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Carl Langdell also kept a poetry blog which described his mental health problems
Carl Langdell, who took pictures of 23-year-old Katie Locke’s dead body and dumped her body in a bush, also had a poetry blog under the same name which contains disturbing prose giving a terrifying insight into his twisted psyche. A violent fantasist who strangled a young teacher before having sex with her dead body after meeting her on dating app Plenty Of Fish described himself as ‘An Ordinary Decent Human’ on Facebook.
The 26-year-old received a life sentence from Judge Andrew Bright QC who told him that having sexual intercourse with the corpse “increased the depravity of the murder.”
In June last year he wrote a poem called “Exhaustion”, in which he wrote: “My psyche’s a mess, My thoughts are scrambled, I long for far less, My mental health un-handled.”
It continues: “My memory shot to pieces, I forget how to win, Lacking a thesis, I’m a victim of sin.”
Addressing Langdell in court yesterday, the judge told him: “I am firmly of the view that you pose a very great danger to women and young girls with whom you come into contact in the future and I note that you have described yourself to others as a monster and a psychopath because of what you did to Katie Locke.
He added: “Once you have served the minimum term I have set, it will be for others to decide when, if ever, it will be safe for you to be released.
“They will be guided by psychiatric opinion on your condition when that decision has to be made.
A screenshot of Langdell’s Facebook page
“In this regard I note that in his report dated April 20, 2016 by Dr Philip Joseph, who is arguably the country’s most experienced consultant forensic psychiatrist in cases of this kind, expresses the opinion that you suffer from an emotionally unstable and dissocial psychopathic personality disorder with the result that the risk you pose to women is likely to remain significant for the foreseeable future.
“He is pessimistic about whether psychiatric treatment will bring any long term change and I want to make it clear that so am I.
“Katie was a thoroughly decent and innocent young woman who had done you no harm at all.”
“You lied to her about being a lawyer with your own firm when the reality was that you had recently been made the subject of a suspended sentence of imprisonment of Bristol crown court for making death threats to women which you communicated to a community nurse involved in caring for your mental health.”
Langdell met Katie Locke on the dating app Plenty of Fish.
When they met up, he took her back to the four star Theobalds Park Hotel in Hertfordshire where he violently attacked and killed her.
St Albans Crown Court heard how he dumped her body in a bush near a skip in the 55-acres grounds after strangling her to death.
He then took photos of the 23-year-old’s dead body, and sexually assaulted her.
The sick killer was convicted this week – and in his police mugshot he appears staring coldly into the camera, bandaged and splattered in blood moments after being arrested.
However it is not clear why he has blood on his face, nor how he sustained an injury that required a bandage.
It was only nine months before the murder that Langdell had told a community psychiatric nurse that he wanted to cut a girl’s throat.
He also admitted that he wanted to see her naked and have sex with her when she was dead.
Katie had taught history and politics at Cardinal Pole School in Hackney, east London.
Before they met, Langdell lied to Katie when he said he had his own law firm.
He met her for the first time on the night she died.
Katie was unaware that Langdell spent time in a psychiatric hospital and was serving a suspended sentence for telling the nurse his sick fantasies.
Following his arrest he described himself to a psychiatrist as a “monster”.
Langdell, of Cheshunt, Herts, admitted at an earlier hearing to murdering Katie Locke in the early hours of last Christmas Eve.
St Albans Crown Court heard ahead of his sentencing in a letter Langdell wrote: “No apology I give and no sentence I receive, not even my death, could make up for what I have mindlessly taken.”
Prosecutor Ann Evans said: “The tragedy of this case is that Katie Locke, like thousands of other young people, having agreed to a date with Carl Langdell accepted what he told her about himself.
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“At the end of their first date in the early hours of 24 December last year she agreed to go back to a hotel with him, he strangled her in that hotel room and then dumped her body near a skip outside the hotel.”
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Katie, who graduated from Southampton University, was described as “beautiful and vibrant” by her family.
Before her death, she told pal Danielle White that she had been on the Plenty of Fish website where she had met a man called Carl.
Danielle was told that they had been talking for about two weeks.
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Mrs Evans went on: “Katie told another friend that Carl told her he was a lawyer who owned his own firm.
“Carl Langdell is not a lawyer, nor does he have his own firm, this was a lie.
“The truth was that over the previous two years he had increasingly suffered from mental illness, which had been marked by periods in psychiatric hospitals.”
During the date, she texted another pal, Rosie Foster, who said that it was going well.
Katie’s mum didn’t know about that date because Katie had given her the impression she had gone out with Rosie.
Katie and Langdell left a bar called Trafik in Old Street, Shoreditch in East London at around 1.30am on Christmas Eve.
They were driven to the hotel by taxi.
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The court heard how during the course of the journey Langdell starting vomiting before arriving at the hotel at 3.30am.
A receptionist remembers Langdell looking “very intoxicated.”
Katie also seemed drunk, but not as much as him, and they went to their booked room.
Langdell was staggering and off balance, and Katie had to hold him up.
30 minutes later Katie called down to reception for two toothbrushes.
At 9am Langdell asked for a late check out to 2pm and paid with his debit card.
He also put a Do Not Disturb Sign on the Door.
However staff went to the room later, where they found all the bedding had gone and the window lock was broken.
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They also noticed that all the towels were missing.
At midday Langdell called Diana Chertes who he had met on the dating site Tinder.
He had been dating her for a couple of months.
She had stayed with him at Theobolds Hotel.
“He told her he had killed someone. He did not give her any explanation as to why he had done it. He told her he would be in prison for a long time,” said Mrs Evans.
Mrs Evans said when Katie’s father Bill discovered his daughter was not home he went to Rosie Foster’s house and then to Langdell’s family home and saw his mother.
She rang her son, who said he had killed Katie telling her: “I am a monster.”
Her father then called the police.
When his mother called him he told her: “I wrapped her in a quilt, I put her in a trolley and took her to the grounds”
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Mrs Evans said: “He went on to tell his mother that he had strangled her and it had gone too far.
“He had too much to drink and he didn’t want to ruin their Christmas, he was going to tell them after.
“He claimed it was a sex game, the crown do not accept this assertion.”
Langdell was arrested near the canal in the Lea Valley Park.
He told an officer Katie’s body would be found about 10 metres from a skip in the grounds of the hotel.
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He would not answer police questions, but forensic analysis indicated the use of cocaine, diazepam and drugs used in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
On May 27 he finally revealed his PIN number to the police and now accepts he took pictures of Katie’s dead body which he subsequently deleted.