Peter Moore (serial killer)

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Peter Moore
Peter Moore mugshot.jpg
Peter Moore mugshot
Born Peter Howard Moore
1940 (age 76–77)
Other names The Man In Black
Criminal penalty Life imprisonment (whole life tariff)
Victims 4
Span of killings
September 1995–December 1995
Country Wales

Peter Moore (born 1940)[1] is a British serial killer who owned and managed a number of cinemas in North Wales.[2][3] He murdered four men in 1995. Due to his attire, he was dubbed the "man in black".[4] Although Moore was successful, when distributors sent films to multiplexes, he started losing trade. It was even suggested that he killed to forget his financial problems (at least in part).


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]


  • 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
  • Keith Randles, a 49-year-old traffic manager; stabbed to death in November 1995 on the A5 road in Anglesey
  • Anthony Davies, 40; stabbed to death in 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.[5]


During his time in Wakefield Prison Moore befriended Harold Shipman, the serial killer and former GP who hanged himself in January 2004.[6] 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, with a view to having his sentence quashed and such sentences outlawed throughout Europe.[7] However, on 17 January 2012 it was announced that his appeal had failed.[8]

On 9 July 2013, it was announced that the European Court of Human Rights had ruled there had to be both a possibility of release and review to be compatible with human rights.[9]

On 13 October 2011 it was falsely reported that Moore had died at Broadmoor hospital on 30 July.[4]


  1. ^ "Killer's witness appeal ad rejected". BBC News. 3 February 2004. 
  2. ^ a b c Butler, Carl (2008-06-13). "Serial killer Peter Moore will die in prison". Daily Post. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
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  4. ^ a b "Serial killer Peter Moore's 'death' denied by Broadmoor". BBC News. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Burrell, Ian; Jonathan Foster (1996-11-30). "Man in black is jailed for life over gay serial murders". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  6. ^ Gardner, Tony. "Shipman's bizarre circle of jail pals". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Murderers lose appeal against whole life tariffs". BBC News. 17 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Killers' life terms 'breached their human rights'". BBC News. 9 July 2013.