A young man that
displayed violent and psychopathic tendencies from the age
of 15 after the early death of his father at age 42.
Mackay had suffered with the rest of his family at the
hands of his drunken and very violent father, and was to
carry his father's legacy into his own adult life. He
developed a reputation for being a bully at school, and
begun to like torturing animals, including his own
A local woman reported having seen him pin birds
to the road, and then stand watching, as cars ran over
them. She also reports that he set a fire to an allotment
shed, then called the fire brigade, and watched when they
He was in and out of approved schools and mental
institutions, and in 1969 was declared a "potential
psychopathic killer" by a home office psychiatrist. Mackay
adopted a new name Franklin Bollvolt the first. He was
fascinated by Hitler and surrounded himself in fascism,
fascist books and memorabilia, he even crafted his own
14th February 1974
he broke into the house of an old lady and stabbed her to
death, the following year he again broke into a house this
time strangling his 85-year-old widow victim.
March 1975 he attacked and stabbed an elderly priest that
had befriended him, finishing him off by slashing his head
with an axe.
When investigating the murder of the priest,
the police discovered his association with Mackay. When
arrested Mackay was charged with 5 murders,
although once in court only three of the murders were
pursued, he was also questioned about a further 7
November 1975 At the old Bailey, 23-year-old Patrick Mackay confessed to
three murders, pleading guilty on the grounds of
diminished responsibility, and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
MacKay is on the Home Office list of prisoners who are
on a 'Whole Life Tariff' and are likely to never be
released. See list here >>.