Peter Moore (serial killer)

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Peter Moore
Peter Moore's mugshot
Peter Howard Moore

(1946-09-19) 19 September 1946 (age 77)
Other namesThe Man In Black
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment (whole life tariff)
Span of crimes
September – December 1995
CountryUnited Kingdom

Peter Howard Moore (born 19 September 1946)[1] is a British serial killer who managed cinemas in Bagillt, Holyhead, Kinmel Bay and Denbigh in North Wales at the time of his arrest.[2] He murdered four men in 1995. Due to his trademark attire of a black shirt and tie, he was dubbed the "man in black".[3]


Between September and December 1995, he stabbed to death and mutilated four men "for fun". He was sentenced to life imprisonment in November 1996 with a recommendation that he never be released.[2] He also committed 39 sex attacks on men in North Wales and the Merseyside area over a 20-year period.[2]


  • Henry Roberts, a 56-year-old man who lived in Anglesey; stabbed to death in September 1995
  • Edward Carthy, a 28-year-old man whom Moore met in a gay bar; stabbed to death in Clocaenog Forest in October 1995[2]
  • Keith Randles, a 49-year-old traffic manager; stabbed to death in November 1995 on the A5 road in Anglesey
  • Anthony Davies, a 40-year-old crematorium worker; stabbed to death on Pensarn Beach, Abergele in December 1995


During his trial, Moore told the jury the crimes were committed by a fictitious homosexual lover he nicknamed Jason after the killer in the Friday the 13th horror films. The jury found him guilty on all counts.[4]


During his time in Wakefield Prison, Moore befriended fellow serial killer Harold Shipman (known to acquaintances as Fred Shipman). Shipman died by suicide in his cell in January 2004.[5]

In June 2008, Moore was told by the High Court that he would spend the rest of his life in prison.[2] On 3 March 2011, Moore challenged the ruling in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), with a view to having his sentence quashed and such whole life order sentences outlawed throughout Europe.[6] On 17 January 2012, it was announced that his appeal had failed.[7] However, on 9 July 2013, it was announced the ECHR had ruled there had to be both a possibility of release and review to be compatible with human rights.[8]

In February 2015, the ECHR upheld the lawfulness of whole life orders, on the ground that they can be reviewed in exceptional circumstances, following a fresh challenge by murderer Arthur Hutchinson, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment for a triple murder in Sheffield more than 30 years earlier. Another legal challenge to the court by Hutchinson was rejected in January 2017. A fresh challenge by another "whole life" prisoner, Jamie Reynolds, who murdered a teenage girl in Shropshire in 2013, is now reportedly pending with the ECHR. By this stage, there were believed to be more than 70 prisoners in England and Wales serving whole life sentences.[9]


On 13 October 2011, it was falsely reported that Moore had died at Broadmoor hospital on 30 July 2011.[3]

Moore talked to police and said that he knew the identity of Clocaenog Forest Man. It was reported that this theory was discounted due to conflicting dates.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Killer's witness appeal ad rejected". BBC News. 3 February 2004. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Butler, Carl (13 June 2008). "Serial killer Peter Moore will die in prison". Daily Post. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Serial killer Peter Moore's 'death' denied by Broadmoor". BBC News. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  4. ^ Burrell, Ian; Jonathan Foster (30 November 1996). "Man in black is jailed for life over gay serial murders". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 9 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  5. ^ Gardner, Tony. "Shipman's bizarre circle of jail pals". Yorkshire Evening Post. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2008.
  6. ^ Eleanor Barlow (3 March 2011). "Flintshire murderer Peter Moore in European Court of Human Rights appeal over life sentence". The Flintshire Chronicle. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Murderers lose appeal against whole life tariffs". BBC News. 17 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Killers' life terms 'breached their human rights'". BBC News. 9 July 2013.
  9. ^ "British courts can impose whole-life prison sentences",; retrieved 3 February 2015.
  10. ^ Bagnall, Steve. "Killer Peter Moore claims to know identity of murder victim found buried at Clocaenog Forest, Cerrigydrudion". northwales. Retrieved 16 December 2021.