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Not "Really" Hannibal Lecter

Globally, more than one prisoner has been deemed "the real Hannibal Lecter", but one prisoner, in the view of many, is not the danger they make him out to be. It is believed that, even, the British system may recognize the complexity of the case of Robert Maudsley, who has done most of his killing in prison. Why would that be? He is repulsed by paedophiles and rapists. He was sexually abused by his father on innumerable occasions, which included severe beatings. The system failed to provide adequate counseling to help Robert reduce his rage. So, where did the rage go? He killed one man outside of prison for, giddily, displaying photos of children the man had sexually abused.

Those who have looked at Robert Maudsley's case with any scrutiny come to recognize that there is reason to the rhyme. Disgusting rhyme from disgusting reason. And the British justice system's best idea is to just lock him up, without any attempt, at all, at rehabilitation. Again, under scrutiny, in this weird and complex case, one could see hope. If the justice system would just look, compassionately, yes, compassionately, at the reason, the rhyme is almost solved. But will they?

Robert, according to his own excerpts, would, likely, suggest housing him among inmates, but far from where they house the paedophiles and rapists. Add counseling and you might have the beginning of a formula for rehabilitation. It is understandable that the prison system was scared into coming up with any method to keep Robert Maudsley from killing any more inmates. But, after decades of him being housed in very solitary confinement, one would think that, if they gave a damn, they would remove the exhaustive band-aid that his basement cell has become. It may seem odd that I am suggesting a killer be removed from very solitary confinement, but the more I learn about Robert Maudsley, others share my view that his kind of "rhyme and reason" is far from a catchy phrase. It is the long-ignored basis for a prisoner that cannot, possibly, do anything but be lost to decay, even though he has spoken out about what, so obviously, could help to make him a safer person to be around. Will the Brits listen?

Here is a Facebook link of excerpts from his letters:

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Raechel's poetry, short stories, commentary, articles and interviews have appeared in print and online. Much of her work has, previously, appeared under the name, Rachel Gladstone-Gelman.

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