HM Prison Wakefield has been home to some the Britain’s most depraved and dangerous criminals, earning it the nickname Monster Mansion. These are some of the vile offenders who have spent time locked up there.
Baker – dubbed one of Britain’s worst rapists – was convicted in 1999 of 13 offences, including three rapes and an attempted rape. He’s serving four life sentences. In 2006, it was discovered that Baker planned to escape from Wakefield Prison when maps and sketches were found in his cell.
Harker killed and dismembered mother-of-four Julie Paterson, and admitted eating parts of her flesh with pasta. In 1999 he was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years in prison after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Alan Taylor, the partner of Harker’s victim later committed murder saying he wanted to be jailed at Wakefield so he could attack Harker.
In 2003, Huntley was sentenced to two life terms for the murders of 10-year-old friends, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. He will serve a minimum of 40 years before he’s released. He served the first part of his sentence in Wakefield before being transferred to Frankland Prison in 2008.
Nicknamed Hissing Sid, Cooke is a notorious paedophile who is serving two life sentences for a campaign of sexual abuse against two young boys. He’d previously been jailed for the manslaughter of 14-year-old Jason Swift. It’s been reported that in Wakefield prison he’s befriended a fellow inmate known as Britain’s Joseph Fritzl.
In 2001, Whiting was convicted of the abduction and murder of 8-year-old Sarah Payne and was sentenced to life imprisonment. His minimum term was set as 50 years, but later reduced to 40. In 2012 he needed emergency treatment after being stabbed by another Wakefield inmate.
In 2000, Shipman was found guilty of 15 murders, but an inquiry after his conviction confirmed he was responsible for at least 218. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and the judge recommended that he never be released. He hanged himself in his Wakefield prison cell in 2004.
Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for a string of child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby. He’s since been moved from Wakefield, but during his stint at Monster Mansion, he was reported to have been bonding over games of ping pong with child killer Mick Philpott.
Hobson was given a whole life tariff in 2005 after he admitted committing four murders, including killing his girlfriend Claire Sanderson and her twin Diane. Hobson attacked his fellow Wakefield inmate Ian Huntley with boiling water in 2012.
In 1993, Sams was given four life terms for the kidnap and murder of Julie Dart, and the kidnap of Stephanie Slater, as well as blackmail and extortion. While at Wakefield, in 1997, he was given another eight years after holding a female probation officer hostage with a metal spike.
In 2013, Bridger was found guilty of the abduction and murder of 5-year-old April Jones. The judge ordered that he never be released from prison. He requested a move from Wakefield following an attack where he was slashed across the face by another inmate. The request was denied.
Ireland – known as the Gay Slayer – died in Wakefield Prison in 2012. He was serving a life sentence for the murder of five men, targeted in gay pubs because they were homosexuals.
Barker was cleared of murder, but convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child, his girlfriend’s son, Peter Connelly, who died following a campaign of sustained abuse. He was given a 12-year sentence for the crime, plus 10 years for the rape of a 2-year-old girl. It’s been reported that Barker has befriended serial killer Stephen Griffiths, who he met while working on Wakefield’s medical wing.
Bronson has been dubbed Britain’s most violent prisoner because of attacks he’s committed while serving time. His criminal career has seen him be an inmate at a number of prisons, but he’s currently serving at Monster Mansion. Now going by Charles Salvador, he’s known for donating his art work to charity.
In December 2010, Griffiths admitted murdering three sex workers – Susan Rushworth, Shelley Armitage and Suzanne Blamires. Calling himself the Crossbow Cannibal, he claimed to have eaten his victim’s flesh. He was sentenced to a whole life tariff. In 2011, it was reported that Griffith’s weight had dropped to 6st following a 10-month hunger strike at Wakefield Prison.
Hazell is serving a 38-year term for the murder of 12-year-old Tia Sharp, his partner’s granddaughter. Hazell is said to have found religion while in Wakefield, spending his time attending Bible classes.
In 2008, Bellfield was convicted of the murders of Amelie Delagrange and Marsha McDonnell, and the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy. In 2013 he was also found guilty of the murder of 13-year-old Milly Dowler. He will never be freed from prison. In 2015, he reportedly confessed to more crimes from his Wakefield cell, which police investigated but found no evidence of.