Channel 5 Broadmoor’s documentary: Serial Killers and High Security provides rare insight into how the facility works – but where is it and what prisoners have been there?
The single show will air on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 9 p.m.
Here’s all you need to know …
The exterior of Broadmoor Hospital (Credit: Channel 5)
Read more: The New Yorkshire Ripper Victims: How Many Surviving Peter Sutcliffe Victims Are There?
What is Broadmoor and where is it?
Contrary to popular opinion, Broadmoor is not really a prison, it is a high security mental hospital.
The facility opened in 1863 and is located in Crowthorne, Berkshire.
Here, patients suffer from serious mental illnesses.
Therefore, they are considered a danger to society.
On average, patients stay there for up to six years before being transferred to low-risk security facilities.
Prisoners of Broadmoor: who stayed there in the past?
Many notorious criminals have been dealt with on Broadmoor.
The facility accommodates up to 240 patients at a time.
Until 2007, male and female patients were sent to Broadmoor for treatment.
From now on, the establishment only accepts male patients.
Peter Sutcliffe, also known as The Yorkshire Ripper, has been convicted of murdering 13 women.
As well as the attempted murder of seven others.
In 1981 he was sentenced and sent to Broadmoor, where he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
In 2016 he was found mentally fit and transferred to HM Prison Frankland.
He remained there until his death in November 2020.
Ronnie Kray was taken to Broadmoor Hospital after being sentenced to life in prison in 1969.
He remained at the mental health facility until his death of a heart attack in 1995.
Violent armed robber Charles Bronson spent time in England’s three high security mental hospitals – Broadmoor, Rampton and Ashworth.
Murderer Robert Maudsley also spent time on Broadmoor, as did David Copeland.
Neo-Nazi David, known as the ‘London nail bomber’, killed three people and injured more in a series of attacks.
He used homemade nail bombs in the attacks over three successive weekends in April 1999.
Fred Dinenage provides behind-the-scenes information on his visit to Broadmoor (Credit: Channel 5)
Read more: Murder of Rachel Nickell: When and how did she die and where is the killer Robert Napper now?
Prisoners of Broadmoor: who’s there now?
Robert Napper is a dangerous murderer and rapist, who killed Rachel Nickell in front of her young son.
Police took him to Broadmoor in 2008.
Doctors diagnosed him with paranoid schizophrenia and Asperger’s syndrome.
He is still alive.
Meanwhile, a judge sent Ian Ball to Broadmoor after he tried to kidnap Princess Anne.
In 1974, the Princess was on her way to Buckingham Palace when a Ford Escort pulled up in front of her car.
Driver Ian got out of the vehicle and started shooting a gun.
He shot the Princess’s personal police officer, James Beaton.
Ian also targeted his driver Alex Callender, Constable Michael Hills and reporter Brian McConnell.
Fortunately, all four survived the attack.
Police arrested and charged Ian with attempted murder and kidnapping.
A judge sentenced him to 41 years on Broadmoor because of his mental health issues.
Ian remains on Broadmoor under the Mental Health Act.
Kenneth Erskine – also known as Stockwell Strangler – is also currently on Broadmoor.
In 1986, Kenneth Erskine murdered at least seven elderly people.
He broke into their homes, sexually assaulted them and strangled them.
He was 24 when he committed the crimes, but was of the mental age of a 12-year-old.
Broadmoor staff have treated Kenneth at the hospital for over 20 years.
Broadmoor: serial killers and high security on C5
A rare glimpse into the functioning of the Broadmoor High Security Psychiatric Hospital.
Includes testimonials from those who have come face to face with Britain’s most notorious killers.
Broadmoor Hospital is home to around 200 of Britain’s most dangerous men.
This documentary offers a glimpse into life behind bars for some of its most famous inhabitants.
These have included Peter Sutcliffe and Robert Maudsley.
Broadmoor: Serial Killers and High Security will air Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 9 p.m. on Channel 5.
Will you be watching the C5 documentary on Broadmoor? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix.