An anonomity order preventing the media from naming triple child killer David McGreavy, who impaled the bodies of his victims on railings, has been overturned by the High Court.
Two judges ruled the murderer, previously known only as 'M', can now be publicly revealed after a gagging order was lifted.
But he may receive a new name and be entitled to protection from publicity if it is decided at some time in the future to "facilitate his re-entry into society".
McGreavy, now 62, was jailed for life in 1973 for killing the children he was babysitting at a house in Gillam Street, Worcester, and is one of the country's most notorious and longest-serving prisoners.
An order banning his identity was first made in 2009 amid concern that McGreavy, who had already been attacked by other prisoners, might face further danger to life and limb if publicly named.
A fresh no-names order was imposed last February when the so-called "Monster of Worcester" launched his latest unsuccessful High Court bid to be transferred to an open prison to increase his chances of parole. The Parole Board had refused his request.
Discharging the gagging order, Lord Justice Pitchford said yesterday: "There is at present no real and immediate risk to the claimant's life and safety because he is serving his sentence in conditions in which his safety can be closely monitored."
McGreavy murdered Paul Ralph (4) and his sisters Dawn (2) and nine-month-old Samantha in Rainbow Hill, Worcester, then impaled them on railings.