Britain's Forgotten Serial Killer (Paperback)
The Terror of the Axeman
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- Daily Mirror: Family of butchered priest beg for killer to remain in jail 40 years after killing spree
- Mail Online: UK's longest-serving inmate who brutally murdered 11 people - including a grandmother and a priest - is secretly moved to an open prison... and could soon walk FREE
- The Sun: Forgotten serial killer who butchered a priest with an axe and is UK’s longest serving prisoner could be freed
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Serial killer Patrick Mackay was dubbed the most dangerous man in Britain when he appeared in court in 1975 charged with three killings, including the axe murder of a priest. The Nazi-obsessed alcoholic had stalked the upmarket streets of West London hunting for victims and was suspected of at least eight further murders.
Now, after more than 40 years behind bars, where he has shunned publicity, Mackay has been allowed to change his name and win the right to live in an open prison - bringing him one step closer to freedom. For the first time, Britain’s Forgotten Serial Killer reveals the full, untold story of Patrick Mackay and the many still-unsolved murders linked to his case.
This book contains everything you need to know about his [Mackay] sanguineous career in the 1970s; it belongs in any larger true crime collection.Fortean Times, February 2020 – reviewed by Jan Bondeson
The author sets out a biography of Patrick Mackay and his potential involvement in other unsolved crimes that match the crimes he was convicted for. If you’ve never heard of this particular serial killer, this book is a good place to start.Rosemarie Cawkwell, Blogger
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Normally I’m not a big reader of nonfiction novels but this book immediately intrigued me. I’m a big mood reader which means in October, I want all the spooky, creepy, dark books and this one definitely fit that. Getting to read in-depth about Patrick Mackay’s life leading up to the murders and what caused him to become the monster he was, reading details about the heinous murders (and some awesome pictures), and how many other murders he was possibly tied to honestly gave me the chills. John Lucas did a fantastic job with this book and I’m glad I got the chance to read it! Books With Meg
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This is a superbly researched, detailed examination of one of Britain’s worst serial killers, even though you very likely never heard of Patrick Mackay. Highly recommended for a fascinating read. Five stars.Caitlyn Lynch
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I commend John Lucas for his time consuming, painstaking work, and for adding to my true crime shelves a permanent, welcomed addition – it’s easily become and will remain THE definitive book about the Mackay case. When I do review books, I am always honest and unbiased, and for as much praise as I can give, I will also criticise where I see fit to – I don’t see the point of a review if you don’t do that, give the good and the bad. But I have absolutely no criticisms here whatsoever, I thought it was an excellent, well researched and referenced, staggeringly detailed and gripping account on all fronts. An instant classic that belongs on the bookshelf of any true crime enthusiast – it certainly does on mine.The True Crime Enthusiast
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As featured inThe Mirror 21/7/19
Fascinating new book reveals shock story of Nazi-crazed serial killer set to be freedThe Sport 17/4/19
John Lucas’ new book Britain’s Forgotten Serial Killer: The Devil’s Disciple, a detailed and dramatic account of the notorious Nazi-obsessed killer and his victims.Metro 11/4/19
New book revealed some of the gruesome murders and how Mackay befriended a priest before killing himMail Online
Chilling photos show Mackay - dubbed the "most dangerous man in Britain" - looking deranged as his cold, dead eyes stare into the camera.The Sun 11/4/19
The disturbing pictures are from John Lucas’ new book Britain’s Forgotten Serial Killer: The Devil’s Disciple, which retells the horror of the Nazi-obsessed killer.
On the evening of 21 August 1983, Metropolitan Police detectives raced to the cells of London’s Clapham Police Station to find a prisoner dead and his cellmate sat cross-legged and quiet in the corner. Kieran Kelly, a labourer from Ireland, quickly confessed to strangling the prisoner – and then stunned officers by confessing to dozens of unreported and unsolved murders over the previous 30 years. Detectives believed they were in the presence of Britain’s most prolific serial killer yet Kelly was convicted on just two of his admissions and his story went unnoticed until 2015, when a former…By Robert Mulhern
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