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Raoul Moat brutal rampage sparked the UK’s biggest manhunt, which lasted nearly seven full days, involved 160 armed officers, armed response vehicles and military aircraft. He murdered his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart’s new partner Chris Brown, seriously injured her and shot PC David Rathband in the face. Armed with a sawn-off shotgun, he threatened to murder members of the public and eventually fatally shot himself during a dramatic stand-off with police. ITV will air documentary ‘Manhunt: The Raoul Moat Story’ tonight (July 9), where they will analyse evidence and interview those who were thrust into the terrifying ordeal. But unearthed accounts could also give clues to his mindset in the lead up to the vicious attacks.
Moat’s violent onslaught began on July 3, 2010, two days after he was released from Durham Prison, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, for assaulting a child.
Northumberland Police were warned by the institution of his volatile mindset and threats to harm his ex-girlfriend once he was set-free into the public.
At the height of his notoriety, they attempted to convince Moat to hand himself in, only for him to threaten: “I’m going to keep coming for you. You’re going to have to kill me. I’m never going to stop.”
When the murderer vanished, he vowed to exact revenge on the police after he felt wronged by his previous conviction and stated all officers were a target.
He was tracked-down to Rothbury, in Northumberland, where a stand-off with police began – and later England footballer Paul Gascoigne, known as ‘Gazza’, offered to try to talk him down in a drunk and drug-addled state.
Despite officers’ attempts to incapacitate him with two taser gun rounds, Moat fatally shot himself after a six-hour siege where he was hidden in tall grass.
In the years that followed his death, many questioned the motives of the killer – insight only able to be drawn from friends’ accounts, recordings he made and a psychological evaluation he started to fill out.
Andrew Hankinson’s 2015 book ‘You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat]’ gave some hints to his mindset.
In the accounts, Moat admitted to having a problem with violence – especially when provoked – and started filling out paperwork to receive help for his mental health.
Despite authorities’ attempts, he refused to attend sessions with a psychiatrist when it was suggested that he should be “assessed for psychosis and paranoia”.
Nearly five months before Moat’s murderous spree, he was convicted of assaulting a child – in the past he had been arrested 12 times – and served an 18-week prison sentence.
He protested his innocence at the time and Mr Hankinson’s book claimed that Moat felt he was “tried, convicted and crucified” before he went to court.
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Moat felt his “whole body language should have told” police and those involved in the case that he would “never hit a little kid”.
He allegedly wanted to take a “lie detector test” to prove his claimed innocence, but was advised by his lawyer that “no judge would look at it” – where he hatched a plan to take use the service of a now retired ITV show.
Mr Hankinson wrote: “The police wouldn’t look at it, so you wrote to Jeremy Kyle and asked to go on there and do a lie detector test on TV, because how would they have all felt then?”
In a musing of Moat’s thoughts from documents, the book wrote: “How would they have felt if you’d gone on Jeremy Kyle to do a lie detector.
“When he asked if you hit that little kid you turned around and said, ‘NO, I DIDN’T HIT THAT LITTLE KID’, and the lie detector showed you were telling the truth? How would they have felt then?”
Moat felt he was “the most innocent bloke around” but his “best wasn’t good enough for them”, his girlfriend of the time or children, himself or the world, according to the book.
Paraphrasing the future killer’s words, Mr Hankinson wrote: “You spent your whole life wanting a family after all these years being alone, and now you’ve had to watch them slide further and further into the devil’s belly, and you’ve got nobody to cuddle into, and you miss them so much.”
‘You Could Do Something Amazing with Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat]’ was published in 2015 by Scribe Publications and was written by Andrew Hankinson, it’s available here.
‘Manhunt: The Raoul Moat Story’ will be aired on ITV1 at 9pm on July 9.
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