Robert Clive Napper

Robert Clive Napper

Convicted British murderer and rapist
Date of Birth: 25.09.1966
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Robert Napper
  2. Early Life
  3. Criminal Activities
  4. Conviction and Consequences

Biography of Robert Napper

Robert Napper was a convicted British murderer and rapist, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and Asperger's syndrome. He was sentenced to an indefinite stay at Broadmoor Hospital on December 18, 2008, for the murder of Rachel Nickell on July 15, 1992. Prior to this, he had been convicted of the double murder of Samantha Bisset and her daughter Jazmine Jemima Bisset.

Robert Clive Napper

Early Life

Robert Napper, the eldest child of driving instructor Brian Napper and his wife Pauline, was born on September 25, 1966, in Erith, Greater London, southeast England. In his early years, he lived in Plumstead. Witnessing the abusive relationship between his parents, Robert laid the foundation for his criminal future. His parents divorced when he was 10 years old, and his two brothers and sister went through psychiatric treatment and ended up in foster care. Robert himself received six years of psychiatric treatment at Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell. At the age of 12, he experienced a personality change after witnessing a family friend sexually assaulting someone at a campsite. This event caused Robert to become introverted, obsessively neat, and unwilling to let anyone into his world. However, he also bullied his siblings and even spied on his sister while she was changing clothes.

Criminal Activities

In 1986, Robert first attracted the attention of the police when he was convicted of an offense involving an air gun. In October 1989, the police disregarded information from Robert's mother, who called to report that her son had confessed to a rape in Plumstead Common. In reality, eight weeks earlier, a 30-year-old woman had been raped in Plumstead. Today, Robert's mother has severed all contact with him.

On July 15, 1992, in Wimbledon Common, Robert inflicted 49 stab wounds on Rachel Nickell in front of her 2-year-old son, Alex, who clung to her body, begging her to wake up. Robert was a suspect in the case for a year, but the investigation later shifted to someone else. In November 1993, Robert broke into the Bissett family's house in Plumstead and raped and killed 27-year-old Samantha Bissett by stabbing her in the neck and chest. He also strangled her 4-year-old daughter, Jazmine. In the living room, Robert mutilated Samantha's body and even took a piece of it as a trophy. The police photographer who arrived at the crime scene was so shocked by what he saw that he quit his job for two years.

When Robert's fingerprints were found in Samantha's room, he was arrested and charged with her and Jazmine's murders in May 1994. He was found guilty at the Old Bailey in October 1995. He also admitted to two other rapes, while two of his attempted assaults were unsuccessful. In December 1995, he was questioned about Rachel Nickell's death but denied involvement. Robert is also known as the "Green Chain Rapist," responsible for at least 70 brutal attacks across southeast London over four years. These crimes ceased in 1994. The initial sexual assaults in this series were attributed to Robert, as well as those he confessed to in 1995. It is known that Robert kept detailed records of the locations where he attacked his victims, as well as potential attack points.

Conviction and Consequences

The investigation into Rachel Nickell's murder resulted in a wrongful arrest and persecution of an innocent man, Colin Stagg. He remained under suspicion until 2004 when advancements in DNA analysis technology led the investigation to Robert Napper. On December 18, 2008, Robert was found guilty of Rachel Nickell's murder due to evidence of his insanity. He also confessed to four other attacks on women. He was placed in Broadmoor Hospital indefinitely. At the same time, Colin Stagg received a public apology from the police. Summing up Robert's case at the Old Bailey, Judge Griffiths Williams told the criminal, "Whichever way you look at it, you are a very dangerous man."