Two of the UK's most notorious killers are both chasing the same woman despite being locked up behind bars by promising her a WAG lifestyle, it has been claimed.
In 2012, Kiaran "Psycho" Stapleton caged for at least 30 years for shooting dead engineering student Anuj Bidve, 23, who had been on a night out with friends on Boxing Day 2011.
According to reports, he is said to have sent letters to the girlfriend of Rhys Jones’ killer Sean Mercer after he took a fancy to her during a recent prison visit.
Rhys, 11, was shot dead in Liverpool in 2007 as he walked home from football training and across a pub car park.
Mercer was given a minimum term of 22 years, meaning he is not eligible for parole until at least 2030. But as he was sentenced as a juvenile, he can apply for review halfway through.
Stapleton is said to have bragged to Mercer's girlfriend that he is "loaded" in the letter, The Sun reports.
A source told The Sun: “Stapleton is a monster but he likes to think that he is good-looking and spends a great deal of time responding to letters and trying to strike up relationships with admirers.
"He tells them jail is easy and says he has no problem filling his time.
“He also vies for their attention by boasting he is a millionaire and tells them he’s willing to buy them designer clothes and handbags in return for a relationship.
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“He will try it on with anyone. Most are repulsed by the fact he’s a murderer but some women think people can change.”
The pair are being housed in Co Durham’s high-security HMP Frankland, which counts some of Britain’s most notorious prisoners among its inmates.
Mercer, 29, was previously reported to have used an illicit phone in his cell to message a woman from behind bars after liking one of her Instagram comments.
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Stapleton casually walked up to Anuj, an Indian student at Lancaster University, pulled out a gun and shot him in the head.
The smirking killer stood laughing over the body on a Salford street.
The following day, to celebrate his “trophy murder”, he had a teardrop tattooed below his right eye – a gangland symbol to show he had killed someone.
In police interviews Stapleton continually mocked detectives and at one court appearance gave his name as “Psycho Stapleton”.
During his five-week Manchester Crown Court trial he denied murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
His lawyers argued he suffered from a personality disorder but the jury convicted him of murder.
Sentencing him, Mr Justice King said: “This was no impulsive act on your part. It was a piece of cold-blooded, controlled aggression.”
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