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