Unsuspecting members of the public were seen chatting with one of Britain’s most prolific serial killers as he swanned about a city centre on day release from his life sentence.
Patrick Mackay, the 70-year-old better known as the “Devil’s Disciple”, was seen sauntering through Bristol on day release from an open prison, despite confessing to the murders of 13 people.
Sporting a goatee and wearing a baseball cap, glasses and what appeared to be prison-issue tracksuit bottoms, he was seen chatting with clueless locals who were going about their day.
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He chatted to one stranger and stood just feet from a baby in a pram, the Sun reported.
The fiend, whose real name is now David Groves, was refused parole last month but then allowed to roam on licence from HMP Leyhill, Gloucestershire, just a week later.
He has been serving a life sentence since 1975 for his twisted crimes.
The first killing he was convicted for was in 1974, when he strangled and stabbed 84-year-old Isabella Griffith in her glitzy home in Chelsea, London.
A year later, he also killed the elderly Adele Price after he entered her Chelsea home asking for a glass of water.
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Just 11 days later, several witnesses saw the twisted killer brutally kill priest Father Anthony Crean in his own Kent home with an axe.
Mackay was sentenced to life behind bars for the manslaughter of the three victims on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
He later confessed to 10 more killings, but police have so far only found enough evidence that he killed one more person, Frank Goodman, a Londoner who had been kicked to death over a pack of cigarettes.
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The sick killer was officially diagnosed as a psychopath at the age of 15, and has repeatedly been denied parole since 1995 because he is considered too dangerous for release.
Despite this, he has been allowed to roam around his prison unsupervised under open prison conditions.
One former classmate told documentary-makers that Mackay was “like a little terrorist” as a child.
The Ministry of Justice has been contacted for comment.
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