Anthoy Arkwright

Anthony Arkwright
Kill Total4
Kill PlaceWath & Mexborough
Kill DateAugust 1988
VictimStanislav Puidokas
Raymond ford
Marcus Law
Elsa Konradaite
CourtSheffield Crown Court
JudgeMr Justice Boreham
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Arkwright had lived in children's home and local authority care from a young age, his entire childhood was very distorted and disturbed.

Known to police as a petty criminal, Arkwright had served a 30 month youth custody sentences for burglary and disorder, he was frequently at odds with neighbours. He has also served a 6 month jail term.
Anthony Arkwright, had boasted to friends that one day he would be as famous as Jack the Ripper.

After getting the sack from his job, working in a Mexborough scrap yard, due to a bad attendance record, he went crazy.
He then started a 56 hour killing spree that earns him the title as a 'Mass murderer'.

Friday 26th August 1988,  4:30pm, After his sacking, he went straight to find his grandfather, whom he believed (incorrectly) was in fact his father, and that he had been born in an incestuous relationship between his grandfather and mother.
He attacked his 68 year old Lithuanian born grandfather Stanislav Puidokas while he tended to his allotment in Ruskin Drive, Mexborough.  He stabbed him in the neck, severing an artery, rendering the old man almost instantaneously unconscious, and then attacked him with an axe and a lump hammer before locking the body in a shed.

That night he visited several pubs in the area, with neighbours, showing his interest in becoming a public figure, by dropping hints about his crime. Neighbours later reported that he was behaving in a very odd was, even for him. By;-

Saturday 27th August 1988, 3am he was now back in Wath, and entered the flat of his neighbour, 45 year old ex-teacher Raymond Ford.

Naked, with a Prince of Darkness devil-mask covering his face, he stabbed Mr Ford 250 times, plunging his knife into every part of his body.
He gutted and disembowelled the corpse with a surgical precision which criminologists later said was remarkably similar to the technique used by Jack the Ripper.
Mr Ford's body was discovered three days later at his Wath home with his entrails draped around the room, some of his internal organs were scattered around the corridor and halway.
Four hours later Arkwright was arrested on suspicion of burglary at Mr Ford's house, and was kept in custody before being released to appear at court the following weekend, at this stage police had no ideas that Arkwright had become a murderer only hours before.

Sunday 28th August 1988, Marcus Law  died in a similar frenzied attack at his Denman Road, Wath, home after an argument. Law was in a wheelchair after a motorbike accidents, and com0pletely defenceless against Arkwright.
He was savagely butchered, being stabbed over 70 times, before being left, with cigarettes stuffed in his mouth and ears, he also had his eyes gouged out and cigarettes placed in the sockets. Arkwright said it was revenge for all the cigarettes Lee had scrounged.

Monday 29th August 1988, On a routine visit to see her son, Marcus Law's mother called round, and discovered the horrific scene.
Police were called, they quickly realised that Arkwright was a suspect, a few hours later he was picked up and arrested on suspicion of murder.
At this stage they had little evidence against Arkwright, and he denied the murder.
Police wanted to speak to neighbours in particular Raymond Ford who Arkwright had burgled days earlier. They went to Denham Road where Arkwright lived to conduct enquiries.
PC David Winter went to the property of Ford in Denham road, across the road from Arkwright's flat, there he discovered the horrific scene, police now knew thy were looking at double murder.

Arkwright is also suspected of killing his grandfather's elderly housekeeper Elsa Konradaite, but the case never reached court and was ordered to lie on his file.

1989, At Sheffield Crown Court, Anthony Arkwright was jailed for life, with a recommended minimum term of 25 years.
He showed no emotion when sentenced, and has to this day never given any explanation for his actions.

1990, The Home Secretary reviewed his case and imposed a whole life sentence.
He is therefore  on the Home Office list of prisoners, never to be released, serving a 'Whole life Tariff', see the full list here >>

19th February 2014, Arkwright along with killer Arthur Hutchinson appealed against the whole life tariff imposed on them, Three high court judges rejected the appeal, saying the governments "Whole Life tariff" was completely lawful.

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