Patrick Mackay is the longest serving prisoner in the UK but despite this he remains an enigma to many, with some experts describing Mackay as “Britain’s forgotten serial killer”.
When the body of 63-year-old vicar, Anthony Crean was discovered in the quiet village of Shorne, Kent in March 1975, the community were shocked. Father Crean hadn’t died of natural causes; he’d been hacked to death with an axe and left in a bath of blood.
One detective was certain the killer was a 22-year-old career criminal named Patrick Mackay, but he had no proof. When Mackay was eventually brought in for questioning, however, he proceeded to confess to the murder, and he was only scratching the surface.
It soon became clear that Patrick Mackay was a dangerous serial killer whose reign of terror spread outside of Kent and into London. What followed was a series of police interviews and memoirs, which would leave investigators stunned. They knew they were listening to the crazed Confessions of a Psycho Killer.