|Patrick David MACKAY
|25 Sep 1952
|1974 – 1975
|23 Mar 1975
|Life imprisonment, Nov 1975
Mackay suffered from a troubled childhood. Between the ages of 12 and 22, he was removed from his home 18 times and put into various institutions, specialist schools and prison.
He was known to indulge in animal cruelty, on one occasion he is known to have set fire to his tortoise. He pinned birds to the road surface and watched cars drive over them. He engaged in bullying younger children and caused several fires including to a Catholic church. He attempted to strangle his mother and aunt and almost succeeded in killing another boy.
In 1969 a Home Office psychiatrist called him a potential psychopathic killer.
Mackay developed a fascination with Nazism, insisted people called him Franklin Bollvolt the First and decked his room with Nazi memorabilia.
In March 1975 Mackay attacked local priest Anthony Crean, bludgeoning him with an axe and watching him die. He had, two years previously, broken into the priest’s home and stolen a cheque.
Mackay confessed to throwing a homeless man off a bridge, throwing an au pair under a train, stabbing to death an 84-year-old woman as well as another woman and her 4-year-old son.
He was eventually charged with five murders but two counts were dropped due to lack of evidence. He was convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and sentenced to life.