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'Hannibal Lecter' inmate used restraint chain to strangle another inmate

A prison inmate dubbed 'Hannibal Lecter' who used a restraint chain to strangle a fellow inmate a year after he killed another one has been sentenced to 25 years in jail without parole.

Casey Pigge, who pleaded guilty to killing David Johnson in a transport van in Ohio this year, was able to move around in the van despite using a brick to kill Luther Wade a year before.

"I guess you never seen that on a bus before," Pigge boasted to the surviving inmates, according to highway patrol records. Johnson was serving an eight-year sentence for sexual battery.

Records show that after Pigge killed Wade, he told investigators he would kill again if placed with another inmate.

The latest killing happened as the bus headed south through Pickaway County in central Ohio.

Pigge, 29, apparently did not want to be around a sex offender, said Pickaway county prosecutor Judy Wolford.

The state prisons system has not said why Pigge, with his record, was placed in a van with the ability to carry out the killing of Johnson.

"They definitely was not doing their job and monitoring us even with a known Hannibal Lecter with us," according to a letter from an inmate on the bus that day that was sent later to prisons director Gary Mohr.

"Pigge denied any desire to be a serial killer, but could not promise that he wouldn't kill again," a prison social worker said after interviewing him.

Pigge feared Wade was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who planned to kill him, say records.

He was jailed in 2009 for fatally slitting the throat of his girlfriend's mother, for which he is serving 30 years to life.

Records show Pigge was born to a 14-year-old girl who used drugs and alcohol while pregnant with him. Child protection authorities first intervened when he was just seven days old.

He was burned with cigarettes as a toddler, forced as a child to urinate in a heating grate when his mother and stepfather locked him in a room, was possibly sexually abused, and was repeatedly abandoned, according to a psychologist's report.

"I feel nobody ever liked me," Pigge told the psychologist.

Pigge was placed in dozens of foster homes and hospitals over the years, and diagnosed with a mild mental disability.

"In effect, the defendant is functionally a child in an adult body," the psychologist reported.


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