Carl Langdell met Katie Locke, 23, on Plenty of Fish and took her to the same hotel where he had taken at least one other woman
A psychopathic fanatic who killed a young history teacher he met on a dating site had Internet contact with as many as 20 women, a court investigation finds.
Carl Langdell met Katie Locke, 23, on Plenty of Fish and took her to the same hotel where he had taken at least one other woman.
The Southampton University graduate was unaware that Langdell was serving a suspended sentence for threatening to murder two people.
He had also told a community nurse that he wanted to slit a girl’s throat, see her naked and have sex with her when she was dead.
In the early hours of Christmas Eve 2015, he strangled Mrs Locke at the Theobolds Park Hotel in Hertfordshire. Her body was found in a bush near a dumpster on the property.
At an inquest in Hatfield today, a statement was read from pathologist Charlotte Randall, who found the cause of death to be compression of the neck.
She said: “There is little doubt that it was a powerful and prolonged attack and involved serious sexual assault.”
Langdell, then 26, pleaded guilty to the murder of Mrs. Locke. He was sentenced to life in prison in June 2016 with a minimum term of 26 years.
In February, Langdell, who was 30 and from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, died in Wakefield Maximum Security Prison after slitting his throat.
The Southampton University graduate (pictured) was unaware that Langdell was serving a suspended sentence for threatening to kill two people
Assistant coroner Alison McCormick said the inquest — without a jury — was held after an application was filed by Mrs. Locke’s parents, Bill and Jennifer.
The coroner said she will decide whether “acts or confessions” by public authorities contributed to the death of Ms Locke, the youngest of three daughters who lived with her parents in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.
Nick Armstrong, who represents Mr. and Mrs. Locke, said Langdell had internet contact with up to 20 women and talked about executing rape scenarios.
He said Langdell, who had studied journalism at Hertfordshire University, was released from a mental institution on September 20, 2015.
“He was dating multiple women on multiple websites. He had used the hotel at least once before and lied about who he was.’
In a report, Dr. Philip Joseph, a forensic psychiatrist who examined Langdell for his sentencing hearing, said he was “emotionally unstable” and had “psychopathic disorders.”
Langdell also told a psychiatric nurse that he wanted to slit a girl’s throat, see her naked, and have sex with her when she was dead.
He said: ‘He was narcissistic, emotionally unstable and also cold and insensitive. He got sexual satisfaction from checking on women.
“It is likely that the murder was sexually motivated. He had a callous indifference to Katie Locke.’
Chief Inspector Stephen O’Keefe of Hertfordshire Police said Langdell had been warned in 2009 for assaulting a girlfriend.
In July 2013, he was considered a risk to himself. In September of that year, he made unsubstantiated claims that someone was threatening to harm him.
He had assaulted his brother in July 2014, but the brother had not supported a prosecution.
In February 2015, he made threats to kill his girlfriend’s sister and threatened to kill a mental health worker in Avon and Somerset.
He was taken to Hertfordshire on bail where he attempted suicide and was placed under the supervision of Hertfordshire mental health services.
Chief Inspector O’Keefe said the bail terms had not been passed on to Hertfordshire Police.
Three weeks before he killed Mrs Locke, he had been given a suspended sentence in Bristol for making threats.
Previously, Mrs. Locke’s father, Bill, told the coroner that she had “lived life to the fullest” and was “a generous person who took care of other people and put them first.”
She loved being part of a team, was a Brownie, a guide and loved water sports and became a Kayak Instructor.
Ms. Locke studied history and politics at the University of Southampton, had volunteered at the London Olympics and worked with underprivileged children in the US.
“She was confident and fearless and an energetic and beautiful person,” he said. His wife said she “died” the day Mrs. Locke died.
At the time of her death, she was working as a history teacher at Cardinal Pole School in Hackney, East London.
The coroner is expected to return her findings on June 22 or 23.