He stole gar­den gnomes, tor­tured small birds ...then hacked a priest to bits with an axe

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enough ev­i­dence but a trial was felt not to be in the pub­lic in­ter­est.

The first vic­tim in this group was 73-year-old widow Mary Hynes, who was choked and stabbed at her home in Willes Road, Kentish Town.

Se­cond was 62-year-old shop­keeper Frank Good­man – he was bat­tered with a piece of metal pipe at his premises in Rock Street, Fins­bury Park.

Fi­nally, there were five un­solved mur­ders, which Mackay al­legedly con­fessed to while in jail, later telling po­lice of­fi­cers that he wasn’t re­spon­si­ble.

The vic­tims in those cases were 18-year-old Heidi Mnilk, Stephanie Brit­ton, Christopher Martin, Sarah Rod­mell and Ivy Davies.

Mackay also ad­mit­ted to killing an uniden­ti­fied home­less man by push­ing him into a canal. The body was never re­cov­ered.

De­spite his alarm­ing crimes and the sor­did ac­cu­sa­tions sur­round­ing Mackay, Lu­cas is con­cerned that the se­rial killer may soon be re­leased from prison gen­eral know­ing.

If he re­ally did kill 11 peo­ple, he would be the UK’s fifth most pro­lific se­rial killer.

The book also re­veals Mackay was sus­pected of mur­der­ing a pop­u­lar cafe owner from Es­sex.

Ivy Davis’s body was found at her West­cliff-on-sea home with mul­ti­ple wounds to her head, as well as a lig­a­ture around her neck on Fe­bru­ary 4, 1975. with­out pub­lic the ever MUGSHOT: Po­lice pic of Mackay and ( new book

She was last seen leav­ing the cafe on the evening be­fore and found by her daugh­ter the fol­low­ing day.

Lu­cas said: “While po­lice had taken the ini­tial de­ci­sion not to charge Mackay with those crimes, it seemed to be only a mat­ter of time be­fore more ev­i­dence came to light.

“But the ma­te­ri­alised.

“In fact, he has been able to change his name and win the right to live in an open prison charges never VIC­TIMS: Fa­ther An­thony Crean ( was killed with an axe in his own home ( but Mackay de­nied mur­der­ing Heidi Mnilk ( – the first step on the road to even­tual free­dom – with­out a shred of pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing the de­ci­sion.

“Far from be­ing one of Bri­tain’s most no­to­ri­ous in­mates, he is not even recog­nised as be­ing the UK’s long­est-serv­ing liv­ing pris­oner.

“The ques­tion re­mains – was Pa­trick Mackay re­ally one of Bri­tain’s most pro­lific se­rial killers, as de­tec­tives orig­i­nally sus­pected?

“That mys­tery is what this book sets out to ex­am­ine.”

JOHN Lu­cas’s

pub­lished by Pen and Sword Books, is due for re­lease in July.

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