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The lawyer who defended 'Wales' worst serial killer ' has revealed his client 'chilled his blood' with the shocking confession that 'he killed for fun'.
Notorious serial killer Peter Moore – dubbed 'the man in black' – committed a series of violent sexual assaults on men over 20 years in north Wales and Merseyside, culminating in the murder of four men in the autumn of 1995.
He killed Henry Roberts, Edward Carthy, Keith Randles and Tony Davies in violent, frenzied attacks, with each victim sustaining multiple stab wounds.
His lawyer Dylan Jones said he does not regret defending the killer, but he has revealed the case took its toll on him and led him to a nervous breakdown and suicidal thoughts years later.
And he says that his blood ran cold when Moore told him: "I did it for fun, it was easy," Wales Online reports.
Mr Jones, now a senior law lecturer at Wrexham University, said: "There was a facade that was well spoken and measured. That made the process of speaking to him easier but when he tells you things like 'I killed that person for fun' that chilled your blood.
“When you are sitting there and he says he thought he did a good job of killing someone that is chilling when it’s delivered in such a calm, reasoned way.”
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Mr Jones later concluded that Moore was a psychopath, but despite sitting alone in the cells with him for hours at the time he said he never felt afraid.
However, he was forced to hear grim details of the case, including Moore telling him that stabbing someone felt like putting a knife through butter.
The mental toll of the case led him to a nervous breakdown and suicidal thoughts a decade on.
He added: “Inevitably it is a very emotional thing to be confronted by facts of murders that are out of the ordinary and thoroughly unpleasant.
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"Nothing prepared me as a lawyer, or the police involved, to deal with the nature of the murders Peter Moore was responsible for.
"That’s something I am conscious of now. The effect it had on me I would not have countenanced at the time.
“In the end the case took its toll on me. I had a nervous breakdown nine or 10 years later. The case still haunted me.
"I had PTSD and flashbacks of people running up behind me and stabbing me. I was unable to concentrate properly. I was in hospital in the end.
"My best friend came to my house. I had planned to commit suicide and he took me to the local psychiatric hospital. I got the help I needed.
“I don’t regret doing the case. I don’t even regret having the breakdown. I learned so much from it about myself, my friends and family and who you can and can’t rely on.”
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Moore was jailed in November 1996 for murdering four men in the killing spree that shocked the nation.
He is currently serving a life sentence at Wakefield Prison, dubbed Monster Mansion, whose current inmates include White House Farm killer Jeremy Bamber, notorious paedophile Sidney Cooke and and prolific rapist Reynhard Sinaga.
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