­ing – was the mur­der of a teenage nanny on a train and the heinous dou­ble killing of a widow and her grand­son aged just four.”

Mackay was born in 1952 and was raised in an abu­sive house­hold and reg­u­larly beaten by his al­co­holic fa­ther.

It wasn’t long be­fore Mackay was com­mit­ting crim­i­nal acts him­self – par­tic­u­larly ar­son, an­i­mal cru­elty, theft and steal­ing gar­den gnomes.

Med­i­cal pro­fes­sions saw that he had psy­cho­pathic ten­den­cies and he was sec­tioned in 1968.

He was re­leased four years later and would soon be re­spon­si­ble for the death of at least three peo­ple.

The mur­derer quickly de­vel­oped a fas­ci­na­tion with Nazism and of­ten re­ferred to HOR­ROR: The ( re­ported the case in the mid 1970s him­self as “Franklin Bol­l­volt the First” and of­ten spoke of his de­sire to “wipe out” the el­derly.

He was con­victed of three killings.

Mackay’s first iden­ti­fied vic­tim was 87-year-old widow Is­abella Griffiths, who was stran­gled and stabbed at her home in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea.

Next was Adele Price, 89, stran­gled at her home in Lown­des Square, Kens­ing­ton.

Fi­nally, on March 21, 1975, Mackay killed Fa­ther An­thony Crean in a fren­zied at­tack us­ing his fists, a knife and an axe at the priest’s home in the pic­turesque vil­lage of Shorne, Kent, leav­ing the 63-year-old’s mu­ti­lated body float­ing in a bath full of bloody wa­ter.

Mackay was ar­rested just two days later, but his hor­ri­fy­ing crimes prob­a­bly did not end there.

Although he was charged with five counts of mur­der, Mackay’s con­vic­tions were only for three counts of man­slaugh­ter due to di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The other two cases were al­lowed to lie on file, mean­ing prose­cu­tors be­lieved they had

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