An 18-year-old British man was jailed on Friday for 21 years for attempting to murder three women in a series of attacks he blamed on not being able to lose his virginity.
Ben Moynihan – from Portsmouth, Hampshire – was found guilty in January of attempting to murder three women, aged 20, 45, and 67, respectively, in a series of random attacks.
Moynihan stabbed them as they walked home alone last June and July, leaving two letters to police taunting them and detailing his crimes. One part of one of the letters read:
All women need to die and hopefully next time I can gouge their eyes out. Every time I stab someone I like to go home and smell the flesh I have ripped out. Come and arrest me for God's sake before I hunt for my fourth victim.
Here is the letter:
This is another letter, in which he describes himself as an "unhappy geezer":
The court heard that Moynihan was "obsessed" with serial killers and kept a "diary of evil". Moynihan wrote about his plans to murder women in the diary during the time he carried out the attacks, saying:
I was planning to murder mainly women as an act of revenge because of the life they gave me, I'm still a virgin at 17. And why do women have to be fussy when choosing a boyfriend, or cheating on them with others. I attack women because I grew up to believe them as a more weaker part of the human breed. I also done it to get out of this horrible life with more stress and to save myself and my family, I'm not a bad child and didn't want to do this but have no choice.
Police found video footage on Moynihan's laptop of him saying all girls were a "type of slut":
I think every girl is a type of slut, they are fussy with men nowadays, they do not give boys like us a chance. I am still a virgin, everyone is losing it before me, that's why you are my chosen target.
I just can't live in this flat, I have no future here. So women, tell me how we should do this. Shall I stab you in the neck or in the heart, shall I slash your throat or should I just cigarette lighter you or just fire you. I do not know where I could get petrol from but how hard can it be to come by.
So I hope you learn a lesson not to bully guys like us, we deserve dignity, for your own generations, remember.
Moynihan included a photo of himself with a letter (shown above), and was arrested by police, who recognised him from the photo.
The court heard that Moynihan told police he intended to continue his attacks and that he was "hunting for his next victim". Police thanked the three women for their "courage and assistance" with the case.
During the week-long trial, the court also heard that Moynihan has autistic spectrum disorder.
The sentencing judge said Moynihan displayed a "gross lack of empathy," The Independent reported.
"The offences were planned and premeditated," Justice Jay said. "The contents of your computers were as chilling as they were disturbing."
Moynihan's 67-year-old victim told the court her life had been "completely turned upside down" by the attack.
"I did not ask for this change, it was forced upon me by my attacker," she said in a victim impact statement.
His first victim, 20, told the court she feared going outside alone.
"There is also the physical pain of the injury," she said. "I have been suffering with chest pains which I am receiving treatment for and may be as a result of psychological trauma."
Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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