Niece of UK’s most notorious serial killer says his crimes ruined her love life

The niece of one of Britain's most notorious serial killers claims his evil legacy has meant she now can only attract "the worst sort of psychos."

Claire Maudsley, whose uncle is prolific murderer Robert Maudsley, was left battered and bruised after her partner claimed she had sex with other hotel guests while they were staying at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool.

In a sickening attack on February 2020, Ronnie Whitby left Claire a broken jaw and two black eyes after he flew into a rage at the building in Ranelagh Place and refused to let her leave.

Claire only managed to escape when she convinced Whitby to to go to a shop in Lime Street station where she was able to lock herself in a bathroom until a security guard heard her crying and Whitby was told to leave.

Claire said she saw all the signs that he was controlling, but enjoyed their time together.

She said: “We had a lot of laughs together and he really seemed to care. But then he started getting jealous. He stopped me from seeing my friends and controlled everything that I did.

“He even made me have his name tattooed on my private parts. He said he owned me.

Ronnie Whitby, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the sickening assault in a hotel room but Claire believes it could be connected to her serial killer Uncle.

Claire said: “I just seem to attract the worst sort of psychos. I often wonder if it is something to do with my Uncle Bob."

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In March 1974, Robert Maudsley was sent to prison for the murder of John Farrell, 30, and while serving a life sentence he murdered three fellow inmates in prison, earning himself the nickname 'Hannibal the Cannibal'.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how Whitby went on the run and wasn't arrested until over a month later, reports the Mirror.

The court heard Whitby has convictions dating back to 2003, including robbery and assault when he was a juvenile.

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He was sent to a young offenders' institution for assault causing actual bodily harm in 2010 and convicted of assaults in 2012 and 2014.

The court heard he was also convicted of two counts of battery in June 2019, which were also against Miss Maudsley.

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The judge said photos of the injuries revealed "very unpleasant bruising" to his victims' eyes, nose and jaw.

Whitby was jailed him for 18 months, including one month for failing to surrender.

Judge Trevor-Jones also imposed a two-year restraining order.

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