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My Local Serial Killer - Peter Moore

Updated on July 30, 2012
Mug Shot -  Serial Killer Peter Moore
Mug Shot - Serial Killer Peter Moore

My Local Serial Killer

It was a normal Saturday morning in the early 1990s and in the sleepy North Wales Town of Denbigh, my wife Sharon and I were off to do the weekly shop at the local supermarket. We followed the usual Saturday routine of dropping our kids - a boy and a girl - at the Local cinema "The Futura". Here the Owner/Manager, a man called Peter Moore ran a Saturday club for children. The kids would be entertained by a matinee children's film and would be treated to snacks and pop in the cinema's little snack-bar. Many local parents would drop their kids off into the care of Peter Moore, go off to do their shopping, and pick them up again afterwards. It was an Ideal arrangement. Peter Moore appeared to be an affable and trustworthy businessman - An upstanding member of the community

Serial Killer - The Man in Black

Peter Moore was regarded by the parents as a kindly local businessman who was trying to pump life back into a number of cinemas which he owned in North Wales. These were not modern Multi-Plex theatres, but the old-fashioned "Flea pit" type of Picture house that many of us of a certain age will remember from our youth. Peter Moore was known locally as "the Man in Black" because of his habit of dressing exclusively in black clothing. He said that this is because black outfits are the traditional mode of dress for theatre workers, and this is what he considered himself to be.

Serial Killer - Strange Happenings

Fast-forward a couple of years, and I am working as a Staff Nurse on nights at the (now defunct) North Wales Hospital for Nervous and Mental disorders. It was about six am on a cold dark winters morning, and I was preparing the hand-over for the arrival of the day staff. I was interrupted by a phone call. "This will be one of the day staff ringing in sick" I thought.

I picked up the phone. It was Karen - one of the day staff, and she was absolutely hysterical and terrified. After getting her to calm down slightly, I managed to make sense of what she was trying to say. Karen lived in a little farm cottage way out in the wilds miles outside Denbigh. In order to get to the main road from her cottage, Karen had to travel down a long driveway until it met the main road in a deserted wooded area.

I could hardly believe what she was saying. Apparently, she was on her way to work that morning and as she approached the junction with the main road, her car headlights illuminated a car parked on the grassy verge across the road. She could hardly speak properly as she swore to me that she had seen a naked body trussed up in the open boot of the vehicle. Running up to the vehicle was a man carrying a spade. In a blind panic, Karen had reversed her car all the way down the drive and back to her cottage. She locked herself in the cottage and rang the police. She had then phoned me to say she would be late for work because she was not moving from there until the police had been.

The police came up, took Karen's statement and checked out the scene. Apart from some tyre marks on the grassy verge, there was nothing to go on. Whoever the mystery man was, Karen had obviously disturbed him before he could do anything. As time went on, we forgot about the incident.

Serial Killer - Horrific News

Fast-forward once again to 1966. The inhabitants of Denbigh are horrified to hear that Peter Moore,the nice man who used to look after their kids on a Saturday morning had been arrested for murder. Peter Moore was sentenced to life imprisonment in November 1996.

But Peter Moore was not just a killer - He was a Serial killer. During the murder trial, it was asserted that Peter Moore had attacked more than fifty other men over two decades in what the judge described as "20 years of terror". Serial Killer Moore claimed that the murders had actually been perpetrated by a fictitious homosexual lover of his called Jason, after the masked murderer famous for the "Friday the 13th" horror movies.

Serial Killer's Lair: Peter Moore ran The Futura Cinema, Denbigh
Serial Killer's Lair: Peter Moore ran The Futura Cinema, Denbigh

It was proved that the serial killer had murdered four men in 1995 and had buried the bodies at various rural locations in North Wales.

The first victim of Peter Moore was 56 year old Henry Roberts who was stabbed to death at his home in Anglesey in September 1995.

His second victim was 28 year old Edward Carthy who was picked up by Moore in a Gay bar, before being stabbed and buried in a local forest.

His third victim was 49 year old Keith Randles, a traffic safety manager, stabbed to death in November 1995 as he slept in his caravan at a road works on the A5 in Anglesey.

It was said that the victim begged to know why he was being attacked after the serial killer had dragged him from his caravan and started stabbing him. Moore's chilling reply was: "For fun." He later admitted to the police that there was "a certain enjoyment" in the killing.

His final victim was 40 year old Tony Davies, a married father of two who was stabbed by the serial killer at Pensarn beach (a notorious homosexual pick-up point) near Abergele on the north Wales coast in December 1995.

At his trial, Peter Moore, received four life sentences but the home secretary later recommended that the serial killer should never be released from prison. The Futura Cinema Denbigh, never opened again, and is now little more than a ruin.

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They are individuals who have a history of multiple murders, normally committed over a long period of time and often with periods of apparent normality in between.

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  • scarytaff profile image

    Derek James 6 years ago from South Wales

    History is full of these killers. They deserve never to see daylight again. Good hub.

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    Gaizy 6 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK

    Thanks Scarytaff - Isn't it strange how "normal" these people appear - Until they are found out?

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi Gaizy,

    OMG if Ihad been that poor nurse I would have reacted the same way! I think the scary thing about people like Peter Moore is that you always believe they live in far away places and you only ever see them on the news. Nothing could be further from the truth and that's the real scary part. Excellent hub.

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    Gaizy 6 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK

    @Seeker7 Yes, all the parents who used to drop their kids off there thought he was a lovely bloke - Until they found out what he had been up to. Now they shudder at the memory.

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    spirit929 5 years ago from Upstate NY somewhere over the rainbow

    Imagine dropping your children off right in the midst of a serial killer! It is terrifying how these types are not only "Normal" looking and acting but very kind and charming. One can only imagine what goes through their minds once they are in their own little private, safe places. Stuff we see in movies I guess but probably even worse!

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    Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK

    @ spirit929 - My daughter (now grown up) still jokingly chides us about the saturdays that we left her in the tender care of a mass murderer!

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    spirit929 5 years ago from Upstate NY somewhere over the rainbow

    That is truly something I would brag about too! it isn't often that one could say they hung out with a serial killer. SCARY!!!!

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    Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Wow, what a chilling tale. I bet your kids still give you a hard time about leaving them with that man! If they have kids of their own now I'm quite sure they think twice about who they leave them with!

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    Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK

    @ Teresa Coppens - Yes they often tease us about leaving them in the tender care of a serial killer Lol.

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    innerspin 4 years ago from uk

    Just gots chills reading this. Mega-creepy. I'd have moved house after seeing a body at the end of my driveway. It's amazing the guy got away with things for so long, thank goodness he was caught. Very interesting, Gaizy.

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    Gaizy 4 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK

    Thanks for your comments innerspin - She did actually move house shortly after - Who can blame her.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I can't even begin to imagine the absolute "HORROR," of the parents, who had left their children at the theatre so often! Thank heavens Mr. Moore was not into harming kids. What a shocking bit of news to find out......Proves, we never do know, do we?

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