Lucy Letby sentenced to whole-life order
Lucy Letby’s behaviour is almost identical to psychopath killers who find “enjoyment and thrill” in murdering their victims, Express.co.uk has been told.
It comes as the neonatal nurse was handed a life sentence in court on Monday meaning she will never be released from prison.
Letby is Britain’s worst child serial killer in modern times after she committed the “sadistic” murders of seven babies.
During her sentencing, Letby refused to leave the court cells to face the families of her victims, sparking outrage across the country.
This, according to former criminal defence lawyer Dylan Rhys Jones, is characteristic of psychopathic behaviour in which the individual sees events as being “all about them — they’re the whole story”.
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Mr Rhys Jones, who worked with Peter Moore, one of Britain’s most sadistic serial killers, said: “By not attending court, her behaviour could tell us that she’s in complete denial, that if she doesn’t face things she doesn’t have to think about it.
“That is one way of looking at it. But it could be that as far as serial killers and psychopathic behaviour is concerned, she feels she is still in control by refusing to show up, in control of everything that happens around her and the court — that is an important feature of somebody who is a psychopath.”
Having worked extensively with Moore and since studying elements of criminal psychology, Mr Rhys Jones said psychopaths love the feeling that the “whole story is about them” and what they see as having “achieved notoriety”.
Letby now holds the title of the UK’s worst child serial killer in modern history, having murdered seven babies.
She had faced 22 charges, seven of murder and 15 of attempted murder involving 10 babies between June 2015 and June 2016.
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“All of that is about control,” said Mr Rhys Jones. “The fact she had control of the destiny of these people. She must have, and I use the word advisedly, enjoyed that process of having full control over it all.
“While she may not have thought of the consequences at the time, the fact that she later discovers that people will know of her and her crimes, that she’s a well-known person who’s been filling column inches across the UK, there may be something there as a psychopath, as a serial killer, which she’d quite enjoy — she was beige, nobody noticed her much, now she’s famous.”
When Moore’s case began to unfold in the mid-Nineties, it soon transpired that he had kept every newspaper story about the unknown killer that was himself. He also collected so-called ‘trophies’ from the victims he murdered, such as items from their homes.
During Letby’s trial, the court heard that she had kept “morbid records” of baby deaths, and she was also found to have written notes about the murders she committed.
Mr Rhys Jones said when he heard that Letby had been taking home the records it reminded him of Moore.
He said: “I thought, ‘Well, that reminds them of the crime, doesn’t it?’
“When serial killers do this, it takes them back to the time when they committed a crime.
“Again, I’m using the word advisedly, but it gives them a thrill, excitement, the feeling of doing what they did.
“She could relive that by looking at the medical record, and Moore could do it by looking at a trophy or a photograph.
“They can go back to that time and relive the experience, the feelings. It is common in psychopath serial killers.”
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